Essential Spotlight in February!

A Note From Jennifer

Can you believe the first month of 2017 is already behind us?

Time is so precious and I encourage you to take full advantage of every moment so that you can continue to create Health freedom in your life.

I believe in you and I also know that this will be an EPIC year for you and our entire team.

Please use this newsletter as a resource so that you are aware of everything dōTERRA®. Our company is moving quickly and it is important to stay fully engaged so that you can benefit from this entire experience.

If you have any questions or needs, I am always here for you!

Enjoy!

– Jennifer

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Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie

gingerGingersnap Pumpkin Pie with (Gluten Free / Dairy Free Substitute Options)

For the Gingersnap Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups ground organic and/or gluten free gingersnaps (from about 25 cookies)
  • 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted grass-fed kerry gold butter, melted and slightly cooled (if dairy free used coconut oil)
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Essential Oil Inspired Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

zucchiniEssential oil cooking is way more flavorful, easy to use, longer shelf life than ground spices, cheaper, and a more accessible variety.

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

3 zucchini swirled. (Hand swirlier at bed bath and beyond for $12 + 20% off coupon)
1 package of shrimp (uncooked, peeled, deveined)
1/2 diced sweet onion
4 garlic coves
1 lemon
1/4 cup of veggie or chicken broth 
3 drops of Lemon essential oil
2 TBS grass fed butter
1 TBS coconut oil
Pinch of salt, pepper, & red pepper flakes
Grated Parmesan to taste

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Rosewater DIY

rose_wideRosewater is basically a by-product of rose oil made through distillation of pure fresh rose petals. Rosewater contains over 300 different chemical compounds. It is loaded with antioxidants such as tannins, flavonoids and rich in essential vitamins like A, C, D, E and B3. It possesses antibacterial, soothing, healing and antiseptic properties. If you drink it as a therapeutic tea, it can help to enrich our body with useful nutrients and minerals. It can also help relieve digestive problems, relieve eye irritation and nervousness.

But mainly, rosewater is popular in many skin care routines. It soothes and improves the condition of dry and aging skin. It also purifies and cleanses your skin. In addition, rose water is very beneficial for hair; it increases blood flow to the scalp (which helps nourish and strengthen hair follicles).

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Chai Spice Pumpkin Cheesecake

cheesecakeCrust:
1/3 cup walnut
1/3 cup pecan
1/3 cup cashew
1/3 cup organic almond flour
1 Tbs organic cane sugar
2 tbs grass fed butter melted

Filling:
4 local organic farm fresh eggs
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup (fresh or canned) organic pumpkin purée
8oz goat cheese
8oz Kefir cheese or cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt

Essential Oil Spices:
3 drops Ginger EO
3 drops Cardamom EO
3 drops Cinnamon EO
1.5 drops Clove EO

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Natural Sunscreen

sunscreenThe Health Benefits of a Natural Sunscreen

Most sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that in many cases may actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body. Even natural, commercially available sunscreens often have toxic ingredients!

Many people today are actually Vitamin D deficient, you may want to consider lack of sun exposure to be a much bigger problem than too much exposure. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many types of cancers including the most deadly types of breast cancer. Lack of Vitamin D has also been linked to problems during pregnancy including pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, premature labor, and more.

Many of the ingredients in this recipe have a natural SPF, we can only guestimate the total SPF amount in this recipe, but it’s worked great for our family.

Natural SPF:
Olive Oil – SPF around 5
Coconut Oil – SPF 5
Zinc Oxide SPF – SPF 2-20 depending on how much used
Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-40
Shea Butter – SPF 4-6
Aloe Vera – SPF 19
Vitamin E – SPF 19

This sunscreen came out perfect consistency, I like squeeze bottle lotion type, I’m not big on scooping my fingers into a tub of cream and getting it under my nails. So I blended many different recipes I found on DIY sunscreen to make my own version. Get Oil Inspired to tweak it to your liking.

Oil Inspired – 10oz Jar of 60 SPF Sunscreen

• ½ cup olive oil
• ¼ cup coconut oil
• ¼ cup beeswax pellets
• 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide
• 2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
• 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot
• 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil
• 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
• 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
• 6 Drops each of Lavender and Myrrh Essential Oil

Apply the first 6 ingredients into a double boiler until all is melted and smooth.
Set boil in an ice bath while whisking to keep smooth while cooling down.
Once temperature is a lukewarm to room temp, add remaining ingredients and whisk together well. Remove from ice bath, and use a funnel to put into desired container.

This came out waterproof primarily because of the beeswax and other oils of course, but as you can see in the pic, the water just beads right up. Baby tested, mama approved.

Available for direct purchase soon.

Puer Tea

puerOver the next month or two I’ll be posting some of the drinks that I have found to be the highest quality.  There will be a collection of tea, coffee and juices.

In this article I’ll be providing some information about one of my favorite dark tea’s called Puer, sometimes spelled Pu-Erh or Pu-Er.  It is a dark tea that is aged and comes in cake form or loose leaf.  It can be stored for a long time and has incredible health benefits.

Here are just a few:  Weight loss, cardiovascular protection, digestive support, cell health, circulation, and inflammation

I’ve searched for a while to find a high quality organic Puer and recently stumbled upon a company called Misty Peak while reading tea reviews.  I visited their website and e-mailed their customer service a few questions about the quality of their product.  Convinced enough to at least give it a try, I ordered a small cake.  When it came in, it was one of the most fresh Puer tea’s I’ve ever tasted.  Their Puer is organic, fair trade, and delicious.

If you are interested in giving it a try go here:

http://mistypeakteas.com/buy-puer/

At checkout use code ‘wellness’ to get 30% off 🙂

Note:  I also found an organic Puer that comes in tea bags from Numi .  It is pretty good if you need something to take with you on the go but it isn’t nearly the same quality as the tea from Misty Peak.

Colorful Breakfast

breakfastMornings don’t have to be so plain, start your day with vibrance!

Organic multigrain toast with smashed avocado lime, farm fresh non GMO eggs, and chai carrot cake oatmeal!

Chai Carrot Cake Oatmeal

    1 cup organic rolled oats
1 tbs grassfed butter
1 large shredded organic carrot
2 cups vanilla almond milk
1/2 scoop Vega One Vanilla Chai
1 drop of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, & clove essential oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup toasted & chopped pecans
2 tbs organic brown sugar

Preparation

Place shredded carrots and butter in pot and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes to soften, then add remaining ingredients except the pecans and brown sugar in your pot and cook on medium. Cooking it slowly gives the oatmeal a chance to absorb all the liquid and flavors. Once oats have almost finished cooking, stir in the chopped pecans and brown sugar.

Tinctures

tinctureA tincture is a liquid extract of an herb or medicine.  The most common form of tinctures are made with alcohol, glycerin, and apple cider vinegar.  Many people enjoy using tinctures because they can be dosed in varying amounts (per drop).  The best way to use tinctures is by putting the drops under your tongue.  This allows for the best absorption.

Some things to know about making tinctures:
1. Fresh herbs are the best, then dried (non powdered) herbs.  Powdered herbs can be used but they consume more liquid and yield a lower quality tincture.
2. Quality matters, no sense preserving chemicals.  Organic vodka and high % grain alcohol, with organic herbs, mountain rose etc…
3. Different liquids used to create the tincture have varying shelf lifes.  Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) will last about a year and needs to be refrigerated.  Vegetable Glycerin will last about 3-5 years if stored in a cool dark place. Vegetable Glycerin is also god for children since it has a sweeter taste.  Alcohol has 10 year or greater shelf life if stored in a cool dark place.

Steps:

1. Obtain Organic Vodka, Organic Fresh/Dry herbs, Coffee Filters, 8oz Glass container with lid (can be bigger or smaller depending on need), some dropper bottles (aromatools.com), labels.
2. Fill the glass container about 1/3 full with fresh/dry herb
3. Pour vodka, glycerin, or ACV and fill to near top (leave a little space to shake)
4.  Put on lid and give it a shake, put near sunny window
5.  Leave near window, shaking every couple days for 6 weeks
6.  After 6 weeks, shake then strain result through coffee filter.  Put resultant tincture in brown dropper bottles.  Label with content and expiration.

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Immune Booster Cocktail

immune boostImmune boosting cocktail that your kids will love. Put all ingredients in a shaker and shake until blended.  Drink immediately.

Optional ingredients