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If you are like me and are looking for healthier options to satisfy an occasional craving for something sweet, you may want to try recipes sweetened with dates. I have made Date Truffles before. Oh how YUMMY!


If you have been following me for any length of time you know that I try to keep away from sugar and other things that increase inflammation and pain. Processed sugar is an ingredient I always regret indulging in. Confession time: I occasionally give in to the nasty temptation. About once a year I want jelly beans. I LOVE the black licorice ones. 😉


Thankfully there are lots of great, healthy ingredients to give you healthier options. Dates are a little carby but they are a FAR healthier option than sugar. They are also a great source of iron, potassium, and B-vitamins.


I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did.


Fudgy Sugar Free No-Bake Brownies With Peppermint Essential Oil


Ingredients
2 1/2 cups pitted dates
1 1/2 cups cup almonds
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp water
1/4 tsp salt
2 or 3 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil


Directions
Combine the dates, almonds, cocoa, vanilla, water, peppermint essential oil and salt in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down as needed. It will seem dry at first. Don’t add any extra water.


Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment or wax paper. Transfer dough to pan and press very firmly until dough is evenly distributed in the pan.


Refrigerate brownies for at least 2 hours. Store covered in the fridge. I store mine in the freezer and pull out whatever I need for a day.




Nutrition Information Per Brownie: (Based on 25 brownies)
Calories: 118
Carbohydrates: 9.75g
Fiber: 1.4g
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: .36g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sugar: 4.52g



You may also want to try my Date Truffles recipe. It could also be pressed into a pan and made into a brownie. 🙂


Potato Salad has always been one of my favorite side dishes. Not just a summertime favorite but all year. I love potatoes of any kind but they are a bit carby so whenever I am trying to lose weight, potatoes are not such a great idea. As I get older, low carb/keto is a means to manage pain and inflammation.

I really enjoy cauliflower in stir fry but when I tried it as a replacement for potatoes I wasn’t all that impressed. It had the cauliflower taste which was kind of disappointing. Well, all that changed when I got a great tip from George Stella. He said to cook the cauliflower in water instead of steaming to get a more potato like flavor. I tried that and all I can say is WOW! That made a world of difference.

Anyway, Here’s my recipe. It’s spicy. If you prefer the not so spicy, leave the hot peppers out. 😉

Spicy Vitality Mock Potato Salad

1 large head cauliflower, cleaned
5 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1/3 cup onion, finely diced
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, chopped
1/4 cup red peppers, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 TBS yellow mustard
1 tsp salt teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 drops Dill Vitality Essential Oil

Garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Boil a large pot of water over high heat. Chop cauliflower into small pieces.
Cook the cauliflower pieces in the boiling water for about 5 minutes, until tender.
Drain cauliflower and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Let the cauliflower sit in the strainer a bit to drain and dry.

Place the cauliflower in a bowl with all of the remaining ingredients. Mix. Place in the refrigerator for a couple hours before serving. I like making it the day before. The flavors meld nicely.


Eucalyptus oil comes from trees, usually from Australia but Young Living also growing Eucalyptus in Ecuador. Young Living carries three types of Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus Blue, Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata.

The scent of Eucalyptus is familiar to anyone that has consumed cough drops. Most Eucalyptus species support healthy respiratory system. You can inhale the eucalyptus oil and apply it to the chest. You will likely want to dilute with a carrier oil. Sometimes I layer the oils, putting a couple drops of the oil on location, then layer the carrier oil
over it as a dilution method. This is useful when using oils that “heat up” a bit in sensitive skin areas on the body.

You can also put some boiling water in a bowl, then add a couple drops Eucalyptus oil to the water. Put a towel over your head to create a tent, then lower your head over the water and inhale the vapors.

Following is a little information on the Eucalyptus oils and what they can do.

Eucalyptus Blue: This oil has a fresh, invigorating aroma that supports normal breathing and soothes tense muscles when applied topically. This essential oil is grown and harvested at the Young Living Farm in Ecuador and is an important ingredient in the Breathe Again Roll On.

Some of the Eucalyptus Blue features include:

High levels of the powerful constituent eucalyptol 56.2% (also known as 1.8-cineol) and eugenol.
High in limonene 6% – normally no limonene in eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Blue is a key ingredient in the new Breathe Again Roll-On

Supports respiratory function when diffused.

Eucalyptus Blue also helps soothe muscle tension when applied topically, and relaxes the body after exercise.

How to use: Topical: Dilute one drop with one drop of V-6 or olive oil. Then apply to desired area as needed. Aromatic: Diffuse up to 30 minutes three times daily.

Rosemary and eucalyptus oils can be used in a saline solution for a very effective nasal irrigation.
10 drops rosemary
6 drops Eucalyptus Blue
8 tbs very fine salt.
The essential oils are mixed thoroughly in the fine salt and kept in a container. For each nasal irrigation session, use
1 teaspoon of this salt mixture dissolved into 1 1/2 cups distilled water. This oils/salt/water solution is then placed in the tank of an oral irrigator to irrigate the nasal cavities, which is done while bending over a sink.

Eucalyptus Blue Essential Oil 5 ml 3597

Eucalyptus globulus: Eucalyptol (1.8 cineol) occurs in high concentrations in Eucalyptus globulus and other eucalyptus
species. It is responsible for the oil’s respiratory supporting effects.

How to use: Eucalyptus globulus is best applied topically or on the reflex points of the feet.

Eucalyptus globulus 15ml. Product # 3539

Eucalyptus radiata: Is cooling, refreshing, and energizing. Lighter in smell than Eucalyptus globulus, it has many of
the same supportive properties. Because it is relatively gentle and nonirritating, it is the preferred choice for
children. This variety is one of the most versatile of the eucalyptus oils and is suitable for topical use, diffusing,
and even direct inhalation. It has long been an ingredient in some of Young Living’s most popular blends.

A few examples:
R.C.
Raven
Breathe Again Roll On
Thieves

These oils should be in your arsenal for supporting your healthy immune system.

A drop or two of oil can also be sprinkled on a handkerchief or tissue and inhaled directly as needed.

DIY Essential Oil Infused Tissues
Remove tissues from their box. Pour 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus radiata onto a cotton ball, and seal the cotton ball with your tissues in an airtight container for 24 hours. Remove tissues from airtight container and replace tissues in box.
Repeat as needed to refresh scent.

Eucalyptus radiata 15ml. Product # 3538

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Breathe Again Roll-On is a blend of four different types of eucalyptus essential oils (Eucalyptus Staigeriana, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Eucalyptus Blue) as well as Peppermint, Copaiba, Myrtle, Blue Cypress, Bay Laurel, Rose hip seed oil, and fractionated coconut oil.
The Fractionated virgin coconut oil in Breathe Again allows the blend to be gently applied to areas of the body. This roll-on is already diluted, making it perfect for on the go!

Breathe Again is high in the naturally occurring chemical constituents eucalyptol and menthol, beta-caryophyllene, and alpha pinene. Breathe Again Roll-On has a refreshing and rejuvenating aroma and is the perfect companion during the winter months! I love to apply it right on my chest, neck and back right before a steamy shower. I also sometimes even roll a little bit right under my nose when I need a little jump-start in the morning.
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These are busy times. So much to do and no time for unnecessary down times. Essential oils can ease the pressure during busy times in your life. Try some of these ideas to help with a balanced lifestyle.

Need to relax so you can get a good night’s sleep?
Young Living’s Peace and Calming or lavender on the bottom of your feet and brushed on your pillow case before going to bed.
Try ImmuPro – a natural melatonin supplement.

Too much exercise?
Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream, PanAway, Peppermint, Idaho Balsam Fir, Deep Relief, Relieve It – rub them where it is needed.

Having a stressful day?
Try Stress Away
Or …
Valor – bottom of feet or a drop on one wrist and hold the other wrist to it for a few moments
Harmony – single drop over the solar plexus (above the belly button)
Joy – single drop, over the heart
White Angelica – single drop in one hand, rub hands together, and brush head, face, shoulders, arms, body, right down the legs, over the clothes, as if applying an “angelic shield”

Need a little support for your healthy immune system?
Get more sleep, drink plenty of water, and use supplements: Longevity, Inner Defense, ImmuPro, Exodus, Cleansing Trio, Ningxia Red, ImmuPower (oil blend),
Thieves oil blend in capsules.

Respiratory support?
RC and Raven – RC chest and back, Raven bottom of the feet, several times a day. Next day switch – Raven chest and back, RC bottom of the feet, several times a day. Next day, switch back go back and forth, day by day until you get the results you want.

Need more energy?
MultiGreens (supplement) and Ningxia Red juice every day Peppermint on the body or diffused in the room.

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Would you like to Support a Healthy Weight? Try the Slique Products:
Slique CitraSlim
Slique Tea
Slique Essence
Slique Gum
Slique Shake
Slique Bars

Would you like enhanced clarity of thought?
Frankincense, peppermint, Clarity, Brain Power, vetiver

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Another school year is about to begin. That can be a very stressful time for children. Even children who love school can feel stressed out, especially with the beginning of a new school year.

I am getting pretty old but I still remember some of the stresses I had with school.

New class schedule
Getting on the right bus
Feeling shy
Fitting in
Making new friends
Dealing with bullies
Tests and exams
Getting used to different teachers
Fear of public speaking

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a powerful way you can help release some of the stress in almost any situation. I love adding essential oils to the tapping. Several options could be used with any tapping on back to school stress. A few possibilities are: Valor, Stress Away, Peace & Calming and Release. There are lots of single oils you could use like lavender for example. Any oil that is calming for your child.

Put a couple drops of your chosen essential oil on your fingertips before you begin tapping through the EFT points.

Tap While You Gripe is one of my favorite ways to use EFT. It is a super simple technique. Just talk and tap. Don’t get too worried about the exact wording you use or what order of points to tap. You don’t even really need to say the words out loud. Just focus on the negative emotion you want to clear. Keep talking and tapping, or thinking and tapping. Focus on the stress and tap.

The EFT Points

KC = Karate Chop
EB = Beginning of the Eye Brow
SE = Side of the Eye
UE = Under the Eye
UN = Under the Nose
Ch = Chin
CB = Beginning of the Collar Bone
UA = Under the Arm
WR = Inside of Wrists
TH = Top of Head

Back to School Tapping Script


Here is a tapping script that focuses on starting the new school year, to get you started. Sit down with your child before school and tap through a few times. Add anything that you know your child is worried about or feeling stressed about. This is just a guideline. Add any other words that apply to the feelings your child is having.

While tapping the Karate Chop Point, Repeat 3 Times:

Even though I feel am feeling stressed about going back to school, I love and accept myself as I am.
Even though I am really nervous about starting the new school year, I love and accept myself as I am.
Even though I am really stressed, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Now, start tapping through the points, starting at the eyebrow point.
First through all the negative emotions: (Stress Away oil blend)

I am feeling really stressed about school.
What if I can’t get to my classes on time?
What if I miss the bus?
What if I make a mistake?
What if the other kids don’t like me?
What if someone makes fun of me?
I hate that some kids are bullies.
Sometimes I don’t feel like I fit in.
Sometimes I feel uncomfortable.
Sometimes I feel afraid to speak up.
What if I look stupid?
What if I hate my teacher?
What if my teacher hates ME?
All the tests and exams.
Summer is freedom and I don’t want to go back to school.
All the work and studying.
What if I can’t remember the information we learn.
I feel so stressed out.
I feel so nervous.
I feel so anxious.
I feel so __________________

Round 2
Shift to positive emotions: (Valor oil blend)

I choose to shift to a calm and confident energy.
I know this year will be awesome!
I will make mistakes and that is ok.
Everyone makes mistakes once in a while.
I know the other kids are having the same kind of feelings but I have this secret weapon.
I can put on Stress Away and TAP!
I choose to let go of all these stressful emotions.
I am ready to release it.

You can also tap the fingertip points. Each finger can be tapped at the lower side of each fingernail.
I am ready to look at going back to school in a new way.
I choose to feel relaxed and confident.
I am a very likable person and I like myself as I am.
I am willing to relax and let people get to know me.
I am an AWESOME kid and I like myself.
I am comfortable being myself even around people I don’t know.
I love myself more and more every day.
I NOW feel strong and confident in any size group of people.
I am allowing myself to relax and fit in.
I am becoming more and more confident in school and other situations.
I feel at ease when I am with other kids and I choose to fit in.
I am an awesome kid and I am fun to be with.
I have a magnetic, warm smile and I fit in wherever I go.
I’m calm and at peace, even when I’m the center of attention.
I am calm and relaxed and ready to start an AWESOME new year.

Essential Oil Blends You Could Use: Stress Away, Valor, Acceptance, Highest Potential, Harmony, Hope, Joy, Live With Passion, Magnify Your Purpose, Motivation

You will want to check out my 30 Day Self-Esteem Challenge videos and downloadable tapping scripts.

The website is directed towards network marketing success but most of the tapping scripts and videos are dealing with things that would fit other situations. One example is the I Don’t Fit In script.

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