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I can hardly believe it is March already. The seasons seem to fly by so quickly. I guess it feels that way when we are getting old.

Another Spring will be here soon. Spring is a time for renewal and freshening up around the house and even our mental state. We have been indoors and running the furnace. That may be why the Spring season makes us want to open the windows and let the fresh air flow in while we do a little spring cleaning.

It is a good idea to diffuse during any season but especially in the winter season when the air becomes stale. Some Spring Diffuser Recipes will surely help freshen the air and also help get in the frame of mind for the coming Spring season.

Spring Fresh Diffuser Blend
3 drops Purification
3 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
3 drops Pine
2 drops Ravintsara
1 drop Petitgrain

Spring Garden
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Jasmine
3 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Hyssop
1 drop Elemi
1 drop Geranium

Wipe away those winter blues while disinfecting and deodorizing the kitchen, bathroom, or work area:

4 drops of rosemary
8 drops of lemon
4 drops of eucalyptus
8 drops of lavender
1/2 quart distilled water
1/2 cup alcohol
Mix in a spray bottle. Shake well and continue to shake well while using to keep the oils and water from separating.

Lemon oil is an amazing essential oil for cleaning and freshening up most anything. You can add several drops to your cleaning solutions to clean and purify your kitchen and bathroom. Lemon is tough on dirt but it also smells wonderful.

Make a spray bottle of water with 15-25 drops of lemon oil to sanitize bathroom or on kitchen surfaces.
Add lemon oil to freshen and sanitize your dish sponge or cloth.
Use 1-2 drops lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
A few drops of lemon will make your wood furniture glow.

One oil I really love using in diffusing and in cleaning is Abundance oil, especially in my office and other areas in my home where I do business projects. Abundance oil is great to put you in a feeling of abundance but also is uplifting and smells awesome!

Cleaning Floors
1/8 cup Thieves Dish Soap
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
Mix ingredients in a bucket. Use to mop floors.

Furniture Polish
16 ounce spray bottle
Two teaspoons olive oil ( preferably the light kind)
15 drops of essential lemon oil
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water
Spray formula on your rag or directly onto the furniture. Wipe it dry immediately. The olive oil conditions and the vinegar cleans. You can also squirt some on your dust mop for your hardwood floors

Mirror and Glass Cleaner
3 cups water
5 drops Citrus Fresh
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
Combine in a spray bottle.
Spray mirrors with solution and wipe clean with a lint free cloth.


Tub Cleaner

Make a thick paste with Thieves Household Cleaner and baking soda. Apply to tub and scrub with sponge or a soft cloth. Let sit 15 minutes, then rinse.

Healthier Bleach
1 cup peroxide
1 cup water
20 drops lemon
Mix and use.

Essential Oils Good For Cleaning:
Thieves
Purification
Citrus Fresh
Cinnamon
Clove
Eucalyptus
Thyme
Spruce
Lemon
Lemongrass
Grapefruit
Melaleuca

One of the most overlooked natural cleaners available is vinegar. Vinegar is used by many for cleaning purposes, as it’s natural and doesn’t contain the toxins that many store-bought cleaners contain. Vinegar is effective with mold and is a natural antiseptic and fungicide. Just put it in a spray bottle and go. The smell with dissipate within a few hours. There are so many ways to use vinegar around the house. Here are just a few ways that vinegar will become a staple in your cleaning routine!

Mold and Mildew Spray
2 cups distilled white vinegar with 2 cups water
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on infected area. The smell will dissipate in a few hours (open a window to speed up the process).
Helpful Hint: For areas with persistent mold problems, use tea tree oil instead of vinegar, combining 2 drops of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.

Cleaning Moldy Windows
Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water along with two caps full of Thieves Household Cleaner. Use a small towel to apply the liquid and a squeegee to clean it off. Floor-to-ceiling windows sparkle in minutes!

Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Vinegar works great on bathroom floors, fixtures, and faucets to remove hard water stains and buildup. Use a 50/50 blend on most hard water spots. For harder to remove stains use a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to water. For an additional cleaning boost, add 2 drops lemon or orange oil for every cup of water used.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Drains and garbage disposal, pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar and cover tightly with a plug or wet rag. Let mixture sit for five minutes, then flush with boiling water.

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One day I had some chili lime flavored potato chips. They were really tasty but very carby. I need to keep the carbs low for a health issue I deal with. That can be a challenge because anything salty and crunchy is where I tend to go when I fall into an emotional eating mood.

As I was eating the chips and thinking about how I was really going to regret eating these chips, it occurred to me that these flavors would be really nice for a batch of almond crackers.

I always like to keep some almond flour crackers on hand. Some days you just feel like having a salty snack. Carbs, especially the ones with GMO grains give my body all kinds of fits. Einkorn flour doesn’t bother me at all. That’s why I often make recipes with half einkorn flour and half almond flour. This recipe has almond flour and flax seed meal.

All I can say is YUMMMM! These Chili Lime Vitality Crackers are the best crackers I have ever made. It now tops my old favorite: Fat Head Crackers.



Chili Lime Vitality Crackers



Chili Lime Vitality Crackers

1 1/2 Cup Almond flour
4 TBS Golden Flax Meal
1 Egg
1 Tsp Lime Juice
3 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil
1 Tsp Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp Cumin
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine almond flour, flax meal, egg, salt, chili powder, cumin, lime Juice and Lime Vitality Essential Oil to a large mixing bowl.
Mix until sticky dough forms.
Place dough on a sheet of Parchment Paper and put another sheet of parchment paper over the top of dough.
Use a rolling pin to spread dough out very thin, then peel off top paper. With a pizza cutter, score pressed dough gently into rows of 6 x 8 crackers.






Place parchment paper, with dough on it, on a baking sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Check to see if the edges of of the crackers are slightly brown. If not, bake a little longer. Keep an eye on them so they don’t brown too much. I take out crackers around the edges early if they are getting too brown. The ones around the edges brown much faster. Remove the pans and cool. Separate into crackers along the scored lines.

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Ingredients

1 cup cacao nibs
1 cup Young Living’s Organic Dried Wolfberries
1 cup hemp seeds
3/4 cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons Young Living’s Blue Agave
Dash of sea salt
Dash of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
2 drops of a Young Living Vitality essential oil of your choice (See recommended Vitality essential oils below)

Recommended Vitality essential oils: Lemon Vitality, Cinnamon Bark Vitality, Clove Vitality , Orange Vitality, Tangerine Vitality

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a food processor except for the cacao nibs and hemp seeds. Process until completely broken down into small pieces. Add the cacao nibs and hemp seeds into the process. The cacao nibs should break down to about half their size. The hemp seeds should be visible. Form into bite-sized balls with a small ice cream scoop, place on a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm.

This recipe was originally featured in the January 2014 issue of the Essential Edge News.

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I have been wanting to make up some moisture sticks for around my eye area and lip balm. I used containers I had around the house because I never got around to ordering from Amazon. 😉 I will next time.

I love the way this recipe turned out and will definitely make it again soon.


Ingredients needed:

3 TBS Coconut Oil
2 TBS Beeswax
1 TBS Bee Pollen
1 TBS Propolis
15 drops Frankincense essential oil
10 drops Myrrh essential oil

(I used 2 tablespoons of YS Organic Bee Farms – Multi Bee Power Royal Jelly in place of Bee Pollen and Propolis)

Directions

Melt the coconut oil, beeswax, bee pollen, propolis together in a double boiler to keep it from scorching. A pan of water with a glass bowl on top works if you don’t have a double boiler. If using essential oils, let the mixture cool a bit so you don’t damage therapeutic constituents in the oils.

Stir in the frankincense and myrrh essential oils and pour the mixture into a heat-resistant container. Do it quickly, though, because it will start to harden right away.

Equipment You’ll Need

lip balm tubes

I didn’t like the oval because it feels like I am putting deodorant on my face. 🙂 I will get the round container for the moisturizer sticks.
Deodorant Twist-up Empty Containers for moisture sticks, heel balm etc.

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Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large pitted dates
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates, process until finely ground. Mix remaining ingredients until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Press out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper into a long rectangle. With a knife divide in half, then cut into squares. Place the squares in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the squares with your hands forming into small round truffles. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolled oats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.

Other Vitality Essential Oil Options: cinnamon, orange, peppermint, tangerine



Hot and Spicy Chocolate Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large pitted dates
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 drops Cinnamon Vitality essential oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates, process until finely ground. Mix remaining ingredients until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Press out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper into a long rectangle. With a knife divide in half, then cut into squares. Place the squares in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the squares with your hands forming into small round truffles. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolled oats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.



Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large pitted dates
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of sea salt
2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
2 drops Ginger essential oil
1 drop Clove essential oil
1 drop Nutmeg essential oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates, process until finely ground. Mix remaining ingredients until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Press out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper into a long rectangle. With a knife divide in half, then cut into squares. Place the squares in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the squares with your hands forming into small round truffles. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolled oats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.



If you’d like a bigger boost of protein, feel free to add a scoop of Pure Protein Complete or your favorite protein powder (preferably chocolate flavored), to the mix.



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