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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The secret to long, healthy life may be to eat lots of fresh berries. The reason why? The aging process is now largely understood to be the action of free oxygen radicals that arise in our bodies through normal metabolism and cell function as well as from external environmental sources.

Most free radicals contain electrically unbalanced oxygen atoms. Free radicals can be thought of as partial molecules frantically looking for their missing parts. This makes them hungry and aggressive, ready to grab a chunk from whatever tissue is available (namely a piece of our bodies). Hence, they can cause problems by disrupting normal function at a cellular level. As long as our bodies can keep these radicals in check by dissipating them harmlessly, we stay youthful and healthy.

When we suffer an immune deficiency or experience excess stress from environmental factors such as ambient radiation, impurities in our air or water, toxins in our foods, etc., free radicals can be formed in our bodies at a rate faster than we can handle. These radicals aggressively attack our own tissues causing unhealthy mutations and irreversible damage. The consequences of this include accelerated aging, and a host of other problems.

There are foods and substances that absorb free radicals (containing antioxidants) and the more you partake of these, the more youthful and healthy you will remain.

* Scientists at Tufts University have developed a scale for the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the ORAC test.

* (ORAC-Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) The higher the ORAC, the higher the ORAC score, the more capable that particular food is of destroying free radicals, thus retarding the ageing process.

The top natural antioxidant foods as determined by Tufts University so far are as follows:
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FOOD ORAC SCORE

Carrots 210
Oranges 750
Beets 840
Raspberries 1,220
Strawberries 1,540
Blueberries 2,400,
NingXia Wolfberries 30,300

COMPARE: Clove Essential Oil 1,078,700 per drop
Clove is the champion of with over 1 million!! That means a drop of Clove contains more than 300 times more antioxidant per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all known fruits.

ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE THE HIGHEST ORAC SCORES.

Essential oils have the highest ORAC scores of any known substance. According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, they are as follows:

Essential Oil – ORAC Scores

    Clove ….. 1,078,700
    Longevity (Blend) ….. 151,100
    Myrrh ….. 379,800
    Citronella ….. 312,000
    Coriander ….. 298,300
    Fennel ….. 238,400
    Clary Sage ….. 221,000
    German Chamomile ….. 218,600
    Cedarwood ….. 169,000essential-oil-antioxidants
    Rose ….. 160,400
    nutmeg ….. 158,100
    Marjoram ….. 139,905
    Melissa ….. 134,300
    Ylang Ylang ….. 130,000
    Palmarosa ….. 127,755
    Rosewood ….. 113,200
    Manuka ….. 106,200
    Wintergreen ….. 101,800
    Geranium ….. 101,000
    Ginger ….. 99,300
    Bay laurel ….. 98,900
    Eucalyptus citriodora ….. 83,000
    Cumin ….. 82,400
    Black Pepper ….. 79,700
    Vetiver ….. 74,300
    Petitgrain ….. 73,600
    Blue Cypress ….. 73,100
    Citrus hystrix ….. 69,200
    Douglas Fir ….. 69,000
    Blue Tansy ….. 68,800
    Goldenrod ….. 61,900
    Melaleuca ericifolia ….. 61,100
    Blue Yarrow ….. 55,900
    Spikenard ….. 54,800
    Basil ….. 54,000
    Patchouli ….. 49,400
    White fir ….. 47,900
    Tarragon ….. 37,900

    Cajeput ….. 37,600
    Peppermint ….. 37,300
    Cardamom ….. 36,500
    Dill ….. 35,600
    Celery seed ….. 30,300
    Fleabane (Canadian) ….. 26,700
    Mandarin ….. 26,500
    lime ….. 26,200
    Galbanum ….. 26,200
    Myrtle ….. 25,400
    Cypress ….. 24,300
    Grapefruit ….. 22,600
    Hyssop ….. 20,900
    Balsam Fir ….. 20,500
    Niaouli ….. 18,600
    Thyme ….. 15,960
    Oregano ….. 15,300
    Cassia ….. 15,170
    Sage ….. 14,800
    Mountain Savory ….. 11,300
    Cinnamon Bark ….. 10,340
    Tsuga ….. 7,100
    Valerian ….. 6,200
    Cistus ….. 3,860
    Eucalyptus globulus ….. 2,410
    Orange ….. 1,890
    lemongrass ….. 1,780
    Helichrysum ….. 1,740
    Ravensara ….. 890
    lemon ….. 660
    Frankincense ….. 630
    Spearmint ….. 540
    lavender ….. 360
    Rosemary ….. 330
    Juniper ….. 250
    Roman Chamomile ….. 240
    Sandalwood ….. 160

Compare these numbers with the berries and you can tell how potent essential oils really are. The last six oils on this chart are even more powerful than wolfberries.

Clove is the champion of all with an ORAC score over 10 million!! That means a drop of Clove contains 400 times more antioxidant per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all known fruits.
Of course, the comparison isn’t quite fair since oils are concentrates while fresh fruits are not, nevertheless, a 15 ml bottle of Clove Oil has the antioxidant capacity of 150 lbs of carrots, 40 quarts of blueberries or 16 gallons of beet juice.

TWO DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OIL OF CLOVE
Have the Antioxidant Power of . . .
2.5 tablespoons of NingXia Red Juice, 5 pounds of carrots, 2.5 quarts of carrot juice, 10 oranges, 20 ounces or orange juice, 2.5 pounds of beets, 1 pint of beet juice, 4 cups of raspberries, 2.5 cups of blueberries.

This means a drop of clove in your drinking water or a drop of any edible essential oil in anything you eat, is good support for a healthy immune system and you don’t have to eat a dozen oranges or drink a quart of beet juice every day to do it. A couple of spoonfuls of NingXia Red will do it, too.

The bottom is this: The benefits of breathing, applying and taking essentials oils internally while consuming NingXia Red and other supplements are far greater than you can imagine.
NingXia Red is a super-antioxidant berry juice containing juices from berries and essential oils rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene.

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climbingSummer is almost over. YAY! My favorite time of year is coming. I love the autumn months. It is starting to cool down a bit and the humidity is much lower. This is the time of year when many people are out trying to get a few last minute fun in the sun before the winter weather is upon us. Enjoying the fall colors with a nice hike or a bike ride. Playing sports with friends. This is also a good time for yard work and house repairs. Lots of autumn activities that could result in tired, overworked muscles.

We have these issues during all seasons. Winter months may have snow shoveling and winter sports like skiing, sledding, etc.

Improper or excessive use and tension of muscles can lead to symptoms of overworked muscles hours later. When muscles undergo excessive tension for a length of time, muscle fatigue, stiffness, and aches may be experienced.

Young Living has several products that are helpful in supporting tired achy muscles. Some of these are included in the monthly promo for September.

PanAway –
PanAway is a blend of wintergreen, which has an active principle similar to cortisone; clove, which contains eugenol, used by dentists to numb gums; peppermint, calming for nerves; and helichrysum, soothing to overworked muscles.

PanAway is a wonderful oil blend to have on hand for those days when you get a little too much exercise, play sports or work too hard.

Apply on location for muscles, compress on the spine, rub on reflexology points of feet.

Ortho Sport –
A stronger version of Ortho Ease, Ortho Sport Massage Oil is designed for both professional and amateur athletes, as well as anyone who works or plays hard. Ortho Sport Massage Oil has a higher phenol content, which has been used traditionally to produce a warming sensation and provide relief to tired muscles.

Ortho Sport contains:
Grapeseed oil, wheatgerm oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, wheatgerm oil, vitamin E, and pure therapeutic-grade essential oils of birch, juniper, marjoram, red thyme, vetiver, peppermint, eucalyptus australiana and lemongrass

Wintergreen
A refreshing, minty, sweet aroma is stimulating and invigorating. Great addition to lotions and ointments that are applied after activity.
Includes the naturally occurring constituent methyl salicylate.

Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil comes from Young Living’s new Northern Lights Farm in British Columbia, Canada.

Northern Lights Black Spruce can also be applied anywhere, including to the bottoms of feet, along the spine, back of neck, or used for massage. This oil includes the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, camphene, and beta-pinene

Apply to bottoms of feet, along the spine, back of neck, or wherever desired or use for massage.

Suggested Use
Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of V-6 oil.
Apply to desired area as needed.
Aromatic: Diffuse up to 30 minutes 3 times daily.

Essential Oils can be soothing for overworked muscles.

A few options:

Muscle Relaxing Oils:
Basil, German Chamomile, helichrysum, lavender, marjoram, peppermint, Aroma Siez

Analgesic Oils: Bergamot, wintergreen, helichrysum, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, PanAway, peppermint, Cool Azul, Deep Relief

How to prepare your own High-Powered Massage Oil:

Add these formulas to 4 oz. V-6 Mixing oil or Massage oil base.

Cooling and Soothing blend 1

Recipe:
10 drops basil
8 drops wintergreen
6 drops cypress
3 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base to massage larger areas of the body.

Cooling and Soothing blend 2

    3 drops lavender
    4 drops cypress
    3 drops wintergreen
    4 drops marjoram
    5-6 drops Roman chamomile
    4 drops peppermint

    Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base to massage larger areas of the body.

Cooling and Soothing blend 3

    10 drops wintergreen
    10 drops peppermint
    10 drops marjoram
    8 drops elemi
    8 drops vetiver
    5 drops helichrysum
    5 drops cypress
    Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base to massage larger areas of the body.

Cooling and Soothing blend 4

    20 drops wintergreen
    15 drops marjoram
    10 drops juniper
    10 drops cypress
    6 drops spruce

    Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Massage Oil Base to massage larger areas of the body.

You can add these formulas to 4 oz. of Ortho Ease to strengthen its effects.

These oils can also be added to the cream or salve recipe below.

Making a Salve or Cream
SOFT – This is a good one if you are wanting something closer to a lotion.
FIRM – A little more firmness.
X-TRA FIRM – this version would be a good choice for a foot or elbow balm.
HARD – Good for a lip balm or deodorant.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup of Oil Mixture- a combination of…
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Beeswax, Shea Butter, or combination of the two:
SOFT: Use 2 Tbsp per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
FIRM: Use 4 Tbsp per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
EXTRA-FIRM: Use 6 Tbsp per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
HARD: Use 8 Tbsp per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture

DIRECTIONS
Place coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil and beeswax and shea butter in small glass jar. Place jar into pan and fill with approximately 2-inches of water. Heat over medium-heat, stirring mixture in jar until everything is melted. Remove pan from heat.

Using a clean kitchen towel or wash cloth, carefully remove jar from pan and place on cutting board to cool. While cooling stir with knife
to make sure contents stay well mixed.

Before adding your choice of essential oils, let the mixture cool a little but not too much. Letting the mixture cool helps to preserve and
protect the delicate chemical constituents in the essential oils. You can speed the process by gently stirring with a clean knife. Add the
essential oils while stirring and mixture is just starting to turn opaque and beginning to harden.

How to Make Hot and Cold Compresses

Preparing for a hot compress:
Fill a bowl with very hot water.
Add 4 to 5 drops of essential oil.
Dip a folded piece of sterile cotton cloth into the prepared water. Squeeze out excess water. Place the moistened cloth onto the affected area until it reaches body temperature. Repeat steps 3 through 5 two to three times.

Preparing for a cold compress, replace hot water with ice cold water and follow with steps 2 through 6.

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