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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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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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wolfberry-cheesecakeThe Crust:

1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
3/4 c. roasted pine nuts, chopped
1 tsp. olive oil
1/4 c. Young Living Blue Agave
1/3 c. unsalted butter, melted

Cut together, with pastry cutter or forks, graham crackers crumbs, pine nuts, and Blue Agave. Slowly add melted butter while cutting the mixture. Be sure to completely incorporate butter before adding more. Stop adding butter when the mixture is able to hole its form when pressed between fingers. Spritz a 9″ spring form pan with olive oil on the bottom and sides. Press crust mixture to cover the bottom of pan. Set aside.

First Layer:

48 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 egg whites. beaten stiff
2 c. Young Living Blue Agave
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. Young Living Organic Dried Wolfberries, Item # 6360

Soften cream cheese to the point that it is easily blended with an electric mixer. Add Blue Agave, blending it with the cream cheese until smooth. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl. Fold egg whites and vanilla extract into cream cheese mixture and add wolfberries. Pour into the prepared pie crust. Bake the first layer at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, leaving the cheese cake in for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Second Layer:

2 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbs. Young Living Blue Agave

Mix all three ingredients until creamy. Spread on top of chilled cheese cake. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow cake to cool completely before removing the ring from the pan.

Cheesecake Topping:

1/4 c. Young Living Organic Dried Wolfberries
2 c. fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries
1/2 c. Blue Agave
1 tsp. lemon juice

Puree all ingredients. Drizzle over cheesecake slices before serving.

Makes 16 servings.

Ingredients For Filling:

Ingredients For the Topping:

    1 1/4 cups Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
    1 cup almond flour
    8 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into bits, divided
    3 tablespoons blue agave nectar

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the fruit, Blue Agave, Lemon Vitality Essential Oil and corn starch. Stir until the corn starch has dissolved. Spoon mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Mix together einkorn flour and almond flour. Cut in 5 tablespoons of the butter till the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the Blue Agave with a fork. Toss it evenly over the fruit and dot the top with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter.

Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes. The topping should be golden brown and the fruit bubbling and somewhat thickened.



agave-berry-cobbler Servings: 8

2 cups coconut milk (rice or almond milk can be used as substitute)
2 frozen bananas
1-2 dates if you desire more sweetness
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 – 1 cup spinach to give it color & add a nutritional punch.
2 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil
2 heaping TBS cacao nibs or chocolate chips

Mix first 6 ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Add cacao nibs and blend a bit more.



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