Tea with Essential Oils

We are big on tea in this family.

Growing up, we had black breakfast tea with milk & sugar for almost any occasion:
In the mornings, we had tea.
On cold days in the afternoon, we sipped tea.
When we came home upset because someone hurt our feelings, we talked about it over tea.
If we were sick, we drank tea.
When we were kids, we enjoyed what my grandma called “milk tea”: decaf black tea with lots of milk and spoonfuls of sugar until it tasted sweet.

Tea became synonymous with good feelings, memories, warmth, and coziness. Tea was woven into the culture of our family.

As an adult, I’ve discovered the wide range of different teas. That tea actually came from plants. That some kinds were best without milk and sugar (GASP!). I have some new favorites: Chamomile, Oolong, and Earl Grey. And my kids regularly ask for milk tea. (Even my coffee-loving husband enjoys tea these days!)

When I started using essential oils, I realized I can make “tea” for different ailments or issues using different combos of oils. (Have I mentioned lately that I love having this arsenal of oils that I can mix and match to my heart’s content?)

So here are some of my favorite blends! I hope you enjoy them too.

DIY Earl Grey:
Add 2 drops of Bergamot oil to your tea bag before pouring your water. Add milk, honey, and/or sugar to taste!

Bye Bye Flu:
Add 2 drops of Immunity Blend and 1 drop Lemon oil with a teaspoon of honey. Drink morning and night when sick.

Energizer Bunny:
Add 2 drops peppermint & 1 drop lemon. Drink morning or afternoon when you need a pick-me-up!

Sweet Dreams:
Add 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Bergamot, & 1 drop Roman Chamomile plus honey to taste. Drink before bed to de-stress, calm, and soothe yourself.
*Juniper Berry can be substituted for Roman Chamomile

Tea with Essential Oils

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Baked Brie with Orange Cranberry

I have never been really good at finger foods or fancy appetizers. My idea of hors d’oeuvres is mini hot dogs rolled up in Pillsbury crescent rolls. (Let’s be honest, I actually use the generic crescent rolls!)

Well guess what??? I found a really fancy looking, pretty, delicious “hors d’oeuvres”. And it’s EASY too!

Simply buy a round chunk of Brie cheese and cut the rind off the top. Then bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes, and put a mixture of cranberries with wild orange essential oil on top, bake it for another 5 minutes, and serve it all melty and amazing with crackers!

So officially you will need:
1 can cranberries (whole cranberry sauce, not the stuff that is the shape of the can when it comes out)
1 round of Brie
2 drops Wild Orange essential oil
Pecans for garnish (optional)

Check out this link which is where I originally got the recipe!

I’m loyal to one specific essential oil company, because I’ve found their purity stands far above the rest, and their educational support is second to none. To learn which one is my favorite, use my contact form and I’ll reply with details.

Oregano Dip

I’ve never considered myself a big “party planner”; I would never list “hostess extraordinaire” as one of my hats! However, I do enjoy welcoming people to our home, however humble it is, and spending time with them, and helping them if I can, in whatever way I can.

I’ve now hosted two classes on essential oils at my home and let me tell you: They were a BLAST! I had so much fun preparing! It was really fun to try to come up with creative ways to use the different oils in foods for everyone to try. I have several that were a huge hit (one of them being that Chocolate Peppermint Pie) and have had requests for some of the recipes. Here is the first of those recipes!

I call this “oregano dip” simply because I use Oregano essential oil in it. Some oils are stronger than others – and oregano is one of them. It has a thicker consistency so it takes a little longer to get out of the bottle – but still be cautious because you really only need 1 drop 🙂 Now other than that, I was not super specific with this recipe. I’m listing it flexibly for you so you can adjust depending on how much you need to make.

I wish I had a nice beautiful picture of this for you, but honestly? Everyone ate it so fast there was no time 😉

Let’s say theoretically you want about 1 – 1 1/2 cups of dip.
Here’s what you’ll need, approximately:
4 oz Cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sour cream (adjust to taste; more if you want the dip thinned out)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (the grated Kraft kind, not shredded)
2 handfuls shredded cheddar cheese (I love Triple Cheddar blends)
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
1 dash dried bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 drop Oregano oil
Optional: 1 handful shredded Italian blend or cheddar cheese, freshly ground black pepper to taste

Now just adjust to taste – if you feel you need more of something, go ahead and add it! And remember these are approximations.

All you do is mix the ingredients together with a spoon – or if you’re making a bigger batch, a hand mixer works great.
Serve with crackers, pretzels, and/or fresh veggies.

I’m sure this would be even more fantastic with fresh herbs, but to be honest, this was a last minute thing I threw together using OHI (gotta love it!) which ended up being a hit! It goes so fast! My hubby wanted to keep it all to himself the second time I made it. That’s the best compliment I can get really, when people don’t want to share. 🙂

And Oregano essential oil isn’t just great for cooking. It provides natural immune support against colds & flu, candida, and warts. It’s considered a pain killer, and offers digestive support & metabolic balance. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiparasitic. You definitely want to have this in your arsenal!

I only use essential oils from one company, because their purity and standards are far above the rest, and their educational support is second to none. To learn which one is my favorite, contact me for details.

Quick Tip – Preserving apples

Every year, on “Thanksgiving Eve”, we gather with my mom’s side of the family for Pie Night.

Yes, you read that correctly: PIE NIGHT.
My great – great grandma Kate finally got tired of working so hard to make pies that no one had room to eat after Thanksgiving Dinner, so she declared the Wednesday before to be Pie Night.

For the past several years I’ve been in the process of perfecting the apple pie – trying different methods to see what comes out best.

One issue I’ve had is keeping the apples from browning before I peel and chop them all (I’m not a machine you know, and I’m old fashioned and don’t use a corer or a fancy one-trick pony appliance).

Obviously lemon juice stops the browning, but juicing so many lemons leaves my hands burning and dry.

So, since I have essential oils this year, I decided to try that instead!

First I put some apple cider (only 1/4cup or so) in a large bowl and then added several cups of water and about 6-10 drops of lemon oil.

After I peeled each apple, I put it in this bowl. Then once I was finished peeling all of them, I removed one apple at a time to chop it, replacing it in the bowl.

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Not only did this preserve the apples a bit, but it seasoned them so they tasted very fresh and crisp!

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And, you get all the immunity benefits of the lemon oil!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Natural Momma – Experimenting with “EO’s”

So! I just have to share with you all that for a month now, I’ve been using essential oils (EO’s) for whatever ails my family. After experimenting and testing 10 different types of oils, I am completely sold on their effectiveness for many maladies.

So far I have:
*Completely removed cradle cap from our 6 year old’s head that she has had since she was a baby.
*Felt energized and awake without drinking coffee
*Improved my skin
*Made my own lotion (I KNOW!!! ME!!!)
*Made a homemade sugar scrub
*Stopped a sore throat in its tracks
*Killed canker sores
*Alleviated soreness on my feet from work and my previously broken ankle
*Alleviated headaches
*Helped all of us sleep more deeply
*Smelled wonderful doing it
*Helped my kids’ colds naturally, without use of OTC medications
*Possibly prevented my hubby from getting a cold
*Made my own cleaning /disinfectant solution

I’m considering blogging about some of these things, just because it has become a part of my life as a momma, and that’s what this blog is about! Plus, the fact that you can use them for a lot of DIY home care needs definitely qualifies as a “deal”! (Trust me, it’s easier than you expect, or I wouldn’t be able to do it!)

My mom and I were both very interested in this concept, so we decided together to try them, and chose to enroll as advocates to receive wholesale pricing.

You can check out the oils for yourself here.

God created all the plants and trees and vegetation on our earth. I love that using these oils is not only all-natural, but probably was part of His master plan, as He always gives everything a reason and purpose.

Proverbs 3:8 says, “This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” I have found this to be true of my use of essential oils so far!