My journey in life as a stay at home mom building a career and being a caregiver to my mother and husband. Balancing life, family, and the unexpected. Contact me on the Weekly Essential face book page or feel free to email me if you would like to know more about essential oils or a business opportunity kollette@weeklyessential.com. Essential oils not only changed my life but helped me be prepared for the unexpected in life and how to deal with it.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday Diffuser Blends

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One of the first things I do when I get up is start the diffuser in the kitchen, then the one in the living room. I keep the one going in the living room all day long. My husband fills and gets the kids diffusers ready during the day and I start them at bed time. We are huge diffuser fans and it is so much fun to find new blends and even create some of our own. I love the new doTERRA diffuser that runs for 10 hours. The kids all have a Petal Diffuser which is great, they have lasted the longest and I have tried all kinds of diffusers. Hands down, doTERRA's are the best. Worth the investment.

Even though we love to make our own blends, and I love sharing with you blend recipes that I find. I came accross a whole bunch of Holiday Blends.  doTERRA has two amazing Holiday Blends, Holiday Joy and Holiday Peace. Check out the shop tab to learn more about those blends. Now lets celebrate this magical time of year with these Holiday Blends.

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Candy Cane Forest
- 3 drops Holiday Joy Blend or Wild Orange
- 2 drops Wintergreen
- 2 drops Peppermint

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- 2 drops Wild Orange
- 2 drops Cinnamon
- 1 drop Arborvitae
- 1 drop Clove

Long Winter’s Sleep
- 1 drop Cassia
- 2 drops Cedarwood
- 2 drops Wild Orange

Bye, Bye Winter Blues
-3 drops Citrus Bliss
-2 drops Juniper Berry
-2 drops Frankincense

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Spiced Apple Cider
- 3 drops Wild Orange
- 2 drops Cinnamon
- 2 drops Ginger

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Warm and Cozy
-2 drops Cinnamon
-2 drops Wild Orange
-2 drops Clove
-1 drop Nutmeg

Fresh Snow
-3 drops Siberian Fir
-2 drops Cardamom
-1 drop Clove

Candy Cane
-4 drops Peppermint
-3 drops Bergamot
-4 drops Siberian Fir
-3 drops Peppermint
-3 drops wild orange

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Gingerbread House 
- 3 drops Ginger
- 2 drops Cinnamon
- 2 drops Clove

Warm Wishes
- 2 drops Douglas Fir
- 2 drops Cassia
- 2 drops Wild Orange
- 1 drop Clove

Please share your favorite blends below! 

Enjoy the Holidays and have fun with these amazing smelling blends. 
Recipes from Synduit and doTERRA, Photos Weekly Essential and Google
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Essential Cooking and Recipes

One of the greatest benefits of essential oils is their wide variety of uses. With so many different oils that each hold unique benefits and advantages, you can incorporate essential oils into nearly every area of your daily routine and lifestyle. Essential oils can help with things like relaxation and sleep, beautifying the skin and hair, creating a soothing massage, repelling insects naturally, cleansing surfaces around the home—and so on. Because cooking, eating, and drinking are such a natural part of our everyday lives, it is no surprise that essential oils are also useful in the kitchen.

Why Essential Oils in the Kitchen?
* They add Flavor
* Internal Benefits
* Safe Natural Ingredients
* Convenience
Make sure you are using doTERRA essential oils only for cooking. Read labels and make sure you can consume internally.

Convert, Dilute, Delay
One of the many reasons why people incorporate essential oils into their recipes is because of the simplicity of adding 1-2 drops of a specific oil versus spending time chopping and slicing. But it is also extremely important to use essential oils the right way so that you can experience the health benefits while also avoiding overpowering your meals with flavors that are too intense.

Remember these THREE words and you will be all set!

CONVERT - Remember that the essential oil is a concentrated portion of its original source. A good rule of thumb is to use one drop of oil to replace a teaspoon of a specific ingredient in your recipe.

DILUTE - Another thing to remember when cooking with essential oils is that they should still be diluted into a lipid first. This not only keeps us safe, but it helps to ensure the oil (and flavor) gets dispersed throughout the whole dish. For savory recipes, dilute into a bit of olive or coconut oil. Stir, then add to the recipe. For sweet recipes, honey or syrup works well.

DELAY - For hot recipes, wait until the end of the process before adding the essential oil. These are called “volatile oils” for a reason – they are relatively fragile and will dissipate quickly in high heat!

For more cooking tips, download the Cooking with essential oils ebook here. Also on side bar of this blog. 
Here is a link to Essential Thanksgiving recipes from a recent blog post, just in time for the holidays. Enjoy Essential Thanksgiving Recipes 2017

My Top Ten Essential Oils for Cooking
Here are my top ten cooking oils:

1 - Lavender: Since this oil is considered one of the most gentle to use, I recommend including lavender if your desired flavor is delicate and floral.

2 - Peppermint: This is one of the most popular oils to cook with because of its cool and refreshing flavor. Peppermint is linked to increased level of energy so if you add a drop to your next brownie batch you might have an extra pep in your step.

3 - All Citrus Oils: Whether you use Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, or even Tangerine oil, you will enjoy these oils in a variety of recipes (especially smoothies).

4 - Bergamot: Although this oil has a citrusy flavor, I want to highlight it separately. Try bergamot in scone recipes and treats to take advantage of its excellent pairing with mild flavors.

5 - Cinnamon Bark: Cinnamon essential oil works very well in sweet dishes to replace powdered cinnamon bark. Think cinnamon French toast, or an extra cinnamon boost in cinnamon rolls. But it is EXTREMELY important to dilute properly to protect sensitive membranes, and to only use a drop or two for a recipe.

6 - Cardamom: Use cardamom and cinnamon bark as part of a chai flavor blend or in any spice-flavored dessert or treat. You can also use this oil if your desire is to add a warm flavor touch to meat dishes and main courses.

7 - Ginger: Add ginger to sweet treats like ginger snaps, gingerbread, and spiced drinks. You can also try it in sauces for savory dishes like stir fries and marinades.

8 - Thyme: As a savory flavor, add thyme to main course dishes, especially when meat is involved. The herbaceous flavor blends well into soups, stews, and baked goods as well.

9 - Fennel: I am going to warn you that this oil should NOT be used daily or in excess so it really should NOT be for the beginner cook, but once you feel ready to add a drop of this oil to your dish you can get really creative. Some ideas include savory marinades, soups, sausages, and various ethnic recipes.

10 - Cilantro: Use cilantro essential oil where you would use cilantro such as in salsas, dips, and savory cuisine.

Feel free to share any oils you have experienced with in the past!
Up next - some of my FAVORITE recipes from the dōTERRA® blog: Recipes here

I am posting my top three favorites and links for the rest of the recipes from the class. I thought it would be helpful to have them all in one place and easy to reference. 

Cumin Rainbow Salsa
Don’t let this dish fool you - it’s beauty not only lies in it’s colors but also it’s taste and health benefits as well! Everyone loves this recipe it is so easy and good.

What you need
3 roma tomatoes, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
1 orange bell pepper, cored and diced
1 yellow bell pepper, cored and diced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 fresh corn cobs, cut corn off of cob
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2/3 cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 drop of Cumin essential oil
2 teaspoons salt
tortilla chips

What to do
Combine the tomatoes, jalapeno, bell peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro, and red onion in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl whisk together lime juice, garlic powder, Cumin essential oil, and salt until combined. Pour the juice over the salsa and toss until well combined.
Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate.

Dark Chocolate Ginger Waffle 
A recipe is truly worth sharing when it pleases not only the adults, but the kids as well!

What you need
1 cups cake flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse salt
3 large eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
½ cup coconut oil, liquid form
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 medium zucchini, shredded (smallest shredder size possible)
2 drops Ginger essential oil
real maple syrup, for topping
What to do
1.Preheat oven to 250°F and place a wire rack over a baking sheet, set aside.
2.In a large bowl, combine the flours, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3.Whisk until evenly combined.
4.Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the egg yolks, buttermilk, coconut oil, almond extract, vanilla extract, and Ginger essential oil. Mix until just combined and lump-free.
5.In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Make sure the bowl and beaters are super clean so that the egg whites fluff up properly. Add the beaten egg whites to the batter, a little at a time, and fold them in gently until evenly combined.
6.Shred zucchini and fold into batter.
7.Heat waffle iron and lightly grease with cooking spray. Add about ¼ cup of batter to the center of the hot waffle iron. Close lid and cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions.
8.Stamp out desired Halloween shapes. Transfer to prepared wire rack baking sheet. Keep waffles warm in the preheated oven while you continue to cook the rest. Serve with the Greek Yogurt Ginger-Almond Whipped Cream (link below) and real maple syrup. Enjoy!
This yum-worthy recipe yields 10 waffles that are also perfect for freezing.
View the Recipe here: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/recipe-dark-chocolate-ginger-waffles-with-cream

Lazy Avocado Sushi
Lazy Avocado Sushi can be eaten as an exotic and easy after-school snack or a quick and elegant lunch. We love this recipe and 

What you need
  •1 avocado
  •1 cup brown rice, cooked
  •4 tablespoons soy sauce
  •1- 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  •1 toothpick of Ginger essential oil
  • Sesame seeds
  •Essential oil variations:
-Wild Orange
Topping Variations:
High quality raw salmon, tuna, or yellowtail
Cooked shrimp
Fresh pineapple, diced
Fresh mango, diced
Coconut shavings
Lemon, sliced thinly
Lime, sliced thinly
Fish sauce

What to do 
Cut avocado in half.
1.In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce and rice vinegar. Dip a toothpick into the orifice of the Ginger essential oil.
2.Dip toothpick into sauce mixture and swirl to combine.
3.Mix rice with sauce. Top avocado with rice. Drizzle more sauce on top if desired, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
4.Scoop out with a spoon and enjoy your lazy sushi bite by bite!

Here are the rest of the recipes from the Essential Cooking class
Click on photo or link for full recipe

Ginger Shrimp & Mango Skewers with Paleo Crema

 For Recipe Click here

Rosemary Zucchini Fettuccine

For Full Recipe Click Here

Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
For Recipe Click Here

Glazed Spicy Sweet Potatoes
For Recipe Click Here

Carrot and Ginger Rice with Mint
For Recipe click here

Cumin Pan Seared Talipia
For Recipe Click Here

Moroccan Beef Tagine
Click Here for Recipe

Italian Summer Skewers
Click Here for recipe

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts & Asparagus
Click Here for Recipe

That concludes all the recipes from the Essential Cooking Class. Please let me know if you have any questions. Remember the Cooking and Baking Tab above for tips and tricks. Remember to download the ebook and if you are looking for Thanksgiving recipes, check out this blog post. 

Enjoy cooking with essential oils. 

Credit goes to Synduit and doTERRA for recipes, photos, and information on cooking. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Today our weather changes, we have wind and rain expected today and snow tomorrow. The temperature is dropping and next week will be colder. Tonight, we will be having Chicken Tortilla Soup. I love making soups, especially with essential oils. I really enjoy cooking and baking with essential oils. They smell extra good, taste amazing and we are getting the benefits of the herbs and oils. We have six people in our household, I love to double recipes and freeze some for those nights you want soup and don't have time to prepare it. This recipe is perfect for the slow cooker and dinner is done.

This soup tastes amazing and it's healthy too! Don't let the long list of ingredients overwhelm you, all you do is dump everything into the slow cooker and walk away. Garnish with grated Cheddar, avocados, and a splash of fresh lime juice. Top with Crushed tortilla chips. 

What you need

  • 1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed
  • 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green Chile peppers or canned if that is easier (optional)
  • 1 can organic black beans rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 1 can organic kidney beans (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
    1 toothpick dip Cilantro Essential Oil
    1 drop Black Pepper Essential Oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn or 1 can drained Organic corn
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla Chips

What to do

  1. 1. Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chilies, beans, and garlic into a slow cooker. Add essential oils to water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in corn and cilantro. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.

  2. 2. Garnish with grated Cheddar, avocados, and a splash of fresh lime juice. Top with Crushed tortilla chips. 

Cilantro and Black Pepper are two great essential oils to cook with and have in your kitchen. To purchase these to oils click here or the shop tab above. If you have any questions on cooking with essential oils, click on the tab above for tips and tricks. Enjoy and bring essential oils into your life. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Doulas Fir

Douglas Fir is one of my favorite oils this time of year. It smells so good and has so many wonderful qualities, make sure you catch the video at the end and for the Chemistry here is a post from the doTERRA Science Blog. 

Douglas Fir is sourced from evergreen fir trees in New Zealand, Douglas Fir oil possesses a unique chemical composition that gives it a purifying, uplifting, refreshing fragrance. The Douglas Fir is often used in the Christmas tree industry because of its fresh, woody aroma reminiscent of the outdoors. Along with an inviting, refreshing scent, Douglas Fir oil can help purify the skin when applied topically. 

Benefits of Douglas Fir
  • Promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing
  • Cleansing and purifying to the skin
  • Promotes a positive mood and sense of focus
Douglas Fir smells; Clean, Fresh, Woody, Airy, it is steam distilled and it is from the Branch and leaf of the tree. 

Douglas Fir is a conifer that grows natively throughout North America. It is a tall evergreen fir tree. doTERRA Douglas Fir essential oil is sustainably sourced from young trees in New Zealand, where it is a highly invasive species threatening the country’s ecosystem. By harvesting the young Douglas Fir trees and using them for essential oil, doTERRA is helping to combat the environmental impact of the trees overtaking the land while providing a premium conifer essential oil. Douglas Fir has a unique chemical composition that’s particularly rich in beta-pinene, contributing to its ability to promote feelings of clear airways. Douglas Fir can also be used to purify the skin and promote a positive mood. Blending Douglas Fir with citrus oils will create an uplifting environment while freshening the air.

How to use
  • Combine Douglas Fir with Wild Orange, Lemon, or Bergamot in a diffuser to freshen the air, uplift mood, and promote a sense of focus.
  • Add 1 drop to facial cleanser, bar soap, or body wash for added cleansing benefits and an invigorating aroma.
  • Diffuse 2–3 drops Douglas Fir with 2–3 drops Eucalyptus, or rub into hands and inhale deeply to promote feelings of clear airways and easy breathing.
  • Combine with 1-2 drops of Wintergreen for a relaxing massage experience.
  • Use aromatically by inhaling from a bottle, diffuse or place drops in hand and rub and inhale.
  • Apply 1-3 drops on base of spine or on bottom of feet.
Diffuse or Apply Topically
Douglas Fir in one of the oils that you can not take internally. It smells so good and a wonderful essential oil to have for the Holidays.
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Here is a wonderful video from doterra on Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir breaks you free from from destructive traditions passed down through their families. It assists letting go of harmful patterns. It encourages healthy family dynamics where people and meaningful relationships are valued over blind loyalty to traditions. Generational healing, respect for elders, wisdom, learning from the past. 

Here are a few other idea's from doTERRA blog to use Douglas Fir

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Enjoy this oil! 

References and credit goes to doTERRA.com, doTERRA Living Magazine.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not

intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.