What is your typical response when faced with the wrenching pain of a headache? I have a sneaky suspicion that you find your bottle of Ibuprofen (it is stashed in your desk drawer!), pop a couple of pills and hope for immediate relief (or a good excuse to go home early!). You are in good company, as the estimated annual consumption of aspirin in the United States is 80 tablets per year, or 1 to 2 pills a week…to me, that sounds like an awful lot of pain and suffering.
My husband likes to joke that I am a snake handler…a bit of a hippy-dippy that would rather sip green tea and mediate on my yoga mat than take first world medicines. I really am not that bad, promise! I get my annual flu shot, vaccinate my kids and, just recently, sang the sweet praises of NyQuil as my 10 year old daughter hadn’t slept in over 48 hours. However, in most cases (e.g. when I am not overly sleep deprived!), I prefer alternative remedies like those offered by doTERRA.
Before I start sounding like one of its committed sales directors (doTERRA is a multi-level marketing company after all!), I must be partial and admit my skepticism. Stroll the aisles of Whole Foods and your local drug store and you will find endless products championing the benefits of essential oils. So what really makes doTerra different? The answer is deeply rooted in its commitment to harvesting oils in their natural environment (where potency can thrive!), their transparency in utilizing third-party agencies for testing (purity authentication!) and finally in the company’s supportive undertaking of its consumers (education is everything!).
The success of the doTERRA brand is deeply rooted in enlightening its audience. With the assistance of doTERRA Leader and Wellness Educator, Logan Campbell, I learned both how and why to use doTERRA essential oils on a regular basis. She explained that the possibilities are truly endless when you open yourself to the natural solutions they can provide. In her own home, where she diligently balances the wellness of her three young children, she uses them for literally EVERYTHING…from immune support and stress relief to cleaning and cooking. Hmmmm, cooking you say? Now, I was intrigued!
She explained that one of the most overlooked (and might I add, Most Fun!) ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily regimen is to use them when cooking. Feeling inspired, I was ready to start marinating, braising and dressing every meat, herb and vegetable that I could find. Ooops, novice error! These oils don’t behave like every day oils. Rather, they should be viewed as powerful extracts that conveniently add depth and flavor to dishes by using the fewest of drops (seriously, resist the temptation and limit yourself to 3 to 4 drops!). With this new wealth of knowledge, I started experimenting (again!) and truly enjoyed the dynamic tastes that essential oils like lemon and peppermint brought to my vinaigrettes and herbal teas.
Moreover, I found an amazing flavor combination when I tossed rolled oats with coconut oil and doTERRA wild orange essential oil. Wow, it smelled intensely fabulous and once baked with honey, vanilla and almonds, magic began to happen! The end result… (1) a new family favorite: Dark Chocolate and Dried Apricot Trail Mix! and (2) a welcome addition to my holistic (ok, semi-holistic!) lifestyle!
I hope you enjoy playing with essential oils in your kitchen as much as I do…and, in honor of staying “Open in the Kitchen,” my dear friend Logan has extended a 15% discount on the following essential oils, which might I add are simply perfect for creative cooking: WILD ORANGE, LIME, LEMON, PEPPERMINT, & BASIL. To take advantage of this generous offer, simply contact Logan via email at email@example.com or find her on facebook at Living Well with Logan to join her regular group discussion and learn how to fully incorporate doTERRA products into your daily life!
Xoxo, and enjoy your own adventure into the world of essential oils!
- 3 c Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
- ½ tsp Salt
- ⅔ c Coconut Oil
- ⅓ c Honey
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 c Raw Almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1 c Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1 c Dried Apricots, diced (or 1 6 oz Bag, diced)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the oats and salt together; set aside.
- In a small saucepan, warm the coconut oil for 2 to 3 minutes;stir in the honey and vanilla and cook 1 additional minute.
- Pour the honey-oil mixture over the seasoned oats and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, then add the chopped almonds and cook for an additional 20 minutes of cooking (tossing the mixture 2 additional times during cooking to prevent over-browning in spots).
- Transfer to a cooling surface for 20 minutes (I typically line my kitchen counter with 2 sheets of parchment for this step!), then stir in dark chocolate chips and diced apricots.
- Enjoy! Trail mix can be stored for 5 to 7 days in a well-sealed container.