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Strawberry Citrus Slush

 

 

September 22, 2016 will be the official date that Fall 2016 begins, but it is still hot in my neck of the woods – so I went went looking for something to wet my whistle. My desire for something refreshing and cold led me to one of my favorite recipe sites: The doTERRA Blog. I knew I wanted something simple that I could share with all of you, and the added benefit of cooking with Essential Oils was just another reason to go to the doTERRA blog.

I know how potent the doTERRA oils are, and I was in the mood for Lemon and Lime Essential Oils. Just a drop in 8 oz. of water can help cleanse your body in such a natural way. Best of all, it’s delishious! The oils are not juice. They are oils cold pressed from the rind of the fruit. Essentially you are adding the immune system of the plant itself. How cool is that!

As promised – This is what I found: An absolutely delicious recipe for a Strawberry Citrus Slush:

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh lemonade
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 lemon, juiced (I omitted this step)
4 drops Lemon essential oil
4 drops Lime essential oil
3 cups ice
3 tablespoons white sugar or 1/2 teaspoon stevia (I used raw honey)

Note: For a less tart version, omit fresh lemon juice or add more sweetener.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in blender.
Blend until smooth or at desired consistency.
Pour into cups and enjoy.

Note: For a more “smoothie” like consistency, add 2 cups of strawberries and 2 cups of ice.

I have a Meyer Lemon Tree in my yard, so I make my own lemonade with coconut sugar (to taste), and the doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil. It is so much better than store bought lemonade – but if you don’t have a lemon tree, I like the Paul Newman brand of Lemonade. I think it is a better brand than the rest that is on the commercial market. Note: I left out the fresh lemon juice and used more strawberries.The extra lemon juice made it a bit tart for my taste. Also,  Instead of the white sugar noted in the recipe, I used raw honey.

I have to say that this was exactly what I was looking for in a refreshing drink for this afternoon! Add a stainless steel straw and you are good to go!

It. Was. Yummy! staryberry-citrus

Enjoy!

 

 

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I have recently discovered the glorious world of Essential Oils. I had no idea what I was missing until I received an air diffuser as a gift from a wonderful friend.

I have spent the better part of the last 5 years trying to lighten the toxic load of chemicals in my body – not an easy feat – since our entire world is laden with toxicity. The air we breathe, the chemicals that we use to clean our houses, the food we eat – it is a constant burden for our bodies to release the toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Well, Essential Oils can really help reduce this toxic load in a delightful and delicious way!

There are 3 ways to experience Essential Oils:

  1. Aromatically
  2. Internally
  3. Topically

Now, there are a lot of Essential Oil companies out there, but after extensive research, I have also found that not all Essential Oils are created alike. My Essential Oils of choice are the ones created by doTERRA. They are, by far, the most pure oils you can buy, and because of their purity, we can experience many of their oils internally. Lemon water. Yummy. I drink it all day. Finally a delicious way to get the 8 glasses of water my body needs every day. When I want a change in flavor, I can have Grapefruit, Orange, Lime….so many to choose from. No toxins, no added sugar – just the flavor of real citrus and the cleansing power that goes along with it. It is just great! I cook with them. They are delicious added to food. Cinnamon in my coffee? Yep. Peppermint in my coco? You bet. Pure flavor. Nothing fake. Love it.

If that doesn’t convince you to try Essential Oils how’s this: If you don’t already know this – fragrance – whether it comes from perfume or as an additive – is toxic. Perfumes and fragrances are hormone disrupters! Ugh. Who has time for that nonsense? I gave up perfume years ago. I also stopped burning scented candles. I now use an Essential Oil air diffuser, and an entire new world has opened up for me!

As I mentioned above, I received an air diffuser as a gift from a friend. I now have 3 at all times. I always have one at home diffusing, I take one with me when I travel and then I always have one on hand to give to someone, who has experienced the oils in my home or office. Once you experience the diffuser, you will be hooked. The air in your home is cleaner, you sleep better, your moods improve and I find that in my experience, my stress level has decreased. It has even calmed down my cats who were not getting along!…..The doTERRA diffusers are very simple to operate and automatically shut off. A definite plus.

There are so many ways to use Essential Oils in our lives. Stay tuned! We will learn together right here!

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