Saturday, October 1, 2016

Cold Comfort

A change of seasons and weather had me sniffling like a presidential candidate at a debate. What to do to feel better? I have a favorite oil for that.

Besides smelling great, many essential oils also support body systems. Enter Young Living's Thieves essential oil. Thieves is a blend of clove, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, cinnamon, and rosemary. This blend of oils helps support the immune system and the perfect addition to a homemade cough drop recipe. The recipe uses 3 simple ingredients: honey, coconut oil, and cinnamon. All three of these ingredients help boost the immune system.

I used 5 drops of Thieves essential oil instead of the cinnamon. Not to sound too much like a commercial, but Young Living essential oils are the only oils I would consider ingesting. Young Living offers a seed to seal guarantee. Their oils are never diluted or adulterated. They own farms around the world where the plants are grown so they keep an eye on quality control at every step of the process. Not all essential oils can be ingested, and Young Living offers a Vitality line of oils..

Also some oils like Thieves are considered "hot" oils. You must use a carrier like an oil or honey in order to consume the essential oil or the oil could burn skin or mucous membranes. Before ingesting essential oils, make sure the oils are 100% pure essential oils and talk to your doctor or holisitic medical practitioner.

You can plop a half teaspoon of the mixture onto waxed paper or parchment paper, but it's easier to use a candy mold.  After the drops are hardened in the freezer, you can wrap the drops in waxed paper and store them in a container in the refrigerator. Coconut oil will turn to liquid if the temperature is over 76 oF so storing in the fridge is a must. As an extra step, to keep the drops from sticking, I dusted them with a little confectioner's sugar before wrapping them.

Besides being a cold comfort, a drop is also delcious in a cup of tea.


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    1. Yes, you can eat them like candy. If you have a sore throat, they are very soothing. You can plop one in a plain cup of tea to make it a little fancier.