Suggested Reading!

I am always looking to expand my knowledge! This year my focus is going to be on essential oils in general. I am even wanting to look into aromatherapy classes this year. I have not decided what classes I am going to take so here are some books I recommend, and some I have not yet read, but I am getting ready to! I will write up my review once I have it!

I look forward to updating this page as I have read the books, and as I find more books! All of my added comments will be found in blue. Find out what I think after I read it!

Reference:

In Young Living, this is the most recommended reference book! Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition I can not tell you how you how excited I was to get this book!

I have not read the Oola books yet, but I think I need to. Oola for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World–7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness Within You This is not out yet, but I did get Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

Essential Oils for a healthier life!

  • Essential Oils For Weight Loss: Your Guide To Kickstart Your Weight Loss With Essential Oils (weight loss strategies, weight loss tips) (Volume 1) I loved this book! I got the ebook copy of it, and I do not see that offered any longer but I really did learn a lot from this book! I knew Lemon, Peppermint, and Grapefruit were great for weight management, but this taught me beyond those 3 oils!
  • Oil Pulling: Oil Pulling Therapy- Detoxify, Heal & Transform your Body through Oil Pulling (Natural Remedies, Oil Pulling, Oral Health, Coconut Oil, Oral Cleansing) This book was okay but I am not sure I am sold on oil pulling. If you want to learn more this is a great place to start.
  • Essential Oils for Dogs: Natural Remedies and Natural Dog Care Made Easy: Includes Essential Oils for Puppies and K9’s This is a good starting point for essential oils and pets, but I would not call this a reference book.
  • Essential Oils For Beginners: The Little Known Secrets to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Weight Loss, Beauty and Healing I am only halfway through this book and I am very happy with it! This is great for a beginner and someone who wants to learn more about essential oils. Pull out pen and paper you will want to take notes!

Gardening Books:

  • Container Gardening For Dummies I bought a hard copy of this. I have not read it cover to cover yet, but I do love what I have read!
  • How to Grow Potatoes: Planting and Harvesting Organic Food From Your Patio, Rooftop, Balcony, or Backyard Garden (Booklet) I bought the Kindle version of this book. This book is for people who have never grow potatoes before. (That was me!) This book also has the plans for a great potato box. I think that is the box we are using this year too!

Young Living as a career!

No bad books, but not as exciting as others

  • Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide Revealing the Power of Essential Oils This book was not bad. It uses the British method of essential oils and I have different thoughts on that. (British says no internal use) Other than that is has some good basic info and good info for use of essential oils in beauty. I think I got a copy that was two books in one, and I was way less interested in the second book.
  • Aromatherapy and Essential Oils: A Beginners Guide (Lifestyle Guides Book 6) This book was not bad, at times it is a little overwhelming. It is worth the price if you can not afford a more complete book. Personally, I would save up and get a guide.
  • ESSENTIAL OILS:: Essential oils and Aromatherapy Healthy Recipes Guide for Weight Loss, Healing and Beauty (Essential Oils for Beginners, Healing, Stress Relief, Aromatherapy for all Occasions) This was a lot like any other beginner guides. It has good safety warnings, and great carrier oil info but past that the recipes are pretty average and the info about the oils is limited.
  • Essential Oils: A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Stress Reduction, Aromatherapy and Personal Care Pretty much like the other really basic books but it does touch briefly on essential oils and children. The other books do not even bring this up. I think this may also be a British Method book but I am not sure. One thing that bothered me is that it says to add oil to bath water. Oil and water don’t mix, you need a bath salt or something to mix with a bath.

Books I have but have not read yet!

Please note I have not read these yet, I can not say how good or bad they are yet, I honestly hope they are all good. I will update this as I read them!

Books that turned out to be disappointing:

  • 10 Essential Oils That Gave Me Freedom: How To Use Them And My Personal Story! (18 Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes To Go Chemical-Free with Essential Oils Book 2) This turned out to be a big sales pitch for doTerra. I would like to point out I do not have a problem with doTerra but I am not happy that this book is $2.99 for something you can learn for free on many blogs or an oil 101.
  • Essential Oils: A Guide to Improving Your Mental Well-Being with Essential Oils Over priced for VERY basic info. This one is not worth your time or money. 
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Lemon Whipped Cream Recipe!

I found this AMAZING recipe! That I will be sharing in the group. You are lucky my blog readers to see it here before them! There is a whole lot you are missing, though, so you may want to think about joining!

Did You Know FOODIES

This recipe is even Vegan. I am not Vegan, but this sounds so good! My sister-in-Law and my baby niece are both Vegan, and I am always looking for good recipes for when they are here

My Favorite Christmas Cookie: Pfeffernusse

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I used to eat these every year as a kid. Years later I had forgotten about them. A few weeks ago my daughter and I were going through cookie cookbooks and I found a recipe for them. This was my first time to make them, and I think they are amazing!

I tend to look up a recipe online and compare it to a bunch of other recipes and kinda make one I think I will really like. When I saw the recipe in the book I could imagine that tasting exactly how I remember them. When I compared the ones online, they were nothing like the recipe from the book. So let me share the flavor of my childhood.

PS: Plan these for a day when you have a few hours. They need to chill for at least 2 hours

This Recipe is from Cookies for Holidays & Every Day by Irena Chambers (The recipe is copied straight from the book. These are not my words but Irena Chambers.) If you like this recipe, look into more of her books. I know I will be.
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger (I left this out)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I used essential oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds (I used Almond Flour) (adding chunks of almonds is pretty awesome too!)
  • 1/4 cup rum (I totally skipped this part)
  • 1/2 cup Confectioners’ sugar (AKA powdered sugar)

Beat the butter and the sugar in a large bowl until the mixture is light and creamy.

Sift together the flour, salt, spices, and pepper.

Add 1/2 cup of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Stir in half the beaten eggs and mix thoroughly. Stir in remaining dry ingredients and beaten egg. Add the almonds and stir gently until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill the batter for a least 2 hours

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter 2 baking sheets.

Pinch off small pieces of the chilled dough and form them into 1/2-inch balls. (I used a cookie scoop) Put them on the baking sheets and bake them for 10 minutes.

Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 10 to 15 minutes and then sprinkle them with rum. While the cookies are still slightly warm, roll them in confectioners’ sugar. Let them cool completely, before storing in an airtight container.

The notes in Blue are me! Cooking with high-quality oils can be a fun experiment and awesome substitution when you find that your nutmeg was used up the day before during a different round of cookie baking. 

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