Top Essential Oil Apps

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Have you used any essential oil apps? Essential oil apps are great for learning all about various uses of essential oils and for having an essential oil education available while on the go. If you decide to build an essential oils business, then essential oil apps can also help with that too. Here are what I consider to the 6 top essential oil apps. These apps are all available in iOS for iPhone and iPad and most if not all are probably on android as well.

1. Doterra Daily Drop- This app contains a complete library of essential oil videos based on the usage of Doterra essential oils. There are videos according to category. The categories include: weight management, athlete, children, spa, emotional wellness, spring cleanse and lifestyle. There is also a Determine your mood feature that you can use to determine which emotional wellness blends are appropriate according to your current state of mood. The Doterra daily drop app is also available for android.

2. Modern Essentials- This essential oil app is based on the book “Modern Essentials” published by Aroma Tools in Pleasant Grove, Utah. This app is also available for android as well. The Modern Essentials app is basically a mobile friendly version the Modern Essentials book. This app does cost $6.99 however, it is well worth the investment. There are sections on how to use every oil sold by Doterra as well as how to use oils for a wide variety of health concerns. You can also find diffuser and skin care recipes, a pregnancy safety chart and more.

3. Essential Oils Reference Guide Free- This is a great app if you want an essential oil app that will give you the basics of how to use essential oils for various health issues and for learning about the basic uses of all of the most popular essential oils.

4. Healthy Essentials- This is another essential oil reference app. You can type in various terms and search in order to find information on various issues and oils. The search feature is nice, however, it does not have information as many health issues as some other essential oil apps. It is also ad supported and the ads are a bit annoying at times.

5. Oils Map- This is another reference and learning app for essential oils. The different sections include: Oil index, common uses, did you know? essential oil basics, my favorites and my oils. The my oils section allows you to keep track of what essential oils you have, experiment with blends, take notes and keep track of contacts.

6. Oils Premier- This is my favorite free essential oil reference app. There is a large collection of recipes along with detailed information and plant pictures for each oil. There is also information on the various application methods for each oil.

Do you have a favorite essential oil app? Did I include it here? If not, let me know in the comments.

Chocolate Chip Flax Gluten Free Muffins

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Have you ever made chocolate chip flax gluten free muffins? If not you are in for a delicious treat. These are so yummy. I copied the recipe based on the ingredients from the flax 4 life muffins from Flax 4 Life. Since I don’t have the exact recipe I wrote down the ingredients list from the package and then tried to figure out how much of each ingredient to use. I also used cane sugar instead of cane juice and eggs instead of frozen egg whites. I’ve only made these gluten free muffins once. I think the next time I will try melting the chocolate chips before I stir them in. That is really the only thing I would change.

Chocolate and Flax Gluten Free Muffins
Serves 8
Gluten free muffins with flax, gluten free oats and chocolate chips.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups ground flax seeds or flax meal
  2. 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  3. 1 tbsp of baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp. sea salt
  6. 1/4 cup cane sugar
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 1 tbsp. oil
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla
  11. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients in 1 bowl and wet in another bowl. Combine the two bowls and stir throughly. You can also try melting the chocolate chips first before stirring them in. Then spray a muffin pan and put in equal amounts of the batter. This recipe made 8 regular size muffins. You could also use a loaf pan and make some bread instead of the muffins.
Notes
  1. You can use a little more cane sugar if you want them sweeter or a little less for less sweetness. Anywhere between 1/5 a cup and 1/3 a cup. Flax 4 life also sells carrot and blueberry versions so you would probably add in 1/2 cup of graded carrots and blueberries. You could also try strawberries or apples just to name a few variations.
Adapted from from the flax muffins by Flax 4 Life
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What is nutritional yeast and how do you use it?

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Have you ever heard of nutritional yeast? If you are like most people, you may have seen it on the grocery store shelf, or heard about it but never actually tried it. In fact, you probably are wondering what exactly is nutritional yeast, and how do you use it? Why should you use nutritional yeast?

In this post I will answer all three of these questions.

1. What on earth is nutritional yeast? Well the short definition direct from the bottle is: Provides great-taste and nutrition when added to a wide variety of foods and recipes. Makes a delicious seasoning when sprinkled on most foods, especially salads, vegetables, potatoes, rice, pasta and even popcorn! Add to soups, dips, spreads, cereals, juices and smoothies for added flavor and nutrition. It’s ‘cheese-like’ flavor makes it a great low-sodium, cholesterol-free, addition to recipes and foods. Despite the word “yeast” in it’s name, nutritional yeast does not contain yeast, so no it won’t make bread rise and yes you can still have it even if you can’t have other kinds of “yeast”. It also will not cause candida, other yeast induced problems. It is also a great source of B12, so if you are like me and you don’t eat red meat, then cooking with nutritional yeast, can be one way to up your B12 intake. In someways nutritional yeast, is both a supplement and a spice you can cook with.

2. How do you use nutritional yeast? Personally I like to use it in recipes as a replacement for cheese or a similar sauce or flavoring. I use it as main ingredient in my gluten free and dairy free macaroni and cheese as well as in several other recipes. I’ve found that it ads a nice “cheesy” flavor to soups and egg omelets as well. Any recipe where you might use cheese, you can use nutritional yeast instead. It’s funny because even though it has no milk in it, it still has a cheese like taste and because it’s orange, you can trick children into thinking there is cheese in something, when there isn’t. It’s only nutritional yeast. Warning: Don’t use it with anything cold like smoothies, salads, cereals, or other similar items. It’s gross that way. Even though you may want the nutritional benefits, it really only tastes good, when used with hot recipes and food that you cook.

3. Why should you use nutritional yeast? Well I touched on one reason in number 1, because it has a lot of vitamin B12 and can help with a vitamin B12 deficiency. However, there are several other good reasons to use this awesome powder. First, you can use it has a replacement for cheese and this is great when cooking for children who are used to cheese but have to give up dairy. Second, it’s an inexpensive way to add favoring without salt, sugar or fat. Third, it is good for you.

What other comments or questions do you have about nutritional yeast? Post them below.