Many people believe that eating healthily and exercising is all it takes to live well. After I suffered the negative effects of stress regardless of my diet and exercise regimen, I began researching, studying, and living a lifestyle that changed the trajectory of my life. As a result, I am now helping people transform their lives: mind, body, and spiritual growth. Welcome to my new summer series called the Joy of Wellness on Wednesdays where I share ideas for incorporating Young Living essential oils and products into your wellness lifestyle.
Today I have a treat for you! Literally. I get a lot of requests for this recipe. Featured below is my Refreshing Summer Salad inspired by Rochester Clinic’s CHIP program. I had the opportunity to taste this salad when I was a guest speaker for aromatherapy and stress management at the Rochester Clinic CHIP program. I absolutely LOVED it and so did my family. So I tweaked it just a bit and added Young Living vitality essential oils which are GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe for Consumption). I love using YL citrus vitality essential oils to add an antioxidant kick to my dishes. I use it in replacement of or in addition to grated citrus rind, fresh squeezed citrus, or extracts.
This recipe is a SIMPLE STAPLE at our house. When my kids see me chopping, they know what is coming next. Our summer salad is filled with vitamins and antioxidants from fresh mango, cucumbers, and red peppers, and chopped fresh basil. The blend of sweet maple syrup and citrus vitality oils add a punch antioxidant support with a burst of freshness and flavor with a tangy twist. This recipe also tastes wonderful with a drop or two of Spearmint Vitality for a little minty freshness. Enjoy!
Refreshing Summer Salad
3 Sweet mangos, peeled and cubed
3 English cucumbers, cubed
3 Red peppers, seeded and cubed
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
5 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
5 drops Young Living Lime Vitality Essential Oil
1. Combine chopped fruit, chopped vegetables and chopped basil in a large bowl.
2. In a separate glass container, add Young Living Lemon and Lime vitality essential oil to the maple syrup and mix well.
3. Smell the syrup blend and enjoy an uplifting aromatherapy experience.
4. Add maple syrup blend to the fruit and vegetables, and basil. Combine until fully incorporated.
4. The salad can be eaten right away, but it tastes very refreshing after 3-4 hours of refrigeration. Enjoy!
Cooking with Young Living Essential Oils is an easy way to add a drop of wellness and pizazz to your everyday dishes. There are many times that I get inspired make a culinary creation only to find that I don’t have fresh herbs and produce in stock. Not anymore! Now I just reach for my Young Living Vitality Oils and start creating delicious baked goods and meals. What’s in your cabinet? Get started with your own Young Living essential oils starter kit and experience the full body benefits of pure, therapeutic grade, unadulterated essential oils. I am ready to support you. Change the you think about wellness!
Blessings, joy, and virtual hugs,
Christian Counseling Psychology Practitioner
Certified Clinical Aromatherapist