Prep Your Pine Cones The only downside to collecting pine cones from outside is they’re likely to have dirt, sap, or even small bugs on them. But don’t let that deter you. It’s easy to clean them. Simply give the pine cones a good rinse in the sink. You can use Thieves dish soap or just water. The scent from the store bought dish soap will linger (and possibly interfere with the oils) so I don’t recommend using anything other than Thieves.
Then, place the pine cones on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake them at a low heat (roughly 200 degrees Fahrenheit) for about an hour. Baking works to preserve the pine cones, opens them up and gets rid of any creepy crawlers. Keep an eye on them throughout the entire baking process to be sure they do not burn. While it is unlikely that they will burn, it is important to take them out immediately if it looks like they are. Finally, remove them from the oven, and wait for them to cool before proceeding to the next step.
Apply essential oil(s) to scent your pine cones, choose any essential oils that you like. While many people prefer to use Christmas Spirit or cinnamon because it’s associated with the fall and winter months, other good options include Citrus Fresh, vanilla, peppermint, and even pine essential oils (Scared Mountain or Winter Lights). You can apply just one type of oil, or you can mix and match. For instance, cinnamon and vanilla blend together to form a pleasant, warming aroma. Place the pine cones in a gallon-size zip-top bag, and pour at least 10 drops of essential oil right inside. You can always add more drops if you feel the scent isn’t strong enough. Seal and shake the bag to spread the essential oil on the pine cones, and then leave them in the bag for a week. Finally, remove them from the bag, and make sure they’re dry before using them to decorate. You also can use a spray bottle for a quicker and more uniform application of the essential oil. Fill the bottle with a few ounces of water and about 10 drops of essential oil to start. (You always can add more.) Then, spray the pine cones, and place them inside the gallon-size zip-top bag. With this method, they only need to remain in the bag for about a day because they’ve taken a more direct hit of essential oil thanks to the spray bottle. Finally, remove the pine cones from the bag, and let them dry completely before placing around your home.
Repeat as Needed Once the pine cones are out on display for a few weeks, they’ll start to lose their fragrance. You can continue to add essential oil as needed to refresh the scent. You don’t have to use the same scents that you previously used on the pine cones, as long as the previous scents aren’t detectable to the point that they clash with the new scents.
Make the Snack that Packs a Punch—NingXia Red Jellies!It’s not always easy finding snacks that you feel good serving, but our NingXia Red® jellies are definitely going to hit the sweet spot. With NingXia Red, delicious Grapefruit Vitality™ and Lime Vitality essential oils, and agar agar powder (a vegan gelatin alternative), you get to control exactly what’s in these delicious treats! Ingredients
Combine the NingXia Red, agar agar powder, and honey in a saucepan. Mix with a metal spoon until fully dissolved and heat on medium-high.
Once boiling, remove from heat immediately and stir in the essential oils. Taste for sweetness. The mixture should be almost too sweet, since the flavors will mellow during cooling.
Pour the mixture into silicon molds.
Let your molds cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour until set.
Keep leftovers in the fridge or a cool place.
What is so great about Ningxia Red?
I’m glad you asked. There are so many benefits to this powerful antioxidant drink AND it’s delicious!
Wolfberry (Goji) Superfruit
DESCRIPTION: Wolfberry puree (Lycium barbarum)
BENEFIT: The wolfberries we use to make NingXia Red come from the Ningxia region of northern China. With polyphenols and polysaccharides, this superfruit is touted around the world for its taste and nutrients. By using whole wolfberry puree—juice, peel, and fruit—Young Living is able to maintain more of the desired health-supporting benefits in every bottle of NingXia Red.*
Natural Stevia Sweetener
DESCRIPTION: Stevia extract (Rebaudioside A)
BENEFIT: Stevia extract benefits NingXia Red by offering a zero-calorie sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than sugar, allowing for a delightfully delicious beverage with only 2 grams of sugar per serving.
BENEFIT: NingXia Red is infused with a juice and extract blend that is rich in antioxidants. The main ingredient in the blend is a patented grape seed extract. The benefits of grape seed extract include its polyphenolic compounds to help support normal cellular function. We also included blueberry, plum, aronia, cherry, and pomegranate juices to add to NingXia Red’s bright flavor and color.
BENEFIT: NingXia Red includes a carefully selected blend of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Orange and Lemon essential oils were included for their ability to help maintain normal cellular function.* The benefits of orange oil and benefits of lemon oil also include their naturally occurring constituent d-limonene. Tangerine and Yuzu essential oils benefit the NingXia Red formula with their bright and fresh citrus flavor. This pure and potent essential oil blend synergistically and deliciously works to support the body’s natural defenses, overall wellness, and much more.* No other nutrient-infused beverage can offer the careful formulation of essential oils found in NingXia Red!