Holiday Pepper Jelly with Essential Oils: Nostalgia Kicked Up!

Holiday Pepper Jelly with Essential Oils: Nostalgia Kicked Up!

Hot Pepper Jelly is another holiday favorite that was a local homemade gift for my mom at the holidays. She always had it on hand with cream cheese and Ritz crackers. This year, my daughter Nyssa gave me some locally-made balsamic pepper jelly. I thought this would be a great time to continue exploring aromatic creations like my recent aromatic medicinal honeys.

I decided to play around and added essential oils to see what may work best.

First, I separated it into three samples and heated just slightly so it was easier to blend.

Then, I picked three oils to add. The oils I chose were: Sweet orange, Lime, and Cinnamon Bark (just for an extra kick).

I added one drop each to 2oz samples. It’s important to keep dilutions low, using only what is needed for effect. Believe me, these oils are pretty potent, so you won’t need much. And you are keeping it safe.

The results:

Lime won out!

Orange had a limonene “orange cleaner” overtone, and Cinnamon was okay. However, Lime was very refreshing with this balsamic pepper jelly. Taste-tested by my husband, we agreed that Lime wins!

To use, I spread on cracker with cream cheese. You can use any soft cheeses, like brie for example. Add it to a croissant or use as a glaze on veggies or meats!

I plan to try some other oils with my strawberry basil jam and mango lime salsa. Yum! Watch for those to come.

We encourage you to support your local jelly vendors (found at most community markets). Or if you are more of the jelly-making type, here are some links for Pepper Jelly.

Hot Pepper Jelly on Pinterest

Super Easy Hot Pepper Jelly

Let us know how it works out for you and which flavors and essential oils you like. Leave us a comment below!

Want to Use Aromatherapy with Babies?

Want to Use Aromatherapy with Babies?

We’re so thrilled that using essential oils for health and healing has gained popularity over the past few years. Essential oils are a great way to keep your family healthy and happy. But as we know all too well, they are not universally safe.

As our injury reporting shows, unknowing moms with the best intentions are sometimes ill-advised by equally unknowing (however well-intentioned) salespeople. We received one report that concerned a baby who stopped breathing twice after the mom applied an undiluted blend to the feet. This was all because someone said it was pure and therefore safe! But no matter how pure they are, oils like Eucalyptus and Peppermint are known to cause a child’s throat to swell and close.

To use this mother’s words, “[It is] very scary holding your child while they are helpless.”

We agree, and we believe instances like this are totally avoidable. We just need to get the right information out there.

In other instances, equally unknowing and well-intentioned health professionals apply undiluted essential oils to children. They also sell known irritant oils to moms to apply at home! Read more about that here. 

In an effort to spread better information, we recently published an article in the International Journal of Childbirth Education. This article covers safety issues concerning the use of essential oils in pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood. 


So, you want to use aromatherapy with babies?

Please read our article to learn the best safety practices. Download it for free below!

 

Importance of Safety When Using Aromatherapy

This fact sheet focuses on safety issues concerning the use of aromatherapy with childbirth and child care, as practiced by various healthcare professionals.

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