Ah, fall. It’s an anticipated season when the heat of summer transitions into a quickening cool. Shorter days and darker nights encourage us to cocoon in the comforts of home. Football games, dropping temperatures, crackling fires and richly colored leaves falling from trees—these are just a few reasons we fall in love with fall all over again, every year.
Perhaps no aroma is more synonymous with fall than cinnamon. A culinary spice that has been used for thousands of years, cinnamon provides a spicy and delicious addition to cooking or baking. Whether it’s added to spiced apple cider at Halloween, pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving or eggnog at Christmas, cinnamon is often hailed as the secret ingredient to all things autumn.
One of the best ways to capture the essence of cinnamon is through Young Living’s Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil for diffusing and Cinnamon Bark Vitality™ for your recipes. These 100% pure, therapeutic-grade Essential Oils have a captivating, spicy fragrance said to unlock feelings of abundance and gratitude due to its warm, earthy and inviting undertones.
Using Cinnamon Bark Vitality™ brings a familiarly warm taste and sensation to your favorite dishes. From recipes and dietary benefits to diffusing, here are some creative ways to use this aromatic mainstay.
Capture the Aroma and Taste of Autumn
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil has a warm, soft, woodsy aroma that is both peaceful and festive. It provides an aromatic experience that is reassuring, purifying, joyful and nostalgic.
Use Cinnamon Bark in your diffuser or drop it onto cotton balls and place on air vents for a spicy, herbaceous scent throughout your home. You can also add it to potpourri, add a few drops onto firewood prior to burning, or inhale it directly in quiet moments to create an environment of calm and celebration.
The aroma of Cinnamon Bark is amazing and will fill your home with the warmth and ambience of the holidays.
Use as a Baking Staple
Ready to do some fall baking? Bring gingerbread, molasses cookies and spice cake to life by simply adding a drop or two of Cinnamon Bark Vitality to the batter. This will add a concentrated and potent flavor that complements a variety of classic culinary treats.
In fact, Cinnamon Bark Vitality can be used in any recipe that calls for ground cinnamon. In addition to using this essential oil in classic baked goods such as pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies, try using it in unique ways such as adding a few drops to your hot cereal or cool banana smoothie.
Here are a couple of delicious and fun recipes that will have your holiday visitors craving for more.
Young Living Holiday Red Wassail
Sharing a steaming cup of wassail with friends and family is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. This festive beverage can be made even better with the inclusion of the delicious flavors of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, and Tangerine Essential Oils! Try making this essential oil-infused recipe to set the mood for any holiday occasion.
6 cups Apple Cider/Apple Juice
2 cups ningxia red
5 drops Clove Vitality
5 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality
5 drops Tangerine Vitality
Optional Ingredients: (Try one or a mixture of any of the below)
1-2 Slique Tea Bags
2 drops Ginger Vitality
2 drops Nutmeg Vitality
Add all ingredients to a 3-quart pot. Turn stove to medium/high and heat until hot. Serve and enjoy! For added benefit, set the pot to simmer to keep your home smelling festive throughout the day. You may need to add 1-2 drops of additional oils if the mixture stays on the burner for many hours—as you are essentially diffusing these ingredients into the air.
For the Cinnamon-Apple Filling:
3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2-3 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality
For the Crumble Topping:
For Vanilla-Wolfberry Caramel Sauce:
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Young Living Dried Wolfberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the Apple Filling:
In a small bowl, toss the apple slices with the Lemon Vitality, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and salt, and set aside.
To make the Crumble Topping:
In another small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt with a fork until uniform. In a baking dish, melt the butter in the microwave until about half melts, 10 to 15 seconds on high. Pour the butter into the flour mixture and mix with a fork. Leaving the excess butter in the baking dish, arrange the apple slices in the dish. Top with the flour-oat mixture. Bake until the apples are cooked through and the topping is golden. About 45 minutes.
To make the Vanilla-Wolfberry Caramel Sauce:
In a medium-sized saucepan, mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Allow the mixture to boil, without stirring, but you may need to swirl the pan to avoid burning or sticking (sugar can burn quickly). Boil until the sugar mixture is a light golden brown, approximately 7 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat, and stirring vigorously while adding butter and cream. The mixture will bubble. Add the wolfberries and stir to incorporate. Return the pan to the heat and bring the mixture to a boil and then remove from the heat and allow to cool a few minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract and strain the sauce before drizzling over the crumble.