Coconut Oil Dog Treats with Peppermint EO

Coconut Oil Dog Treats

 

I love this simple recipe for breath freshening coconut oil dog treats made with peppermint essential oil, and I couldn’t wait to share it on here. My husband is constantly complaining that one of our two pups suffers from stinky breath (*eye roll*), so when I found this recipe for coconut oil treats I was so excited to try them and add essential oils. I found the recipe originally on this blog, and it identifies several health benefits of giving coconut oil to your pups such as skin, digestive and immune system health. I added a few drops of peppermint oil to my recipe as a breath freshener and I love how they turned out 🙂 The pups also love getting a little extra treat. Aren’t they too cute to resist?

Coconut Oil Dog Treats

 

So here is this super simple recipe!

Coconut Oil Dog Treat Instructions:

Start by adding your coconut oil to sandwich-sized Ziploc bag. Unless you keep your house very toasty, you’ll need to warm the coconut oil a bit to mix the oils in. Work the bag around in your hands a bit until the coconut oil is warmed up. Then add your essential oil. I used about 3-6 drops of peppermint essential oil for breath freshening and digestive health, and mixed it well in the bag. Lay out a piece of wax paper on a baking sheet to drop the coconut oil on. Cut a little bit off the corner of the ziploc bag and drop dollops of the coconut oil onto the baking sheet. Put it in the fridge or freezer until it’s solid, then transfer to an airtight jar. Store in the fridge or freezer!

My little guys love these treats and don’t even know that I’m subtly freshening their breath and keeping them healthy! 🙂 How do you use coconut oil for yourself or your pups?

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.

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Guacamole Recipe with Essential Oils

I tried this guacamole recipe with essential oils a few weeks ago for the Super Bowl–and let me tell you, the guacamole was gone FAST! I’ve been wanting to experiment with the citrus oils such a lime, lemon, and grapefruit for a long time–I use them almost every day in my water but haven’t ventured too much into cooking. I love that Young Living makes an entire line of dietary essential oils called vitality oils that are specifically made to ingest and use in cooking. I will definitely be doing some more experimenting and ordering more vitality oils ASAP!

Oily Livin Guacamole Recipe With Essential Oils

This was also the perfect recipe to start cooking with oils because making guacamole is so easy. I wouldn’t have told you this a few years ago, but a girlfriend in college and my husband both taught me how to make my own guac through trial and error. Now I agree with them, it is so simple to make at home and tastes as good or better than what we get in restaurants! So, now that you’re pumped about trying oils in your guac recipe, here it is:

Guacamole Recipe Ingredients:

3 ripe (or slightly overripe) avocados

1 Roma tomato

about 1/4 cup white onion, diced

garlic powder, to taste

dash of cayenne pepper, to taste

5 drops lime essential oil

4 drops lemon essential oil

Directions:

Peel and remove the pit from your avocados. (This can be a process and honestly I usually get my husband to help because he’s the expert.) I then diced the avocados and used the flat end of my knife to mush them up a bit.

Diced and mushed avocado

I then diced and added my Roma tomato and onion, and mixed in garlic powder and cayenne pepper. As you mix, the avocado should start to mush up a bit more. If I had a food processor I probably would have tried it that way but, alas, I mush it up the good ‘ole fashion way with a fork 🙂 I wasn’t sure how many drops of oil would be necessary so I did some taste testing at this point to figure it out. I settled on 5 drops of lime and 4 lemon, which I think was perfect and gave it a great citrusy flavor. If you’re not a big citrus fan, though, you might do less. Mix the oils in well and serve with your choice of chips!

Oily Livin Guacamole Recipe with Essential Oils Finished Guacamole
Finished guacamole with essential oils

This was the perfect addition to our Super Bowl meal, and would absolutely go great on Mexican night with a Corona or a margarita. I will absolutely be breaking this recipe out for Cinco de Mayo! I also cannot wait to try more recipes cooking with my essential oils.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only. 

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