We decorated our house for Christmas this past weekend but like most projects, the house ended up in a little bit of a mess afterwards. So, I’m busy getting the house back in order and will be back later in the week with a Christmas tour of our house.
In the meantime I just had to share something new I have discovered.
Why am I so excited about it? Well first let me preface by saying a don’t drink a lot of coffee… it’s sort of like a special treat for me. I love it. I really do, but usually if I drink for more than one or two days in a row I end up with a headache.
In case you don’t make a habit of keeping up with every detail of my life or are new here at Color Transformed Family (welcome!), for over seventeen years I suffered from migraines. It’s a whole other story and you can read more about it here. The short version of it is that now I am able to keep my migraines at bay by eliminating certain foods from my diet.
Occasionally, I splurge on my diet and treat myself to a cup of coffee or something else. Coffee is a tricky one though because most flavored coffee contains artificial flavors and other chemicals that can give me a headache. Boo!
So, I normally use unflavored coffee and stick to using just milk and sugar to it. Friday I was craving a cup of coffee so I decided to treat myself. I poured my cup of coffee only then to realize we didn’t have any sugar! And then I remembered that I had a jar of peppermint sugar scrub that I made a few weeks ago at a holiday party. I took a few pinches and added it to my coffee, mixed a little milk in, and then took a sip.
It was delicious… and free of artificial flavors.
How? Here’s the recipe. Check out how simple it is.
Peppermint Sugar Scrub
2 cups of white or cane sugar
¼ cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
10-20 drops of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
Red food coloring (optional)
1. Pour sugar into medium sized mixing bowl
2. Add coconut oil until desired consistency is reached; stir
3. Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil into the mixture
4. Divide your sugar scrub mix into two equal portions
5. Add a drop or two of food coloring into one of the portions (be careful not to add too much!)
6. in mason jar, alternate pink and white layers of sugars to create a “candy cane” effect. Press sugar down with a spoon to compact between layers.
This recipe makes several jars worth so you can give the rest away as last minute holiday gifts if needed. And the red food coloring is totally optional. It does make for a cute candy cane looking presentation if you use the food coloring. I used food coloring because I originally intended to use this as a sugar scrub… but now it doubles as sugar for my coffee!
The next day I tried my new concoction out on Michael Luke and he loved it! His favorite part was that the peppermint was not super overwhelming but instead a light refreshing touch to the coffee.
You could easily add this to homemade hot chocolate too if you wanted.
For more information on how to purchase a bottle of Peppermint essential oil individually or for information on purchasing Peppermint essential oil as part of an amazing group of oils with lots of other goodies click here.
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