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    One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright

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    Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would. V.L. Allineare

    Hunger is the best sauce in the world. Cervantes

    Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

    After dinner sit a while, and after supper walk a mile. English Saying

    All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! Charles Schulz

    I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tuna fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock. Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

    Dyspepsia is the remorse of a guilty stomach. A. Kerr

    Soup is liquid comfort. Author Unknown

    After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers. Emily Luchetti

    Most of the food allergies die under garlic and onion. Martin H. Fischer

    He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. English Proverb

    As the days grow short, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It's time to start making soup again. Leslie Newman

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Soda Pop Substitute: Essential Oil “Sassy” Water

Instead of drinking soda and other carbonated or high sugar drinks to cool off, I drink tons of “sassy water.” This healthy substitute is filtered water with lemon and wild orange essential oils and a dash of stevia. It’s sooooo good! I’ve especially been grateful for it’s digestive support this past week.



  1. Barbara says:

    I’m going to be making this – it sounds delicious; and who can beat the benefits?! THANKS for sharing!

  2. Debra E says:

    My girls love this and call it “lemonade”! It’s absolutely perfect for my diabetic daughter too! I first made it last Friday and took it with me to a Zumba class. Between the girls and I, we finished off my huge 2 qt jug in that hour! I haven’t really enjoyed the lemon oil by itself in water (I had previously been using TrueLemon packets of powder), but I can drink it much better this way. Might have to check out the straws too.

  3. Alicia says:

    Jenni – what is the difference between the doTERRA Slim and Sassy oil the the Lemon & Wild Orange you use to make your Sassy drink?

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      Slim & Sassy contains peppermint, ginger & cinnamon along with lemon & grapefruit. That combination is great for metabolism, but it’s hard for me to guzzle. I would take it in capsule if I needed it daily :)

  4. Valorie says:

    I do a slight variation and make my own “Fresca” by using (only doterra of course) grapefruit and lime oil. I haven’t sweetened it yet though so I’m definitely adding the stevia to try.

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      I do like to change up my citruses occasionally. I have tried this combination and it’s really good too. Sweetened, it’s even better! Thanks for your comment Valorie!

    • Debra E says:

      What would be a suggested ratio of grapefruit to lime? This sounds like an interesting combo and would love to give this a try and see what my girls think!

      • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

        I would try equal parts and see how you like it. I like about 10-15 drops per quart or 2-4 drops per cup. You can always experiment :)

  5. Your recipe says pure water. In your opinion what do you think is the best kind to use.
    I am so thrilled I found your site. Looking forward to testing this one out with my kids.

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      Good question! Anything that gets the majority of the chlorine, inorganic minerals and other possible contaminants out. We use reverse osmosis. Even a Brita counter filter is better than nothing and makes a huge difference in taste.

      So glad you like my site. Thanks for reading!

      • Dawn says:


        Do you know which filters remove fluoride? I am trying to find a filter that removes all the things you mentioned above and fluoride. Thanks in advance!

        • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

          You’ll have to research individual brands for that information. We invested in a whole house system with R/O from a company called Hague. They are high quality, but a bit pricey. Good luck!

  6. Teresa Drollman says:

    Jenni, thank you so much for all you do! You are a great inspiration to me. :)

    Our favorite drink du jour has been vinegar water. It’s one teaspoon Bragg’s Cider Vinegar and 1 packet of Truvia to 1 cup of pure water. Do try it — my teenagers are hooked on it! Very alkalinizing, and a pleasant tang.

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      We just tried it with Sweet Leaf Stevia, which is a mild stevia, and it is very good! It’s good for you too! Dr. Christopher taught that everyone should drink a little unfiltered apple cider vinegar every day. I’m glad your teens are hooked on something healthy and that you get some inspiration from my site. Thanks for your comment!

  7. Miranda says:

    Am I missing something here? Everything I have ever read about essential oils says that you should not ingest them.

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      I appreciate your concern, Miranda. Traditionally it is taught that essential oils cannot be taken internally. In the aromatherapy course in which I am currently enrolled, they teach this. They sent me a kit of oils with my course and believe me, I would never take those oils internally. When I compared them to my doTERRA brand oils, the others smelled rancid. Most essential oils on the market contain residual petroleum or other impurities and are not fit for internal use. doTERRA’s oils however, are meticulously harvested and undergo multiple 3rd party laboratory testing to ensure that they are “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.” This means that every batch of oil is free of fillers, pesticides, or other impurities and also contains the correct balance of medicinal and food grade compounds. I don’t know of ANY other company that goes to this extreme. I’ve taken doTERRA’s oils internally for several years now and their effect on my body has been nothing short of a revolution. I therefore, do not recommend that any other brand essential oils be taken internally unless you can verify that they do this level of testing and I would still do several smell and drink tests. Honestly, testing this way yourself is the best way to determine purity. Would you like us to send you a sample of doTERRA’s citrus oils?

      • Jamie says:

        Young Living also has food grade/therapeutic grade oils that can be used for consumption. Their site has all the oils marked.

  8. Laura says:

    Wow! I’ve never heard of anything like this- I’d like to try it!

  9. Ricki says:

    Hi Jenni,
    Thanks for linking up. .. I can’t find the link to Wellness Weekend, though, in that enormous list! Can you direct me to it? Thanks! :)

  10. Wow, I’ve never ever heard of this! You’ve definitely piqued my interest :) Thanks for sharing at Tiny Tip Tuesday!

  11. So interesting and sounds like it tastes great. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  12. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later today when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  13. This sounds delicious! I haven’t been able to afford the good quality essential oils yet, but when I can, i will definitely be trying this.

  14. I have heard that you should not take essential oils internally, unless they are specifically designed for that purpose, but it sounds like you have that covered with the oils that you are using. It’s great to have delicious water based drinks available to keep everyone hydrated. It’s even better if they have other health benefits as well. I drink a lot of water, and I always enjoy it with a bit of lemon or lime added to it. I often float slices of citrus fruit in water to make it more delicious.

  15. Tanya says:

    What about Young Living essential oils. They seem to be a great brand.

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      I used to use Young Living, along with other members of my family and several of my friends. Young Living was definitely a pioneer in the field of essential oils. There are many reasons though, why we have ALL switched over to my new company:
      1. My new oils taste better, smell better and seem to work much better.
      2. Young Living had a big blow-up in the company several years ago. The two brothers split up and the other brother created a new company. I’ve heard rumors that it was over quality control and that there was an outside financial interest involved (just rumors though). A few of the people who left were instrumental in getting my current company started.
      3. My company (D) has a VERY positive culture, which I LOVE! The corporate language does not include negativity toward other companies or conventional medicine. Young Living leaders seem to talk quite negatively about competitors and conventional medicine, which is a turn-off for me and my husband, since he is a medical doctor.
      4. My company offers tons of free education, amazing promotions, generous compensation and beautifully designed literature, to which I have seen no rival.

      These are just a few of the main reasons I prefer and only recommend my current company. My good friend has a cupboard full of Young Living oils and ordered a kit from me a couple months ago. She says she no longer uses any of her Young Living oils, there is that much of a difference to her. Let me know if you would like some samples to compare :)

  16. Tanya says:

    Wow! Thank you for the great response. I had no idea, I had just been using Young Living because is was a brand recommended through a green living book that I read. I will definitely try the brand you recommend – I like supporting companies with positive attitudes! Thanks again for the excellent response.

  17. Colleen Sylvester says:

    Thank you for this article! I am curious, what about using the essential oils for your sassy water while pregnant??

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      These oils are fairly gentle. I always drank them through pregnancy. Trust your intuition about how much is right for your body. I believe these are wonderful tools for healthy pregnancy!

  18. cindy says:

    Why stevia POWDER?

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