Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Culinary Uses of Essential Oils

My mentor Karen Thompson shared this information with me about the culinary uses of essential oils.

Most people don’t even realize you can use essential oils in preparing delicious foods and meals in the kitchen. A lot of people are afraid or have been told not to ingest essential oils. The truth of the matter is that most major food industries use essential oils as an economic way to add flavor to a variety of foods. Essential oils are used to add flavors back that processing can take out of foods.
Essential oils that are pure grade can safely be used in all you foods and recipes. Young Living oils have been considered as safe by the FDA.
The fact that the chemical structure of essential oils is similar to that of human tissue makes the compounds compatible with human protein so the body absorbs and utilizes them easily and quickly feeding the body with needed nutrients.

Using Essential Oils in your everyday foods can be a beneficial and rewarding experience! It is an inexpensive, fun delightful way to add pizzazz to any dish...including yourself!

Using E.O. adds extra nutrition – Because E.O. are concentrated they are more potent and have higher therapeutic qualities than the plants from which they were derived. 
Using E.O. while preparing meals is a therapeutic experience- E.O. purifies the body, enhances the immune system, generates endorphins (mood elevators), both in preparing and eating the food.
Using E.O. is a natural preservative – Oils can protect your foods and keep it fresh longer. 
Using E.O. is like having fresh herbs available all year- E.O. are live food. 
Using E.O. can save you money- use instead of buying whole lemons, oranges, or expensive herbs and spices that spoil or go outdated. One or two drops will give you the same amount of flavor and more nutritional value. 
Using E.O. can give meals a wonderful aroma and flavor- Our sensory system has tremendous connection to what we smell. Without aroma our foods would be tasteless and bland
Using E.O. is a simple way to add flavor and nutrition without adding extra calories or ingredients- E.O. are very concentrated, for example one drop of peppermint E.O. is equal to 26 cups of peppermint tea.

Basic Tips for Using Essential Oils in Food 

  • It is very important to use pure grade unadulterated E.O.
  • E.O. are very potent.  Add a little bit at a time.  You can always add more later.
  • Drop E.O. over a spoon first, to prevent too much ruining your food.
  •  For milder flavor dilute E.O. with another substance such as butter, olive oil, agave, rice milk, water etc.  Usually about 1 to 2 drops to ¼ cup liquid. Then just use a tbl. or so in your recipe.
  • Sometimes just dipping toothpick in E.O and stirring it in is enough for sauces, dips, dressings, and drinks. If you want to keep the taste vibrant and strong add E.O. to foods toward the end. For more subtle flavor use in beginning process.
  • E.O.’s are like fresh herbs, to keep freshness, flavor, and nutritional value do not heat past 160 degrees.
  • Using a microwave oven destroys the nutrition and alters the frequency if the E.O.
  • Keep a box of your favorite culinary oils in the kitchen so they will be handy when you need them.
  •  E.O. can replace any of your fresh or dried herbs and spices and they have longer shelf life.
  • About 1 drop of E.O replaces one tsp. Of the same spice or herb in recipes.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with all the E.O. even the blends and emotional oils can be used in a recipe.
Jean Dukes shares the following recipes for adding to water.
“These are my water blends that I use whenever I drink water. I love the refreshing taste of the summer blend and the warming quality of the winter blend.
Summer Blend
Combine equal amounts of:
Mix all the oils together in an empty glass bottle, and then use 3–4 drops of the mixture per quart of water.
Winter Blend
Combine equal amounts of:
Mix all the oils together in an empty glass bottle, and then use 1–2 drops of the mixture per quart of water.”
—Jean Dukes

Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils and supplements. Also, each person is different so you may not get the same results that others have. If this is the case for you, try another Young Living oil or supplement that might work better for your circumstances. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products mentioned in this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Foot Zone Class in Middleton!

I’m excited to announce an evening Foot Zone Class in Middleton!  

The Foot Zone is similar to reflexology, only it emphasizes the treatment of the foot in its entirety, instead of just specific points.  It affects blood circulation, lymph circulation, digestion, elimination, autonomic nerve function, and hormone balance.

The purpose of this class is to give family members healthcare tools that they can use to help themselves, their spouse, children and friends.  It is not intended as a professional class, or to be used in a clinical setting without further training.

In this class you will:
  • Learn over 120 reflex points on the feet with professional charts of each point
  • Learn how emotions play a role in physical health
  • Learn how to recognize, release and replace negative feelings with positive ones using a Christian perspective
  • Learn how to incorporate essential oils with the Foot Zone
  • Learn how diet and nutrition play a role in health or dis-ease
  • Learn what your own body needs from a Zyto Compass Bio-Survey
This is a two hour class that will be taught on Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00 pm for nine weeks starting on 3 January, 2013.  This is a total of 18 hours of instruction and discussion.

  • Date:  Every Thursday starting 3 Jan, 2013 to 14 March, 2013.  (We will skip 14 Feb and 21 Feb).
  • Time:  7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Place: Contact me for location

Cost:    Early Registration $149
            Late Registration (after 5 Dec, 2012) $199
            $30 of the registration fee is non-refundable

Suggested reading before first class:

  • First two chapters of Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, by Karol Truman, and
  • Habit 1, "Be Proactive", in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey.

Materials to Bring:

  • Two 1” Binders
  • Sheet protectors (about 40)
  • Paper and pen for taking notes.

 For those who have already taken the class, you are welcome to come and sit in and participate without charge!

Enrollment in each class is limited to 8 people.

If you are interested in taking the class, please email for a registration form.  If you would like to email me the form, I can take a credit/debit card payment over the phone, or you can pay on this blog by clicking the Pay/Donate buttons for either Dwolla or PayPal.  If you want to pay with your own debit/credit card, choose PayPal.

I also teach classes on Raindrop Technique and Vitaflex Technique.  Each of these is a four hour long class (on just one day), and the cost is $40. There are two students in each class, and can be scheduled by emailing me or making an appointment on this blog (see blue Appointment box on the right).

If you would like a class scheduled at another time, please give me feedback as to when would be good for you.  I am open to teaching a class during the day if there is enough interest.  I am also open to traveling as long as traveling expenses are covered by participants.  (Hawaii, anyone??)  In addition, we can do four hour classes instead of two hour classes for a more compact time if desired.  I'm flexible!

Feel free to forward this invitation to friends and family.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in class!

Lorena Holmstead

*Please talk to me about financing or trades for this class if needed.  I want this class to be available to all who want to take it.