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E.O. can save you money- use instead of buying whole lemons, oranges, or expensive herbs and spices that spoil or go outdated.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.

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