Cooking with Essential Oils, and Essential Oil Recipes, is somewhat of a hot topic! But the fact remains that Essential Oils have been used as flavoring agents for centuries. Essential Oils date back to 4000 B.C found in early Indian Sanskrit’s, they were used by Hippocrates back in 460 BC, Cleopatra was a huge fan and in the 1300’s – 1600’s, Universities starting teaching classes on the practices of Essential Oils (1).
It wasn’t until the 1700’s that the study of plants and Essential Oils became outlawed unless it was practiced by a qualified doctor making the practice of using Essential Oils go to the way side. So it’s no wonder people have become a little hesitant when it comes to these powerful oils.
With the resurgence of healthy living and a healthy lifestyle, cooking with Essential Oils have regained their popularity because of the intense flavor impact with just a few drops, the fact they never go bad and because they offer a variety of vital nutrients.
Why You should use Essential Oils in your Recipes?
Essential Oils come from plants and are the natural oils found in plants – the same way our bodies produce oils. They are extremely concentrated meaning a drop or two goes a very long way.
DID YOU KNOW? To make one 15 ML bottle of Lemon Essential Oil it takes 50 to 75 lemons which means that 1 drop is roughly = to ¼ of a lemon?
What I love most about using Essential Oils is that they never go bad unlike those lemons I have sitting on my counter. I get the benefit of having 50 to 75 lemons at my fingertips without the fear of them going bad if I don’t use them in time.
By using the Essential Oil version of plants for your recipes, versus the plant themselves, you get to receive the natural immunity that each plant has to offer because the Essential Oil found in plants is where all the power and benefits are located. Using Essential Oils in your recipes allows you to capture a very large amount of the health benefits, and flavor, in just 1 drop.
Tips for Cooking with Essential Oils
Cooking with Essential Oils make recipes much easier and had a mouth full of flavor. If you have a recipe that includes:
Herbs – Basil, Thyme, Dill, Oregano, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage
Spices – Cinnamon, Clove, Pepper, Nutmeg, Ginger
Fruits – Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine
….you can have an Essential Oil Recipe. It is much easier to add a drop of Basil Essential Oil instead of spending the time chopping, slicing and preparing – and mind you the money you spend each time you purchase it from the grocery store.
Not only that, Essential Oils are a great way to replace toxic ingredients such as “orange extract” or “lemon flavoring”.
Here are some tips to remember for Essential Oil recipes:
Remember Essential Oils are highly concentrated meaning a little goes a VERY long way. While there is no hard-and-fast rule, when cooking with essential oils, 2 to 4 drops should cover you for an average service size.
Because Essential Oils are highly concentrated you must always take precaution when working with them. They should be diluted:
Savory dishes use – olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, butter, etc.
Sweet dishes use – honey, syrup
Dilution helps keep us safe but also helps incorporate the Essential Oils throughout the recipe.
When making hot dishes, wait until the end of the recipe to add your Essential Oils. Essential Oils are very fragile, delicate and “volatile” which means they will dissipate quickly in high heat. Don’t fear…just ensure you are being cautious when cooking with essential oils.
For stovetop recipes, once the cooking is complete stir in your diluted essential oils. For example, if I am making a marinara sauce for my pasta dish. I will add my Basil and Oregano Essential Oils once I have removed the pot from the heat and let cool for 1 to 2 minutes.
When baking with Essential Oils, you will have to expect to lose a bit of the properties in the process but you will still be able to enjoy the flavors no matter what.
For more tips on cooking with essential oils, I recommend reading A Chef’s Guide to Cooking with Essential Oils. Overall, Essential Oils Recipes are a great way to enjoy flavors, fragrance and a dash of health benefits on the side.
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