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8 Must Know Tips Before Cooking With Essential Oils

Nov 10

Essential oil can have amazing benefits on health and wellness but did you know you can cook with some essential oils? If not then you will want to read these tips to make sure you are prepared for trying your hand at it. Here's some food for thought before cooking with essential oils.

Essential oils are aromatic plant extracts that contain the plants’ medicinal properties and therapeutic benefits. They can be used topically on the skin or diffused into your environment using an aromatherapy diffuser. 

Tips For Cooking With Essential Oils:

Essential oils have a strong aroma and can be used in a number of ways for wellness. Here we will be discussing how to cook with essential oils.

1. Get Natural Flavoring

Essential oils are a great way to get natural flavors into your food and recipes. Some favorite essential oils to cook with are lime, rosemary, basil, cilantro, lavender, peppermint, and lemon.

2. A Little Goes A Long Way

Essential oils are very concentrated so you only need a drop or even a dipped toothpick in the oils to prevent overdoing, once the oil drops are in your recipe there is no way to get them out.

3. Essential Oils and High Temperature

Cooking essential oils in high temperatures can diminish the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, but you will still get the natural oil flavoring. Pure and natural flavoring is still a great reason to add essential oils to your cooking.

4. Go Raw

Raw recipes (uncooked) will allow you to benefit from the essential oils therapeutic effects. Essential oils work great in dips, dressings, salads, drinks, smoothies and much more.

5. Ensure Your Oils Are Safe

Not all essential oils can be used in cooking. When cooking at home it is important to use only pure essential oils as they react differently than synthetic fragrances do when heated up and combined with other ingredients like salt, sugar, butter or eggs. Make sure your oil bottle is labeled for internal use. If it is not labeled on the bottle then it isn’t. Contact your oil company if you have any concerns about consumption.

6. Use Glass or Ceramic Bowls

Glass is best when cooking with essential oils; metal bowls can cause oils to cling to it. Essential oils can leach toxins from plastic bowls.

7. Let It Mingle

When using essential oil in dressings, marinades, sauces and dips, be sure to let your recipe set so the flavors can mingle. Essential oil flavors can become stronger. Taste before serving.

8. Be Open To Experiment

Have a favorite recipe? See what you can do to jazz it up with essential oils. Remember to start with small amount of oil, dipped toothpick or 1 drop and go from there.

Cooking with essential oils is a great way to add more natural flavor to your food. There are many varieties of essential oils that have different flavors associated with them- here are some of the most popular ones:    

  • Peppermint oil has an invigorating taste which makes it perfect for summer dishes like salad dressing or cold drinks.
  • Lavender oil adds a floral flavor that pairs well with vanilla ice cream or roasted vegetables.
  • Ginger oil adds spice to savory dishes while also being used in tea blends because it's nourishing properties help relieve cold symptoms when you're feeling under the weather.

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