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Using Essential Oils (instead of whole ingredient)

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For this post, I am thrilled to share about preparing dishes with essential oils, a world where each drop is filled with nutritionally potent, bright, and vibrant taste. Essential oils are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. One thing that you need to be cautious about is that you only want to use organic culinary grade oils for internal purposes. Be sure to read labels with care,  plant medicine is potent, and not all of the essential oils are meant to be taken internally.


The absolute purity of flavor in a concentrated form

If you are interested in using essential oils in recipes, it is important to note that not all essential oils are created equally. Most essential oils that are inexpensive and readily found in stores are not organic, or, if they are, they have fillers in them which is why they are at that less-expensive price point. Many are not steam distilled or expeller produced. Many oils are expelled using hexane, a chemical which is toxic. So if this subject interests you, you will need to do some leg work and research the brand(s) you want to use. Personally, I use Young Living oil and have been very pleased.

One drop, two drops, three drops… whoooooa!

A best practice to keep in mind is that essential oils are powerful, it only takes one or two drops. If you plan on using them in cooked dishes, it is important to know that due to their chemical compounds, it is best to use the oils toward the end of the cooking process as heat does change the therapeutic qualities.

Are you confused about how to use essential oils in recipes? If you are, it’s ok; I was too in the beginning. Learning to cherish and USE my spice drawer was a HUGE change-of-life-event for me. And just when I got comfortable with them, I decided to dive into the trough of using essential oils in recipes. These oils don’t necessarily need to replace fresh ingredients, but it’s nice to mix things up. So, let’s go over a few basics.

The Benefits of Culinary Essential Oils

Helps Control Bacteria and Preserves Shelf Life

A Few Health Benefits

They Last Longer

You Save Money


Before You Start Using Culinary Grade Essential Oils

Before using essential oils, it’s important to educate yourself! NEVER give essential oils to babies, toddlers, or animals for internal use without proper guidance. Always consult with a medical professional, if you have health issues and especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Very Concentrated!

Dilute Culinary Essential Oils as Needed

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Beverages Ideas

Recipe Ideas

General Spice/Herb Substitutions Ideas


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