Taking essential oils to the kitchen !
There are so many uses for essential oils that we seem to forget what we can use them for. Sure, they smell amazing but what about all the benefits they have ? And what about using them everywhere instead of leaving them in a box on a shelf looking pretty ?
Taking your oils into the kitchen is a great way to get more use out of them. Before we get into further details, please always remember not all essential oils are made equal. It is extremely important to only use food grade essential oils in the kitchen as you will be ingesting them. You have to insure they are certified pure therapeutic grade. Also, there are a few essential oils which are NOT to be used internally under any circumstances so please make sure you are double checking that*
With the company we use, there's a very simple way to find out if an oil is okay to take internally. If you look on the bottle itself, you can see the brand, then what the oil is. Above the brand, you can see the ingredient list and then the directions. If it says "FOR FLAVOURING USE" then you're good to use it in the kitchen/ take internally. If you have purchased your oil from the USA or Canada it will state food supplement.
Now that's all verified, we are good to safely use it in the kitchen. We say it all the time but essential oils are extremely potent. Meaning they are highly concentrated. For this reason, you do not want to simply drop a few drops of the wanted oil into your cooking because it will literally overpower all other ingredients. Less is more ! Start with little quantities and work your way up. You can't take flavour out once it's added to your dish, but you can always add more so remember that !
Some essential oils are considered even stronger than others. For this reason, we recommend using the toothpick method. What is that ? It is very simple ! Instead of dropping oil directly from the bottle into your cooking, dip a toothpick in the bottle. Then, swirl it into the food so the flavour is getting released into the food. Those oils are Oregano, Thyme, Marjoram and Rosemary.
If you use oils in your cooking, the longer you cook, the flavour might evaporate a little so keep an eye on it. Although I made a curry the other day and used Cilantro essential oil and my oh my it was so strong ! Lovely, but strong.
You can use essential oils to cook and bake but you can also use them to make some yummy raw food. A simple an easy way to do so is to add a drop of essential oil to your homemade dressings for your salads !
You can also make some great raw chocolate using essential oils (Wild orange, peppermint, even cassia or cinnamon. Oh ! Or black pepper and lime!!). Use raw Cacao, not cocoa ;) Look it up, there are tons of recipe to choose from. Here is a very simple one to try ;
You can bake beautiful lavender desserts too. Use any citruses in a punch or nice snacks. A great way to use On Guard (protective blend) is to soak apple slices in water with a few drops of the blend. It'll be absorbed by the water and make it a great immune booster / germ fighter snack to munch on!
Finally, there's a great recipe I've learned in a webinar that I'd like to share with you;
Chai Chia Pudding