Spice Up Your Recipes with Essential Oils
Yes, you can use therapeutic-grade essential oils in your cooking. A number of essential oils are considered safe to ingest by the U. S. Food & Drug Administration. The acronym used is GRAS which stands for Generally Recognized as Safe (CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21).
Here are a number of examples of how you can include essential oils in your recipes.
Salad Dressings and Dipping Oils: basil, clove, dill, fennel, ginger, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, spearmint, tarragon & thyme.
Meat – Sauces & Rubs: basil, dill, fennel, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, orange, pepper, rosemary, savory, sage, tarragon & thyme.
Cakes, frosting, puddings, fruit pies: cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, rose, spearmint & tangerine.
Pie Crusts: use Young Living’s V-6 Mixing Oil to make very flaky crusts.
Herbal Teas: chamomile, cinnamon, ginger, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rose, spearmint & valerian. Wait until your tea water has cooled enough before adding “a” drop as this will help retain the beneficial properties/nutrition of the essential oil.
Refreshing Drinks: lemon, grapefruit, orange, peppermint, rose, spearmint & tangerine.
Flavored Honey or Blue Agave: basil, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, peppermint, rose, spearmint, tangerine. You will need to warm the honey slightly so you can stir in the essential oil.
Try Adding Essential Oils in Favorite Recipes:
Remember that essential oils are very concentrated. Sometimes all I need is a toothpick dipped in Oregano essential oil for my spaghetti sauce.
- Spice up ginger snap cookies with ginger, cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg. Toothpick application is preferred.
- To your regular sponge or Bundt cake, add lemon, orange, or tangerine oil.
- Peppermint or spearmint oil can be added to chocolate cake, brownie, or frosting recipes.
- To pumpkin pie or spice cake recipes, add nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, or ginger.
- Add oregano, marjoram, thyme, or basil to tomato sauces, pizza, ravioli, and lasagna recipes. Toothpick method of application is preferred.