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When you think about essential oils, it is easy to focus on their various aromatic and topical uses. But, if you aren't using your oils in recipes, you are definitely missing out! You aren't just adding amazing, natural flavor, you are also taking advantage of the powerful internal health benefits that essential oils provide.*
As with most culinary adventures, using essential oils in your recipes is part science, part art. The oils you choose and the amount that you add will depend largely on your personal taste preferences. However, there are few rules to follow to make sure you are using them safely and effectively.
- When preparing food, make sure to only use essential oils that are safe for internal use. Check the label on the bottle. It will indicate if the oil can be used internally. If the label only indicates that it can be used aromatically and/or topically, do not use ingest it or use it in food preparation.
- Use only high quality essential oils in recipes. There are significant differences in the quality of essential oils available on the market. doTERRA oils are pure and undergo thorough testing to ensure they are safe, potent, and effective.
- Start with a little; you can always add more. The image below is a great overview of how to successfully use essential oils to give your recipes just the right amount of flavor.
- Limit heat exposure if possible. When you can, essential oils should be added to a recipe towards the end of the cooking process. For example, if you are making a soup and you are adding Marjoram Essential Oil, add it at the end of the cooking time or even once the pot has been removed from the heat. This will help preserve the flavor and the efficacy of the essential oil. Of course, this will not be possible in many recipes like baked goods. You may simply want to add more essential oil to the dish to preserve the flavor through the baking or cooking process.
- Avoid plastic cookware and utensils. Essential oils can breakdown plastic over time and repeated contact. When using essential oils in recipes and food preparation, stick with glass, stainless steel, or ceramic.
You are know armed with basic information that will help you successfully create wonderful dishes using essential oils for delicious flavor and internal health benefits. To take a deeper dive into the subject and get some yummy recipes, download this free eBook from doTERRA - Cooking with Essential Oils. You can also check out doTERRA's December 2018 Empowered Life Series, Cooking with Essential Oils. Get lots of tips and tricks from the experts for using essential oils in food preparation and how to keep it simple.
Click the button below to build your kitchen essential oils stash. Try some of these versatile cooking oils: Lemon, Lime, Ginger, Cinnamon Bark:, Clove, Marjoram, Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, and Rosemary.