10 ways to cook with essential oils
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants – depending on the oil, they can be extracted from their leaves, bark and roots. Essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. Just make sure the brand of essential oils you use are suitable for internal use (not all are, some are just for aromotherapy). I have been cooking with essential oils for a number of months now and here are some of the ways I’m incorporating them into my cooking.
1. Make a cup of tea
… Or enhance an existing tea. Add a drop each of cinnamon and ginger oil to a pot of chai tea. I also like to add a drop of fennel oil to my evening tea which already has fennel in it but it just makes it pop. 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea, so that might be a bit too strong, particularly in boiling water as a cup of tea ( but great to clear the airways as an inhalation… Just close your eyes!). I will often add some oils eg lemon or a metabolic blend called ‘Smart & Sassy’ into my water bottle and sip on it throughout the day.
2. Bulletproof coffee
…. Have you heard of it? Bulletproof coffee is basically where you add a healthy fat source to your coffee (eg grass fed butter). I LOVE making my cappuccino with 1/2 tsp coconut oil and 1 drop of cinnamon oil.
3. Flavour bomb your bliss balls
…. Add 8-10 drops of peppermint oil to a batch of Chocolate bliss balls, or lemon oil to a lemon macadamia ball, or wild orange, ginger and cinnamon. Need a base bliss ball recipe to start with, try this one with step by step instructions.
4. Make your cakes pop
5. Homemade chocolate
…Need I say more? See this post for lots of ideas….
6. Seriously good in soups
… Try adding ginger oil to pumpkin soup, fennel oil to a potato and leek soup, basil & oregano to a tomato soup.
7. Spice up your salad dressings
… Lemon or Wild Orange oil work well in a basic salad dressing with olive/macadamia oil, a little vinegar, salt & pepper. As does lime or lemongrass oils if you’re looking for an Asian twist. The options for dressings go on… ginger/cilantro/basil/thyme….
… Lemon and lime works well in mayonnaise anyway, why not add a couple of extra drops of the essential oil to help bring out that citrus flavour. Here is my back to basics mayonnaise recipe.
9. Boost your herby pesto
… I will often make pesto with a mix of leafy greens like celery leaf pesto, or I’ll use spinach or kale to bulk it out if I don’t have a lot of herbs in the garden. Adding a few drops of basil oil (and/or cilantro) will help boost the herb flavour without the herbs!
10. The humble roast gets a makeover
…. I have used lemon & wild orange essential oils in a brine for roasting a chicken and also to rub on the skin before roasting. You can also mix a drop or 2 of lemon /rosemary/thyme with macadamia/olive oil to roast your vegetables in too. Yum!
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