Being concentrated, an organic, pure therapeutic-grade essential oil contains virtually all of the plants healing nutrients, oxygenating molecules, amino acid precursors, coenzyme A factors, trace minerals, enzymes, vitamins, hormones and more. And because they are concentrated, a properly distilled essential oil is from 50 to 70 times more therapeutically potent than the fresh or dried herbs or plants they are derived from.
Cooking with Essential Oils
Essential oils are more potent than dried and fresh herbs. Unlike dried herbs, which lose up to 90% of their healing nutrients and oxygen molecules during the drying process, therapeutic-grade Young Living Essential Oils do not. Best of all, 100% pure, organic, therapeutic-grade A Essential
Oils are available through Young Living Essential Oils and are safe for cooking, dietary supplementation, and other home use.
Pure therapeutic-grade essential oils have a chemical structure that is similar to human cells and tissues. This makes essential oils compatible with human protein and enables them to be readily identified and accepted by the body.
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Cautions about using essential oils in cooking:
Young Living Essential Oils are NOT like the aromatherapy oils found in health food stores, which are of much lower quality and are NOT suitable for cooking or for dietary purposes. Young Living Essential Oils are superior to all essential oils labeled, Organic 100% Pure. Do NOT substitute another essential oil in the same ways we use Young Living oils as the results could be quite dangerous.
It is extremely important to know the company who is making the essential oil because adulteration is rampant in the industry.
Which oils can be used for cooking?
Rule Number 1: Only use essential oils that are food grade, as not all essential oils are good or safe to use in cooking or as dietary supplements.
For stronger spice oils such as basil, cinnamon, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano and thyme dip a toothpick in a bottle of essential oil and stir it in the recipe after cooking. It is an excellent way to flavor food. Remember, only 2 drops of a Young Living essential oil is equivalent to a full bottle (30mls) of dried herbs.
For a more subtle flavor and/or those smaller portions: remove the inserted plastic dripping cap off the bottle of essential oil and dip a tooth pick into it, then swirl the essential oil dipped tooth pick in your food.
In cooking, your Young Living essential oils should be diluted/mixed in vegetable oil, Blue agave syrup, almond or rice milk prior to ingestion and/or in recipes as this helps to disperse the essential oil more effectively.
Dilution: as a general rule, dilute 1 drop of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of honey or Blue Agave Syrup, or in 2 ounces of a beverage. (Honey should not be given to children under 2 years of age.)
Essential oils use in recipes:
Add the essential oil right before serving. The heat will evaporate essential oils with the steam. With a few oils that are too strong such as basil, oregano and rosemary simmering will produce a wonderfully subtle bouquet that is wonderful.
The sense of smell is responsible for 90% of our taste.
Ideas for Cooking With Essential Oils:
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.