Essential oils are extremely potent and provide many benefits in both healing and therapy. Essential oils retain the entire essence of healing oxygenating molecules, nutrients, trace minerals, coenzyme A factors, amino acid precursors, hormones, vitamins and enzymes. Essential oils are filled with bountiful goodness - and you can use them in their form for cooking purposes.
Since the chemical structure in essential oils is similar to that of the cells and tissues in the human body, they are accepted by the body and are compatible with human proteins. Cooking with essential oils is therefore seen by many as safe and beneficial. They provide that extra energy, vigor, and health for the entire family � in addition to providing great taste to your means!
A Little Goes A Long Way
If you are using spice oils that are very strong, such as thyme, oregano, nutmeg, marjoram, cinnamon or basil, just dip a toothpick in the oil and stir it in the dish after it is cooked. This is an excellent way to add flavor to food. Cooking with essential oils is excellent as just a drop of it is equal to the goodness of a whole bottle of dried herbs.
Citrus oils such as tangerine, orange or lemon, should be added to the dish just before serving. This will ensure the oil does not evaporate and the dish retains the citrus flavor.
As you are cooking with essential oils such as rosemary, oregano and basil, you can add the oil as the dish is simmering. This adds a wonderfully exotic taste.
It is important to make sure the oils you are considering is safe for cooking. Therapeutic grade oils are usually safe for use in cooking, but be sure to check the product label.
Benefits of Using Essential Oils
The smell of essential oil is known to control and curb appetite. According to research, smell instigates taste. Using essential oil in cooking everyday and inhaling the vapors and smell on a consistent basis may curb your desire to eat. The aroma from the essential oil switches off epistat, which is the part in our brain responsible for hunger. Cooking with essential oils therefore may actually help you lose weight!
There are various interesting cookbooks available that details recipes you can make using essential oils. Recipes can also be found on various websites on the internet. They tell you all about which oil can be used for what type of dishes.
Tips For Using Essential Oils
Peppermint, clove, rosemary, lavender or lemon oil can be used as salad oils for salad dressings.
Thyme, oregano, marjoram or basil can be used with meat and sauces.
Oils such as peppermint, tangerine, orange, clove or lemon can be used with puddings, frosting, cakes and fruit pies.
Essential oils such as Melissa, peppermint, lemon, tangerine, orange, roman chamomile and lavender can be used to make interesting varieties of herbal tea.
As you are cooking with essential oils, make refreshing drinks by adding peppermint, tangerine, orange or lemon to a jug of cold water. You can warm honey and add in lemon, chamomile, basil, lavender, clove or cinnamon to make flavoured honey. Remember that honey is not appropriate for young children.
Creatively use essential oils in your dishes for good health and vigour for the entire family.