The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with Essential Oils

Posted on May 15, 2021May 15, 2021Categories Cooking/Recipes, Essential OilsTags

Have you tried cooking with essential oils? If you are like most people you either haven’t tried it, or you tried it once or twice and it wasn’t a success so you gave up but are still wanting to do it. Keep reading and I will give you some great tips on how to cook with essential oils successfully.

On this blog I’ve already written a few other posts on recipes that contain essential oils. You can check them out below.

That said, I’ve never really written a complete guide on cooking with essential oils so I would like to do that here.

First, before you can cook with essential oils you need to make sure you are using essential oils that are safe and appropriate for cooking. The brand you are using should say safe for internal use on the label. You also should only use those where the herb or fruit equivalent is common in cooking. Examples include oregano, basil, cilantro, lemon, orange, cinnamon, sage, thyme etc. For those of you who doubt that this is a good idea; look at how many products at the grocery store have essential oils in them. This includes things like candy and gum and even some other deserts and dressings. It can be done and can be very beneficial if done in the right way and this is key and the reason for this blog post.

Second, use a toothpick or a dropper to make sure you don’t accidentally use too much. This can be a big problem and even more so with hot toils like oregano or thyme.

Third, try mixing 1-2 drops in another cooking oil such as olive oil or avocado oil first and then using this cooking oil in your cooking.

Fourth, realize that in order for cooking with essential oils to really work successfully, you will want to use them when you are cooking a larger amount of food. If you are only making enough food for 1 person for 1 meal, you will have hard time making it work since even 1 drop of most oils will be too much. Instead use them when making food for more people, or when meal prepping and you are planning on have leftovers for a few meals.

Fifth, use the right essential oil for the right recipe. The best way to do this is to use the essential oils to replace any fruit rind or herb, or spice. For example wild orange essential oil instead of orange rind, or thyme essential oil instead of thyme the herb or spice.

Sixth, experiment with them. As long as you do it safely there is no harm in trying a variety of things and seeing what works.

Hopefully you have found these tips helpful. Get cooking with essential oils and have fun and enjoy the new flavors.

10 Simple Healthy and Delicious Gluten Free Recipes with Essential Oils

Posted on March 11, 2017August 18, 2017Categories Essential OilsTags ,

Have you ever tried cooking with essential oils? I had never heard of it until a few years ago yet people have been using essential oils in cooking just like you would with herbs for years. Here are ten simple healthy and delicious gluten free recipes with essential oils.

1. Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa This is a yummy and delicious dish for the summer or fall or whenever you can find some salmon and mangos on sale. I think it would go great with some broccoli and rice or potatoes.

2. Quinoa Salad . I love quinoa salads and this is another great option. If you can’t have cheese, you could add in some avocado or Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast 4.5oz 2 Pack for extra flavor.

3. Carrot and Ginger Rice with Mint While I personally really love carrots and ginger, it had never occurred to me to cook them together with mint. I still haven’t tried this yet but look forward to giving these gluten free recipe with essential oils a try.

4. Coconut and Lemongrass Red Lentil Soup . I love lentil soups and coconut so this recipe offers a combination of two of my favorite flavors. This recipe reminds me of many Indian or Thai dishes.

5. Glazed Spicy Sweet Potatoes . I love sweet potatoes but they can be bitter tasting. This gluten free with essential oils recipe offers sweet potatoes with a nice twist.

6. Ginger Shrimp and Mango Skewers If you like shrimp and mango, this makes for a great recipe for a summer barbecue.

7. Costa Rican Black Bean Soup If you like black beans, then you will love this recipe. I really like black beans and I have made a similar soup many times without the essential oils. Using the oregano and thyme essential oils adds a nice flavor. Be careful though. Both of these essential oils are very hot. I recommend using a tooth pick to make sure you don’t put in too much.

8. Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad This is a nice refreshing summer salad and a great way to use up any extra basil and tomatoes from your garden.

9. Rosemary Mashed Potatoes. I love potatoes and I love the flavor or rosemary so this is a no brainer. You can also use coconut or almond milk with some olive oil or ghee if you can’t have dairy milk products. This recipe would be really yummy with the blacked salmon and mango salsa from recipe number 1.

10. Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Lime Dip I love sweet potato fries and avocado so this is a must on my list of delicious gluten free recipes with essential oils. It may be last, but it certainly isn’t least.

Which one of these recipes seems the most appealing to you?