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This is a guest post on cooking with essential oils from Heather at www.cookingwithessentialoils.ca 

Perhaps you have heard of essential oils through a friend or neighbour, but you’re not really sure what all the fuss is about. Better yet, you have done some research about essential oils and have been intrigued by what you have learned, but haven’t yet taken the plunge into the natural health world just yet. Or, best of all, you are a frequent user of essential oils and are already experiencing their health and wellness benefits in your everyday life.

Regardless of your knowledge of essential oils, this post will explore the use of essential oils in the kitchen and in your cooking, so hopefully you will learn something new! Wait a minute.. you can use essential oils internally? You bet! Read on to learn more.

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Introduction to Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds and products from the seeds, stems, roots, flowers, bark and other parts of the plants. They have also been used in many cultures and throughout history for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, including cleansing, detoxifying, as dietary supplements and even as natural remedies to various health issues.

​Although not every essential oil can be used in the kitchen, there are quite a few that can be ingested such as oregano, lemon and cinnamon, to name a few. Each essential oil has different health and wellness benefits such as supporting digestive or urinary health, promoting the cardiovascular system and warding off seasonal allergies.

It’s important to always use high quality, pure, and therapeutic-grade essential oils to ensure you and your family are receiving the maximum health value, and that there are no additives that may be harmful. Next, we will explore more about the safety considerations to be aware of before using essential oils in your own kitchen.

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Safety Considerations

As with any ingredient that you intend to ingest or use in your kitchen, it can be important to consider the safety precautions, appropriate dosage, and methods of use prior to using essential oils in your cooking. In addition, using essential oils internally is perhaps the most potent method of using these natural compounds, so a little goes a long way!

Some of the safety precautions when cooking with essential oils including:

  • Use only high quality, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils
  • Check label for information to ensure EO is safe to be used internally
  • Children and pregnant women should use caution when ingesting certain oils
  • Keep EO bottle out of reach of children and pets or use a safety locking cap

Anyone with pre-existing health conditions or allergies may want to consult their doctor before using essential oils internally.

Cooking with Essential Oil Tips

Now that you have an understanding of essential oils and have considered the safety precautions when using them in the kitchen, it can be helpful to learn some tips before testing them out in your first recipe.

You can use essential oils in nearly any recipe for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices. Essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount. For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks rather than drops.

Most recipes will only need 1-2 drops of essential oils, depending on the potency. For example, cinnamon essential oil has a spicy and warm flavour that will shine through most dishes so may only required a single drop to be added. In general, dilute one drop in 4 fluid ounces of liquid.

In addition, it’s important to use a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil for savoury dishes and honey or syrup for sweet dishes. Using a carrier oil will help to evenly distribute the essential oil with the other ingredients, and it will also help reduce dissipation since essential oils are very volatile. That being said, adding the essential oil to the end of the cooking process is preferable in order to ensure that the flavour and health benefits remain.

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Getting Started in the Kitchen with Essential Oils

Cookingwithessentialoils.ca is a website and blog dedicated to sharing easy to execute cooking, baking recipes and drink recipe that honour fresh, healthy ingredients with the added power and wellness benefits that can be harnessed through essential oils. Here you can find free, printable recipes that can inspire you to create and try out essential oils in your kitchen perhaps for the very first time.

In addition, the website hosts other helpful articles that explore the health and wellness benefits of essential oils further, and highlight useful cooking techniques and information to help you get started on your own journey of exploring how fun and healthful it can be to cook with essential oils.

Need more help getting started using essential oils in the kitchen or in other areas of your life? Speak with an Essential Oils Wellness Advocate for more information. Email your questions to heather@heatherleguilloux.ca & getting cooking today!

Essentials oils are often well known for their uses as home fragrance and in use around the body.  But did you know you can cook with essential oils?  This new guest post from Heather at Cooking with Essential Oils looks at how to start with oil selection and tips on using oils in dishes.  Pin to read later!