For The Love of Oils Series: 5 Tasty & Flavorful Ways To Use Essential Oils For Cooking
Essential oils are so powerful they can be used for so many things – from natural remedies to aromatherapy to skin care. Today, I want to share with you a few oils that are great for cooking. Add these to your pantry to liven up your meals plus you’ll get added support for natural wellness and wellbeing.
1. For Herbal Flavor: Basil Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Thyme Essential Oil and Dill Essential Oil
The herbal, earthy flavors of Basil are just the perfect complement to salads, poultry and more. Try Rosemary or Thyme when roasting chicken or vegetables. Dill with a little twist of lemon makes a flavorful seasoning for fish. As you can see, many of the herbs you already use in your kitchen come in essential oils and are packed with other wellness benefits as well.
2. To Add A Little Spice Kick: Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, Ginger Essential Oil and Black Pepper Essential Oil
Did you know there is a black pepper essential oil? There is and it has one powerful kick. Use it to season meats, salads, or sprinkle a little on your popcorn (you should try it 😉 ). Do you like cinnamon? If so, you’ll love the Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil. You can use it to spice up your beverages, pancake mix, or add 1-2 drops to your oatmeal. And let’s not forget Ginger. I love this spice with fruits. You can also use it to flavor chicken or stir fry some lean pork with lots of vegetables and a little citrus.
3. For Minty Twist: Peppermint Essential Oil and Spearmint Essential Oil
A little mint goes a long way to add a brightness to your foods. Try Peppermint or Spearmint in hot or cold tea. You can also use them to add a twist to cold fruits such as melons or peaches. Both Peppermint and Spearmint are great complements to chocolate.
4. For a Citrus Boost: Lemon or Lemongrass Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil and Orange Essential Oil
You really can’t go wrong with any of the citrus essential oils. The bright, lively aroma of citrus not only enhances your mood, but it livens up your foods as well. Try any of these citrus oils in your favorite beverage, as boosts for your water and even in your protein shakes or fruit smoothies. Lemon and Lemongrass pair well with seafood and you can combine with Dill essential oil for even more added flavor. Speaking of combining oils, Lime and Basil Essential oils make one powerful duo for seasoning chicken and beef.
5. For a Mildly Sweet Savor: Tarragon Essential Oil and Fennel Essential Oil
If you like the flavors of anise (think licorice), you’ll love these essential oils. Tarragon tastes great with stalky green veggies like fresh green beans and asparagus. It’s also great with chicken and stewing beef or pork. Try Marjoram with Have you tried fennel with sweet potatoes? Oh my! The sweetness of the sweet potatoes brings out the flavor of the fennel perfectly. Try a few drops of Fennel essential oil with roasted sweet potatoes, and I’m telling you, you’re in for a treat.
A Note About Essential Oils and Safe for Ingestion Labels
Not all oils are safe for ingesting or taking internally. Please be sure you are only using oils that specifically say they are safe for ingesting. Young Living’s therapeutic grade essential oils are clearly labeled and all but a few of them are safe for drinking with your favorite beverage, taking in a capsule as supplements or simply adding a few drops to your foods, as we have shared here. If we feel it’s best you inhale or apply the oil topically on your skin rather than use it internally, we make sure to tell you the best uses for each of our 100% pure essential oils.
All this talk about food is making me hungry! Do you use essential oils for cooking? Which ones are your favorites?