I LOVE cooking with herbs and spices, it makes the difference between good tasting and great tasting dishes. Herbs and spices also carry a huge list of health benefits as well. For example, parsley and cilantro are great for removing heavy metals from the body aiding it in detoxification. Cooking with Essential Oils can be a healthy alternative in flavouring foods and beverages. They are quite cost effective and depending on where you live and your growing season fresh herbs aren't always available.
Essential oils are so potent you only need a tiny amount compared to dried herbs and spices. The oils are extremely concentrated, 50-70 times more therapeutically potent than the plants or herbs they are derived from. Dry herbs lose 90% of their healing nutrients and oxygen molecules by the time they reach your plate, essential oils do not. What this means is you are getting a huge benefit for a minimal cost and the flavour is amazing. For example, just 2 drops of an Essential Oil is equivalent to a full 2oz bottle of dried herbs.
You want to be sure you are only using high quality therapeutic grade Essential Oils and diluting the Essential Oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, this helps disperse it more evenly. When cooking at higher temperatures it’s best to add the oil near the end of the cooking process so it doesn’t evaporate.
Did you know that 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.
If you are just starting out using Essential Oils in your cuisine, simply replace the herb or spice with the comparable oil. Start with just a small amount, one drop and go from there. Once you give it a try you'll soon be experiencing the delicious flavour and health benefits these natural plant extracts offer. As a busy mom who likes to make delicious and healthy foods, Essential Oils make it simple, quick, and I love the benefits it offers for my family.