Essential Oils ~ Part 3
Recipes! I love cooking with oils and drinking them in my water. What oils do I have, and what kind of things can you make with oils?
Oils I Cook With
This is not an all-inclusive list of the oils I have. These are just some off the top of my head that I have cooked with.
I can keep going, but this gives you an idea of what I'm working with. I also put oils in my water and drink it throughout the day. These oils include Lemon, Metabolic Blend, Protective Blend, Copaiba, and Frankincense.
Why use both fresh herbs and oils, not just the herbs themself? The same with fruits, etc.? Well, the answer is in the potency aa well as the support physically, emotionally, and mentally. The natural chemicals found in oils are beneficial in all these areas. Think about it, when it comes to the peppermint essential oil I use, one drop is equal to drinking 28 cups of peppermint tea. I love using the plant itself too! Gardening is relaxing to me, and my kids tend to eat healthier when they put in the work and pick herbs and vegetables for themselves. So, I use both y'all and you should try it too.
One snack my kids love is Protective Blend apples. They get a snack they love and I can help support their immune system. You can just use cinnamon oil too. I slice apples, cover with water in a stainless steel bowl, and drop essential oil. Stir, then drain to snack. What I like about soaking the slices in Protective Blend is that this blend contains cinnamon, clove, and lemon along with other oils. The citrus in this blend keeps the slices from turning brown, so I can make this snack and separate it into zip bags for the kids to grab when they want a snack. Meal prep!
Another snack we love is making Guacamole or Pico de Gallo.
- 1 onion
- 1 jalapeño
- 1 tomato
- 1/4 bunch cilantro
- 1 drop cilantro essential oil
- sea salt
- 2 drops pepper essential oil (we like it very peppery, back off if your sensitive. You can start by dipping a toothpick in the oil and swirling it int he recipe.)
- 2 drops lime essential oil
- Dice all ingredients, mix well.
- Let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes to let the flavors merry.
- To make this Pico de Gallo into Guacamole, just add 2 diced avocados.
When making soup, I usually substitute any herbs in the recipe with my oils, unless it is an herb I am growing, then I use both!
One of our favorite soup recipes is Tomato Basil Soup.
- 2 cans fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1 can chicken broth
- 1/2 c heavy cream
- 2 drops basil essential oil
- 1 drop pepper essential oil
- sea salt
- Simmer the fire roasted tomatoes, tomato soup, and chicken broth until the flavors merry. Turn your heat to low.
- Whisk in heavy cream and essential oils. Salt to taste. Serve with Herbed Focaccia Bread.
Did I say bread? Yep ;) I love to add fresh herbs and my herb essential oils in my focaccia bread recipe. Just reduce your amount of fresh herbs by half and add in 1-2 drops of essential oil in it's place. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
I have friends that love to add orange essential oil or peppermint essential oil to their brownies. I like cinnamon a lot, so I typically use cinnamon a lot in my baking. I add cinnamon essential oil to my banana bread, spice cake, brownies, apple crisp, apple pie, the list goes on. Get creative!
I said earlier in this post that I like oils in my water. What else can you do with them?
- Coffee. I add cinnamon essential oil into my coffee in the mornings, not every morning, but every now and then as a treat. It tastes good and supports my metabolism, respiratory system, and immune system.
- Whiskey. Yep, I said it. I add either cinnamon essential oil or lavender. It sounds funny, but lavender essential oil actually pairs well. ~Only for those of age *wink*
- Hot Cocoa. My kids add peppermint, yuck, but I add, you guessed it, cinnamon. (Maybe I should buy stock, lol)
- Hot Tea. I add peppermint essential oil into my tea I like to make hot tea with one bag of Gunpowder Green Tea and on bag of Tazo Mint, then I add a drop of peppermint essential oil. Supports your digestive system and more!
Here are just a few recipes off the top of my head. I hope this inspired you to start using oils in your cooking, and remember to do research and make sure you are using safe oils in a safe way!
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