Essential Oils for Cooking

Updated: May 21, 2019

When I started using essential oils, I didn't realize there were so many ways we can benefit from them! When I discovered that I can use doTERRA's CPTG (certified pure therapeutic grade) essential oils internally, I was ecstatic!

I love to cook, and to try new recipes. Sometimes, though, they call for things I've never used before or don't usually have on hand. When you're trying to pull something together last minute, and realize you're missing a key ingredient, it can get super frustrating (like when a recipe calls for lemon zest)! Having these oils on hand reduces the chance that I'm missing that critical item. And since essential oils are so potent, one drop goes a long way!!!

There are a couple tips I'll give you, though. Some oils are considered hot - Oregano, Cinnamon Bark, Cassia, Clove - so you'll want to make sure they are diluted before you ingest them. I also recommend starting with a "toothpick" amount until you're comfortable with these particular oils (Cilantro would be another, because of its strong flavor). What this method entails is to take a toothpick and dip it in your essential oil. Then, you swirl it into the item you're making - add more as needed.

When you are cooking a dish on the stove top, I recommend adding the essential oils as late in the process as possible. The reason for this is because heat actually modifies the chemical structure of the essential oils. While you will still get the intense flavor, you may not receive as many health benefits as normal.

If you are baking with your oils, you may want to experiment with how many drops to add. Since you can't adjust the flavor of your baked-good after it comes out of the oven, it's a little more of a guessing game for flavor. My tendency is to add 2 drops of the essential oil when the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of the dried herb, because you might lose some of the intensity when the item is baked.

I am happy to share any additional information I have, so please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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