My family has been using essential oils for about three years. My husband diffuses and I prefer them topically or used as an ingredient.
Melaleuca (Tea Tree) goes into my daughters hair gel everyday before school to keep the lice away. My sons ears and neck (NOT the ear canal) are rubbed with a combination of lavender and melaleuca to ease his ear infections. Rosemary on my elbow decreases the pain I get from tendinitis. We also use Doterra’s deodorant, Onguard concentrate for cleaning sprays (even cleans the grease off the stove) and Onguard Beadlets (help fights school germs). Essential oils have saved me from a cortisone shot in my hip, numbing elbow pain and countless sore throats (2-3 drops of Onguard on a spoonful of honey).
I also love cooking with essential oils. One drop can add a lot of flavor to a dish. Some of my favorite kitchen oils are lemon, lemongrass, oregano, peppermint, wild orange, grapefruit and rosemary. It’s important that the oil is pure, especially when using them internally. One drop of pure lemon oil in a glass of water tastes like a real lemon bec it is a real lemon. If the oil has any fillers, the lemon water won’t be as vibrant.
There are a lot of essential oil companies, so do your research. I prefer DoTerra oils. They harvest their oils when the plant is at its peak and from regions of the world where the plant is flourishing. They take great care when processing their oils and I find Doterra to be of high quality. Whether you use doterra or another brand, just make sure the oil is pure.
Below are some cooking ideas using essential oils. Start with one drop and use your judgement. Taste test when you can and use your nose when you can’t. Most of these only need 2-3 drops. I’ve found when using oils in broths or in recipes with long cooking times, its most flavorful when added at the end.
- Lemon or orange essential oil in pancake batter (kick it up with poppy seeds and ricotta cheese)
- Lemon or orange oil in cake batter (add shredded carrots for more vitamins)
- Lemon oil in a salad with red onion and olive oil
- Oregano and rosemary oil instead of dry herbs in my bagel chip recipe (oregano tends to be strong), https://canvas22creations.com/2017/10/31/bagel-chip-recipe/
- Orange, lemon or grapefruit oil in marinades for seafood, chicken or pork
- Lemon, oregano and rosemary oil with garlic powder, salt and pepper in meat and seafood marinades.
- Lemongrass oil in broths, crock pot and marinades
- 1 drop of peppermint and lemon oil in tea to clear your sinuses (add local honey to the tea and to help with your allergies)
- 1 drop of lemon oil in a glass of water to flush out your liver
- 1 drop of grapefruit oil in water to help burn fat
- 1 drop of orange in water
I make and sell essential oil holders which can be hung on the wall or placed on a tabletop. These holders make it easier to organize the oils room by room. You can purchase them through my Etsy site or email me.