Using oils in your cooking is a great way to add flavour & also benefit your health. Admittedly, ingesting oils can be a topic of debate. There are many opinions out there.....the following is based on my own research & also my personal experience with ingesting doTERRA oils. In a world where we ingest so many toxins, sugars, and additives that we cant even pronounce, I feel safe adding doTERRA oils to my cooking as I know that they have been tested to the highest standard and contain only pure, natural goodness.
However not all oils are created equally. Many definitely cannot be ingested (hello Ice blue!?!). All doTERRA oils are clearly labeled - only those that have the direction "for flavouring use" can be ingested. All others are not safe to take but can be used either topically or aromatically so please always carefully read the label before popping it into your food.
Ok, so what are the benefits of using an oil instead of the whole, fresh herb or fruit?
These oils pack a punch so can be great value. One 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil contains 250 drops and is made from the cold pressed rind of 49 lemons!! Lemongrass is generally around $3-4 in major supermarkets while one 15ml bottle (again 250drops) will set you back a whole $13 (wholesale). Seriously good value!!
Having oils that you can cook with at your disposal is convenient. Unless you have a beautiful herb garden, buying a whole sleeve of herbs from the supermarket can be wasteful (and again expensive). Who ever uses a whole sleeve of oregano?!? However, sometimes nothing can replace the taste of a fresh herb in your salad or cooking so I always like to use a balance of both fresh herbs & oils.
All doTERRA oils are antibacterial & antimicrobial. As well as this, if you are using your oils without heat, you will still get all the fabulous benefits they offer. Adding the oils to heat can diminish their effectiveness but it doesn't mean you cant use them. Just add them at the end of the cooking process to try to preserve as much goodness as possible.
Below I have listed some of my favourite oils to cook with & also included the most delicious Broccoli & Quinoa Salad using lemon oil.
Peppermint - As ying is to yang, peppermint is to chocolate! Never again will you have to use that awful, synthetic peppermint flavouring full of god knows what. Peppermint is the best natural afternoon pick up I can think of. Melt chocolate, add a few drops of peppermint & dip strawberries for a delicious decadent treat. Or check out our Peppermint Pick-Me-Up Bites.
The citrus dynamic duo of Lemon and Wild Orange. These oils are made from cold pressing the rind of the fruit so are quite strong & really full of flavour. As well as being some of the most affordable oils, these two babies are just like liquid sunshine……
Lemon - is great for cooking, cleaning or adding to your hot water of a morning for a cleansing cuppa. My favourite way to use it in cooking is by adding it to my salad dressing, or add to my steamed veg with some (ok a lot) of melted butter. its a great one to add to smoothies and green juices........and I may have used it to flavour an icy cold gin & tonic (its all about balance isn't it!?!)
Wild Orange - is known as the oil of abundance. It can foster creativity, supports a positive mood & restores physical energy. And just like peppermint, its best buddies with chocolate. Anyone who has attended our workshops will have tasted the wild orange chocolate bark, YUM. I also use wild orange any time recipe calls for orange rind. I always have great intentions of using the whole fruit after zesting the rind but generally I find it in the fridge once it has gone hard. I have used it in granola, porridge, cakes, chicken & duck savoury dishes, dressing, hot choccy.....and anything chocolate.
Lemongrass - of all the ingestible oils, for me this one has the closest flavour to the fresh version. My green thumb hubby used to grow lemongrass for me as I'm obsessed with it. However, its quite hard to grow and expensive to buy so he has cleared the pot to make room for something else. Its just too easy & delicious to add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to your stir-fries, marinades and Asian flavoured desserts.
Ginger - get ready to see your social media feeds clogged with my ginger tasting Christmas treats over the next few weeks. For me, this one lends itself more to sweet dishes like cookies, gingerbread men, carrot cake & summer smoothies. I'm yet to test a lot of savoury dishes with ginger but stay tuned. Ginger is also 10% off for wellness advocates for the month of November so grab some before the 30th!
There are so many more you can use - Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon, Lavender, Coriander, Black Pepper, the list goes on. But for now I hope this post has inspired you to try using your oils in cooking. And let us know your favourite ways to cook with them, we love hearing from you.
Here's my recipe for a yummy, nutritious Broccoli & Quinoa Salad using lemon essential oil. This is inspired by the Hellenic Cypriot Salad, enjoy!
BROCCOLI & QUINOA SALAD WITH LEMON DRESSING
- 1 cup of quinoa
- I head of broccoli
- 1/2 red onion diced
- large handful each of parsley, coriander & mint
- 1tbs each of almonds, pepitas & pistachios
- 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 2-3 drops doTERRA lemon oil
- 3tbs natural or greek yoghurt
- 1//4 tsp sumac
- salt & pepper to taste
- Rinse the quinoa & cook to packet instructions
- Cut the broccoli into florets & quickly blanch for 1 minute. Drain & add to iced water to stop the cooking process & keep it nice & crunchy.
- Roughly chop the herbs
- Toast the nuts & seeds
- Combine the olive oil, lemon oil & salt & pepper & whisk to emulsify.
- Add quinoa, broccoli, diced onion, herbs, nuts & seeds to a bowl & stir to combine.
- Add the dressing & give another stir.
- Top with the yoghurt & sprinkle of sumac.
If you are interested in finding out more about essential oils, come along to one of our WORKSHOPS. Its a great way to spend an hour with some friends, try some of our yummy treats & learn how essential oils can enrich your life. Or head over to our HOW TO BUY ESSENTIAL OILS page for info on how to purchase.