Herbs and spices do more than flavoring foods. They can function as immune support, help with internal irritation, sore muscles, immune support and more. Dried herbs lose a great deal of their essential oils in the drying process… so essential oils offer potency.
There are many ways that I use essential oils in my kitchen:
I recently discovered how to brew my own kombucha. It has been such a hit with my kids and it is so easy to make I have consistently stocked it in my house. I made my kombucha even better, by adding oils once my brew is done – 1-2 drops in each 20 oz bottle. The current favorites are Lemon/Lime and Tangerine/Lime or plain Lime. Can you see there’s a preference for Lime in my house? So what do they do? They offer limonene (great for immune system) and helps decongest lymph system. Plus it smells and tastes great.
I have made Lemon cookies, Dr. Andrew Weil’s Olive Oil Lemon Cake. Sooo good.
I have made vinaigrettes with various oils… Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Marjoram. Go really easy on the number of drops, these oils are potent and can quickly ruin a dish if you use too much. Most folks use the “toothpick” method, just put a toothpick in that little opening in the stopper of the oil and then mix the toothpick in sauce etc.
I love to put a drop of Thieves in my morning Oatmeal. Have you tried Thieves in your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie?
I also like to mix it up and add Orange oil. Speaking of Orange oil or any of the citrus oils – have you tried them in a smoothie? The local organic juice bar, Earth Bar and Spa has been making “mojitos” with YL Peppermint. They discovered one drop is … well, intense. So they are using the toothpick method.
Let’s not ignore the “non-cooking” ways to ingest oils… in your water. Just be sure to use stainless steel, glass or ceramic containers. Oils are pretty effective at breaking down petrochemicals and they’ll do it to your plastic containers (made of petrochemicals) and you’d end up ingesting plastic… yuck. Try these in water: Peppermint, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Tangerine, Citrus Fresh, Lemongrass, Clove, Thieves. By the way, I don’t mean all at once. Just put a drop in a glass of water and sip. You get aromatic benefits as well.
If you don’t like pesticides in your foods, then you definitely don’t want them in your oils. There’s only one essential oil company that can guarantee that, Young Living. You can visit any of the farms to see for yourself. Transparency. I appreciate that.
So, go ahead, eat your essential oils. As long as they are Young Living.
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People are always looking for an alternative to drinking sodas. They find water boring. If you could drink something that tastes good and benefits your health… would that interest you?
Kombucha + YL Lime + YL Tangerine = YUM!
Some of you have heard me talk about making kombucha. My friend and fellow oiler Sydney taught me how simple it is to make your own kombucha. Hmmmm. Buy ONE bottle of kombucha at Whole Foods for $3.75 OR make 6-8 equivalent bottles at home for about $3. Gee, let me think about that.
You might be wondering WHY would I bother? Well my kids are always pestering me – “Mom, do we have anything in the house BESIDES water to drink?” Guilty. Don’t like to buy juice. Don’t buy soda. My youngest likes to drink water and Tangerine oil but my older boy doesn’t really care for oils and water (but he’s a champ about taking drops of Lavender under the tongue if needed for allergies).
Since my kids have so many food sensitivities, it makes them “different” from their peers (who eat crap) in social settings. I thought kombucha might be something that tastes good AND is good for them (everybody’s happy). My kids drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner and in between. They tell me it kind of tastes like 7Up or Sierra Mist with the Lime and Tangerine.
You can Google the benefits of kombucha, but in a nutshell it’s alkalizing and helps to improve digestion among the many reported benefits.
So how to flavor it? Plain kombucha tastes nice to me, sort of like a less sweet version of Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider. But I’m an oiler so I wanted to find a way to get oils into my kids in a stealth way.
After brewing my kombucha for 7 days, I pour it into swing top glass bottles (you can find at a beer making supply store) to maintain the fizz. I add 1 drop Lime and 1 drop Tangerine oil. Put it into the fridge overnight so the flavors really mix (but my kids never wait, they want one right away).
Seriously – if you are a kombucha maker or are considering making it, you gotta try this flavor.
Benefits of Lime oil: antirheumatic, antiviral, antibacterial ( this time of the year we sure could benefit from antibacterial properties), supports and strengthens the respiratory and immune systems. It has limonene which means it has chemopreventive properties (feel free to go to PubMed and look up limonene and cancer).
Tangerine: very high in limonene (85-93%), anti-tumoral, relaxant (got any stress this time of the year?), antispasmodic, digestive aid, circulatory enhancer, helps with fluid retention. The fragrant influence is it helps with anxiety and nervousness.
You smell the oils when you drink the kombucha so you get both the aromatic influence AND the food supplement benefits.
I haven’t found any kombucha flavor recipes with essential oils – had to make my own.