Learn more about the health benefits of cooking with essential oils from Vegan Vigilante’s very first Guest Author, Heather LeGuilloux. Looks like Vegan food just got a little healthier!
Cooking with Essential Oils
I must confess I consider myself a lover of all types of cuisine that the world has to offer and do not consider myself Vegan, nor do I adhere to any particular food practice. Yet, I also very much enjoy learning about the many different ways people around the world prepare and serve food, so I’m very interested in learning more about Veganism and its principles. I am also an advocate for using essential oils internally for health and wellness benefits so this article will explore how to add essential oils to Vegan recipes in particular.
Where do Essential Oils Come From?
Although essential oils (EO’s) have become more popular in recent years, you may be curious to know more about these natural substances. Essential oils are extracted from the seeds, stems, roots, flowers, bark and other parts of plants and result in natural and highly concentrated aromatic compounds. One drop can go a long way, especially when you’re using them in the kitchen! Essentials oils can be used for many different medicinal and therapeutic purposes, including cleansing, detoxifying, as dietary supplements and even as natural remedies to various health issues.
Using Essential Oils in the Kitchen
Many essential oils can be used in the kitchen and are safe to use in your favourite cooking or baked dishes. Each essential oil has a unique health and wellness benefit such as supporting digestive or urinary health, promoting the cardiovascular system and can even help to promote wellness throughout the year during seasonal changes.
Using essential oils in the kitchen and in your favourite Vegan recipes can be a great way to incorporate natural products into your life. This article will first explore some safety considerations when ingesting EO’s and also provide simple tips on getting started using essential oils in your Vegan recipes.
Ingesting Essential Oils
It is important to always use high quality, pure, and therapeutic-grade essential oils such as doTerra Essential Oils. Regardless of the brand you use, always check the processing and production of the essential oil you are using to ensure there are no harmful additives in the product you are using. Take the time to do some research or check the label for more information.
As with any ingredient that you intend to ingest or use in your kitchen, it can be important to consider the safety precautions, appropriate dosage, and methods of use prior to using essential oils in your cooking.
Some of the safety precautions when ingesting essential oils include:
- Use only high quality, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils
- Check label for information to ensure EO is safe to be used internally
- Children and pregnant women should use caution when ingesting certain oils
- Keep EO bottle out of reach of children and pets or use a safety locking cap
Anyone with pre-existing health conditions, pregnant or prone to allergies may want to consult their doctor before using essential oils internally.
Adding Essential Oils to Your Vegan Recipes
The fun thing about using essential oils in the kitchen is that you can be as creative and inventive as you want! You can use essential oils in nearly any Vegan recipe for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices. Essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount. For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks rather than drops.
A very simple way of using essential oils to your daily life is to add a drop to your water or Vegan smoothie for a fresh taste and detoxification health benefits. I enjoy the citrus essential oils in my drinks including lemon, lime or wild orange essential oil like in this Blueberry Green Smoothie. Or, if you’re looking for a drink with a bit of a twist you could try this Grapefruit Spritzer with Basil Essential Oil.
Using Thyme Essential Oil-Infused Cooking Salt
Another very simple way of adding essential oils to your next Vegan dish is to create essential oil infused cooking salt and add this to your roasted vegetables. Check out the recipe for How to Make Thyme Essential Oil Infused Cooking Salt. There are many other essential oils that can be used to infuse salt depending on the dish you are creating, such as Rosemary or Black Pepper.
For even more recipe ideas on how to use essential oils in the kitchen, check out the doTERRA Recipe Page or the Cooking With Essential Oils blog updated with new recipes weekly.
TIP: Adding essential oils to a carrier oil before combining with other ingredients helps to preserve the flavour and health benefits of the essential oils used in your recipes.
Getting Started in the Kitchen with Essential Oils
Hopefully, your curiosity about cooking with essential oils in your kitchen is piqued by now! Check out all the resources that www.cookingwithessentialoils.ca has to offer to help you on your journey of adding essential oils to your pantry. Here you will find easy to execute cooking, baking recipes and drink recipe that showcase the wellness benefits that can be harnessed through essential oils.
Also check out the free, online training to learn more about cooking with essential oils. The course is dedicated to sharing information about ingestible essential oils and the training is go-at-your-own-pace so you can literally be learning in your pajamas with a fresh mug of coffee in front of you.
Or, if you prefer information delivered straight to your inbox, get started using essential oils in the kitchen by signing up for the free 3-day Cooking With Essential Oils Email Course today!
Lastly, be sure to check out Vegan Vigilante’s Toasted Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque made with Rosemary Essential Oil.
[For more information about cooking with essential oils, contact Heather on one of the social media platforms listed below]
by Guest Author: Heather LeGuilloux
Heather is the creator and editor of Cooking With Essential Oils, a website and blog dedicated to education about the benefits of using essential oils in the kitchen and where you can find free printable recipes and a spotlight on an essential oil each month.
From Vegan Vigilante
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