The wonderful world of essential oils is absolutely fascinating! Not only can they enhance your health, moods and general lifestyle but the can also enhance your cuisine. 

You can ingest about 75% of doTERRA’s CPTG® essential oils as they are safe to be used internally. They can also be used in food and beverages to enhance flavour and support health.

The most important thing to remember is that these oils are extremely potent (they are undiluted so a little goes a long way). They are typically 50-70 times stronger than the herb or plant they are derived of.

To give you more of an idea, one drop of peppermint oil equals about 27 cups of peppermint tea. Therefore, 1/2 a drop or one drop of oil may be enough to adequately flavor a big pot.

The easiest way to begin cooking with the oils, is to substitute the essential oils in recipes that call for dried herbs, spices or fruit juices. Simply replace these ingredients with the companion essential oil.

Why not just use herbs?

Unlike dried herbs, which typically lose up to 90% of their healing nutrients and oxygen molecules when dried, these oils are available and safe for cooking and home use. They are convenient and readily available and they seem to add a whole new dimension to recipes, rounding out and intensifying the flavour of many dishes.

My favourite oils to use in the kitchen:

Peppermint

Peppermint is a favourite of mine to use in the kitchen – perfect for use in raw treats – anything that you make that is choc mint flavour I would suggest using peppermint oil in your recipes. Peppermint Hot Chocolate is always a winner on a cold day.

Here are some recipe’s using peppermint oil.

Peppermint Black bean Brownies 

Chocolate Mint Matcha Smoothie

Peppermint Chocolates

Spearmint

In cooking, Spearmint is frequently used in salads, drinks, and desserts, but it can also be used in homemade salad dressings and to marinate meats.

Spearmint Hot Cocoa is amazing but with this recipe you can choose your oil – Spearmint, Cinnamon Bark, Lavender, Wild Orange or Peppermint – take your pick!

Lime

Lime is a great oil to use in your cooking. Super versatile – great for dressings, desserts

Here are some recipe’s using Lime oil:

Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa – with Lime oil

Honey Lime Chicken Wings

Key Lime Pie Parfait

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Lime Dip

Lemon

Like Lime, Lemon is a great addition to your dishes. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. I use Lemon daily in my water bottle to detox and cleanse – plus it is super refreshing. Recipe’s using Lemon oil include:

Ginger Shrimp and mango skewers – Ginger and Lemon oil

Lemon Kale Chips

Rosemary Lemon Hummus

Grapefruit

Very refreshing and great in smoothies, salads and dressings. Recipe’s using Grapefruit oil

Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Wild Orange

Wild Orange and Chocolate are a match made in heaven – this combo packs a punch and gives you a wonderful Jaffa flavour.

Other ideas for using this amazing oil are:

Wild Tropical Smoothie

Rainbow Fruit Cup with Wild Orange

Wild Orange Peanut Butter Sandwich

Wild Orange Power Bites

Raw Cocoa Bites 

Lavender 

In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Here are some ideas for you to try using Lavender:

Lavender Cupcakes with Lavender Cream Cheese Frosting

Lavender-Blueberry-Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Shake

Ginger

There are lots of ideas for cooking with Ginger Essential Oil – here are a few to get you started:

Ginger pear green smoothie – Ginger oil

Gingerbread Cookies – Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger

Dark Ginger Chocolate Waffle

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon, Ginger and Clove Bud oils

Oregano

The first way I personally used Oregano oil was in my cooking in a Spaghetti Bolognaise sauce and it was delicious! Here are some other ideas for you:

Italian Oregano Bread Dip

Italian and Oregano Chicken Soup

Lemongrass

I love to use Lemongrass when making salad dressings, it is delicious. You could also try this delicious Coconut Lemongrass Red Lentil Soup

Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamon Bark is one of those oils where a little really does go a long way so try it with a toothpick first. Don't do what I did and put 2 drops in your porridge and totally ruin it.

Cinnamon has a long history of culinary uses, adding spice to desserts, entrees, and hot drinks – here is some inspiration to get you started:

Indian Marinade – Cinnamon or clove oil

Winter White Hot Chocolate with Clove and Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamon Apple Chips

OnGuard Pancakes – with Cinnamon Bark oil

Basil 

Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes. These recipe’s using Basil oil look delicious:

Parsely Basil Steak with basil oil

Herbed Pasta Salad with Basil

Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Final tips for using essential oils in your cooking:

\\ Only ever use CPTG® grade oils in food, that are clearly marked on the bottle as a being a dietary supplement. Not all essential oils are created equal and most on the market are simply not safe to take internally.

\\ Always, start off using a single drop so as to not waste the essential oil, another drop can always be added if needed – use a dropper so you get exact drops – it can be easy for more than you need to come out if you drop them straight from the bottle.

\\ When a recipe calls for less than a teaspoon of an herb or spice, dip a toothpick in the center of the dripper cap and then swirl the toothpick in the recipe or beverage.

\\ Always use the 'Toothpick Method' for cinnamon bark oil, clove oil, ginger oil and oregano oil because the doTERRA oils are much stronger that their companion spices.

\\ One tablespoon dried spice/spicy herb is equivalent to 1/2 to ‘one’ drop of doTERRA essential oil.

\\ Add the essential oil right before serving, essential oils are heat sensitive so minimise exposure to heat.

Happy Cooking!