I am a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate and I love using the essential oils in my recipes. While many essential oils are safe for internal use*, which includes using them in food preparations. Some essential oils should not be used internally. Take Wintergreen, for example, an oil characterized by high amounts of the constituent methyl salicylate. It is not recommend for internal use. To be safe and effective, especially for internal use, essential oils must have the proper chemical profile and also be free of any impurities or adulterations. Which means quality matters.
Currently, no accepted regulatory body oversees the production of essential oils, nor is there a universal standard governing essential oil usage protocols. For this reason, dōTERRA has created a quality assurance process: CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®. To be safe and effective, especially for internal use, essential oils must have the proper chemical profile and also be free of any impurities or adulterations. dōTERRA uses a canon of third-party analytical methods to ensure that every bottle meets our high standards of composition and safety.
- Basil: for a variety of dishes
- Bergamot: for teas (try mixing with honey)
- Cilantro: for a variety of dishes
- Cinnamon: for baking
- Ginger: for a variety of dishes and teas
- Lemon: for desserts and beverages
- Lavender: for desserts and beverages
- Orange: for desserts and beverages
- Peppermint: for desserts and beverages
- Rosemary: for a variety of dishes
- Thyme: for a variety of dishes
So how to start….
The toothpick method
1 toothpick dip = dip a toothpick into the essential oil and dip it once into the recipe
1 toothpick swirl = dip a toothpick into the essential oil and swirl it around in the recipe
1/2 drop – Drop an essential oil onto a spoon, then use the tip of a sharp knife to obtain the desired flavor
Substituting oils for herbs
1/2 tsp dried herbs = 1 1/2 tsp fresh herbs = 2-3 toothpick swirls of EO
1 tsp dried herbs = 1 tsp fresh herbs = 1 drop EO
Substituting oils for citrus
1 tsp lemon extract = 1/8 tsp lemon essential oil = 16 drops
1 tbs lemon zest = 1/16 teaspoon lemon essential oil = 8 drops
Start with one of these easy recipes!
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*FDA’s Generally Recognizes that many essential oils are found on the as Safe (GRAS) list that approves essential oils for internal use as non-medical constituents. Although this list does not approve the internal use of dietary supplements, it does set general safety guidelines.