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Essential oils have many uses. They can diffused, inhaled, used topically and ingested. Putting essential oils in food and beverages is great for your health and enjoyment. Here are some benefits to cooking with essential oils.

Tasty Flavors

One huge perk about using essential oils in cooking is that they add extra flavor to food. Extra flavoring makes food more enjoyable to eat and allows people to exercise their creativity through cooking. There are a number of food/essential oil combinations that taste amazing. For example, you can make a buttery sauce by mixing ½ cup of butter with 1 or 2 drops of essential oil. Some examples of essential oils that you could use include oregano and rosemary. You can add this sauce to a variety of foods, such as meats, pasta, and vegetables.

Many essential oils have specific types of food that they go really well with. For example, coriander seed, nutmeg, sweet orange, and cardamom go great with spicy foods. Fish and meat go well with oregano, basil, spearmint, rosemary, and thyme. Thyme, lemon, and bergamot go great with bland-tasting steaks. Rose, ginger, lime, and spearmint pair well with store-bought ice cream. If you want to make some awesome salad dressings and sauces, you can use vinegar infused with geranium, rose, bergamot, and coriander.

Of course, a word of caution must be given to those who want to take advantage of the tasty delights of essential oils. Some oils are not meant for internal consumption. For example, tea tree oil is poisonous and can send you to the hospital. There are some oils that have not specifically been prepaid to be ingested. Such oils may have initially been edible, though they have been made toxic with the addition of certain additives. You have to shop around and find oils that are specifically marketed for ingestion. Some essential oil brands, such as those established by D Gary young, sell oils that are good for internal consumption.

Another word of caution is that one must not use too much oil. A little bit of oil goes a long way, and usually, 1 to 3 drops is enough to get the job done. If you are thinking about using essential oil, use the minimal amount for a week and see how it affects your health, flavor enjoyment, or if you are allergic to it.

Keeping Things Clean And Sanitary

Some essential oils are great for hygiene and cleanliness because they prevent bacterial growth. Some of the essential oils that prevent bacterial growth on food items include oregano, garlic, basil, rosemary, and thyme. Lime oil and lavender oil keep fungi from growing on top of food items.

Health Benefits

Essential oils have a wide range of health benefits for those who decide to ingest them. The scents of oils trigger the human body to prime itself for digestion. Upon being exposed to essential oils, the body starts to release HCL and enzymes so that digestion can take place. Peppermint, lavender, and lemon are just a few examples of essential oils that help to prime the body for digestion. These oils also prime the rest of the digestive tract, such as the intestines, to keep on moving. Some oils, such as ginger, help to create anti-inflammatory effects for the body.

More Satisfying Meals

As stated above, essential oils allow you to endow dishes with a plethora of flavors. The flavors that you are able to create with essential oils can be used as substitutions for the flavors attained by using less healthy ingredients and cooking methods. Essential oils allow you to make more satiable, filling meals that lead you to craving less food.

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Jade is a full-time mother of three children she adores. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Family Studies and Nutrition and works hard to implement her learning into her family life. When not writing, you can find her in the outdoors or exploring museums and aquariums with her loving husband and children. 

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