Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Recipes

Oils as a substitute for herbs and spices

Often I find myself making a certain recipe or cuisine and discover I don’t have a particular fresh herb or spice listed in the ingredients. Not to worry! Essential oils can often be a convenient and tasty substitution.  For example, Nutmeg Vitality instead of freshly grated nutmeg. Ginger Vitality in place of fresh ginger root. Lemongrass Vitality when you cannot find fresh lemongrass in the local stores. The list can go on for a long time! Just use your imagination and the basic guidelines of “Less is More”.

The best thing to do is drop a drop of the essential oil in a teaspoon first. Then take a toothpick and dip it in the oil and swirl it into your recipe. That way you will not accidentally add too much because several drops come out of the bottle!

Here is an idea for adding interest to potatoes!

Rosemary Potatoes

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  • Dip a toothpick into the oil bottle to gather some oil, then twirl the toothpick in a couple of tablespoons of a good quality olive oil or melted butter. Toss the cooked potatoes with the dressing and serve.
  • You can substitute another favorite oil if you desire a different flavor.

Vitality-Infused Olive Oil

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Infuse a bottle of extra virgin olive oil with herbs and a few drops of Young Living’s Basil Vitality, Black Pepper Vitality, Dill Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Clove Vitality, Lemongrass Vitality, Rosemary Vitality, Oregano Vitality, or Thyme Vitality to make fantastic salad dressings, a drizzle over pasta dishes, a dip for artisan bread, or a marinade for your favorite meats and vegetables. Vitality-infused olive oil also makes a great gift or party favor.

To get a copy of my newsletter that features more tips for using essential oils in the kitchen, please send your request to joyce@sharescents.com and ask for the Vitality Newsletter that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Recipes

Essential oils in beverages

Adding essential oils to water and beverages is a very popular way to infuse vitality into our life! Two of the most popular oils to add to water are peppermint or lemon.

But there is one thing that is very important to remember: NEVER use a plastic bottle or styrofoam cup. Glass or stainless are best to insure you are not contaminating your beverage with toxic petrochemicals.

Here are two recipes you may want to try!

Lavender Lemonade is one of my all-time favorites!

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And for you coffee lovers how about this healthy alternative:

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To get a copy of my newsletter that features more tips for using essential oils in the kitchen, please send your request to joyce@sharescents.com and ask for the Vitality Newsletter that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Recipes

Add vitality to your cooking!

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Did you know that as of the date of this post, there are 43 Young Living essential oils listed as safe to consume internally, according to government regulations?

Young Living has placed these oils in a special category called Vitality Oils. The Vitality oils are the same oils as their counterparts that are labeled for topical and aromatic use. But the labels meet FDA labeling requirements for supplemental and internal use.

Since this is true, over the next several posts, I will share some tips and recipes for ways to incorporate essential oils into your cooking.

Rule number 1:
LESS IS MORE!

Essential oils are very potent. Here are some general guidelines for estimating how much you might want to use when incorporating essential oils in your cooking:

These ratios can also provide a guideline for how much essential oil to use in substitutions:

  • Juice or zest of 1 citrus fruit = 10–15 drops of oil
  • 1 liquid tablespoon or more = ½–1 drop of oil
  • 1 dry teaspoon = 1 drop of oil
  • Less than 1 tablespoon = 1 toothpick swirl of oil

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Remember that essential oils have highly volatile constituents and can be changed or altered during the cooking process, so it is best to avoid exposing them to extreme heat. This can be prevented by lowering your stove top temperature, using essential oils in conjunction with extra virgin olive oil, or by adding oils after the dish has been removed from heat.

To get a copy of my newsletter that features more tips for using essential oils in the kitchen, please send your request to joyce@sharescents.com and ask for the Vitality Newsletter that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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