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


  • 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


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.

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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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