Essential oils, also known as "volatile organic compounds", are chemical compounds found in the bark, leaves, flowers, roots and rinds of plants, fruit and trees. Essential oils are extremely potent plant-based compounds and should be used with care. Only use high quality, food grade, essential oils and if you are a beginner, always discuss using essential oils with your health care provider. Alas, most doctors and pharmacists are not trained in aromatherapy so always do your own research (find recommended books here). Also, watch the two videos below:
The safest way to ingest essential oils is in culinary dose. Cooking with essential oils is a very safe way to enjoy the health benefits as well as enhance the flavor of your food. Remember that oil and water do not mix so always dilute the oil in coconut oil, olive oil, honey, almond or peanut butter. Find some ideas below:
- Use 1 drop of cilantro and 1 drop of lime in your guacamole
- Use 1 drop of lime in pesto
- Use 1 drop of cumin in curry
- Use 1 drop of cinnamon bark in the cake batter
- Use 1 drop of peppermint in your morning latte - first dilute the drop in one tsp of coconut oil, add coffee or matcha and add frothed milk.
There is also the so called "therapeutic dose" which requires up to 5 drops of essential oil. To do this safely, use gel capsules, which you fill with carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil and add the essential oil. Swallow a capsule immediately with water on an empty stomach. I use oregano essential oil for this purpose as a natural antibiotic.