Cooking with Vitality Oils
Key word, my peeps....Vitality.
What is a Vitality Oil? A few years ago, the FDA approached Young Living and asked them to stop saying that our pure, therapeutic grade essential oils could be taken internally. How could we say that lavender *supports the skin when applied topically AND can also be used in lavender hot chocolate? How can lemon be used to boost a mood when diffused, but also be added to your water?
Well when that bottle contains only the cold pressed rinds of organic, non GMO lemons...we said it because it was true. But to remain in compliance with our government (very important), it was mutually agreed upon to relabel the oils that could be ingested with a white label and a new name: Vitality Oils.
Young Living is one of the only essential oil companies in the world to receive this approval. It's because our plants never touch a pesticide, our weeding is done by hand, our seeds are non GMO, and our finished product undergoes stringent testing. There is a lot of debate in the oil community about ingesting essential oils, but with Young Living's commitment to 100% purity, you are never going to be exposed to an oil extender (Hexane), alcohol, or additive. It is pure plant product and nothing else.
So now...we eat.
Cooking with oils is not complicated. Where you would use an herb or spice, use a drop or two of oil. But you do need to be careful about the number of drops you are using to flavor food. Please remember that essential oils act like very concentrated versions of herbs and spices. So, two tablespoons of dried oregano might be fine in your pot of marinara, but two drops of oregano Vitality oil could ruin the batch.
If you are feeling insecure about just getting one drop, grab a spoon, and drop the oil onto the spoon before stirring into the food. You can also use my Toothpick Hack (see below).
Here are some tips for using the oils in your cooking, and please remember we are talking about Vitality Oils only.
Citrus Vitality Oils
Citruses have a tangy, sweet flavor, and can be used with a little more freedom if you are cooking or baking with them. They are unlikely to overwhelm a dish, but still be careful.
Lemon: 2 drops in a glass water bottle, 1 drop in salad dressing, 3 drops in lemon cookies (2 in the glaze), 1 drop in quinoa salad or tabbouleh, 1 drop in spiced cider. (Jade Lemon has the same properties as Lemon but tastes a little sweeter)
Orange: 1 drop in a smoothie (goes great with chocolate or vanilla protein powder), 2 drops in the filling of an apple pie, 2 drops in a citrus vinaigrette, 2-3 drops baked into a cake or cookies.
Lime: 2 drops in homemade guacamole. 5 drops in a batch (1 in an individual glass) of margaritas. 2 drops in a steak marinade. 4 drops in a batch of date-nut energy bites.
Bergamot: 1 drop in a cup of tea. 1 drop added to olive oil and brushed over grilling fish every few minutes. 1 drop added to a glaze for baked goods.
Grapefruit: 2 drop in a glass water bottle. 2 drops to a citrus vinaigrette. 2 drops to homemade whipped cream.
Herb Vitality Oils.
Herb oils are notoriously strong, and can easily ruin a dish if you apply more than one drop. BUT we have the Toothpick Hack.
Take a toothpick, and apply it to the plastic orifice of the essential oil bottle. Gently tip the bottle back and forth until you see a drop collecting on the orifice. Let the toothpick sit in the oil for a few seconds, and then swirl the toothpick in your recipe.
Lavender: 1 drop added to a batch of homemade hot chocolate (if you were making enough to serve 4). 2 drops added to a pitcher of lemonade.
Lemongrass: 1 drop in homemade hummus. 1 drop in olive oil for a dressing or marinade. 1 drop with hot water for a delicious tea.
Basil | Oregano | Rosemary | Thyme: Swirl a toothpick of Basil or Oregano in your marinara sauce. Swirl Thyme or Rosemary in a log of softened goat cheese. Add 1 drop to a cup of olive oil and brush it over grilling bread or meet. Swirl in dressings for a fresh taste without 'the little bits'.
Peppermint: 1 drop in a chocolate protein shake, or add 2 drops to a batch (serves 4) of hot chocolate. Can be added sparingly to any chocolate recipe. 2 drops in homemade whipped cream.
Spearmint: 1 drop to a summer vinaigrette served with fresh cucumbers. 1 drop to a batch of homemade pesto. 1 drop to your glass water bottle is delicious.
Spice Vitality Oils
These guys can go either way. You can swirl a toothpick, or go for a full drop. This entirely depends on your taste. I find that with 'holiday flavors' (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) I'm more likely to go for the full drop because I really want the flavor, but for pepper and cardamom I'm far more careful.
Cinnamon Bark: 1 drop to pie filling. 2 drops in a batch of hot apple cider. 1 drop to a pie or crisp crumble topping or in pancakes/waffles. 1 drop to oatmeal.
Clove: 1-2 drops in gingerbread/molasses cookie recipes. 1 drop in a batch of hot apple cider.
Black Pepper: Swirl a toothpick in mashed potatoes or gravies. 1 drop with a cup of olive oil for marinades or dressings.
Nutmeg: 1 drop in a batch of eggnog (or swirl a toothpick). 1-2 drops in baked goods.
Cardamom: 1 drop in your chai tea or latte. Swirl a toothpick in homemade sauces, especially if you are cooking Indian food. 1 drop to baked goods.
Ginger: 1 drop to a pumpkin pie filling. 1 drop added to a stirfry. 1 drop added to hot water for a cup of tea.
It really is going to come down to your tastes, my friends. But you have my knowledge now (some of it coming from ruined batches or totally awesome success), so go get cooking, and may your food be filled with natural, kick butt flavor!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.