Essential Oils Can Enhance Foods and Health
For those looking to add variety and flavor to diets, food-grade essential oils can be combined with favorite foods to enhance flavors as well as add therapeutic value to the tasty fare. Be sure to use pure, unadulterated, food-grade oils, and make sure the oils are safe to consume. Also, as highly concentrated substances, a drop or two can go a long way.
Experiment with various combinations to add flavor and zest including peppermint in chocolate recipes; basil and oregano in pasta; lemon on fish; lime in salsa; nutmeg, cinnamon and clove in apple pies and spiced cookies and cakes; and cumin and coriander in bean dishes.
As a great way to boost health while enhancing food flavors, essential oils are anti-fungal, -viral and -bacterial. “Each oil offers specific health benefits,” says Carol Crenshaw, an Indianapolis-based independent distributor of Young Living essential oils. “For example, peppermint is a great digestive aid and is very cooling; cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar; lemon helps improve memory; basil is an anti-spasmodic and helps induce muscle relaxation,” offers Crenshaw. “If you believe that food is medicine, using the oils is a great way to put this belief into practice.”