Many essential oils can be used aromatically, topically, as well as internally which makes the kitchen a fantastic place for an essential oil to reside. At their core, essential oils are natural aromatic compounds and products from the seeds, stems, roots, flowers, bark and other parts of the plants that have health-boosting properties.
By replacing ingredients in your kitchen with essential oils you will experience an easy and fun way to incorporate natural products into you and your family's life. This article will explore 7 reasons to start using essential oils in your kitchen, although there are possibly hundreds of great reasons to start your own pantry section of essential oils.
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Use Caution: Not all essential oils are safe to be ingested. Read the label and research carefully and consult a physician if you are concerned about any health concerns prior to using essential oils in your home & kitchen.
1. To Easily Replace Dried or Fresh Herbs & Spices
Essential oils are called so because they are the essence of a plant. They are concentrated versions on a herb or spice which means they are exponentially more powerful and can replace and mimic the aroma of many of your typical herbs and spices, but some really great added benefits, including:
2. For the Health & Wellness Benefits
Many essential oil can be used in the kitchen and are safe to be used in your favourite cooking or baking dishes. Each essential oil has different health and wellness benefits such as supporting digestive or urinary health, promoting the cardiovascular system and can even help to promote wellness throughout the year during seasonal changes.
A few examples of the wellness benefits of essential oils are:
3. To Ease the Pain from an Oven Burn
We've all been there.. reaching in to grab a hot dish from the oven and your hand slips and - WHOOPS! You burn your knuckle on the oven door. Ouch. :(
First*, it's important to make sure the wound does not need immediate medical attention, like in the case of a second or third degree burn, and then run the burned area under some cool water.
Next, cover the burn with a sterile bandage in order to prevent infection.
Once the burn has begun to heal, apply one to two drops of Lavender Essential Oil to the area. Be sure to dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. Lavender has been shown to reduce skin irritations and may speed up the skins healing process, as well as provide a sense of calm.
*Please note: This information is not intended to be used as medical advice as I am not a trained medical professional. Please consult a doctor or emergency services immediately if you are requiring medical assistance.
4. As an All-Natural Cleaning Agent
Use this all natural cleaner on all the surfaces in your home that you want to naturally disinfect and leave a fresh natural aroma. No rubber gloves required!
16 oz glass spray bottle
1/4 cup vinegar
2 cups water
10-30 drops essential oil of your choice (I use a citrus blend of 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Lime and 5 drops On Guard)
Optional: 1 tablespoon castille soap
1. Add all ingredients to spray bottle.
2. Shake and your all purpose spray is ready.
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5. To Diffuse the Chaos of a Busy Kitchen
There are a many of benefits that can be gained from practicing aromatherapy techniques with essential oils, especially in a busy kitchen and home! For many, life has become so busy that self-care or relaxation techniques seem to go by the wayside so easily. Aromatherapy can be a great way to incorporate daily acts of self-care into your everyday life, even while you're busy making a meal.
Here are just a few benefits from aromatherapy practices:
Try putting a few drops of your favourite essential oil in your diffuser and inhaling the soothing aroma. If you want your home to smell like something delicious is cooking, give these essential oil combinations a try in your diffuser:
6. To Create Interesting Culinary Creations
Since starting the website and blog Cooking With Essential Oils, I have been amazed at the many talented food bloggers who have shared their experience creating interesting and delicious recipes for the blog. Check out all of their hard work on the Recipes Page.
Here are some of my favourite recipes using essential oils so far:
Thank you to all of my guest food bloggers so far! If you would like to be featured on the blog with a creation that you come up with using essential oils, let me know.
7. To Have Fun & Try Something New!
It can be important to go outside of your comfort zone and try something new in your life or kitchen to keep things interesting. Adding essential oils to your pantry can be a fun and easy way to try something new in your life AND get all the health and wellness benefits that come along with them!
If you are brand new to essential oils, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. The best way to find out for yourself how much fun and how many different things you can use essential oils for, is to try them yourself!
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Why doTERRA Essential Oils?
doTERRA Essential Oils are carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®) quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils. Other brands of essential oils may not go through such testing or be pure in consistency.
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References: webmd.com, doterra.com
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