Cooking with essential oils is an exciting way to harness the health, potency and aromatic benefits of using essential oils with food. doTERRA explains that "internal use is perhaps the most potent method for using essential oils; however, our bodies are also well-equipped and actually accustomed to metabolizing them".
It's also interesting to know that essential oils are already part of many peoples diets - they may not even be aware of it! For example, sprinkling cinnamon on your oatmeal, drinking peppermint tea, or adding fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti actually means you're consuming aromatic essential oil compounds.
In addition, "to food, essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits".
For a list of essential oils that can be used internally or in cooking, baking or drinks, click here.
As with any ingredient that you intend to ingest or share with others, it can be important to consider the safety, appropriate dosage, and methods of use prior to using essential oils in your cooking. This article will explore these safety precautions and considerations.
Essential oils (EO's) are highly concentrated and should be used following safety guidelines**.
Appropriate Dosage: Internal Use
When using essential oils internally, it can be important to read the label or instructions prior to use in order to understand the appropriate dosage that can be taken. doTERRA.com shares:
"Most essential oils are very safe when used internally, but it is important to be aware of proper dosage protocols. The effective internal dose and frequency is dependent on many factors that vary widely from person to person. The necessary dose may change based on the age, size, and health status of the person, as well as their desired health benefit. When using essential oils internally, it is important to regard them with as much precaution as any other supplement. It is best to start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops) and then increase the dose as needed.
The recommended internal dose of essential oils is 1–5 drops, depending on the oil or blend. After a certain point, taking a higher dose no longer adds benefit. If you take too much, it can even become harmful. It is better to take a smaller dose, which can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. In total, typically no more than 20 drops, divided into doses, should be consumed in a 24-hour period.
The maximum dose may be lower or higher for some oils. If you consume near the maximum dose, you should not continue with that dose for an extended period of time. A lower daily dose is recommended for extended internal use. If a higher dose is desired, it should be taken only under the observation of a physician to ensure that no harm is occurring."
Methods of Internal Use
The following are recommended methods of using essential oils internally:
Essential Oils For Cooking
There are many different essential oils that can be used in the kitchen. For more information about essential oils and which ones are great for cooking, baking or even in drinks, check out the Essential Oil section of the website.
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