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Cooking with Essential Oils

 

 

Essential oils, a world where each drop is filled with bright, vibrant taste!

 

It’s the renaissance of an ancient craft,
full of vitality and delicious goodness

 
Imagine you could enhance simple fresh flavours in your stir-fry just by adding a drop of lemongrass and a drop of lime.

This is exactly what I discovered. In the distant past I used flavour enhancers like MSG in my Oriental cooking (NO LONGER!!). To my surprise I got the same effect just by adding a couple of essential oils to my dish!

You get absolute purity of flavour in such a concentrated form!
It also cuts down on waste because you only need to use a drop or two of oil, and can have the bottle of essential oil for months!

With some oils such as oregano and thyme, one drop is actually already too much, meaning just a toothpick with oil swirled into your food will suffice!

Best practices to keep in mind
are that essential oils are very strong and concentrated —one or two drops are all you need. Also, please bear in mind that due to their alive botanical compounds, it is best to use the oils at the very the end of the cooking process, literally just before serving out, as heat does change the therapeutic qualities.

You will find that the oils have the same vibrant flavours as fresh herbs, so much nicer and satisfying than the dried herbs … especially during times when you don’t happen to have fresh herbs at hand or live in the city with no garden!

 


 

Aromatic plants, essences and oils have been used for ages in ceremony, religious observances, beauty care, food preparation and preservation, as incense, and for perfumes.

It’s common for Egyptians, at least 5,000 years ago, to be given credit as the first culture to use aromatic extracts for beauty care, culinary uses, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

But it is believed that essential oil-like extracts were also being used in China and India at nearly the same time. Depending on who is citing historical evidence, you can also find references to Ayurvedic uses of essential oils in India much earlier.

So, yes, as mentioned earlier, there is a real renaissance and resurgence of essential oils in the awareness of people, one of the reasons may be that people are exhausted from side effects and environmental toxic overload.

On that note, it is important for me to mention that not all essential oils are created equally! What are the criteria of those we can TRUST THAT THEY ARE PURE AND HEALTHY TO USE ON OUR BODIES OR EVEN INGEST? More on that a bit further down. But for now, I can only recommend essential oils which are certified “Seed to Seal”!

 

 

Dining well with Essential Oils as an ingredient … a.k.a. ingesting them?

Admittedly the ingestion of essential oils is a hot topic with much controversy, in fact there is a whole heap of misconception, misinformation, hype and drama out there.

What, if any, oils can be ingested and how do we do it?

The essential oils mentioned on this website are considered as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA for oral consumption.

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They also carry on the label the description: Food Supplement.

There appears to be a huge gap between people who believe that you have to highly dilute essential oils, or best no consumption of any kind.

Then on the other hand there are people like myself who see phenomenal and profound results, using the oils undiluted on the skin and happily ingest them. No harm is coming to those people, they are not dying but rather thriving.

I myself have been ingesting essential oils and using them neatly on my skin daily since 2010, and I may report that I am quite alive! I actively support my body in wellness and well-being, and essential oils are part of my daily regime.

There are a lot of well-meaning people who started to instill fear into essential oils users that these precious compounds are unsafe for internal use. One myth breeds more myths. Innocent uncertainty breeds more uncertainty.

The fact remains that there are no scientific, evidence-based, anatomical, physiological or logical reasons to say that essentials oils are unsafe for human consumption. Then there are the “French” method vs. the Anglo-Saxon (English & American) and German method for aromatherapy. => French ingest, Anglo-Saxon apply diluted on skin as a massage, and Germans, well, apparently we just smell the stuff …. 😉

Let me say this, the so called “French” method is to incorporate all of the methods. Yes, some pharmacists do advise using pure essential oils in the place of drugs and medication. They have been trained to do that.

One of the main reasons I myself would hang out the warning sign, “Do Not Ingest – Take Internally” would be that most essential oils are NOT safe to do this! They are inexpensive oils procured at supermarkets, health food stores, Internet, etc. However, even if the labels say “organic” and 100% pure” are not due the fact that there is no binding labeling law.

Very often the label will read something like: “This product is genuine” … genuine ‘what’? Everything is genuine something. Sometimes an oil purchased at a health store carries a lable like “100% pure, organic, and natural.” They may even say “therapeutic grade.” Most of the time, this would be an outright lie, but a legal one since no government agency has defined the term “therapeutic” and no government agency, as yet, regulates the content of labels on essential oils in a way that would remedy such deceptions. (Information taken from Dr.David Stewart’s book: “Healing Oils of the Bible” Chapter 13 “Oils that heal Versus Oils that Don’t”)

For example there is the so-called “Organic” French Lavender. “The characteristic of the desired French Lavender is a high content of ester, linalyl acetate. This requirement has led to many attempts to adjust the ester content upward from spraying linalyl acetate onto the plants right before harvest to the simple elongation of lavender oil with synthetic or semi-synthetic linalool and linalyl acetate.
“In a gas chromatogram, synthetic linalool and linalyc acetate will appear at the same spot as their natural counterparts, making it virtually impossible for even the initiated wholesaler or layperson to recognize this kind of adulteration.” … a commercial reality! (Taken from Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D., “Medical Aromatherapy”, chapter 10)

 

 

What does 100% Organic, pure, natural, therapeutic really mean?

The 100% quantitative term does not really mean 100%. In some cases 100% can mean as little as 10% of the real stuff while the rest may be colourless, odourless petrochemical, quite OK in the retail trade.
What does organic mean? “Grown naturally without poisons or chemicals.” To organic chemists, this term means, “composed of carbon compounds.” In other words, by that definition, gasoline is organic, and so is pure rubbing alcohol, and Dioxin, a known carcinogen.

Highly toxic industrial solvents such as benzene, hexane, toluene, xylene, and carbon tetrachloride are organic. By this definition, every artificial compound synthesized by an organic chemical laboratory is “organic”. So when these adulterants are added to essential oil, the term “organic” can still legally be used, implying one thing to an organic chemist yet something quite different to an unsuspecting customer.

Some of the dilutants used in essential oils are odourless, colourless petrochemicals (which are cheap). However, such components can be harmful to one’s health when applied to the skin, taken internally, or inhaled over a period of time. The common availability of such adulterated oils has caused some aromatherapists, who unsuspectingly and routinely use such products, to conclude that it is not safe to use an essential oil directly (neat) without diluting it down to a 2-5% concentration in a neutral fatty base. If such an aromatherapist would seek out a reliable source of truly pure therapeutic grade oils, they would find that applying essential oils neat is perfectly safe (with a few exceptions) and of far greater therapeutic value than using them diluted.

British aromatherapists generally never apply essential oils neat to the skin of fear of toxic reactions. In fact most British users of essential oils are horrified at the thought of applying pure essential oils to the body and disbelieve that Esther of the Bible (Esther 2:12) really rubbed pure oil of myrrh over her body for six months in preparation for her marriage to the king.

Natural? What is “Natural”?

Any compound that can be produced synthetically by a laboratory that is also found in nature can be legally labelled and sold as “natural”, even though the process by which it was produced was totally unnatural, and the raw products from which it was manufactured may have been petroleum, coal, or natural gas.

“True healing oils are expensive to produce and the temptation to commit fraud is rampant in the industry, which is why you want to purchase oils from producers where you can identify the grower, the distiller and the packager. Anywhere along this production chain, from growing soil to bottled oil, tampering can occur to increase profits. To make matters worse, there is no well regulated labelling laws in the United States as there are in Europe.”(David Stewart, Ph.D))

Please understand that many oil companies purchase their oils from 3rd party oil distilleries. These 3rd party distilleries focus on quantity over quality, which means the oils they produce are commonly distilled more than once or in ways to hurry the process – thereby depleting the oil’s therapeutic value.

Oils from companies who purchase 3rd party distilled oils are therefore technically ‘pure’ and ‘organic’ but degraded through distilling short-cuts. A good example of this is using a tea bag multiple times to brew tea (;))

 


Beyond Bio-Chemistry: Energy

The electromagnetic frequencies present in natural oils is absent in the synthetically produced version. The naturally occurring electromagnetic frequencies cannot be duplicated or manufactured. Electricity, life force, and subtle energies are beyond chemistry.

A chemist, with all his or her equipment, may not be able to determine the difference between natural and the laboratory produced products, but he discerning powers of the human body can tell the two apart instantly and reacts accordingly.

 

 

 

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