Using essential oils in cooking

Cooking with essential oilsEssential oils belong as much in a kitchen as they do in the medicine chest, first-aid kit, diffuser or bed-side table; and there are numerous essential oils that are well suited for your day to day cooking.

If you are like me you’re probably quite concerned at the quality (or lack of it) of the food that comes before us. And of course there’s the health risks in so much of the ingredients that are used in our foods. Well provided you’re using pure and unadulterated¬†therapeutic grade quality essential oils, you can reduce the risks and enhance the quality and taste of your meals (and beverages).

For starters, essential oils used in your food can kill unwanted microbes, increase the natural enzymatic secretions in your G.I. tract, and allow for more energy and oxygen uptake by your cells.

What about fresh and dried herbs? Surely they’re as good as essential oils.

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Sorry folks, it’s been a long time between articles. ūüôā


I recently came across a study which showed that people who take aspirin and tylenol to deal with colds and flus actually suppress their body’s ability to produce antibodies, and so actually prolong their colds and lead to secondary infections.¬†[1]¬†Then you have antibiotics, which actually do a lot of harm to the body’s gut flora. Hence, the title of this post. Essential oils don’t supplant your immune system, they assist and support it. Here are some things to consider as we enter the cold and flu season.

Use¬†Eucalyptus oil¬†or any of the¬†Citrus oils¬†in a diffuser daily. This will help clear the airborne environment of any pathogens. Oils such as orange and grapefruit are also beneficial in keeping people’s moods up-beat. As there is evidence that stress is a contributing factor to colds and flus, this something you definitely want to keep in mind.[2]

In addition here are some other oils you might want to consider, either in your diffuser or to use internally (note the safety precautions for each oil):

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I’m often amazed when members of the medical establishment come out asking where the evidence for alternative medicine’s efficacy or value is.
Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist,¬†has defined alternative medicine as a “set of practices that cannot be tested, refuse to be tested, or consistently fail tests.”¬†[1]¬†He has also stated that “there is no alternative medicine. There is only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t work.”¬†[2]¬†¬†He has argued that if a technique is demonstrated effective in properly performed trials, it ceases to be alternative and simply becomes medicine.¬†[3]
Ok perhaps Richard, would like to explain why on the basis of the following studies, the compound Limonene, found in many citrus essential oils, has not been incorporated into the fight against cancer (either as a preventative or treatment). Hmm? No great return on investment for something that grows on a tree perhaps?
The following are studies I came across when doing research for my article on¬†citrus oils. They are from the site Young Living Link, which has a store of fabulous information on essential oils. You will note that they have only updated the studies carried out up to 2002. That doesn’t mean that research on Limonene stopped then. I’ve added below the links to abstracts on 7 other studies carried out since then. So check them out too.

Till next time



Limonene Studies (1971 – 2002)

Research on Limonene since 2002

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1] ¬†Dawkins, Richard (2003).¬†A Devil’s Chaplain. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
[2] ¬†Dawkins, Richard (2003).¬†A Devil’s Chaplain. United States: Houghton Mifflin. p.¬†58
[3] ¬†“Review: A Devil’s Chaplain by Richard Dawkins”.¬†The Guardian¬†(London). 2003-02-15

Happy holidays!!!

We’ve been off air since November, but certainly not idle. Here are some topics we covered in Wellbeing magazine’s blog that may be of interest to you:

The wonders of peppermint oil  We look at some of the amazing uses for Peppermint oil.

The benefits of citrus essential oils The citrus oils – grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange and tangerine – are pretty potent. They contain a compound – Limonene – that is showing much promise against tumors.

Essential oils for the summer Ok, probably of more use to those of you in the southern hemisphere, but for those of you who are, there are some great tips.

We wish you all the very best for the festive season. We will be back in the New Year

Take care