What do you really know about essential oils?

I realized recently that I didn’t introduced you to any essential oils… I simply offered you some blends that you benefit from, but I never actually explained important things about these oils and how you can choose to benefit from them.

So, this is going to change.

Today, I’ll introduce you to a very simple but very potent essential oil, easy to find anywhere, and especially easy to use in the summer.

I am talking about citrus lemonum, or, Lemon.
This essential oil will come from Italy, California or Argentina . citrons

Here are its principal properties:

Anti-anemic, anti-tumor, anti-fungal, antitoxic decongestant , expectorant , insecticide, astringent, tonic nervous, antimicrobial , antibacterial, anti-sclerotic , antispasmodic, depurative, febrifuge (decrease fever) , immuno-stimulant.

So, it is especially efficient when you suffer from bonchitis, excess mucus, sinusitis, asthm , sore throat and flu.

This oil stimulates your blood circulation, strengthens capillaries, varicose veins, thins the blood, prevents trombosis, helps arteriosclerosis, hemorrhoids and phlebitis .

What does that mean?

It means that any one shoud use this oil, at least as a preventative tool.

Of course, you can choose to add a few drops of it in a massage blend and regularly benefit from it through a good body massage, but you can be even more effective.

You can actually use it to replace a fresh lemon in many ways, in your food.

Before you start sprinkeling lemon essential oil a little bit everywhere, lets cover some basic rules.

 

Using essential oils in the kitchen: Basic and Important rules!

Some essential oils not only smell good but they also taste great! They are real therapeutic powerhouses.

1. 1 or 2 drops are enough! No heavy hand please!

2. Use fat, any fat, as a carrier: essential oils are fat soluble and must be diluted in fat before you eat them.

So, you must ensure that the drops are properly dispersed in a preparation, whether hot or cold, thanks to a fat base (butter , coconut milk , almond milk , yogurt, coconut oil etc. … )

3. Do not cook the essential oil … it is better to add the drops at the end of the preparation. Cooking them removes their properties.

 

You no longer need to infuse herbs such as thyme, cloves or dried rosemary : simply add one or two drops before you serve your dish, et voilà!

Examples:
• After mixing your soup, add a drop of EO (Essential Oil) in a little yogurt or chicken broth before adding it to the soup .
• In a dessert (lemon curd, chocolate pudding, custard), add a drop of EO when the preparation is cooled .
• In a hot sauce dish , add a drop of EO before serving to enhance the flavor of the sauce. (A drop of basil EO in tomato sauce … )
• Similarly, it will be useless to infuse thyme, nutmeg or cloves in cooking water if you add a drop at the end of preparation!

DESSERTS:

  • In a cake batter, add from 1 to 3 drops of … Lemon , Orange or Cinnamon EO before placing in the ovenpâte
  • Cinnamon Cassia EO gives a sweet taste to the preparation that can replace the addition of a sweetener in a granola , for example.
  • Peppermint EO goes so well with chocolate desserts
  • Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, pink adorn fine cookies, granola, waffle …
  • Basil, Lemon, Fennel, Rosemary combine very well with a vinaigrette or a tomato sauce.
  • Pepper and Ginger give depth to a curry.

    Not only you will love the burst of flavors in your mouth, but  you will also enjoy the anti-fungal, anti-bacterial cleansing and rebalancing action of most of these oils.

Check my next post for a recipe where I use this EO. A delicious soup awaits!

If you wish to know all about the safe use of essential oils, read my user’s manual