As a busy working Mum of 2, I’m always looking for some quick, easy and healthy ways to add flavour to our meals.  Cooking with essential oils provides a great solution to this!

Because they are so concentrated, essential oils are up to 70 times more potent than the herbs or plants they are derived from. Unlike herbs, essential oils contain virtually all of the plants healing nutrients, oxygenating molecules, trace minerals, enzymes, vitamins, hormones and more.

Essential oils have many health benefits.  Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate them into a variety of recipes for both cooked and raw foods.

Essential Oil Cooking Tips

  • Which oils are safe to use for cooking?  Only use 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and read instructions before using oils.
  • For stronger spice oils – such as basil, oregano, marjoram, coriander, rosemary or thyme, dip a toothpick in a bottle of essential oil and stir it in the recipe after cooking. This is a wonderful way to flavour food, but can be overpowering if too much essential oil is used.
  • For citrus oils, add 2 or 3 drops of lemon, lime or wild orange just before serving, so that the oil does not evaporate.
  • Avoid using a microwave oven! A study by Dr. Radwan Farag of Chairo University showed that just 2 seconds of microwave energy destroys all enzymes in the food and alters the frequency of the food. Heating proteins in the microwave oven for 10 minutes or more may create a new, harmful type of protein. If food is microwaved in plastic dishes or covered with plastic, plastic molecules may contaminate the food.

Recipe ideas

  • Salad dressings: Lemon, lime, wild orange;
  • Meat and sauces: Basil, rosemary, cilantro, marjoram, thyme, lemongrass or black pepper;
  • Cakes and fruit pies: Lemon, lime, wild orange, tangerine or peppermint;
  • Raw chocolate: Peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, wild orange, lime.  Click here for some delicious raw chocolate recipes;
  • Herbal teas: Lavender, rosemary, ginger, lemon, wild orange, cinnamon or peppermint added to hot (not boiling) water;
  • Cool refreshing drinks: Lemon, lime, wild orange, peppermint added to cold water.

Some Health Benefits of Essential Oils

Many essential oils are incredibly high in anti-oxidents and have many documented health benefits including:

  • Cilantro: Anti-bacterial properties
  • Oregano: Anti-fungal, warts, staph, muscle aches, candida
  • Basil: Bee stings, wounds, greasy/oily hair
  • Black Pepper: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, digestive problems
  • Ginger: Low libido, morning sickness, nausea, arthritis, cure indigestion
  • Lemon Grass: Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, revitalizer, tonic
  • Lemon: Anxiety, concentration, astringent, invigorating, bites, tonic
  • Lime: Overcoming exhaustion, depression, sore throats, infection
  • Wild Orange: Insomnia, menopause, uplifting, palpitations, anxiety
  • Clove: Diarrhea, bad breath, bronchitis, cavities, strong antiseptic
  • Cinnamon: Anti-depressant, anti-oxidant, immune and sexual stimulant, warming
  • Thyme: Highly anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-fungal
  • Rosemary: Memory, arthritis, diabetes, fatigue, flu, fluid retention, hair loss
  • Grapefruit: Appetite suppressant, bulimia, cellulite, hang over

Further information on the health benefits of essential oils can be found in The Modern Essentials Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils

For my ‘Raw Chocolate Treats’ e-book with yummy raw chocolate recipes, click here.

For information on local healthy events in Perth, including free classes on essential oils, click here.


The information in this blog is intended for education purposes only, the statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA) or Theraputic Good Association (TGA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a medical practitioner. THESE SUGGESTED USES APPLY ONLY TO CERTIFIED PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE (CPTG) DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS.

References & Recommended Reading:
Aroma Tools: The Modern Essentials Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
Tanya Maidment: Raw Chocolate Treats: 10 Deliciously Healthy Raw Chocolate Recipes
Micki Sannar: Aroma Olive Oil