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Easy Conversions from Herbs to Essential Oils in Cooking

I have been experimenting lately with cooking with my essential oils. Herbs and spices have many health benefits and I want to increase that by substituting the essential oils for the herbs and spices. My problem is, I do not know how much oil to use to replace the spice I am using. So I guess. Yesterday, I found a handy chart to help make my guesses easier.

1 toothpick dip = dip a toothpick into the essential oil and dip it once into the recipe
1 toothpick swirl = dip a toothpick into the essential oil and swirl it around in the recipe
½ drop = Drop an essential oil into a spoon, then use the tip of a sharp knife to obtain the desired
amount of oil and add it to the recipe.
½ teaspoon of dried herbs = 1 ½ teaspoons fresh herbs = 2-3 toothpick swirls
1 teaspoon dried herbs = 1 tablespoon fresh herbs = 1 drop essential oil
1 teaspoon lemon extract = 1/8 teaspoon lemon essential oil = 16 drops
1 tablespoon lemon zest = 1/16 teaspoon lemon essential oil = 8 drops*

TIPS:

*Essential oils are super concentrated. Depending on how much you use will depend on the strength of taste you receive. Because they are so concentrated, you will want to start out with less and increase to reach the desired taste.

*Always use CPTG grade essential oils. Make sure the oil you are using is safe to take internally.

*If desired, mix your essential oil with olive oil or another cooking oil. This helps to disperse the essential oil more evenly in the recipe.

Enjoy experimenting!

One thing I have learned with changing my family to a gluten free/dairy free diet, is that I cannot be afraid to try and change recipes. Fear only results in nothing to eat. Some of the recipes have taken me many tries to get the taste and texture I desire. Other recipes have been super easy to adjust. Now I am going to adjust the recipes even more as I try to incorporate essential oils in our diet. 

Watch for new recipes!

Fun eating ahead!!!

*The Essential Life 2nd Edition, Total Wellness Publishing, 2015

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