Guidelines for Cooking with Young Living Essential Oils
Essential oils are different from common vegetable oils such as olive, flax, sesame, or canola oils. While both have benefits, cooking with essential oils can be a healthy alternative in flavoring foods and beverages.
Key differences between essential oils and vegetable oils:
- Vegetable oils contain glycerol, which leaves a greasy residue when applied to the skin and creates a slippery surface (i.e. in the pan); essentials oils do not create a slippery surface (unless mixed with vegetable oil)
- Vegetable oils are 100% fat; essential oils contain no fat.
- Vegetable oils are primarily pressed from seeds and nuts, like avocados, olives or the bran of grains
- Pure essential oils are steam distilled from plants (with the exception of citrus oils which are cold-pressed)
The following Young Living essential oils are frequently used in recipes: lemon, orange, nutmeg, black pepper, peppermint, ginger, sage, tangerine, lemongrass, grapefruit, fennel, spearmint, cinnamon bark, oregano, clove, and basil, among others. See the GRAS List (pdf) or the GRAS list below (Generally Regarded As Safe) to learn which Young Living essential oils can be ingested. Be sure to see the "How to Use" page for more information.
Many people believe that using essential oils in cooking is a relatively new idea; in fact there are thousands of food products that use essential oils for aroma and flavor such as chewing gum, chocolates, candies, and many more.
The difference between those oils for flavoring food and Young Living's essential oils is that Young Living essential oils are superior in quality, which simply means you will be getting the healthful benefits of the plant when you use them, and not just the 'flavor.'
While certain essential oils can be harmful if taken in high dosages, moderate use as flavoring (a few drops per person) is not only safe but delicious!
Young Living's Most Popular Essential Oils for Cooking
See Cooking Recipes & Tips for more delicious ideas.
GRAS: Generally regarded as safe
A list of Essential Oils Certified as GRAS and Food Additives by the FDA:
Learn how to cook with essential oils in Young Living's cookbooks:
Cookbook, Young Living, Volume 1 (#3947)
Young Living Cookbook, Volume 1, highlights creative and healthy ways to use Young Living's essential oils and products in everyday cooking. The recipes and tips in this cookbook were gathered from Young Living's renowned Farm Fresh Grill and a variety of health-conscious cooks from around the country who share a passion for great tasting food that is also good for you. Recipes include such favorites as Lavender Chicken, Gingered Tofu Stir-Fry, and Wolfberry Cheesecake.
Cookbook, Healthy Cooking, Volume 2 (#4369)
Who knew cooking with Young Living could taste so good? In an effort to inspire individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance, Young Living is promoting the use of essential oils in your daily cuisine. Because the food you eat directly impacts the way you look and feel, incorporating essential oils into your daily diet can make it easier to obtain remarkable results. With the release of our newest cookbook, Volume 2, there are more ways than ever to prepare healthy and delicious recipes using your favorite Young Living products. Our newest cookbook features cooking with essential oils basics, helpful hints, essential oil ratios, as well as convenient measurements. Inside you’ll find step-by-step instructions for refreshing beverages, nutritious side dishes, unique main courses, healthy desserts, recipes submitted by Young Living distributors, and more. One bite and you’ll be sold on cooking with Young Living.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.