If you've heard about essential oils it's most likely within the context of using them for the skin, hair or maybe another type of cosmetic application, but did you know that a few drops of some of the same essential oils can bring on a brand new spectrum of flavors as well as insane nutritional value to the foods you're eating, freezing or storing.
Many pre-packaged and canned goods begin to lose a lot of their flavor especially those intended to be stored for longer periods of time (i.e. foods that are dehydrated, stored in jars or bags, or otherwise altered to increase shelf life) Adding essential oils to your stock pile of foods will ensure that you are also still getting the right vitamins and nutrients and that stored foods are lacking.
Some of the very best essential oils for food include
Add a couple drops of basil oil to just but any savory dish or meat to give it a boost of flavor. This is an excellent essential oil for any pastas, pizza, gumbo, rice and other hearty meals. Just 3-4 drops of the high quality basil essential oil is enough to flavor the entire meal and be a healthy dose of antioxidants and nutrients for the body and brain that the basil oil contains.
Peppermint is an amazing aid for digestive issues, just rub right into the stomach and let the cooling soothe away your discomfort in a matter of seconds. We use peppermint on the skin and scalp for dandruff almost every day and we love adding it to desserts. Peppermint hot chocolate during the cold weather with just 1-2 drops of peppermint is invigorating and energizing on cold mornings while soothing away stomach pains. Peppermint can also be added to purified drinking water to sooth digestion problems.
Believe it or not coconut oil is probably the very best single essential oil you could have alongside your canned goods and stored foods. Coconut oil can be used just like any other cooking oil in a pan or added as an ingredient in place of vegetable oil or shortening. The amazing thing about the cold pressed organic coconut oil is that it has no grease or fats or anything harmful to your health. The natural coconut smell and flavor is light and fresh and when added to your food or rubbed into skin you will boost the amount of nutrients you are getting and will help your immune system keep out diseases and bacteria and even increase recovery times for sunburns and better your metabolism.