Herbs in the Kitchen
I often get asked what herb essential oils I use in the kitchen, and how much. Well, to answer the question simply, there are quite a few herbs in the dōTERRA range.
Let’s go through my favourite dōTERRA herb essential oils.
I call them my 1 drop wonder oils, as less is always best.
When you start using dōTERRA essential oils in your recipes, please remember these few important tips:
- Read the essential oil label
- The essential oil bottle must state it’s an oil for flavouring or internal purposes
- Less is always best! You might put 8 drops in your diffuser or in your aromatic dressings or pure-fumes, but you certainly don’t need or want 8 drops in your recipes
- Start with a toothpick. Add another toothpick until you get to the right flavour for your taste buds.
- If a herb is bitter when its fresh or dried then the oil version will be extremely bitter.
- Use caution with hot essential oils like cassia, cinnamon bark, clove, lemongrass, oregano, peppermint and thyme. When not used correctly, they burn. They will also destroy the taste sensation.
- Remove the drip cap of the essential oil bottle, and use a dropper or pipette to drop the essential oils into your food – this avoids that ‘quick drop’ that sometimes happens.
As a guide, here are some ways I love using dōTERRA herb essential oils:
- Basil into homemade cordial and pesto
- Cilantro, Coriander, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Oregano or Thyme into olive oil for a salad dressing
- Lemongrass into Thai dishes
- Oregano, Rosemary or Thyme into Greek or Italian dishes
- Thyme into Brazilian Cheese Puffs or Pizza Dough
- Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Lime or even Cardamom in raw desserts like bliss balls and chocolate
- Lemon or Wild Orange in muffins – even OnGuard is good for an ‘all-spice’ flavour
- Wild Orange in chocolate chip cookies
To give you an idea on how much to use: 1 drop of dōTERRA Oregano essential oil is equal to 1 Tablespoon of Ground Oregano. So, it’s pretty powerful stuff. Better to add a half drop (use a small pipette or toothpick) for a slight flavour than to destroy the flavour of your whole dish.
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If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us. We also do some bake and take essential oil cooking classes, so register your interest or book one over at in the events and workshop areas.
If you don’t yet have essential oils start your journey now and join me and my team. If you already have your wholesale customer account, then I hope your adding your favourite herb essential oils to your next Australian order.