I have always loved to bake and cook! It has been exciting for me as I've started to become more aware about what goes into my body to learn new ways to incorporate oils into my favorite dishes. I am amazed at the difference in flavor compared to the dried spices and seasonings.
Ingesting oils can be a concern for some, but don’t worry! This class will give you the knowledge to make an informed decision and the confidence to try new things.
Not all essential oils are created equally. When you shop with Young Living you are getting quality products backed by a ‘Seed to Seal’ guarantee that you won’t find anywhere else. You can expect that Young Living will provide you with only the BEST!
And the best part… if the oils do not meet these high standards they are rejected and will not be bottled as a Young Living product. Now that’s amazing!!
Essential oils can be used in three main ways: aromatically, topically, and internally. For the purpose of this class, we are going to focus on internal usage.
Remember that Seed to Seal stuff we mentioned earlier? That’s how you know you’re getting SAFE, quality essential oils. Just remember - these oils are pure, unadulterated, and potent. For this reason, it’s recommended to start slow, read the labels, do your own research, and feel empowered to determine your comfort level with ingesting essential oils. Young Living makes it super easy and has an entire LINE of essential oils approved for ingestion called the Vitality line. The oils have also been non-GMO project verified.
Cooking with oils is not complicated but we’ve got a few tips for you!
Do you buy fresh or dried herbs and spices from the grocery store to cook with? Are they organic? Have you ever done a breakdown of how much that is actually costing you per dish?
One thing that I hear very often is, "Oils are too expensive!" Actually, they aren't!
Let’s do some math!
Since Amazon is a household name, I picked a product from there - “Frontier Co-Op Organic Rosemary Leaf, Fancy Grade.” (I didn't know there was a face grade of Rosemary, but let's go with it).
You can get a 0.85-ounce bottle for $4.69. It contains approximately 7 tablespoons of organic dried Rosemary leaves, which ends up being $0.67 per tablespoon.
According to our conversion chart, 4 drops of Rosemary essential oil is equal to 1 tablespoon. An entire bottle of Rosemary Vitality (90-100 drops) costs only $7.75, equaling just $0.08 per drop - a total of $0.32 for a ‘tablespoon’ worth of Rosemary.
I’m no math whiz but I think $.32 is less than $0.67. That’s more than a 50% savings! Right?
So let’s say you are making a dish and the recipe calls for 1 tbsp of Rosemary, you could run to the store (or wait for it to be delivered from Amazon) and pay for the dried stuff. Or you could grab fresh Rosemary, probably pay even more, only to use what you need, and then end up throwing out the rest because it turned brown.
The best (and most affordable) option? Have a well-stocked oil cabinet and you can grab your Rosemary Vitality instead, spending only $0.32, and give your dish a fresher, more robust flavor profile! And guess what? You can keep using that SAME bottle of oil for 25 more dishes and still get great flavor and freshness every time!
That all adds up to a win in my book!
Another savvy way to cook with oils and get the best BANG for your buck is to infuse #allthethings … butter, salt, olive oil, water, pretty much anything your heart desires!
Flavored Butter: Add one drop of essential oil to 1 tsp of softened butter.
Flavored Salt: Grab your empty Lemon, Lime, Basil, Rosemary, or Thyme essential oil bottles and fill them up with good quality Himalyan or Celtic Sea Salt; let sit for at least 24 hours. Voila! Oil-infused salt for your dishes!
Flavored Sprays: Combine 1 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 10 drops of your desired essential oil, and filtered water in a 2-ounce food-safe, glass spray bottle. Shake well before each use and spray on food at the end of cooking. Perfect for pasta!
Flavored Kitchen Oils: You get to play around with this one! Grab a 2-ounce food-safe dropper bottle (preferably glass) and fill it with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or your favorite kitchen oil), leaving room for some essential oil flare. Start with just a few drops of your desired essential oil and add more until you’ve reached the preferred level of flavor.
Flavored Water: Citrus essential oils are a great option for flavoring your water. They’re cold-pressed from the rind so they aren’t hard on your tooth enamel. Plus they’re filled with antioxidants! Start with one drop in a glass of water (remember oils and plastic don’t do well together) and add more if desired.
Try this delicious recipe for starters! Remember, you are the chef here! Add whatever ingredients or oils your palette desires. Use your imagination and get creative!
½ cup Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
2-3 drops each Lemon and Lime Vitality
3-4 drops Tangerine Vitality
1-2 tbsp sweetener, to taste (raw honey or liquid stevia)
Salt and Pepper, to taste
One of the best things about cooking with oils is that they never go out of season. You could be in the dead of winter and still whip up a dish that tastes as fresh as spring! Let me show you some ways to do this…
“Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party.” ~Robin Williams
What do you think of when you think of spring? My mind goes to sunshine, fresh air, flowers blooming, new life, and Lavender!
So let’s get the party started with some recipes that are perfect for celebrating spring!
Sunrise Nitro Smoothie
Lemon Lavender Vegan Cheesecakes
Seasonal Wellness Lavender Lemonade
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~Charles Bowden
Oh sweet summer! Sunshine, outdoors, beaches, barbeques…
What are some of your favorite things about summer?
For me, summer means giving my oven a break; it's firing up the grill, cold salads, and frozen desserts; sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows, and making S'mores and memories with family and friends.
These recipes are perfect for all your summer celebrations - or if you just want to bring some warmth to the winter!
Spicy Potato Salad
Homemade Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream
“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~Unknown
As much as I love spring and summer, and hate the thought of winter fast approaching, autumn is one of my favorite seasons.
When the air turns cooler you start to break out the hoodies, go on hay rides, get cozy by the fire, and whip up all the pumpkin and apple recipes you can find. These tasty recipes will fit right in!
Cinnamon Apple Chips
For best results, store apple chips in an airtight container and eat within 24 hours.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars
Pumpkin Spice Latte
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~John Steinbeck
Use these recipes to add a touch of sweetness and warmth to your winter season.
French Toast with Apple Cranberry Sauce
Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Mousse
Homemade Hot Cocoa
Once you embrace the Young Living lifestyle and hop on Essential Rewards, you will be prompted to set up your very own wellness box. Login to your YL Account and click on Essential Rewards. Go ahead and start swapping out those dried herbs in your kitchen. In the next few months use your customizable box to replace toxic products that might be hiding in your cabinets - get that home filled with oily goodness! Thankfully Young Living has over 600 oils and oil-infused products to help you do that!
We aren't asking you to spend more money. Essential Rewards is taking what you are already purchasing at the store, and now purchasing it from Young Living. Safer products for you and your family - once we know better, we do better. There are many benefits of being a part of Essential Rewards: