Essential Oils for Cooking
Instructor: Caroline Bayard, D.D., D.S.T.

Education: 2 Continuing Education Units
Class Type: Holistic and Natural Health Student

Course Overview

Essential Oils for Cooking - with all of the warnings about the toxicity of essential oils, you might wonder how you can use essential oils in cooking, or that some can be taken internally. It's simple - educate yourself on how to use them appropriately. The first important thing to remember is to use very small amounts! Know and remember all essential oils are NOT appropriate for cooking! Essential oils for the kitchen come in four main groups: 1) herbs, 2) spices, 3) citrus fruits, and 4) flowers. They can be used in foods from soups to ice cream. Realize that besides their flavors, they all do have a medicinal property - you can use that to your advantage. It is not to say that you will like the taste of all essential oils, but they just might make you become healthier.

An exploration into blending essential oils that incorporates the balancing of top, middle, and base note is an important part of the exercise. Learning how to identify the scent of one essential oil and then how it is affected by the scent of another essential oil is important in being satisfied with the final scent of the blend being created. This process can assist you in being comfortable with creating your own blends and evaluating other blends.