The Food With Essential Oils podcast is for anyone interested in using essential oils to improve the quality of their life. From everyday wellness to healthy weight loss and boosting brain power, this show will get you on track.
Food With Essential Oils
This zesty wonder is a true natural hero.
Oh hey lemon. Anyone else tried a slice in hot water on a morning for that early pick me up? Yep? There’s a good reason. It’s a popular essential oil, used for a variety of purposes but because it’s so refreshing and probably the one most earned it’s striped for being ZINGY it has cemented itself as THE essential oil as a must for any energising wellbeing wish-list.
Its fruity notes are hailed as uplifting and energising, perfect for giving you that energy boost when you need it most.
Sweet, sweet basil. The aromatic B crisp yet sweet and freshly floral scent is really like no other.
Perfectly picked plants are steam distilled, preserving the fragrance to give us the purest and most fragrant oil. Basil is a rich source of vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. It has so many benefits so it makes perfect sense to use for natural energy and the perfect addition to an energy boosting routine.
Grapefruit essential oil is cold-expressed from the rind of the grapefruit. It’s sweet orange-like, yet slightly bitter citrus notes offer a rich scent, which is naturally refreshing and invigorating.
Grapefruit itself is hailed as being a superfood with lots of apparent benefits – it even gained enough popularity to get a whole diet inspired by it!
The Grapefruit essential oil has a bright and uplifting fragrance which helps to recharge the body, providing a very welcome energy boost.
Another citrus wonder, lime is an essential oil that packs a punch.
Similar to lemon and grapefruit, lime essential oil has a bright citrus aroma creating a fresh summery fragrance even in the deepest, darkest winter months.
This almost tropical aroma helps uplift mood, particularly during those afternoon slump moments and can help to re-engage in both productivity and creativity.
It’s antibacterial properties also make it a great addition for any skincare routine.
A zesty yet soothing aroma, bergamot is another citrus gem.
Similar to lemon, grapefruit and lime, bergamot essential oil is also a derivative of the citrus family. It is extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange which is something of a cross between a lemon, lime and an orange – yellowish in colour and slightly pear-shaped. This is actually an ingredient in Earl Grey teas, contributing to its distinct taste and aroma – so any Earl Grey fans out there are sure to fall in love with this natural powerhouse.
It has a very light citrus fragrance and is commonly used in aromatherapy for a variety of purposes, including stress and improving general mood, thus helping combat depleted energy levels.
Rosemary has been widely used in aromatherapy, with cineole, one of its most significant ingredients, being seen as a powerful aid to boosting energy by increasing the flow of blood to the cerebrum.
Rosemary essential oil is thought to promote concentration and attention to task – a.k.a. It’s an absolute hero for those busy workdays or late-night assignments.
It is also used as a source of pain relief and may even relieve breathing problems.
This makes rosemary the perfect partner to help promote productivity and focus when we need it most, whether that’s in the office or out and about.
What can be more invigorating than the scent of pure nature – wild forests, rugged terrain, pine is the true epitome of natural!
With its invigorating scent reminiscent of forest walks and Christmas trees, pine essential oil is hailed as an oil to boost metabolism, enhance mood, reduce stress and improve vitality.
With its healing properties, pine essential oil is a great ingredient when it comes to natural skin products. It has a rich history of use in both Europe and North America and is sure to give you an uplifting boost of energy.
Like rosemary, eucalyptus has long been widely used in aromatherapy, particularly for soothing massage experiences. It has a bold and powerful fragrance and is a very popular ingredient in cough and cold remedies because of its respiratory properties.
It is thought to help reduce tension and anxiety – those notorious drains on our energy levels – as well as helping to stimulate both mind and body.
Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy
Pure natural energy, there’s nothing better. We need energy for everything we do. Even our normal daily routine can leave us feeling drained, tired and in need of an energy boost.
If you feel that you’re lacking energy, you’re not alone. In fact, a landmark study of almost 20,000 people, by The Energy Project and HBR.org, found that 59% of workers are physically depleted, emotionally drained, mentally distracted and lacking in meaning and purpose. This undoubtedly has an impact on productivity, focus and overall wellbeing.
Our products here at NEOM are most effective when combined with a purposeful routine. Whether your preference is to take a revitalising power shower, breathing in pure essential oils from an air diffuser, or using skin care products with uplifting oils like wild mint and mandarin. We want to help you get your fix in a way that works for you.
Get our ultimate Energy Guide full of great tips, hints and insights to help inspire energy-boosting daily rituals. From yoga poses to mindfulness tips, we’ve brought in top wellbeing experts to lend a helping hand in creating this for you.
If your energy bank is empty, try some of the below to get started:
Sleep affects our energy – no brainer. If we have a bad night’s sleep, we feel it the next day.
Try having regular bedtime hours, switching off your phone (or leaving it in another room!) when you go to bed, and unplugging from tech and screens well before going to bed, are all worth trying. Breathe right. Sounds simple (because it is) be don’t underestimate the power of simple breathing exercises and evening stretches/yoga for improving your sleep and help you wake up feeling refreshed, re-energised and ready to nail the day. Hurrah.
This is why our Scent to Sleep range is the perfect partner for our Energy range. Getting your get-up-and-go each morning always starts with a good night’s sleep.
Create a sleep ritual that works for you and and get good zzz’s will recharge your body and mind.
Nourish Your Body
We quite literally get energy from the food we eat, so make sure you fuel yourself with good food that packs an energy punch!
Top tip if life gets hectic (when isn’t it?) try to not leave lunch too late in the day, we are more likely to reach for the not-too-good-stuff when we’re running on empty. That sugar rush will undoubtedly get you seeking a quiet corner in the office for a 3pm nap.
The Energy Plate Equation… it’s as simple as… Every Meal
1 one of complex carb
2 one portion of protein
3 brightly coloured seasonal veggies. Opt for balanced lunches – protein light, full of nutrients and natural ingredients.
Move Your Body
Even if it’s only standing up to read emails at work, moving that bit more in your day will do wonders. Doing stretches at your desk, taking a call stood up, taking the stairs there are plenty of ways to keep moving during your day to keep your body staying refreshed and focused.
Movement releases both tension and those positive endorphins too, so take every opportunity to exercise, stretch and lunge! For bonus points, a lunchtime workout is a fantastic way to break up the day and get your body moving.
Get Energised with NEOM
Need an energy boost? Say hello to our Scent to Boost Your Energy range – your perfect partner for feeling energised throughout the day.
Expertly blended 100% natural Scent to Boost your Energy fragrances. Feel Refreshed with 24 zingy essential oils including Sicilian lemon & basil and Energy Burst with 17 oils like grapefruit, lemon & rosemary.
From candles and diffusers, to mists and oils, this range is dedicated to energy and harnessing the power of natural ingredients and essential oils in a range of home and beauty products.
COOKING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Healthy living is often a direct result of healthy cooking. While reaching into the spice cabinet for herbs such as rosemary and peppermint has become commonplace, you may find another effective way to cook with herbs and plants is by using essential oils for cooking.
Essential oils (EO) offer several benefits including the ability to know the source of your flavorings, saving money as it only takes a drop or two, and convenience because you’ll always have what you need on hand instead of having to run to the store.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Essential oils are made from aromatic plants through natural processes to concentrate the “essence” of the plant into a liquid form.
Not technically oil, they are actually hydrophobic liquids that are distilled or cold pressed from various parts of the plant such as the leaves, stems, petals, needles, twigs and branches.
Some are also extracted using chemicals or solvents, but cold pressing and steam distillation are the preferred methods to keep the essence of the plant in its purest form.
The tradition of using EO is an ancient one, dating back thousands of years. Used for physical healing as well as emotional well-being, these are powerful, natural substances that provide a healthy boost when used in the kitchen.
Although creating a collection of these hydrophobic liquids may seem a bit on the pricey side, over time this is an extremely economical way to cook.
Because of a significantly longer (indefinite!) shelf life, they ultimately trump dried herbs and spices for imperishability.
When determining what essential oils to use for cooking, it is important to understand where they come from and what grade they are. Some cheaper versions are only useful for perfumes and scents because of the quality of plants they come from and how they are extracted.
Higher grade substances that can safely be used for cooking will be labeled 100% pure and should indicate that they are Food Grade. Young Living, doTerra, LorAnn, and other brands offer products which, when used in proper amounts, can be not only safe but beneficial to the body’s health.
For certain items, such as nutmeg, using the essential oil may be safer than using the plant because components that may be toxic in the plant become non-volatile through the extraction process.
It is definitely necessary to avoid products that are extracted with harmful solvents, but those are usually used for Perfume Grade components rather than for Food Grade ingredients. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer to find out what kind of processes or solvents are used in the extraction process.
Ideally you’ll find that substances used for cooking will be extracted through cold steam distillation or cold pressing. The use of high temperatures in the extraction process can break down the structure and change the chemical compounds so it’s best to avoid those that have been exposed to high temperatures.
This also means that you’ll want to find a room temperature place for storage—obviously not in the cabinet directly above the stove!
Nature-identical substances should be avoided as they compare chemically to the natural product but are made of synthetic components, so you are not eating the actual plant but rather a synthetic chemical made to mimic its qualities.
No one wants that.
For instance, horseradish is a food that is perfectly safe to eat, but horseradish essential oil contains allyl isothiocyanate, which is an irritant to the skin, eyes, nose, and mucus membranes and should not be ingested.
The best way to be sure that what you are using for cooking is safe is to check the Latin name on the bottle and compare it to the IFRA (International Fragrance Association) restricted and banned lists, which can be found here.
Speaking with an herbalist, aromatherapist, or nutritional therapist may give you more confidence in using these in the kitchen.
In addition, even products that are safe to ingest can be extremely powerful. You should consult a doctor prior to ingesting these strong substances if you have any sort of medical condition.
For instance, those with high blood pressure should avoid using peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, black pepper, pine, and other essential oils that can be hypertensive. Be sure that your family (or any guests you might be cooking for) are healthy and well before feeding them food cooked with these substances.
VARIETIES TO AVOID IN COOKING
This is not a complete list by any means, but here are some of the essential oils you might think are safe because of their names, but actually are not:
- Bitter Almond – Prunusamygdalus var. amara
- Camphor- Cinnamomumcamphora
- Horseradish – Cochleariaarmoracia
- Mustard – Brassica nigra
- Sassafras – Sassafras albidum
- Wintergreen – Gaultheria procumbens
ESSENTIAL OILS USED FOR COOKING
Always check the Latin name of your essential oil first, and make sure that it is 100% pure.
Here are some essential oils that can typically be used safely in cooking (always check labeling or check with the manufacturer first – Foodal is not responsible for any misuse):
USED IN COOKING
- Black Pepper
- Cinnamon Bark
- Juniper Berry
- Lemon Verbena
- Sweet Fennel
HOW TO COOK WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils are typically added at the end of the cooking process in order to preserve their flavor. However, if you find that your flavor is coming out too strong, then let the dish simmer for just a bit before serving.
Substitute essential oils for fresh herbs and spices as well as in recipes that call for lemon rind, orange peel, or zest.
Use just a single drop.
They never go bad so you don’t have to run to the grocery store if someone in your family ate that last orange you were going to zest! This is especially helpful in winter when fresh herbs or fruits run at a premium price.
From adding fruit flavors to sherbets or ice creams, to making glazes or dips or drinks, using these ingredients in the kitchen may become one of your favorite shortcuts to healthy, easy cooking.