You already use essential oils to clean your house, make your skin glow, and boost your energy—but did you know you can cook with them? Cooking with essential oils is a wonderful way to add a huge punch of flavor and therapeutic benefits to a dish.
"What's nice about cooking with essential oils is that the potential concerning molecules that could be irritating are burned off with the heat of cooking!" says Amy Galper, executive director of the New York Institute of Aromatherapy. "You don't want to use more than one drop, or it can overpower the dish, and you need to be sure to purchase genuine and true essential oils that haven't been adulterated with any synthetic chemicals."
Kristin Cavallari, who has since becoming a mom transformed from a Laguna Beach party animal to a health-conscious mom who's filled with tips about healthy cooking and natural living, is a huge fan of using essential oils in her concoctions. "They pack a ton of flavor in just a drop or two, so they last forever," she says. "I specifically love the basil oil—it's great to have on hand if, like mine, your basil is rotten by the time you get to it." Kristin's favorite brand is Young Living, which sells a line of essential oils specifically for cooking, and Amy recommends Enfleurage, Original Swiss Aromatics, and Lab of Flowers. Want to experiment with essential oils in your own cooking? Here's one of Kristin's favorite recipes.