Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cooking with Essential Oils

I don't use herbs and essential oils exclusively for herbal remedies. I also like to use them to cook! Just using a few drops of the right essential oils can add an enticing flavor, an intoxicating scent and romantic overtones to your meal.

There are certain essential oils that have the power to invoke feelings of passion and romance. Rose oil, ylang-ylang oil, jasmine oil and geranium oil are the ones I use the most because  they're readily available and they also work wonders.

These oils rely on one things to work their magic: Aromatherapy. You see, fragrance and the sense of smell cause a quicker reaction in the brain than anything else. So when you infuse a box of chocolates with ylang-ylang, the first thing that's going to hit their brain when they open it is the aphrodisiac aroma.

I like to focus on desserts when adding essential oils. Since the oils have more power when they aren't cooked, they work best as icings and other toppings. This isn't to say that they don't work if you cook them. It's just that their aroma and taste are reduced.

I've gathered up some of my favorite dessert recipes using essential oils to add romance to your meal. Take a look and try a few out. I promise you won't be disappointed!

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