Essential Oils Versus Herbs Plus Cooking With EOs (Guest Post)

Cooking with Essential Oils

Because essential oils are so highly concentrated, they are 50 to 70 times more therapeutically potent than the herbs or plants they are derived from!  Dried herbs lose up to 90% of their healing nutrients and oxygen molecules, whereas essential oils do not.

An example of how essential oils compare to herbs:  There are approximately 60 drops of essential oil per teaspoon, while this may not seem like much – it is important to remember this example – just “one” drop of peppermint oil equals about 28 cups of peppermint tea!

It takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to distill one pound of rose oil, making it one of the most expensive and precious essential oils we have. Have you ever dried out flowers before, like a rose?  Did it change the fragrance of the flower? Sure! That’s because the essential oil of a flower, like the rose, is very delicate and vaporizes easily into the air. Essential oils are “volatile”oils, meaning all of the therapeutic properties are in the essential oil of the plant and it dissipates quickly and easily. That is how you can be near a bottle of Essential Oil and the top is on and you can still smell the oil.  The fragrance of PURE therapeutic grade essential oils is indescribable.

Once a fresh plant is dried, very little of the essential oil is still left. It’s the same with herbs. Once an herb is dried, it only contains 3 – 5% of its essential oil, and it’s the ESSENTIAL OIL that gets us well!

In the process of drying the herb, many molecules found in the essential oil of the plant are lost altogether because they are volatile oils and evaporate.  Thus, this is why essential oils are better than fresh or dried herbs.  Does that mean we don’t use or need herbs?  NO, absolutely not!  I am just showing the potency of the essential oil compared to the herbs.  Both are from the same derivative of the plant, but in the process of drying out the herbs, the manufacturers are “dehydrating” the plant, thus taking out the “essential oil” of the plant and losing the therapeutic benefits.

The Frequency of Essential Oils and Herbs

Frequency is a measurable rate of electrical energy that is constant between any 2 points.  Everything has an electrical frequency. Essential Oils have energy. The energy in Rose Oil has been measured at 320 MHz (the highest). Lavender is 118 MHz and peppermint is 78 MHz. Did you know that:

·         Essential Oils range in frequency from 52-320 MHz?

·         Dry Herbs range in frequency from 12-22 MHz?

·         Fresh Herbs range in frequency from 20-27 MHz?

·         The human body has been measured at 62 – 68 MHz (a healthy human body) while if you have a cold your energy can drop to 58 MHz?

Now here’s something of interest: Negative thoughts lower the frequency of Essential Oils by 12 MHz while positive thoughts raised their frequencies 10 MHz. Prayer raises frequency levels by 15 MHz. So, you can see why anointing took place with prayer in Biblical times.

Whenever given the choice, I will choose essential oils over herbs!  I love and use them both in my cooking and medicinally, however, I see the greater health benefit of essential oils. When you cook with essential oils, you receive all the great taste of traditional herbs and spices, but without any unnecessary preservatives. So don’t miss this chance to spice up your favorite meals with a dash of essential oils!

Essential oils have a chemical structure that is similar to human cells and tissues. This makes essential oils compatible with human protein and enables them to be readily identified and accepted by the body. So let’s start using essential oils in our cooking for you and your family’s vigor and strength!

Again… people must know they cannot get any essential oil and cook with it! Read your labels!  Does your lavender, or peppermint or ginger oil say, not for internal use?  If so… THROW IT AWAY!  It is NOT pure!  You have more of a cosmetic/ fragrant oil.

Important Note! The FDA only requires 2-3% of the essential oil to be PURE for the bottle to be labeled “pure 100%”  The other 97% is filled with fillers, chemicals, toxins… the buyer does NOT know this! 

PURE essential oils are costly! You cannot buy a pure lavender oil for $8-10 dollars! It is not the finest, purest form of lavender.  It is more in the lavandin family… do your homework, do your research!

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that use essential oils:

·         Organic Butternut Squash Soup

·         Lavender Blueberry Banana Bread

·         Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers Spaghetti


To your health,

Carrie- Young Living Oil Lady

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