Cooking with herbal essential oils

I’m enjoying the use of cooking with essential oils. In particular, the herb varieties have been interesting to use.

A long time ago, my mum got sick, in Vietnamese we call it ‘Gio’ which the direct translation is ‘wind’ but not in the gassy sense, rather it was having a deep cold in the body. To help her get better, I watched her heat a pot of water, pulverise sticks of lemongrass and boil this to get the steam. Then under a blanket, she sat, covering the pot and ‘sweating it out’. This was to help draw out the ‘wind’ and sweat out the toxins through the skin. She even got me to take a face washer to wipe down her back! Pretty interesting for a twelve year old kid to help mum out!

There’s so much natural medicinal value in plants that we sometimes tend to forget. It’s easy to grab an over the counter option, take a Panadol and reach for cough medicine. Everyday is a new learning experience for me and taking a natural approach to healthcare will be the norm. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for modern medicine! With these essential oils on hand, I can quickly whip up a roller ball to help with all sorts of ailments – that’s empowering my family!

Did you know that, when taken internally, Cilantro, Lemongrass, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Spearmint are shown to aid in digestion. The Marjoram, Melaleuca, Melissa, Oregano, and Thyme oils also support a healthy immune system.

Reference: Herbal Oils