Purchase all five edible oils in the Epicurean Collection, save 20% and also receive a complimentary Fruity Ginseng Refreshing Herbal Tea 100g - a healthy and stimulating brew to bring a zap to your day and heighten mental alertness. Save 20% on the individual oils, too - Aniseed 15ml, Ginger 15mL, Lemon Myrtle 15mL, Peppermint 15mL & Tangerine 15mL. Discount applied at checkout.
Certain essential oils are edible and can be fun to use in food be it sweet, savoury, cooked or raw. Just a drop or two of essential oil can add a burst of flavour to our favourite dish or drink, moreover we can also benefit from many of their healing properties.
Essential oils can also take the place of artificial flavourings (think “orange extract” or “lemon flavouring”) in recipes. Research has confirmed that essential oils can improve food safety and preservation. Their antimicrobial properties can minimise contamination and premature decomposition.
A little essential oil goes a long way.
Essential oils are intense with a lot of flavour, so be sparing, start with just a single drop and carefully intensify the flavour drop by drop according to your personal taste. Remember that the essential oil is a very concentrated version of the original herb or spice. For instance, one drop of cinnamon oil represents a generous teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Essential oils are typically added at the end of the cooking process in order to preserve their flavour and efficacy. However, if you find that the flavour is coming out too strong, then let the dish simmer for just a bit before serving. If you are adding the oils to a drink, make sure that you mix or blend it really well before drinking.
Only use high-grade, pure botanical essential oils
An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. The essential oils used for cooking are extracted through steam distillation or cold pressing from various parts of the plant such as the leaves, stems, petals, needles, twigs and branches. However not all essential oils are created equally. When determining what essential oils to use for cooking, it is important to understand where they come from and to ensure that they are of a high quality food grade, suitable for ingestion.
Many available so-called “essential oils” on the market are not pure but adulterated or made of synthetic components and are not safe for ingestion. They are widely used in synthetic perfumes, artificially fragrant home or personal products and candle making. “Nature-identical” substances should be avoided even if they appear chemically similar to the natural plant and made to mimic its qualities.
Importantly, not all essential oils, even the quality ones can be ingested so it is important to use only those that are safe and then only diluted in small amounts. If you have a serious health condition or are pregnant and nursing, use the precautionary principle and consult a health care professional for guidance on the proper dosage and protocol appropriate for your health. It is wise to learn all about the oil you’d like to use i.e. its safety profile and precautions.
Epicurean Essential Oils Special - What you need to know: 20% discount applies to Epicurean Collection, Aniseed 15mL, Ginger 15mL, Lemon Myrtle 15mL,Peppermint 15mL and Tangerine 15mL at www.tinderbox.com.au. Discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Special available only online at www.tinderbox.com.au. Ends Wednesday 31 August 2022 11.59 WST (GM+8). Not available in our Balingup store or at Tinderbox retailers.