WITH Essential Oils &
by Jeanne Rose and Susan
A healthy vibrant
alternative to herbs and spices in your daily food is the addition
of essential oils and hydrosols. Essential oils judiciously added to
special foods will enliven your taste buds and improve digestion.
The flavors of food will be more flavorful and fragrances superb!
Essential oils added to foods can stimulate conversations. Essential
oils and flowers added to meals can be used as flavor enhancers,
aphrodisiacs, rejuvenate and health treats. When you add essential
oils, add only 1 drop per every four servings.
San Francisco, CA — We are all familiar with using hydrosols for
their therapeutic indications, but what about for their flavor.
Lavender hydrosol can be used in tea, and is a component the herbs
of Provence seasoning blend. In California, many farms grow herbs
and Lavender and use the essential oil and hydrosol to make vinegar
and treats. For instance, take a favorite cookie recipe and add one
tablespoon fresh or dried sweet Lavender flowers for each cup of
flour or substitute 1 drop of sweet Lavender oil or 1 T of Lavender
Hydrosol. “It tastes floral and lemony, but you’ve added no
lemon to it,” Rose says. Then spritz on the hydrosol at the
presentation for a dramatic taste sensation.
Lavender is generally associated with its medicinal and aromatic
uses. A native of the Mediterranean region, Lavender has been used
for centuries. Romans distributed the plants throughout Europe,
where it has been grown widely since medieval times for its
medicinal and fragrant oils. Lavender has grown in Europe since the
1500’s, and early European settlers took it to North America.
Lavender is widely grown
as a drought-tolerant and bug-resistant landscape plant. It is very
hardy and can thrive in severe conditions. This quality gives it an
attractive commercial potential. In fact, Lavender farms are being
developed in the extreme northwest, extremely dry end of Washington
State for its hydrosol and essential oil. The Aromatic Plant Project©
supports this work.
Lemon Balm hydrosol can be used in fruit punches and on lamb. Lemon
Verbena hydrosols can be added to water for a refreshing drink.
Rosemary hydrosol can be added to a marinade or spritzed on poultry
for a great savory flavor. Put Peppermint hydrosol in the ice cube
trays and add to iced tea, makes a cooling summer drink.
So many different
hydrosols can be used. See
375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols,
chapter six for other ideas.
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Hydrosol production is
one of the goals of
the Aromatic Plant Project — we encourage
American farmers to organically grow essential oil bearing plants
and we educate the public as to how to obtain these pure and
natural aromatherapy products. Jeanne Rose, the Executive
Director, teacher and author of 16 herbal and aroma healing books,
founded the APP in 1990 and is dedicated to encouraging American
agriculture, providing pure aromatherapy products, both hydrosols
and essential oils and educating the public about the therapeutic
value of such products.
says Jeanne Rose, “most aromatherapy products are made with
synthetic essential oils and aromatherapy products have completely
neglected the fabulous use and inclusion of the hydrosols.”
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Press Release #6, June 1999