Essential oils were highly venerated by Egyptian queens. It was said that even the great Cleopatra herself adored these oils and used them in her daily bath. Evidence of the earliest essential oils usage was purported to be during the period of 2500-3000 B.C.
The tradition of using essential oils is an ancient one. Used for physical healing as well as emotional well-being, these are powerful, natural substances that provide a healthy boost when used in the kitchen. Yes, they are edible.
It’s common for Egyptians to be given credit as the first culture to use aromatic extracts for beauty care, culinary uses and spiritual, as well as physical wellbeing.
Many ancient pictorials on Egyptian temple walls depict essential oils extraction and care, Egyptian royalty using essential oils, as well as valued recipes and formulas. Clearly, essential oils were revered in the culture. In fact, when King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered and opened in 1922, the excavation team found (among other things), several ancient alabaster jars – specially carved containers for essential oils. Thieves had taken the prized essential oils but left all the gold behind!
Fast forward to today, essential oils are taking the world by storm. Although creating a collection of these hydrophobic liquids may seem a bit on the pricey side, this is still an extremely economical way to cook.
Due to their significantly longer shelf life, these oils trump dried herbs and spices for their imperishability.
They are so powerful, that only small amounts are required for use in cooking, in comparison to dried or ground herbs and spices. One tiny drop is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of dried herbs and spices.
Young Living Essential Oils, the world leader in essential oils, debuts its Plus dietary essential oil range to meet the growing demand of Singaporeans looking for high quality products with natural flavours. Singaporeans can now enjoy their favourite food and beverages without using artificial additives or synthetically processed flavouring.
The versatility of Young Living Plus essential oils makes it easy for health-conscious Singaporeans to incorporate it into their diet. These oils are safe and made just for the kitchen.
These oils are a breeze to use. To enjoy their intense flavours, simply add a few dashes to your homemade dishes to release its rich aroma. This launch kickstarts with five unique flavours, the Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Dill and Celery Seed dietary essential oils.
Sprinkle on some Peppermint oil in your desserts. They make an absolutely divine pairing with chocolate!
Dill and Lemon are best friends and are naturally great together with fish dishes! Add a drop of lemon essential oil in a glass of water for a morning cleansing boost! Dill makes a great addition to sauces as well.
A small touch of Rosemary essential oil will afford chicken dishes with a lovely boost of flavour.
These essential oils offer the same bright, fresh flavours as the conventional herbs and citrus fruits from the local supermarket (if not more), eliminating the process of chopping, mincing, zesting, or juicing these ingredients.
Great news for people who want a burst of flavour without the hassle.
Food wastage can also be minimised as consumers no longer need to worry about wilted herbs or spoiled fruit.
Demographers have projected that by 2050, the world’s population will have increased to nine billion. The quest for food security may require one to reexamine eating habits, particularly in view of the energy consumption and environmental costs that sustain those habits. With the issue of food sustainability being the centrepiece of conversations now, a zero wastage scenario would certainly be desirable.
There are absolutely no rules when it comes to cooking with these oils, just let your imagination run wild.
To demonstrate how natural food flavourings can enhance the flavour of dishes, Young Living partnered with celebrity chef, Angela May, who shared her experiences about cooking with essential oils. Chef Angela curated three unique recipes featuring the new range of oils. With these recipes, the versatility of the oils as well as it’s vibrancy in taste was demonstrated.
“With the versatility of Plus dietary essential oils, you are able to easily transform even conventional recipes. For example, much loved dips for your finger foods can offer a twist with Celery Seed or Lemon essential oils added to it. These concentrated sources of aromatic and healthful compounds are able to add flavour and several benefits to your plate!” said celebrity chef Angela May.
Essential oils have not only stood the test of time, they have proven their efficacy and effectiveness on every level. The Egyptians certainly knew the value of these oils long before anyone else did! It is no surprise then, that the ancient Egyptians were raiding tombs and stealing all these precious oils!