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What are best essential oils for meditation?

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Meditation is a practice aimed at finding inner peace or simple relaxation. Aromatherapy has the same approach, to bring benefits to the whole being, which is why the combination of meditation and aromatherapy is very appropriate. The choice of the Essential Oil used is also essential. Depending on the dimension you wish to give to your relaxation or yoga session, the Essential Oil will not be the same. Here are a few tips to guide you in this practice, as well as an overview of the most suitable essential oils for meditation.

1. What is the purpose of meditation?

Meditation is a method that can be used in response to many problems: anxiety, insomnia, lack of concentration, anxieties, or just the desire to take a break. It is a real gymnastics of the mind that aims to abstract the negative and oppressive thoughts that we may face in our daily lives.

The benefits of meditation are:

-allow oneself a time just to be alone,

-develop one’s emotional balance,

-learn to re-focus and concentrate.

In this way, we are fully aware of our surroundings and the present moment. After a relaxation session (which may only last about ten minutes!), the body and mind are rested.

2. Why meditate with essential oils?

Firstly, because meditation and aromatherapy have a common goal: to bring to the user well-being and calm.

Secondly, because EOs are natural alternatives that can act on the body in a way that goes far beyond simple odours. When we breathe in an EO, it is captured by the limbic system (or emotional brain) which is the seat of memory and emotions. Through the smell, the EO can bring appeasement or stimulation through emotion.

3. Top 10 essential oils to stimulate meditation or a yoga session

Caution: Meditation-inducing EOs are powerful and often contraindicated for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under the age of 10. Please consult the precautions for use before using them.

3.1 Frankincense Essential Oil: the meditation champion

By encouraging the abandonment of the mind, it is the meditative EO par excellence. The soothing and invigorating richness of its aroma provides an infinite source of well-being.

It is particularly suitable for meditation, with a scent similar to the incense sticks you are probably familiar with (without the disadvantages that are specific to them, such as the release of toxic compounds into the air).

Frankincense is said that it is the essential oil of detachment.

It is ideal for anyone who may have difficulty concentrating during a yoga or meditation session.

And as a bonus, its antiseptic properties will purify the air in your space.

– promotes meditative states and spiritual uplift

– ability to help promote calm

– releases fear of the future and nightmares

– releases agitation, calms stress, irritability

– promotes surrender of the mind

– stimulates and elevates the spirit

Precautions for use: reserved for the use of adults and teenagers – not to be used by pregnant women. Asthmatics and epileptics should seek medical advice before using this EO.

3.2 Lavender EO for relaxation

True Lavender EO contains esters that will interact with the nervous system, relaxing it.

When your mind is racing, when you know you have a million other things to do than meditate, you need to relax more than ever, and lavender promotes letting go and calming

– brings harmony and balance, relaxes, calms

– cleanses and purifies both psychically and energetically

– leads to self-respect

– promotes inspiration

Precautions for use: no known risk. However, it contains a large quantity of linalool, which is an allergenic compound, so people with an allergic background must be careful. It is contraindicated for people with serious cardiovascular problems. Finally, people with asthma should seek medical advice before using it.

Tip: mix 100ml VO with 20 drops of lavender EO in a glass bottle. Once the mixture is ready, simply place a few drops on the inside of your wrists, on the soles of your feet, on your temples or on the back of your neck!

3.3 Sandalwood EO, to open your 3rd eye

Sandalwood is very popular in India and in Buddhist shrines to accompany meditative ceremonies. It is said to calm your mind, make the mind more receptive and thus elevate spirituality.

Sandalwood is said to open the Third Eye, allowing you to connect with your spirit. This makes it a must-have oil in this top 10 list for improving both focus and mental clarity.

– unifies the physical, mental and spiritual bodies

– helps to find inner balance, peace and serenity

– helps to find one’s spiritual path, invites to meditation

– makes the mind more receptive and thus raises spirituality

– promotes meditation and contemplation

Precautions for use: not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 10 years of age. Caution: when applied to the skin, sandalwood EO should be used in low doses and for a short period of time.

3.4 Orange EO to appease anxiety

It has the ability to provide a stimulating effect that helps with concentration as well as reducing the body’s natural reaction to stressors.

A dab of sweet orange essential oil on the inside of your wrists can help with the flow of different asanas, as well as relieving feelings of frustration or fear.

Combine this with deep breathing, and your body/mind will come out relaxed.

In the citrus family, note that :

Lemon EO can also be of great help in providing an energy boost and an increased level of self-confidence, both of which can promote concentration.

The pleasant scent of Green Mandarin EO will remind you of a happy, carefree childhood when good humour was the order of the day and nothing was serious. It will therefore also facilitate “letting go”. Tangerine encourages detachment and will favour your meditation thanks to its calming, relaxing and anti-stress properties.

Very good atmospheric antiseptic, it will help to disinfect your environment.

3.5 Atlas Cedarwood EO, the connection to the Earth

Cedarwood EO is known for its ability to enhance the mind-body connection and can help one feel more connected to the earth (which is often what we are asked to do in yoga classes) through its scent alone. Atlas Cedarwood EO is also interesting as an emotional balancer. It is both energising and sedative and helps to refocus. It is therefore an excellent way to relax while toning up.

Sesquiterpenes, the main compounds of this EO, have calming properties on the central nervous system.

Precautions for use: forbidden for pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under 12 years old, epileptics or in case of hormonally dependent cancer. Do not use it purely on the skin, it may be irritating

3.6. Juniper EO

The common juniper (Juniperus communis) has the same indications as to the mountain juniper (Juniperus communis variety montana). However, its vibratory level is lower and its psycho-emotional effects are lesser.

– purifies the body, soul and spirit

– helps to face conflicts

– helps to overcome the fear of failure

– purifies the space, drives out bad energy

– intensifies positive thoughts

– helps to dissolve mental rigidity, old mental patterns

 

Precautions for use: do not use with pregnant women and children under 12 years. In case of overdose and prolonged oral use, it may be nephrotoxic (toxic to the kidneys), this route is reserved for the therapist. Do not use purely on the skin, it can be irritating.

 

3.7. Spikenard EO (Nardostachys jatamansi)

In India, it is a well-known ingredient of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Little known and little used (notably because of its rarity), the essential oil of Himalayan Nard has calming and harmonising properties and is beneficial in case of strong emotions.

– harmonises the neuro-vegetative system

– transmits warmth, comfort and security

– acts on the heart, helps the individual to refocus and be in control of his or her life in calm and inner peace

– harmonises all aspects of the personality

– roots, connects all the chakras together

Precautions for use: do not use with pregnant women and children under 12 years. The oral way is to be proscribed. It is not toxic but has oestrogen-like properties.

3.8. Patchouli EO

– conveys stability and grounding

– stimulates the desire to go beyond one’s inner and outer limits

– awakens sensuality and fantasy

– favours letting go by dissolving tensions

Precautions for use: not recommended during pregnancy and for children under 8 years old. Possible “oestrogen-like” effect, avoid in case of mastitis or hormone-dependent cancer. Caution: this oil is tonic when used in low doses; on the other hand, it is sedative in high doses.

3.9. Rosemary verbenon EO

– strengthens the aura, especially the subtle mental body

– strengthens self-confidence, helps to control emotions

– activates the 3rd eye and the solar plexus

– strengthens the ability to memorise, analyse and synthesise

– helps to develop verbal expression

– acts on the solar plexus and the 3rd eye

Precautions for use: this oil contains ketones, neurotoxic and abortive risks. Do not use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, nor on children under 8 years old, epileptic subjects and sensitive elderly people. Contraindicated in case of mastitis or history of hormone-dependent cancers (breast, ovarian, endometrial). Avoid overdosing and prolonged use.

 

3.10 Clary sage EO

– revitalizes, stimulates, dissolves tension

-removes fears and worries

– stimulates inspiration and creativity in artists

– strengthens self-confidence

– increases inner peace

– opens the door to our subconscious, clarifies and facilitates the interpretation of dreams

 

Precautions for use: do not use with pregnant or breastfeeding women, nor for children. Do not use in case of mastitis or history of hormone-dependent cancer (breast, ovary, endometrium), due to its “estrogen-like” effect. Caution should be exercised in women because of its hormonal influence: talk to your doctor. Oral use should be reserved for the therapist.

 

3.11 Ylang Ylang EO

Ylang-Ylang essential oil is well known for reducing tension in the body by helping to free oneself from negative emotions that lead to an inability to concentrate (anger, frustration…)

– triggers lightness, joy, euphoria

– spreads a sense of security and inner calm

– develops intuition and creativity

– facilitates communication

Precautions for use: do not use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, nor for children under 3 years old. Possible skin irritation: on the skin, always use well diluted.

 


HOW TO USE THESE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR MEDITATION?

 

Whether or not you like a particular fragrance is a factor to consider when choosing an EO.

The most suitable EO for you is often the one with the scent you prefer. The emotional aspect plays an important role in well-being. It is therefore important to exclude all fragrances that put you off or make you feel uncomfortable, even if their virtues are otherwise recognised. If you don’t like the aroma of an oil, you should discard it, because it is simply a sign that it does not suit your particular metabolism. This is also why I have mentioned several!

Through the air

HANDKERCHIEFON A HANDKERCHIEF

A few drops on a handkerchief are enough to relax and create an inspiring or motivating atmosphere, or even improve breathing.

diffusionIN A DIFFUSER

The use of a diffuser remains the best choice for meditation with EO.

You can formulate a synergy of EO to diffuse yourself, which will be adapted to your practice. One chooses 1 to 3 EOs which one adds one by one in the chosen proportions in an amber glass bottle. When the time comes, use a few drops of the synergy in the diffuser. Note that the slight noise of some of these devices can however present a certain discomfort during a meditation session

sprayIN A SPRAY BOTTLE

Example of preparation: 30 ml of 90-degree alcohol + 30 drops in total of one or more EOs(2 or 3 EOs in total).

30 ml of 90-degree alcohol + 30 drops of frankincense

or

30 ml of 90 degree alcohol + 10 drops frankincense + 10 drops lavender + 10 drops Ylang-ylang.

Preparation 

  1. Pour the alcohol into a bottle and add the EOs
  2. Shake the bottle for about one minute.
  3. Label the bottle.

Usage

Shake well before use. Only spray 2 or 3 times in every room.

Precautions of use: Never spray on the skin or eyes. Store away from light and heat. Do not overuse the spray as it may suffocate the air with essential oil particles. Check the precautions for using the essential oils you will be using.

dermal allowedBY CUTANEOUS WAY, IN MASSAGE

For cutaneous use, prepare a mixture with one or two EOs: pour a total of 8 EO drops into a 10 ml tinted glass bottle and top up with a VO of your choice:

Example of a soothing and relaxing mixture.

lavender  EO: 4 drops + frankincense, EO: 4 drops

Your own choice of VO for a 10 ml bottle.

Usage

Apply a small dab of the mixture to a forearm at the beginning of the meditation session

Precautions of use: frankincense EO is intended for use by adults and adolescents and should not be used by pregnant women.


CASE STUDY FOR A MEDITATION WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

meditation relaxing on the mountain

First of all, gather the conditions favourable to this practice: a comfortable position, the absence of noise and, why not, also bring to your meditation perfumes which help to create an olfactory bubble around you.

The choice of Essential Oils for meditation

 

Choose an EO that promotes both refocusing and letting go of the mind:

  • Cedarwood Atlas EO (Cedrus atlantica): sedative and energising, it helps to refocus and connect with the earth
  • Frankincense EO (Boswellia serrata): relaxing and morale-boosting, it promotes spiritual elevation *

Then add an EO with relaxing and calming properties: Fine lavender EO (Lavandula angustifolia), sweet orange EO (Citrus sinensis), Petitgrain bigarade EO (Citrus aurantium amara) or ylang ylang EO (Cananga odorata). They can all be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women from the beginning of the 4th month of pregnancy.

Directions for use:

You can then use the 2 EOs you have selected in two different ways:

  • Atmospheric diffusion: place 5 drops of each chosen EO in your diffuser. Start the diffusion 5 minutes before your session and continue it for a maximum of 10 minutes after the session;
  • Simple olfaction: mix equal parts of the two selected EOs, place 1 pure drop of the mixture on the inside of your wrists and rub them together. Then position your hands in a cathedral shape and bring them to your nose to take 3 to 5 deep and slow breaths, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Anti-stress and “olfactory” meditation idea (by Adeline Gadenne)

You can do a small, easy and effective meditation to fight stress and let go in your daily life: the “body scan”. This consists in going through all the parts of the body with the mind in order to feel each one of them and by “breathing” through them. Because you are going to inhale deeply, the body sweep is very pleasant to carry out with the association of essential oils.

  • First stage: Take your EOs with you. In diffusion or simple olfaction, they help you to mark the beginning of your ritual. Make yourself comfortable, sitting or lying down, and adjust your posture, back straight, shoulders low. Close your eyes and pay attention to your breathing, observing whether it is calm or agitated;
  • Second stage: Start by focusing your attention on the top of your head. As you breathe in, imagine that your breath is flowing through your body to your brain, and as you breathe out, imagine that your breath is releasing all the tension in your body. Repeat this breathing several times, then move to the face, where you will also “breathe” in consciousness. Gradually scan your entire body, focusing on your jaw, neck, shoulders, one arm, then the other, chest, stomach, one leg, then the other, one foot, then the other. Each time a feeling or thought emerges, observe it, then let it pass as a cloud passes through the sky and return to your exercise;
  • Third stage: At the end, take several breaths and compare them to the ones at the beginning – they are probably calmer. Open your eyes when you feel ready. Gently wiggle your fingers, feet, arms and legs and then come out of meditation.

 

 

Inserting a few minutes of meditation into your daily routine is part of true personal growth.

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DAIRY PRODUCTS

All yogurts (animal or plant-based) can be flavored with essential oils. In an unsweetened yogurt, add a spoonful of honey in which you’ll dilute the essential oil of your choice. For a classic flavor, add two drops of citrus essential oils. For an exotic yogurt, add a drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil. This also works for whipped cream!

EDIBLE OILS

Flavor your olive oil: for 1 liter of edible oil, add 15 drops of rosemary or basil essential oil (or 8 drops of each) to one liter of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Shake well to mix the different oils and let it rest for about a day before using it to season salads, pasta, vegetables, fish fillets, and more.

ICE CUBES!

Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to half a spoonful of honey, agave syrup, or mashed fruit, mix it into an ice cube tray, cover with water, and freeze!

Here are some quick ideas to get started

 

  • In the case of a cake, chocolate mousse, or pancakes: add essential oils directly to the batter, which is sweet and rich in fats.
  • For syrup to drizzle over your cakes after baking, or for your ice creams: mix 250g of sugar syrup with about 4 drops of citrus essence (4 drops of one citrus or 1 drop of 4 different citruses, for example).
  • Jams, marmalades, or honey: add a few drops of essential oils (e.g., lavender, thyme, or citrus essences).
  • Season a pasta dish: add 4 drops of Clary Sage essential oil to a 400g pasta dish.
  • Flavor rice: add one drop of Lemongrass essential oil to 400g of rice.
  • Enhance an apple crumble with cinnamon essential oil

The essential oils most commonly used in cooking:

 

Herbs

 

EO

Taste

Usage

Le+ santé

 

 

Garlic

Allium sativum

Odeur forte difficile à utiliser

.aïoli or garlic butter

. enhance the flavor of your sauces (tomato, dressing)

vermifuge

natural antibiotic

helps lower bad cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels 

Difficult to digest

dermocaustic

 

Dill

Anethum graveolens

Slightly  anised and fresh 

cream-based sauces to season fish, especially salmon

vegetables (potato, zucchini)

salads (cucumber)

 

Stimulates digestive secretions and the gallbladder

Risk of nephrotoxicity after prolonged and high dose ingestion

 

Basil

Ocimum basilicum

The essential oil of Basil has a stronger taste than the aromatic herb we know:

fruit desserts

poultry (chicken)

fish (calamari)

sauces (tomato, garlic)

pasta (garlic-olive oil, tomato)

vegetables (tomato, zucchini, coco beans)

olive oils

 

Relieves all intestinal and gastric problems Recommended for flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain

 

 

Java citronella

Cymbopogon winterianus

Acidic and lemony flavour

 

Indian or Asian-inspired dishes

marinades, sauces (coconut milk)

 

 

 

 

Coriander (seeds)

Coriandrum sativum

Earthy and slightly camphorated fragrance

savory dishes (such as hummus)

Asian and Mexican cuisine

soups (pumpkin, carrot)

sauces (tomato, béchamel, coconut milk)

rice

 

Aid for various digestive issues, bloating, and stomach-aches

 

 

Tarragon

Artemesia dracunculus

Light note

gratins, seasoning oils, and sauces (béarnaise, sour cream)

vegetable dips

meats (rabbit, beef)

 

Effective against colitis and intestinal spasms

Not recommended for use with anticoagulant treatments or coagulation disorders

 

Sweet Fennel

Fresh taste

 

gaspacho, tomato tart, fougasse, salads

Against flatulences and indigestions

 

 

Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis

Sweet, bitter and fresh flavor

stews

vegetables or fresh cheese

meats (game, pork, pâté, terrine)

fish (tuna, sardine)

sauces (béchamel, tomato)

vegetables (potato, tomato)

 

 

Pairs well with thyme

 

Marjoram 

Origanum majorana

 

Sunny vegetables: tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers… In savory tarts or pizzas

Recommended for hypertensive individuals

Closely related to oregano with a finer flavor

 

Cornmint

Mentha arvensis

Milder flavor than Peppermint

 

Hepato-digestive stimulant

Very potent taste; a single drop is sufficient to season your dishes and drinks

Peppermint 

Mentha piperita

 

Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks

Facilitate digestion

 

Spearmint

Mentha spicata

An even milder flavor than Peppermint or Field Mint

Tabbouleh

Moroccan tea

 

If you like the scent and taste of fresh mint, we recommend using this essential oil in your dishes instead.

Rosemary Cineole or Verbenon

Rosemarinus officinalis

 

Meats, fish, soups Poultry (chicken, turkey) Vegetables (zucchini, garlic) Sauces

Verbenon variety: detoxifying and liver protection

Pairs well with Bay Laurel and Thyme

 

Savory (Winter)

Satureja montana

Spicy, phenolic flavour

Pizzas, saucy dishes, mefrenats

Stimulates natural defenses

 

 

Clary Sage

Clary sage

herbaceous

pasta, broths and soups

 

Pairs well with Rosemary or Bay laurel

 

Thyme Linalol

Thyumus vulgaris

Very strong taste, best used in cooked dishes

Marinades, sauces (tomato), vinaigrettes, and vegetable preparations

 

 

 

Thyme  Thujanol

Lighter taste than Thyme Linalool

meat, fish, sauces

 

 

 

 

Flowers– Fruits 

 

EO

Taste

Usage

The  +

 

Bergamot

Citrus bergamis

Tangy and sweet flavour

 

Poultry (chicken breast)

Fish (carpaccio, en papillote)

Marinades

Sauces (olive oil)

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine)

Fruit salads (citrus, banana)

Infusion (iced tea)

 

Aids digestion, prevents constipation and intestinal infections Appetite stimulant

 

Lemon

Citrus limonum

 

Desserts or beverages

Fish sauces

Cake or sorbet preparation

Flavoring plain yogurt

Meat (veal)

Poultry (hen, chicken breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Braised dishes (tagine)

Marinades (alone or with thyme, basil, cloves)

 

Cleanses and stimulates the liver. It also eases digestion and helps reduce gas and bloating

Pairs well with mint / peppermint essential oil

Geranium Rosat

Pelargonium graveolens

Floral flavour

 

Jams

Red fruit desserts (crumbles, panna cotta, muffins, strawberries…)

Creams (crème brûlée, ice cream)

Fruit salads (kiwi), pairs well with red fruits, nectarines (peach)

 

Appetite suppressant to regulate blood sugar

 

Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Floral, herbal scent

 

Candy, shortbread, sorbets

In savory dishes, in flavored olive oil for salads

Jams (apricot)

Pastries (crème brûlée, ice cream)

 

calming

 

Green Mandarin

Citrus reticulata

 

Sweet and tangy flavour

 

Juices or cocktails

Pumpkin soups

Poultry (poultry breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Fish (monkfish, whiting)

Pastries

 

Digestive tonic, against aerophagia Anti-inflammatory for the intestines Useful for heartburn, acidity

 

Orange (Sweet)

Citrus sinensis

Sweet and fruity

 

Chocolate desserts

Meat (beef, pork)

Poultry (duck, guinea fowl)

Fish (white fish)

Soups (carrot)

Sauces (olive oil, mayonnaise)

Pastries (cake, madeleine, cheesecake)

Creams (crème brûlée)

Fruit salads (with cinnamon)

 

Bitter tonic, against stomach spasms

Pairs well with  Cardamom or cinnamon

Petit Grain Bigarade 

Citrus aurantium

Fruity, with a flavor close to orange blossom

Fruity preparations (crumble, jam).

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine, crepe)

Creams (custard, crème brûlée, flan caramel)

Fruit salads

Infusions

Pairs well with citrus fruits (orange), honey, nectarines (peach)

 

Difficult digestion, bloating, digestive spasms, stomachaches

 

in eggnog for better sleep:

1 drop with 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 25 ml milk to drink at bedtime

 

Grapefruit

Citrus paradisi

Tangy and sweet

Avocado salads and desserts galore: tarts, syrups, shortbread, or sorbets

 

Suppresses appetite Difficult digestion

 

Lemon Verbena 

Lippia citriodora

Lemon scented

 

Dairy products, pies, fruit salads, smoothies, or infusions

Fish (monkfish, sea bass)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruit compote (peach, pear)

Desserts (ice cream, parfait, panna cotta, custard, crème brûlée)

Pastries (madeleine, shortbread, cake)

Infusion

 

Internal worms

 

Ylang Ylang Complete

 

Pronounced floral scent

Chocolate and apples

 

 

 

Spices

 

EO

Taste

Usage

The +

 

Cinnamon (bark)

Cinnamomum verum

Warm and sweet flavor

All desserts: fruits in all forms, cakes, compotes…

Braised dishes (tagine, curry)

 

vermifuge and helps combat digestive disorders, gastric pain, urinary or intestinal infections.

Increases appetite.

Very potent oil that should not be used undiluted

Cardamom

Elettaria cardamomum

Spicy favour

Savory dishes or fruity desserts (orange, peach).

Ideal in coffee or black tea

Carrot salad

Basmati rice

 

Aids in the prevention of aerophagia

 

Clove bud

Syzygium aromaticum

 

Curry dishes

Apple desserts

Breath freshener

 

Turmeric

Curcuma longa

Savory and discreet flavo

 

Mayonnaise, rice, potatoes, or fish

 

Vermifuge

Bloating, colitis, difficult digestion

 

Ginger 

Zingiber officinale

Spicy and lemony flavor

Soups, gingerbread, shortbread, rhubarb pies

 

Useful in case of constipation, nausea

 

Black Pepper 

Piper nigrum

Spicy, hot, woody

 

for seasoning meats, poultry, sauces, and vegetables (mashed potatoes, mushrooms)

Bloating, hepatic-pancreatic insufficiency, difficult digestion, lack of appetite.

 

 

Pink Pepper

Schinus molle

Peppery, hot, spicy

 

Meats (beef carpaccio)

Poultry (duck)

Fish (salmon)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruits (apple)”

Top of Form

 

Digestive disorders, intoxication, intestinal infections

 

Digestive and Purifying Essential Oils:

  • Dill, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Basil, Lemon, Tarragon, Mint

 

Tonic and Antibacterial Essential Oils:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon (bark), Ginger, Mint, Thyme (linalool chemotype), Lemongrass, Turmeric, Clove, Savory

 

Soothing and Mild Essential Oils:

  • Cardamom, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon Verbena, Lemon, Mandarin, Bitter Orange Petitgrain, Vanilla (resinoid), Ylang-Ylang

 

 

Precautions When Using Essential Oils

First and foremost, several essential oils are toxic and should not be ingested. While essential oils like lemon or coriander can be used, it’s essential to steer clear of curly parsley oil, which is highly toxic.

Therefore, it is crucial to research each oil before adding them to your recipes. Ingesting toxic essential oils can lead to symptoms ranging from mild irritation of the mouth’s mucous membranes to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some essential oils can even cause seizures or respiratory problems.

 

At-Risk Individuals

  • Prohibited for pregnant women in the first 3 months of pregnancy, as well as infants under 3 months.
  • Pregnant women beyond 3 months and those who are breastfeeding should exercise caution in both aromatic cooking and aromatherapy. Some oils are contraindicated for them.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.

 

Essential oils can trigger allergic reactions.

 

USAGE PRECAUTIONS

 

  • Only use 100% pure, 100% natural, and chemotyped essential oils, preferably certified as organic. This ensures a high-quality product with a known chemical composition and free from pesticides.

 

  • Avoid using essential oils in baby food (up to 3 years old): firstly, some essential oils may be contraindicated for young children, and secondly, babies already have a wide range of flavors to discover!

 

  • For children under 6 years old, their palates are still developing a taste for “classic” flavors. They may not appreciate the unique aromas of aromatic cooking. It’s better to introduce them gradually starting from the age of 6, beginning with familiar flavors like citrus, for example.

 

  • Never swallow essential oils undiluted or even on a sugar cube because they are highly concentrated.

 

  • Always dilute essential oils in a fatty and/or sweet substance: honey, oil, cereal syrup, cake batter, etc. Water, broth, or milk is not sufficient; a syrupy or fatty substance is required. Dosage must be precise to the drop!

 

Sometimes, one drop too many can render the preparation inedible. So, respect some basic rules:

  • Never incorporate the oil directly into the dish with the dropper, as an accidental drop can easily happen.
  • Always dilute the drop(s) in a spoonful of fatty or syrupy substance before adding it to the preparation.
  • Follow the number of drops indicated in the recipe or, if in doubt, stick to 1 drop per dish.

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