BUT ... Is it really OK to add some drops of neat undiluted essential oils into your food?
Opinions clash greatly on that subject, truly a hot debate ... especially if you do searches online to ease your concerned mind!
You will find some information by those who excitedly use essential oils in just about everything they consume to enhance the flavours and the nutrition value, yet others nearly scream at you in horror citing all those that have come to harm and even died. What is the real truth about safely consuming essential oils, ... what is behind the debate?
Consider the SOURCE ... both of the Information, as well as the Essential Oil (Not all essential oils are created equal!)
Whilst you can learn so much online with quality assured research material, such as 'PubMed', not all the Google searches yield information that comes from an educated and reliable source!
The biggest issue with consuming essential oils is quality and purity!
When ingesting essential oils, quality matters. It is vitally important!
Only use essential oils labelled as dietary supplements.
... and do not use more than the suggested amount on the label. Inexpensive drugstore / health store essential oils often contain chemical extenders or fillers. Select your oils from a reputable company that guarantees purity and organic practices. These companies should employ multiple testing methods to ensure the best possible product.
Aromatic plants, essences and oils have been used for ages in ceremony, religious observances, beauty care, food preparation and preservation, as incense, and for perfumes.
It’s common for Egyptians, at least 5,000 years ago, to be given credit as the first culture to use aromatic extracts for beauty care, culinary uses, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
But it is believed that essential oil-like extracts were also being used in China and India at nearly the same time. Depending on who is citing historical evidence, you can also find references to Ayurvedic uses of essential oils in India much earlier.
So, yes, as mentioned previously, there is a real renaissance and resurgence of essential oils in the awareness of people, one of the reasons may be that people are fed up and exhausted from side effects and environmental toxic overload.