I was first introduced to doTERRA essential oils at Goddess On The Go. Essential oils in general are very healing, but doTERRA are known as the absolute finest in the world. Their collection of single essential oils represents the finest aromatic extracts available today. Each oil provides the living essence of its source, gently distilled from plants that are nurtured and carefully harvested throughout the world. Each oil is subjected to strict standards of purity and potency as well as a battery of thorough testing. They can be used individually or blended for personalized essential oil therapies.

Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods: Aromatic, Topical, or Internal.

Aromatic: Essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air.

Topical: Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and many can be safely applied topically when used in conjunction with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Internal: Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions.

Since this is Eat Up New York, I have provided some fun summer recipes using doTERRA’s Sunsational Flavors Promotional Kit, which can all be used internally, as well as topical and by diffusing. The kit includes Spearmint, Cumin, Tangerine, and Dill. Each essential oil has healing properties of their own:

Spearmint: Spearmint has been used for centuries for its digestive benefits and to promote healthy respiratory function. Its sweet, refreshing aroma is cleansing and uplifting, making it ideal to help clear the mind and evoke a positive mood. In cooking, Spearmint is frequently used in salads, drinks, and desserts; but it can also be used in home-made salad dressings and to marinate meats.

Cumin: Traditional uses for Cumin include promoting digestive health and circulation. Cumin is rich in cuminaldehyde, which benefits the digestive system and promotes oral health. Cumin has a powerful aroma and its nutty, spicy taste packs a powerful punch to recipes, so only a small amount of Cumin essential oil is needed for cooking. Cumin can be added to a variety of dishes and entrees including chili, dips, curry, soups, and salsa. It can also be used as a spice for meats and marinades.

Dill: Known for supporting digestion and overall GI health, providing powerful antioxidant protection and purifying to the body’s systems. Dill has been used for centuries to enhance the flavor of vegetables, meats, and seafood. Today,

it is used across many cultures to flavor soups, salads, potatoes, curry, fish, rice, and vegetable dishes.

Tangerine: Tangerine essential oil can be used to help soothe anxious feelings and manage stress. A popular and flavorful addition to desserts and drinks—from water to fruit smoothies—Tangerine can be used in any recipe calling for citrus fruits.

See below for our favorite ways to use these essential oils in summer friendly recipes!

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Southern girl at heart, minus the fried food. Fresh on the NY food scene, hungry for a healthy way to live in this food capital.