I can swallow that!

Dear Jennine: I am wondering which essential oils are safe to take internally?  Any way that I can put them in something for my love in the middle of this topsy turvy winter that will make him more romance inclined and less hanging out with the guys?  thanks, a lonesome therapist.

Dear Lonesome: Depending on your essential oil supplier, (if you are getting them from me no problem cuz I have them all either wild crafted or eco-cert) you can ingest most all of them.  Some, like eucalyptus, shouldn’t be taken internally due to the chemical reaction they have with the saliva and digestive enzymes found in the mouth and throat.  Some also have really high levels of ketones and need to be treated with extreme care.

I have discovered that some like sandalwood and tonka bean are really, really bitter even in teensy weensy doses.  Like 1/4 tsp of tonka bean into a taffy recipe which contained 3 c. white sugar along with corn syrup – well, let’s just say that it was inedible and left a really nasty taste in my mouth that took quite some time to get rid of.  Why did I try the tonka bean? According to my research, it is used primarily by perfumers and food people.  Most of us have the the delightful (a touch of sarcasm here) experience of using a mouth wash using myrrh and/or tea tree – neither of left one of those refreshingly pleasant after tastes.  Yes, they’re good for us but ….yuck as for the residual taste.

So, for romance, foods and all that, I shall focus on the nice tasting and really quite good for stress, moods and inclinations being helped in the right direction. Oh, just a bit of a reminder for the gals reading this and are wanting to motivate their guys – licorice has long been a testosterone stimulator/turn on for that gender (pumpkin pie also but that’s a trifle difficult to match with the oils, still working on it).  For us, of course, it’s chocolate and vanilla. I figured if I could combine two of those scents/flavours in a dish it would be great for everybody.

Easy Vanilla Fudge

  • 4 c. confectioner’s or icing sugar
  • 1/4 c. butter (I really like virgin coconut oil – tastes good & is excellent for brains)
  • 1/4 c. milk (I used coconut milk which is safer for storage purposes)
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 60 drops aniseed eo
  • 93 drops benzoin eo (1/2 tsp or 2.5 ml)
  • 40 drops clementine eo
  • 45 drops star anise eo
  • Directions:
  • Grease a 9×5 inch pan. Set aside.
    In a 3 quart saucepan, over very low heat, mix together confectioners sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, and salt until mixture is creamy and smooth – suggestion: cook to that point and then add 5 more minutes to finish the sugar cooking process. Once removed from heat, stir in essential oils.
    Pour quickly into greased 9×5 inch pan. Best to cut into 1 inch squares prior to cooling. Refrigerate until firm. Once cool, simply tip pan upside down onto counter or plate rather than trying to scoop out of pan. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, can be frozen and then one or two hauled out to nibble on when needing that fix.
  • clementine is steam distilled and has a lighter, bubbly scent BUT flavour is much, much less bitter than the other citrus
  • If you don’t care for the licorice taste, substitute with 40 drops rosa centifolia and 20 drops almond eo for the aniseed and star anise.  If you’re making this for you (and you really, really love the scent) you could put 20 drops lavender as well as the rose.
  • If you wish to create these as an appeteaser, use rosemary 30 drops, litsea 40 drops and basil 40 drops and serve prior to dinner.  It is a sweet savory bite that works well with some wine or sparkling water.  For those who follow the rule of eating their sugary foods prior to the eating of proteins – there you go.

Good For You Bar Cookies

  • 1/2 c each red lentils and brown rice – cook individually then put into food processor along with following:
  • 2/3 c. cooked black beans
  • 1 can prune plumes drained and pitted
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 1 pkg spinach drained
  • Pour into mixing bowl and continue adding:
  • 1/2 c. coconut
  • 2/3 c. coconut milk dried
  • 1 c. blended almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. coconut oil (virgin) melted with20 drops almond eo,100 drops of benzoin, 30 drops clementine oil and 60 drops aniseed oil mixed in
  • 1/4 c. dark rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. white sugar (replace with xylitol or sucralose for diabetic or lower sugar/calories)
  • 15 graham crackers crushed
  • 2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • I ended up putting this in two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and then baked at 350 for 35 minutes.  Criteria was high fibre and medium protein and low sugar but had to taste good.  Enjoy.

To create a flavoured beverage as a substitute or replacement for an alcoholic drink, get a teaspoon of your citric acid/baking soda mix and add 5 drops juniper berry, 6 drops lime or pink grapefruit, mix well and add a pinch to cold water (you might want to add some xylitol or sugar syrup).  Tastes like a gin and tonic but incredible for fluid retention and tummies.

Enjoy playing.  Just remember that the oils are the plant’s immune system and, therefore, not sweet the way the plant may be.  Have fun scented ones.