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Young Living

Using Essential Oils for Delicious Recipes

Posted on May 13th, 2013 | 68 comments

People often ask me why they should use essential oils in recipes. My question is, “Why wouldn’t you?” We are exposed to massive amounts of toxins in our environment and foods each day. Even the integrity of seeds and farming practices are a challenge for our health. The amount of additives and preservatives in foods and beverages is also a burden to our bodies. So why not add something uplifting to your foods and beverages to support your health?

Using Young Living essential oils in recipes uplifts the aroma and flavor and supports our lives. I usually add essential oils to cold recipes or at the very end of preparation. Young Living takes great care to properly distill these oils, so heating them as little as possible makes sense. I also use essential oils in conjunction with herbs and other fresh ingredients. The result is a fabulous marriage of taste and health-supporting meals, beverages, and delicious snacks!

Five Benefits for Using Essential Oils in Your Recipes
1. Essential oils are delicious in our foods and beverages!
2. They are stable and potent for years. Fresh and dried herbs have a short shelf life.
3. Using oils in the kitchen saves you time and money. Only tiny amounts need to be added to transform your kitchen creations.
4. Oils give you a variety of complex and delightful aromas and flavors.
5. You can travel easily with essential oils and even add them to foods and beverages while you are on the road!

Loquat Fruit Leather with Lemon and Lime Essential Oil

Recipe modified from Essential Gluten-Free Recipes by Tara Rayburn and Mary Vars

Loquats are sweet, tangy, and rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These little jewels usually grow in moist climates and tend to produce large harvests, which makes them great for fruit leather recipes. Young Living citrus oils amplify not only taste but also the nutritional benefits of the loquat. Fruit leather is a great snack for lunches, grab-and-go lifestyles, and gifting to others.

• 3 cups fresh loquats, seeds removed
• 1 fresh apple
• 3/4 cup organic, unsweetened fruit jelly (we loved apricot)
• 1–2 drops Young Living lime and lemon or tangerine and grapefruit essential oils

• Seed, peel, and puree loquats and apple until lumps are gone
• Add fruit jelly
• Mix well in food processor
• Pour into glass bowl
• Please Do Not put essential oils in the food processor or plastic containers. Oils draw toxins out of our bodies and will do the same with plastic bowls.
• Add your choice of Young Living essential oils.
• Mix well and spread thinly and evenly on parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet and put into your dehydrator for the recommended temperature and time. (Most dehydrators come with a guide sheet with basic temperatures and times for common recipes.)

• My Excalibur dehydrator calls for a setting of 135–145 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5–8 hours. Just wait until the fruit leather is mostly dried and slightly tacky to the touch.

• Your climate and altitude may affect the cook time and how much jelly you add. The jelly helps the leather stick together. I live in a desert climate and need to add more jelly. If you live in a humid climate, you may require less.

• When the fruit leather is completely dried, slice pieces with a pizza cutter or cut with kitchen scissors.

• Roll and wrap the fruit leather in unbleached wax paper. You can wrap them individually or as a sheet to be peeled off later.

• Fruit leather makes a fabulous holiday gift. Just put the rolls or pieces in a decorative glass jar, add a ribbon, and voila!

Comment on this blog post for a chance to win one of three sets of Young Living lime and lemon essential oils.

—Tara Rayburn, YL Distributor

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  • bright165

    Awesome! Would love to try the LIME!!!!!!! I love the Lemon already :)

  • Debbie Dreyer

    Yummm Yummm

  • http://twitter.com/GreatLiving1 Great Living

    Sounds really good! I would like to read more about nice summer recipes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1571004081 Melissa Dugas Seilhan

    Can’t wait to try! I love putting Lime in my water. We use a lot of lemon and lime at my house!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawndell.gudmestadmoore ShawnDell Gudmestad-Moore

    I love the idea of using oils in food. I love Lemon, orange and peppermint in my water

  • Julee Moorlag

    I love using the lemon oil…and now after reading this I can’t wait to try the lime! Yum!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tara.rayburn Tara Rayburn

    This recipe is so easy and adding essential oils to fruit leathers and dehydrated fruit takes them over the top. I love putting them in a beautiful container and giving the as a gift. Lime ROCKS! I put it in smoothies, fruit leathers, homemade frosting and drinks. It has a slight and wonderful bitter edge so coupling with lemon and vanilla beans/extract is like creating a key lime pie taste while supporting our health. ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/5angelswatchoverme KerryAnne VanSickle

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Cant wait to try these

  • Nicki Veenstra

    Great idea!! The kids will love it!!

  • Suzie Teel

    I Moved To South Carolina In July Of 2012 I have just discovered the Loquats This is an amazing sounding goal to achieve Given the
    opportunity I will make this recipe! I Love Young living oils!

  • Sally Corbett

    Love the Lemon, will have to try the Lime!

  • Isaac’s Mommy

    INTERESTING! I’ve never heard of Loquat Fruit Leather before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.carper Amanda Lindsey Carper

    I would to try this!

  • Georgia Watson

    Sounds tasty!

  • pscason1

    Thank you for the tip of NOT putting YLO’s in plastic. I have done this, and wont do it again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.ellen.581 Mary Ellen

    I have never heard of Loquat fruit! I will have to try to find some. T
    his sounds wonderful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marlene.focklerwilliams Marlene Fockler-Williams

    Lemon on fish YUM YUM!! I use my oils for cooking baking for a few years now…(thanks to my mom who introduced me to the oils)

  • http://www.facebook.com/guacamoleoli Stephanie Rae Guadagnoli

    Love the citrus oils!

  • Teri Rutter

    I love loquat, this sounds yummy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/melody.baxter.7 Melody Baxter

    sounds like a great recipe! I want to try it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tara.darbyshire.1 Tara Darbyshire

    Yum this recipe sounds great!

  • Julie Lacroix

    I may have a hard time loquats in northern Canada, but I will sure try my hardest.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tara.rayburn Tara Rayburn

      You can use pears, apples. peaches, kiwi’s. I just used loquats in this recipe because I was given a vat of them from someone who had a tree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judy.battenberg Judy Smith Battenberg

    What a great idea! It’s easy to get loquats in our area and these would make fantastic healthy snacks for the grandkids when they are here, for me to take along when I play golf (because I run out of steam), and for a little afternoon “pick me up” when I get the munches at work! I know my dogs can have lemon, so I’m going to add some to the sweet potato and carrot slices that I dehydrate for their “chewies”! I can see that I need LOTS more Lime and Lemon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.hall.3994 Rachel Hall

    Have never had loquats and will have to look for some. Time to make some fruit leather.

  • kls3299

    I’m slowly building up my collection of YL oils, and I really look forward to your newsletters giving me more ideas on how to use all the great products. Thanks!

  • Lysette Hill

    Love using essential oils. I use lemon to freshen a room by diffusing and to help remove stickers from surfaces and to help with stains and house cleaning!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kingspeach Sandra Garcia

    Sounds great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucky13tsc Tearahni Cox

    This sounds so great! I’m betting we’d love them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1944618 DavidKelly Blomgren

    I am excited to try using my oils in cooking! Thanks for the tips on the leather :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ecarouthers Erika Carouthers

    Thanks for the idea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bev.beals Bev Beals

    Sounds fun to try! And I’m planning to get an Excalibur soon!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tara.rayburn Tara Rayburn

      It’s a great dehydrator. I have a ten tray, but really mostly only use 2-5 trays. Unless you are in business, go for the smaller one. Tell em’ I sent ya ;-)

  • Cheryl Johnston

    I am just starting to use the oils so all ideas are essential (get it) to me.

  • Kathie G

    I really love all the tips you give! I need to start using my oils in recipes. I love adding them to my water everyday!

  • Nava_jo

    I put both of these in my Water taste delicoius. My children as to taste drops of lime :) I would love to win!! Thanks for the Recipe.

  • Nava_jo

    Where can I get loquats?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tara.rayburn Tara Rayburn

      Many people living in warmer climates, like in California in the US, have these growing wild. I was given a bunch last weekend and wanted to use them before they spoiled. You can also use fruits like apples, kiwi, pear and peach. Almost all fruits work. I even sneak in some squash from time to time ;-)

  • Margaret

    YL’s Lemon was my very first essential oil and has been oh, so versatile! I’ve never tried Lime, but am keen to :)

  • Melissa

    i do the peppermint water or lemon water all year long – works wonders to keep an alkaline bloodstream no matter what the season – i’m going to try this omemade fruit leather and send also to friends. Would love to try the Lime essential oil. Cheers

  • Michele

    Excited to try the fruit leather recipe for my boys. They love to drink the Lemon and Lime oils in their water.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.lindgren.92 Laura Lindgren

    I am just beginning with essential oils, and have been wanting to get the lemon oil. I love the smell of lemon and the taste, to have it be a benefit for my health and my families would be awesome!

  • marilyn

    Just put a couple drops in with your morning tea and enjoy the aroma and benefits of the essential oils…

  • Terri-Anne

    This sounds yummy – LOVE lime oil! Thanks for the recipe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/becky.w.curtis Becky Wilstead Curtis

    I love my Lime Oil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhonda.tauakitau Rhonda Tauakitau

    Sounds yummy and fun to make. I would love to have these oils. :-)

  • Kathy

    sounds yummy and easy to make.

  • Camillia Madden

    Love this! My kids will enjoy these for the summer!

  • Gail Curran

    I have been using Lemon Oil in water for a very long time. . .recently got the Lime Oil and enjoy that too. . .in a tall glass add a drop or two of both Lemon and Lime, fill with ice cubes, pour in your favorite sparkling water (Perrier for me) stir and enjoy. So refreshing for a hot summer day.

  • Aunt Mae

    I love making fruit leather. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Rachel E

    I am brand new to oils and would love to try out the lime!!

  • Jaime

    As always…Love these essential oils :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/pauls.sarah Paul’s Sarah

    I need to learn how to cook with oils. Do the oils taste strong in foods?

  • Debi

    I love lemon oil in my water and feel it is doing good things for me. Thanks for the receipe, sounds great!

  • Lynn

    Love lime oil!

  • tracie

    this look yummy! i look forward to trying it

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.lichtendemuth Andrea Lichten DeMuth

    Thanks for the recipe. I love my Lemon oil, can’t wait to try lime or tangerine. They have endless benefits.

  • Jean Proulx

    LOVE the lemon… the lime HAS TO BE as GOOD !
    Jean, Maine

  • Samantha A

    Mmmm, fruit leather. Sounds great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bynuma Alicia Bynum

    Yum! What’s a loquat?

  • http://twitter.com/JanetKlepacz Janet Klepacz

    GREAT insite of info and like the recipe! will have to try

  • Leesa Yates Black

    Never heard of a loquat. What is it?

  • Ann Fuller

    Sounds yummy! BUT what is loquats? I live in Australia so have never heard of them. Would love to read more recipes for everyday meals. Have just tried a few differnet things while on hols. My downline gave us some recipes. I tried Walnut & Zucchini patties YLEO Oregano), Beetroot salad (Black Pepper EO), & Cada (Lemon EO). Haven’t tried LIME EO.

  • Dermolastin Sinaloa

    Thanks for sharing with Us all these recipes… from México

  • Oil Essence

    I love using a natural carbonated water and adding lemon, lime and or grapefruit essential oils – SO refreshing!

  • Holly

    Thanks for the tip about not putting essential oils in plastic. I didn’t know they were so potent to draw toxins out of plastic. A good thing to know!

  • Melissa

    This sounds great! Will have to try!