Substituting between using fresh, dried herbs or their essential oil is really pretty simple. You just need to know some basics and the differences of each.
Fresh herbs have more health properties than dried and are more appealing in appearance. They can be purchased at most markets, grown outside in a garden or even in pots both indoors and outdoors.
Dried herbs offer the convenience of being readily on hand in your cupboard. You can dry fresh herbs yourself or purchase in your local store. A cool, dark cupboard away from heat sources is the best place for storing dried herbs.
Most dried herbs lose their potency after six months on the shelf. It is wiser to buy small amounts that you will use up more quickly than bulk amounts. When herbs are dried they contain only about 3-5% of their essential oils, which is where the health compounds are!
Essential Oils are 50-70 more potent than dried herbs. Because they are concentrated, essential oils are even more potent and powerful than fresh herbs. For this reason it is important to remember to just use a very small amount! I usually only add ONE DROP. It is always easier to add one more than to have to double the original recipe!
PLEASE NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal or to be taken internally. To learn more about the oils I like which are independently tested multiple times to ensure they are of a pure therapeutic grade, have no foreign constituents and have their aromatic compounds intact, click HERE or contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com It’s like better than organic!
FRESH AND DRIED HERBS AND ESSENTIAL OILS
As a general rule, it is considered accurate to substitute
- one teaspoon dried herbs for every tablespoon fresh herbs
- 1-2 tsp dried herbs = 1 drop essential oil
Be aware that herbs change flavor when dried. This is due principally to the evaporation of the essential oils when the herb dries, altering the flavor quite markedly. And the longer you have had the dried herb the more the change.
What I usually do in a recipe is cut the called for amount of dried herb in half and add 1 drop essential oil. This gives me added health and flavor benefits of the herb and the dried herbs give it a nice appearance. When I’m out of both the fresh and dried herb I will just use the essential oil. So far I have not been disappointed at all!
The use of herbs in cooking dates back thousands of years. During that time, it was thought that herbs had properties that were beneficial to human health, but it wasn’t until recent years that scientists established just how good herbs are for one’s health. So start flavoring your food with fresh herbs and/or Essential Oils to get the most of their health benefits!
Leave your questions or comment below or if you would like some recipes using essential oils or want to share!
Most importantly – Have FUN experimenting! Kathy
NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis