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Posted on: March 4, 2011

Essential oils in food! This is an idea that has been around the Leydet office for years and years. We’ve played with regional blends and added drops here and there to sauces and dips, we’ve thought about creating a line of essential oil blends for use as seasonings.

Here is a recipe to introduce and inspire you. I think most folks are familiar with Satay, that popular appetizer at Thai restaurants. This recipe for Thai peanut sauce can be personalized and adjusted to taste. It goes well with the traditional grilled chicken but you can use tofu or a firm grilled vegetable like cauliflower. It can be a marinade or pourable dressing by thinning a bit too. I rarely measure ingredients and can offer a guide rather than an exact recipe for a basic peanut sauce. Make adjustments as you see fit.

¼ cup peanut butter, 2 cloves mashed garlic, 2T vegetable oil, ¼ c soy sauce and 1T honey and grated ginger. Adjust the garlic and ginger if you feel strongly one way or another about them. Stir this together a bit. Adding around 1/4c very hot water will soften and thin sauce and make stirring easier. After you have added the water and the sauce is warm add ½ t vinegar, salt and cayenne to taste. Here is where you sample the sauce and adjust sweet, sour, salt or heat.

The finishing touch is a few drops of essential oils. I used perhaps a total of 6 drops total choosing among basil, lemongrass, lime and bay laurel. The essential oils bring something powerful and impressive to this recipe so easily.

Essential oil profile
Posted on: March 4, 2011

Actually, a hydrosol for this issue. Witch Hazel Hydrosol has been a personal care standard for such a long time. It can be found scented, diluted, amended and as an addition to so many products. The Witch Hazel Hydrosol I offer is a true steam distilled hydrosol from plants organically grown in France. You will not find that quality on a retail shelf, I’m sure.  This week my 19 year old had a bit of a cold, not much to worry about. In the evening he felt ‘funny’, vague and hard to describe. Heavy headed, slow witted and tired. At 2 AM he wakes with tremendous pain. Hello sinus infection! I worried a bit that I wouldn’t think of something effective at this hour. He tented his head over steam with Eucalyptus oil and rinsed his sinuses with Which Hydrosol of increasing dilution, felt some relief and we went back to sleep. In the morning he was totally recovered! No more discomfort. The Witch Hazel sinus rinse was remarkably effective in reducing the swelling and bacterial growth. It certainly worked faster than any oral pain reliever. I’m glad to have found another use for this material.

Bargains and deals
Posted on: March 4, 2011

New low price for Eucalyptus citriodora. $5 for 5 mls. This essential oil is the only plant based insect repellent recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for protection against mosquitoes. The CDC refers to it as OLE, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. It has been proven effective for up to 6 hours against mosquitoes and ticks in a 40% dilution.

At the home office
Posted on: March 4, 2011

At the home office.

I have 12 resolutions for the New Year, one for each month. I think I’m more likely to develop a habit of my choosing and sustain interest if I focus on something for just one month rather than an entire year. February was to be mindful of the question ‘does this elevate my life?’ actions, words, thoughts, meals, etc… March will be to bring creativity closer to the surface and be more immediate and spontaneous with it.

Small diesel engines are on my mind of late. Early 1980’s Mercedes 240D to be clear. I’ve just become awfully interested in them in recent months. Becoming a collector will be prevented only by the restricted parking space here at home. I bought one that needs some work, as long as I’m doing that I may convert it to vegetable oil.

In the news
Posted on: March 4, 2011

Pain management with Plai.

A customer was interested in obtaining an oil she knew as Zingiber montana (synonymous with Zingiber cassumunar). I did some research and am impressed with what I found and have added this to my offerings at $17.09 for 15 mls of organic essential oil. Also known as Cassumar ginger, it is traditionally used for pain and inflammation where it grows natively in Indonesia, Thailand and India. For joint pain and inflammation due to arthritis it can be applied neat in small quantities. We have used it here at home as a 50/50 dilution with perfumers alcohol on achy hands. Dean has arthritis in his big hands and has an old break and subsequent surgery site/hardware installation, the deep ache that comes from lots of gardening or using a drill is hard to get away from. I made the blend and briskly rubbed it into his palms, wrists and fingers. The relief was immediate. Not total relief, but significant. For pain and inflammation due to injury the oil can be blended with a base and other essential oils.

There are plenty of anecdotal reports of Plai being used post surgery, for menstrual discomfort, for asthma, for irritable bowel syndrome, and on and on. There are also controlled laboratory studies that strongly support the claims of Plai as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic.