Essential Oil(s) of the Month (October): Ginger and Sweet Marjoram
“One thing [you] have to remember is consistency. You can’t make up for three years of eating poorly in just one workout.” – Apolo Ohno
It seems that this month of October is shaky, but alas, I am here now to push forward and share our essential oils of the month. Granted, we agreed to only cover one a month, but in order to satiate everyone after my absence this past week I elected for the following two: ginger and sweet marjoram. Don’t you worry though! We will spend time on each and discuss their benefits, application, and attributing vitamins and minerals by asking these few questions:
Q1: How does this essential oil help?
Q2: What are the applications of this essential oil?
Q3: Which vitamins and minerals can we find in this essential oil?
A1: Ginger helps with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic antispasmodic, antiseptic, and builds the immune system up to keep cold and flu viruses at bay.
Note: Ginger is a great essential oil to assist with muscle aches, poor circulation, nausea (think back to ginger-ale), and digestive issues.
A2: You can put this essential oil into your daily diet by adding a few drops into teas, smoothies, savory cooking, massage oil, and hot compresses.
A3: Some vitamins and minerals found in this particular essential oil are magnesium, potassium, and choline.
A1: Sweet marjoram also assists with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. It acts, similarly to ginger, as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antioxidant, anti-viral, and immune booster through ascorbic acid properties.
Note: Sweet marjoram also helps with muscle aches, poor circulation, nausea, and digestive issues.
A2: Add a few drops of this essential oil into salad dressings, marinades, soups, and stews for daily application.
A3: Some vitamins and minerals found in sweet marjoram include vitamin-A, vitamin-C, vitamin-K, lutein, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium, and iron.
Now that you’ve got some information on these two similar, albeit, equally special essential oils, it is time for some recipes! Don’t get too excited over there! Also, heads up, I will be incorporating some of our previously discussed H-Y-D-R-O-S-O-L-S into one of these recipes. Also, last little note, remember, like always, start off with one drop of EO and then build up. You can always add, but you can’t subtract.
Ginger Carrots in Orange Hydrosol
- Carrots, sliced (1 lbs)
- Orange hydrosol (1/2 cup)
- Coconut sugar OR brown sugar (1 tsp)
- Sea salt (1/2 tsp)
- Parsley (1/2 tsp)
- Olive Oil (1 touch)
- Ginger EO (~2 drops)
- Black Pepper EO (~2 drops)
- Peel and slice carrots on the bias.
- Heat a large skillet with olive oil.
- Toss in the carrots and sauté them until they start to caramelize.
- Pour in the hydrosol and sugar, stir, and let the water evaporate.
- Add in essential oils, salt, and parsley.
- Season to taste.
Trumpet Mushroom “Scallops”
- Olive oil (3 tbsps)
- Trumpet mushrooms (10 oz)
- Tamari OR coconut aminos (1 tbsp)
- Parsley (1/2 tbsp)
- Dry white wine (1/4 cup)
- 1 Lemon, juice and zest
- Garlic, minced (2 cloves)
- Sweet marjoram EO (~2 drops)
- Black Pepper (~2 drops)
- Cut the trumpet mushrooms’ stems 1-1.5” thick.
- In a small glass dish mix 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of tamari together.
- Dip both sides of “scallops” into the sauce and set them aside.
- Heat the remaining 2 tbsps of olive oil to medium heat and pan sear scallops until they are golden brown on each side.
- Remove and set aside.
- Add wine to skillet and deglaze the pan.
- Add lemon juice and zest, parsley, and garlic into the pan.
- Add back the “scallops” with the EOs.
- Toss to coat.
- Adjust seasoning as needed (i.e. season to taste)
Well, it’s safe to say that that is all for this week. Seeing as we’ve been behind a little bit, you can expect that the wrap-up of this month will be at the beginning of next. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and ask me directly. I hope that you have fun cooking away and finding more ways to add in a diverse set of EOs that we have previously discussed. Remember, cooking is creative work! Tune in next Wednesday to learn more about how these particular EOs work in conjunction with hydrosols to combat autoimmune disorders. Promise that it will be exciting (as it always is).
~ Suzy Brown, Personal Chef & Nutrition Consultant ~