Cooking with Essential Oils

The most important thing you need to remember when cooking with Young Living essential oils is that these are undiluted, not adulterated, and superior pure essential oils, as such they are extremely potent – far more potent than any other ingredient you have ever used in the kitchen before. That being said, take some time to read this page so you know what to expect and how to cook with essential oils properly.

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Essential Oils are More Potent Than Dried and Fresh Herbs

Cooking with Essential Oils: SoupBeing concentrated, the essential oils contain virtually all of the plants healing nutrients, oxygenating molecules, amino acid precursors, co-enzyme A factors, trace minerals, enzymes, vitamins, hormones and more.

Because they are concentrated, essential oils are 50 to 70 times more therapeutically potent than the fresh or dried herbs and plants they are derived from.

Unlike dried herbs, which lose up to 90% of their healing nutrients and oxygen molecules, properly distilled essential oils do not.

Key differences between essential oils and vegetable oils

  • Vegetable oils contain glycerol, which leaves a greasy residue when applied to the skin and creates a slippery surface (i.e. in the pan); essentials oils do not create a slippery surface (unless mixed with vegetable oil)
  • Vegetable oils are 100% fat; essential oils contain no fat.
  • Vegetable oils are primarily pressed from seeds and nuts, like avocados, olives or the bran of grains
  • Pure unadulterated essential oils are steam distilled from plants (with the exception of citrus oils which are cold-pressed)

Some essential oils that are frequently used in recipes

Food-grade Essential Oils for Cooking:Oregano, Basil, Ocotea, Black Pepper, Nutmeg.Lemon, orange, nutmeg, black pepper, peppermint, ginger, sage, tangerine, lemongrass, grapefruit, fennel, spearmint, cinnamon bark, oregano, clove, and basil, among others. See the GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) List below to learn which Young Living essential oils can be ingested.

Many people believe that using essential oils in cooking is a relatively new idea; in fact there are thousands of food products that use essential oils for flavor such as chewing gum, chocolates, candies, and many more.

Because Young Living essential oils are superior in quality, you will be getting the healthful benefits of the plant when you use them, and not just the ‘flavor.’

While certain essential oils can be harmful if taken in high dosages, moderate use as flavoring as spoken about here is safe and delicious!

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How to tell if an essential oil can be ingested

Please do not substitute other brands of essential oil is our recipes there are simply too many adulterated and poor quality essential oils on the market today, even those in health food stores are not necessarily safe to ingest.

How do you know for sure? Look at the label!

If the label says, “Not for Internal Use” or “For Aromatic Purposes Only” it means do NOT eat it. Period!

However, if the label provides dietary information, just like all foods have on their label – the white “Supplement Facts” box – that means you can use the essential oil to flavor foods and beverages.

The image to the right shows the label peeled back to reveal the necessary information you need to know if the essential oil is edible or not.

In the case with Young Living Essential Oils any essential oil derived from an edible herb or plant, when used properly, can be used to flavor foods and beverages. This is true because Young Living takes pride in creating the purest essential oils in the world – they set the benchmark standard in the industry for the highest quality.

Essential Oil Cooking Tips


There are approximately 60 drops of essential oil per teaspoon while this may not seem like much it is important to remember this example – just “one” drop of peppermint oil equals about 28 cups of peppermint tea.

A 15ml bottle of essential oil contains about 280 drops of essential oil.

A 5ml bottle of essential oil contains about 80 drops of essential oil.

How Not to Waste Your Essential Oils or Ruin Your Recipe

Always, always, always… start off using a single drop so as to not waste your essential oil, you can always add another drop if needed.

Dried Herb / Essential Oil Measurement Guideline

When a recipe calls for less than a teaspoon of an herb or spice, dip a toothpick in the center of the dripper cap and then swirl the toothpick in your recipe or beverage.

Always use the “Toothpick Method” (see below) for cinnamon bark oil, clove oil, ginger oil and nutmeg oil because the YL aromatherapy oils are much stronger that their companion spices.

Citrus Zest or Juice Measurement Guidelines

When using a YL essential oil in place of the zest of “one” lemon, orange or tangerine – you can use 8 to 14 drops of its companion essential oil.

  • Always use the “Toothpick Method” for cinnamon bark oil, clove oil, ginger oil and nutmeg oil because the YL aromatherapy oils are much stronger than their companion spices.
  • When using a YL essential oil in place of the zest of “one” lemon, orange or tangerine – you can use 8 to 14 drops of its companion essential oil.

Example: Zest of “one” lemon, orange or tangerine = 8 to 14 drops of its companion essential oil.

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Toothpick Method

To have better control over the amount of essential oil you’re putting in a recipe. For a more subtle flavor and/or those smaller portions: remove the inserted plastic dripping cap off the bottle of essential oil and dip a tooth pick into it, then swirl the essential oil dipped tooth pick in your food.

For stronger spice oils – such as basil, cinnamon, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano and thyme – dip a toothpick in a bottle of essential oil and stir the toothpick into the recipe after cooking. It is an excellent way to flavor food. Remember, only 2 drops of an essential oil is equivalent to a full bottle (2 oz size) of dried herbs.

Spices / Essential Oil Measurement Guidelines

  • One Tablespoon dried spice/spicy herb = 1/2 to ‘one’ drop of Young Living essential oil.
  • Hot or spicy herbs are: marjoram, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, fennel, dill, black pepper, clove, cinnamon, coriander, and the essential oil blend Thieves.

Interesting Fact: Essential oils have a chemical structure that is similar to human cells and tissues. This makes essential oils compatible with human protein and enables them to be readily identified and accepted by the body.

Which oils are safe to use for cooking?

Rule # 1 – Only use superior pure / food grade essential oils, we only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils.

Rule # 2 – Read the list of GRAS & FA List (Generally Regarded As Safe and Food Additive) below, not all plants and their essential oils are for internal, flavoring, or cooking purposes.

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Diluting Essential Oils Before Cooking (recommended)

Essential oils should be diluted/mixed in vegetable oil, Blue Agave syrup, almond or rice milk prior to ingestion and/or in recipes as this helps to disperse the essential oil more effectively. As a general rule, dilute 1 drop of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of honey, Blue Agave Syrup, or in 2 ounces of a beverage. (Honey should not be given to children under 2 years of age.)

Essential Oils and High Heat

Essential oils used in recipes: Add the essential oil right before serving. The heat will evaporate essential oils with the steam. With a few oils that are too strong – such as basil, oregano and rosemary – simmering will produce a wonderfully subtle bouquet that is wonderful.

Essential Oils and Weight Control

The sense of smell is responsible for 90% of our taste. Research has found that by inhaling a culinary scent, such as grapefruit essential oil regularly throughout the day, especially when hungry, can help suppress our desire to taste and therefore eat.

By inhaling an aroma 6 times in each nostril, the epistat in our brain that controls hunger gets switched off. For best results, change oils daily for variety.

Warning: If a culinary aroma is inhaled only briefly, the reverse effect can occur; appetite can be stimulated.

We have a new essential oil specifically designed for weight management, it’s called Slique Essence (pronounced sleek). It’s very tasty and contains Stevia so it’s naturally sweet without the calories, no sugar or artificial sweeteners.

To wipe-put sugar-cravings, put one drop of Slique Essence on your tongue, it really works!

Slique Essence can also be added to your cup of tea, glass of water or your favorite smoothie recipe.

Cookbook, Healthy Cooking for the body, mind + soul (#4369)

Who knew cooking with Young Living could taste so good? In an effort to inspire individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance, Young Living is promoting the use of essential oils in your daily cuisine. Because the food you eat directly impacts the way you look and feel, incorporating essential oils into your daily diet can make it easier to obtain remarkable results. With the release of our newest cookbook, Volume 2, there are more ways than ever to prepare healthy and delicious recipes using your favorite Young Living products. Our newest cookbook features cooking with essential oils basics, helpful hints, essential oil ratios, as well as convenient measurements. Inside you’ll find step-by-step instructions for refreshing beverages, nutritious side dishes, unique main courses, healthy desserts, recipes submitted by Young Living distributors, and more. One bite and you’ll be sold on cooking with Young Living.

Bon Appetit!

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2 thoughts on “Cooking with Essential Oils

  1. Betsy K.
    February 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Can you please explain to me the peppermint tea part? I do not understand the ‘math’ behind it. Thank you!

    1. March 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Betsy, I do not personally have the math but it is based on how highly concentrated the YL peppermint essential oil is. For instance, they measured how much essential oil of peppermint there is in a tea cup of dried peppermint leaf used to make the tea. Then, measured how much essential oil was in the one drop of YL peppermint essential oil when it was put into a tea cup. It was found that the one drop of peppermint essential oil equaled the equivalent of 28 cups of peppermint tea (made from the dried herb). I hope this helps. ~ Evelyn

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