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How to use Essential Oils in place of Extracts and Flavorings

We love using our essential oils in our food recipes to replace some of the less healthier extracts and flavorings!

If you’ve ever glanced at the nutrition facts on the label, some of extracts and flavorings contain ingredients like propylene glycol. Ick! Young Living’s 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are not diluted with fillers and do not have any chemical solvents like so many store bought extracts.  Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils are defined by the US Food and Drug Administration as GRAS (generally regarded as safe), meaning they CAN be safely ingested in typical recipe amounts.

Why Would Essential Oils Be Used When Cooking?

  • Essential oils can be up to 70 times as strong as dried and fresh herbs and plants. Dried herbs retain only about 3 – 5% of the essential oils from the original plant.
  • Essential oils are superior in flavor and potency over dried herbs. The essence of the plant is preserved and carried into your recipes when you use essential oils.
  • Plus, essential oils have a longer shelf life than any dried herb, seed, or flower. Essential oils, when stored properly, will maintain their intense flavor and aroma for years.

Tips for Replacing Extracts and Flavorings with Essential Oils

  • Typically, 1-3 drops of a citrus oil can substitute for 1 tsp. of citrus zest. If the recipe calls for the zest from 1 citrus fruit, you can use 8–14 drops of the citrus essential oil instead.  Try citrus oils like orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, or lime!
  • For minty oils such as peppermint and spearmint, try substituting 1 drop for 1 tsp. dried mint leaves or 1 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves.
  • Typically what we know as ground cinnamon is really ground cassia (known as Chinese cinnamon), but the strength of that flavor varies wildly between different manufacturers. We recommend essential oil from the bark of another variety of cinnamon, known as “true cinnamon.” You will want to start by substituting 1 drop of cinnamon bark essential oil for 1–2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon.  Cinnamon bark is a strong oil, so be sparing and avoid direct skin contact without dilution.
  • For herbaceous oils like basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, dill, thyme, etc., start with a toothpick dipped in the oil and stir into the mixture, and then add more to taste as needed.  For some of these oils, even one drop would be too much for a recipe, so the toothpick method is highly preferred.
  • For other flavors, a good rule of thumb is to substitute 1 drop of oil for 1–2 Tbsp. of dried spice or herb and 1 drop of oil for 1–2 tsp. of fresh spice. If you think the oil is strong or the recipe calls for less than the above quantities, start with a toothpick dip instead. Taste, and add more if needed.

Keep in mind that since essential oils are so much stronger in flavor and purity than typical alcohol-based extracts and flavorings, always start with less and add more to taste, as necessary.

Bonus Tip: When Do I Add Essential Oils to a Recipe?

For essential oils that are more mild in flavor, use 1-2 drops at the end of cooking or just before serving.

If you add milder flavored oils at the beginning of the cooking process, then the flavor will dissipate greatly when ready to serve.  For instance, a drop or two of lemon essential oil added to the top of a baked chicken breast just before serving is amazing!  Or add some jade lemon essential oil to homemade vanilla frosting for a jazzed up flavor explosion on a sweet treat.

If an essential oil has a stronger flavor (like oregano or basil) then adding them during cooking will allow some to evaporate leaving a milder, delicious flavor when ready to serve.  Oregano essential oil simmering in a pot of spaghetti sauce will make everyone eager for dinner to be served!

Remember to Experiment in the Kitchen!

Since cooking with essential oils is all about figuring out what depth of flavor you enjoy in your finished dishes, we highly encourage lots of experimenting in recipes.

Using Young Living’s 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that are approved by the FDA as GRAS, will open up a whole new world of flavor and aroma in the heart of your home…the kitchen.  Have fun and enjoy!

Recipe Ideas!

Check out our “In the Kitchen” section of our website! You will find many fun ways to incorporate essential oils into your recipes.


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Summer Social DIY

Welcome! Grab your pens and notebook and get ready to wow your friends with these super smart DIY ideas for socializing this summer. Learn how to infuse your outdoor gatherings with recipes for your favorite appetizers, marinade, and drinks. This class comes equipped with DIY recipes perfect for a pleasant outdoor experience such as outdoor spray, soothing stick, a citronella candle, and more!

So let’s dive on in!

Young Living products mentioned in the above presentation:

Vitality Essential Oils: Lemon, Lime, Black Pepper, Orange, Grapefruit, Citrus Fresh, Lavender, Black Pepper, Lime

Drinks: NingXia Red and NingXia Zyng

Other Essential Oils: Citronella, Thieves, Rosemary, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Purification, Tea Tree, Helichrysum, Myrrh, Frankincense

More about the Premium Starter Kit can be found here! 

More about the Essential Rewards Program here!

Add your items into the cart and get ready for a fantastic summer social! If you are not already a member with Young Living, become one today! 🙂


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Holiday Cooking with Young Living Vitality Essential Oils


Ahhhhhh, the holiday season is upon us. I don’t know about you but my boys LOVE this time of the year. I mean, helloooooo, any holiday involving food is a great holiday, lol!

Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils can offer natural, healthy flavor to many a holiday dish. They pair so well in the following recipes that I cannot wait to share them with you so that you can prepare your savory and sweet dishes in the weeks ahead.



Which recipe has you excited to try? Which Vitality essential oils are your favorite? Leave me a comment, I sure would love to hear from you!

Are you new to essential oils and not sure where to begin? Let me show you the easiest way to get started here.

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Pumpkin Hummus

In honor of ALL things fall right now, how about some pumpkin hummus using our Vitality line of essential oils such as Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Nutmeg, and Clove.



Feel free to browse through our other recipes in the kitchen.

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Lavender Lemonade

What a wonderful twist on a summertime favorite! Lavender lemonade



  • 6 lemons, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 drops Lavender Vitality essential oil
  • Ice water, about 10 cups
  • Lavender sprigs, optional


  1. Combine lemon juice, lime juice, honey, and Lavender Vitality in a large glass pitcher.
  2. Add water to taste.
  3. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Garnish with sprigs of lavender.

What’s your favorite treat to make when it gets hot outside?  

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Autumn is in the Air: Spice Up Your Home With Essential Oils


I absolutely LOVE this time of the year! The crisp, cool air, sweatshirts in the evenings, harvesting from the garden, the scents of cinnamon and clove coming from the oven as my zucchini bread bakes, the list goes on and on.  I also LOVE diffusing essential oils that can make the entire home smell of this wonderful season!

When I think of the aroma’s of autumn things like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and orange come to mind…it’s all so warm, welcoming and wonderful! But did you know that when diffusing essential oils, the family and guests are benefiting from SO much more than an amazing aroma in the atmosphere?  Essential oils offer much more than a simple scent to a room. They are known for cleansing and purifying the air.  And when breathed in, they offer many wonderful health benefits.

Let’s take a look at some of the awesome reasons why one would consider essential oils in the home.


Fall is in the Air


Cinnamon Bark: The warm, spicy aroma of cinnamon has been sought throughout the ages both as a valuable commodity and for its ability to improve wellness. Cinnamon is thought to promote healthy cardiovascular and immune function.



Christmas Spirit: Don’t let the name throw you 🙂  This is an amazing essential oil blend consisting of citrus, and spice, and a hint of evergreen.  I LOVE diffusing this one for both Fall and Christmas. It is very uplifting!



Clove: Has a sweet, spicy fragrance that is stimulating and revitalizing.




Orange: This essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind.



Nutmeg: has a sweet, warm, spicy scent similar to the spice commonly used in cooking. It has comforting and soothing benefits.




Ginger: has a warm, spicy fragrance that is energizing. Supportive of the digestive system, ginger is commonly used to soothe, comfort, and balance digestive discomfort.



Favorite Diffuser Combinations



Favorite Recipes


Make ‘n Take Ideas!


May your home smell absolutely amazing, may your family and friends be blessed with the awesome benefits of these essential oils, and may you have fun making memories together as you whip up a sugar scrub and room spray together. Autumn is a season of coziness, gratefulness and togetherness. Be blessed.


What are some of your favorite choices for fall? I’d love to hear from you.