How to Use Essential Oil – Flavoring Food

by KG Stiles, Clinical Aromatherapist

Pure essential oils have a wide range of therapeutic uses and benefits. The method applied can affect the results.

First, please remember that essential oils should never be applied neat (undiluted) to your skin. There are absolutely NO exceptions to this! This includes the soles of your feet or palms of your hands. When using oils neat for inhalation purposes please exercise care and dispense your oils on a tissue or cotton ball for direct inhalation.


NATURAL SWEETENER ~ Add a drop or two of citrus, spice, or floral essential oil to a cup of honey, mix well and let stand, OR put a couple of drops of essential oil on a piece of paper towel and lay it on top of some sugar that’s been placed inside of a jar. Cover the jar with a lid and let stand for a week.

Both of these methods will add the natural flavor of your essential oil to the honey or sugar lending a distinguishing note when you use them in your tea, baking and cooking.

DRY BAKING INGREDIENTS ~ Per cup of dry ingredients, such as flour, dispense a drop or two of a citrus, spice or floral essential oil onto a piece of paper towel for your sweet baked goods like cakes and cookies. Use a drop or two of herbal essential oil on a piece of paper towel for flavoring your savory baked goods like breads, tortillas and crackers.
Seal the piece of paper towel with drops of essential oils in a jar or other container with your dry ingredients and let stand for a week.

SALAD DRESSING, SOUPS, STEWS AND SAUCES ~ You can use the herbal essential oils to flavor olive oil for salad dressings, or add a drop or two to your soups, stews, gravies, or sauces. Be creative!

PLEASE NOTE: To maximize their benefits and flavors add essential oils at the end of the cooking process.


Citrus ~ Lemon, Sweet Orange

Spice ~ Cinnamon, Clove

Floral ~ Lavender

Herbal ~ Rosemary, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Thyme, Marjoram, Basil