Have You Tried Cooking with Essential Oils?

It’s really very easy to cook and bake with essential oils as long as you remember two things: (1) only use 100% pure essential oils labeled as safe for internal consumption and (2) essential oils are extremely strong- it only takes a very small amount of essential oils to get the flavor you want.  Don’t overdo it.  Start with a little.  You can always add more.  Here are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind:

3 drops of lemon essential oil= the zest of one whole lemon (or about 1 tablespoon of lemon zest)

1-2 drops of lime essential oil= the zest of one whole lime (or about 1-2 teaspoons of lime zest)

1 drop of peppermint essential oil= 28 cups of peppermint tea

So when adding peppermint essential oil to foods, start with a clean toothpick and dip it into the bottle of essential oil and then into the food dish.  Mix and taste.  If more peppermint flavor is desired, then grab a clean toothpick and repeat.  Usually 1-2 toothpicks of peppermint is plenty for an entire batch of cupcakes or brownies.  Keep in mind flavor usually intensifies over time, so if you’re making food 1-2 days ahead of an event, under season a little as the flavor will continue to develop.


Try these delicious essential oil recipes for sweet spring & summer treats

  • Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Frosting
  • Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting
  • Honey-Lime Fruit Salad
  • Pineapple Orange Pops
  • 5-Minute Healthy Strawberry-Lemonade Frozen yogurt
  • Lavender Lemonade
  • Strawberry Limeade
  • Best Ever Margarita


Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Frosting 

from Growing Up Gabel

Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Frosting {made with essential oils}


Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

from Growing Up Gabel

Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting {made with lemon essential oil}


Honey-Lime Fruit Salad

from Classy Cooking

This is THE BEST fruit salad I have ever had!  I’ve made it many times, and every time I make it, people go wild for it!!  Be prepared for everyone to want the recipe for this one!

I make one change from the recipe from Classy Cooking- instead of the zest of two limes as called for in the original recipe, I use 3-4 drops of lime essential oil.  AMAZING!!

Honey-Lime Fruit Salad




Pineapple Orange Pops

from Goodness Gathering

Made with vanilla yogurt, crushed pineapple, and 6 drops of orange essential oil (equivalent of the zest of 2 oranges)

A cool and refreshing treat!

Pineapple Orange Pops


5-Minute Healthy Strawberry-Lemonade Frozen Yogurt

from Just a Taste

Made with yogurt, honey, strawberries, and lemon essential oil (use 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil instead of the 1 Tbsp of lemon juice called for in the original recipe)

5-Minute Healthy Strawberry-Lemonade Frozen Yogurt



Lavender Lemonade

from The Melrose Family

Lavender Lemonade


Strawberry Limeade

from Growing Up Gabel

Strawberry Limeade


Best Ever Margarita

from Bridgets Corner

Best Ever Margarita


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