Combining nutritious foods with flavorful spices.

As well as adding herbs is a time honored tradition.

And a beautiful picture of God’s design for the Abundant Life.

The flowers and herbs that grace our gardens are also delicious sources of wellness.

And extending this celebration to cooking with essential oils as well widens our appreciation for creation.

In addition – all of the goodness available at our fingertips.

Enjoy the recipes below.

They will show you how to use essential oils safely (and deliciously!).

Add them when cooking up your own nutritious creations in the kitchen.

All recipes below include essential oils, ingredients, health benefits, and directions.

And did you know……

In addition to flavor, essential oils are regularly tested by researchers. Looking for their potential to improve food safety. Antimicrobial essential oils may be able to minimize foodborne illness if manufacturers added it to packaging.

“Eating pure, high-quality essential oils can improve circulation. Improve oxygenation. And protect against heart disease, dementia and cancer. Scientists have shown that limonene (found in citrus oils) can cause cancer cells to become stunted or even die.”
Phillip Minton, M.D.
American College for the Advancement of Medicine



FRUIT FLAG Recipe and


Tangerine Paradise Punch


“I had chronic Fatigue syndrome, diarrhea, vomiting, allergies, aching all over, muscle weakness, hair loss (only to mention a few). I lost so much weight people asked me how much time I had left. I’m not kidding! After a couple of bites of food I would need a 2 hour nap. After 3 days of severe diarrhea and vomiting I ended up dehydrated in hospital where I was diagnosed with hyperactive thyroid (Graves disease). The medication they gave me was slowly destroying my thyroid (and who knows what else).

I was introduced to essential oils – oh, what a change! My heart rate (previously 100 on a good day) was now lowering. But I still needed help with my diet. I definitely experience the benefits of cooking with essential oils. No more aches or tiredness. I have lots of energy and am satisfied.

The oils are so healing and a great addition to all recipes”.
Susan Lenz
Little Falls, MN

10 Essential Oils for Cooking

by Dr Eric Z

So, use just a drop or two in recipes sweet or savory. Cooked or raw, and even drinks! And fewer drops-per-recipe help to promote good safety for a wide range of oils, as well. Here are some of the best essential oils for cooking.

1. Lavender

As one of the most gentle oils. lavender essential oil is a great oil to start with. So as you learn to cook with essential oils. Its flavor is delicate and floral. And is excellent for a variety of culinary options.

Try lavender in dessert recipes like scones, simple syrups. Also add to beverages like lemonade. And even savory dishes like fish bakes. So just a couple of drops for the whole recipe will add just a touch of that unique floral flavor.  As well as take your recipe from bland to gourmet.

Lavender essential oil properties are linked with relaxing, calming, anti-anxiety effects.

Healing Benefits of Lavender Oil

2. Peppermint

Cool and refreshing. Peppermint essential oil is another easy one to start out with. And A drop of peppermint essential oil added to honey turns an ordinary mug of tea into a stimulating, energizing jump start. And, in addition, peppermint also blends well in lemonade. Also for the adventurous – go for a lavender, peppermint, lemonade mix! So, it’s yet another case where the big-three essential oils and flavors work together well.

Also, you can use peppermint oil in candies. And in chocolates for your own mint treats. So while it’s not actually cooking, don’t forget to use peppermint to make your own oral health treatments.

Peppermint essential oil properties are linked to energizing stimulation. Relief of aches and pains. And even athletic performance.

Peppermint Oil uses

3. Citrus

There’s just no way around it. All of the citrus oils are great for cooking! And citrus oils are unique. Because they are pressed directly from the peel of the fruit. So while you’re getting the oddball composition of roots and leaves and bark with other oils. You are also much closer to the familiar fruit in citrus.

That also means they aren’t steam distilled. Which means they’ve yet to undergo heat. So this makes citrus potentially more sensitive to heat applications. Hence, don’t avoid it. Really, just be aware of that when you set your expectations.

In addition, use citrus oils in drinks, smoothies (orange-cream, anyone?), and treats. Add to stir-fries and casseroles, one-pot wonders, and even in dips. So, the sky’s the limit with these delicious, fruity oils.

Citrus essential oils are linked to energizing, and antimicrobial properties. And may even contribute to weight loss efforts and stress relief.

4. Bergamot

While bergamot is technically citrus. It deserves special mention. First, it’s not a fruit that we eat so we don’t readily related to the flavor. And second, it is a stand-out anxiety reliever.

Bergamot’s flavor is mildly citrus-like and blends well stirred into honey for tea. Also try bergamot in scone recipes and treats to take advantage of its excellent pairing with mild flavors.

Bergamot essential oil is a cold-pressed citrus oil. It is associated with stress relieving, anti-anxiety benefits.

5. Cinnamon

And now we’re stepping into the meat and potatoes.   (though, I’m not sure I’d use that literally for cinnamon!). Cinnamon essential oil is strong in both flavor and effects. So, it’s more important than ever to dilute properly. To protect sensitive membranes. And to only use a drop or two for a recipe.

In addition, cinnamon essential oil works very well in sweet dishes. Particularly cinnamon bark oil to replace powdered cinnamon bark. So, think cinnamon French toast. Or an extra cinnamon boost in cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon essential oil is associated with antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. As well as being a stimulating, energizing oil. Cinnamon oil for cancer  and diabetes.

6. Cardamom

An excellent pairing with cinnamon oil is cardamom. And cardamon is known as a strong antioxidant. With potential digestive benefits. So use cardamom and cinnamon as part of a chai flavor blend. Or in any spice-flavored dessert or treat.

In addition, cardamom powder is also included in some savory recipes. Adding a warm flavor touch to meat dishes and main courses. Therefore, adding cardmom essential oil in place of the powder may add digestive benefits to the recipe as well as tons of flavor.

Cardamom essential oil is associated with digestive wellness. Such as nausea relief. As well as potent antioxidant composition.

7. Ginger

Another digestive substance, ginger root has long been used to relieve nausea. And protect the stomach. Also ginger essential oil can be used in similar ways. And it is great for cooking.

Add ginger to sweet treats like ginger snaps, gingerbread. And spiced drinks, without a doubt. In addition also try it in sauces. For savory dishes like stir fries and marinades. Fresh ginger has to be peeled and grated. So ginger essential oil can be a quick and easy addition when time is short but flavor is needed.

Ginger essential oil is linked to digestive wellness, nausea prevention, and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Ginger for digestive support and cancer prevention

8. Thyme

Typically used in cleaning blends. Thyme essential oil is best known for its frontline effects. Against the microbes that cause illness. But it’s also an immune stimulant.  And part of a flavorful culinary herb.

And as a savory flavor. Add thyme to main course dishes. Especially when meat is involved. The herbaceous flavor blends well into soups, stews, and bakes as well. Also, add to marinades. To add an herbaceous touch without being limited to dry rubs. For a surprising twist, experiment with thyme in desserts. And treats to offset the sweetness.

Thyme essential oil is known as an antimicrobial immune stimulant. And may help to improve food safety.

9. Anise

With a licorice flavor, anise essential oil is fun to experiment with. As a unique and absolutely delicious addition to nearly any kind of recipe. Also, use anise as a whole herb. Used in cookies and treats, mild biscotti, savory marinades, soups, sausages, and various ethnic recipes.

In addition, anise is similar to fennel in flavor. And digestive benefits. And you can replace anise in recipes. With a drop or two of the essential oil. But, like fennel, it can be counterproductive. Or even dangerous if used in excess. So, use it cautiously. Not daily and not in excess. – to enjoy the flavor and digestive benefits of anise essential oil.

Anise essential oil is associated with digestive benefits. As well as the risks associated with estragole content. Use appropriately.

10. Coriander/Cilantro

Coriander is the seed of the plant. And cilantro is the leaf of the same. But their flavors and applications are much different. In addition, their essential oils work in a similar way. So while the benefits are somewhat similar. The flavors are different and their best uses are different.

Therefore, use cilantro essential oil where you would use cilantro. In salsas, dips, and savory cuisine. And coriander essential oil works well in sauces, vegetable dishes, pickling, and other savory recipes that use herbs.

Hence, coriander and cilantro essential oils are associated with digestive benefits. As well as antioxidant properties.


That you have been ingesting essential oils for a very long time and you din’t even know it?

The food industry uses essential oils as flavorings in many foods that we have all eaten. For instance: Hot dogs (nutmeg oil). ice cream and peppermint patties (oil of peppermint). bottled lemon juice (lemon oil). frozen orange chicken (orange oil). organic chicken soup (organic black pepper oil).

You can find essential oils in both organic and conventional products throughout the grocery store. Read the labels and you may be surprised!

Do you have a favorite recipe using essential oils? If so, please share it in comments on the home page and link the recipe to it.