Cooking, Baking and Candy Making with Essential Oils

I am a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate and I love using the essential oils in my recipes. While many essential oils are safe for internal use*, which includes using them in food preparations. Some essential oils should not be used internally. Take Wintergreen, for example, an oil characterized by high amounts of the constituent methyl salicylate. It is not recommend for internal use.  To be safe and effective, especially for internal use, essential oils must have the proper chemical profile and also be free of any impurities or adulterations. Which means quality matters.

Currently, no accepted regulatory body oversees the production of essential oils, nor is there a universal standard governing essential oil usage protocols. For this reason, dōTERRA has created a quality assurance process: CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®. To be safe and effective, especially for internal use, essential oils must have the proper chemical profile and also be free of any impurities or adulterations. dōTERRA uses a canon of third-party analytical methods to ensure that every bottle meets our high standards of composition and safety.

If you’re looking for ideas on which essential oils to start experimenting with adding to your dishes, try these:
  • Basil: for a variety of dishes
  • Bergamot: for teas (try mixing with honey)
  • Cilantro: for a variety of dishes
  • Cinnamon: for baking
  • Ginger: for a variety of dishes and teas
  • Lemon: for desserts and beverages
  • Lavender: for desserts and beverages
  • Orange: for desserts and beverages
  • Peppermint: for desserts and beverages
  • Rosemary: for a variety of dishes
  • Thyme: for a variety of dishes

So how to start….

The toothpick method

1 toothpick dip =  dip a toothpick into the essential oil and dip it once into the recipe
1 toothpick swirl = dip a toothpick into the essential oil and swirl it around in the recipe
1/2 drop – Drop an essential oil onto a spoon, then use the tip of a sharp knife to obtain the desired flavor.

Substitution Guide

Substituting oils for herbs

1/2 tsp dried herbs  = 1 1/2 tsp fresh herbs = 2-3 toothpick swirls of EO
1 tsp dried herbs = 1 tsp fresh herbs = 1 drop EO

Substituting oils for citrus

1 tsp lemon extract = 1/8 tsp lemon essential oil = 16 drops
1 tbs lemon zest = 1/16 teaspoon lemon essential oil = 8 drops

Start with one of these easy recipes!


Gluten Free Lemon Squares

Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Infused Stir Sticks

Spiced Apple Crisp

Wild Orange Fruit Dip and OnGuard Apples

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Low Carb Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Star Anise Wild Orange Shortbread Cookies

Easy Peppermint Bark

Chocolate Orange Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Butterscotch Streusel Muffins

Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Squares

Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge

Nanaimo Bars

White Chocolate Lemonade Cookies

Citrus Popcorn

Citrus Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Mint Meltaways

Peppermint Crispy Treats

Sunshine Crispy Treats

Sweet & Spicy Popcorn


Cole Slaw


Ham Cheese Crescent Rolls

Ham and Herb Cheese Ball

Checkout Recipes from doTERRA

Check out the Tips for Baking with Essential Oils by Tina Yelle, Ontario, Canada

Download the dōTERRA cooking with essential oils e-book

Here are more recipes from doTerra:

Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Apple Pie

Green Smoothie

Roasted Marinara Sauce

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Moroccan Beef Tagine

Winter White Hot Chocolate

*FDA’s Generally Recognizes that many essential oils are found on the as Safe (GRAS) list that approves essential oils for internal use as non-medical constituents. Although this list does not approve the internal use of dietary supplements, it does set general safety guidelines.