5 Easy and Healthy DIY Recipes Using Essential Oils

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Tangerine. Lemon. Cinnamon bark. Ginger.

What if you could season your favorite dishes with bright, brilliant flavors that taste great and are designed to nourish your body?

With the Young Living Vitality line, you can.

Not only do these dietary, therapeutic-grade essential oils smell like heaven, but they each deliver a powerful taste that can turn almost any dish into a culinary rockstar.

Looking to shake things up in the kitchen? Why not try your hand at a few recipes with essential oils? 

Today, we’re sharing five of our favorite, go-to dishes that are a cinch to prepare and a delight to savor.

Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in!

Why Cook With Young Living Vitality Oils?

You’ve got a spice rack full of jars you’ve amassed over who knows how many years. You’ve got a pantry of run-of-the-mill cooking oils and seasonings. 

Why should you reach for your Young Living Vitality oils when you need a little zest?

The answer is simple: You only need a tiny drop of these oils to make a major difference. In fact, you can get incredible flavor by simply dipping a toothpick in the jar and swirling it into your dish. Try getting that same impact with a sprinkle of dried herbs!

Since their introduction in 2016, Young Living Vitality oils have shaken up the industry in the very best way. Designed and labeled for internal use, these are the same pure oils as the topical/aromatic YL oils, only they’re approved for dietary use.

You can find YL Vitality oils in the following categories:

  • Spice
  • Citrus
  • Herb
  • Supplement

Let’s take a look at a few practical ways to incorporate these into your next meal!

Easy Spinach Pesto

From pizza to pasta, a spoonful or two of great pesto can wake up any Italian dish. It’s even fabulous on its own, served warm as a dipping sauce alongside a slab of crusty bread.

Instead of buying the pre-jarred pesto from the store, why not whip up some of your own using Basil Vitality? This beauty is gorgeously green, easy to prepare and stores well in the fridge.


  • 1/2 cup of pine nuts
  • One large bunch of spinach (about three cups)
  • Two teaspoons of minced garlic
  • One cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • One drop Basil Vitality
  • One drop Lemon Vitality


First, toast your pine nuts over medium heat in a skillet, stirring continuously. Once they’re good and golden, remove them from the heat.

Then, combine the pine nuts, spinach, garlic, parmesan cheese and garlic in a food processor. Drizzle in about half a cup of olive oil and puree until the mixture is smooth.

Next, pour the pesto mixture into a glass or steel bowl.

Is it your desired consistency? If so, go ahead and add both of your essential oils with a stainless steel spoon. If it’s a little too thick, add about one-fourth of a cup more olive oil before adding the other oils.

You can serve this dish right away or chill it until you need it. Remember to store it in a glass or ceramic container!

Overnight Chia Bowls

Overnight breakfast bowls are all the rage and for good reason. The mornings are usually fast-paced and hurried, and we’re lucky if we can remember to grab a breakfast bar on the way out the door.

However, the old adage rings true. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Luckily, you can make this nutritious meal in seconds, thanks to quick prep work the night before!


  • 1/2 cup lime yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Two tablespoons chia seeds
  • Two drops Lime Vitality
  • Optional toppings: Coconut flakes, frozen fruit, fresh berries


Mix all of your ingredients (except the toppings) in a small steel or glass bowl. Cover it and refrigerate it overnight, or at least four hours. 

When you’re ready to eat, add a spoonful or two of extra yogurt if you’d like. Then, add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Low-Fat Artichoke Dip

Oh, marjoram.

It might not be the superstar of your spice rack yet, but it’s about to be.

This unassuming little herb is actually a member of the mint family, but it’s more akin to oregano. If you’re ready to add rich, balsam-scented goodness into your next dish, this artichoke dip is one to try.

It’s also a healthy alternative to store-bought dips and sauces, making it a total win-win!


  • Eight ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Two cups plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 10 ounces of frozen spinach, drained
  • 14-ounce can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • Two tablespoons olive oil
  • One cup parmesan cheese
  • Three pressed garlic cloves
  • Two drops Marjoram Vitality
  • One 4-ounce can jalapenos, drained (optional)


First, warm the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Then, add in the cream cheese, yogurt, and parmesan cheese. Stir until everything melts together.

Then, stir in the artichoke hearts, spinach, and jalapenos (if using). Finally, add in the three garlic cloves and essential oils.

Heat the mixture for a few more minutes. Then, serve immediately with toasty pita bread!

Lavender Lemonade

Lemonade doesn’t have to be a summertime-only treat. You deserve to savor this sweet and tangy goodness all year long!

Here’s a fun twist on an old standby, made even better with YL Vitality oils.


  • One and 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup honey (local, if possible!)
  • Two drops Lemon Vitality
  • One drop Lavender Vitality
  • 6 and 1/2 cups water


Mix all ingredients well and chill in the refrigerator until needed. Serve over ice and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint!

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Looking for a weeknight dinner that you can throw together in under 30 minutes? This healthy dish eats like a meal but is still light, quick and fresh. 


  • One tablespoon olive oil
  • One pound turkey, ground beef, or chicken (or mushrooms!)
  • Four cloves garlic, chopped
  • One cup cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce
  • One bell pepper, chopped
  • One eight-ounce can of water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • A handful of green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
  • One drop Basil Vitality
  • Two drops Ginger Vitality


First, heat the olive oil in a skillet on high. Then, add your meat or mushrooms and brown for about three to five minutes.

Next, add the garlic, cabbage, diced pepper, cabbage, and water chestnuts. Allow the mixture to simmer for another three minutes. Then, add the Hoisin sauce and green onions, followed by the essential oils.

Season with salt and pepper, and then transfer the mixture to a bowl to cool. Pile your leaves of iceberg lettuce high with it, roll up, and serve!

Try These Recipes with Essential Oils Today

You’ve known for a while how powerful Young Living essential oils can be when used topically and aromatically.

Now, it’s time to experience their beneficial effects internally! The YL Vitality line is the ideal place to start, as it’s full of safe and nutritious oils that your entire family can savor. 

Looking for other recipes with essential oils? Interested in learning more about YL oils in general? Check out this page to begin your journey.

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