Essential Oil Conversions for Recipes

What does a 'toothpick' of essential oil mean?


Since some essential oils are very potent, it doesn't take much in comparison to the actual ingredient to flavor your food. As a general rule of thumb with these oils, start with a toothpick dipped in the oil then stir it into the mixture, adding more of the oil to taste as it is needed.


Remember, you can always add more in, but you can't take it out once it's in!




Not sure where to get food grade essential oils that are safe to eat?

It is true that not all essential oils are created equal, and some companies dilute their oils by adding fillers (a.k.a adulterants that may not be good for you) to their essential oils in the interest of saving themselves money. Do yourself a favor and spend a little more for your essential oils so you will actually reap all the benefits they have to offer.


 Please contact me privately to find out where I get mine! 

Essential Oil


Essential Oil Conversion


1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

1 toothpick Basil

Black Pepper

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

1 drop Black Pepper


1 tablespoon ground cardamom

1 drop Cardamom


1 tablespoon dried chamomile or 1 teaspoon fresh chamomile

1 toothpick Chamomile


1 teaspoon dried cilantro or 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

1 toothpick Cilantro


1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 drop Cinnamon


1 tablespoon ground clove

1 drop Clove


1 tablespoon ground coriander

1 drop Coriander


1 tablespoon chopped fresh fennel root

1 drop Fennel


1 tablespoon dried ginger or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger root

1 drop Ginger


1 tsp grapefruit zest

1 drop Grapefruit

Green Mandarin

1 teaspoon green mandarin zest

1 drop Green Mandarin


1 teaspoon dried lavender or 1 tablespoon fresh lavender, chopped

1 toothpick Lavender


1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 drop Lemon


1 teaspoon chopped fresh lemongrass

1 drop Lemongrass


1 teaspoon lime zest

1 drop Lime


1 teaspoon dried marjoram or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram

1 toothpick Marjoram


1 teaspoon orange zest

1 drop Orange


1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano

1 toothpick Oregano


1 teaspoon dried mint leaves or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

1 drop Peppermint

Pink Pepper

1 tablespoon ground pink pepper

1 drop Pink Pepper


1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

1 toothpick Rosemary


1 teaspoon dried sage or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

1 toothpick Sage


1 teaspoon dried mint leaves or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

1 drop Spearment


1 teaspoon tangerine zest

1 drop Tangerine


1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

1 toothpick Thyme


1 tablespoon ground turmeric or 1 teaspoon chopped turmeric root

1 drop Turmeric

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