Ingesting essential oils needs to be something you take the necessary care and precautions while doing. Can you use essential oils to flavor water? Sure, there are some that a fine to flavor water, and their wellness properties can help you in a number of ways.
I recommend checking that the essential oils have been listed as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by the FDA before using them to add flavor to water.
Always buy high-quality oils from reputable brands too, like doTERRA or Young Living. Their oils come with clear information and guidelines and will state when they are therapeutic grade and safe to ingest.
Best Essential Oils for Internal Use with Water
Grapefruit Essential Oil
doTERRA Grapefruit Oil comes with the recommendation by doTERRA of mixing one drop of oil to 4 fl. Oz. of water so you can be sure this oil is safe when used in the correct amounts.
Grapefruit oil is used to aid weight loss, it supports a healthy metabolism and is great for giving your mood a lift. It’s also high in purifying and cleansing properties.
Flavoring water with grapefruit oil not only tastes great, it has a wide range of positive health benefits.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is one of the most powerful cleansing and purifying oils. It’s one of the best selling oils and is used for a wide range of things, from cleaning around the home, detoxing, and helping boost your mood.
Lemon water is fairly common. Adding a drop of lemon oil to your water is much more beneficial and powerful than a slice of lemon or a lemon water off the shelf.
Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger has been used as an ingredient in foods for centuries. Ginger has a warm, spicy flavour to any meal, and to a glass of water too if you add some essential oil.
Ginger has soothing properties. It’s used to help reduce nausea when taken internally. It’s also a great oil for the digestive system, helping to reduce bloating and trapped gas, and can soothe stomach cramps.
It’s a great choice to add flavor to water, add a drop to a glass of water before a travelling or along with a meal to aid digestion.
Peppermint Essential Oil
You have probably come across peppermint oil capsules or other remedies before. Peppermint is very good for soothing digestive issues and stomach pains.
Essential oils typically take over 200 lbs of the plant, flower, or herb to make just 1 lb of the oil. They are highly concentrated and you’ll notice this with peppermint as the smell is very strong.
Menthol is a very fresh and refreshing flavor and works perfectly for adding flavor to a glass of water. It’s great for oral hygiene and gum health too, perfect!
Basil Essential Oil
Another ingredient that has been used in cooking for thousands of years and has a spicy and warm taste is basil.
I’ve used basil to flavor water before and can confirm it tastes great. The wellness uses of basil essential oil are; reducing feelings of tension, soothing menstrual pains, and promoting better focus and concentration.
I found it gave me a feeling of being more alert and having heightened awareness. A good choice if you meditate or practice mindfulness.
There are plenty of essential oils that are great for adding flavor to a glass of water, and providing wellness and health benefits.
Essential oils are fun to explore and experiment with, I’ve covered the best oils for skin conditions, sinus issues, sore muscles, snoring, and loads more.
Once you get into aromatherapy and using oils you open yourself up to a world of possibilities.
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