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! 


IngredientEssential OilConversion
Basil1 toothpick1 tsp dried basil
or 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
Black Pepper1 drop1 tbsp ground black pepper
Cardamom1 drop1 tbsp ground cardamom
Chamomile1 toothpick1 tbsp dried chamomile
or 1 tsp fresh chamomile
Cilantro1 toothpick1 tsp dried cilantro
or 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
Cinnamon1 drop1 tbsp ground cinnamon
Clove1 drop1 tbsp ground clove
Coriander1 drop1 tbsp ground coriander
Fennel1 drop1 tbsp chopped fresh fennel root
Ginger1 drop1 tbsp dried ginger
or 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger root
Grapefruit1 drop1 tsp grapefruit zest
Green Mandarin1 drop1 tsp green mandarin zest
Lavender1 toothpick1 tsp dried lavender
or 1 tbsp fresh lavender, chopped
Lemon1 drop1 tsp lemon zest
Lemongrass1 drop1 tsp chopped fresh lemongrass
Lime1 drop1 tsp lime zest
Marjoram1 toothpick1 tsp dried marjoram
or 1 tbsp chopped fresh marjoram
Orange1 drop1 tsp orange zest
Oregano1 toothpick1 tsp dried oregano
or 1 tbsp fresh chopped oregano
Peppermint1 drop1 tsp dried mint leaves
or 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
Pink Pepper1 drop1 tbsp ground pink pepper
Rosemary1 toothpick1 tsp dried rosemary
or 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
Sage1 toothpick1 tsp dried sage
or 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
Spearmint1 drop1 tsp dried mint leaves
or 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
Tangerine1 drop1 tsp tangerine zest
Thyme1 toothpick1 tsp dried thyme
or 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
Tumeric1 drop1 tbsp ground turmeric
or 1 tsp chopped turmeric root