Recipe: Essential Waters

4 July 25, 2013 - Archive

By Guest Blogger Tara Rayburn, YL Executive

I live in the desert, and this time of year I am always looking for new and interesting ways to entice my kids and their friends to drink water. It can be challenging with the neighborhood kids to compete with their sugar-laden, artificially colored sport drinks and blood-sugar-spiking fruit juices.

To provide healthful beverages, I love creating Essential Waters with Young Living essential oils, herbs, and fresh produce. Essential Waters are also a great way to share essential oils with others. Combining essential oils and fresh produce is pleasing to the senses and creates positive associations with wholesome food.


  • Glass container for storing and pouring
  • Stainless steel spoon for stirring
  • Young Living essential oils (Always follow individual label instructions before using any essential oil. See “Recommended Essential Water Creations” below for more information.)
  • Organic, non-GMO, farm-fresh produce (cucumber, basil, lemons, limes, berries, etc.)


Add a few drops of essential oil to your chilled, farm-fresh produce and place it inside your glass container. Add spring or filtered water. Be sure to shake or stir mixture before serving.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use only glass containers and stainless steel spoons. Clear glass is best for the visual beauty of the beverage. I like to use canning jars or clear water pitchers.
  • Make ice cubes with edible flowers or mint leaves infused with essential oils, and then add the cubes to the water. I like to use a small spray bottle to disperse essential oils over the flowers or herbs first. You can use the mist spray for the fresh produce, too.


  • When using essential oils in water, I like to follow the “less is more” rule. One drop is usually plenty for quart- to half-gallon-size containers.
  • I like to make an ingredient label for the Essential Waters so people know what they taste. I’ll usually write something like “Essential Water: Lemon/Tangerine.”
  • Adding an essential oil to the same produce choice or similar adds extra flavor and aroma. For example, add lemon, lime, or orange essential oil to lemon, lime, or orange slices.
  • Herbs such as elderberries or hibiscus can add great natural coloring to your Essential Waters.

Recommended Essential Water Creations:

  • Lemon/Cucumber with 1 drop of Young Living Spearmint essential oil added to spearmint leaves or on lemon wedges; feel free to add lemon essential oil, too
  • Orange/Cucumber with Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend-infused orange wedges
  • Lemon/Basil with Young Living Peppermint essential oil drop on lemon wedges
  • Edible flower and essential oil ice cubes added to spring water


  • Nicole

    Coming home from Paris I had spearmint soda water and I can’t get enough of it so have bought some spearmint essential oil in hopes of getting the same flavour. Fruit infused water is amazing. Can’t wait to try them with the essential oils.

  • Karen

    no links to the videos

  • MeliDe

    These sound yummy. The essential oils are helping me drink more water. So far, I’ve only tried lemon and grapefruit.

  • My pleasure Kathryn! I’m at a convention in Philly right now and was able to share this information with attendees to stay uplifted and well throughout the event. Glad to share ideas ;-D

  • Kathryn Caywood

    This is awesome information, Tara! Thanks for sharing!

  • Guest

    Hi everyone! Here is a YL Distributor friendly graphic to use when you share the link for this post

  • Gwen, adding the fresh herbs and fruit infused with essential oils. It disperses the oils so much better, plus adds a great visual. Lime essential oil on limes or mix it up. The flavor really transforms basic essential oil and water

  • Gwen

    I have been using YLEO in my water ever since I signed up. I find it hard to drink just plain water anymore.

  • Ernestine

    Love it.I use oils in my water, but never thought to add herbs.Thanks.

  • Paola

    Love it! I use essential oils to spruce up my water too!

* Please note that all comments are moderated and won't appear immediately. Additionally, some posts may be slightly modified or deleted to maintain compliance with Young Living's Policies and Procedures and federal regulations. To ensure your comments are compliant, please refer to the Suggested Product Claims document.