Elevating Beverages with the Art of Essential Oils

When it comes to beverages, essential oils offer food flavorists a delightful palette of flavor possibilities. With careful research, experimentation, and expert guidance, you can unlock the exciting potential of essential oils as flavor ingredients in your bottled teas and beverages. Increase your market share by offering beverages flavored with natural essential oils rather than synthetic flavorings.

 It's important to consult with your qualified food scientist or flavorist to ensure the safe and effective use of essential oils in your products. Essential oils are potent in flavor and aroma. Even those listed as GRAS should be use in moderation according to FEMA guidelines.

There are several reasons why you might consider using essential oils as flavoring ingredients in your bottled teas and beverages


Enhanced Flavor and Aroma

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts of botanicals, offering intense and nuanced flavors and aromas that can go beyond fruit juices and extracts. They can add depth, complexity, and unique twists to your products, potentially setting them apart from the competition.

Natural and Clean Label Appeal

Consumers are increasingly seeking natural and clean-label products, and essential oils can fit the bill. They are derived from plants without artificial additives or chemicals, aligning with a growing consumer preference for natural ingredients.


Essential oils are often much more concentrated than other flavorings, meaning you may need a smaller amount to achieve the desired taste and aroma. This can potentially lead to cost savings in the long run.

Here are some popular essential oils used to flavor beverages

Citrus Oils

Spice Oils

Herbal Oils

Beyond the Usual Oils

Important Tips

Always use food-grade essential oils Generally Recognized as Safe.
Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated and can easily overpower other flavors.
Dilute in a carrier liquid like water, honey, or syrup.
Add at the end of mixing to preserve delicate flavors.

Remember, less is more when it comes to essential oils. With careful selection and use, you can create delicious and unique beverages that tantalize your taste buds and senses.

 Safety Statement re Food flavorings HBNO’s Food Grade Essential Oils are concentrated aromatic and flavor ingredients listed by the US Food and Drug Administration as “Generally Recognized as Safe for Human Consumption” which may be used in a mixture for food applications when used in a customary manner and safe quantity according to legal and FDA / FEMA GRAS guidelines.

For home kitchens, a drop or two is often all that is required to impart the desired flavor. For industrial applications, it is the user’s responsibility to consult such professional sources as FEMA for guidance (expressed in parts-per-million) as to safe use of GRAS substances in their particular food formulations. FEMA: Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States. External link to: https://www.femaflavor.org/

All HBNO products listed as Food Flavoring Ingredients are processed and handled as a food ingredient, with our obsessive dedication to cleanliness and food safety, including testing of each lot of the product for quality, and adherence to FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Food for Human Consumption

Beverages, non-acoholic Products