Essential oils – the concentrated essences extracted from flowers, fruits, roots, bark, leaves, and herbs -- have been used for centuries as flavor ingredients in traditional cuisines all around the world.

With today’s increasing demand for “natural” (rather than synthetic) flavorings, essential oils are increasingly used as natural flavoring ingredients in food preparations, including baked goods, beverages, teas, candy and confectionery, dairy products, desserts, meat marinades, savory soups, and so many more foods.

Essential oils are used in a variety of ways in food formulations and food preparations. They can be used to add flavor, aroma, and color to food. They can also be used as preservatives and antimicrobials.


Essential oils are often used to add flavor to food. They can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Some common essential oils used for flavoring include:


Essential oils can also be used to add aroma to food. They can be used in baked goods, candies, and beverages. Some common essential oils used for aroma include:


Essential oils can also be used to add color to food. Some common essential oils used for color include:


Some essential oils have antimicrobial properties and can be used as preservatives in food. This is because they can help to kill bacteria and mold that can cause food spoilage. Some common essential oils used as preservatives include:

It is important to note that essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used sparingly in food. They should never be consumed undiluted.


Safety Statement regarding Food Flavorings

HBNO’s Food Grade Essential Oils are concentrated aromatic and flavor ingredients listed by FEMA (The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States) and 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 GRAS and FEMA guidelines. (Some food ingredients may not yet be listed on FDA GRAS -- to do this is a cumbersome process -- but they are listed by FEMA, which is considered the most authoritative source and an advisory board to FDA.)
Essential oils are very concentrated flavoring ingredients. 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 Ingredients are processed and handled 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.

List of all GRAS and FEMA Food Flavoring Oils