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My indispensable Essential Oils for summer


You are off on holidays but if you are aiming to enjoy those few days or weeks of freedom to travel you need to think about packing what you need for little mishaps. You are ready to pack an entire first aid kit. Stop! No need to add kilos to your luggage, here is a little synopsis of what to pack and that will save you from many ills, such as bruises, ‘the turista’ (or traveller’s diarrhoea), sunburn, insect bites and stress. Here are your essential oils for summer:

(EO / Essential Oil – VO / Vegetable Oil)


In the case of injury

Tea Tree EO is the queen of antiseptics!
Wounds, abrasions or scratches can be disinfected by applying a compress of Tea Tree EO. As with all antiseptic, it might sting a little. This EO can also be used to disinfect an area: a shower recess, a bathtub or a basin…

Solutions to fight insects

These little creatures can be very pesky when on holidays. In order to repel mosquitoes, wasps and midges, there is, of course, lemongrass (also useful to limit perspiration during summer holidays which is a plus!). Lavender EO, Lemon scented Eucalyptus or Geranium are also very effective to repel mosquitoes.
To keep ants at bay from your pantry, several EO are effective: cloves, cedar, peppermint or lemongrass.
If you suffer from arachnophobia, think of lavender. It will also be useful against flies.
If despite all this you do get bitten by a mosquito or a wasp, Lavender EO or Tea Tree EO will soothe the area affected. It goes without saying that if there is an allergic reaction medical help is required.

To know more about how to fight mosquitos, read here


Don’t let ‘the turista’ spoil your holidays

These may be the holidays you have been looking forward to for a very long time, so it is necessary to enjoy every moment and avoid bad times… such as being struck with ‘the turista’.
Basil EO or compact Oregano EO can be useful for a bacterial-type diarrhoea as is the case in ‘the turista’. Two drops of EO on a sugar cube 3 times a day. This is also good in the treatment of cystitis. One drop of Peppermint EO in a hot drink can bring relief.
Problems with stomach pain, bloating, spasms or painful periods? Spread 3 to 5 drops of Basil EO diluted in about 20% of VO on your abdomen and massage.


Travel sickness

Be it by car, plane, coach or ship, transport sickness can make travelling to a holiday destination very unpleasant. A few EO can be very helpful:
Lavender EO for its appeasing properties
To avoid nausea and vomiting, Ginger EO for its anti-nausea and anti-spasmodic properties.
Peppermint EO is also effective. Apply a few drops of any of these oils on the wrists and it will ease the symptoms, sometimes even curing the problem entirely.

travel sickness

The tips:
– apply 1 drop of pure EO on the back of the calves (for heavy legs)
– 1 drop of pure EO under the tongue or on something like a sugar cube for travel sickness.
This is also good for hangovers or migraines (massage your temples with 1 drop of EO).



2 other oils that can be useful:
Helichrysum EO: for bruises. Apply on the affected area 2 or 3 times a day.
Spike Lavender (Lavandula spica) EO: Apply 1 drop of pure EO on the pimple to ease itching, for jellyfish stings, every 5 minutes for 30 minutes.

Beware of course of using essential oils for external treatment: some of them such as Peppermint EO, for example, must never be applied directly on the skin. They need to be diluted in a vegetable oil.

Reminder: things to avoid this summer

All EO containing citrus zest must be avoided in summer!
Lemon, Mandarin, Orange or even Grapefruit EO have many virtues but they are also photo-sensitive.
Therefore, if you intend to be in the sun after using them, you may be badly sunburnt or have an allergic reaction. Here is the article in full


In a nutshell, in the basic health kit, the oils for summer you need:

Fine Lavender
Tea Tree
Lemon scented Eucalyptus
Italian helichrysum
vegetable oils of Macadamia or Apricot kernel or Jojoba (soothing, healing, regenerating and hydrating)


  1. For insect bites and as repellent: fine Lavender, Lemon scented Eucalyptus
  2. Burns and sunburn: fine Lavender
  3. Chocks and bruises: Italian Helichrysum
  4. Muscular and joint trauma, pain: Lemon scented Eucalyptus, Italian Helichrysum, fine Lavender, Peppermint
  5. Injuries and wounds: Fine Lavender, Tea Tree
  6. Stress and sleeping problems: Fine Lavender
  7. Travel sickness and nausea: Peppermint


If you could only choose 3 oils for summer, the winning trio of the travel health kit are:

The indispensable one is definitely Lavender (Lavandula angustofolia)

 Lavender essential oil 
For its multipurpose qualities: to help you sleep, to reduce anxiety and help you to relax after a long voyage: 1 drop on your pillow before sleep or massaging the plexus with a few drops will relax you and ease nervous digestives discomfort.

A cough, a cold snap or a sunburn, a muscle contraction, a nervous condition or a stroll in an insect-infested area, lavender will treat most of these problems either fully or partially.

Perfect against bacteria, it avoids the risk of infection and appeases and accelerates healing of skin in cases of light burns or sunburn: wash the injury with soapy water and apply Lavender EO (2 or 3 drops are sufficient).

It will also appease itching caused by insect bites and jellyfish stings.


Next to the Lavender bottle, the necessary second should be Tea Tree EO

Tea tree essential oil


A super-efficient anti-infectious oil for superficial wounds or for gastrointestinal problems. Tea Tree EO will sweep away a temporary tiredness, will be used for all the little hurts as it is a large spectrum antibacterial oil that also helps boost the immune system.



peppermint essential oil

Peppermint EO will have its ice-cube effect in the case of a twisted ankle, help driving away mosquitoes or soothe a tick bite. It will also improve a headache, a coated tongue, jetlag and transport sickness. Just breathing it in will immediately make you feel fresher and it will ease digestive problems and nausea.



So, your oils for summer: Lavender EO, Tea Tree EO and Peppermint EO will be of great assistance and particularly useful when travelling. They will be your first-aid kit.

Don’t forget also to take dressings, a pair of scissors and sun cream (preferably a SPF30 to 50).
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All yogurts (animal or plant-based) can be flavored with essential oils. In an unsweetened yogurt, add a spoonful of honey in which you’ll dilute the essential oil of your choice. For a classic flavor, add two drops of citrus essential oils. For an exotic yogurt, add a drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil. This also works for whipped cream!


Flavor your olive oil: for 1 liter of edible oil, add 15 drops of rosemary or basil essential oil (or 8 drops of each) to one liter of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Shake well to mix the different oils and let it rest for about a day before using it to season salads, pasta, vegetables, fish fillets, and more.


Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to half a spoonful of honey, agave syrup, or mashed fruit, mix it into an ice cube tray, cover with water, and freeze!

Here are some quick ideas to get started


  • In the case of a cake, chocolate mousse, or pancakes: add essential oils directly to the batter, which is sweet and rich in fats.
  • For syrup to drizzle over your cakes after baking, or for your ice creams: mix 250g of sugar syrup with about 4 drops of citrus essence (4 drops of one citrus or 1 drop of 4 different citruses, for example).
  • Jams, marmalades, or honey: add a few drops of essential oils (e.g., lavender, thyme, or citrus essences).
  • Season a pasta dish: add 4 drops of Clary Sage essential oil to a 400g pasta dish.
  • Flavor rice: add one drop of Lemongrass essential oil to 400g of rice.
  • Enhance an apple crumble with cinnamon essential oil

The essential oils most commonly used in cooking:







Le+ santé




Allium sativum

Odeur forte difficile à utiliser

.aïoli or garlic butter

. enhance the flavor of your sauces (tomato, dressing)


natural antibiotic

helps lower bad cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels 

Difficult to digest




Anethum graveolens

Slightly  anised and fresh 

cream-based sauces to season fish, especially salmon

vegetables (potato, zucchini)

salads (cucumber)


Stimulates digestive secretions and the gallbladder

Risk of nephrotoxicity after prolonged and high dose ingestion



Ocimum basilicum

The essential oil of Basil has a stronger taste than the aromatic herb we know:

fruit desserts

poultry (chicken)

fish (calamari)

sauces (tomato, garlic)

pasta (garlic-olive oil, tomato)

vegetables (tomato, zucchini, coco beans)

olive oils


Relieves all intestinal and gastric problems Recommended for flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain



Java citronella

Cymbopogon winterianus

Acidic and lemony flavour


Indian or Asian-inspired dishes

marinades, sauces (coconut milk)





Coriander (seeds)

Coriandrum sativum

Earthy and slightly camphorated fragrance

savory dishes (such as hummus)

Asian and Mexican cuisine

soups (pumpkin, carrot)

sauces (tomato, béchamel, coconut milk)



Aid for various digestive issues, bloating, and stomach-aches




Artemesia dracunculus

Light note

gratins, seasoning oils, and sauces (béarnaise, sour cream)

vegetable dips

meats (rabbit, beef)


Effective against colitis and intestinal spasms

Not recommended for use with anticoagulant treatments or coagulation disorders


Sweet Fennel

Fresh taste


gaspacho, tomato tart, fougasse, salads

Against flatulences and indigestions



Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis

Sweet, bitter and fresh flavor


vegetables or fresh cheese

meats (game, pork, pâté, terrine)

fish (tuna, sardine)

sauces (béchamel, tomato)

vegetables (potato, tomato)



Pairs well with thyme



Origanum majorana


Sunny vegetables: tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers… In savory tarts or pizzas

Recommended for hypertensive individuals

Closely related to oregano with a finer flavor



Mentha arvensis

Milder flavor than Peppermint


Hepato-digestive stimulant

Very potent taste; a single drop is sufficient to season your dishes and drinks


Mentha piperita


Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks

Facilitate digestion



Mentha spicata

An even milder flavor than Peppermint or Field Mint


Moroccan tea


If you like the scent and taste of fresh mint, we recommend using this essential oil in your dishes instead.

Rosemary Cineole or Verbenon

Rosemarinus officinalis


Meats, fish, soups Poultry (chicken, turkey) Vegetables (zucchini, garlic) Sauces

Verbenon variety: detoxifying and liver protection

Pairs well with Bay Laurel and Thyme


Savory (Winter)

Satureja montana

Spicy, phenolic flavour

Pizzas, saucy dishes, mefrenats

Stimulates natural defenses



Clary Sage

Clary sage


pasta, broths and soups


Pairs well with Rosemary or Bay laurel


Thyme Linalol

Thyumus vulgaris

Very strong taste, best used in cooked dishes

Marinades, sauces (tomato), vinaigrettes, and vegetable preparations




Thyme  Thujanol

Lighter taste than Thyme Linalool

meat, fish, sauces





Flowers– Fruits 





The  +



Citrus bergamis

Tangy and sweet flavour


Poultry (chicken breast)

Fish (carpaccio, en papillote)


Sauces (olive oil)

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine)

Fruit salads (citrus, banana)

Infusion (iced tea)


Aids digestion, prevents constipation and intestinal infections Appetite stimulant



Citrus limonum


Desserts or beverages

Fish sauces

Cake or sorbet preparation

Flavoring plain yogurt

Meat (veal)

Poultry (hen, chicken breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Braised dishes (tagine)

Marinades (alone or with thyme, basil, cloves)


Cleanses and stimulates the liver. It also eases digestion and helps reduce gas and bloating

Pairs well with mint / peppermint essential oil

Geranium Rosat

Pelargonium graveolens

Floral flavour



Red fruit desserts (crumbles, panna cotta, muffins, strawberries…)

Creams (crème brûlée, ice cream)

Fruit salads (kiwi), pairs well with red fruits, nectarines (peach)


Appetite suppressant to regulate blood sugar



Lavandula angustifolia

Floral, herbal scent


Candy, shortbread, sorbets

In savory dishes, in flavored olive oil for salads

Jams (apricot)

Pastries (crème brûlée, ice cream)




Green Mandarin

Citrus reticulata


Sweet and tangy flavour


Juices or cocktails

Pumpkin soups

Poultry (poultry breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Fish (monkfish, whiting)



Digestive tonic, against aerophagia Anti-inflammatory for the intestines Useful for heartburn, acidity


Orange (Sweet)

Citrus sinensis

Sweet and fruity


Chocolate desserts

Meat (beef, pork)

Poultry (duck, guinea fowl)

Fish (white fish)

Soups (carrot)

Sauces (olive oil, mayonnaise)

Pastries (cake, madeleine, cheesecake)

Creams (crème brûlée)

Fruit salads (with cinnamon)


Bitter tonic, against stomach spasms

Pairs well with  Cardamom or cinnamon

Petit Grain Bigarade 

Citrus aurantium

Fruity, with a flavor close to orange blossom

Fruity preparations (crumble, jam).

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine, crepe)

Creams (custard, crème brûlée, flan caramel)

Fruit salads


Pairs well with citrus fruits (orange), honey, nectarines (peach)


Difficult digestion, bloating, digestive spasms, stomachaches


in eggnog for better sleep:

1 drop with 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 25 ml milk to drink at bedtime



Citrus paradisi

Tangy and sweet

Avocado salads and desserts galore: tarts, syrups, shortbread, or sorbets


Suppresses appetite Difficult digestion


Lemon Verbena 

Lippia citriodora

Lemon scented


Dairy products, pies, fruit salads, smoothies, or infusions

Fish (monkfish, sea bass)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruit compote (peach, pear)

Desserts (ice cream, parfait, panna cotta, custard, crème brûlée)

Pastries (madeleine, shortbread, cake)



Internal worms


Ylang Ylang Complete


Pronounced floral scent

Chocolate and apples









The +


Cinnamon (bark)

Cinnamomum verum

Warm and sweet flavor

All desserts: fruits in all forms, cakes, compotes…

Braised dishes (tagine, curry)


vermifuge and helps combat digestive disorders, gastric pain, urinary or intestinal infections.

Increases appetite.

Very potent oil that should not be used undiluted


Elettaria cardamomum

Spicy favour

Savory dishes or fruity desserts (orange, peach).

Ideal in coffee or black tea

Carrot salad

Basmati rice


Aids in the prevention of aerophagia


Clove bud

Syzygium aromaticum


Curry dishes

Apple desserts

Breath freshener



Curcuma longa

Savory and discreet flavo


Mayonnaise, rice, potatoes, or fish



Bloating, colitis, difficult digestion



Zingiber officinale

Spicy and lemony flavor

Soups, gingerbread, shortbread, rhubarb pies


Useful in case of constipation, nausea


Black Pepper 

Piper nigrum

Spicy, hot, woody


for seasoning meats, poultry, sauces, and vegetables (mashed potatoes, mushrooms)

Bloating, hepatic-pancreatic insufficiency, difficult digestion, lack of appetite.



Pink Pepper

Schinus molle

Peppery, hot, spicy


Meats (beef carpaccio)

Poultry (duck)

Fish (salmon)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruits (apple)”

Top of Form


Digestive disorders, intoxication, intestinal infections


Digestive and Purifying Essential Oils:

  • Dill, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Basil, Lemon, Tarragon, Mint


Tonic and Antibacterial Essential Oils:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon (bark), Ginger, Mint, Thyme (linalool chemotype), Lemongrass, Turmeric, Clove, Savory


Soothing and Mild Essential Oils:

  • Cardamom, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon Verbena, Lemon, Mandarin, Bitter Orange Petitgrain, Vanilla (resinoid), Ylang-Ylang



Precautions When Using Essential Oils

First and foremost, several essential oils are toxic and should not be ingested. While essential oils like lemon or coriander can be used, it’s essential to steer clear of curly parsley oil, which is highly toxic.

Therefore, it is crucial to research each oil before adding them to your recipes. Ingesting toxic essential oils can lead to symptoms ranging from mild irritation of the mouth’s mucous membranes to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some essential oils can even cause seizures or respiratory problems.


At-Risk Individuals

  • Prohibited for pregnant women in the first 3 months of pregnancy, as well as infants under 3 months.
  • Pregnant women beyond 3 months and those who are breastfeeding should exercise caution in both aromatic cooking and aromatherapy. Some oils are contraindicated for them.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.


Essential oils can trigger allergic reactions.




  • Only use 100% pure, 100% natural, and chemotyped essential oils, preferably certified as organic. This ensures a high-quality product with a known chemical composition and free from pesticides.


  • Avoid using essential oils in baby food (up to 3 years old): firstly, some essential oils may be contraindicated for young children, and secondly, babies already have a wide range of flavors to discover!


  • For children under 6 years old, their palates are still developing a taste for “classic” flavors. They may not appreciate the unique aromas of aromatic cooking. It’s better to introduce them gradually starting from the age of 6, beginning with familiar flavors like citrus, for example.


  • Never swallow essential oils undiluted or even on a sugar cube because they are highly concentrated.


  • Always dilute essential oils in a fatty and/or sweet substance: honey, oil, cereal syrup, cake batter, etc. Water, broth, or milk is not sufficient; a syrupy or fatty substance is required. Dosage must be precise to the drop!


Sometimes, one drop too many can render the preparation inedible. So, respect some basic rules:

  • Never incorporate the oil directly into the dish with the dropper, as an accidental drop can easily happen.
  • Always dilute the drop(s) in a spoonful of fatty or syrupy substance before adding it to the preparation.
  • Follow the number of drops indicated in the recipe or, if in doubt, stick to 1 drop per dish.

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