Top 5 Essential Oils For Dressing Up Your Water


Drinking enough water is one of our most basic and critical health needs.  In fact, 75% of Americans are dehydrated, which is why I’ve written an entire book on Water Infusions.  Being properly hydrated can help to boost metabolism and energy, promotes healthy digestive and immune systems, helps to flush out toxins, improve skin complexion, and much more.

Essential Oils work in a variety of ways to promote health and well-being for the body and mind.  These powerful oils can be applied topically, diffused into the air, and even ingested internally. (Take caution, not all brands, and not all essential oils can be ingested internally.  Read why I only recommend doTERRA oils for internal consumption.)  Due to the benefits of staying hydrated, one of the best ways to go about adding essential oils to your diet in a safe and effective manner is by adding them to water to create tasty, flavorful drinks.  These essential oils can be added in place of, or along with fruit, in water infusions.

Who said water has to be boring??


Certain essential oils, when ingested into the body, can produce excellent results in promoting healthy systems and supporting the body’s natural functions.  This works as an incredible, healthy alternative to powdery, sugary drink flavorings that add very little other than extra calories. Here are our top 5 favorite essential oils to use for (calorie and sugar-free) flavoring your water.

lemonsLemon Essential Oil

Containing high concentrations of D-limonene, Lemon essential oil is generally recognized as a safe flavoring for beverages and food.  Just one or two drops in a glass of water each day may help with seasonal respiratory discomfort while aiding with cleansing the body’s systems.  Lemon also has been known to provide digestive benefits to those who desire a bit of a boost to their systems.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Offering a refreshing element to water, Peppermint essential oil is often used to promote digestive health.  Its cooling properties make Peppermint water a welcome flavor change on a hot day.  Add a couple of drops to a glass of cool water to help the function of the digestive system and soothe the body.

Wild Orange Essential Oil

Your water will go wild with flavor when boosted with Wild Orange essential oil by doTERRA.  Add a drop to a glass of water to promote your overall health and provide flavor.  Because it is high in monoterpenes, Wild Orange naturally stimulates and purifies, helping to support the function of a healthy immune system—particularly during seasons where threats to the body’s natural immunities are high.  The powerful antioxidants contained in orange, as well as other essential oils made from citrus peels, help to support the body’s overall health.

grapefruit Grapefruit

Known for its purifying and cleansing properties, Grapefruit essential oil offers a boost of refreshment to a glass of water, while the scent is often motivating and uplifting.  Add one or two drops to a glass of water to support a healthy metabolism.  This oil is particularly appreciated by those seeking to maintain a healthy weight as part of a balanced lifestyle.

OnGuard Essential Oil Blend

One of doTERRA’s most popular essential oil proprietary blends, OnGuard contains Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Wild Orange Peel, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower with powerful, immune-boosting properties.  This exclusive proprietary blend by doTERRA has a scent that is warm and spicy with a woody/herbal aroma.

Because of the natural power of these essential oils working together, OnGuard is a great alternative to other synthetic options that people may use for immune support.  This essential oil blend works to aid the body’s natural antioxidant defenses while supporting a healthy respiratory system.


While any of the essential oils listed above will taste great and provide excellent benefits when used alone, often the power of essential oils lies in blending them together. Plus, essential oils do not have to be only added to plain water, but can be even more nutritional and tastier when added to fruit infused water. Try these essential oil recipes for water at home for easy options to stay healthy and happy.

OnGuard Throat Gargle Recipe

To keep the immune system healthy, particularly during winter months or when exposed to germs, add a drop of doTERRA’s OnGuard blend, a drop of Lemon essential oil, and a drop of Melaleuca to a small amount of water. Gargle in the throat and swish around in the mouth.

OnGuard Tea Recipe

Another option for allowing the powerful OnGuard to boost the immune system can be enjoyed as a tea. Some people may find it soothing for a sore throat. Add two or three drops of doTERRA’s OnGuard and one or two drops of Lemon Essential Oil to a cup of hot (not boiling) water. Add a spoonful of raw honey and a tiny bit of stevia for sweetening and flavor. Stir and drink. Because of the tendency of the Clove oil to irritate the lips, many people prefer to drink this OnGuard tea with a straw.

Citrus Bliss Water Infusion Recipe

Highlighting the amazing flavor and powerful properties of citrus essential oils and fruits, this water infusion recipe from my Water Infusions book offers an invigorating, tasty beverage option.

  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium vanilla bean
  • 2 quarters still water
  • 1 drop doTERRA Grapefruit Essential Oil

Add lemons, orange, limes and vanilla bean to the insert of a 2-quart infusion pitcher. Fill pitcher with water and add essential oil. Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes, but preferably for 2 to 3 hours, before serving.

Any of these citruses can be substituted with the corresponding doTERRA essential oil (1 drop is a good replacement for 1 piece of fruit), in case you are out, or they are not in season.

A Word of Care On Ingesting Essential Oils:

Ingesting essential oils should be practiced with great care. Only the highest quality, 100% pure essential oils should be allowed to pass through the lips into the body.  In fact, I recommend only doTERRA brand essential oils, as they have the highest quality ingredients, most trustworthy practices and third-party purity testing that provide confidence that the essential oils being ingested are truly pure and safe.  My background as a bio-chemist and research into the purity of doTERRA’s oils is what makes me confident in recommending these oils for internal consumption.

Even so, there are certain essential oils that should never be ingested as even some of the most natural plants can be toxic if not used appropriately.  Take great care to only drink waters infused with safe, non-toxic essential oils such as the ones listed above, and any others that doTERRA has marked for internal consumption.

[ Learn more about why I recommend doTERRA essential oils ]

Essential Oils for Water FAQ:

What are the benefits of drinking infused water?
You are more likely to drink enough water when it’s delicious! Water infusions are a calorie- and sugar-free way to create a delicious drink while upping your daily water intake.

What is infused water?
Infused water (or water infusion) is a simple drink combining water with fruit, vegetables, or essential oils to add extra vitamins, nutrients, and flavors.

Can you flavor water with essential oils?
Yes! Essential oils are great additions to your water for flavor, antioxidants, and other internal benefits to your body’s systems.

Which essential oils are good to add to water?
That is up to you! Just make sure you’re using a certified, high-quality essential oil before you take them internally. My personal favorites are Lemon, Peppermint, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, and OnGuard.

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2 Responses to Top 5 Essential Oils For Dressing Up Your Water

  1. Jules January 7, 2021 at 12:44 pm #

    Can using lemon EO or any other citrus eat the enamel off the teeth?

    • Dr. Mariza January 12, 2021 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Jules! Thanks for checking in 🙂 Citric acid is not found within essential oils. Citrus juices, however, especially fresh lemon and lime juice, do contain a high concentration of citric acid that can damage teeth. Here’s more info on Lemon EO. Hope this helps! 🙂

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