3 ways to warm up the holiday season with delicious hot cocoa

Tis the season for Jack Frost nipping at your nose! While the weather outside might be frightful, you can wind down and warm up with your favorite mug brimming with better-for-you hot cocoa! Skip out on ingredients like whipped cream or melted chocolate and snuggle up with one of these healthy hot chocolate recipes as a gift for your winter wellness goals. Whether you are cuddled up in bed with your favorite show or watching snowflakes dance from the window seat, a mug of these homemade hot chocolate recipes will make your season bright.

Lavender hot cocoa

Who doesn’t love some winter comfort food after a long day of holiday hustle? The sweet aroma of lavender will brighten up any snowy night, so add a few drops of Lavender Vitality™ essential oil for easy, healthy hot cocoa.


  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or other milk of your choice
  • 8 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons honey, or more to taste
  • 4 drops Lavender Vitality essential oil

YL tip: Add your choice of EO drops to your liking!

Pumpkin spice cocoa

From October to December, pumpkin spice reigns supreme! Bring its warm, cozy taste to your family with this naturally sweetened recipe! Just mix in Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, and Clove Vitality™. One sip will bring back memories of golden leaves, warm mittens, and pumpkin patches!


  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or other milk of your choice
  • 8 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil
  • 1 drop Nutmeg Vitality essential oil
  • 1 drop Clove Vitality essential oil

Which of these combinations are you excited to try?


Spice up your cooking with essential oils

Spice up your cooking with essential oils

Think essential oils are just for aromatic or topical purposes? Think again! With Young Living’s Vitality™ essential oil line,* you can go from home cook to culinary artist with easy, elevated dishes! Create mouth-watering recipes that’ll have your family and guests coming back for seconds!

Tips to get started
A small amount of essential oil can make a huge impact on flavor in any dish. Keep in mind the following tips when using essential oils in your recipes:

  • Essential oils can be great substitutes for fresh herbs, citrus zest and juice, and spices such as oregano, lime juice, or ground clove.
  • Essential oils are potent. We recommend using only 1-2 drops at first, or even the toothpick method when cooking with essential oils: Stick a toothpick through the oil dropper to absorb the oil, then swirl the toothpick through wet ingredients. Give it a taste and gradually add more flavor to your liking.

Cook smart in the kitchen
Cooking restaurant-quality dishes can be time-consuming and expensive—but it doesn’t have to be that way! Spend less time in the kitchen and enjoy your flavorful meal using Vitality essential oils and these helpful tips:

  • Get the most bang for your buck. You need only small amounts of Vitality essential oils in your recipes, so you can recreate or concoct dozens of new dishes from the same bottle!
  • Spend less time cooking and more time savoring every bite. Cut down your prep time, including washing, chopping, and slicing ingredients, and add oils instead.
  • Savor the fresh flavor with each essential oil use. Have you ever made a dish that calls for a single sprig of rosemary, but grocery stores only sell fresh herbs in bulk? Dried herbs and spices quickly go stale, while Vitality oils retain their powerful flavor. 

10 simple ways to use Vitality oils
Ditch the hours spent Pinterest-ing eventual recipe fails and go with these delicious dishes. These vibrant, flavorful recipes will leave your taste buds tingling!

  • Feeling French cuisine under a moonlit night? Experiment with meat marinades using Tarragon Vitality™.

What are your favorite tips for using Vitality essential oils in your food and drinks? Share with us in the comments so we can try them!

Looking for more recipes and information on how to cook with essential oils? Click here for my exclusive online Cooking With Essential Oils Class