Homemade Cola that Tastes Better Than the Real Thing and Can Be Used Therapeutically

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Imagine making a drink at home that tastes just like Coca Cola but without the coloring, sugar (10 teaspoons in a 12oz can) or aspartame in Diet Coke and Coke Zero (proven to create neurological disorders and alter our gut flora – source).  I’m not going to go on about the detrimental effects of other coke ingredients like excessive sodium, phosphoric acid, artificial flavors and caffeine – you probably already know it.

This recipe is based on the oh-so-well-guarded Coca Cola recipe which somehow is available all over the internet. Like all my recipes, I strive not only for great taste but nutritional value and hormone-balancing properties as well.

This drink contains lime, lemon and orange essential oils which contain limonene – a substance that helps reverse fatty liver and insulin resistance. It also supports liver detoxification pathways clearing us of bacteria and carcinogenic metabolites.

“D-Limonene increases the activity of carcinogen detoxifying enzymes. It induces apoptosis and causes redifferentiation of tumor cells to more benign forms. In animal studies D-Limonene has been found to not only prevent breast cancer but to cause complete regression of more than 80% of existing breast tumors.”source.

It is important to get your essential oils from a highly credible source and confirm that they can be ingested. Most [cheap/er] essential oils are not.

Have fun with the recipe, modify it as you like, it’s there for you to play with.

This recipe was inspired by “Fragrant, the Secret Life of Scent” by Mandy Aftel.


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Homemade Cola
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Be sure to get quality essential oils that can be ingested.
Serves: 2
  • 4 drops lime essential oil
  • 4 drops orange essential oil
  • 2 drop lemon essential oil
  • 2 drop cardamom essential oil
  • 2 drop nutmeg essential oil
  • 2 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons maple syrup, honey or liquid stevia
How To Make
  1. Drop the essential oils into the vanilla extract and add the sweetener of choice.
  2. Add to two glasses of 8-10 oz of bubbly water.
  3. Serve chilled.

Join the discussion 17 Comments

  • Amanda says:

    Can’t wait to make/try this! Just be certain to make/serve/save this in a glass container, as the essential oils will break down most plastics (though I hope we’re ALL using glass containers at this point 🙂 ).

  • Melissa U says:

    This sounds amazing! What brand of essential oils do you recommend?

  • Roberta says:

    where can I get nutmeg EO? What company is safe–usually use doTerra. Otherwise, what would I substitute? This looks like an outstanding mix!

    • Paula C says:

      Roberta: The doterra oils you use are safe.
      I am anxious to try this!

      • Roberta says:

        My problem is that I do not find nutmeg in the doTerra brand, so thinking I love this recipe, have all but nutmeg, so need a reasonable substitute, or to find it with another safe company.

        • Magdalena Wszelaki says:

          Hi Roberta,
          I personally use Young Living but you can use any EOs that have passed the safety test on internal consumption. I’ve been told that DoTerra’s EOs should not be ingested. I will be honest: I do not have sufficient expertise to advise here, so doing some research and staying open minded is key :-).

          • Karin says:

            DoTerra oils CAN be ingested apart from a few which should NEVER be ingested

  • mary says:

    None of the manufacturers list which ones can be ingested, Can you please advise.

  • Lisa says:

    HI Erica – please refer to this article Magdalena wrote about choosing an EO:

  • Deanna butka says:

    Look at young living. I am a rep but they have a vitality line that is for ingesting deanna. If you need help feel free to message me deanna Renshaw butka young living rep number 2105875

  • nanny says:

    NO OILS should be ingested…especially that many at one time…
    This should not be promoted at all …:-(

    • Angela says:

      Hi Nanny,
      Thanks for your feedback. I essential oils will bind to the vanilla and the sweetener and diluted in 16-20 ounces of bubbly water Magdalena feels that they are safe. You should always use quality food grade essential oils.

  • Linda says:

    What is the “bubbly water” and can this recipe be made using regular water? I’m thinking it would be like “flat” pop without the carbination.

    • Angela says:

      Hi Linda,
      The bubbly water Magdalena refers so is Seltzer Water with carbonation. The recipe works best with seltzer water. You’re right, it would be flat with regular water. I hope you try it.

  • Chris says:

    I had no idea that EO’s were so expensive. Can people tell me how this tastes, I hate to invest, yet again, so much money for something I may not like. I’m trying to get off the real stuff and create a healthy real stuff. Flavor has got to be essential. Anyone try this?

    • Angela Sidlo says:

      HI Chris,
      I have enjoyed this beverage. It is not going to be the same taste as a Coke or Pepsi because it doesn’t have all the sugar, chemicals and addictive qualities that soda pops does. It has a nice cola taste that is refreshing and crisp. I hope you will try it and be able to get off of soda pop.

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