Taking essential oils internally is a very controversial topic, rightly so considering the power behind these liquids. Essential oils have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, but did they take them internally? What is the beneits and the risk? Let’s talk about ingesting essential oils safely.
IS IT SAFE TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY?
Essential oils can be safe for internal use if you are using high quality, organic, properly tested and sourced essential oils. See here is the thing, the FDA doesn’t have regulations on essential oils. Even if your oil says 100% pure lemon essential oil it might not be. How do you know what you are really getting?
What should you check before taking essential oils internally?
- ORGANIC– Using organic essential oils is very important because they are very powerful and concentrated. It takes approximately 45 lemons to make 15mL of lemon essential oil, and lemon oil comes from the peel. Imagine the amount of chemicals that would be on 45 lemon peels? Those chemicals would be in your essential oil. You definitely do not want to take non organic oils internally.
- TESTING- Before purchasing essential oils check the companies testing that determines the oil safe and pure. An essential oil that isn’t pure puts you at risk for germs, heavy metals, and lower quality materials, which can lead to irritation, adverse effects, or sickness. By now you know I use DoTERRA oils and the main reason why I chose DoTERRA was because of their testing. DoTERRA oils go through 8 different tests that is evaluated by a third party independent lab. Test results can be viewed for each bottle of oil so you can be sure that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in your essential oils. Read more about DoTERRA’s testing HERE. If you are using an essential oil intended for internal use and it is 100% pure it can be used internally.
- SOURCING- How your essential oil is sourced makes a big difference in purity and effectiveness. Essential oils come from plants and where those plants are grown plays an important role for the essential oil. Check with the company on how their oils are sourced before purchasing for internal use. I have to brag on DoTERRA again because I love how they source their oils. The plants that are used to make DoTERRA oils come from their native environment and picked at peak harvest time making them more effective and potent.
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY
Remember how I said it takes 45 lemons to make 15mL of lemon oil? Remember that potency when using your essential oils internally. 1-2 drops is a serving. Here are the three ways to take essential oils internally:
- UNDER THE TOUNGE- The easiest way to take essential oils internally is by dropping one drop under the tongue. This is a fine method as long as you aren’t taking a “hot” oil that needs dilution. Taste is the other reason why this method might not be ideal. Some essential oils have very strong, not so pleasant taste, but can benefit you greatly when taken internally. I prefer to capsule the oils I don’t like the taste of.
- WATER- Another way to take essential oils internally is by adding one drop of essential oil to 4 ounces of water. I love adding a drop of any citrus essential oil to my water for added health benefits and taste.
- VEGGIE CAPSULE – For “hot”oils and not so tasty oils you can capsule them for internal use. For immediate consumption add 1-2 drops of essential oil to an empty veggie capsule. If you are making capsules a head of time be sure to add 3-5 drops of a carrier oil. If you don’t use a carrier oil the essential oil will eat through the capsule and dissolve it.
CHILDREN AND INTERNAL USE
Personally, I have given my children essential oils internally but I do not recommend children under the age of 12 to take essential oils internally. I don’t give them to my children regularly but I do allow them to eat the recipes I make that have oils in them. They love my essential oil infused popsicles and they love when I make my version of lemon lime gatorade. I have also given my kids on guard beadlets, which is 1/4 drop on guard diluted in fractioned coconut oil, to boost their immune systems. Children can still benefit from essential oils by using them topically and aromatically.
BENEFITS OF TAKING ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY
Essential oils are my go to when I’m not feeling well or when I am overwhelmed. Taking oils internally can address the problem I am dealing with FAST. Here are the most popular reason for taking essential oils internally:
- BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM- Several essential oils can help boost the immune system when taken internally. At first sign of sickness I like to take immune boosting oils, frankincense, oregano, and melaleuca, internally to help me feel better quicker.
- REDUCE STESS AND ANXIOUS FEELINGS- Frankincense, copiaba, and lavender are wonderful oils to help calm and relax the body. Putting a drop of each under the tongue can really help relieve stress.
- HELP WITH SEASONAL THREATS- Lemon, lavender, and peppermint are known as the allergy bomb and can be taken internally to help with congestion and seasonal discomforts. Add one drop of each to a veggie capsule and take as needed.
- REDUCE INFLAMMATION- Many essential oils are anti-inflammatory and can be taken internally to reduce inflammation in the body.
- KILL YEAST- Anti fungal oils, like manuka, oregano, and melaleuca, can be taken internally to kill candida and yeast in the body.
USING ESSENTIAL OILS SAFELY
- PURE/HIGH QUALITY- First and foremost, be sure you are using high quality oils that are intended for internal use before taking them. This is why you see so many warnings on using essential oils internally on google. The warnings and negative stories are referring to low quality oils that are filled with toxins, chemicals, and fillers.
- AMOUNT/WHEN- Don’t take to much at once and if you have a sensitive stomach be sure to take them with meals. You can take several servings in a day just be sure to spread them out to avoid upsetting your stomach.
- HOW/WHICH ONES- If you are using DoTERRA oils be sure to look for the “SUPPLEMENT FACTS” label on the back of the bottle before taking it internally. You should see a label on the oil that tells you whether it is safe for internal use or not. If you are using a hot oil be sure to capsule it before taking it internally.
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