Topical applications and inhalation are some common ways in which essential oils can be used for aromatherapy. Essential Oils Should Never Be Ingested, Despite Internet Claims Suggesting Otherwise. There is not enough research on any essential oil to show that it is safe to swallow. Among the individual oils currently offered by doterra, 37 are safe for internal use.
Using oils for internal purposes means that it goes beyond putting them on the skin to ingesting them because of their specific benefits for various organs or cells. There are several ways to take the oils internally; you can cook them with the oils, drink them in drinks, or put them in a vegetarian capsule to swallow them. Internal use of oils is a method that is best used only when you have a specific area of concern that can only be met by ingesting the essential oil. Keep in mind that you only need one or two drops at a time to reap the benefits of the oil.
For example, supporting healthy digestion is a benefit that comes from taking ginger internally. Below, we describe some of the main reasons why you would use an essential oil internally and which oils are specifically designed for that purpose. So before you feel happy, here's what you need to know about taking essential oils. This is precisely the reason why Dr.
Cleveland Clinic Integrative Medicine Specialist Yufang Lin Warns Against Swallowing Essential Oils. But, “I usually warn people not to take it by mouth because it's a very strong medication. You can drink too much, too quickly without realizing it. And that can turn toxic.
Essential oils may be natural, but that doesn't mean they're intrinsically safe. Swallowing essential oils can burn the mucosa of the mouth, esophagus, intestinal lining, and beyond the digestive tract. Lin says nausea, stomach pain, and neurological discomfort, such as nerve pain and numbness, can also occur, especially if you drink too much. Like any type of medication, it can also affect different people in different ways.
Since water and oil don't mix, diluting the droplets in water won't work either, it's just another one-way ticket to irritation. Instead, Galper says you can take one or two drops with a carrier oil, honey, or in capsules with MCT oil or vegetable glycerin, so that the essential oil dissolves and doesn't damage your system. As for using them to flavor foods, Dr. Lin says it's probably OK if it's a minimum amount in a proven recipe (such as one or two drops for every two or three cups of food), but he still recommends being careful.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a list of essential oils that are generally recognized as safe, but this list is not a gospel. The FDA also doesn't regulate essential oils, making choosing one even more complicated. Look for an additive-free brand from a company that is transparent about where they grow their plants and how the oils are extracted. Keep in mind that certain oils can be especially toxic and should never be swallowed, such as tea tree, eucalyptus, and wintergreen.
Also avoid oils such as cinnamon, thyme and oregano. Essential oils are not safe to consume and can cause significant poisoning, even if small amounts are ingested. Even if you read a book by an aromatherapist from a country that uses essential oils internally, you should never consume them. The practice of consuming essential oils is dangerous and was designed to be performed under the care of an aromatherapist trained in that form of therapy.
Also, keep in mind that oil and water do not mix, so when consuming essential oils in a glass of water, the oils do not emulsify. This means that essential oils reach the mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach undiluted. If you're willing to take a look at them, I'd be happy to provide you with a list of non-Young Living aromatherapy books and non-Doterra chemistry books. If people do research and even go to the doTERRA website, it has a page dedicated only to the safety of these oils and in no way claims that it will cure anything.
The hospitals that Young Living lists as using its product are exactly the same hospitals that doTERRA says use its product. Not only am I a doTERRA wellness advocate, but an avid lover of essential oils and the field of aromatherapy. I named the companies because what representatives have said in response to the warning is: “This doesn't apply to Young Living or doTERRA oils because ours are pure. I have a friend who has been pressuring doTERRA for a year or so and it always bothered me how far she said oils would cure her, from anything, physical, emotional, etc.
The “Pure Therapeutic Grade Certificate” label used by Doterra was created by Doterra for marketing purposes. Young Living and doTERRA and all MLM schemes make money from the hard work of OTHER people, not their own. I have never taken Young Living Oils and have only taken doTERRA Oils for a week, but I have seen one of my best friends able to live with lupus without symptoms since taking these oils. I am currently using Doterra products and I feel that I don't get solid answers when I ask people about these types of articles that I come across.
However, I want to say that doTERRA (and also YL) are VERY careful with their distillation process and are also diligent in making sure that people are educated when it comes to essential oil safety. I'm a little new to oils, but all the classes I've been to were YL or doTERRA and they all teach most of the same precautions as you. Similarly, in my research and experience, as well as through countless conversations with Young Living and doTERRA representatives and resellers (and representatives of other similar companies that sell essential oils for profit), most are NOT properly trained and are not impartial sources of information. Joshua Yorgason, MD - Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon), Member of the doTERRA Medical Advisory Board Introduction.
As a doTERRA wellness advocate, I understand which oils are GRAS (generally considered safe) and do research on drug interactions. Also, one thing I would like to mention is that doTERRA essential oils are NOT pure, in fact they have synthetic additives that are not labeled. . .