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Applying Essential Oils - Ingestion

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide,
published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Cup of teaOf those that write on oils use there is a wide variety of opinions about internal consumption.  Some recommend it often, others distance themselves from it.  Internal consumption of essential oils is best done with professional advice.  Listed here are some common techniques to consider:

·    Tea - A common methods for ingesting essential oils are to add 1 or 2 drops to a half cup of warm water and drink or sip as needed.  (This is often used for an upset stomach with an oil like Peppermint or a blend such as Digestive Blend).  Use care not to have the water too warm as the oils will dissipate rapidly and you will lose the potency.

·    Water - Oils are often added to cold water and ingested.  This would include procedures such as citrus oils or blends for appetite suppression or using Lemon oil for its cleansing effect.

·    Capsules - Many add the oils in a capsule and taking orally as you would traditional medications.  Depending on the strength needed a carrier oil may be added to the capsule to "buffer" the essential oil.  Also many protocols have multiple oils added to the same capsule for a desired blend. Basic info on using capsules on this page.

·    Swishing- or allergies a method is suggested of adding 2 to 6 drops of oils (Peppermint, Lemon and/or Lavender) to a teaspoon of water and swishing in the mouth for a minute and swallowing.

·    Pulling Oils - Not quite considered ingestion, but does involve oils in the mouth, is the method of ‘pulling oil.’  This is a therapy that is proven to improve the health of gums and teeth.  Others feel it has further detoxifying qualities.  Choose an appropriate carrier such as grapeseed, coconut, or olive oil.  Combine 2 drops of an essential oil such as Clove, Myrrh, or Peppermint.  Then without swallowing, swish and pull the oil mixture through the teeth and around the mouth for 5-10 minutes, then spit out the mixture without swallowing.  Then brush the teeth.

·    Enema - Affectionately called the Butt Bomb.  Add the desired oils to a 00 capsule and fill the remainder with coconut oil and insert appropriately or add the oils and approximately 25 drops of carrier oil to the enema syringe and apply. (the reason for this uncomfortable protocol is that this is one of the more effective ways to get oils deep into the lungs)

Before taking an oil internally, check its references and determine that it is .... as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the FDA.  Most (...) oils are GRAS.


28 April 2010

Rob Young of (...) corporate headquarters shared the following on using essential oils internally.

Most of the oils that are marked for external use only would not pose any harm, they simply would not provide any benefit and they don't taste very good either.

There are oils, however, that you would want to be careful to use internally such as Wintergreen. In very high amounts, Wintergreen essential oil can make you sick and even severely ill if you are a child. But you would have to drink the whole bottle (pretty hard to swallow that much) but it is a possibility nevertheless. Essential oils are very concentrated botanical extracts and you might get stomach upset if you use too much of any essential oil, or any botanical extract for that matter.

If someone were able to drink a whole bottle of Soothing Blend or Respiratory Blend (it would be very difficult to swallow such an amount without gagging) then you would want to watch them closely and call poison control with any signs of strong stomach or chest pain, elevated temperature, sleepiness, etc. as you would as a general household first aid rule. Some essential oils are "hot" (e.g. Cinnamon, Oregano) and might sting the mouth for a while but generally speaking there is not a great danger of long-term damage with the oils.

Using the oils as directed on the labels with moderation will help you avoid any undesirable side effects from the oils.  We ere on the side of safety and conservatism on our labels and reference materials so follow the directions and you will be good to go.


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