Is It Safe To Ingest Essential Oils?

Is It Safe To Ingest Essential Oils

I wanted to cover somewhat of a controversial topic in this blog post —> ingesting essential oils. Because you might be asking yourself, “Is it safe to ingest essential oils?” Young Living does list dietary supplement directions on several of its essential oils. However, avid oil users tend to be quite opinionated over the issue. And to put it lightly, people on both sides tend to get pretty wound up when discussing whether it is safe or not to take essential oils as a dietary supplement. I’m going to blog on about the topic, but please…no oiling arguments in the comments please – I much prefer a positive blogosphere. :)

There are 3 models when it comes to using essential oils:

Therapeutic use of essential oils follows three different models: the English, German, and French.

  • The English model heavily dilutes a small amount of essential oil in a large amount of a carrier oil for massage.
  • The German model focuses primarily on inhalation of essential oils.
  • The French model prescribes undiluted topical application of essential oil as well as ingestion of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (usually under the guidance of a practitioner).

Young Living subscribes to all three models of essential oil use. As a result, some Young Living essential oils are labeled as a dietary supplement. Gary Young, the founder of Young Living essential oils, has worked alongside many aromatherapy experts across the world for the past 20+ years and feels confident in embracing the internal consumption of essential oils. Some oilers don’t agree with this. However, the internal consumption of essential oils is legal per the FDA (you can easily Google the GRAS list of essential oils per the FDA to see the official list).

Do you have to ingest Young Living essential oils?

When I want to use essential oils, I always look up the body system that I want to support in a reference guide. My reference guide lists various essential oils that may be helpful and how each of those oils can be used (topically, aromatically, and/or internally). The body can usually be supported through aromatic use or topical application of essential oils. On occasion, you will notice that an oil can be taken internally for support. However, the internal consumption recommendation is usually listed alongside another recommendation that suggests aromatic and/or topical application of essential oils. This means that if the thought of taking essential oils as a dietary supplement makes you a tad nervous, you certainly don’t have to ingest them…you can pick the other option/s listed. :)

Do I feel safe ingesting essential oils?

Yes! My husband and I definitely feel safe moderately ingesting our Young Living essential oils (when they are designated for this purpose as listed on their label). My hubby and I always felt that the benefits of ingesting essential oils far outweighed any potential risk to us. So far, so good! Neither of us have experienced any adverse effects from taking our oils as a dietary supplement. We have only seen great benefit!

How often do I ingest essential oils?

Most of the time, my hubby and I use our oils aromatically and topically. However, there are a few things that we prefer to address through moderate (0-3 total drops per day) internal consumption of our Young Living essential oils. We like to use a drop of Peppermint in our water for digestive support. We also like to take a drop of Thieves in a capsule for immune support. On occasion, I will add a drop of essential oil to water, tea, or a smoothie.

Should you ingest your Young Living essential oils?

Young Living is a leader in the aromatherapy world. Know that much research, experience, and knowledge has gone into the dietary supplement usage instructions listed on the back of each Young Living essential oil bottle. Additionally, Young Living’s Seed to Seal promise guarantees that you are provided with a chemical free, pure, therapeutic grade essential oil. However, also know that I am NOT here to tell you whether you should ingest your Young Living essential oils. I’m not an expert. I am simply an avid essential oil user who feels confident and safe using my essential oils and embracing Young Living’s oiling philosophy. I personally feel 100% a-ok ingesting my Young Living essential oils. However, I encourage you to do your own research and pick the option that best suites your needs and comfort level. There are many people who ingest their oils, but there are also many people who do not. If you decide it’s not for you, know that you can experience great benefit from aromatic and topical essential oil use! You can make it just fine in the oiling world without ingesting your oils. A Young Living essential oils distributor should NEVER twist your arm into ingesting oils. Ingesting essential oils is a personal choice and something you should feel comfortable with if you decide to do it.

Some helpful tips if you decide ingesting essential oils is for you:

  • Always check the back of your essential oil bottle to be sure that your essential oil can be taken as a dietary supplement.
  • Essential oils can be taken as a dietary supplement by putting them in a clear vegetable capsule with a carrier oil (and taking it just as you would any other pill), in a spoonful of honey or agave nectar, or by adding them to yogurt, juice, milk, tea, or water. I enjoy certain oils in tea and water, while others, like Oregano, taste terrible and I much prefer to take via capsule. When adding essential oils to a drink, it is recommended to use a glass cup (because essential oils will dissolve the petrochemicals found in less durable plastic). Consuming essential oils in a drink may irritate the lips and/or mucus membranes of some people (because essential oils are oil soluble, not water soluble) – just something to keep an eye on and be mindful of.
  • Discontinue ingestion of essential oils if you experience any unwanted side effects.
  • Expect to get the oil burps shortly after you ingest an essential oil lol! They are short lived and for me, a small price to pay. :)
  • Once you know that your essential oil can be taken internally, refer to the dietary dosage recommendations on the back of each essential oil bottle. Know that increasing the recommended dosage is at your own risk. You’ll see many graphics and blog posts listing recipes that exceed the recommended dosage. Please keep in mind that these are from people who have tailored their oiling regimen to fit what they feel meets their needs and are not always appropriate for the general public. These graphics and blog posts are for educational purposes (to spark further research on your part) and should never be a substitute for a research based reference guide or a consult with a professional.
  • The “Essential Oils Desk Reference” recommends that you consult a professional if you plan to consume essential oils on a regular basis (continuously, for more than a few days).
  • Because babies and young children are so small and essential oils are so potent, ingestion of essential oils is typically not recommended for them.
  • I feel confident when using my oils and I feel like I have made the right decision for MY  heath, but as stated, I am not an expert. Therefore, please consult a professional as needed or when in doubt over oiling safety and appropriateness. You are in charge of your own health and it is your job to assess the risks and benefits. Happy oiling!

For more essential oil safety and usage guidelines, please click here.

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All You Need to Know About Carrier Oils

What Are Carrier Oils

What are carrier oils?

Some essential oils are recommended to be used “neat” (this means that you drop a few drops of oil out of the bottle and apply it directly to your skin). Other essential oils are suggested to be diluted with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin (check the label on your essential oil bottle and/or your reference guide for dilution recommendations). Aside from canola and vegetable oil, most vegetable oils can be used as a carrier oil. Carrier oils prevent skin irritation (because essential oils are so potent), help the body absorb essential oils, extend the life of essential oils, and allow essential oils to be used on sensitive skin. Carrier oils allow you to spread just a few drops of essential oil to a large area of the body. Carrier oils also make it possible for essential oils to be used for massages, creams, lotions, lip balms, rubs, and sugar scrubs.

My three carrier oils…

The three most common carrier oils most oilers tend to use are olive oil, coconut oil, or Young Living V-6 oil (although many other vegetable oils can be used). When I first began using Young Living essential oils, I diluted my oils with olive oil. Nothing fancy, just the plain ole’ organic extra virgin olive oil that we cook with. I used olive oil for a long time because it was simple and something we already had on hand.

As time went on, I became curious about other types of carrier oils. Coconut oil was the second carrier oil that I tried. My hubby and I love coconut oil as a carrier oil! Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, which makes it a perfect carrier oil to use when making essential oil based creams, lotions, rubs, lip balms, sugar scrubs, etc. Coconut oil is easier to apply and seems to do a better job of moisturizing the skin than olive oil does.

My most recent purchase includes Young Living’s V-6 vegetable oil complex. V-6 is an organic carrier oil that is a combination of several different carrier oils (coconut oil, sesame seed oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, sweet germ oil, sunflower seed oil, and olive oil). I love V-6 oil because it nourishes the skin, has a long shelf life, doesn’t clog pores, and will not stain clothes. V-6 is my new favorite carrier oil!

Here are some tips for purchasing your carrier oils…

  • Olive oil: purchase organic extra virgin olive oil. You should be able to find this at your grocery store.
  • Coconut oil: purchase organic, raw, cold pressed coconut oil. High quality coconut oil (organic, raw, cold pressed) can be difficult to find in a grocery store. I ordered mine from My Natural Market. It cost me $20.95 plus $4.95 shipping for a 32 ounce bottle. I don’t have any ties to this company…I just order my coconut oil from them :)
  • Young Living V-6 enhanced vegetable oil complex can be purchased through Young Living. Click here to learn how to become a Young Living member so you can purchase your own V-6 oil and your own essential oils.

Click here for more oil usage and safety tips.

GET YOUR OWN OILS

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Essential Oil Basics

Essential Oil Basics

Please note that despite my total obsession with essential oils, I am not an expert and like many of you reading this, I am always learning. I have chosen to take charge of my health by embracing all three models of essential oil use (as Young Living does): the English, German, and French models.  

  • The English model heavily dilutes a small amount of essential oil in a large amount of a carrier oil for massage.
  • The German model focuses primarily on inhalation of essential oils.
  • The French model prescribes undiluted topical application of essential oil as well as ingestion of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (often under the guidance of a practitioner).

As with anything, there are differing opinions among experts, reference guides, and everyday essential oil users. Please use the below information to spark further research on your part so that you can also feel safe and confident when you use your essential oils. As always, consult a professional as needed or when in doubt over oiling safety. 

1. Purchase an essential oils reference guide – every oil user should have a reference guide!

An essential oils reference guide is a MUST! There are a lot of great reference guides available for you to purchase (my favorite places to purchase them from are Abundant Health and Life Science Products & Publishing). A reference guide will tell you which essential oil to use and how to use it (aromatically, topically, and/or as a dietary supplement) for areas of the body you want to support.

*If you have a medical condition, please consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils.

2. Know how to dilute your essential oils.

Most essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin (to decrease the risk of skin irritation and sensitization). Common carrier oils are: coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, Young Living’s V-6 oil, etc.

If an essential oil is primarily used topically, the label on your bottle of essential oil will provide you with dilution instructions. A reference guide will also provide you with dilution instructions. For example, each drop of Young Living’s PanAway essential oil blend should be diluted with 4 drops of a carrier oil when applying it to the skin.

Some aromatherapists, reference guides, and essential oil users recommend diluting essential oils further than what the label instructs. For example, some use dilution ratios of 0.5-5% (then, part of the dilution is applied to the body). More carrier oil is always ok.

DILUTING ESSENTIAL OILS

 3. Use with caution and further dilute essential oils for use on babies and children.

Aromatherapists, reference guides, and essential oil users sometimes have differing opinions on if and which essential oils are safe to use on babies and young children (as well as the topical dilution ratios to use). Please use a reference guide that you trust and consider consulting a professional and/or doctor if you plan to use essential oils on babies and young children. The below information is summarized from “The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils” (which includes a section on children and infants).

Essential oils that are typically thought to be safe for use on babies and children are: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Orange, Rose Otto, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Thyme, Ylang Ylang, Gentle Baby (a Young Living essential oil blend). Young Living KidScents Oil Collection is typically safe for children ages 2-12. There are many oil users who use other essential oils on their kiddos, but those listed here may offer a good starting point.

It is typically not recommended that babies and young children ingest essential oils (because babies and young children are so small and oils are so potent). If an essential oil is ingested, give the child an oil soluble liquid such as milk, cream, or half and half. For your protection, you may want to consider calling poison control and/or seeking medical attention.

Always heavily dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil when applying to babies and children. When applying essential oils to babies, dilute 1-2 drops of essential oil in at least 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil. For children 2-5 years of age, dilute 1-3 drops of essential oil in at least 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Then, apply a small amount of that mixture to your kiddo. Making roll-ons are a convenient way to apply oils to your kiddo – check out the graphic below!

BABIES AND CHILDREN ROLL-ON RECIPE

4. Use essential oils with caution if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Aromatherapists, reference guides, and essential oil users sometimes have differing opinions on which essential oils (and how they can be used) are typically thought to be safe and helpful to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please use a reference guide that you trust and consult a professional and/or your doctor if you plan to use essential oils while pregnant, if you plan to become pregnant, or while breastfeeding. The below information is summarized from “The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils” (which includes a section on pregnancy and motherhood).

Avoid the following essential oils during pregnancy: Basil, Birch, Calamus, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Hyssop, Idaho Tansy, Lavandin, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Di-Gize, Dragon Time, Exodus II, Grounding, Mister.

Use the following oils with a bit more caution during pregnancy: Angelica, Cedarwood, German/Blue Chamomile, Cistus, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Black Cumin, Cypress, Davana, Fennel, Laurel, Marjoram, Mountain Savory, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint, Vetiver, Yarrow.

5. More essential oil is not always better.

Essential oils are very potent – a little goes a long way. Per “The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils,” use no more than 6 drops of essential oil at a time (for an adult) as a large amount of oil can cause you to feel uncomfortable. Generally speaking (and in my personal experience),  1-3 drops of essential oil is usually adequate for topical and dietary use. If you would like to cover a large area of the body (ex: legs, back, etc) with an essential oil, use more carrier oil to further spread that essential oil over the skin.

6. Drive essential oils deeper into into the tissue for faster relief.

Use a hot moist compress over the area of topical application to drive the essential oil deeper into the tissue.

7. If you get an essential oil in your eye or it burns your skin, do not rinse with water – use carrier oil instead.

Essential oils are not water-soluble, they are oil soluble. Therefore, use a carrier oil (coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, Young Living’s V-6 oil, etc) to dilute an essential oil if needed. If you apply an essential oil to your skin and it feels too strong, rub carrier oil over the skin to further dilute the essential oil. If you get a rash from an essential oil, discontinue use of that oil.

If you get a Young Living essential oil in your eye, do not rinse it with water (as water will drive the oil deeper into the tissue and cause your eye to sting even more). Instead, apply a carrier oil around and in your eye until the discomfort subsides.

8. Essential oils can be applied to MOST areas of the body.

For topical application, essential oils can usually be applied to the area of the body that you want to support. When in doubt or for generalized support, you can apply oils to the bottom of the feet, on the wrists, on the outside of the ear, behind the ear, and/or on the back of the neck.

Essential oils can be applied on a cotton ball, which can be placed in the ear. However, essential oils should never be put into the ear canal. Additionally, essential oils should not be used in the eye.

9. Keep essential oils out of the light and out of extreme heat.

Your oils will last much longer if stored properly.

10. Some essential oils are photosensitive.

Avoid using the below essential oils before or during exposure to direct sunlight (or UV rays) as it may cause a rash, pigmentation, or increase the chance you will get a sunburn. Each bottle of Young Living essential oil contains a label that will tell you if an oil is photosensitive.

11. The Vitality essential oils are labeled as a dietary supplement and include directions for internal consumption.

Young Living sells 42 Vitality essential oils, which are labeled as a dietary supplement and include directions for internal consumption (for adults, not babies and children). Refer to the dietary usage directions on the back of each essential oil bottle. Increasing the recommended dosage is at your own risk. Essential oils are often added to water, juice, milk, yogurt, smoothie, spoonful of honey, capsule, etc. If adding essential oils to a drink, use a glass cup (or glass water bottle) instead of a plastic one (as essential oils break down cheaper plastics). Use caution when setting a bottle of oil on a painted surface as the oil may dissolve the paint.

*Each Vitality essential oil has a regular counterpart. For example, Young Living sells Lemon essential oil and Lemon Vitality essential oil. Each Vitality essential oil is the exact same oil as its regular counterpart (ex: Lemon and Lemon Vitality is the same essential oil). The only difference is that each Vitality essential oil includes a label with instructions for internal consumption, while its regular counterpart includes a label with topical/aromatic instructions. Young Living separated the uses on different bottles to offer you multiple ways to use essential oils and to satisfy the marketing requirements of the FDA.

*While Young Living promotes and teaches ingestion of some of their essential oils, this is a controversial practice in the aromatherapy world. While I feel totally safe ingesting some of my oils, if this makes you uncomfortable, know that you can still experience AMAZING benefits just from inhalation and topical application of your oils. After all, this is about YOU and YOUR health/comfort level! :) 

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Sources:

1. The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley

2. Essential Oils Desk Reference (2014 Sixth Edition) by Life Science Publishing

3. Aromahead Institute: Introduction to Essential Oils: http://www.aromahead.com/courses/online/introduction-to-essential-oils

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