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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