A frequent question that I get is asked is,” Are essential oils safe for internal use? Can every oil be used internally? Are there actually health benefits from using oils this way?
My answer is Yes it’s safe to ingest essential oils. However, be sure to use only 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils. This is important because you want to make sure no harmful additives or filler are in your oil. Make sure that oil is labeled as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) this label is assigned by the FDA.
Just because it is FDA approved, taking essential oils internally should not be regarded lightly. Beware of the potent nature. It is important to use essential oils with caution and safety. Additionally, many essential oils are found on the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list. This is an approved essential oils list for internal use as non-medical constituents. The plants and substances included on this list have a well-documented history of safety when used internally. Essential oils do have usages and applications that extend far beyond these parameters; however, the GRAS list is still an accredited tool that contributes to confirming the safety of internal use of essential oils.
“Some essential oils should not be used internally. Take Wintergreen, for example, an oil characterized by high amounts of the constituent methyl salicylate. It is not recommended for internal use. Instead, it is most beneficial used topically where it can be applied directly to specific areas for a targeted benefit. Although safe to take internally at low doses, it is simply most effective when used topically. An important part of using essential oils is regarding them on an individual basis, noting their specific chemistry, a profile of effects, and appropriate application methods.”
“Although topical and aromatic applications have been most widely studied, emerging research has now begun to validate the efficacy and safety of internal use. From improving emotional status to protecting vital organs, internal use of essential oils is an exciting field that is developing at an accelerating rate.* The further we delve into the science of essential oils, the more we understand their physiologic relevance. While there is much yet to understand and a great need for continued research, we should embrace the power and safety of internal use that has been clinically and anecdotally substantiated.” (Dr. David K. Hill DC for doTERRA)
Many essential oils are considered “GRAS” or Generally Recognized as Safe for food and cosmetic use. However, since most essential oils have not been studied, in concentrated internal amounts. Always do your research or ask a professional like me. I have been trained to know what oils to take internally to help with ailments and everyday health.
If you are still on the fence about using oils orally here is a simple way to get started.
- Put a few drops in a Veggie Cap and swallow whole
- Take a softgel such as DigestZen®, doTERRA On Guard® +, or TriEase®