Ingesting Essential Oils

Ingesting Essential Oils

It is not recommended to ingest essential oils in any form unless you are under the care of a certified aromatherapist who has been trained in the internal use of essential oils. {This goes for ANY brand!} Any time you choose to ingest essential oils there are side effects to consider. There's a chance of burning your esophagus and damaging or putting undue stress on your liver and kidneys and other internal organs.

Watch Lea discuss this on video in the Using Essential Oils Safely FB group.

Repeated ingestion increases the likelihood of this happening. This can happen with just 1 drop on the first use or it could happen on the 200th time, but the risk is there and the risks outweigh the benefits.

There are on average +/- 100 different constituents in essential oils. If you don't know them, their actions, their hazards, and their limits, you are putting your health at risk when you choose to ingest.

Check out this comment from someone in our facebook group:

A very good friend of mine has been very heavily ingesting essential oils (tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, etc) on a daily basis for about 6 months to try and treat some symptoms she was having, based on the advice of a popular EO brand’s life coach. I told her in the beginning when she told me what she was doing that she needed to do more of her own research and be extremely careful.

Two days ago she went to the doctor for horrible pain. She has a stomach ulcer, chemical burns in her esophagus from the oils, and the symptoms she was trying to treat have turned out to be symptoms of endometriosis. She cried as she told me she should have listened to me, and I feel awful as if I should have pushed harder for her to stop what she was doing and consult an aromatherapist rather than a life coach.

If you are under the care of a certified aromatherapist who has been trained in the internal use of essential oils, they can be certain you are ingesting in the safest way possible according to your health history and current ailment.



There are oils which are certified as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA for oral consumption. HOWEVER, that does NOT mean that a person should feel that this means that they can simply ingest these oils on a casual basis. There are some oils which should never be taken internally, but the oils which are “safe” to be taken internally should ONLY be taken internally if you are under the care of a certified aromatherapist who has been educated in the area of the internal use of essential oils.

If you are under the care of a certified aromatherapist they can be certain you are ingesting in the safest way possible according to your health history and current ailment, and the oils that are considered GRAS are ones which may be suggested in a proper protocol for internal usage.

This is a quote from Robert Tisserand in an interview.

“I think that it gets confusing because people often refer to GRAS status, so they will say that this essential oil has GRAS status which means that it is generally recognized as safe by the EPA and the FDA. But actually what that applies to is the use of essential oils in food flavorings; specifically this only applies to food flavorings and not to other uses such as medicines. So GRAS status doesn’t mean this essential oil is safe to ingest, it means this essential oil is safe to use in food flavors, which yes does result in ingestion but the word ingestion is where the confusion happens because it is not a way of saying that this is OK to use as a medicine.”

Adding Essential Oils to Food

While it may be ok to add one drop of something like peppermint to a whole pan of brownies, it is not a good idea to add several drop of oil to any type of food.  If you choose to add a drop to flavor food please be certain that it is a food which has a fat content so the it will properly disperse the oils in the food.  It is never ok to add drops of oil to a glass of water or tea, etc.  Please do keep in mind that essential oils do NOT have any nutritional value at all, so you would just be better off adding the fresh herbs, fruit, etc. to your food instead.

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Lea Jacobson is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website is home to educational advice and empowering information about using essential oils safely. The Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group founded and run by Lea and her team has over 140,000 members and hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of her bestseller Essential Oil Profiles (available as a full color print book as well as an ebook). Based off the information in the popular Top 60 Essential Oils APP, the print version has sold out in days each time it's been offered. Other books by Lea: The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the Hydrosols Quick Start Guide.

Lea is the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels, designed to wrap around any size or brand bottle, as well as apps for essential oils and carriers, and hydrosols.

You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes, and sign up for the Using Essential Oils Safely BASICS course Lea teaches where you can earn your "Essential Oil Safety Advocate" title.

Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England.

Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Jacobson CCA.



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