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.

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.

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GRAS

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 Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and apps for essential oils and carriers. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.

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 Harris CCA.

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