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Is it Safe to Ingest Essential Oils?

Is it Safe to Ingest Essential Oils?

According to EG’s customer service team, we receive questions on internal use more than any other question. This is no surprise, as this topic has been discussed and contended in many circles of essential oil users since aromatherapy first began. With so many varying opinions circulating, we hope that consumers are able to make their own judgments based on facts.

What is Internal Use?

Internal use is the act of ingesting a substance, be it food, drink or essential oils. At EG, we do not differentiate between oral use and internal use. If a substance begins at the mouth and enters the digestive system, it is internal use.

What Happens When You Ingest Essential Oils?

Common ways that people ingest EOs are through capsule, food, drink or by taking drops. Upon ingestion, the oil comes into contact with themucous membrane which covers the mouth, esophagus and stomach.

Do You Recommend Internal Use Of EOs?

At Edens Garden, we do not recommend the internal use of essential oils without consulting with your medical doctor and an experienced aromatherapist, and here’s why. Undiluted, pure essential oils are highly concentrated substances. For example, 250 pounds of steam distilled Lavender may yield 1 pound of Lavender essential oil. If you convert this number down to a drop, you will find that there is about ⅓ oz of Lavender per drop of Lavender EO. Thus, adding 3 drops of Lavender EO to a cup of water equates to adding one ounce of Lavender plant.

When added to a drink or swallowed directly, essential oils come into straight contact with vital organs such as the tongue, mouth, esophagus, stomach, etc. Because essential oils are miscible with fats, they attach to the mucous membrane which lines these organs leading toirritation and possible damage.

Why Does the FDA Consider Certain EOs “GRAS”?

GRAS stands forGenerally Regarded as Safe, and is a status given by the FDA in relation to food additives, includingessential oils. Many times, people justify that essential oils can be casually ingested because this list exists.

However, the food and drink industry has setspecific percentages at which these oils can be used as a flavoring agent either for safety, flavor intensity, or a combination of the two. These percentages are generally measured in parts per million (ppm). To give you an idea of what appm looks like, add 7-8 drops to a 60-gallon tub.

What About Using EOs in a Capsule Or in Cooking?

When intaking essential oils in a capsule, the oil will most likely not come into direct contact with your organs until the capsule is broken down in your stomach. Once the capsule breaks down, the EO may then attach to the mucous membrane in your stomach.

Essential oils are oftentimes more diluted in cooking than other ways one may ingest oils. This might seem like a good reason to cook with essential oils, for those wanting to use EOs internally, but when you compare the cost of Lemon EO with a Lemon found in the produce aisle, you will find that it is not as cost-effective to use essential oils in cooking.

What’s the Exception?

At Edens Garden’s, we’re passionate about high-quality essential oils, which is why we go to great lengths to ensure all of our oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade. By GC/MS testing each batch of oil we offer and having each report approved by essential oil chemists and aromatherapists, we’re able to guarantee top grade EOs.   

With that said, when dealing with severe health issues, it may be appropriate and effective to use essential oils internally. However, we cannot express enough that if you are using essential oils internally, you should consult an experienced aromatherapist. Many certified aromatherapists stilldo not suggest internal use as it involves a lengthy intake of a client’s health and an excess of aromatherapy experience.

Essential oils are powerful substances that can positively affect us when used properly, but have the ability to cause damage when used improperly. With your safety in mind, Edens Garden does not recommend the casual ingestion of essential oils.

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42 Responses

Edens Garden

April 27, 2020

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April 27, 2020

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April 14, 2020

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Mary Rafferty

April 14, 2020

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Edens Garden

January 15, 2020

Hi Colleen! One of our goals at Edens Garden is to keep prices practical and affordable. We’re able to do this by selling directly to our customers, negating the cost of paying distributors, wholesalers and other middlemen. Our products are available exclusively online, allowing us to forgo costs associated with brick-and-mortar stores. Lastly, we price our products with the hope that a majority of people can afford to use them. All of our oils are 100% pure and of the highest quality available which we guarantee through GC/MS testing and analyzation from a third-party lab, Essential Oil University.

Colleen Patterson

January 15, 2020

I’ve used young living for years. I came across Eden’s Garden and use them. But why is the EG so much cheaper. Like Francense so much cheaper

Bodhi

November 08, 2019

I’ve been ingesting oils for 6.5 years, I’ve never had any issues with health or gut. I haven’t even been sick in the last 5.5 years. Not so much as a runny nose. I think ingesting is fine it the oils are pure. I only use doterra oils, because it’s a brand I trust. But people should do their research before ingesting oils.

Sara

October 14, 2019

Thank, sincerely. This was extremely helpful. I respect your honesty enormously.

Edens Garden

October 10, 2019

Hi Eric! We’re happy to hear you and your wife agree with our stance of using essential oils safely!

Eric

October 10, 2019

Great article and wonderful answers to people’s questions. My wife is an aromatherapist and people continually argue with her about the safety of oral use of EOs. We agree 100% that the risks normally outweigh the benefits any times over.
What’s worse is when companies and sales reps say to use them orally and can’t even give you safe dilution rates to do so.
Thank you for your firm stance on this topic. It is of great support to aromatherapists that have this conversation almost daily.

Edens Garden

September 17, 2019

Hi Silas! People who refer to Cinnamon can be talking about Cinnamon Bark, Leaf or Cassia. You have to ask the source which Cinnamon they are specifically referring to. Also, in my experience, most studies on the benefits of cinnamon towards diabetes is based on consuming cinnamon spice – not the extract or essential oil.

Silas Soronnadi

September 17, 2019

Is Cinnamon essential oil the same as Cinnamon bark oil? Can it cause low blood sugar when used in food? You never said anything regarding its effects in the body.

Edens Garden

June 17, 2019

HI B P! Though there are exceptions to ingesting essential oils, ingesting a mixture of water and undiluted essential oils is never recommended because it’s coming into direct contact with your mucous membrane. Whether instantly or overtime, this can severely irritate or damage your mucous membrane.

B P

June 14, 2019

Interesting read, I’ve been using EOs like Tea Tree, Oregano, and more all mixed in a glass of water for years. Not often, only when I get sick with a severe cold or stomach sickness, ie. 5-10 times a year or so. We call it the Health Potion. It seems to do the trick every time, is this not safe or something?

Edens Garden

May 22, 2019

Hi Kim! All of our GC/MS reports or batch testing results are available on each of our essential oil’s product pages under “Reports.” We do use a third party to test our oils, and we also believe that anyone recommending casual ingestion of essential oils is putting people at risk.

Kim

May 22, 2019

So can one access your batch testing Results? Do you do fo third party testing. ? So other companies say there oils are food grade safe for internal use do you believe they are deliberately misleading and putting people at risk? Just starting to research and have tried several different companies oils .

Edens Garden

April 10, 2019

Hi Bernadette! Generally speaking, all high quality essential oils are produced very similarly. For this reason, our stance on using essential oils internally goes for all brands of essential oils – high quality or otherwise.

Bernadette

April 10, 2019

I purchase the bulk of my essential oils from Eden’s Garden, but I do purchase a few from Doterra for the purpose of taking them internally. They claim that those particular oils are safe for ingestion. Do they use a different process or are they deliberately misleading us?

Gayle weber

November 08, 2018

i used frankinsense externally on some warts. They went away. When i stopped apply it on my thumb (where the warts were) they came back, abundantly. Should i take frankincense internally to destroy the virus causing them?

Suzanne Blanton

November 08, 2018

I make my own tooth powder for brushing my teeth. Can i use the peppermint or spearmint oil in the mixing process?

Edens Garden

October 17, 2018

Hi Diego! Drinking essential oils in water is unsafe, as explained in this blog post, because this does not dilute the oil and thus the highly caustic oil is coming into direct contact with your internal organs which may cause damage over time. Furthermore, there are not very many situations at all in which using essential oils internally would be the best choice.

Here is an aromatherapist directory: https://naha.org/find-an-aromatherapist

Diego l. Vinelli

October 17, 2018

I read in various sites that lemon EO is safer to use internally for a variety of cases. I don’t have an aromatherapist where I live. The best I read is one or two drops in water. In my case for stomach discomfort. Can you comment?

Edens Garden

September 03, 2018

Hi Rose! If we’re correct, Young Living only offers Frankincense Carterii, in which case Edens Garden Frankincense Carterii would be most comparable.

Rose

September 03, 2018

Hi, I had been buying Young Living EO, I use to take one sublingual drop of frankincense oil daily for hormonal effects, not as a hormone, more like a body steady oil. Now I want to buy EG oils, but I am not sure which frankincense oil is the one for this. As I had read, I thing will be the carterii, am I right?

Thanks

Edens Garden

August 22, 2018

Hi Precius! Diffusion is a great way to obtain the benefits of essential oils. We offer a wide array of essential oil diffusers.

Precius

August 22, 2018

Hello, what is your opinion on using EO’S FOR DIFFUSING?

Edens Garden

May 02, 2018

Hi Jon! We recommend working with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe and effective guidelines that meet your specific needs. To help you navigate how to use this product, we recommend diffusing it along with other relaxing oils such as Lavender, Vetiver, Amyris and Neroli.

Jon

May 02, 2018

Hello,

I ordered your cannabis essential oil to help with my anxiety. How do you recommend I apply/intake this?

Edens Garden

March 22, 2018

Hi Evi! We don’t recommend internal use. If you wish to use essential oils in this way, please work with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your specific needs.

Evi

March 22, 2018

Hi, can I consume oregano oil? I want to treat fungus Candida. Is this posible?

Edens Garden

March 14, 2018

Hi Renee! This would be classified as internal use, so we don’t recommend it.

Renee

March 13, 2018

Could any of the oils be used in a homemade natural toothpaste? I read articles where they claim the great properties of peppermint, cinnamon, clove oil for gums.

Edens Garden

March 03, 2018

Hi Lexi! You can ingest the plant

Lexi Bidwell

March 02, 2018

So why can’t I ingest the plant?

Edens Garden

February 15, 2018

Hi Carol! We’d recommend diluting to 1% for children 10+ and .5% for children 2+. On the lips is generally safe.

Carol D

February 13, 2018

A friend has been using Tea Tree oil on her child’s lip to get rid of cold sores.
Can she use this oil with a “carrier” oil, or should she not use it on his lip at all?

Sam

February 09, 2018

A single drop of essential oil contains 40 quintillion molecules. We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies. One drop of oil is enough to cover every cell in our body with 40,000 molecules.
German aromatherapy school emphasizes inhalation, the English- massage, the French -orally (from the book by D.Stewart The Chemistry Of Essential Oils Made Simple.)

STANLEY BERGERON JR

February 07, 2018

I listen to others promote their oils everyday. But I turn to edens garden because of things like this. Reading info on your page always makes me want to learn more, Get More education and visit you in Person. thank you for a great product.

Karen M

January 31, 2018

This article is an excellent representation of why Edens Garden is my only choice for my EO supply! You are a rock star for promoting safe oil use! Thank you!

Edens Garden

January 30, 2018

Hi Deborah! Here’s an article regarding organic essential oils: https://www.edensgarden.com/blogs/news/organic-essential-oils-vs-non-organic-essential-oils

Deborah Colston

January 30, 2018

Are the farms that the oils come from free from pesticides and/or other chemicals?

Dorothy B

January 30, 2018

Thank you for promoting the safe way to use oils!!