Ingesting Essential Oils
Although modern multi-level marketing companies are casual about the internal use of essential oils, it is wise to carefully consider all the factors involved before using essential oils internally. There are few instances when ingestion of essential oils is preferred over other methods. Seeking guidance from a certified aromatherapist is recommended.
It is important to keep in mind that internal use has risks. Because the mucous membrane is thinner, it allows for a more rapid ingestion of essential oils. Any safety concerns associated with the essential oil become more of a concern when ingested, as “up to 95% reaches the bloodstream when used internally” than the “potential 10% when used topically.” (source)
Physical contact of essential oils on the mucous membranes can cause immediate irritation, or even burns. Long-term consequences of allowing essential oils to physically touch this delicate skin can lead to permanent damage, including scarring and ulcers, as well as liver and/or kidney damage, and the potential for cancer.
If you do ingest essential oils, even for a short amount of time, please add the drop of essential oil to another oil/fat (coconut oil, olive oil, or even butter), so the concentration is diluted once it comes in contact with your mucous membranes. Adding essential oils to water, for example, is not recommended, as water and oil do not mix, and the essential oil will contact the mucous membranes in a concentrated state. A step up would be to put the essential oil/fat mixture in a capsule and swallow, bypassing all contact with the mucous membranes, and lessening chances of gastric irritation.
Always keep in mind that although ingesting can be more effective in certain instances, inhalation and topical use are the two safest ways to use essential oils.
Excerpt taken from the e-report, Using Essential Oils Safely. FREE when you sign up for our newsletter here.
|Lea Harris is a Certified Aromatherapist with Advanced Graduate training from Aromahead Institute in July 2013, but she is not a doctor. Please consult a trained aromatherapist or your doctor before using any of the suggestions on this website, as the user's age and health conditions must be taken into account before using. The information contained in this website is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.|
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