Can Essential Oils Be Ingested?



Can essential oils be ingested? Yes? No? Sometimes? Maybe? Yep, that about sums it up. You are probably getting a different answer everywhere you look. You will find people who are adamant for ingesting essential oils and people who are equally as adamant that you should not ingest essential oils. Who is right? Who should you listen to? I am going to be discussing what an essential oil is and why there might be concern when ingesting essential oils. This will be basic “101” information on essential oils. There is so much more I could discuss but I want everyone to get a basic understanding first. I want to create a discussion where people can learn and hopefully get some answers. This is my own opinion, formed from my own research and education.

First, let’s be clear that there is a difference between the use of essential oils as food flavorings and their use for health purposes. Essential oils naturally occur in many food items such as nuts, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. So we all consume tiny amounts of essential oil in our food. Some are also added as flavorings in candy, ice cream, pickles, etc., but the essential oil in food constitutes much less than 1% and is equivalent to about one drop of essential oil per day. The essential oil is completely mixed and blended into the food. Taking essential oils in or as a dietary supplement (or a medicine) involves very much larger quantities, and therefore brings in safety issues that do not apply to normal food use. More on that later.

-What is an essential oil?-

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid, from a single botanical source consisting of volatile aroma compounds. These botanical sources are made up of genus and species (e.g. Eucalyptus globulus). This name tells us exactly which plant the oil comes from. Essential oils are composed of dozens of naturally-occurring chemical constituents. Each oil has a unique mix of constituents, although some constituents occur in many essential oils. Linalool, for example, is one of the major constituents of lavender oil and coriander oil, but it is a minor constituent of about 200 other essential oils.

Essential oils have one, two or occasionally three major constituents (about 20-90% of the oil), a few minor constituents (1-19%,) and many, many trace constituents (less than 1%). Sometimes minor or trace constituents still can have a significant effect on the body but most of the effects of an essential oil are attributed to its major constituents. These effects are now being revealed by published scientific research. Some plants of the same species can have major differences in constituents. These are called ‘chemotypes’ and are named after the largest constituent in the plant. Rosemary oil, for example, may be a pinene chemotype, a cineole chemotype, or a camphor chemotype. The majority of commercially available essential oils don’t have these variations however, most of the effects of an essential oil are attributed to its major constituents.

To fully understand the therapeutic action and any safety issues associated with a particular oil, you need to know the botanical name and (if applicable) the chemotype. If you do not know the botanical name of the essential oil or the chemotype, how can you know what is the safest way to use that oil? This is one of the reasons it is very important for Plant Therapy to list all of this information on our website. It is the first step to helping our customers become educated in the essential oils they are using.

-Safety issues-

We have established that an essential oil is made up of many different constituents, so let’s go on to discuss why essential oils might not be safe to ingest. Robert Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety book states”

Contact with potentially harmful substances is unavoidable. They are found in food, water, air, cleaning products, medications and toiletries, and are encountered both in the workplace and in the home. Among the ‘poisons’ found in commonly consumed foods are cyanogenetic glycosides (cyanide precursors) in apple seeds and almonds, teratogenic alkaloids in green potatoes, allyl isothiocanate in cabbage and broccoli, and acetaldehyde, a carcinogen found in most fruits and many vegetables. The quantities of such toxic substances to which we are exposed, do not normally represent a hazard because they are efficiently handled by the body’s detoxification and other defense mechanisms.”
However, if you were to get these ‘poisons’ at a larger dose, they could become very toxic. The same is true with essential oils.

There are some constituents in essential oils that can be toxic, irritating and sensitizing if the essential oil is used in large enough doses. Just because an essential oil is 100% pure and natural, does not mean that it cannot harm you. Harm from an essential oil is not always due to impurities or adulterations; more often it’s simply about the constituents it contains. This is not about purity; it’s about safety. For example, a teaspoon of Eucalyptus oil or Wintergreen oil, even if 100% pure, can be fatal to a child. An essential oil being harmful is not always due to impurities and adulterations but the constituents themselves. I realize that most people do not take essential oils in these large doses, but it is important to know what you are dealing with if you do decide to take essential oils internally.

Another concern is the possible interaction between certain essential oils and certain medications (drug interactions). For example, there has been at least one case of interaction from the external use of Blue Chamomile oil and another from Peppermint oil. Essential Oil Safety [1] explains potential risks and why Blue Chamomile and Lemongrass oils might present the greatest risk of drug interaction. There are many known and studied interactions but there are also some that are less known and less studied. One of the known interactions is between essential oils containing methyl salicylate (Wintergreen & Sweet Birch) and blood-thinning medications. This combination can cause the blood to thin too much, leading to internal bleeding and bruising. This is one of the concerns I have when recommending the ingestion of essential oils. The reason for this post is not to go into all the possible likely drug interactions, but it is to make the consumer aware that these interactions do exist.

Then there are concerns with irritation when using essential oils. Tea Tree and Lavender are both well known and greatly used essential oils. There are more cases of adverse skin reactions from Tea Tree than Lavender. This may be because Tea Tree does not have a long shelf life, and when it oxidizes (undergoes chemical changes), it becomes more skin reactive. Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Ylang-Ylang and Lemongrass are examples of essential oils that present a moderate risk of adverse skin reaction, especially if used undiluted. Again, this is not about purity. It’s simply about safety and the natural constituents of the essential oils.

Most of the constituents that make up essential oils affect the body one way or another. How they affect the body is what published scientific research is starting to make known to us.  Some people believe that too much essential oil taken internally can have side effects on the liver. The liver has to process everything we put in or bodies, including essential oil constituents, so giving it extra work to do may cause problems. There is some debate about this, as we don’t know enough about how much of which essential oils may be safe or unsafe in terms of the liver but it is very important to keep in mind that essential oils do have an effect on the liver.

These risks generally increase when dealing with young children, elderly people and pregnant women. In fact, certain essential oils should be avoided altogether in pregnancy. There are various reasons for this, but the main one is to ensure that the development of the fetus is not adversely affected. And as I mentioned already, some essential oils should not be taken with specific medications.

This is why Plant Therapy’s official stance is to not ingest essential oils unless under the supervision of a medical doctor or an aromatherapy practitioner. It is not that we don’t recommend ingesting essential oils, it is just that there is so much information that needs to be taken into consideration before ingesting essential oils. There can be a time and place for oral use of essential oils but you need to make sure you are educated on the whole parts of essential oils. That is where Plant Therapy wants to help. We want to help our customers become educated in everything they need to know about essential oils so that they can make the best educated decision for themselves and their family.

-Essential oils and dietary supplement regulations-

Why is it that some companies recommend, and even encourage, the ingestion of essential oils? Recently it has come to my attention that some companies label the essential oils that can be taken internally as essential oil supplements. If you have a bottle with a supplemental fact label on it, see if that is how the essential oil is labeled. As I have studied more on supplements, and the role that the FDA has in this, the more I realize that essential oils and essential oil supplements are not always the same thing.

The FDA plays no part in the grading or safety uses of essential oils. “Therapeutic grade” is simply a made-up term in the essential oil industry. The FDA does have a list of herbs, including some essential oils, which are [2] “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use as food items as a very small percentage for flavor only and not nutrition; (i.e. food additives) but that is as far as it goes. This is a food grade standard for food flavoring and not a standard for taking essential oils internally for medicinal purposes. . [3] “The FEMA Expert Panel only evaluates substances for GRAS status that are used to formulate flavors to be added to foods. The Expert Panel does not evaluate food ingredients with functions other than flavoring nor does it evaluate flavorings for use in products other than food.”  For example, note these FDA statements concerning GRAS listed substances [2]:

-The quantity of a substance added to food does not exceed the amount reasonably required to accomplish its intended physical, nutritional, or other technical effect in food.

-The inclusion of substances in the list of nutrients does not constitute a finding on the part of the Department that the substance is useful as a supplement to the diet for humans.

So, the GRAS status is granted to substances that are intended for use as food flavorings and therefore is not intended to apply to essential oils used as medicines, or to essential oils taken alone. The FDA doesn’t give recommended doses or is even clear about which substances on the GRAS list are essential or herbs. Again, this is a food grade standard and not a standard for taking essential oils internally for medicinal purposes.

The FDA does play a role in dietary supplements however. This includes essential oil supplements. Here is what is says on the FDA’s website:

Manufacturers and distributors do not need FDA approval to sell their dietary supplements. [4]

Any claims made for dietary supplements are subject to some comprehensive FDA guidelines, although those guidelines are somewhat minute.

By law (DSHEA), the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that its dietary supplement products are safe before they are marketed. Unlike drug products that must be proven safe and effective for their intended use before marketing, there are no provisions in the law for FDA to “approve” dietary supplements for safety or effectiveness before they reach the consumer. Under DSHEA, once the product is marketed, FDA has the responsibility for showing that a dietary supplement is “unsafe,” before it can take action to restrict the product’s use or removal from the marketplace. However, manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements must record, investigate and forward to FDA any reports they receive of serious adverse events associated with the use of their products that are reported to them directly. [4]

It is important to note that even though dietary supplements are allowed to be marked with dietary claims, they are not allowed to be marked with medical claims. They are not allowed to be marked for the treatment or prevention of medical issues because they have not been substantially proven.

There is no provision under any law or regulation that FDA enforces that requires a firm to disclose to FDA or consumers the information they have about the safety or purported benefits of their dietary supplement products. Likewise, there is no prohibition against them making this information available either to FDA or to their customers. It is up to each firm to set its own policy on disclosure of such information. [4]

Other than the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure safety, there are no rules that limit a serving size or the amount of a nutrient in any form of dietary supplements. This decision is made by the manufacturer and does not require FDA review or approval. [4]

As you can see, the FDA’s part in supplements is very limited, especially if no claims are made for the product. In terms of safety they will only take action if the manufacturers or distributors report on “serious adverse events associated with the use of their product that are reported to them directly.” This is why I think educating yourselves is important. This is why I think your own research is important. And this is why I think the help of a clinical aromatherapist or medical doctor is important before taking essential oils internally.


For something to be labeled as an essential oil supplement it has to have a supplemental fact label on the bottle or product.  There is no regulation of what it has to say unless the FDA has to step in because of reports. The oils that the companies recommend for ingesting, do or at least should, have these supplemental fact labels. Let’s take for example, one company’s label for Cinnamon Bark. On the label it states to take “1 drop with 4 drops of V6 or olive oil. Put in a capsule and take one daily or as directed by a health professional.” According to the recently published Essential Oil Safety [1], there are several risks associated with Cinnamon Bark oil, including: drug interactions, blood-thinning, embryotoxicity, skin sensitization and mucous membrane irritation. Again, educating yourself is very important. For recommendations on internal use of essential oils see [Box].

The FDA does require that any claim made by a manufacturer for altering body function, such as “anti-inflammatory” is backed up by clinical (i.e. human) evidence showing that the supplement, as taken, has the claimed effect. This information would need to be on the product label for it to be regulated by the FDA. For example, if a company lists that a product is anti-inflammatory on their website but not on the dietary fact label, then those two claims are not regulated by the same FDA requirements or regulations. The FDA will regulate the supplement label. It is required that if a dietary supplement claim is made on a supplement label, that the company has [5] substantiating evidence to back the claim up.

-In conclusion-

There are a lot of things to consider when thinking about whether or not you should ingest essential oils. Remember, that adverse effects are not always immediate or obvious. Unlike an allergic or irritant reaction, liver toxicity, fetal damage or cancer formation will not be noticed at the time they are happening. Please don’t assume that just because you have not seen any side effects that it doesn’t mean someone else might not. In setting general safety guidelines, risk to the general population has to be minimized.

Continue to do your own research and educate yourself. Essential oils are wonderful natural tools, if used correctly. But just like anything else, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. Learn as much as you can about the essential oil you are using. A good start is knowing the botanical name that, in and of itself, will tell you exactly what plant that essential oil came from. Then you can learn more about the safety concerns about that plant and more specifically, that exact essential oil.

This is just the beginning of information. I do not expect you to agree with everything I have said. Some of this is factual and some is my own opinion based on my own research and education. I would love feedback but ask that you please be respectful. Any comment that is derogatory in any way will be erased. I do not mind if you disagree, but please give a simple reason why. I truly want to educate people on essential oils and I am simply doing that the best way I know how. Please share your thoughts with me. If you have any questions that you do not wish to share on this post, you can email me directly at Thank you!


[1] Tisserand R, & Young R 2013 Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh






-If you choose to take essential oils internally, please do so when needed and not on a daily basis. Also remember that dilution is very important. You only need 1-2 drops in a capsule full of an edible carrier oil. Please do not take essential oils multiple times a day by dropping the oil directly into a glass of water. The oils do not mix with the water and can cause burning and irritation to the very sensitive mucous membranes. Over time, this has been known to cause rashes and extreme irritation. The best and most effective way to take essential oils internally is under the supervision of a medical doctor or an aromatherapy practitioner who is qualified in internal use of essential oils.

-Alliance of International Aromatherapists – “does not endorse internal therapeutic use (oral, vaginal or rectal) of essential oils unless recommended by a health care practitioner trained at an appropriate clinical level. An appropriate level of training must include chemistry, anatomy, diagnostics, physiology, formulation guidelines and safety issues regarding each specific internal route (oral, vaginal or rectal).” –

-National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy – “Do not take essential oils internally without appropriate clinical education and understanding of the safety issues involved in doing so.” –

-Aromatherapy Trade Council (ATC) – “Never take essential oils internally, unless under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapist who has received the necessary training in this very specialized mode of administration. Most aromatherapists have not had this training, so be sure to check this out first.

You may read articles in magazines and books extolling the virtues of taking essential oils internally, but you should absolutely never attempt this without expert guidance.\

*This post was written by Retha Nesmith. Retha is the marketing manager for Plant Therapy essential oils. She is finishing up her certification in aromatherapy and under the direction of Plant Therapy’s expert, will soon be Plant Therapy’s full-time aromatherapist. To contact Retha, please email her directly at

**This post was looked over and endorsed by:

Sylla Sheppard-Hanger

Robert Tisserand  – Essential Oil Safety

Sue Sawhill Apito

Lea Harris



Author: Plant Therapy

Because we believe in the power of essential oils, and know of their incredible benefits, we want them to be used in as many households as possible. Plant Therapy was founded with one goal in mind... we want to provide the highest quality essential oils (and accessories) at a price that everyone can afford. Plant Therapy provides oils that are 100% pure, undiluted and of the highest quality. We want to have a relationship with our customers where they can trust us. We want them to feel comfortable trying new products, asking questions and becoming educated in the many uses and powers of essential oils. Part of this relationship comes from the desire that Plant Therapy has to educate our customers on not only the best ways to use essential oils but also the safest ways to use them. And with two certified aromatherapists on staff, we feel like we can do this! When our customers pick up an essential oil, we want them to feel confident in it. We want them to know that they will have success because they know everything they need to about that certain essential oil and what it is best used for. We strive very hard to educate our customers. On our website, under each individual oil, you will find everything you need to know about that oil: the botanical name, chemotype (if applicable), origin of plant, extraction method, suggested uses, safety concerns and much, much more. On our blog you will find suggested uses, safety tips, educational information, DIYs and so much more information! You can find more information at under the About Us section.

118 thoughts on “Can Essential Oils Be Ingested?

  1. Hi… Thanks for the information you shared. I hope you can help me on this one. I am very interested in making my own essential oil for my personal use. I’m a little bit sceptical on those advertised oils. I am just curious if there will be a negative effect if these following plant’s oils is used externally and internally. I am currently doing my own research about the following plants, their benefits and potential hazards.
    -aloe vera
    -moringa oleifera

  2. Great article and wonderful information regarding the question, Can EO’s be ingested? The article and great comments have helped me feel like I can make more of an informed decision. I also did not know you should dilute the oils even in a capsule. I have ingested oregano and theives blend on occassion at a start of a cold, but did not dilute them. Glad to know the great/similiar benefits of topical use or difussing. I have only been using oils for about 3-4 months and have tried plant therapy as well as 2 other leading brands (YL and DoT). Becuase of Plant Therapy’s opinion about not ingesting the other EO sale distributers have made me feel it is becuase PT is not quality “true oil”. IT has been hard to convince friends I like PT…..their response even is if they recommend not to ingest it must not be a good company. I have impressed with yout oils, your company’s information, and will continue to be a strong advocate. One question I do have though is what is the difference between your ORGANIC oils and other standard oils?

    • Thank you Marcy! The only difference between our Organic and regular oils is that the organic oils are certified through the USDA. Not all farmers and distillers want to have to pay the fee to have their crops and distilleries certified through the USDA.

      • Per contacting both DoT and YL neither are certified organic as they have some oils from other countries and can not certify it, yet marketed as safe for ingestion, when done so correctly. As mentioned there are obviously some oils for fragrance only versus oils used in baking that are “food grade”.

        I’m still confused though if your oils are considered pure and organic? If this is the case then once can choose how to ingest, this is the same as buying non FDA approved dietary supliment. I do feel I am healthier for substituting oils for pain pills or diet pills, detoxification and such, but I have done my research to find out how much you need and ingest with care.

        I understand if you legally can’t say “you can ingest this” but PT oils are all organic?
        Do you grow and distill your own oils?

      • All of Plant Therapy’s oils are 100% pure, free from any additives, adulterants or dilutions. They are of the absolute highest quality and are ideal for use in aromatherapy.

        Since there is no organization that oversees the quality of essential oils, ‘Therapeutic Grade’ is simply a marketing term. Any company can say their oils are therapeutic grade. Some companies use other therapeutic grade terms, or other grading or certifying terms, for internal quality standards. However, these terms are often trademarked by the company.

        When looking for the highest quality oils, don’t look for terms such as ‘Therapeutic Grade’ since any company can use this term. Since there is no actual third party grading or certifying of essential oils, it is best to look for a company that ensures the quality of their oils based on test results and experts. Some tests that are important when ensuring the quality of an essential oil are GC/MS (Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer) tests and organoleptic test.

        Many are organic, but not all. We work very hard with our suppliers to provide oils that come from organically grown plants. That being said, we only carry a small line of certified organic oils. These oils are clearly labeled and our line of certified organic oils and synergies is continually growing. If you are looking for a guarantee that the oil was grown organically and follows the organic standards, we recommend you purchase our certified organic oils. Since many small farmers cannot afford to certify their organically grown plants, the only way to guarantee the oil is organic, is to purchase a certified organic oil.

        We do not recommend the general internal use of essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated and have the capacity to cause serious damage if used internally without the necessary expertise required in administering them. We do have customers who choose to use our oils internally. However, we recommend it only be done with great respect for the power of essential oils, under the direction of someone who is qualified in the internal use of essential oils and someone who truly understands the chemical makeup of each individual oil, and NOT on a daily basis.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I have the personal opinion that Plant Therapy is a better company because they are urging us to use the powerful oils carefully and with respect. They are taking the time to educate us instead of letting us make mistakes before we learn better!

  3. Makes perfect sense! Good article!

  4. What a wonderful article! I actually have four bottles of lavender sitting on my counter right now and yours is the only one that compares to the “big box” name. I am so happy to read you article about not ingesting the oils, as 1. EO are such a powerful tool and harmful as you stated 2. I’ve been to many conventions and have learned a lot. But it scares the heck out of me to hear “oh you just put in as many drops as you want but start with like 10” these are brand new oil users you are telling this to! And some that want to lose weight, in today’s world you had better believe as many drops that can go into a capsule will be going in. So sad. I will be purchasing more of your oils in the future and wanted to thank you for such a well written article!

  5. Thank you for the information. A friend recently told me about “Young Living” essential oils and the benefit of taking them orally. Is this safe? I would love your thoughts. You can email me privately as well.

    • We do not advocate the routine, unnecessary ingestion that some other companies do. If you choose to ingest essential oils, it should be with the guidance of a qualified practitioner and for a short period of time.

  6. Thank you for that informative article. In reference to your Candida Blend. How is it best to use it? I have a diffuser and nebulizer, but I wasn’t sure how to best use it. Thank you!

  7. I am new to EOs. Thanks for this article. I have a coworker who just got into one of the other companies and started singing the praises of EOs. I just stumbled across Plant Therapy on Amazon. and got the synergy kit. I came home from work on day not feeling good,the start of a cold. Mixed the immune up and put the germ on my feet. The next day I woke up feeling fantastic! She has been talking about taking the EO’s internally. I guess there is one that claims it helps with metabolism and she puts it in her water and “says” she has lost 6 lbs in one week. I will stick with sniffing my munchies bottle. I have been using that to help curb my appetite.
    Thanks for sharing about how they can thin the blood if ingested. Gotta wonder if the other companies warn people of that. They could really be harming people who take blood thinners by not telling them that could be a side effect of ingesting certain ones!!!

  8. Thank you for all your work in getting out this excellent information! It’s most unfortunate how the myths are so prevalent about “therapeutic grade being safe to ingest.” We must strive to keep educating people, as it’s just a matter of time (in my opinion) before the FDA makes it harder for us to obtain our precious essential oils. A case in point: an acquaintance is currently dealing with her daughter’s BAD experience ingesting oregano and cinnamon. She has damaged her esophagus, stomach, and intestines. This very experienced herbalist also pointed out that peppermint (as safe as it seems) can do permanent damage because it is hot. Essential oils say “For Topical Use Only” for a reason! One thing she also told us is to NOT drink water to try to dilute the reaction to ingesting an oil. Instead, dilute with more consumable oil- olive or coconut. Then take a large dose of fiber, followed by a laxative if needed, to get it out of the body quicker. I hope these people promoting the internal use of oils also are preparing people with antidotes!

  9. I should add that this young lady who ingested the oils took the advice of a well-meaning friend, not her herbalist mother.

  10. So glad you repaired the link, I really wanted to read the entire article. Finally, a straight forward & informative article on ingestion! Thanks Plant Therapy!

  11. Thank you very much for this article. I thought you made a fair and somewhat comprehensive (for us non-professionals/non-experts) presentation and I appreciate it. I have been using, learning & experimenting with EOs for almost 2 yrs and want to branch out to include herbs as well. From my growing understanding of EOs, there simply doesn’t seem to be a NEED to ingest the oils – they reach the bloodstream within minutes, which is a more effective communication system than running them through the digestive system, right? I think so. (opinion) I was occasionally ingesting them early on but have now decided against it – it isn’t needed, so why risk my liver or any other part of me, when they’ve been proven safe [in my mind] when used aromatically & topically? I so appreciate Plant Therapy and its commitment to safety & education. You may decide to delete this, but: The FDA has proven itself to be about as trustworthy on safety as an organization as not-ever-learning-to-read has proven to lead to wonderful self-education….. Zero.

  12. Excellent information and very well written article – thank you Retha!

  13. I really appreciate your information and the way in which it has been presented. I have friends on both ‘sides’, and the do-ingest side I don’t think give enough info for others to understand safety, and the do-not-ingest side just trash eo’s entirely.
    Thankful to have found your company.

  14. Thank you so much for this informative article. I was introduced to EO’s through one of the MLM companies, but choose to do my own research online when I came across Plant Therapy. I LOVE your company and appreciate you getting this information out to us. I love this blog and wish more people would realize that the “oil classes” held by the MLM companies are based on what the person is being taught to say by their higher ups who are in it for the money and could seemingly care less about the truth which in the long run will hurt people more than help them.

  15. Hi Retha,
    Thank you so much for the article, it was very informative. I have dealt with Essential oils for the past 18 years and there is always more information to be aware of. I have to tell you that your oils are the first ones I have been able to find that seem to be a high grade since Aroma Vera stopped making oils. I have tried many different brands and they have not measured up. Thank you for the research you have done and the willingness to make the oils affordable to everyone.

  16. I was introduced to essential oils back in the 60’s, we mainly wore it as perfume. I was reintroduced by a MLM co. I bought the kit and was very wary about putting oils in my water. I started doing my own research and ran across PT. I love PT and haven’t looked back. I have explained to friends why you shouldn’t put oils in your liquids. Some listen, some don’t. One day I was at my daughters and my 6 yr old grandson wasn’t feeling good and he was laying on the couch. Next to him was her Defuser with thieves coming out of it right next to him. I explained that children should be careful with certain oils and thieves was one of them. She turned off the defuser and I sent her info on which oils are safe for children and what is not. I learned this from PT and other sources. Now like myself she goes to plant therapy for any info she might need. Thanks Plant Therapy!!!

  17. I got some essential oils from an MLM company and used them according to the companies literature and consultant suggestions. I started having stomach aches, sleeping a lot and felt burning sensations. I decided to research the safety of using such large amounts, ingesting oils and using them neat. I found the Plant Therapy website and was amazed that as a business you encourage being safe and saving money by using smaller amounts of essential oils (“less is more”), to always dilute oils and to ingest them only under a trained medical practioner. I ordered some of your essential oils and find them to be quality products, as effective and much cheaper than the MLM products. Thanks for this article and the blog with excellent information.

  18. With the growing popularity of essential oils, there are tons of people out there trying to get more people to sell/buy essential oils from them and they are not doing the research or educating themselves on this topic. I never recommend ingesting an eo because even if I have some knowledge I am not a trained aromatherapist. Thanks for this article!

  19. I would like to specify that a certified practitioner is not a chiropractor etc but an aromatherapist. I have heard several chiropractors and other health care practioners endorse MLM companies and the ingestion of essential oils. These people may be highly educated but unless they have courses in aromatherapy (which most do not) the information they are giving out is most likely from an MLM company. There is a trend now for MLM companies to go into physio clinics and chiropractic clinics to “educate” the practioners on essential oils and promote their products. Some practioners really question the given information but a surprising amount do not. My “go to” question when feeling around for a practioners education is if they know who Robert Tisserand is and if they have read his latest book. Most do not recognize the name. Sad but true. So thank you for looking out for our safety and taking the time to educate us.

  20. Thanks for everything! A wonderful article! I shared it on Facebook. I’m glad I asked the question. It seemed to help many. Thank you again.

  21. Thanks for this article and for being such a responsible company. I really respect that. I attended the Botanical Conference in Tempe Az this weekend and took 2 of David Crow’s classes and he was very adamant about this same thing and very concerned about the FDA taking notice of all the harm that people are doing to themselves with this over use and internal ingestion. He was critical about the MLM aspect of it too…..the push to always consume more for $$$ with not enough education. So then to open my email on Monday a.m. and see your write up was very telling. Thanks again.

  22. I find that herbs, teas, and tinctures are an excellent option to reap the healing benefits of the plant. Using Lavender in a nice cup of hot tea can help as a nice wind-down drink after dinner or with a decaffeinated tea before bed.

    Daniel@Natural bathsalts

  23. I really enjoyed reading your article. I am wanting to use some essential oils to flavour the raw, orgainic sugar free chocolates I am making. Approximately 1 drop per 30g of chocolate. Do you think this is a sufficiently small amount to be ‘safe’ ? Any oils which I should totally avoid….?

  24. Wow! I have been researching and researching for this very answer! You are the ONLY company to give the reasons why oils should not be taken internally. My chiropractor has been pushing for me to take frankincense internally and I didn’t feel well after. My skin had a horrible rash too! I am so happy to finally get the answers I needed. Thank you!

  25. I just have a bottle of wintergreen. I’m Wonder why avoid it? I haven’t opened it or even smelled it.
    But the lady I got this from is adding these oils to everything water, cooking, etc. I had heard it wasn’t safe and have not tried any myself. I’m intrigued with the oils because I love things that are natural but the oils just set there because I have no idea what’s the proper way to use them.

    • Wintergreen is HIGHLY toxic if ingested. It also can act a blood thinner if used for long periods of time.

  26. I like to add the fruit oils to water for a refreshing drink. I have used young living and just switched to your oils. Are your lemon,orange,grapefruit oils ok to but in water to drink

    • Putting essential oils into water isn’t the best way to use them. They actually will float on top of the water and then hit your lip, mouth and throat undiluted. If you choose to ingest essential oils – it’s best to speak with a Certified Aromatherapist who is trained in using essential oils in this manner.

  27. Is it okay to use oils to cook with in very small amounts? For example, if I wanted to add a few drops of peppermint oil to brownies to make them peppermint brownies? Thanks.

    • When using essential oils in cooking you’ll want to use a single drop or less – and make sure to use a recipe that contains a moderate amount of fat! 🙂

  28. I’ve been a certified holistic aromatherapist for nearly 30 years. Your article was very well written and very much needed. I continue to be amazed and a little horrified at what is happening in the essential oil and aromatherapy industry. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your article.

  29. Thanks for this article, this matter is very important to discuss about.
    I am concerned about possible stress on liver, due to use of EO:s. (even when used only externally.) I would like to know if there are some oils that may possess more risks for liver and respectively some which are safest in this regard? Or is the risk generally very minimal if oils are used only externally?

    • Any products or food that you put on or in your body are eventually processed by the liver! It’s best to use moderation and always dilute essential oils when applying to the skin! 😉 It’s important to only ingest essential oils with the supervision of a qualified practitioner.

  30. Hi. I would like to know if it would be safe to use a tiny bit of jasmine EO to flavor tea. I’m also keen to try bergamot oil for tea. Not for medicinal purposes, just for flavoring.

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