Are Essential Oils Safe To Ingest?
Ingesting Essential Oils
Today, we’d like to clear the air about a common question surrounding essential oils: are they safe to ingest?
The short answer? No. The long answer? Keep reading…
We love essential oils. We love them so much that they have been the base and inspiration for our body care products for over twenty years. We’re still learning new things about them every day. One thing we’ve always known, and that we’d like to emphasize, is that essential oils are not meant to be ingested.
While they are 100% pure essences of perfectly edible things like fruits, herbs, and plants, essential oils are SUPER concentrated. You don’t need very much of them to appreciate their benefits. Simply put: essential oils are meant to be inhaled, not ingested.
To give you some perspective, it takes 60 roses to produce one drop of essential oil. One drop of Peppermint essential oil is equivalent to nearly 30 cups of Peppermint tea. When you think about essential oils in this way, it becomes pretty clear that adding a few drops to a glass of water is not a great idea.
So, what does this all mean?
It DOES NOT mean essential oils are bad for you. Actually, essential oils are great for your mood and well-being when used appropriately.
It DOES NOT mean essential oils are low quality if they don’t say “therapeutic grade” or “food safe.” Therapeutic Grade is a trademarked marketing term, it holds no truth in terms of authority or certification. Food safe or food grade means it meets high production standards, however, any food or dietary supplement meant to be ingested should come with serving information and nutrition facts – not the case with aromatherapy.
It DOES mean that essential oils are meant to be enjoyed in a very different way – through our breath. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to keep essential oils outside of your body. Inhale. Enjoy their magic one breath at a time.
It DOES mean that you need to remember to dilute, dilute, dilute! By combining a few drops of essential oils and water in an ultrasonic diffuser, the oils are vaporized at a concentration safe to breathe in. Adding a couple drops to a dollop of lotion, soap, or body oil disperses the oils and makes them safe to apply to skin. Keep it simple with 2% dilution. That’s 2 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of lotion or carrier oil. OR: 10-12 drops per ounce.
Still have questions? Want to share your essential oil tips? Leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!