Is it Safe to Ingest Essential Oils?

I am tackling kind of a controversial subject in the essential oil world, and that is whether it’s safe to ingest essential oils.

Now, I could go on for days about this subject because there’s so much to it, but I’m going to try to condense it to give you some of the potential risks best practices you may want to use should you decide to ingest essential oils.

I’ve broken it all down for you in the video below:

Potential Risks when Ingesting Essential Oils:

  • Possible irritation to mucous membranes in our mouth and throat or stomach lining
  • Possible contraindications with certain medical conditions and pregnancy
  • Possible drug interactions
  • Not a lot of solid research on proper and safe dosing
  • Possible liver toxicity

Best Practices when Ingesting Essential Oils:

  • Ingest essential oils when it’s been diluted with a carrier first: like honey, syrup or a vegetable oil, preferably encapsulated, to reduce risk of irritation to mouth/throat (that means it’s not the best practice to drop oils directly into water)
  • Ingest for a specific reason for a short period of time. Ie. you are feeling sick, so maybe you ingest antiviral oils for a week and stop when you feel better. I typically don’t ingest for prophylactic measures.
  • Be sure you know of any contraindications with medical conditions or medications
  • Although we don’t have a lot of clinical evidence to support effective and safe dosing for most essential oils, lower doses make sense (ie. 1-4 drops 3 x daily max)

Common oils known to cause potential drug interaction when ingesting:

  • Lemongrass
  • May chang (aka Litsea)
  • Honey myrtle
  • Lemon myrtle
  • Lemon-scented tea tree
  • Balsam poplar
  • Blue chamomile
  • Blue tansy
  • Yarrow
  • Birch –most sources suggest never to ingest this oil
  • Wintergreen –most sources suggest never to ingest this oil

For more information on using oils with children and/or pregnancy, check out my FREE Essential Oils Safety Guide in my Resource Library.