Memes are fun. I think that is what these things are called. I like this one. Funny how it showed up after my peppermint pest control post last week. Some are fun and right on the money. And they just look so official.
I fear because of that, people may feel that if it is shows up on a meme, it must be true. How can one go about on the Internet spreading false information through memes? It is easy! You can make those yourself, oh yes, there's app for that.
Let me tell ya about a pretty looking meme I saw earlier this week. I do not have access to it, but it said something like this:
Essential oils are pure and potent (true!)
One drop of citrus can eat through a Styrofoam cup. (True!)
If that is true, just think what it is doing to our soft internal organs. (?????)
Never! Never! Never! Ingest an essential oil. (maybe true)
This little meme had hundreds of people in an uproar. Is this true?
Well, if ..."Think what it does to our internal organs" means...lemon supports healthy adrenals and has an amazingly gentle detoxifying effect, well then, yes! By all means, think on what it is doing to our "soft" internal organs.
But due to the fact that she ended it with NEVER, EVER, even if it is the last thing on earth take this oil internally because it will dissolve your liver and your spleen, then no, I don't think the author is a proponent of oils internally.
I like experiments. I should have been a scientist. They have cool tools. But I am horrible at math, and chemistry made me cry everyday for a year. So, instead, I am an experimenter. Or maybe just a mentor. But either way, I took a piece of Styrofoam and put on it one drop of pure and potent lemon oil. Sure enough, it eats through that stuff in a heartbeat. So absolutely, if you have a Styrofoam liver or spleen, please do not drink water with lemon.
Next, I do not know how "soft" an internal organ is. I have never touched one. I do recall how hard it was for the doctor to break my water before I had a baby and that no amount of jumping on a trampoline caused it to burst. So, I am thinking we don't really have soft organs, but okay. So, I picked the most vulnerable fruit I could. You know, something that is made of natural ingredients, like us. And I dropped lemon oil on it too. Guess what! I have the cleanest strawberry on the planet because if it was sprayed with chemicals when it was in the ground, surely they are gone now! Styrofoam chemicals gone, pesticides on strawberry gone! In fact, I think it actually perked up and said thanks! You could also spill a little on your hand and it won't dissolve. I have done it hundreds of times!
Not all oils should be taken internally. Not all are meant to help in that way. No oil has to be taken internally either, but if it is recommended as GRAS by the FDA, then should we fear? Okay, maybe not the best example as they also recommend Tylenol and Pepto, neither of which I would touch with a ten foot pole...not that I make a habit of taking ten foot poles into CVS. But I would recommend, for what my opinion is worth, if it does not have a supplement label, it is probably not meant for internal use. In fact, most bottles say not to. So, do what they say! Or not, I won't judge.
I will continue to take my certified pure oils internally when I feel the need. I will continue to encourage others to look at the information out there and make their own choices. Then I will say yea! We are all trying to do the best we can to be healthy and encourage one another to think outside the box, not just jump into someone else's greener box!
For those who want to come see what it is like in my box, try out this wonderfully refreshing, liver detoxing drink! Then come link up your judgment free home remedies below! Just take that precious strawberry, add a few of his buddies and turn them into something delicious. When life gives you strawberries, add lemon essential oils and make lemonade!
1-2 Cups Organic Strawberries, quartered
1 gallon filtered Water
10 drops lemon essential oil
Best to let it mellow for an hour!
Best to let it mellow for an hour!