4/29/14

Is it Safe to Ingest Essential Oils?

The answer is: Yes, you can take essential oils internally! And no, not all of them! But for a minute, I digress...

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.


Anyhow, use your best judgment. We are all trying to do the best we know how to care for our health. If you feel uncomfortable taking an oil internally, then DONT! No one is gonna make you. If you feel it your duty to save the rest of us for our foolishness, well think about this: many a maverick was shunned by his friends because they thought he was crazy for boldly going where no man or aroma therapist had gone before.

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!

Strawberry Lemonade
1-2 Cups Organic Strawberries, quartered
1 gallon filtered Water
10 drops lemon essential oil
Best to let it mellow for an hour!


15 comments:

  1. I LOVE this post!! Great demonstration with the strawberry. A + B doesn't always = C It's so important that we educate ourselves about essential oils, use them properly, but reap their benefits! Thanks for the post.

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  2. Education is the key in life! Thanks for linking up Kelly!

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  3. Great post. I love your experiment. We need to find things out for ourselves and not believe everything we read -- there's a lot of false information out there.

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    1. Thanks Amy. I am finding it hard to sort through it all, so most of the time just go with my gut.

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  4. Thank you for featuring me from SarahTitus.com. :) I loved your experiment with a Strawberry and the foam. That is awesome how the oil can differentiate like that! They are so smart. lol.

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    1. You are welcome. And yes, mother nature is very smart!

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  5. I have a very bad case of gastritis due to a physiological defect. How would I know if essential oils are safe to use internally? I already have to avoid "strong" foods, such as too much hot spices and too much fats & oils.

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    1. I am sorry Stephanie! Our tummies can make the difference between a pleasant day and an unpleasant one. I have to be very careful in making any type of recommendations as I am not a doctor and have no authority to do so. Best bet would be to try a bit if you are comfortable and see how it makes you feel. Citrus oils are mild...no acid like the fruit. You can find some tummy relief from digestZen, just rubbing it around the belly button. Oils that are known to support healthy digestion are lemon, peppermint, anise, ginger, and orange. But I would suggest looking into a digestive enzyme like terrazyme. Makes all the difference for me!! You can contact me for more specific information and links to product information at oilsokc@gmail.com. I would be happy to point you to some resources that you can research yourself! Have a wonderful day.

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  6. Very informative (and funny!) post! And that lemonade sounds delicious! :)

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    1. It is amazing how delicious fruit alone can be when we skip the sugar!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your informative post on the HomeAcre Hop, hope to see you again tomorrow! - Nancy http://homefront.prudentliving.com/

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  8. My daughter and I have been wondering that cuz some places I hear you can ingest essential oils and then some places say no. The latest was an herb store selling them. I wonder if they just say no to cover their you know whats? I love your explanation.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. A few years ago I went through a major weight loss journey and learned to eat fruit again without sugar-amazing the difference!! This lemonade looks perfect! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

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  10. Thanks for adding this to From the Farm! I choose this as my favorite this week!

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  11. No oil post to link up, but I found this through the From the Farm blog hop. Really informative. It also proves, once again, that you can't believe everything that you read on the internet. Also, with so many health and wellness companies out there, it is hard to control each and every single individual that 'work' for/with these companies. I have tested a few of these direct sales companies and despite the owners telling people not to say that their product can cure medical problems , people still do it. I'm pretty sure folks in the oil world see it too. I've been using oils for the better part of 20 or so years. Over the last 7 or so I haven't had the means to do so. With so many companies sprouting up all over, now I have part of the means. :) It's something I hope to get back into, right now its just a few things here and there. I always find your website so informational! Chrystal @YUMeating.com

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