In researching and learning about essential oils, a big question is always "can I safely take essential oils internally?" Essential oils are used as dietary supplements, in cooking, and for addressing various health concerns. Essential oils have various powerful properties that can help support a healthy inflammatory response internally. And some oils can be even more effective when taken orally for specific concerns - but this should only be considered after thorough research, consultation with your doctor and a qualified aromatherapist, and a full understanding of the chemical constituents involved with each oil.
It is important to know which oils and blends can be safely ingested. Since I have no training in aromatherapy or bio-chemistry, I rely on reputable companies to provide safe essential oils and certified aromatherapists who I trust to provide the information I need about usage, dosage, and safety. The greater aromatherapy community recognizes and teaches that there is a time and place for ingestion - but that does not include casual, daily use by any means.
Essential oils are extremely potent plant compounds that can have a very dramatic effect on the body as support to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Essential oils are the equivalent of 10-50 cups of herbal tea (depending on the herb) or 20x the recommended dose of an herbal tincture of the same herb. So it only makes sense to exercise caution and use your best judgement when using essential oils, just as you would with any medication. And please consult your doctor if you have any concerns at all.
-Here is an article that delves into the subject of ingesting essential oils - please read this for a better understanding of the complexities of this issue: Can Essential Oils Be Ingested?
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