Internal or Oral Use of Essential Oils
Internal or oral use of essential oils is a widely discussed subject. Opinions range from that it is safe to use internally to that you should never use essential oils internally. In my personal opinion, decide what feels right to you and stay within your comfort zone. Do some research online about safety concerns and studies on internal use of essential oils. Make sure that it is a trusted source (scientist, medical professional, research study) as there is a lot of wrong and misleading information on the internet.
Always follow label instructions of your essential oils to see if your oils are approved for internal consumption!
Why do people use essential oils internally?
People use essential oils internally to support the immune system, digestive system, oral health, natural detoxification of the body, mental clarity or increase their antioxidant intake. Often essential oils are added to water, smoothies, tea and other drinks, taken internally in a veggie cap, added to appetizers, main courses, and desserts, used under the tongue or a drop on the tip of the tongue and then pressed under the roof of the mouth for a few seconds.
Essential Oils Commonly Used Internally
(only when labeled for internal use – many brands can not be used internally!)
Lemon - to support natural detoxification
Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils – to support the digestive system
Blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary – to support the immune system
Clove - to increase antioxidants in the body
Cilantro, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Dill, Marjoram, Black Pepper, Peppermint, Lemon, Lemongrass, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Fennel, Chamomile and Lavender – in smoothies, teas, and preparing healthy dishes to support overall health
Frankincense – under the tongue or tip of tongue pressed under roof of the mouth to support cellular health and mental clarity
Peppermint and Immune Support Blend (Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary) - to support oral health
Cooking with essential oils also adds exceptional flavors to dishes. Learn more about cooking with essential oils right here on myoilguide.com.