Essential Oils For Internal Consumption

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Essential Oils have been used for millennia. There’s even a strong case for essential oils being used as far back as the advent of Christianity. Many scholars have made the case for this on the basis essential oils have earned themselves repeated mentions in the Bible.

In fact, there’s very few people who aren’t aware of Biblical references to essential oils. Two of aromatherapy’s favourite essential oils get a huge mention in the Bible, not least because they were given as gifts to Mary and Joseph after the birth of Jesus.

Frankincense and Myrrh were routinely used, in ancient times, for all manner of ailments by those who could afford them. And, of course, the most common way in which they were taken was internally.

**This article lists a good number of therapeutic grade essential oils which can be taken internally. Please scroll down to view it if you are short on time.

Essential Oils As Medicine

Essential Oils have always been used medicinally, as well as for cosmetic and sanitary purposes.

However, it isn’t possible to patent natural healing substances, so drug companies feel disinclined to offer essential oils as medicines. As they can monopolise certain sectors of the medical market with their patented drugs, promoting essential oils for medicinal purposes would be a lot less commercially sensible.

Nevertheless, almost all essential oils have medical properties, and GPs in the UK are certainly cottoning on. Customer accounts of being advised by their GP to consider using an essential oil to treat both acute and chronic conditions are becoming a lot more commonplace.

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Essential Oils Can Be Taken Internally

Selling essential oils directly to the public is very eye-opening. It puts me in a position where I’m required to offer a lot of advice and information, and I love it. Increasing awareness around how to use essential oils as well as revealing all of the possibilities for using essential oils is a privilege and a passion.

There are certain questions around essential oils which I get asked regularly… with one of the most frequently asked questions being whether essential oils can be taken internally.

It may surprise quite a few people to know that there’s a strong likelihood they have been taking essential oils internally all their lives.

This is because most of the essential oils produced around the world are bought by the food industry and are used for food flavouring for a lot of products.

Plus, there’s quite a few people who use essential oils in their home cooking, especially citrus essential oils and those which originate from herbs and spices.

However, just because some essential oils are suitable for internal consumption it’s important to remember that a lot aren’t.

IMPORTANT WARNING :: Most Essential Oils Are Not Safe For Internal Consumption

Essential Oil Adulteration

Before we consider using essential oils in our cooking or taking them internally for medical purposes we need to understand that a lot of essential oils available to us today are of very questionable quality.

As many as 98% of essential oils have been adulterated in one way or another, often rendering them toxic for topical and environmental use… so, the last thing you want to do with those essential oils is ingest them!

Hopefully you can avoid using essential oils which have been tampered with by always buying your essential oils from a company you trust. But, nevertheless, there are quite a few essential oils which should NOT be taken internally no matter their quality…

Some Essential Oils Cannot Be Safely Ingested

Not all essential oils are safe for internal use, and so using essential oils internally requires adequate knowledge. If you are unsure or feel you don’t have enough understanding around the safety of using a particular essential oil internally, then it is advised that you err on the side of caution and refrain from taking it internally.

Wild As The Wind Essential Oils, are safe for internal use as long as the essential oils in question are generally considered safe for internal consumption. Nevertheless, Wild As The Wind recommend using organic essential oils, rather than the ethically sourced essential oils, for internal use.

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Use Essential Oils To Flavour Your Water

Using essential oils to flavour our water is a lot more straightforward than cooking with essential oils.

Adding one or two drops of a Citrus Essential Oil to a glass of still or sparkling water is as easy as it gets… and, the benefits of doing this are many…

One drop of Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Organic Lemon Essential Oil or Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil will not only help recondition your digestive tract, support liver function and help with weight loss, it’ll also make the idea of drinking water a whole lot more attractive!

Water flavoured with Citrus Essential Oils is utterly delicious!

Read more in :: Best Essential Oils For Weight Loss & Digestive Health

Then there’s Peppermint Essential Oil on hot, sticky days… Adding Peppermint Essential oil to a glass of water will go a long way to cooling you down, as well as aiding digestion and improving halitosis!

Other Common Essential Oils Used Internally

Rosemary Essential Oil will confer all manner of benefits to our central nervous system and will even extend our lives. Rosemary Essential Oil is one of the most favoured Wild As the Wind Essential Oils, and there are a good number of articles about it.

Read the following to learn more:

Using Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil Science :: details how Rosemary Essential Oil extends life and protects us from the damage being caused by wireless technologies.

Rosemary Essential Oil For Stress Related Skin Conditions

Then there’s the spice essential oils… like Cardamon Essential Oil which will really appease a thirst and will help thin the blood, plus, Organic Coriander Seed Essential Oil, and especially Coriander Leaf Essential Oil, is exceptionally detoxifying.

Essential Oils Which Can Be Taken Internally

This is not an exhaustive list of essential oils which can be taken internally by any means. However, it is the list of essential oils you are most likely to want to take internally at some point or other.

To keep the list as streamlined as possible only the organic versions of each essential oil is listed below. However, the non-organic versions of these aromatherapy oils are also suitable for internal consumption if they are of therapeutic grade. Wild As The Wind Essential Oils are all suitable for internal consumption.

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There are other essential oils which are fine to be taken internally, like Organic Basil Essential Oil, but, it’s just as easy to infuse a few Basil leaves in some boiling water to make a tea if you have a Basil plant in your kitchen. Plus, as Basil Aromatherapy Oil contains Eugenol, it’s important to use it sparingly, taking regular breaks of a week or two to allow your body to eliminate all residual Eugenol from your system.

Again, it’s fine to cook with Organic Black Pepper Essential Oil, but it ‘s just as easy to grind some fresh black pepper onto your meal or into a cooking pot, so that’s what I recommend you do. There’s really a unique power to using whole-foods that we must never overlook or forget. The whole-food version of a food usually contains more nutrient value than a lot of the essential oils extracted from the corresponding plant material.

Plus, there’s some essential oils which will work better when applied topically or environmentally in most instances, and for which there is a better essential oil for internal use, if things come down to the crunch. Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil is a case in point. If you need to take an anti-fungal or anti-parasitic essential oil internally, then Organic Oregano Essential Oil is definitely your best bet!

Some essential oils like Organic Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil or Organic Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil are best only used in cooking as they are ‘hot’ oils… The same is true of Organic Clove Essential Oil, although Organic Natural Clove Bud Essential Oil is less problematic.

Oregano Essential Oil also requires special care, but because of it’s incredible healing powers I advocate internal use whilst observing strict guidelines.

Oregano Essential Oil is the leading antiviral essential oil as well as the most potent antibacterial essential oil. It also possesses anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties.

Internal Consumption Of Essential Oils

Some essential oils are safe to be consumed internally by simply adding them to water. Citrus Essential Oils fall into this category.

However, many other essential oils necessitate the use of a good organic carrier oil so that the heat of certain essential oils is diluted.

If in doubt about taking an essential oil internally, always add it to a good edible organic carrier oil first.

A good second rule of thumb is to ask yourself whether the essential oil you’re considering taking internally is from a recognised food source… If it’s not, then proceed with extreme caution.

It is strongly advised that you read Using Essential Oils before using your aromatherapy oils in any form, but this is especially true if you are planning on using essential oils internally.

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The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

Deepen your knowledge by using the Wild As The Wind Recommended Resources

Another resource you may find useful can be found by following the link below. *Please note, I use sources from the Recommended Resources list as well as sources from the Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources list when researching articles for the Wild As The Wind Blog.

Best Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources.

Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which essential oil formulas to put together for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.

We use the industry ‘bible’ on essential oil safety: Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals [2nd Edition] by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, to establish the safety of the Wild As The Wind formulations.

We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Penny Price and Patricia Davis.

Many of the scientific studies used to inform the claims made on this website are via GreenMedInfo, as well as via Dr. Josh Axe, Ty Bollinger on the Truth About Cancer website as well as, on the odd occasion, Dr. Eric Zielinski

Other resources include:

  • PubMed
  • WebMD
  • Robert Tisserand
  • Dr. Robert Pappas
  • Dr. Mercola
  • AromaWeb


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