A must read if you are ingesting essential oils

A must read if you are ingesting essential oils

10th Mar 2020

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Below is some enlightening information on why you should be reconsidering your ingestion routine of essential oils. 

We fully understand there is a place for the internal use of essential oils and this should always be carried out under the guidance of you doctor or certified aromatheripist.

Why is it so bad to drink Essential Oils?

We have all heard the “recommendations” on drinking essential oils for ailments. Has someone ever told you to do any of these?

  • Lemon in water for immune support
  • Peppermint in water for help digestion
  • Grapefruit in water to aid in weight loss
  • Lime in water for detoxification
  • Turmeric and Frankincense taken daily to prevent cancer
  • Flu Bombs in veggie caps with no carrier oil
  • Flu Bombs in shot glass with water


This is why you should NOT drink essential oils

Essential oils are volatile and they are EXTREMELY CONCENTRATED.

One drop of lemon essential oil is not the same as one drop of lemon juice. Lemon essential oil is expressed from the rind of the lemon—kilos and kilos of lemon rinds. Do not be fooled by the beautiful fragrant aroma and zesty taste, it is heavy duty medicine.

Did you know that one drop of Roman Chamomile is equivalent to 35 cups of tea? That is a lot of chamomile!

At school we all learned that oil and water do not mix. This includes essential oils. Essential oils are fat-loving (lipophilic). They do not like water. Essential oils, as well as carrier oils, will not dissolve in water, so what happens when you put essential oils in water (without a soluble)? As you are swallowing your water, the essential oil molecules look at your mucosa in your mouth, oesophagus and stomach and say, “bye bye water! Hello, mucosa.” Your mucosa is the fat they love and they go right to it!

What happens if you drink essential oils?

Repeated use of drinking essential oils in this way can cause serious conditions. Some effects that have seen are:

  • Stomach irritation (most common effect)
  • Ulceration in mouth, oesophageal tract, and stomach lining
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Teeth enamel worn away
  • Seizures

Because essential oils are not soluble in water (they do not dissolve), it makes it that much harder for the body to metabolise and assimilate the essential oil. This cab stress your internal organs.

Safely Ingesting Essential Oils

There is a place for the internal use of essential oils and this should always be carried out under the guidance of you doctor or naturopath.

The way to ingest an essential oil formulation is to put NO MORE than 3 drops in a veggie capsule filled with olive oil or coconut oil. This capsule can be taken 3 or 4 times a day. So we are talking about ingesting no more than 9-12 drops of oil in a day. This protocol is followed by 5 – 7 days and then is discontinued when you feel better. And guess what, if you feel no better in a few days, stop because it is not working. When using essential oils, the duration of the treatment is similar to allopathic drugs.

It is dangerous to ingest essential oils to prevent illness. Instead, eat healthy, use the foods in your cooking, have freshly squeezed lemon in your water, and use ginger and turmeric in your cooking and teas. If you get up every morning day in and day out, year in and year out, and you take Panadol, Advil, Tylenol, or aspirin every four hours just to PREVENT a headache, what do you think you are doing to your liver, kidney, stomach etc? Well by using oils in the above manner is the same exact thing. Doesn’t it make more sense to take the Panadol only when you get a headache?

Next time you are dropping those drops into your water (which we hope you do not), capsule, blend or formula, pause a moment and ask yourself how many kilos or hundreds of kilos or thousands of kilos did it take to extract this oil. Consider safer alternatives to drinking essential oils.


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