Is Ingesting Essential Oils Safe?

The world of essential oils is a confusing one. There are different messages on essential oil uses and benefits and whether or not they are safe for internal use. We don’t think using essential oils should be confusing and are on a mission to change that.

So are essential oils safe for internal use? Our answer is no. We do not recommend ingesting essential oils. Here are the considerations we looked at before we made this decision as a company. You should look at these considerations too when making the choice whether or not to use essential oils for internal use.

What Is Internal Use?

First, let’s get some clarity on what internal use is.

The phrase “internal use” refers to ingesting (swallowing or eating) something. 

Using essential oils for internal use means adding the oil to a drink or food and consuming it, swallowing drops of essential oils raw, or swallowing it as a capsule.

What Happens When We Ingest Essential Oils? 

Let’s take it back to high school chemistry (don’t worry, this will be an easy lesson 😉). Oil repels water and loves to absorb into fat. If you try and mix oil and water, the oil will float in little blobs on top. If you put it on a fatty substance, it will quickly absorb into it.

Your body is protected by fatty tissues. Essential oils love to absorb into your body’s tissues. When you swallow essential oils, they try to absorb into the first tissue they come into contact with aka your tongue, mouth, throat, and stomach. 

This can cause irritation and possible damage to these organs. 

What about Ingesting Essential Oils in Capsules or Cooking?

In this case, the first place the oils come into contact with is your stomach, causing irritation and possible damage there. 

When using essential oils in cooking, they do become more diluted. However, they are still not diluted enough to be considered safe. Essential oils are also likely to be more expensive than the ingredient you are substituting it with. 

What about Ingesting Essential Oils Generally Considered As Safe?

The FDA lists some essential oils as generally regarded as safe (GRAS status). However, this does not make them safe to consume in personal use.

When the FDA describes essential oils as GRAS status, they’re measuring them as percentages in parts per million (ppm). This measurement is the same thing as 1 milligram of something per 1 liter of water. To give you a visual, one grain of sugar among 273 sugar cubes is about 1 ppm. 

One of the common ways people choose to ingest essential oils in by adding them to their water. To do this in the way the FDA considers generally safe, you would need to fill a 60 gallon tub with water, add 7 drops of essential oils, and add other ingredients to make the oil dissolve into the water, not just float on top. This is not a practical way to flavor water.

In summary, essential oils generally regarded as safe, generally refers to using very small amounts of essential oils in large amounts of commercially created foods and drinks. 

Simply Earth Essential Oils Are Pure

Some essential oil users would argue that if a company doesn’t recommend ingesting their oils, they are not pure.

Our recommendation of not ingesting essential oils is based on safety. 

Simply Earth Essential Oils are pure, and they are backed by our Simply Pure Promise. All of our essential oils are produced where they are best grown. We bottle them personally in our Simply Earth facility to ensure quality. All of our oils are GC/MS tested (a test which measures all of the chemicals in an essential oil, so we can be sure that it is pure). You can find the GC/MS test results on our product pages. 

You Don’t Need to Ingest Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated natural substances. They are helpful in supporting your body’s wellness. The benefits you want for your body using essential oils are likely achievable by using essential oils diluted, topically on the skin or through aromatherapy. 

Ingesting essential oils, instead of topical application on the skin or through aromatherapy, is more likely to cause irritation and possible damage. It’s not worth ingesting them when you can get their natural benefits through a safer route.

Other Considerations When Ingesting Essential Oils

Essential oils that are ingested are more likely to interact and cause adverse effects with those who take medications.

Some essential oils are poisonous if swallowed. Some can even be fatal when swallowed by pets or young children. 

Is There an Exception for Ingesting Essential Oil?

The only situation in which we can see where ingesting essential oils may be valuable is when dealing with severe health issues under the supervision of a medical doctor who is versed in pharmaceutics and who is an experienced aromatherapist. 

We Care about Your Safety

As a company, we do not recommend the casual ingesting of essential oils. It can cause irritation and possible damage to your organs. Please do not ingest essential oils unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is versed in pharmaceutics and who is an experienced aromatherapist.