Internal Use of Essential Oils: Safe?
If there's an essential oil application method subject to controversy, it's internal. Although common in Europe, this is not a practice that has been adopted by practitioners in North America, largely due to a lack of knowledge and training, and therefore, a lack of understanding.
The bottom line is: If you don't feel comfortable using essential oils internally, then don't. No one is forcing you to. Share how you feel, and why you feel that way, share it freely and loudly. Please, just avoid the unnecessary scare tactics and stick to facts. And, read on, because I'd bet I'm going to share some knowledge and info that is new to you.
For me, the internal debate was put to bed fairly quickly.
Two renowned experts, Dr. Robert Tisserand, and Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, both provide education and information on this topic, and I'll share brief summaries here.
Dr. Tisserand is often misquoted and taken out of context.
He says explicitly in an interview, transcribed on his website:
"I have never said you should not ingest essential oils. I have not said people should not ingest essential oils; I don’t believe it’s an absolute no-no. What I do believe is that you need to know what you’re doing. You need to know why you’re doing it; what dose you are taking; how long you are going to be taking it for; what the reason is."
"If you’re talking about very small amounts as you would use in food flavors – if we’re talking about one or two drops a day – that’s fine, that is OK, but if you’re taking a therapeutic dose of essential oils, if you’re taking 10 drops, 20 drops a day just because somebody told you it was a good idea, it’s not a good idea."
There you have it. Please, stop misquoting him, internet.
As for Kurt Schnaubelt, he is form an earlier time, and has minimal information on his website. He does, however, have an incredible library of books that he has authored, on the therapeutic use of essential oils.
One of my favourites, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, discusses the evolution of liver detoxification enzymes:
"Essential oil components were among the native triggers for the evolution of these enzymes. This illustrates how essential oils, with some notable exceptions, are not only non toxic but instead have unrivaled potential to induce the removal of foreign substances (such as pharmaceuticals or synthetic chemicals) from the human organism.
It is ironic that our body would not even be able to break down and remove pharmaceuticals were it not for enzymes that evolved in response to essential oils and other secondary metabolites.
Mammalian organisms have had this entire time frame [100 million years] to become adjusted to and interact with the molecules of the plant world. The purportedly much safer pharmaceuticals generally are no older than 50 years. On an evolutionary time scale these synthetic drugs do not even register."
As Schnaubelt explains, the entire reason we have enzymes in our liver that can detox not only essential oils, but pharmaceuticals - the vast majority of which are based on plant compounds, which have been loaded with synthetic compounds and fillers in order to patent them and make zillions of dollars.
Can we all just let bygones be bygones now? Thanks.
Bottom line: If you don't feel comfortable using essential oils internally, then don't. No one is forcing you to.
But if you feel drawn to, safe and comfortable with this method, know that there are millions of doTERRA users who feel the same, and practice safe, and limited daily internal use, including myself.
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❤ Mel, xo
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** Please take care to note: I'm not a health care practitioner. I'm simply sharing the experiences and results I've had on my personal, natural health and healing journey. You should always consult a trusted health care practitioner for advice specific to your body, well being, and needs.