Ingesting Essential Oils: Which Essential Oils Are Edible?

Ingesting Essential Oils: Which Essential Oils Are Edible?

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Welcome back, this is video number thirteen in our top fifteen essential oil questions video series, and today we’re tackling a hot topic: Are essential oils edible? Can you take essential oils internally, and is it safe? Well, let’s find out!

Can you take essential oils internally, and is it safe?

Many essential oils and plant extracts are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) when used appropriately to flavor foods. Many essential oils and plant extracts are generally recognized as safe when used appropriately to flavor foods! A lot of people use essential oils in cooking as a way to ingest them and this is generally a safe way of ingesting oils because you are using such a small amount of oil and the oils are being properly diluted in the food. However, the International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally therapeutically, unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical aromatherapy.

Which essential oils are safe to eat?

We also get asked all the time: Which essential oils are edible and which are not? While it’s true that some essential oils are edible, and some are not, it also depends on how you’re using them and what they’re mixed with. For example, we don’t recommend you drink lemon essential oil in your water because water and essential oils do not mix! However, you could potentially use lemon essential oil safely as a food flavoring. And while we also wouldn’t recommend ingesting peppermint essential oil or ingesting Frankincense essential oil to help medicinally, using peppermint in cooking could give your dessert that extra punch that it needs.

How can you safely use essential oils?

We’ve already discussed how essential oils can safely be used in cooking but should not be taken internally for medicinal purposes.So, what is the best way to use essential oils for, say, an upset stomach? Peppermint hydrosol sprayed on your pillow can help relieve nausea and is safe to use with kids and pets too! Or choose a blend specifically formulated for helping with the symptoms of an upset stomach, like our DigiZen blend. Just dilute DiGiZen to 5% in your favorite carrier oil and gently massage into the stomach or abdominal area. This way you know you’re getting safe symptom relief!

If you have questions about effective alternatives to ingesting essential oils, or any questions for that matter, please leave them in the comments below so our aromatherapists can help. Be sure to check out more videos from this series, and subscribe to keep yourself in the loop when we post new videos!

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36 Comments

  1. b pysher on April 12, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Can i use vanilla essential oil in pancake batter?

  2. Ana Trpeska on April 12, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Oh great! I was wondering about this for a while…. How many drops are considered safe?

  3. xavierberges on April 12, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Can you use ylang ylang to flavor ice cream?

  4. Daniel Keller on April 12, 2021 at 1:41 am

    This is quite upsetting to me. I had trusted Plant Therapy for a long time and use your products all the time. I have taken French Aromatics and have studied all about ingestion but it is still not something I would recommend like this.

  5. Vicki on April 12, 2021 at 1:42 am

    What about Copaiba for pain from RA, how would you use this? My understanding is that when you ingest a couple drops under your tongue, it binds to the CB2 receptors. So if I don’t ingest the EO how would be the best way to use it. With RA there is a lot of internal inflammation so I can’t massage it everywhere. Not sure what to do with this?

  6. Beatrice Ley on April 12, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Is it okay to take in cinnamon essential oil?

  7. Your Mum on April 12, 2021 at 1:43 am

    idc i am putting lemon in my water

  8. meaghan bake on April 12, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Great video. So is it safe to use any peppermint essential oil to make toothpaste? Say for children. Does it need to be "food grade"? Is it safer to buy peppermint extract/essence for the toothpaste?

  9. Slytherin Babe on April 12, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Peppermint is not…safe for animals. Its toxic for dogs

  10. Jane Hall on April 12, 2021 at 1:50 am

    I want to make a toothpaste to get plaque and tartar off my teeth from this home remedy i watched. But she didn’t say which brand she used to make it. No i will not swallow this toothpaste i just want to brush my teeth with it. Could you help me figure out which brand is safe to do this with from Wal-Mart?

  11. Eva Ferrante on April 12, 2021 at 1:52 am

    I’ve been using essential oils to flavour marshmallows. A few grams…for a TON of marshmallows. Well it was a candy factory.

  12. Brianna Gordy on April 12, 2021 at 1:52 am

    None. Period.

  13. Silky Johnson on April 12, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Which ones give you a buzz though? Asking for a friend.

  14. Anam Ansari on April 12, 2021 at 1:56 am

    I’ve been using coconut oil for oil pulling for some months. Can I use only one drop of any essential oils with the coconut oil?

  15. Sanja New Moon Life on April 12, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Everyone talk different. Some Doctor say no, and other Doctor said dilute with water and drink.
    Now I dilute with water peppermint oil.
    Relaxed perfect.
    Don’t believe everyone what they said,just believe in natural healing.
    Look how many pharmaceutical tablets and vaccines makes people sick and dead.
    Alcohol, cigarettes, unhealthy food ,pollution everything can be unhealthy for human life.

  16. victoria on April 12, 2021 at 1:58 am

    If you put your essential oil in a carrier oil such as olive oil and take that orally is it safer?

  17. CoilsNCombat on April 12, 2021 at 1:59 am

    What if you use it to scent a massage oil? It is safe to taste?

  18. Kunga Dorje on April 12, 2021 at 2:00 am

    I bought cinnamon and vlove oil and was wondering if it was safe

  19. Lady Luna - Metaphysics & Holistic Living on April 12, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Thanks so much for this! I have a question for a future video. Which essential oils are safe to diffuse and/or use topically during pregnancy?

  20. Stephanie Val on April 12, 2021 at 2:01 am

    That’s toxic.

  21. Vandana on April 12, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Plz suggest me any best threpeutic grade orange essential oil

  22. nickcia reid on April 12, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Can u mix frankincense and olive oil for consumption

  23. Libbykinns123 on April 12, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Great information! 🙂

  24. Shelby Does Natural on April 12, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Why not just squeeze a lemon into your lemon meringue pie?

  25. Kolton Nanninga on April 12, 2021 at 2:14 am

    ….but oil and water don’t mix I thought? That’s basic science?

  26. kanchi angel on April 12, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Where do we purchase Essential oil?

  27. HH Sharma on April 12, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Can i use lemon verbena oil in midwive brew

  28. Desi Fype on April 12, 2021 at 2:17 am

    I need to know how many drops of frankincense essential oil to dilute in water and drink it? Thank you in advance!

  29. Savannah Lacey on April 12, 2021 at 2:17 am

    I have been using citrus essential oils in my drinking water for the past 5 years. I don’t think there is any harm in doing that.

  30. Zebra on April 12, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Which brands are safe to use?

  31. John G. Hooker on April 12, 2021 at 2:26 am

    checking up on bitter orange to use in a tincture , whats your thoughts

  32. Brandy Simmers on April 12, 2021 at 2:26 am

    The problem with this video is that you have not explained what GRAS means. You didn’t go I to what the Parts per million(ppm) dilution are for each of the oils you discussed. Too many followers are also following MLM brands that advocate taking EO internally and in water and do so at alarmingly low dilution rates. Now a company that has been touted as safe is saying we can use EOs in food but with NO actual education about what this means. GRAS is not an invitation to use essential oils in food, but one to thoughtfully research what dilution you would need. PT should really remove a 3 minute video that isn’t helpful in any way and really is just going to cause a lot of harm.

  33. Abhinav Srivastava on April 12, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Essential oils in smallest quantities are best to use for medicinal purposes internally, you should first learn about them and then make videos.

  34. dbzcupcake on April 12, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Essential oils in my face steamer

  35. Mark Holman on April 12, 2021 at 2:30 am

    How about food grade lavender?

  36. G Wiz on April 12, 2021 at 2:31 am

    I didnt know peppermint oil or vanilla oil could be unsafe

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