This is what everyone wants to know: which oils can I take internally? I have a list for you. Keep in mind that not all essential oils are safe for internal use—some essential oils are never appropriate to use internally. See below for some that you should never ingest.
The FDA recognizes certain oils as generally safe for consumption. They call these the GRAS List (Generally Recognized as Safe). This list includes: Basil, Fennel, Ginger, Lemon, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Lemongrass, Lime, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, and Wild Orange. Do you notice something about this list? You have probably eaten these things in your diet already.
There are more that aren’t as recognizable like: Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Melissa, Marjoram, and Ylang Ylang. These are also FDA GRAS approved.
NOT FOR INTERNAL USE
Here is a list of essential oils to never use internally because of the way the chemicals affect the body: Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Cypress, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus, Spikenard, White Fir, and Wintergreen.
So how much do you give yourself?
When starting out, use the smallest dose possible. That is 1-2 drops. Then slowly increase once you know how it affects you. The recommended dose for internal use is 1-5 drops. After that, increasing the dose will no longer produce a benefit. It is better to take a smaller dose and repeat every 4-6 hours as needed.
How do you consume these oils?
The next question I always get is: How do you get it inside of you? Well, there are some really easy ways.
This is what I tell people to get them started. But as always, I am here to answer specific questions and to help find the right internal oil for you.
November 1, 2017