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Can Essential Oils be Ingested?

Essential Oil Safe to Ingest?Can essential oils be ingested? You will find different answers from different sources. Even as a clinical aromatherapist, I NEVER suggest internal use of essential oils. I have not been trained in this area, and recognize that the chemical components of certain essential oils can do physiological damage. Truthfully, there are very few health practitioners in the United States who are trained in internal use of aromatherapy.

Plant Therapy produced a blog that covers different issues related to internal use of essential oils. I highly respect the information from Plant Therapy since they utilize the expertise of Robert Tisserand, one of the top experts in the field of Essential Oil Research. In addition, he reviews all of the GC/MS reports of each essential oil batch before they are posted on the Plant Therapy website.   The information in the Safety Issues section of this blog is sourced from the book Robert Tisserand co-authored, Essential Oil Safety, and he endorsed this blog:

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to glean from more of Robert Tisserand’s wisdom at the World of Aromatherapy Conference sponsored by NAHA (National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy) … just a few days away!

The blog includes the following list of professional aromatherapy organizations in regards to their stance on internal use of essential oils:

  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists – “does not endorse internal therapeutic use (oral, vaginal or rectal) of essential oils unless recommended by a health care practitioner trained at an appropriate clinical level. An appropriate level of training must include chemistry, anatomy, diagnostics, physiology, formulation guidelines and safety issues regarding each specific internal route (oral, vaginal or rectal).” –
  • National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy – “Do not take essential oils internally without appropriate clinical education and understanding of the safety issues involved in doing so.” –
  • Aromatherapy Trade Council (ATC) – “Never take essential oils internally, unless under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapist who has received the necessary training in this very specialized mode of administration.” Most aromatherapists have not had this training, so be sure to check this out first.

You may read articles in magazines and books commending the virtues of taking essential oils internally, but you should not attempt this without expert medical guidance.

Suggested Reading:

Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand







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Roseann Dennerlein, also known as Rosie, is a Christian clinical aromatherapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and holds a Masters in Divinity degree. She has a passion to share about the healing power of God through Jesus, Scripture, prayer and God’s Creation. Rosie incorporates her training and her personal journey of healing into her writings and vlogs.