Frankly I have been alarmed at the increased publicity and urging of unqualified people to take essential oils internally… To swallow this oil or that essential oil blend to help with everything from a cold or stomach upset to curing cancer!
Burnt throats, ulcers and liver damage
At Moon Haven I have seen people come to me with a burnt esophagus (wind pipe) on several occasions, an upset stomach, a stomach ulcer and even a compromised liver. Each of these episodes could directly be attributed to the ill advised practice of taking essential oils internally.
I have heard such hog wash as “ a pure, therapeutic grade essential oil is so natural that it can’t hurt your body when taken orally” and ” if it tingles or burns when you take such and such an oil its showing you that its working”. These are not only erroneous but absolutely dangerous.
For when I see barely trained “aromatherapy or wellness advocates” prescribing to all that they meet that the internal use of essential oils is not only safe but important to your health, then I want to scream STOP!
When CAN you use essential oils internally?
You see in a clinical setting where the client is being cared for by
- a fully trained health practitioner in the preparation and administration of essential oils for internal use,
- who knows the client’s full medical history,
- is fully aware of their current medicine and supplement regime,
- and completely understands the interaction of an essential oil with the body, the health condition and the medicines/supplements already being taken
Then and only then would I be at ease with the prescription of an essential oil to be taken internally.
As Robert Tisserand the father of modern aromatherapy states:
“…only practitioners who are qualified to diagnose, trained to weigh risks against benefits, and have a knowledge of essential oil pharmacology should prescribe essential oils for oral administration.”
Essential Oil Safety: Rule 2- Never Take Essential Oils Internally
So our second rule of essential safety is NEVER take essential oils internally. Certainly do not do so on the recommendation of an wellness advocate or a recent aromatherapy convert . The qualifier to this is: unless it is prescribed and administered by a qualified health practitioner who is fully aware of your medical history and is long practiced in this form of essential oil therapy.
This article was written by Moon Haven’s aromatherapist and founder Leonie Gully.
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