Can you eat essential oils?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “can you eat essential oils?”. We will also discuss various kinds of essential oils and which are safe to ingest and which ones are dangerous.

Can you eat essential oils?

Yes, you can eat essential oils but keep in mind that all essential oils are not meant for consumption. Some of the essential oils are dangerous and cause health hazards if consumed.

Essential oils can be added to desserts or any dishes being prepared to add flavour and aroma. Essential oils are more used in aromatherapy or for massaging with diluting with water for use in a diffuser or carrier oil for massage oil.

What are essential oils? 

Essential oils are the concentrated content extracted from various parts of the plants either leaves, parts of fruits, roots, stems, barks, etc. 

The part of the plant is either cold-pressed or steaming. Essential oils have various health benefits if consumed or applied topically or inhaled.

But one should be mindful that not all essential oils are edible. Checking the labels if the essential is meant to be consumed or not is very much necessary to avoid any health hazards. 

Essential oils are concentrates so they should always be mixed with a carrier oil to apply topically or mixed with water if used for aromatherapy.

Which essential oils can be consumed?

There are a lot of essential oils that can be consumed to heal ailments in the human body. Here are a few essential oils that can be ingested.

  • Anise
  • Bergamot 
  • Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Thyme
  • Ginger

Which essential oils should not be consumed?

Though essential oils have a positive impact when applied topically or use in aromatherapy, they are not advised to be ingested at any time. Here are the essential oils that should never be consumed.

  • Eucalyptus 
  • White fir
  • Cypress
  • Birch
  • Arborvitae
  • Wintergreen 

Can essential oils be used for cleaning?

Essential oils add a beautiful smell when used with cleaning products. Essential oils made from lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, etc have a peculiar clean and fresh smell to them. For example, lemon oil not only adds smell but also helps in getting rid of scums and moulds in the bathroom tiles.

What is carrier oil?

Carrier oil as the name suggests is plant-based oil that is used to mix with essential oil to dilute and make them safe to apply to the skin. 

Carrier oils do not carry any aroma, and are more volatile i.e. they do not evaporate like essential oils.

Diluting the essential oils with a carrier oil is essential to avoid any health hazards.

The carrier oil should be as pure and natural as possible. 

It should not be altered. A few examples of carrier oils are avocado oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, and olive oil.

What are the things to consider before using essential oils?

Before using essential oils which are full of health benefits, one should always be sure of what is to be achieved. Here we will talk about a few things to consider before using essential oils.

What is the reason?

Whether it is to boost your mood or heal any internal health issues or get rid of any pain or ailments in your body, one should know the reason behind using the essential oils. 

If you are to heal the internal health issues, taking essential oil orally by mixing it with water is advised.

If you just need a mood booster, then a few drops of essential oil added to the diffuser will be the right choice. If you have any pain or aches or any fungus or acne then applying essential oil topically is the right way to go about it.

Is it safe to eat or drink?

It is a serious matter that cannot be avoided. Not all essential oils are okay to ingest, if ingested can cause dangerous health hazards. So it is really important to read the label if it is mentioned otherwise.

Is it safe for topical application?

Not all essential oils are safe to apply topically. Some oils diluted with carrier oils can cause skin irritation, burns, or itching. It is important to know that the oil is photosensitive. For example, lemon oil is photosensitive and causes burns if exposed to the sun after application.

Does it need to be diluted?

Most essential oils need to be diluted with carrier oils unless mentioned as ‘neat’ which does not need to be diluted.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the query, “can you eat essential oils?”. We also discussed various kinds of essential oils and which are safe to ingest and which ones are dangerous.

I hope you find this blog helpful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://www.healthline.com/health/are-essential-oils-safe