Essential Oil Myth #1: “Essential Oils are Never to be Ingested Internally!”
If you hear this, you can rest assured that the person you’re speaking with is a member of one of the two large MLM companies. They’ll recite this line to you because it’s what they’ve learned in their onboarding training. These same people tend to leave out a critical piece of information when reciting it though – the word “undiluted.”
Naturally, you should never ingest undiluted essential oils, as they are quite literally the most concentrated form of plant extract available, and you could seriously harm yourself. This same philosophy applies to nearly every liquid substance, and it is common sense. Let’s take lemonade as an example – Every lemon you squeeze yields apx 60mL of lemon juice, and 5-10X the amount of water is required in order to make it palatable. You can use less, but your summer party may be filled with sour face and end early.
The truth is that you’re already using literally thousands of products that include essential oils (properly diluted of course) as a primary ingredient. Here’s a short list of things that you have probably consumed at some point:
- Gum – MANY brands of chewing gum use plant extracts (essential oils) as their primary flavoring source. Some of course, use synthetics, but when you’re chewing cinnamon gum, odds are that you’re consuming cinnamon bark or cinnamon leaf essential oil.
- Carbonated beverages – Not only are natural beverage makers using essential oils for flavoring, but so are their predecessors – soft drink companies. Essential oils are used in a huge variety of flavoring scenarios across the beverage industry. Ginger essential oil is a main ingredient in the original formula for Coca-Cola.
- Sauces and marinades – Yep, that mandarin-sage marinade you’re putting on your chicken probably uses essential oils as a primary or secondary flavoring and.or scent.
- Dried fruit – When fruit is dehydrated, some companies will use the natural plant extract in order to “reflavor” it.
- Mouthwash – That minty fresh feeling typically comes from a combination of peppermint and tea tree.
- Lip Balm – Nearly every lip balm available on the market utilizes at least one essential oil as a primary ingredient.
The list goes on from there. So, next time someone tells you that you can’t ingest essential oils, you can tell them that you’ve been doing it your whole life, and so have they.