There is often a lot of discussion about the safety of using oils internally. Safety of internal use is mainly of concern when you are not confident in the quality and purity of your oils. If you browse the shelves of your local health food store, you’ll find that most of the oils, if not all of them are labeled “not for internal use”. Even brands who claim their oils are 100% pure may also state their oils shouldn’t be ingested.
You need to know where your oils are coming from and what the manufacturing process is. doTERRA’s oils go through very rigorous testing to make sure they are both pure and potent, and I feel confident using their oils internally. Any suggestions I offer on this site regarding internal use are specifically with doTERRA essential oils.
There are some oils, such as wintergreen, cypress and spikenard, that shouldn’t be ingested even when totally pure. You’ll want to check the supplement facts on the label of your oil to make sure it’s safe for internal use. If it’s missing that supplement facts label, or says its not for internal use, don’t ingest it.
Internal use of oils is a great way to support your digestive system and overall wellness. Fennel and anise are known to help reduce discomfort from excess stomach acid. Cooking with essential oils adds flavor into your recipes. A few drops of lemon or grapefruit to your water (always use a glass or stainless steel container!) tastes great and can help your body in its efforts to remove toxins.