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Top 10 Ingestion Myths

Top 10 essential oil myths about ingesting

In my latest video, I’m discussing the Top 10 myths about ingesting essential oils. Always a controversial subject, so let’s get started!


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11 Responses to Top 10 Ingestion Myths

  1. HI,

    What about the Doterra essential oils kit? I went to a meeting where we could try the oils and the presenters told us that we could ingest it (up to 12 drops a day). She even gave me a small bottle for free called “samrt and sassy” that is a blend design to ingest. She also recommended me to take a drop of lemon essential oils in the morning in tepid water instead of lemon juice.
    THanks for your input.



    • Hi Delphine. My advice applies to all brands of essential oils, including doterra. They do promote some of their oils for ingestion, so it’s a controversial issue. Professional aromatherapists do not believe it is safe to regularly ingest essential oils – certainly not drinking them in water. It’s far better for your health to add a slice of fresh lemon, or some freshly squeezed lemon juice. People are ending up in hospital after drinking essential oils in their water every day, based on this advice. I certainly would not recommend ingesting them every day, and 12 drops is far too much – this isn’t just my opinion, it’s the opinion of the entire professional aromatherapy industry. I’m not saying don’t use their oils, but do take their usage advice with a pinch of salt 🙂

  2. I’m so happy you are advising not to take EOs internally. Too many people are believing these MLM sales people about using oils in drinks and food. They are SALES people and want to sell products. Very few (I’ve never met even one) people are certified in aromatherapy and they have not had an organic chemical class. They do not understand the chemical chains of each EO.
    I made the mistake, before I took training, of putting undiluted oils onto my skin. The red streaks were very alarming. I was able to treat it promptly (with a carrier oil, not water), but couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if I had ingested it?!
    Keep up the good work educating people on the safe and effective use of EOs!

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