Some people have asked me “Can you ingest essential oils?” Although most essential oils that are sold in the stores state on the bottle, “Do not ingest,” Young Living therapeutic essential oils ARE safe to ingest.
Why can you ingest Young Living oils and not other oils on the market?
Young Living oils are therapeutic grade A oils and are produced so that they canbe ingested. Although applying oils to the skin and inhaling them can be beneficial, sometimes ingesting the oils is even more effective. Every bottle of Young Living oil says that it can be taken internally or applied.
People can put a drop or two of essential oils into milk to drink or drop into empty gel capsules and swallow. Empty gel capsules can be purchased from Young Living; 250 capsules for $9.87 retail.
I know the first time I swallowed some peppermint oil in a capsule to stop diarrhea, I thought I was crazy. When the capsule stopped the diarrhea dead in it’s track, I no longer thought I was crazy. I thought I was pretty smart and that these oils were pretty powerful.
According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference (3rd edition) there are 2 basic dosages for capsules. There is a “00″ size which would contain a 400mg dose when filled with a 50-50 dilution. There is also a “0″ size capsule which contains a 200 mg does when filled with a 50-50 dilution of oil. If “0″ capsules are not available, someone could fill a “00″ capsule 1/2 full.
Other ways to ingest essential oils . . .
Other ways to take oils internally include adding it to rice milk or goats milk. The recommended amount is 3-5 drops in 1/2 cup of rice milk. Someone can also add essential oils to Blue Agave nectar or Grade B maple syrup. They say to use 3 drops in 1 T of syrup and hold in mouth for 30 seconds before swallowing.
Many times when someone is applying essential oils to the skin or inhaling them and they are not seeing results, ingesting oils can give them the boost that they need. We have had colds before and have applied thieves oil to our feet with some results, but when we have ingested it in rice milk or capsules we have often gotten over our colds even quicker. Many times we can avoid a cold altogether by using the oils right away.
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