5 Mistakes When Ingesting Essential Oils
If you’re a fan of essential oils like me, you probably already know how amazing they can be. From their delightful aromas to their potential therapeutic benefits, essential oils have become an integral part of many people’s daily routines. But with all good things, there are some things to watch out for. In this blog post & video, we’re going to explore five common mistakes people make when ingesting essential oils and how to avoid them. So, let’s dive right in!
Mistake #1: Ingesting without Proper Dilution
One of the biggest blunders people make is ingesting essential oils without proper dilution. Essential oils are incredibly potent and concentrated substances, and swallowing them undiluted can cause harm to your digestive system. Remember, “less is more” when it comes to essential oils, especially internally. Always dilute them with a carrier oil, such as coconut, olive, or jojoba oil, before ingestion. A safe rule of thumb is to use 1-2 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil.
Mistake #2: Overconsumption
Just because essential oils can provide amazing benefits doesn’t mean more is always better. Ingesting excessive amounts of essential oils can lead to adverse reactions, such as nausea, vomiting, or even liver damage. Always follow the recommended dosage guidelines provided by reputable sources or consult a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional before internal use.
Mistake #3: Ingesting Poor-Quality Oils
Quality matters! Using low-quality or adulterated essential oils for ingestion is a grave mistake. To ensure you’re getting the best possible product, choose oils from reputable brands that provide third-party testing results. Organic, pure, and therapeutic-grade essential oils are your safest bet for internal use.
Mistake #4: Ignoring Allergies and Sensitivities
Each one of us is unique, and our bodies may react differently to various substances, including essential oils. Ignoring allergies and sensitivities before ingesting essential oils can lead to serious health issues. Perform a patch test on your skin before internal use or, better yet, consult with an aromatherapist or medical professional to determine if certain oils are safe for you.
Mistake #5: Taking Essential Oils on an Empty Stomach
Taking essential oils internally on an empty stomach can be harsh on your digestive system. To minimize the risk of irritation or discomfort, it’s best to ingest essential oils after a meal. This way, they can be properly assimilated by your body, and you can enjoy their potential benefits without any adverse effects.
Ingesting essential oils can be a wonderful addition to your wellness routine when done correctly. Remember, always dilute your oils properly, stick to recommended dosages, opt for high-quality oils, consider individual allergies, and take them with food to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
When in doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out to a certified aromatherapist like myself. We can guide you on your journey and help you make the most of these incredible gifts from nature.
So, let’s continue exploring the wonderful world of essential oils together, making informed and thoughtful choices that promote health and well-being for ourselves and those we care about!
Essential oils brands we use and love
- EDEN’S GARDEN: the best smelling blends/syneriges
- HOHM: great blends, aesthetic bottles, well made diffusers
- JADE BLOOM: lots of essential oil education
- MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS: rustic organic brand with lots of other good products like teas etc
- PLANT THERAPY: great prices and blends/kits for families
- REVIVE: amazing prices, dupes for the popular brands
- ROCKY MOUNTAIN OILS: DIY/usage videos on their socials
- SIMPLY EARTH: the one for DIY lovers & sub box lovers
Thanks for reading!