Would be great if I could post nice, frilly, sweet articles about being kind to everyone about everything, but that’s just not practical. It’s not realistic. It’s not honest. Honesty, or rather, dishonesty, is a huge issue with me. After leaving and having to heal from a brainwashing cult, it infuriates me when people weave their own brainwashing into everything they do and say (especially when it involves fear mongering). There’s a lot of myths about essential oils floating around and we do need to put a collective foot down about it, but the fear mongering half-truth answers are just as annoying and detrimental to the community as a whole (consumers and companies alike). There’s a buzz about the dangers of ingesting essential oils that is not well thought out. It’s creating a fear based mentality that is not healthy.
We’re already fed up with western medical fear mongering and it’s just as annoying to see it happening in the essential oil community. Lets just stick to the facts. Fear isn’t a good motivator for anything.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie
I’ve written before about the term ‘therapeutic grade’ and I really don’t want to beat that horse again, but for the sake of the article I linked to above I will add one more thing. MLM reps KNOW the term Therapeutic Grade is an in-house standard. WE KNOW there is no government oversight or legal standard. However, companies maintain the freedom and the right to use the term in their marketing. So for God’s sake, stop trying to weave malicious gossip and accusations about MLM companies and reps with this issue. It boggles my mind why ANYONE would criticize a company for having quality control.
The myth I’m addressing today is about ingesting essential oils. There’s a lot of fear being created about this that is absolutely unnecessary and lacks documentation and/or thorough research. I’m not saying we shouldn’t use caution with essential oils, but the blatant lack of forethought is perpetuating more myths instead of clearing them up.
What I do, whole heartedly, agree with is that we NEED more comprehensive studies about essential oils. Yet, we need to look at this with some plain ol’ common sense too.
If an essential oil is pure (meaning NO additives) and it’s food grade (“GRAS”, see EXACTLY what the FDA says here), then it is just as natural as the herb or plant it’s taken from. Are there cautions we need to take with an essential oil that we don’t need with the plant itself? Absolutely! But to say we should NEVER ingest them is impractical and unnecessary.
So lets just look at this in it’s simplicity.
Ingesting essential oils and gut flora: Oregano essential oil is a hot oil and can cause skin sensitivity (burning sensation), but the herb is only mildly spicy when chewed. Both the essential oil and the herb of oregano are natural. I wouldn’t recommend drinking any essential oil, much less oregano, but I’d also not recommend you eat an entire salad of oregano either. Ingesting a food grade essential oil (lemon, basil, peppermint) should be after diluting with a carrier oil or some other form of fat (avocado, coconut oil, yogurt) or honey. While you could add a drop of lemon, grapefruit, or other citrus essential oil into your water, it will FLOAT at the top and hit your lips and not feel too nice. I use citrus in my water, but I wear lip balm to protect my lips (or you could use a straw).
Adding a drop or two of oregano essential oil to guacamole to ingest isn’t going to do anything different to your gut flora than consuming 1 Tablespoon of oregano leaves in your spaghetti sauce.
Since the essential oil is a concentrated form of the plant, I do NOT recommend you take it as an equal substitute.
This issue doesn’t raise the flag to promote abstinence of ingesting some essential oils, but it does raise the flag to promote education and awareness to teach people about this powerful substance from the earth.
Medical Professionals: When it comes to recommendations from aromatheraptists and other medical professionals, it is important to remember that they are BOUND by the government in what they are allowed to say to their patients and the general public. This raises a HUGE concern about the freedom of speech and we need to keep this in mind when they tell us what to do and what not to do with our own bodies.
The FDA doesn’t want them telling us something natural (and virtually free) can actually foster wellness or healing.
Ask yourself this question, WHY would our own government NOT want us to know if something natural and virtually free can HEAL us? The very same government that tells aromatherapists and other medical professionals that they CAN NOT promote natural healing will turn right around and PERMIT the general public to consume “food” from McDonald’s and allow that company to promote their “food”, which is KNOWN for causing obesity, high blood pressure, IBS, etc.
So I don’t always take what those ‘Professionals’ say as fact. I read and listen to them and use my OWN mind in determining what will be good for me and what won’t be.
Freedom: I have serious issues with the cost of ‘higher’ education and the gigantic GAP between those ‘educated’ people and the general public. There’s no reason whatsoever for any of us to be dumbed down when we have such massive libraries and the internet to do our own research. Whenever an organization creates a ‘secret society’ of knowledge that only certain people have access to then I begin to persistently question their ‘education’ and ‘knowledge’ (and their ethics).
We, the people, should NEVER tolerate this. We should be putting the collective foot down about our freedom (not just in our country, but in the world at large), especially when it comes to our nutrition, health, and availability to natural and REAL foods.
I know the FDA wants people to add the disclaimer “I am not a medical professional” and “seek your medical professional’s guidance”, but those practitioners will NOT tell you the truth about ingesting essential oils because they are bound by the gag order they swore allegiance to.
Now lets just have an even simpler form in this recap:
- Ingesting SOME essential oils (that are food grade) is safe in SOME instances and in certain quantities (usually 2-3 drops) and under some conditions.
- DRINKING essential oils is ridiculous. Anyone who is downing a bottle of essential oils is either lying or downright stupid. Essential oils can be very bitter and some can actually burn your mouth, tongue, and throat (imagine biting into a jalapeno).
- The FDA and your health care providers are only allowed to say certain things to you. Even if they know something as truth, if their code prohibits them, then they can’t tell you the truth.
- READ the product information provided by the companies you buy from.
- LEARN all there is to know about the essential oils you’re choosing to use in your life.
- Avoid fear mongering.
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