Only use pure therapeutic grade essential oils with a ‘supplement fact’ or ‘for flavouring’ on the label can be used internally.
Using internally is the most potent use of essential oils and therefore not recommend for children under 6 years old. They can be used as a dietary supplement supporting a variety of health benefits , including digestive system, mouth, throat, liver and urogenital tract.
You can add a few drops to water, stir and drink them, place a couple of drops under your tongue or put them in a capsule.
I add lemon or grapefruit essential oil to my drinking water daily, using approximately 2 drops in 500 ml of water, which I do twice a day. When adding to your drinking water, you must make sure you are using either a glass or stainless steel container, as the oils can destroy petrochemicals.
Using them in my water helps to eliminate toxins from my body, but also makes my water taste so much better. I also regularly use lime, wild orange and grapefruit, but there are many oils you can use depending on your preferences and bodies needs.
There are two main ways you can use essential oils internally: –
- Internal – which is when you add the essential oils to a softgel or capsule and then swallow the capsule.
- Oral – which is when you add the essential oils to water or other liquid or directly under your tongue.
The dose will depend on the age, size and health status of the person however; I would initially start on a lower dose (1–2 drops) and then increase the dose if needed; there is no benefit to using a stronger dose. Use the amount recommended below and repeat the dose every 4-6 hours if required, but do not exceed the maximum amount within a 24-hour period.
Internal – 2-4 drops (max. 12-24 drops in 24 hours)
Oral – 1-3 drops (max. 4-18 drops in 24 hours)
Child (Over 6 years): –
Internal – 1-2 drops (max. 3-13 drops in 24 hours)
Oral – not recommended to give orally
Other internal uses include: –
- Cooking with essential oils – adding them to your favourite recipes including cakes, marinades, dips, soups, sauces and deserts. Remember essential oils are more potent than herbs, so you will only need a small amount when using in cooking. Why not enrol for our Cooking with Essential Oils class to learn more!
- Adding to smoothies, tea, hot chocolate, coffee and milk shakes.
- Adding to yoghurt and ice cream
Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, White Fir or Wintergreen are not recommended for internal use . If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have liver or immune issues, please talk with your health care provider before using internally.
Have a great day,