Yes I Ingest Essential Oils and It’s Okay

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Yes I ingest essential oils. What? You do what? I know ingesting essential oils is controversial. However, let me explain to you why and when I ingest essential oils and why you really can ingest essential oils and it isn’t the problem that some people think it is.

Before I begin telling you the how and why I ingest essential oils I want to make a couple of important points.

1. No you cannot ingest all essential oils. There are certain ones such as wintergreen and blue tansy as well as most if not all tree essential oils such as cedar wood, cypress and eucalyptus that should never ever be ingested no matter what.

2. I do not recommend ingesting or using essential oils internally with anyone under 6 years of age. So the information I am giving you regarding the how and why for ingesting essential oils, applies only to those of us over 6.

3. The brand of essential oils is a big deal when it comes to ingestion of essential oils. Not all brands are safe. You must read the label of any essential oil before you even consider ingesting it. If it doesn’t say internal use is okay, then don’t do it. I use almost exclusively Doterra essential oils many of which are safe to ingest.

Okay, now that I have gotten a few super important points out of the way, let me explain the how and why I ingest essential oils.

When I ingest essential oils, I usually do it by putting 2-3 drops of 2-3 different essential oils in an empty gel cap and swallowing it with a glass of water. Occasionally I might also put 1-2 drops of a citrus oil or peppermint in a glass of water and drink it. I also like to cook with essential oils by using a toothpick to make sure I only get a small amount, or by being extra careful and using only 1-2 drops.

I do not ingest essential oils daily. In fact, my preferred method of essential oil usage is rubbing them on the bottoms of my feet or wrists or using a diffuser. Ingestion is not my number one way to use essential oils.

However, I ingest essential oils when:

I am following a recipe from one of my favorite books on essential oils and the recipe says to do so.

I am working on a health issue that requires me to use essential oils throughout my entire body rather than targeting one specific body part

As mentioned above I am cooking

Otherwise I prefer to use essential oils for its aromatherapy benefits rather than ingesting.

Why Essential Oil Sourcing is Important

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What do you think of when you hear essential oil sourcing? If you are like the average person you probably really don’t think much of it. In fact, you may even think that essential oil sourcing isn’t all that important. However, essential oil sourcing is actually crucial for a quality essential oil. In fact essential oil sourcing is what makes the difference between the best highest quality therapeutic grade and medicinal quality essential oils and cheaper less quality essential oils that are less effective.

For example, even though I live in Utah I could grow lavender in my yard, get a simple extractor device and attempt to create my own lavender essential oil. However, whatever I could come up with no matter who hard I tried, I wouldn’t be able to create the same lavender essential oil as that which is grown in France or Bulgaria. The reality is that the weather, environment, country of origin and sometimes even state or region of origin as well as time of day and other factors are crucial when it comes to essential oil sourcing. Lemon from Italy is completely different from lemon in Florida and so on.

The other factor that must be considered is the part of the plant used. Extracting an essential oil from the leaves of a plant is a lot difference than extracting from the bark of a tree. Furthermore some essential oil companies combine essential oils from more than one part of a plant into the same bottle. As a result the label may say 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil but it’s not the same as a bottle of essential oil only from the leaves, while both may contain 100% plant ingredients.

In short, there is a lot more to essential oil sourcing than meets the eye. Learn more about how Doterra sources essential oils.

10 of My Favorite Essential Oil Ebooks

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Have you ever read any essential oil ebooks? If not you are missing out. Whether you are new or just starting your journey with essential oils, or you have been using them for years, essential oil ebooks are ready available and in many cases you can download them for free or for less than $5 on Amazon. I wrote about my 10 favorite essential oil books in this post and most if not all of these essential oil books are available in ebook format as well. However, here is my list of my 10 favorite essential oil ebooks which are not available in print. These are ebook format only.

1. Lavender: The Lavender Miracle! Discover Mind Blowing Benefits Of Using And Growing Lavender For Ultimate Health, Beauty, And Relaxation (Lavender – Herbal … – Natural Cures – Herbs – Herbal Medicine). I’ve heard many people say and I tend to agree with them that if you could only have one essential oil then you would want that essential oil to be either Frankincense or Lavender. In fact, I’ve heard frankincense referred to as the king of essential oils and lavender as the queen. That said, this ebook “The Lavender Miracle” talks all about lavender essential oil including things like the history of lavender as an essential oil and all about the various ways lavender can be used.

2. MAD Oilers Guide to Essential Oils and Drug Interactions: Over 700 Prescription and Over the Counter Medication Interactions
This is a must read for anyone who is taking drugs and is also using essential oils. While the interactions that drugs have with essential oils are minor in most cases, it is still important that you understand that using essential oils and drugs at the same time will at minimum change how the essential oils react in your body. This book written by a nurse who also is an expert in essential oils will help you understand what you need to know if you are using essential oils and taking drugs.

3. Restore Your Health with Essential Oils: Discover the Power of Plants and Experience Lifelong Wellness This is a great overall reference guide for understanding how to use essential oils everyday and for lifelong health and wellness.

4. Essential Oils for Dogs: The Complete Guide to Safe and Simple Ways to Use Essential Oils for a Happier, Relaxed and Healthier Dog – Includes 22 Essential … Natural dog remedies, Holistic medicine) Essential oils for your dog? Yes, it’s possible and in fact your dog will love them and benefit from them too. However, you can’t just use any essential oil you want with your dog and you do have to use extra caution. This guide can help you understand how to use essential oils with dogs safely and effectively.

5. 600 Aromatherapy Recipes for Beauty, Health & Home Do you want to use essential oils for aromatherapy and create and use your own blends? Then this essential oil ebook will show you how to do just that.

6. The Big Book Of Essential Oil Recipes For Healing & Health: Over 200 Aromatherapy Remedies For Common Ailments
Another book full of recipes on how to use essential oils for various aspects of your health and wellness. Learn how to use essential oils for everyday living.

7. The Big Book Of Essential Oil Recipes For Beauty: Over 200 Homemade Aromatherapy Essential Oil Recipes For All-Round Natural Body Care
Did you know that you can also use essential oils for beauty? Yes you can. This ebook will show you how to use essential oils for your skin, hair, nails and other aspects of beatifying your body.

8. The Lazy Girl Guide to Essential Oils (The Lazy Girl Guides) Do you want to start using essential oils but you are lazy? This simple to use guide will help even the laziest gal (or guy) get started with using essential oils.

9. Essential Oil For Your Kids: Parent?s Guide to Using Essential Oils for Children You’ve heard that you can use essential oils with kids right? How do you use essential oils with kids safely and effectively? This essential oil ebook will help you do just that with recipes and essential oil blends created specifically for kids.

10. Essential Oils for Confidence and Self-Esteem: Develop Confidence and Self-Esteem to Boost Your Quality of Life Using Natural Essential Oils
Essential oils can help with your emotional wellness as well as your physical wellness. Learn how essential oils can help boost your confidence and self-esteem with this great essential oil ebook.

Have you read any of these essential oil ebooks? If so, which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.