There has been a lot of hullabaloo (I’ve always wanted to use that word!) about ingesting essential oils lately. I get it. People are telling other people to just add a few drops of oil to their water, or cook with them…but it is safe?
It all boils down to being smart about oils-and which oils have a GRAS (generally regarded as safe) certification from the FDA. These oils generally come from food sources-think peppermint, black pepper, lemon, orange, and more.
A caveat here-I only recommend the use of Young Living Essential Oils because I know where the plants are grown, I trust their insane amount of quality control, and their transparency.
But Is Ingesting Essential Oils SAFE?
In a word, yes.
That being said, I feel the need to say this: you can buy basil essential oil at the grocery store, but if you look at the label, it will say “aromatic use only”…which is essential code for DO NOT EAT ME.
Because of this, Young Living has a brand new line of oils called Vitality™, that completely eliminates the guess work.
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In fact, Young Living created this line of essential oils so that members can draw a clear distinction between oils that are for topical and aromatic use and those that are safe for ingestion. I think that rocks. No more guess work, and no more worries, y’all.
How Do I Use Essential Oils Internally?
As always, use your best judgement. When you’re ingesting essential oils, think medicinally. Read the label, and follow instructions. I love ingesting oils and using them in my day to day routine (I always add a few drops of Lemon Vitality to my Singing Canary, for example.)
That being said, you can feel secure in using the following Young Living singles and blends for ingestion, and labeled as such, per FDA regulations:
Basil VitalityLavender Vitality
Black Pepper Vitality
Carrot Seed Vitality
Celery Seed VitalityCinnamon Bark Vitality
Citrus Fresh™ Vitality
Jade Lemon™ Vitality
Each of these oils has received a GRAS certification. Now, these are the same 100% essentials oils that Young Living has been delivering to its members for 20 years, but they now include specific instructions for ingesting as part of the Vitality line™.
When using Young Living Vitality™ Essential Oils, please follow the label instructions for use.
An Unexpected Cost Savings
Now, all of that being said, if you haven’t tried cooking with oils, you absolutely need to! Not only have I found that my food is way more flavorful (say that ten times fast!), but it’s helping our grocery budget. I can use my essential oils to season my spaghetti and avoid letting fresh herbs go to waste.
This is especially helpful in winter when my herb garden has literally gone to seed and I can’t quite replant for fear of frost. Plus, peppermint brownies are one of the boy’s favorite treats.
If you’d like to get your hands on some safe to consume oils of your own, you can start with the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. All of the ingestible oils are labeled as such, so you can’t go wrong! Plus you get all of this cool stuff (and my support as you start your oil journey):
Disclaimer: I’m a mom, blogger, and researcher. I am NOT an aromatherapist. I trust Young Living and their products, but you should do your own research.
What’s your favorite way of ingesting essential oils?