Are essential oils safe to digest? It's a highly debated topic, so we asked qualified aromatherapist Alissa Geddes to give us some more information on whether or not we can ingest essential oils.
There are so many fantastic ways to include these healing oils into our lives including skin applications like massage, compresses, baths and inhalation through diffusers or a few drops on a tissue for instance. As a qualified aromatherapist, I have found that a gentle approach with essential oils is enough to ensure good healing outcomes for my clients. Ingestion of essential oils tends to be unnecessary and in the case of serious health concerns should only be by prescription and under the supervision of a qualified aromatic medical practitioner.
The main concerns with the safety of ingesting essential oils are:
Used appropriately essential oils are an effective and powerful way to support and improve our health and wellbeing. Aromatic molecules in essential oils are the vehicles for healing and health. One example is menthol, found in peppermint essential oil, has an analgesic and cooling action.
When you inhale essential oils the aromatic molecules travel through two routes. Down into your lungs these molecules easily pass into the blood stream where they are carried throughout the entire body. And up into the limbic system in the brain. The limbic system is a primitive part of the brain and is associated with memory and emotional response. This is why certain aromas can produce powerful memories and emotions within us and how essential oils can help enhance our emotional state. Once the limbic system is triggered neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and endorphins are released.
Essential oils are also absorbed through the skin and from there enter the blood stream. Heat, water and covering the treated area also increase the level of skin absorption. So, methods like baths and compresses are a great way to incorporate essential oils into our daily lives.
When used properly, with respect and safety in mind, essential oils are an amazing way you can help yourself and your loved ones to enjoy beautiful, vibrant health.
About the author: Alissa Geddes is a qualified Aromatherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist with over 13 years experience in the wellness industry. She is passionate about the healing properties of essential oils and positive impact on emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing.