How To Use Essential Oils Internally by Melissa Farris
When it comes to the internal use of essential oils, purity is crucial. Like wines, the quality of essential oils varies greatly. Just as there are commodity wines filled with additives and preservatives, there are commodity essential oils, which often contain synthetics or other additives to “extend” the oil. Unlike in wines, however, these oil additives and synthetics may not be safe for the human body to ingest. Most essential oils sold by our domestic competitors contain varying levels of these impurities and are unsafe for ingestion. Veriditas, however, offers only 100% pure ECOCERT certified organic essential oils, expertly distilled from organically grown plants.
Essential oils are extremely concentrated. One drop of lavender equals one cup of lavender flowers. Thirty rose blossoms go into every drop of Rose essential oil. The math is staggering. There are an estimated 5.5 million roses in one liter of organic rose oil! This amounts to $18,000 per liter. That is a heck of a lot more than a bottle of wine. So, as you can see, each drop of an essential oil represents so much landmass! And if you are caring for that land and your body by buying true organic oils, your body and the earth will thank you.
Essential oils are all around us
We ingest essential oils all of the time, often without even knowing it. Ever heard of an Altoid? There are two drops of peppermint essential oil per mint. That’s the secret to what makes them “curiously strong.”
Extracts purchased in your average grocery store are mixtures of essential oils and alcohol. This includes all of the most common flavors: peppermint, clove, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Many foods and beverages derive their signature scents and flavors from essential oils. For example, the complex flavor in Coca Cola, one of the most legendary secrets in the food industry, is derived from essential oils.
But it’s not just the food industry that can use these flavorful oils. With a little know-how, you can use essential oils to create winning recipes (cardamom cookies), brighten up water and cocktails (citrus & mints), and even soothe a sore throat (cypress).
The following recommendations apply only to Veriditas ECOCERT organic essential oils. We cannot vouch for the quality of other companies’ essential oils. As mentioned, most brands on the American market should never be taken internally, as many contain pesticide residues and are not 100% pure, certified organic oils.
With this in mind, the recommended amount for internal use depends on which essential oil you’re using and its quality. The best rule of thumb, however, is to START WITH ONE DROP. You can always add more to taste, or as needed.
Each of the Veriditas oils below may be mixed with the following “carriers” for ingestion: 2 oz. water/juice, 1 tsp. honey, 1 sugar cube, or 1 tsp. olive oil.
Safe Guidelines for Daily Drops
- 1-10 drops per day: Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange
- 1-5 drops per day: Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree
- 1-2 drops per day: Anise, Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Cocoa in Jojoba, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Fennel, Rose Geranium, Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine in Jojoba, Lavender Reserve, Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Oregano, Pine, Ravintsara, Rose Absolute, Rose in Jojoba, Rose Otto, White Rose, Rosemary Cineol, Spearmint, Thyme Linalol, Thyme Thymol, Vanilla in Jojoba, Ylang Ylang
Start by adding one drop of essential oil for a recipe that serves four. Add additional drops for taste, usually up to six. Always add essential oils at the end of cooking to limit heat exposure, which can damage the molecular structure and potency of the oils. For example, add 3 drops of Basil and 1 drop of Thyme oil to a 4-serving pasta sauce at the end, right before serving.
Try 1 drop for these ideas:
- Peppermint makes a minty mocha or hot chocolate.
- Anise works well in biscotti and ouzo.
- Basil is a great addition to olive oil salad dressings or egg dishes.
- You can make your own Earl Grey tea with bergamot.
- Cardamom tastes delicious in coffee drinks and homemade chocolate.
- A drop of Rose Otto in 1 glass of champagne is out of this world!
- Homemade Truffles with any oil! We have made trufles with Cardamom, Rose Otto, Neroli, Basil, Lemon, Lavender, Coffee, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark & Fennel. Each has their own flare, but they are all Magical!
Explore the list above** and see what sparks your imagination. Cooking with oils is great fun. They add tremendous flavor, as well as aid in digestion. Armed with a little knowledge and a lot of creativity, your taste buds and digestion will notice the difference.
Essential oils **Not Recommended for Internal Use
- Angelica Root
- Black Spruce
- Blue Chamomile
- German Chamomile
- Calendula Co2
- Carrot Seed
- Cinnamon Leaf
- Douglas Fir
- Balsam Fir
- Silver Fir
- Eucalyptus Citriodora
- Eucalyptus Globulus
- Lavender Absolute
- May Chang
- Rosemary Verbenone
- St. John’s Wort
Layout of content modified slightly to fit this page.