Can I Ingest Essential Oils? + General Safety Info

Is it safe to ingest essential oils?


Answer: You can ingest most essential oils if they have the USDA certified organic seal, or they say wildcrafted right on the label of the bottle. Please read on for more safety info…

The reason you must be certain that the essential oils are the highest grade certified organic or wildcrafted essential oils when ingesting is that all the other non-organic and lower grade essential oils will contain traces of the toxic and poisonous pesticides, herbicides, larvicides, chemical fertilizers, and sewage sludge that was used in their conventional farming.

Once crops are sprayed with any toxic chemicals, those toxic remain on the plant and come through the distillation process when the essential oil is made. Those toxic chemicals end up being concentrated through the distillation process up to 100 times in your non-organic essential oils.

“There are over 400 chemical biocides [pesticides, larvicides, or herbicides] that might be used on aromatic plants, and many of these do carry over during the steam distillation process. The products of cold pressed citrus oils are even more likely to retain any biocides.” ~ Robert Tisserand

Essential oils contain concentrated toxic chemicals? Yes, if they are not certified organic.

Not exactly what you want to be using as plant medicine.

Now I know some of you are going to say, “Well, my company says they farm their own crops and they swear that they do not use any of those harmful and toxic sprays – so even though their oils are not certified organic I believe they are clean.” BEWARE of this deceptive marketing. If you think along these lines then I want to very gently and kindly ask you to wake up. If ANY company is actually following organic practices and is not spraying their crops with toxic sprays then it would be so easy for them to become certified organic. They file some paperwork and bam…they would be certified organic. Why wouldn’t they do that to prove to their customers that they really honestly had clean crops??? My answer to you is that even though companies say that they are raising their crops without toxic chemicals, in reality, they do not have organic crops and so they cannot get certified organic even if they wanted to. Some of these unscrupulous companies tell their consumers these deceiving things so their consumers feel good about buying their lower grade non-organic products at premium organic prices. Don’t be fooled any longer. As a savvy consumer, make your companies PROVE to you that they are really as clean as they are claiming to be. Ask them to get themselves USDA certified organic and then you will consider buying oils from them.

Do not risk your health on something someone tells you or some deceiving claim to purity. Your precious health is too important.

We’ve talked to dozens of people who used to use non-organic brands of essential oils that they thought were good and clean. These people started having rashes, or allergies that they didn’t have before. They were confused why. We told them because they were using a non-organic essential oil they were applying and consuming very concentrated toxins from those oils. Once we took them off those non-organic oils the rashes and allergies seemed to vanish. Then we got them on high-quality certified organic essential oils and the problems did not return.

Do you know how to tell if a bottle of essential oil is organic or not? You look right on the label of the bottle of essential oil.

Do you know how to tell if a bottle of essential oil is organic or not? You look right on the label of the bottle of essential oil. If it is really organic it will have the USDA certified organic seal right on the label. If the USDA seal is not on the label, then the oil is NOT organic. Not at all!


Savvy essential oil consumers use only USDA certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils, they are the cleanest purest forms of essential oils and they are guaranteed to be free of toxic chemicals. Not only are they cleaner, but they work better too. USDA certified organic and wildcrafted are the highest two grades of essential oils.

Purify Skin Therapy is the ONLY company that carries ALL USDA certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils.

Did you know that Purify Skin Therapy is the ONLY company that carries ALL USDA certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils? They care so much about quality they don’t even carry any of the lower grade non-organic conventional essential oils. If you haven’t tried their higher grade oils, please do so now. Compare them to any non-organic oils and you will see a big difference.


Back to ingesting oils….Now that you understand how critical it is that you’re using only the cleanest oils, it is safe to ingest most essential oils, as long as they are USDA certified organic or wildcrafted right on the label.

Having said this, understanding dosing is critical. You should understand that essential oils are very, very concentrated substances and they are plant medicines. One or two drops goes a long way and in most cases is a complete dose. Don’t take too much when ingesting essential oils. Do not allow children to ingest essential oils without first consulting with a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist.

There are, however, some essential oils that you should never ingest. Those include Benzoin, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Ravensara, Spikenard. These essential oils are so much better applied topically or diffused in a diffuser. Inhalation and topical application are perfectly suited for these oils and are very beneficial to the body when used topically or inhaled.

You should also never ingest the hazardous and toxic essential oils which include wintergreen, tansy, cassia, camphor, arnica, pennyroyal, mustard, rue, sassafrass, thuja, wormseed, and wormwood. These are very toxic essential oils and should not ever be used therapeutically or by the home aromatherapist. Do not ever use these oils, even in blends, even topically or for inhalation because they are poisonous. These oils are known neurotoxins, nephrotoxins, carcinogens, and have dangerously high toxicity. Just never use these oils…..ever.

The first rule in correct aromatherapy is to use essential oils that do not harm a person.

There are lots of essential oils that do not harm that work really well, so we just stay away from the hazardous and toxic essential oils.

Have a great day!
Holly Draper, CCAP, RA

Certified Clinical Aromatherapist

Internationally Registered Aromatherapist

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