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Essential Oil Safety

  • The discussion of ingesting essential oils and how to apply them is an on-going debate.

  • When I'm looking for guidelines about how to practice using essential oils I often go to the sites sourced on this page.

  • Review and decide, which safety guidelines may apply to your personal use.



Ingestion – Essential oils can be used as a powerful form of medicine but it should be remembered that again, essential oils are powerful. Most essential oils are safe for internal use but a little bit goes a long way. Usually 1–3 drops is plenty mixed with water.

Oils like peppermint, lemon and frankincense have great internal benefits and can be taken with water.


  • Safety involves a state of being free from risk or occurrence of injury, harm, or danger. Individuals who practice aromatherapy need to be aware of the safety issues involved with using essential oils in order to avoid potential adverse effects. According to Burfield, “Although many essential oils are potentially hazardous materials, if handled in the appropriate manner, the risks involved in their use can be very small. So therefore, most commercially offered essential oils are safe to use for the purpose intended in a domestic/ professional or clinical environment.”1 The informed use of essential oils may create occasional irritation or minor discomfort, but it is extremely unlikely to create serious injury or lasting physical problems,2 particularly when basic guidelines are followed.

Source: Safety | National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

Robert Tisserand interviewed on ingestion, dilution and other safety issues

Source: Robert Tisserand interviewed on ingestion, dilution and other safety issues – Robert Tisserand



Re: GRAS status doesn’t mean this essential oil is safe to ingest, it means this essential oil is safe to use in food flavors…

  • “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved some essential oils generically for internal use and given them the following designations: GRAS* (Generally Recognized As Safe for human consumption), FA (Food Additive), or FL (Flavoring Agent).

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