Essential Oil Safety
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.
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.
Robert Tisserand interviewed on ingestion, dilution and other safety issues
We can use essential oils in food, sure. Just be objective and critical in deciding which ones to use and make sure you have a good supplier. If you are eating your oils, even in the tiny quantities we must use, they are still going to be metabolized, so be smart.
Taking essential oils internally may be a very effective method to get the oils to be absorbed into the body to promote health and wellness, for an overall soothing effect on the body, and for a calming effect on mood. Using the appropriate amount of oils in Veggie Caps or prepackaged in the appropriate amounts in softgels can be an effective way to take essential oils internally so that they can be maximally absorbed by the gut for a whole body effect.
“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).
These designations are listed for each oil that is safe for human consumption in the Single Essential Oils section of [Modern Essentials™] under Oral Use As Dietary Supplement. Oils without this designation should never be used internally without first consulting a certified health care professional” (Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, p. 64).
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…