So, I’ve seen a lot of posts that suggest consuming essential oils by diluting them in some tea or water and then drinking. And this is okay if you are absolutely certain the specific oil you are consuming will not irritate your mouth or throat if it’s used undiluted. And you are absolutely certain the essential oil is safe to consume in the first place. If you are not sure of these two things, get a professional opinion or just don’t do it. Try an inhaler instead. Because water and oil. Do. Not. Mix. Dropping essential oils in water and drinking is the same as just dropping the oil directly on your tongue.
Why would you want to ingest essential oils in the first place? Just diffuse or apply topically.
Oh, darling, I’m so glad you asked. You see, there are a few ways most people absorb essential oils.
- Diffusing into the air
- Applying to the skin
- Inhaling through a tissue or inhaler
Diffusing disperses the oil throughout the entire room. So you are only breathing in some of the oil. This is great for young children or pregnant women because the oil is strongly diluted. Skin application is great but your body only absorbs so much of the oil this way. Inhaling directly from the bottle, tissue, or inhaler (especially an inhaler) is an excellent way to absorb a higher amount of the essential oil. But your body still does not absorb all of the oil so the therapeutic impact is still diluted. Which is perfectly fine for most purposes. When you ingest essential oils, your body absorbs 100%. It’s like drinking a LOT of therapeutic herbal tea.
Here’s three tips you can use if you know the essential oil is safe for consumption.
- Put oil drops in an empty pill capsule and swallow as a pill.
- Blend the essential oils in a smoothie and drink. The thickness of the smoothie will keep the oils diluted.
- Thoroughly mix drops of oils in a tsp of honey and then mix the honey into a cup of water. Drink. The honey will act as a sort of light emulsifier.
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