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Article by Claire Galea

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by Claire Galea, Living Vitality Australia

 

There is much energetic, and often angry, debate over whether or not essential oils are safe to ingest. There’s no doubt that the recommendation of ingesting essential oils is an unregulated area where the distributors of essential oils are often uneducated and even sometimes irresponsible when it comes to the ‘advice’ they give. This leaves the industry wide open to, often quite justified, criticism.

But does that mean you should or shouldn’t ingest essential oils?

Unfortunately, there is no hard, evidence-backed research to categorically determine whether ingesting essential oils is safe and if so, in what quantities. What it boils down to at the end of the day is common sense.

Three main concerns directed at ingesting essential oils are:

1)      That it can cause liver damage if used long term.

2)      That it can burn the oesophagus on the way down.

3)      That the antibacterial properties of essential oils can harm good gut bacteria as well as the bad.

Firstly, as mentioned, there is no clinical evidence either way regarding the potential damage essential oils can cause to your liver if ingested. However, there have been cases recorded where some who have ingested large doses over prolonged periods of time have complained of an inflamed liver or other intestinal side-effects. Although, most often, the symptoms do tend to subside once the oil is no longer ingested, long term damage, to the gall bladder for example, is not unheard of. Any remedy, whether mainstream or natural, should be reviewed regularly if taken for a prolonged period of time.

Some essential oils, particularly oregano, can irritate and even burn if used without caution. Although some people do drink a few drops of oregano every morning to maintain gut health and for its anti-parasitic properties, remember this oil can also be used to burn off warts! If you ingest oils in water, lime oil for example, it may taste lovely, but you are still ingesting a pure, undiluted oil as oil and water don’t mix. What can help is to mix the oil with a teaspoon of honey first before drinking it in warm water, or diluting it with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, and dropping it into a veggie cap first before ingesting it. Enteric-coated gelatin capsules are also a safer way of ingesting essential oils as they don’t release the essential oil until they are in the small intestine.

With regards the concern that essential oils can harm good gut bacteria in the stomach, one interesting clinical study which tested the treatment of e-coli in pigs using ingested essential oils, discovered that the oils were successful in treating the e-coli without adversely affecting the good bacteria in the pigs.1

Essential oils are extremely powerful substances and research for using them in the treatment of cancer is currently being undertaken all over the world. However, they should be treated with respect and caution - “Everything in moderation” should be remembered. The Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy advises diffusing oils and using them topically on a daily basis, but ingesting oils only for remedial purposes when necessary.2  When taken they should be done so with care and should only really be ingested under the supervision of a practising health professional, and not for the longer term. Remember, the regular use of ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers and applying the oil diluted directly to the skin can be equally effective.

Sources:

1)      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16430506

2)      http://www.atlanticinstitute.com/blog/2014/11/8/essential-oils-can-be-taken-internally

 

 

 

 

 

29 May 2017

Article/Information supplied by Claire Galea

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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