Ingestion Safety - How to use?

Ingesting essential oils is not something that Kuura Essentials generally recommends as there are still many questions regarding both short-term and long-term effects. There is also little information on correct dosages.

Other safety hazards: gastric irritation, hepatotoxicity and drug interactions.

Below is a list of essential oils that are most likely to inuence medication, either increasing or decreasing the effectiveness of the drug taken.

Lemongrass
May Chang
Honey Myrtle
Lemon Myrtle
Lemon-scented Tea Tree

These essential oils are considered a hazard to have drug interactions as they contain the essential oil constituent Citral.

Balsam Poplar
Blue Chamomile
Blue Tansy
Yarrow
 
These essential oils are considered a hazard to have drug interactions as they contain the essential oil constituent alpha-Bisabolol/Chamazulene.
 
Sweet Birch
Wintergreen
 
These essential oils are considered a hazard to have drug interactions as they contain the essential oil constituent Methyl salicylate.

 

However, if you decide to ingest essentials oils, there are good and not so good ways to do this. 

INCORRECT INGESTION:

  • Never ingest essential oils in water, tea or with other liquid substances! Essential oils do not dissolve in water and this irritates the mucous membrane inside your body (mouth to stomach). 

CORRECT INGESTION:

  • Do use enteric coated capsules or gel caps that are filled with vegetable oil
  • You can also use syrup/honey as the carrier if no capsules are available 
  • Do not ingest more than 3 drops 3 times daily for 2 weeks as appropriate doses for most essential oils are not known. Ingestion of inappropriate doses can cause liver toxicity.

Be aware of contraindications and side-effects! Even though essential oils are natural, they are strong substances that should not be taken without proper knowledge!

 

NOTE!
Never decide to ingest essential oils on your own or if someone recommended to do so on social media or online.

Always contact a licensed practitioner to do it correctly!

 

Safety Resource:
Essential Oil Safety Masterclass - Tisserand Institute 2019
Essential Oil Safety - Tisserand & Young
Tisserand Institute - Essential Oil Education