Q.Why You Should Avoid Ingesting Essential Oils
Although essential oils are found naturally in many foods and are safe in small quantities, they can become dangerous if they are consumed in large amounts. Many people assume that the dangers associated with essential oils are merely tied to impurities, but more often it is the constituents which comprise it. They can be sensitizing, irritating or even toxic in high enough doses. For example, most adherents of eucalyptus oil don’t consider it to be harmful, but it can be dangerous if consumed by a child.
However, children aren’t the only ones who are at risk from ingesting these oils. Due to the many chemicals and constituents which make up these substances, when combined with certain medications they can become dangerous. While the interactions between essential oils and various medications is the subject of ongoing research, there are many possible combinations which haven’t yet been explored. What is known is that blood thinning medications should never be used in conjunction with essential oils such as wintergreen, as the blood can thin too much, resulting in bleeding internally.
Every constituent that is found in these oils will affect the body in some way. The exact manner is being studied by doctors and scientists, and until more is known, it is better to err on the side of caution. It only takes one bad reaction or one over-dosage to result in severe injury, illness or death. The liver must process everything that that the body consumes, and the danger of ingesting essential oils is that it may have to work harder than usual, which can lead to serious problems. Children and the elderly are most at risk from ingesting these substances, but The Plant Guru advises that people of all ages should still take precautions against ingestion.
All our oils are 100% pure and natural therapeutic grade, pesticide free, with no carrier or synthetic added bases or chemicals added to them. Essential oils are very concentrated and can cause severe damage if not administered properly. This is supported by the International Federation of Aromatherapists. The Leading Aromatherapy Associations (Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association, Aromatherapy Trade Council, and others) all state that essential oils should not be taken internally (regardless of purity or origin) unless under the guidance of a health care practitioner trained at an appropriate level.
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