As a certified aromatherapist and natural product formulator, the most popular question I get from those interested in using essential oils is, "Are they safe to drink and use in food?" Ingestion has been a hot topic of debate in the aromatic plant medicine world, and it remains largely unsettled due to the perpetuation of misinformation from largely uneducated sources. If one makes a simple online search, it becomes increasingly clear that there are two camps of essential oil lovers—one that swears by using some oil drops in their water every morning, and the other that vehemently opposes those who think internal ingestion is safe.
With so much conflicting information available, how can one parse out what’s truly safe? As it turns out, the answer is not so black and white. Here’s a definitive guide introducing concepts of what some refer to as French aromatherapy—covering what’s safe to eat, drink, and when to possibly forgo oils entirely.