How to Use Essential Oils – Internally

Just as I shared in my post on how to use essential oils topically, always read the directions on the label of the essential oil bottle before taking any essential oil internally. It’s also very important to use only essential oils that are therapeutic grade quality, are proven safe, and are labeled as dietary supplements when taken internally.

Disclaimer: If you are under the care of a physician, before using the oils, please inform them of what you are using to make sure it is okay with your plan of care. 

There are a few ways to use essential oils internally. The first way is to place the essential oil in an empty capsule and then fill the remainder with a carrier oil. You can combine essential oils in a capsule. I use the “00” size clear vegetable capsules for the allergy trio.

The second way you can take essential oils internally is adding 1-2 drops to a glass of water or tea. I add lemon essential oil to my water every day. I am not someone who wants a wedge of lemon with my water at a restaurant. It just does not taste good to me. But lemon essential oil is amazing in water.

It is very important to use a glass and not a plastic cup when adding essential oils to your drink. The essential oils attack toxins and will begin to break down the plastic in the cup. I have also added peppermint or spearmint essential oil to my hot green tea.

The third way to take essential oils internally is by placing a drop on the tongue and swallowing, but take precaution with this method. It’s best to put a drop on a spoon and taste to see what amount is good as some essential oils could be too strong.