HJ: Essential are not just used for aromatherapy — some of them can also be safely ingested, wherein their powerful healing abilities are magnified substantially. Now, that being said, not all essential oils can be ingested, just as not all plants/herbs can be taken internally. For the many that can, however, taking some basic precautions and exercising restraint will ensure a positive, powerful healing experience.
Essential oils are incredibly concentrated — it can take literally 100’s of pounds of plant material to make 1 oz of essential oil, depending on the plant. In this way, essential oils are orders of magnitude more powerful than normal extractions. And so, one must use a correspondingly smaller amount of the oil. It is important to heed the guidance of experienced essential oil masters such as Monika Haas, who graciously offers her wisdom and guidance for those wishing to experience the internal effects of these potent healing substances.
Ingesting Essential Oils
by Monika Haas | Pacific Institue of Aromatherapy