There are a number of essential oils that are safe to ingest. One important thing to remember is that the essential oils you ingest must be of a therapeutic grade, not the grade commonly used for aromatherapy. In addition, they should be ingested in small drops in another liquid such as water because ingesting essential oils in large amounts can be dangerous. If used correctly, these essential oils can be useful in treating multiple ailments.
Peppermint oil is often used to flavor foods and candies; however, peppermint oil is an essential oil that has also been used for centuries to help treat various ailments. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it has been effectively used to treat nausea, indigestion and cold symptoms. It can also be ingested to help irritable bowel syndrome. It should only be ingested in small doses in capsule or liquid forms. For example, mixing a couple of drops of this oil with some water and then drinking it is enough to help treat any internal ailment you might have.
Lemon essential oil has many benefits when ingested. According to Organic Facts, lemon oil has high vitamin content and, therefore, is helpful in treating colds and strengthening your immune system. Lemon oil works by stimulating white blood cells and increasing your ability to fight diseases. It is also helpful in increasing circulation in the body when ingested. Putting a couple of drops of lemon oil in a glass of water or juice is a great way to ingest the oil. Lemon oil is also helpful with internal cleansing of the human body. A drop or two of this oil in a glass of water can help to cleanse and sooth an upset stomach.
Grapefruit essential oil has many benefits for people who ingest it. According to Organic Facts, grapefruit essential oil can keep the kidneys clean of calcium and uric deposits, helping them to function properly. It also works well as a disinfectant and helps to treat and eliminate oral, colon, stomach, urinary and kidney infections. If you or someone you love needs help increasing their appetite, ingesting grapefruit oil can also help to increase your appetite. The best benefit of grapefruit oil is that it can help the lymphatic system to work better. This is beneficial because keeping your lymphatic system working properly helps to keep your body free of toxic substances that can cause illness.
Kristie Jernigan is a health writer with over 17 years of experience as a medical social worker. She has worked mainly with the elderly population and with children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and early childhood from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in health care administration and gerontology from the University of Phoenix.