The topic of internal use of essential oils has been one of long debate. What we know for sure, though, are that there are essential oils safe for internal use and these 3 things:
- Safety first. Taking essential oils internally is safe – as long as you do it the right way.
- When using essential oils internally for therapeutic purposes, you must use high-quality oils from a trusted source. No gas station purchases please!
- Internal use of essential oils can have incredible benefits
Today, we’re going to talk about 4 ways you can take essential oils internally and how to do it the right way.
Oh, there is not much better than a spot of tea. Whether you time your spot to happen in the morning, afternoon, or evening, a good cup of tea will ground you and make you feel at peace. Add some essential oils to that, and you’ve got a recipe for relaxation.
One of my favorite ways to reap the benefits of essential oils is to mix them with my tea. The key here is that you don’t just add the oil directly to the hot water – that’s rule number one. Because oil is not soluble in water, you need to mix 1-2 drops of essential oil with raw honey before mixing it into your tea. I mean, who’s going to complain about getting to add a little sweetness?!
Here are three of my favorite essential oil teas:
Honey Lavender Tea
- 8 oz hot water
- 1 bag of chamomile tea
- ½ to 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil
Instructions: mix honey and lavender essential oil at first to combine. Add tea bag to hot water and let steep for 4 minutes. Add lavender honey mixture to tea and enjoy.
Ease and Renew Peppermint Tea
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey x
- Lemon slice
Instructions: mix peppermint essential oil and honey together. Add to boiling water. Squeeze lemon for a refreshing taste. Pour over ice for even more of a refreshment! This tea is perfect for a little energy boost or to calm an upset stomach.
Morning Burst Tea
- 1 drop rosemary or basil essential oil
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil
- 1 teaspoon raw honey (more to taste)
- 1 cup hot water
Instructions: Mix oils and honey. Add and mix into hot water. Enjoy for adrenal support.
Enjoy these dessert-style smoothies with essential oils for brunch, lunch, or a nighttime snack! Adding essential oils to your smoothie is a great way to boost energy, metabolism, and mood.
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
- 1-2 drops wild orange essential oil
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 scoop vanilla protein or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup of milk alternative of your choice
Instructions: Mix the essential oils with a small amount of coconut oil or honey and then blend with the other ingredients!
Mint Chocolate Shake
- 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup berries (optional)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder or ½ – 1 tablespoon of cacao powder or cacao nibs
- ½ cup of milk alternative of your choice
Instructions: Mix the essential oils with a small amount of coconut oil or honey and then blend with the other ingredients
Veggie capsules are the easiest way to use essential oils internally. Maybe not the most fun, but still effective. All you need are essential oils and a food-grade carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil!
I love to make veggie caps when I feel a cold coming on, have digestive upset, for sleep support, and just for overall immune support. They’re the quickest and most effective way.
When you are making a veggie capsule, do 1-2 drops of essential oil and fill the rest with a food-grade carrier oil.
One of my favorite ways to incorporate essential oils into my life is by using them in snacks! Here are some of my favorite ways.
Cut up fresh veggies, serve with your favorite tortilla chips, or top it on a burger right off the grill, whatever the medium, guacamole will make it that more delicious.
In this recipe, we harness the fresh, therapeutic benefits of lime and cilantro essential oils.
- 4 large avocados
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 lime juiced
- ½ cup red or white onion, chopped
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, chopped optional *
- 3 drops lime essential oil
- 1 drop cilantro oil
- Garlic powder to taste
- Salt to taste
- Chop vegetables and set aside
- Halve avocados and remove the pit. Scoop out avocado and smash into a medium-sized bowl
- Add chopped veggies, essential oils, lime juice, and salt or garlic powder if using
- Mix all ingredients
- Enjoy with chopped veggies or tortilla chips
The cilantro oil in this recipe will bring a ton of antioxidants while detoxing. Keeping the fresh cilantro in there is necessary, though! Don’t skimp – cilantro is a medicine.
- 1 drop cilantro essential oil
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 lime, juiced
- ⅓ onion
- 6 tomatoes
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Peel garlic, cut jalapeno in half and remove seeds. Chop onion into large chunks. Juice lime
- Place onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro into the blender, and blend until chunky.
- Chop tomatoes into fourths and add to blender
- In a small bowl, add salt, cayenne, cilantro oil, and lime juice and mix well.
- Add to blender and blend to desired texture
Yogurt is already refreshing on its own. Add a little lemon to that, and you’ve got yourself a snack that will make you smile. This will make 2 servings!
- 1 ½ cups of yogurt of choice
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2-3 drops lemon essential oil
- 2-3 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup (more to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon of lemon zest (optional)
Instructions: Mix lemon essential oil with honey or maple syrup in bowl and then add the rest of ingredients and mix until well combined. Garnish with lemon zest.
Alright. There are the 4 ways (with tons of recipes) that you can safely start using essential oils internally. Which one are you gearing up to do first? Let me know in the comments below
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