The safety of ingesting essential oils is a hot topic in the crunchy (natural) world. Many people feel very strongly about their stances for their own reasons. So I decided to give my thoughts on the subject at hand. I am by no means a medical professional or an aromatherapist. I do not suggest that you ingest any questionable oils especially not ones purchased from your local health food store. The only oils I trust are Young Living’s.
When the safety of ingesting essential oils is disputed, most times people reference Robert Tisserand. The issue here is quite simple: Tisserand supports the British AROMATHERAPY school of thought. Young Living however follows the French model. Tisserand’s commentary is about PERFUME GRADE essential oils and individual constituents (not Young Living’s oils and how we interact with oils as a whole).
Merriam-Webster defines Aromatherapy as the inhalation or bodily application (as by massage) of fragrant essential oils. YOUNG LIVING’S oils are not fragrance oils. I mean yeah, they smell amazing, but that isn’t their intent. They are the original 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. Young Living is beyond organic— no pesticides, our (farm) land was never farmed on prior to our use, no other company owns the testing machines that YL does (other companies go off of limited testing results, and or paid testing results, which means less testing), SEED TO SEAL PROCESS— seeds are chosen with the intention of healing (not mere fragrance), the soil is fed, harvest times are very strategic, as is the distillation process which varies from plant to plant. Young Living is the only company that harvests each plant at it’s highest frequency. Members are encouraged to visit farms. I don’t know of any other company who can say this.
All of this to say, I choose to ingest oils because I know what my oils are made of, the intention of them, where they come from, and the crazy process that they go through to get planted, harvested, tested, bottled, and sent to my doorstep.