How to Quickly Tell if an Essential Oil Can Be Ingested

First, you need to know that approximately 98 percent of all essential oils in the entire world are adulterated, contain harmful chemicals, and should never be ingested. And that is precisely the reason why I only use and recommend the Young Living brand of essential oils for both aromatherapy purposes and for all other applications of essential oils. I am not a distributor for Young Living due to any other reason. Nearly 30 years ago, I read in an essential oil book that provided one could find superior quality essential oils -and- provided the essential oils came from an “edible” plant that they could be used for flavoring foods and they could also be taken as a dietary supplement.

How to Quickly Determine if an Essential Oil Can Be Ingested

Look at the ‘back’ of the label.Label-Internal-Supplement

If there is a dietary “Supplement Facts” box ( you know the little white box on all edible packaged foods) it indicates that the essential oil has passed all government tests that state if something is edible or not.

Here’s a picture of what that “Supplement Facts” box looks like…

If the little white colored box is not on the label then do NOT ingest the essential oil for any reason whatsoever!

You won’t even need your reading glasses to see this white colored Supplement Fact box.

A Closer Look at a Young Living Label

I have added this segment based on a comment. A reader said she has been using the Young Living oils internally and “none of the Young Living bottles have the white ‘Supplement Facts’ box.”

Truth is, all of the Young Living essential oils that are distilled from edible plants do have the ‘white’ supplement facts. As shown in these images below… take a look at the label again…

Note the “Peel Here” words. Once you peel the label back it opens up to reveal the “Supplement Facts” (‘white’) box I’m speaking about.

The essential oil from Young Living that I am using as my example in photo’s is Copaiba…

Oil-Label-Peel-Here

Oil-Label-Opened

What’s on Most Essential Oil Bottle Labels?

Regardless of whether or not the label says “Pure” or “Organic” or “100% Pure” is never an indicator of purity.

What 98 percent of most brands say on the label is, “Not for Internal Use” or “Not Intended to be Ingested.”

Which Essential Oils are Edible?

The super-short answer is, any essential oil that has been properly distilled from a herb, tree or root, that is considered and known to be edible.

Some very common edible plants are:

These will sound exactly like your cooking herbs and herbal teas…

Basil, Cardamon, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Black Pepper, Celery Seed, Clove, Fennel, Chamomile, Dill, Ginger, Lemongrass, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Lime, Mountain Savory, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Tarragon.

Some lesser known edible plants are:

Some of these may surprise you…

Bergamot, Angelica, Carrot Seed, Cistus, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark (NOT Cinnamon Leaf!), Citronella, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Frankincense, Geranium, Eucalyptus globulus, Idaho Balsam Fir, Idaho Blue Spruce, Helichrysum, Goldenrod, Juniper, Lavender, Laurus nobilis, Lemon Myrtle, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Ocotea, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Palmarosa, Pine, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Valerian, and Ylang Ylang.

Have you bought essential oils before?

Have you ever bought Rose, or Frankincense, or Neroli essential oils before?

Did the bottle label have a “Supplement Facts” box on the label?

Over the years, when I have been in health food stores and saw an essential oil display I couldn’t help but go over and pick up a bottle of Rose and Frankincense, and look at the label to see if that little white box was there. I have never seen yet any brand of Rose or Frankincense essential oil in a health food store that is safe to ingest, not a single one.

The reason I head straight for a company’s Rose and Frankincense oils is because I know that in order for a company to produce an essential oil safe for ingesting that it is extremely expensive, Rose and Frankincense are two of the most expensive out there.

It has been my feeling that if a company cannot produce a Rose or Frankincense essential oil that is safe for ingesting then what they’re selling is nothing more than junk, and unsafe junk at that!

If a Rose or Frankincense oil is not safe for me to flavor my foods, beverages, or to take as a supplement, to me it is an indicator that the company is concerned with nothing more than making money on unwary consumers.

Furthermore, if their Rose or Frankincense oils are not suitable for ingesting, you better believe that I don’t want their essential oils on my skin, in products I use, or diffused in my air because they do contain some horrible chemicals… I don’t care if their label states the oil is “organic” or “100% Pure” or “wildcrafted”, none of those are terms that indicate purity or superior quality.

I hate to think that some even went through the steps of carefully growing the plants organically or ethically wildcrafting, only to turn around and ruin the plant material to produce an unfit product.

A Word on Essential Oils in Mass-Produced Products

By now, you probably know where I’m going to go with this… far fewer than 2 percent of manufacturers in the entire world who do add essential oils to their cleaning, household, and personal care products, use the best essential oils available.

That means, 100 percent of all products sold in supermarkets, box stores and yes, even in the health food stores, that list and essential oil as an ingredient contain an essential oil that in my humble opinion is not fit to even be a safe ingredient.

This includes the “eco”, “all-natural”, “organic”, and “Green” products, whether they’ve been made for air fresheners, soaps, personal care, laundry or dish washing, household cleaners, or candles, they all contain un-fit quality essential oils. All of which expose us to unknown and very toxic chemicals.

Can we blame them? I don’t really know for sure. They claim that their customers are price conscious and want lower prices. Some also have shareholders who they have to keep a watchful eye on profits. In either case, I have not believed that any of them have had  consumer safety as their number one priority, if they did there’s no way they would be producing and marketing these products.

What they are doing is nothing short of “green-washing” their brand to maintain customer loyalty. Billions are spent every year in PR reassuring and/or convincing consumers that they have a product we need and it’s safe, when in fact it’s not.

I am old enough to know that there once was a law that prevented company’s from misrepresenting a product. Are you old enough to remember that law too? I think it should be re-instated because today it is nothing more than a free-for-all and I’m fairly certain that if the law still existed that there would be many company’s and products that would not be made, nor would they be available today. I prefer “honesty”, which is something in short supply these days particularly when money is involved.

I’m just scratching the surface of the topic in this post because I believe honesty does have value and because I believe people need to know what they’re getting. It’s always been my belief that the more I know about something, the better I am equipped to make a wise decision and a smart choice.

The only company that I am aware of who uses superior quality essential oils is Young Living Essential Oils. And that’s why I have been using their products since the 1990s and why I became a distributor in the early 2000’s, I care and we all have the Right to Know.

4 thoughts on “How to Quickly Tell if an Essential Oil Can Be Ingested

  1. Hi Evelyn, I am a recent Distributor to Young living oils, but have used the oils now for about 2 years & do ingest them. I have never had a problem & always believed all oils except wintergreen could be ingested. Am I wrong??? Since Young Living does not have the white label on their boxes, what is the best way to answer this question when future customers ask?
    I don’t want to leave this up to any customer to decide on their own which oils can be ingested.
    Please advise directly to my email.
    Thank you

    • Hi Louise,

      Not all Young Living oils can be ingested. Wintergreen is not the only one.

      I have added a new segment to this post including two new images to show readers how to find the white “Supplement Facts” box (if there is one for that edible plant oil) on a bottle of Young Living Essential Oil.

      Young Living made this new “Peel Here” label design a few years ago, prior to then there wasn’t a peel here to open label, the supplement facts ‘white’ box used to just be visible, tiny but visible.

      So now you know, look for the “Peel Here” and the reveal :)

      Thanks for your question and statement, I’m sure this further clarification will help many others readers.
      Evelyn

  2. What do you mean “passed government tests” ? Essential oils and herbs/ supplements are not regulated by any government (FDA )

    • Connie, No I do not mean “passed government tests” what I’m saying is that Young Living has their own standards for essential oils, very high standards. YL runs their own and independent tests to determine the quality of an oil. The FDA is the one responsible for permitting the “Supplement Facts” box on a label, not all foods and products meet the criteria for obtaining this label. ~ Evelyn

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