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.

Hair Care: Then and Today

James Cook Ayer began selling pills and potions in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1843. By the early 1870’s he was a multimillionaire. One of his most popular products, though not exactly promoted as a medication, was “Ayer’s Hair Vigor.”

Ayer’s Hair Vigor was first bottled in 1867, sold in a beautiful cobalt blue bottle with a glass stopper. The accompanying literature, while not making direct claims of restoring hair or preventing grey, broadly hinted at such benefits while throwing in an occasional disclaimer.

An interesting feature of the descriptive literature is that it not only names the ingredients, (required in 1906) it also gives a brief rundown of the “possible” benefits of each, while encouraging the user to review the information with his own personal medical practitioner. The particulars are printed in English, French and Spanish (indicating this hair product was sold widely).

By the time that “Hair Vigor” was being widely advertised, people had just begun to learn of the “germ theory of disease” established by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch in 1870. Though the theory was not yet well accepted or understood, it seems that many medicine promoters were quick to use this new scientific discovery to promote their wares, by attributing almost any symptom to “germs.”

For instance, Hair Vigor included:

  • Sulphur – “destroys the dandruff germ and the germ which causes falling hair”. (Though sulphur is sometimes used in dandruff medications today, it is not specified for the “falling hair germ”).
  • Glycerin – “for soothing and healing and a positive and distinct food value aiding nature in producing abundant luxuriant hair – food to the hairbulbs – destroys germ life.”
  • Quinine – (Benefit not specified, but was most often used to treat. Malaria)
  • Sodium Chloride – “for cleansing and healing” (table salt)
  • Cantharides – “Arouses into full activity all the glands of the scalp.” (Formerly used as a counter-irritant for skinblisters, a diuretic and and an aphrodisiac. It is now an illegal substance in most countries)
  • Alcohol – “preservative and valuable antiseptic” (and in this case, not meant to be ingested)
  • Water / Perfume – “lavender, lemon and nerol.” (this must be some form of diluted down essential oil or possibly the hydosol from distillation of the essential oils)

This product’s promoters had an interesting way of proclaiming wonderful benefits to it’s customers without making any actual promises. The informational insert says it:

“Makes hair grow because it increases circulation of blood in the scalp and directly nourishes hair bulbs. But it will not do impossible things. It will not work contrary to any law of nature. We wish we could honestly say that Ayer’s Hair Vigor will grow hair on a bald head. But we cannot so state. No power in the world can make hair grow on an old thin shiny scalp. But if there is any life left in the hair bulbs it will stimulate them to do all they possibly can. Therefore we can only say that Ayer’s Hair Vigor will sometimes, but not always, make hair grow on bald heads. The only way to know is to try.”

Having covered the problem of balding, the pamphlet goes on to address graying hair and if not improving the condition, it at least makes you feel better about it, saying:

“While it prevents premature gray, it certainly will not prevent the gray and white hair which nature has declared should be a crown of beauty and dignity for ripe old age.”

The Ayer’s Co. had several other products including Cherry Pectoral, The Ague Cure, and Sarsaparilla which appeared around the mid 1800’s. Like many such companies the Ayer’s Co. promoted itself with almanacs that were filled with handy hints and profuse advertisements for it’s line of items.

Hair Care: What We Are Faced With “Today”

Unlike days a century ago, the average woman today can wear on her body over 500 chemicals every single day according to a recent study in the UK.

Even though today’s hair products do not contain Cantharides and Quinine we are still faced with ingredients that are very harmful to our health.

The UK study showed that of the 2,016 women polled, more than 70 percent said they were not concerned about the number of chemicals they put on their skin and only 1 in 10 opted for chemical-free products.

Additionally, more than 1/3 of the women in the study were unaware of the ingredients in their personal care products. And, only 9 percent were aware of most of the ingredients.

Baby Steps???

Although the study covered all kinds of personal care products (from deodorant to make-up, and lotions to hair products) I want to focus on hair care in this weeks newsletter so it’s more manageable. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right!?

While we will never be able to completely eliminate every toxic chemical from our lives we can certainly ‘minimize’ them and their negative impacts to our health.

Moms will most likely want to be aware of this… the EWG (Environmental Working Group) tested 10 newborn babies for 413 chemicals, pollutants and pesticides (The Pollution in Newborns) and learned that the newborns were born polluted with hundreds of chemicals. This means that ‘we’ are carrying these toxic compounds in our bodies, whether we’re pregnant or not, female or male (men actually carry more in their bodies because of the types of work that are most associated with men).

The good news is that we do NOT have to have some of these toxins in our bodies at all, if we are conscious of what we’re doing and using – and – our exposure to others can be severely minimized with a little conscious effort.

The Challenge

I want to give you some homework this week, I want you to go into your bathroom and read the ingredients on the label. I know, it sounds like a drag and like I’m being a pain, especially if you think you know that your brand is natural and good for you… you’ll be shocked.

Have Hair Care Products Really Gotten Much Better? The Ingredients List…

  • Parabens (Methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butyl-parabens)
  • Coal Tar Colors (FC&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5 & 6, D&C Red 33)
  • Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA, TEA and MEA are related ingredients that can be contaminated with DEA)
  • Nonoxynol or nonylphenol ethoxylate, phthalates (can be listed as DEHP, DHP, or DBP5 or hidden in “fragrance” Red 33)
  • Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA, TEA and MEA are related ingredients that can be contaminated with DEA)
  • Nonoxynol or nonylphenol ethoxylate
  • Phthalates (can be listed as DEHP, DHP, or DBP5 or hidden in “fragrance”)(Phthalates are carcinogenic and hormone disruptors. Their purpose in products is to help lotions penetrate and soften the skin and are essential to scented products, and help fragrances last longer)
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Triclosan
  • Sodum lauryl and laureth sulfates (in toothpaste too, yup, even all-natural ones – just look at the label!)
  • Toluene
  • Formaldehyde (considered a probable carcinogen by the U.S. EPA)
  • PEGs
  • Fragrance / Perfume (these consist mostly of chemicals called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs) (Calvin Klein’s Eternity by an independent lab, commissioned by Environmental Health Network (EHN), revealed that the perfume contained over 800 compounds)
  • Anything with “glycol” or “methyl” as part of the name

Hidden Chemicals – Buyer Beware!

Just like companies are hiding MSG in processed foods (yes, even in natural and organics), personal care product companies are hiding their chemicals now too. For instance, Phthalates are rarely listed on labels, but when the EWG tested 72 products which did not list Phthalates it was discovered that almost 75 percent DID contain Phthalates.

What’s in the personal care products you’re buying?

Learn what’s in the personal care products you’re buying

Phthlate Exposure Impairs Testicular Function (feminization of boys)

Aggregate Exposures to Phthalates in Humans (PDF Report) (there’s little doubt in my mind that phthalates are the likely cause of reproductive problems in birds, reptiles, frogs and fish too. I suspect the only reason this chemical is not banned is because of the industry, it’s a very popular and commonly used ingredient)

As you may already know, we have tons of super easy recipes at our team blog on how to make all of your own household cleaning and personal care products using common kitchen ingredients and your essential oils – it is incredibly easy to make your own… not to mention EMPOWERING!

The Best Solution for Hair and Build-up on Hair, my testimonial

“By far the best shampoo and conditioner I have found is Young Living’s. My entire life I had to switch shampoo and conditioner brands every single month due to the residue and build-up they left n my hair.

It wasn’t until I tried Young Living’s Lavender Shampoo and Lavender Conditioner over 10 years ago that my switching brands monthly came to an end. That’s right, I went from an entire lifetime of switching brands every month to using the exact same shampoo and conditioner for over 10 years!” ~ Evelyn Vincent

The Benefit to Us

  • NO undesired chemicals to ruin our health!
  • NO synthetic fragrances – only Young Living Essential Oils scent these
  • NO MORE switching brands every month – YAY!
  • So concentrated that I have to add a little water to them
  • Extremely economical – I have long hair and I have never used any other brand of shampoo or conditioner that lasted so long. I go through one bottle of shampoo about every 2 months – and – the conditioner, I buy 2-3 bottles a YEAR! I cannot tell you how much money I save by using the Young Living shampoo and conditioner – it adds up to a small fortune! if you’re not yet a wholesale customer I highly recommend that too, learn the facts about the advantages.

Young Living Shampoo and Conditioner for healthy hair care.

If you haven’t tried the Young Living shampoo and conditioner I highly recommend trying them now – you will be one step closer to getting some of those chemicals out of your life, a step closer to saving a small fortune, and a step closer to having really beautiful hair! You have no idea what you’ve been missing out on if you aren’t using these.

Lavender Volume Shampoo

Lavender Volume Conditioner

Lemon Sage Clarifying Shamoo

Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner

Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo

Rosewood Moisturizing Conditioner

Get Young Living oils and products at: https://www.youngliving.org/theveryessence

Dental Care: Warning Labels on Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Have you ever taken the time to notice the typical toothpaste warning printed on the label/box:

“Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”

Typical mouthwash caution printed on the label:

“In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately. Do not use in children under six years of age. Supervise children over six.”

These warnings ARE on every brand of toothpaste and mouthwash I have seen!

When a warning is on a product it does mean it is and can be fatal.

In the case of oral care products, the most toxic ingredients are:

Alcohol, SD Alcohol

Artificial flavoring

Artificial food dyes & colors

- D&C Yellow #10

- FD&C Green #3

- FD&C Blue #1

- FD&C Yellow #5

Aspartame

Carrageenin

Chlorhexidine

Dispersants (unnatural)

- Poloxmer 403

- Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)

- Synthetic Glycerine

Fluoride

PEG-32

Pentasodium triphosphate

Preservatives

- Benzoic Acid

- Polysorbate 80

Propylene glycol

Saccharin

Silica

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Sodium monofluorophosphate

Sucralose® (Splenda®)

Tetrasodium pyrophosphate

Titanium dioxide

Triclosan (read more about Triclosan)

One tube of ordinary toothpaste can literally kill two children if ingested. One tube can kill an adult if ingested. This is serious stuff!

The ingredients highlighted in “red” are the ingredients that would be responsible for fatalities. The other ingredients would be a slower accumulation of poisons becoming lodged in tissues, organs and fat cells.

Visit the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website, type in any of the above ingredients or ingredients in your personal care products that you have at home right now to find out just how toxic the products are – this is a very useful database for those who care about products they buy and use!

Researchers in the US found that the chlorine added to water in Britain reacted with triclosan to produce chloroform-gas. They found that it was possible for the chloroform produced when soap containing the chemical mixes with chlorinated water to be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. This means it’s a very good idea to read the labels on soaps you buy too, this stuff is not only in dental care products, it’s all over the place. Read more

Fluoride’s Neurological Effects: studies show there may be grave implications for Alzheimers, Dementia, Attention Deficit Disorder, reduced IQ in children, read more

Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children (PFPC)

Thieves™ dental hygiene and personal care products never have and never will contain triclosan!

If you want to get up to speed on fluoride you can check out these: Fluoride Action Network, and the Fluoride Deception with Christopher Bryson an excellent and historical informative video (below) and book!

Dollar store toothpastes may contain up to 10 times the fluoride – an extreme health hazard!

It only makes sense to not use toxic dental care products, especially when it comes to our kids.

Young Living has KidScents Toothpaste which has no poisons or chemicals – yes, it is edible and also has the benefits of our fabulous essential oils!

Young Living also has 3 different toothpastes for adults (and perfectly suitable for kids, some kids prefer the adult toothpaste) the Thieves Ultra Toothpaste I think is the best – all of which have the amazing benefits of our Thieves essential oil and all are free of poisons and chemicals too – yes, it’s edible!

Buy them here!

Recipe to Make Your Own Essential Oil Kitchen Dish Soap

It is so easy to make your own aromatherapy / essential oil dish soap – and many other cleaning products. One BIG plus is that “you” control all of the ingredients – which means you end up with a completely nontoxic product for your sweetly scented  home safe home. Of course, you do not want your ‘green’ home efforts to be wasted so I recommend using an organic therapeutic-grade essential oil such as Young Living’scheaper essential oils DO contain chemicals and solvents, plus you will have to use so much that it will end up costing you more in the long run. Continue reading

Helichrysum Essential Oil – how do you know if it’s the real thing?

We are finding ourselves approached, and in advertisement, regularly that there are some companies claiming to have ‘therapeutic grade’ essential oils… the problem is, they aren’t therapeutic grade. To help the consumer and Young Living customer distinguish when they’re being misled or even ripped-off I wanted to share this excellent article. It will help you to know what’s the difference between a truly high quality oil, what might be missing if it’s not up to snuff, and what Young Living does to make sure their distributors and customers get the absolute BEST essential oils in the world.  

How Do You Know Your Helichrysum is Good?

by David Stewart, PhD

Helichrysum is a universal oil with numerous applications. It is also expensive to produce. Useful oils that are expensive to produce create a temptation on the part of oil suppliers to cheat in various ways. They can take a real oil and dilute it with a colorless, oderless substance. They can extract the oil from a similar plant species that is inexpensive to grow and distill, and then manipulate it into what may appear as a more exotic oil by deleting certain compounds or adding synthetic compounds to imitate the fragrance or taste of the expensive oil they wish to imitate. Continue reading

Aromatherapy Oils, AFNOR – ISO – understanding the standards

by David Stewart, Ph.D. 

Young Living Therapeutic Grade A essential oils differ from essential oils, which can be bought at the malls [and health food stores]. AFNOR is an acronym for a French testing laboratory that sets standards for essential oils in Europe under the organizational name of International Standards Organization (ISO). Dr. Herve Casabianca heads the ISO Essential Oil Standards Committee and is also Director of the AFNOR Laboratory. Translated loosely, AFNOR stands for Association of French Normalization Organization Regulation.

AFNOR clearly shown on the label

AFNOR clearly shown on the label

Whenever you seen an oil with the designation EC AFNOR on its label, samples of that oil have been sent to France for testing to see if it measures up to the European standards for therapeutic grade oil. In order to satisfy such a grade, the oil has to meet a certain chemical profile as determined by a gas chromatograph.

For example, most lavender oils are fragrance grade and may be a high quality, grade A oil for that purpose, but not necessarily therapeutic. To be therapeutic, there must be no traces of pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. It must be extracted by steam distillation and not by solvents. It must contain 25-38% linalool and 25-24% linalyl acetate and less than .05% camphor. There are levels for a dozen other components as well. If oil does not fit the profile, then it is not therapeutic. Continue reading

Which Aromatherapy Essential Oils are Safe?

How do you know if the essential oils in the products you’re using is safe? That depends on if it’s a pure, or adulterated essential oil. There number of so-called aromatherapy and essential oil products on the market that don’t even contain any real essential oil in them.

Where are these adulterated essential oils coming from?

In France, the production of true lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) dropped from 87 tons in 1967 to only 12 tons in 1998. During this same period the demand for lavender oil grew over 100 percent.

So where did essential oil marketers obtain enough lavender to meet demand?
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