Today’s Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: October 25, 2013 is Taking Essential Oils Internally & Mouthwash and Gargle.
TAKING ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY
In the practice of aromatherapy, it is not recommended to take essential oils internally. Essential oils are very concentrated and can be 100 to 1,000 times stronger than the herb they are derived from.
Essential Oils can be irritating to the mucous membranes and are only sparingly soluble in water.
If you want to take a herb internally, it is best to drink the herbal tea, not to ingest the essential oil.
The Mouthwash and Gargle method is useful for bad breath, fungal conditions, infected gums, laryngitis, mouth ulcers, and sore throats. I have also used Clove Essential Oil for a toothache.
Boil a cup of water, then let it cool. Pour a cup half-full of the boiled and cooled water. Add 2 to 3 drops Essential Oil. Stir well before each mouthful.
Swish the solution around in your mouth, for a mouthwash, then spit it out. Gargle with the solution, then spit it out. You may repeat the mouthwash or gargle 2 to 3 times. When finished, swish or gargle with some plain water, and spit the water out, to relieve yourself of any left-over solution clinging to the mucous membrane that may be swallowed.
*DO NOT SWALLOW*
Essential Oils Safe to Use for Mouthwash and Gargle
Clove, Cypress, Lavender, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme
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Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
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