UNLESS they are completely pure, still alive, distilled at low temperatures with low pressure, and have no additives, synthetics or chemicals added.
Think about it for a moment. If you put an essential oil on your skin, where is it going? Into the body.
If you inhale an essential oil, where is it going? Into the body. So ingesting is not the only way that essential oils enter the body.
| || |
Most essential oils sold in the United States are for aromatherapy use. They are not prepared in a way that is consistent, therapeutic, pure or completely free of chemicals or synthetics. These oils you should not ingest. Really they should not be used topically or inhaled either. But that is not the case with Young Living oils. Here's why.
Young Living is the only company that I am aware of that is committed to total purity from seed to seal. They create oils and products with the specific intention of being sure they are absorbable by the cells of the body, are of the highest quality without compromise and are effective. (Watch the 30 second video to the left)
Seed to seal means that Young Living plants their own crops on organic fields. Young Living has 11 farms on 4 continents. Most essential oil providers do not have their own farms. Young Living manages the fields, cultivates the crops and does not use any pesticides, chemicals or fertilizers on their crops. They even use YL essential oils to spray crops for pest control. Many essential oil providers are not involved in growing the plants for the essential oils they sell and do not know how the plants have been cared for.
Young Living tests every batch of oil themselves with complicated equipment and knows exactly what constituents, in what percentages, each oil should have. If the oil does not match the highest standards, it is discarded. Young Living has a lab on location at the farms. They also send each batch to a third party lab for verification. All this is done before the oil is bottled, sealed and shipped directly to the consumer. Shipping directly minimizes the probability that the oil has been tampered with and resealed. Many essential oil companies are not testing the oils that they sell. They simply purchase oils and put their label on the bottle.
Here is a great video on the Seed to Seal process if you want to learn more.
Many people have asked me about articles that caution ingesting oils and say ingesting oils is harmful. I believe these authors do not understand the studies or the difference between oil companies. Because of their purity, distillation process and safety, most Young Living oils can safely be ingested. Just check the label to be sure.