You Shouldn't Eat or Drink Essential Oils

December 10, 2018

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Essential oils are marvels in helping you relax, get a good night's sleep and even offer pain and inflammation relief.  However there's one arena you shouldn't use them.  Cooking.  While it may be tempting to grab your bottle of almond essential oil to use in baking because you ran out of almond extract, you may want to skip it.  In all honesty, many food flavorings contain essential oils, like cinnamon oil and even orange oil is derived from the rind and zest of oranges. However the difference in potency can vary significantly. Essential oils are much more powerful than these whole food ingredients. One of the issues with consuming something that's marketed for diffusion, is that there isn't always rigorous testing or a blanket safety standard for many of these types of products, meaning it's not guaranteed to be safe to eat. Some essential oils can cause irritation or damage to the mouth, throat and digestive tract. Others can be toxic in large enough doses. Plus, if you're on any kind of medication, consuming essential oil can also potentially mess with your prescription, so it's really not worth the risk.

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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