Some time ago I joined a Facebook group for essential oil users. The first post I read talked about how citrus essential oils (lemon in particular) can actually melt Styrofoam. In another post, someone claimed that it’s perfectly safe to add a couple drops of lemon essential oil into a glass of drinking water because it “maintains optimal health,” or words to that effect. Yet another poster asked if she could get her child to consume Thieves® essential oil by putting it in ice cream. I resisted making a comment because I am only in that group to lurk, in other words, get fodder for stories about unsafe aromatherapy practices.
To drink or not to drink. That is the question.
A number of aromatherapy multilevel marketing companies advocate the practice of putting drops of essential oils in a cup of water, and then drinking them. I won’t name names here. If you’ve been involved with essential oils for any length of time, you probably know that there are at least two of these companies. Marketing reps advocate this practice to their customers without disclosing basic safety information.