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Essential Oils You Can Ingest

Updated on March 27, 2016

Essential Oils

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Ingesting Essential Oils

Ask most people what type of oils are healthy to ingest; they would say olive or a type of nut and seed oil. Hardly anyone mentions essential oils such as lemon, orange, rosemary, basil, ginger, sage, clove, oregano, peppermint and frankincense. These types of oils can be used for ingesting and external use. They are extracted from leaves, seeds, flowers, barks, blossoms, peels, stems and roots.

Edible essential oils are known to protect against cancer, heart disease and dementia. It’s also a known fact that essential oils are great for skin conditions; the best one for skin conditions is frankincense oil.

Essential oils are used in foods such as ice cream, dips, pies, cakes, breads, fruits or vegetables salads, soups, pasta, chocolate, candies, and gums These oils are highly concentrated and should be used with care. It would be wise to research what portions is required for ingesting or for cooking.

Here are my favourite essential oils and how I use them:

  • Frankincense: I add twenty drops of frankincense oil to a 118 ml of sweet almond oil and use daily on my skin. Sometimes I put one drop under my tongue for healing purposes or directly on my skin for cuts and burns.
  • Lemon: Every now and again I add two drops of lemon oil to a cup of hot water and sip slowly before bed; it’s great for tiredness and stress. To wash fruits and vegetables I squeeze half of a lemon juice in a bowl of water and add four drops of lemon. To maintain a healthy scalp, I add four drops of lemon oil to one table spoon of coconut oil and massage my scalp, leave in thirty minutes before washing my hair.
  • Peppermint Oil, Rosemary and Ginger: I use baking cakes, pies and breads.
  • Sage, Basil and Oregano: I use for dishes like quinoa, pastas, salads, vegetables and rice.

Always purchase your oils from a reputable store. There is a wide range of essential oils, enjoy your quest in discovering different types of essential oils and the benefits!

Dr Josh Axe speaking about his top five essential oils

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      Wowee Dowee 14 months ago

      I also love your article on the Top 5 Paleo Smoothies. The Coconut Strawberry Paleo Smoothie sounds delicious, will be trying it this weekend. Thank you.

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 14 months ago

      I share the same passion as you do. This is why I always try to find new and exciting food articles to broaden my culinary horizons. This piece has surely achieved that!