Essential Oils Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)
Safe for consumption application code for essential oil use
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Many of dōTERRA's oils are safe for ingestion. In fact, all essential oils that are identified as Safe For Consumption (that is: Generally Recognized as Safe or GRAS) can be taken as a dietary supplement, to promote physical well-being.
Things to remember when using essential oils as dietery supplements:
- Remember to dilute the oils in oil-soluble liquids, such as a vegetable oil, olive oilor whole, raw milk prior to ingestion. More or less dilution may be required, depending on how strong the oil is. Usually, no more than 2-3 drops should be ingested at one time, during any 4-8 hour period.
- Essential oils should not be given as dietary supplements to children under 6 years of age. Parents should exercise caution before administering essential oils orally to a child, and oils should always be diluted prior to ingestion for children.
But please bear this in mind: dōTERRA® oils are certified pure therapeutic-grade®. Most other essential oils on the market today are not produced to such high standards, and may pose serious risks if taken internally.
The information here was developed specifically for dōTERRA®' oils. However, sensitivity is highly individualized, so you need to test the oils first to see how you will respond to them.
Essential oils for which dilution is not required
The following oils can be used topically without dilution, in most instances. If your skin is very sensitive, dilution is still recommended. They are generally regarded as safe for use on children over 6 years of age.
You will still want to dilute these oils for ingestion.
Essential oils for which dilution is recommended
For the following essential oils, dilution is recommended for both topical and internal use. Always dilute before using on sensitive areas — such as the face, neck, etc. — and before ingestion.
Keep out of reach of children.
Essential oils for which dilution is always recommended
Always dilute these oil before applying topically or taking internally. Keep out of reach of children.