doTERRA has come out with a new member of their softgel line, Copaiba. It will be on the market in a few days. I can already see a lot of interest in it. Oral preparations of oils is not unique to doTERRA – although not universally accepted. (A small list of companies follows).
Consumers make safety decisions regarding their health, drugs, and supplements all the time. To do so, they need information. Two consumers might make different decisions based on their circumstances or world view. Even after knowing the precautions, side-effects, or potential dangers a consumer might choose something that another would think is reckless such as: to vaccinate or not, the use of antibiotics, antidepressants, birth control or chemotherapy.
I see the internal use of essential oils within this realm. One might think a peppermint drop might be dangerous but another consumer might be considering a far more powerful synthetic pharmaceutical with 4 pages of warnings for the same purpose and come to a different conclusion. I don’t seek to make decisions for anyone, but I do hope that some basic consumer education will give people some information to make an educated decision – privately.
It never ceases to amaze me in social media circles where someone stops a conversation about the use of certain oil because a formally trained aromatherapist should be consulted but then suggest a dietary shift without proper testing, consultation of a dietitian nor solid research to back up the statement. It also stuns me that internal use is banished in discussion unless it is CBD oil (yes I know not an essential oil) which is not universally even legal, comes with cautions similar to essential oils and without a history of vetted schools to formally train people on it’s usage. There is an irony here and an inconsistency on what can and cannot be talked about. I am going to talk about a taboo subject.
Like the discussion of topics of drinking and sex with adolescents – don’t do it seems to be an ineffective deterrent. Essential oils are relatively safe. But so are forks and people seem to figure a way to injure themselves with them. The top means for injuries are: not keeping out of the reach of children, undiluted use, and internal usage.
And like the topics of drinking and sex with teens, a conversation about the internal use of essential oils will be uncomfortable. Educated and ethical people will make different choices. If a neighbor kid was observed in risky behavior – I might pick up the phone and let the parents know. What they do from there, unless with my kids or on my property, is most likely none of my business.
What is prepared here is one of those “phone calls”. The internal use of essential oils without therapeutic intentionality or consideration of risk just doesn’t seem wise, to me. But neither does taking certain herbs or vitamins – just because. I can’t imagine a circumstance where I would suggest to someone to take any oil straight in water. Without calibration of dosage or protection of your digestive tract the risk increases. Personally, if one has found therapeutic benefit in the use internally – I would then suggest to do so within a prepared protocol rather than a do-it-yourself dosing. Essential oil capsules and soft-gels is an emerging market in pharmaceuticals and supplements.
This is not a journal article nor academic publication. If you are a friend or family and consider using these products, here are some noted and theoretical dangers I have come across in my aromatherapy education. Internal use of oils is riskier than other modes of use. The greatest risks are with those who have diabetes or take blood coagulation medications as well as during pregnancy. Consider talking to your pharmacist about drug interactions. I might put these in The Bards App, with the rest of the doTERRA line, but still thinking about it.
This is in no way a comprehensive list of risks, but it is perhaps a tool to mitigate some risk. And again –someone’s stand on vaccinations, use of antibiotics or birth control is ultimately not my business … I’ll leave this decision up to you to decide on benefit versus risk.
doTERRA Supplements with Ingredients
Oils with Cautions
|Wild Orange, Litsea, Thyme, Clove, Summer Savory, Niaouli, and Lemongrass||Wild Orange, Litsea, Thyme, Clove, Summer Savory, and Lemongrass|
|Digest Tab||Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Coriander, and Anise||Peppermint, Coriander, and Anise|
|Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway, Anise, Coriander, Tarragon, and Fennel||Peppermint, Anise, Tarragon, Fennel|
|GX Assist||195||Oregano, Melaleuca, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Thyme||Oregano, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Thyme|
|Orange, clove, black pepper, cinnamon, eucalyptus, oregano, peppermint, melissa||Clove, cinnamon, oregano, peppermint, melissa|
|Serenity||2||Lavender, lemon balm, passion fruit||Lemon Balm|
|Slim and Sassy||Grapefruit, lemon, ginger, peppermint, cinnamon||Peppermint, cinnamon|
|Tri-Ease||5||Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint||Peppermint|
|Zendocrine||120||2||Tangerine, Rosemary, Geranium, Juniper Berry, and Cilantro||Geranium|
Oils with Cautions
|Anise||Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers.Pregnancy|
|Cinnamon Bark||Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers. Pregnancy|
|Cinnamon Leaf||Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers. Pregnancy|
|Clove||May interact with MAOIs or SSRIs. Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers. Pregnancy|
|Fennel||Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers. Pregnancy|
|Lemon Balm/ Melissa||Drugs metabolized by CYP2B6. Diabetes Medication. Pregnancy|
|Lemongrass||Drugs metabolized by CYP2B6. Diabetes Medication. Pregnancy|
|Litsea||Drugs metabolized by CYP2B6. Diabetes Medication. Pregnancy|
|Oregano||Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers. Pregnancy|
|Passion Fruit||Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers. Pregnancy|
|Peppermint||Moderate inhibitor CYP3A4|
|Summer Savory||Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers. Pregnancy|
|Tangerine||Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers. Pregnancy|
|Tarragon||Not recommended for oral use|
|Wild Orange||Diabetes medication. Diuretic medication. Anticuagulant medication. Ulcers. Pregnancy|
|CYP List||Drug interactions: https://drug-interactions.medicine.iu.edu/Main-Table.aspx|
Comparative Oral Preparations
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition
Author: Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone