Food Grade Disclaimer

Essential oil products are intended solely for use as aromatherapy products; they’re not intended for internal use.

Although some essential oils do qualify as food-grade, federal regulations state that a food or dietary supplement intended for ingestion must bear Nutrition Facts (food) or Supplement Facts (supplements), plus all appropriate serving information for that declared use. Because oils are intended for aromatherapy,  they cannot be labeled or recommended for using them internally.

Certain essential oils can be used in foods, but typically in amounts so small that they can’t be measured using common measuring devices. Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they’re extremely potent and could risk injury if ingested or not used as directed, even if food grade. Some essential oils are not safe to consume internally at all, no matter how small the amount.

Therapeutic grade essential oils are distilled with no solvents or diluents used, and are 100% pure essential oils or oil blends, as labeled.


Essential Oils that should NEVER be taken internally (ingested):

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus radiata)

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)

Pine Needle (Abies sibirica, Pinus sylvestris)

Wintergreen Oil (Gaultheria procumbens)

Food Grade Oils used commercially include:

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Chamomile, Roman (Anthemus nobilis)

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Cinnamon, Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)