Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “I was shopping the other day and ran across essential oil products that were for internal use. I have never heard of such a thing – I thought essential oils were only for use externally. Are they safe? What are your thoughts on this?” — Evelyn V., Green Bay, WI
A. Dear Evelyn, I’m a big fan of these concentrated plant oils – they are very effective, very safe and quick-acting. Did you know that concentrated plant oils—also called essential oils—can be up to 100 times more concentrated than herbal extracts? The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits. Many of these concentrated oils have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties that will help boost your overall health and immune system function. Others can help you get a good night’s sleep, relieve stress, or feel more energized.
When it comes to choosing a formula, make sure it features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. For example, eucalyptus is a wonderfully therapeutic concentrated oil that you can take in softgels for sinus and lung issues. However, not any old eucalyptus oil will do – out of the over 900 species of eucalyptus trees, only one species is approved for human consumption. That’s why the “fingerprinting” process is so important.
Terry . . . Naturally