Understanding how we absorb nutrients may change how and what you put into your body. Unfortunately, our foods are lacking in vitamins and minerals and a lot of us have resorted to supplementation to make up for this (or poor nutrition). It’s always a good idea to do your research when it comes to what you buy at your local vitamin store. Most of them are not what they’re cracked up to be. Know what you are putting into your body. Read those labels and find out the source of those ingredients.
I’m going to make the case for why ingesting essential oils is highly beneficial. The mucus membrane lining the inside of the mouth is highly vascularized and therefore allow essential oils to be assimilated and then directly enter the bloodstream. These substances can then be easily absorbed by the brain, all organs and glands, muscles and other parts of the body. Medical research has shown that the absorption rate increases on average between 90-95% by putting the substance in liquid form under the tongue. Sublingually absorbed nutrition, which avoids exposure to the gastric system and liver, means direct nutritional benefits. From the time we put something into our mouths until it actually reaches the flora of the intestines you will lose between 82-88% of what you originally consumed. If this is true, then we need to be consuming things that are quickly and easily absorbed by the body…before we lose the benefits. We do this by consuming high quality, oil-infused nutrition and putting essential oils under the tongue.
Essential oils are lipid soluble which means they can enter the cell by dissolving in the lipid portion of the membrane and diffusing through it. This requires no energy and happens quickly. If you were to place a drop of water on your arm it would roll off. If you put a drop of essential oil on your arm you could see it absorb into your skin almost immediately. This is a simple illustration of the difference between lipid and water soluble elements. Essential oils in supplements can help “taxi” those vitamins and minerals to the rest of the body where they can be utilized to help support healthy systems. If you’re going to be taking supplements, do you want your body to use them or do you want to literally flush them down the toilet? If you’re going to spend your money on supplements make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck!
On a side note, because I’m a stickler for reading labels and being highly sensitive to the toxins and chemicals in our products, I ask you to think about all this information in terms of something you use every single day. If what we put into our mouths is readily absorbed into the bloodstream without us even swallowing it, what does this mean for your toothpaste? We made the switch a few years ago and I’m so glad we did. Especially when the dentist tells me, “You’ve got the cleanest teeth I’ve ever seen!”
Essential Oils great for taking internally:
Cinnamon Bark – Immune System Support
Clove – Digestive Support, Antioxidant Support
Copaiba – Promotes Wellness (I add 3 drops to my NingXia Red)
DiGize – Digestive Support (I add 3-4 drops to my NingXia Red)
Ginger – Digestive Support
Grapefruit – includes limonene, Energizing, Uplifting, Satiety
Lemon – Energizing, Circulatory Support, Cleansing
Lemongrass – Digestive Support (Add 2-3 drops to your NingXia Red)
Orange – Cellular Support
Oregano – Supports a healthy lifestyle regimen
Rosemary – Liver Support
Spearmint – Digestive Support
Tangerine – Antioxidant Support, Digestive Support, Satiety (Refreshing in water)
Citrus Fresh – Energizing (Perfect in smoothies)
Slique – Weight Management Support, Satiety (add a drop or 2 to your glass of water)
Thieves – Immune System Support (I love to put a drop under my tongue!)