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Tincture or essential oil?

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Post Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:27 pm

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Hi there,
I have lots of fantastic essential oils (myrrh, frankincense, oregano, thyme, lavender, chamomille..... and on and on....) and I wonder if I can use these oils, duely diluted in other oil or in honey for example, to cure the same disease as the raw plant or the tincture?
Do you have a dose for essential oils? Can they be ingested? :crazy:

Marisa from Italy

Post Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:08 pm
IdahoHerbalist User avatar
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My opinion is that the whole plant, even if the essential oil is the primary actor, is superior to essential oils for most things. Tincture extractions, I have learned, are very powerful. Possibly even better than eating the plant itself.

If you need the specific action of an essential oil it is likely a bit better or maybe faster acting. Essential oils are great for aromatherapy.

Post Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:21 pm
Doc Jones User avatar
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I actually almost never use essential oils and am probably not the most authoritative source.

I think tinctures or other herbal preparations are better for internal use.


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