Is Lavender Essential Oil Safe to take Orally
Mesa Lavender Farms CBD tinctures contain only food grade ingredients to include essential oils.

That is a great question.

Introduction:

Depending on the website and the specifics provided at the site, you can find statements which say lavender essential oil should not be consumed.

Other sites report consuming lavender essential oil is not a concern.

These differences are in part due to the variation in the chemistry of the various cultivars of lavender. For example, some cultivars are much higher in camphor than other cultivars. Camphor consumption can be toxic.

Spike Lavender and Lavandins are high in Camphor

  1. Europe’s warning on Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)

Lavandula latifolia is a high camphor lavender. The European Chemical Agency of the European Union web site states lavender, Lavandula latifolila “… may be fatal if swallowed and enters airways, causes serious eye irritation, may cause damage to organs, is harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects, causes skin irritation and may cause an allergic skin reaction.” This site specifically refers to Lavandula latifoliahttps://echa.europa.eu/substance-information/-/substanceinfo/100.076.600

  1. European warning about Lavandins

The European Federation of Essential Oils – EFEO, https://echa.europa.eu/brief-profile/-/briefprofile/100.085.846, warning regarding Lavandin, Lavandula hybrida ‘Grosso’  states “causes skin irritation”, “may cause an allergic skin reaction”, and “may be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.” The first references the cultivar ‘Grosso’, the second reference does not specify cultivar but Lavandins in general.

  1. European warning about Lavandula angustifolia

Lavandula angustifolia (vera) (officinalis) is classified along with the other lavenders warning it may be fatal if swallowed and enters airways. https://echa.europa.eu/substance-information/-/substanceinfo/100.110.110

However,

the US Food and Drug Administration indicates lavender is ‘Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)’ to add to food for human consumption. CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 (fda.gov)

Furthermore, the use of Lavandula angustifolia has been approved by international organizations to include the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP), and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5437114/

The European Medicine Agency even concludes Lavender essential oil (L. angustifolia) taken orally “can be used for the relief of mild symptoms of mental stress and exhaustion, and to aid sleep”, but it “should only be used in adults and children over the age of 12 years”.  “Only few and mild side effects had been reported in studies with lavender oil, including very rare cases of allergic reactions.” Lavandulae aetheroleum | European Medicines Agency (europa.eu)

So, Is Lavender Essential Oil Safe to take Orally?

Research Backs Up the FDA’s GRAS Status 

The National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health web site at  https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/lavender makes several points to include:

Other Research on the Safety of Oral Administration of L. angustifolia

Lopez, et al. reports one EO used for anxiety given orally is lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Miller or Lavandula officinalis Chaix) and has been found to have a clear and significant beneficial affect. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5437114/

Silexan is a standardized essential oil of L. angustifolia flowers prepared by steam distillation available in 80-mg capsules. When taken orally for anxiety it has been found to produce a significant reduction in anxiety. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-54529-9

In addition, Silexan has been reported as “a safe and effective treatment in anxiety disorders”. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28511598/

Researchers have also evaluated the effect of orally consumed lavender essential oil as a dietary supplement on lactating mothers answering the question Is lavender essential oil safe to take orally?. They concluded:

 To ensure the safety of essential oil used for consumption Food Grade Certification is necessary

Contrary to some web sites and personal statements food grade certification is real. It is classified as NSF/ANI151 under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). https://d2evkimvhatqav.cloudfront.net/documents/water_nsf_ansi_51_and_61.pdf

The production of food grade essential oils starts with food grade stills, whether copper or stainless steel. From there the essential oil must not come in contact with anything which could emit/release harmful substances.

When Mesa Lavender Farms began producing CBD tinctures for oral consumption, we were required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to verify all components were food grade. Testing by third-party analytical labs was conducted to ensure the tinctures were free of heavy metals, fungi and other microbes, pesticides, and any compounds possibly used in the CBD extraction process.

[i] The concentration of food grade essential oil used in Mesa Lavender Farms CBD tinctures (lavender, lemon, and peppermint) average 0.02% well below the level typically used for oral consumption

To learn about the quality of Mesa Lavender Farms products contact Rose@mesalavenderfarms.com.