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Orally toxic oils

Orally toxic oils - You might not want these oils around, although they smell pretty good and some are approved as flavorings in small amounts. Drinking a bottle of any of these oils could kill a small child. Note that many other essential oils are toxic if consumed in large quantities, so please keep all bottles in a safe place away from children and pets.

Arnica infusion (Arnica montana) - oral toxin, unsafe on broken skin
Basil (Ocimum spp.) - therapeutic, but orally toxic
Camphor, White (Cinnamomum camphora)
Clove Bud, Leaf, and Stem (Eugenia spp.)
Cornmint (Mentha arvensis)
Eucalyptus globulus - Great for inhalation, but very orally toxic
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) - pinocamphone; cumulative toxin
Mugwort, Armoise (Artemisia vulgaris) - neurotoxic thujone
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) - neurotoxic myristicin, carcinogenic safrole
Oregano (Oreganum spp.)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) - oral hepatotoxin d-pulegone
Sage, Dalmatian (Salvia officinalis) - 18%-55% neurotoxic alpha-thujone (11)
Sage (S. fruticosa, S. lavendulaefolia) - neurotoxic alpha-thujone
Sagebrush (S. trilobia) - neurotoxic alpha-thujone
Thymus (Thymus zygus)
Tarragon (Artemesia dracunculis) - toxic estragole, neurotoxic alpha-thujone
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) - Up to 10% alpha-thujone (10)

seems to be a bit fuzzy the actual definition of an essential oil/food grade oil
some are used in small quantities as flavourings even though they are toxic - how much is considered toxic when used in food?
eg: nutmeg oil is neurotoxic and carcinogenic



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