Ring. Ring.

“Hello—Herbiary. How can I help you?”

“Hi. I bought Citronella essential oil from you the other day. How many drops should I be taking?”

(Ummmm… none??!!)

“Why are you using Citronella essential oil internally?”

“I read on the internet that it’s good for detoxing.”

Oh, of course! Insert sarcasm: If you read it on the internet, it must be true!

People! Please, I beg you:

Do not confuse “I read it on the internet” with empowering yourself to take care of your own health.

Is internal use of Citronella good for detoxing? It depends what you mean by the word “detoxing.” If you mean expelling worms or other parasites, then yes, Citronella can get that done for you and it may be more gentle than pharmaceuticals.

'More gentle than pharmaceuticals' is a far cry from 'gentle enough for daily use.' Click To Tweet

This stuff is as strong as many antibiotics (would you take antibiotics ’cause you want to detox?) and just like when you take antibiotics, you’ll need to rebuild your gut flora when you’re through.

So if what you mean by detox is “I’ve been eating too many sweets and processed foods and I want to give my body a rest and reset,” then no, Citronella is not good for detox.

Although Citronella oil is Generally Regarded As Safe by the FDA the amounts their talking about is minuscule—parts per million—not an entire drop. It takes a ridiculous amount of plant material to make that one drop of oil, more than you’d consume in a month if you were just munching on Citronella… which is a grass, by the way.

Plus whenever you’re putting a strong compound into your body, your liver needs to jump into action, figure out what is it you ingested, and then break it down into usable parts.

Usually when you detox you want to rest your liver. Does this sound restful to you?

If you want to detox, the very best you can do is eat simple, fresh whole foods, and drink lots of water for a week. Cut out all sugars. Lay off the caffeine. Lots of veggies, lots of juice, lots of bone broth. Add some supportive herbal teas like dandelion or burdock root or alteratives like red clover or cleavers (don’t know what an alterative is? Then you really shouldn’t be using essential oils internally. This is basic botanical knowledge and if you’re not willing to do a little learning than you shouldn’t be using the hard-core stuff).

Is some whiny part of you thinking this sounds kinda hard…. I’d rather just take a drop of citronella… ?

I hear you. And I’ve got news for you: being self-empowered isn’t always easy. It takes a bit of discipline to take responsibility for yourself…

… And in that discipline lies freedom.

I want you to be empowered to own your own wellness, to make wise decisions about your well-being. If this is what you want for yourself, you need to be digging deep and cross-referencing what you read. One internet article that randomly came up when you researched “detox” does not make for a wellness plan.

Maybe you’re gonna get into essential oils and do a bit of studying. Maybe you’re gonna realize there’s more to it than you thought and consult with a professional.

Either way, you’re stepping up and taking responsibility for yourself and your healing.

‘Cause your health shouldn’t be dictated by the latest internet fad.

Big Hugs

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