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Part 6: The Appropriate Dose

(Internal Application) - Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) List

Today, many essential oils are found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list, which permits the use of certain essential oils for use in food products. Every substance found on this list has a well-documented history of safe use. Although essential oils have applications that extend far beyond these narrow parameters, this list sets general safety guidelines that can be applied to their internal use.

doTERRA views the GRAS list in high regard and strictly adheres to its regulatory guidance but also recognizes that some essential oils have traditional usage models that may lie outside of the normal evaluation or review as a food additive.


Essential Oils Found on the GRAS List:

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
  • Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
  • Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) 
  • Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Grapefruit (Citrus X paradisi)
  • Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
  • Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
  • Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
  • Tangerine (Citrus reticulate)
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Wild Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)


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