This is Part One of a two-part series. Here are five examples with direct quotes (excuse grammar) from our new Injury Report, scheduled to come out in February 2015. These are short quotes from the report. This is not the report nor are these quotes our words. You will be able to see the details of each entry we’ve received when the report comes out. Most if not all of these cases are due to bad advice and misinformation. This is why we believe that education is the key to safety.
We love our essential oils and our fellow humans. We want to help put an end to dangerous and unsafe practices. Most if not all of these cases improved once those affected discontinued use of the oil(s).
Here is a list of the 10 Worst Adverse Effects we’ve received this past year. We’ve included a summary with direct quotes from the testimonials.
10. Undiluted oils applied to a small sore. “Blend/frankincense” was used and the next day, her skin turned red, bubbled up, and peeled. When she voiced her concerns, she was told it was “detox, that there’s no way to be allergic or have a bad reaction to the oil since they are natural.”
Most qualified aromatherapists will not acknowledge the “detox” claim to be true. Dr. Robert Pappas has busted this myth on this page. Read it here.
9. Undiluted oils on wrist. Someone used two drops of Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang on their wrists several times a day for about 10 days. Their wrists started itching, broke out in red blotches that turned into blisters, which spread to an area of approximately 3 cm x 4 cm. After a month with no oils and jojoba, it cleared up. “Lesson learned: Always dilute your oils and never use neat oil application to the skin.”
8. Undiluted oil on mouth sores. “Between 25-35 drops of essential oil on canker sores in mouth on tongue after being told it was safe. This resulted in a trip to ER because of racing heart, panicking, gagging, dry heaving, extremely hot, fever, dizzy and sick and high blood pressure … I thought I was going to die.”
It is so heartbreaking to read these sometimes. But it is our mission to spread this information so that we don’t have any deaths due to misuse.
7. Undiluted long-term use leads to sensitization. One person had been using essential oils since 1997. By 2005, she started having small reactions. Finally, by 2014, this person found help in understanding sensitization and the safe use of essential oils. Now she can only use oils in low dilutions (if at all) and has turned to hydrosols & flower essences. “Now have A LOT of sensitivities and allergies to a wide range of fragrances and EOs.”
Though we can become sensitized to a single oil, we can also become sensitized to many single oils and blends. By overusing oils now, we deprive ourselves of being able to use them in the future. Remember the saying, “Less IS more.”
Read more about sensitization.
6. Oral use: Due to ingesting a “lot of” oils—multiple drops multiple times a day—of Lemon and Grapefruit in water, one person now has been diagnosed with stomach problems, chronic digestive upset, and is looking at possible gallbladder removal.
How sad it is to read these stories. People are looking for alternative health care, possibly to save money or avoid surgery. Then they make things worse themselves or their families, simply because they didn’t know better.
Knowledge is power. Never forget that it is in your hands.
WOW! Very powerful examples as to why safety is so important! I will do my best to spread the word concerning safe use of essential oils always! Many thanks to those of you have compiled these reports of injuries in order to educate. If I wore a hat, I would take it off to you!
I would be interested in knowing what brand these were. I do feel as though there are different quality oils out there and for us to put a blanket statement about one particular oil seems a bit lop-sided….
details will be in there report; this is a sample as it states. When the report comes out later you will see all the brand names and as stated above DoTerra and Young Living are the worst offenders who tell folks to use undiluted and orally.
The main thing is the product, it needs to be 100% oi. But it is not regulated by the FDA some companies only put in 30% of oil and use fillers. And call it 100% oil, which it is of the oil only .
not true, FDA does not regulate this. Any essential can cause harm if used improperly.
Dr.P busts that: https://www.facebook.com/notes/essential-oil-university/essential-oil-myth-14/10153142786473083
You just hit the nail on the head by stating…"If used improperly." Anything, if used improperly, can cause harm. And the many of the examples you have given are examples of oils being used improperly and I would guess those that used them improperly did not use common sense or rationale. The others seem to be allergic reactions which could happen to anyone, with anything, regardless if it is natural or not. The companies shouldn’t be held accountable for an allergic reaction. Essential oils are used by people at their own risk. A doctor once prescribed my son with an antibiotic. He broke out in hives, which could have closed off his throat making it difficult to breath. Would I hold the dr. or pharma company accountable for that? Absolutely not. There is no way to know that would happen. It is an allergic reaction; no one to blame. This was one of the most idiotic articles I have ever read and the quotes were obviously from uneducated people.
Ummmmmmmmmmm have you read anything at all other than MLM literature???
Can you rewrite this, I have no clue what you are saying…………
You’re calling out all the EO "trolls" and yet you’ve only commented on every single person’s post who’ve defended them? Who’s the troll?
Jen, up at the top she said "You will be able to see the details of each entry we recieved when the report comes out." The lists from previous years have brand names on them (IF the person who submitted the report put it in). So I’d assume we can find brand names in this year’s report as well.
yes all brand names are in the details; and it is half and half DoTerra and Young living, the two worst offenders who give no educations to the reps. Shame on these companies.
Sharon…that itself is a myth recently debunked by Dr. Pappas.
What makes certain oils dangerous is the chemistry of the oil itself.
Logic dictated that if they are diluted with a filler, then they are LESS potent and LESS likely to cause adverse reactions.
Please do some research before repeating the marketing spiels of your oil company.
WHAT BRAND OF OILS!!!!!!!!
Brand does not matter; all oils are solvents and chemicals; the safety rules apply to ALL OILS.
Most oil companies use Chemicals and pesticides on their plants, some don’t even use plants. I know for a fact that Young Living uses 100% oil with no Chemicals or pesticides. Anyone can have a bad reaction to plants thus thinking the oil company lied to them when really they didn’t lie, the person just had a bad reaction. But they also need to read the label of the oil because there are some oils that are not recommended to use topically or ingest.
Jennifer it is quite funny that half the injuries are from Young Living Oils, so how do you explain that away? The same oils you claim so pure can do the same any chemical solvent can do no matter where it comes from. Please do some research.
Can we frame her post, lol…………..
You know absolutely nothing other than what you were told or read, stop being such a blind follower………….
Check out the 3rd party random testing by the group Blue Tansy on FB. You will see that both dT and Yl failed the testing of pure unadulterated essential oils.
Very interesting read. I am a oil junkie and I use them everyday on myself and with my clients. Fortunately I have not and neither have my clients ever had any adverse effects when using neat or diluted. I am looking forward to seeing the second part of this article and will make sure I am using a carrier oil more often. I was told that most Young Living oils can be ingested and they recommend on some oils that you do not have to dilute or some a 50/50. Thanks again.
Jan you were misinformed as NO oil should be ingested without guidance from a licensed care professional and only on occassion when ill. This is exactly why we have these injury reports, people are misled by companies selling oils so you use them up faster. they have no concern for your safety! You must dilute or risk permanent sensitization for you as therapist and worse your clients who may decide to sue you. You will not be covered for negligence. Please dilute for yourself, your clients and your purse!! Oils are very cost effective when used diluted, and sometimes more efficacious. Thanks for writing.
Obviously home trained, mistrained or missed those lessons, surprised he hasnt been sued.
Proper dilution standards are 5% max, the MLM are out to lunch, on your dime……..lol
Um, your clients? Are you a salesperson for an EO company or are you a certified aromatherapist. If the later it should be revoked. My apologies, I’m not trying to be smart or rude, but you are (God forbid) going to hurt someone with your actions.
I would love to see more of the documented research not links sending you to someone else’s tirade. I have been using oils for over 15 years both MLM and non and NEVER experienced or heard of such stories or seen documentation without other aspects to be taken into consideration. Ie: CUPS of oil being used, and the like. I am all for learning the safest application practices possible but please if you are going to link anything make it actual research not someone’s personal thoughts without research to back it up
Allison, these are personal testimonies. There is plenty of research on safe use, toxicity and skin irritation. Reps refuse to look at that so I see little use in posting that. You obviously use properly but so many reps now are only interested in selling oils, promoting oral and undiluted use because it uses up oils and they sell more, not safe use. So because of this, we will continue to publish these reports until something is done by the companies.
AND if you all use testimonials to sell oils I am using testimonials to show why we cant use undiluted and oral massive doses. Cant have it both ways. Here is a link showing real research why lemon may not be safe to drink: http://leetea.hubpages.com/hub/Essential-Oil-Safety-Precautions-and-Warnings-for-Ingesting-Lemon-Essential-Oil
You madam missed the bus here, you don’t even have a ticket in hand, please reread the bus schedule, lol
Hear you go! You can look up any year you like. I am hoping the Poison Control is a suitable enough reference for you.
Poison Center Data Collection
For over 30 years, the American Association of Poison Control Centers has issued an annual report which publishes data collected by the National Poison Data System (NPDS). Basically, if an event was called into a poison control center, it is documented in this annual report.
The reports can be found published in their entirety online and are available for public review. Each year, the report includes a table called "Demographic profile of SINGLE SUBSTANCE Nonpharmaceuticals exposure cases by generic category", in which "Essential Oils" is one of the catagories listed in the table. Essential oils included in the report year after year include cinnamon, eucalyptus, tea tree, pennyroyal and clove, with the additional category "miscellaneous oils" accounting for the bulk of injuries reported.
In 2010, over 10,000 cases of essential oil poisoning were called in to poison control centers, over 8,000 of those cases involving children age 5 or younger. Over 2,000 cases reported undesirable effects, with over 130 being moderate or major outcomes, and 1 death from eucalyptus oil.
In 2011, 168 moderate-to-major outcomes were reported, up 38 from the previous year. In 2012, 180 moderate-to-major outcomes, up 12 more. This is proof that not only does poisoning occur from essential oil ingestion, but the number of major poisonings is rising each year.
This information was derived from the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ Annual Reports of National Poison Data Systems (NPDS). The 2012 report can be viewed here: https://aapcc.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/annual_reports/2012_NPDS_Annual_Report.pdf. Reports for previous years can also be located online through search engine searches.
Copied from article on same topic on healdove.com
Before I comment, I do want to state that yes, I am a representative with Young Living. However, I completely agree that there needs to be more education and training required for representatives!! I am in several Young Living facebook groups where reps think that just because they read it in the reference guide (sold by Young Living), then it must be safe. Now, there are many Young Living reps pursuing professional training and education from organizations such as Aromahead Institute and others, but I believe that it should be required by reps to be certified aromatherapists from a third party organization. Thank you for sharing.
I think it should be required too. The company owners I hold directly responsible for this negligence. They offer NO safe use info because people would buy less oils and that defeats their reason for being. It may take a death and class action law suits for these companies to realize what they have created.
and btw, our training course is less than $1000, keep that in mind when looking for education!!!
I made the mistake of putting YL oregano oil under my tongue after reading an article that advised putting it under tongue. HORRIBLE experience! burned horribly, as i tried to flush out/dilute with olive oil i got it up my nose. My eyes burned, nose burn, throat burned, awful. I can only guess that the oil mentioned in the article was not therapeutic grade. Dont think i’ll ever eat oregano again. lesson learned the hard way.
yes Lee,many of us have done these things. Good thing is no harm done with one use, and we will never do that again!
Lee, even if it were Therapeutic grade, one should never ingest these oils. Never!
PLEASE READ……………. THERES NO SUCH THING AS THERAPEUTIC GRADE HOW MANY TIMES DO PEOPLE NEED TO READ THIS, IS IT THE FONT SIZE?????
It was not the grade of oil you used or the article represented. You just DO NOT ingest EO if not directed by a certified aromatherapist and in a proper dilution. Neat and water are not safe ways to use any EO, but especially oregano and citrus oils. It was the misinformation that directed you to cause harm not the oil. If you had the correct information you would not have applied the oil under your tongue or suffered the way you had. Oregano oil is a very strong oil, and it should not be used on children and sparingly on adults.
Surprise, Surprise, a group of individuals cherry picking worst case scenarios of individuals that did not research, and obviously did not use the oils appropriately (you cannot fix stupid). The drug industry has the same issues as they cannot control individuals taking 4x -5x the doses recommended (Tylenol you know we are all guilty). This is just Atlantic Institute using scare tactics to push their own agenda to sale their products.
Hang on, we are not using scare tactics to sell products (we sell education) because this information is free and readily available. And nor is this fear mongering. We are exposing the dangerous things being spouted by reps of two major companies. These are actual events that people were told to use oils. Right they did not use common sense, many trusted their friends. Cherry picking is right because I want the worst cases out there so people can make their own choice and do their research. I regret you mis understood the purpose but this is not fear mongering, and no you cant fix stupid.
and these reports have generated exactly 0 sales btw, we are not doing this to sell anything and I resent your accusation. We are providing a valuable service to the community. If you are not guilty of promoting safe use then it should not bother you…..jus saying
Never mind the trolls, continue……………
You guys are like the Hasbara, just trolling and trolling, never catching any fish but yourselves, go away and keep up the good work, alert your upline bosses, lol
Oh, so…this is propaganda by, whom, exactly? Who would benefit if you were stopped from doing idiotic things with EO’s? Well, oh my goodness. YOU would be the only one to benefit. You’re right. You really can’t fix stupid, and I believe you have proven it.
You posted these yet- most of them lack one thing- common sense- who would use 25-35 drops of an oil neat- ? Who would use Oregano without diluting? Why would you post these types of issues and then state it’s the XXX company’s fault? Heart attack caused from using oils- where is the proof of that? OR better yet where is the science proving that the "morphine bomb" caused the heart attack? Really? If someone is going to use essential oils and not use common sense then it’s there own fault…. kinda like the person who took their lid off of the hot coffee and spilled it on themselves, then blamed the company because the hot coffee burned them?
You mean the company that was warned numerous times that their coffee was kept at dangerously hour levels and chose to ignore the warnings because too-hot coffee covers up how bad the coffee really tastes? And the poor woman who was handed a cup of dangerously hot coffee, with an unsecured lid, and in trying to secure the lid spilled it on her lap, which resulted in third-degree burns so bad she required a skin graft? And the company who refused to pay any of her medical bills even after being shown proof that they knew ahead of time that keeping coffee at that temperature could cause serious burns to consumers? That one? That poor woman deserved every cent she got. It’s easy to make a joke about showing you read in the headlines, when the headlines contain no actual information about what really happened. Maybe you should do some research of your own before you go spouting off inaccurate comparisons.
it is their own fault but if you read the individual reports then you will see it was recommended by reps, even hand written prescriptions, which is illegal. And these people believed it would be good, were told it was fine, and they trusted the folks recommending. So it is the companies fault for 1. not providing proper education in safe use 2)not issuing safe use protocol for these remedies they make up 3) not being in control of what their reps say and do, which is where the problem lies. Since the FDA letters one of the two main offenders has reigned in the reps and dismissed those not cleaning up sites and recommendations. I only hope the other one will too. So yes coffee will get spilt and EO will be overused but this brings awareness to the safe use and not listening to company reps.
Common sense? Try rewriting you rant with knowledge on "Common Law", jeeeeeeeeeeeesh, another pissy sales rep, troll…..lol
thank you for posting these. Essential oils are like any other "thing" you are going to put in or on your body. Everyone needs to research and start carefully. If you are allergic to any of these oils and just jump in using them- it can be a terrible experience. Also… I had a distributor to a very popular essential oil company tell me to use 40 drops of their oil blend in water three times a day. After checking online, I found out, she had told me wrong. Very wrong. I am a sopa maker and lotion maker- and by law should not make any medical related claims on the oils in my products…yet people are going crazy with these oils.
YES, they are! thank you for using responsibly!
The problems with un educated or under educated use of EO is not just in using them neat. In using a blend including peppermint oil to help my husband during a sinus infection I nearly lost him. After spending hours of research I found that peppermint oil used at therapeutic levels (I placed a few drops of my blend on cotton balls placed around our home) for more than a few days could cause atrial fibrillation. During this research it was also brought home to me that all EO’s are VOC’s the same chemicals that cause so many respiratory problems in those sensitive and are considered pollutants by many environmentalist. EO’s are chemicals. They are natural but they are also manipulated by man and are not in a natural state. Not that natural is always good look at arsenic, nightshade and several other toxins. I love EO’s but now do more research than reading books I look for hard research. So little of which is available.
With Essential Oils becoming so popular, this is s very timely post!
This is a great piece! It really highlights the importance of using as recommended, and diluting when applying directly to the skin. You have to think about how much of one plant is needed to create even a drop of essential oil. It is highly concentrated!
While the FDA doesn’t officially look into herbals or regulate them, there has been a lot of research done in Europe. Fortunately many teaching hospitals are starting to experiment with the application of Herbs and Essential Oils combined with Western Medicine. Hopefully in the near future there will be official contraindications posted, and we won’t have to rely on simply word of mouth. In the meantime, sources like this are invaluable!
I will admit that there is safety that needs to happen but it seems like the above examples are careless and could have been avoided. Because doterra and young living are the biggest providers, it is only natural they would be the essential oils used. My only concern is that the companies are getting the blame with they will admit they are not here to teach us but to provide us a product. The research is up to the user. There are resources to learn from that are free and easy to find. There is no excuse for these accidents to happen but those of us who have been experimenting with EOs for years make mistakes and we learn from them. We then teach others not to make those mistakes as well but they still happen. I just don’t understand why someone would take instruction from a rep as if they were a doctor. I offer suggestions for use but it includes a drop at time and encourage them to research their options as well. 25-35 drops at once! WOW!
The issue is the YL hand book. Have you see it? It teaches them to tell users to ingest their oils. To use on your kids. To defuse with young kids in the house.
The reps don’t have any knowledge and out just to make money and they don’t care who they are harming.
Before you depend YL get a hold of their handbook (I have seem it)
EXACTLY John, it all started with the YL company and the lies he told and tells still to sell oils. DT came from YL so perpetuated the myths without doing their own research for the truth, use the same book, etc and it is all about selling, selling selling with no concern for humans and animals.
Thanks for your comments and yes the research is there, always has been. The owners are directly responsible for this negligence and I hold them entirely responsible for these injuries. It is their job to educate the downlines, but they rather make up stuff to sell more instead, ignoring the damage including death from drinking oils. And I now believe it is the big diamond distributors who control both companies; the owners cater to them and create lawsuits against anyone who puts out the truth…… and it is up to people to research but most of these injuries were from someone they loved and trusted…… So until these companies issue proper safety info I will continue to fight against this.
Do you actually believe these coaches make this stuff up al on their own? THEY ARE COACHED GET IT? Its akin to Amway, wake up.
I am now sensitized to Lavender EO …from when I used YL Lavender EO on a burn that got better and then got worse and worse and worse…now I can smell it/diffuse it but can not use it even diluted at all….and I am careful with any other EO’s
thanks for sharing and I am so sorry this happened to you! You learned the hard way unfortunately like so many others that can no longer use these gifts, all because of YL bad teaching.
Shhhhhhh, you can’t talk about these co’s as the fanatics will come by the droves to beat you down, lol
Thank you for sharing this. I have been using EO’s since the 70’s. Before they were "regulate do"by EO companies and made TG. I have mostly always diluted them in a carrier oil or lotion. I have since started using mostly YL and doTerra among other brands. Depending on the use. I never had an adverse reaction until I took one of the oils internally. Then I broke out in what looked like contact dermatitis. The first time it was in small patches on my eye lids. Lasted for 12 weeks. I wasn’t sure it was the oil so I experimented again four months later. Two drops diluted in a smoothie. Next day, I had the same rash all over my arms, shoulders, torso and fronts of legs. On week 9 now with the rash. Can’t use oils diluted on my skin, makes the rash raised, hot, itchy and feels on fire. Lesson I learned, don’t take oils internally. I strongly believe they are to be used externally only. Sensitivity can and does happen.
Thank you for sharing your experience, proving it may not be the best way to take. The rashes are bad enough, people having seizures and internal damage are bad, but the babies and animals being hurt is alarming, these are being reported to authorities directly.
checking the company.s source would be necessary, they got to come from mature, healthy plants, not aged or immature without pesticides. they are pure, supervised from the grower to the consumer no adulteration, and used sparingly for they are very concentrated. we have good ones out there not sure yours were.
People have to understand that anything placed on the body or taken internally can either be beneficial or harm without proper knowledge. I have been working with herbs, all parts of healing plants and trees for over 42 years. I still am learning more each day. There are parts that are healing and others that can harm or kill on the same plant. Some are edible and healing at certain times of the year and poisonous other times. Just, because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. You must take time and learn. Read about the plants, barks, tinctures, oils. Most of all have great respect for its source.
yes Mary most of us have respect. However these companies just out to make money at expense of downlines injuries is making me mad. If more would take time to check out recommendations before doing what they advise we would not need these reports!
Thank you for this information. I ingest oils very sparingly but I will not be ingesting going forward. I typically dilute all oils before applying but there are a few I do apply directly to my skin. I have not had any adverse interactions but I will always dilute going forward for safety reason and also I love the idea of my oils lasting longer.
P.S. I meant reactions not interactions!
thanks Sally, I ingest when needed too. Most adverse effects come from undiluted use, and yes it is way more cost effective to dilute!! This is why it is such a good DIY remedy, easy to use, effective and cost effective is used properly!!
What is really sad here is that with reports like this you may possibly keep people that could be helped from using the oils to reach for a prescription medication instead. So, in one of the cases you listed, someone "almost died?" Well, let’s see. Prescription medications are the 4th leading cause of death in the US. That is "actually died."Yes, using any medication requires some common sense. 25-35 drops of anything in the mouth/tongue may cause a reaction. That was not using common sense. There are literally hundreds of thousand of people using essential oils successfully. And you throw a handful of examples of those who had an adverse reaction? If you really wanted to help people and keep them from harm, your time might be better spent warning them about the dangers of prescription and OTC medications. In 2013 alone, there were 22,767 deaths relating to pharmaceuticals. Now that is something to warn people about. I’m curious just what your agenda is here.
I think the "agenda" is safe oil usage. This is the institute for aromatherapy. They love oils! They want people to use them safely! I have heard of many unsafe recommendations for oils. If we are not careful, it will be 22,767 deaths related to oils. Articles like this will keep us from getting there. They remind us that everything, including our all-natural oils, need to be used SAFELY.
thanks Rachel, the point is there is a whole generation from the multi level who think it is safe to ingest and apply undiluted and it is clearly not! The point Vera is yes, thousands use responsibly, but hundreds of thousands do not, and are teaching unsafe methods to sell more oil. How ethical is that?
I am a 60yr old retired horticulture grower.I have spent the majority of my life in the green world one way or another. As for the oils, I sincerely feel this is an area of great concern. It takes many many years to master the art of safe oil blending. Do you know the country of orgin the oil or plant material are coming from. Do you know if the oil come from heirloom or hybrid plants. Do you know if the oil contain caustic materials. Or even how many times the oil has been processed. And these are just afew examples. Never ever stop medications in favor of oils without consulting a Dr. I prefer to have a doctor who can see benefits of oil in conjuction with medical treatment. And I only trust Herbalist and such who recommend you NOT substitute herbs or oils without discussing the beneficial benefits of the oils with current therapy. And just because something is natural does not mean it is safe.
So true! Thanks for posting this. I use "Breathe" for Asthma Attacks and the attacks go away in less then 10-20 seconds. I also use "Breathe" when I have a cold. Works like a charm. I’ve never had issues using the oils. I have seen posts where it states to put 25-30 drops into a carrier oil but this is to use overtime as a moisturizer, not to ingest.
Nice distraction, but lets try and stay on topic…………
I just filled out my injury report and forgot to state thy it was a (former) friend who got me into this mess! I was desperate to treat Lyme disease and I fell under the spell. I feel like ä fool! I always research ! But, I believed her! BTW, she handwrote out the "prescription" for me to take. Hmmm..dispensing medical advice & treatments without the proper education, certification or credentials to do so? Quite illegal. And I did not know that, either!
I have come to view the behavior of many involved in direct sales with this company as cult-like, especially after a phone call with one of the higher UPS. He started the phone call by intoucing himself, then telling me "he loved me, his wife loves me… everybody in DT loves me"! What. Then, throughout the conversation, he would throw the WWJD question in here and there.
I now have serious stomach issues going on, as well as burning in my throat, chest and belly. Right side flank pain and pain around gall bladder and liver! Do I feel I was told to take toxic levels of oregano, frank and on-guard in a veggie cap, undiluted by anything else? YES! Do I think taking them with water was enough to dilute them? NO! Do I think this prolonged use (18 months is what "Dr." Hill recommends..I did it off and on for 6 months) is responsible for the issues I am now having? YES!
These untrained, uncertified wellness advocates are learning through the trickle down word-of-mouth method! They should not be on social media pages dispensing advice, diagnosing or prescribing treatments! To me, it’s criminal! And, VERY dangerous!
Thank you so much for your follow up comments. So a rep gave you a hand written prescription, yes quite illegal. Sorry you got such a tacky phone message, but what is WWJD question? He recommends 18 months of taking these daily???? that is very dangerous, thank you for sharing this.
WWJD = What Would Jesus Do? ☺
I wonder what’s the difference with you and I? I take oil of Oregano with water and drink it daily during flu seasons and whenever someone around me is sick. I take about 12 drops each time, in some water and swallow. been doing this for two years. the longest stretch I’ve taken it is maybe two weeks. I then stop until it’s required again which could be months or weeks later. I’m only supposed to take 2-3 drops 3-4 times daily but i hate the taste so i so it all at one shot. If I need to use it topically I definitely dilute it though. I rarely get sick now, and I used to get sinus infections and pluracy every year. Now I don’t get them anymore unless I take prescribed meds (rare) and within two days I will get a sinus infection. just my rant
The protocol Hill states says take for up to 18 months. And, even after symptoms disappear, take for an additional 2 months, just to be sure. His protocol(s) differ somewhat from the one given to me, with a few additional items thrown in. But it is not daily ingestion for that length of time. It is 14 days on, 14 off. Repeat sequence twice. Then rest for ten days and repeat sequence again until all symptoms disappear. I though I was herxing, when in fact, I was just doing damage to my insides.
These folks are now posting to not prescribe any treatments to anyone, as it is not legal to do so.
The FB walls DO have eyes and ears, so I guess my messages have been seen and reported! Sorry, but it had to be done! I don’t want others falling for all their "I have an oil for you" and then prescribing oils for internal use that can cause potential harm to anyone, most especially children!
As I have said, I still believe their are healing properties from the PROPER use, topical or aromatic only, of oils. But, to play doctor is dangerous. To fill people’s heeds with all the light, love, amazing, awesome, nonsense they do in order to lure them in to sell, sell, sell or sign others up to the point they are a BILLION plus in revenue business? Well, to me it then becomes about money! Money for them! And, the sales people are the ones suffering because they believe what they are being told, prescribing illegally, and putting themselves in harms way because of it!
"Don’t drink the kool-aid" comes to mind.
I would like to know what oils they are using. I use some neat and some with oil depending on what I need it for. But you have to be educated. You cant just throw stuff on. When in doubt dilute 15-25 drops per 1 oz carrier oil. If your using this on your skin it better be the last resort. Use food as your medicine. Medicine as your food.
Proper dilution into a carrier is 5% max…………. no more.
very nice i would try it the oils.
Hello and thanks for the great article. Here is some more research for you to help you get some of the details correct. Looking forward to your updated blog! Thank you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have only recently (in the past few years) begun to develop an interest in using essential oils, and did a considerable amount of reading, primarily Robert Tisserand, before I even began using them. Do you want to know why I did this research? Because, I have a family member who has toxicity as a result of overuse. Do you know what the sales rep told her? She was eating too much gluten, and that’s why she’s having the reaction. Additionally, her baby had a severe respiratory reaction from her using a blend on him that was unsafe for babies. I know reps who are advising the frequent/daily ingestion of oils, and who are slathering them all over their children. I can’t understand how/why people would use something they equate with medicine on themselves and their children without some qualified guidance. I’m completely baffled by the lack of common sense. I just watched your interview with Holli Smith on the ‘Oils for Healing Summit.’ Thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge, and for helping to educate the public on safe practices. I will be sharing your site and your blog with all of my friends.
I just started using EO’s. My reasoning was because what the doctors were doing for my sinus’ were not working. I have had sinus problems since November 2014! I knew several people who use different EO’s, but I did my research before I decided to try. I wasn’t a believer and always made fun of the one person who did use them regularly. I can tell you after using the EO’s for a week, I felt 100% better! But you do have to do your research. I do blend with a carrier oil, I will diffuse, and I have used them neat. But come on people, you have to use common sense! Who would use 25-35 drops in your mouth at one time!! Anything, anywhere I have ever read says 1-2 drops!!! Did they think they would get better faster if they applied more drops. I agree with a lot of the people I have read on here that says people are not using common sense!!! And the people that are selling are NOT Doctors!! That is why I didn’t go to the one person, she seems to feel she is like a doctor and tells people what to do if it really is a true medical concern. USE COMMON SENSE PEOPLE!!!!
Essential oils must be CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) to be effective and beneficial otherwise you don’t know what’s going into the bottle and onto your body. Educate yourself!
PLEASE READ>>>>>>>>>>>>> THERES NO SUCH GRADE< CAPICE????
There is no such thing as CPTG EOs
That is a marketing term invented to sell oils .
There is no independent body that grades oils.
This term as well as thearaputic grade has no meaning and is a marketing ploy.
It is actually a brand trademark.
Pure essential oils are just that pure.
The same companies that tell everyone not to buy anyone’s oils but theirs because they are CPTG or TG have been proven to be liars.
They have sold synthetic wintergreen as well as oils bastardized with Mercury and formeldihyde .
Don’t consume essential oils pure or otherwise .
If you want to do herbal medicine, teas capsules and tinctures are tried and true.
And don’t take medical advise from MLM companies who’s sales force works off a script and advises that you drink essential oils in water.
This is not healthy as essential oils are not water soluble and will damage the digestive tract and may lead to hypersensitivity disorder .
If you want to be treated with aromatherapy see a certified aromatherapist , not a sales person.
You keep saying that MLM companies are misinforming people just to make money off them – you should be ashamed of yourself. Who are you trying to make money off of? Using such scare tactics to make people scared to use oils unless they pay one of your aromatherapists it sounds like to me! If people do proper research themselves and use common sense they don’t need to pay someone $100 a go to learn how to use oils at home. Just because someone does a part time course for 9 months that makes them so trained to advise on ingestion if it is as dangerous as you claim it to be – ha what a joke!
Yes some companies are misinforming and advising undiluted use and massive oral use when there is little evidence on the oral and plenty on dangers of using undiluted that they ignore. No one does not need to pay to learn safe use. We offer many fact sheets and information for free. The safety of oil use is available for free so you don’t even need to pay anything to use oils safe and effectively. It is the uneducated that cause the troubles in our field. If people are going to sell oils they need to know their potency and stop promoting myths that cause harm.
Common sense is the key issue when using EO or medicine. I use essential oils after seeing my doctor. I have bought all the books on the chemistry and proper use of how they work. I refuse to prescribe for others. I know they have helped me when pharmaceutical meds did not. But like anything else you can not abuse or you can make a bigger problem then you are trying to cure. Moderation and common sense are the best cure for what ails you.
There will always be people who take advice from anyone without doing their own research or using common sense. There’s not enough blogs or information sheets in the world to protect them from what they blindly blunder unto themselves.
I am witness to the "it’s perfectly fine to put oils like oregano on neat or of course the raindrop method is perfectly safe and will cure your scoliosis!" It is all $$ signs. It’s not because they are the top sellers of EO. It is because the top sellers offer dangerous methods. Companies like plant therapy have certified aromatherapists available for free. dT and To provide you with someone who’s been given skills to SELL not how to use the oils safely. Never mind the fact, that the go on and on how pure they are, but have failed the tests by third party testers proving they are not pure. I will stick with companies that have tested 100% and have certified aromatherapists available if I don’t have the info myself, and this is coming from someone who has learned and studied aromatherapy
I use and sell Young Living essential oils, as I work for a naturopath. I would never recommend any oil before seeking medical advise from a professional. We need to know the right dose and the right amount in drops as all medications have directions for use. Never prescribe to anyone, make sure you point them to seek a professional practitioner before hand. Make sure you check what is safe around your babies and young children and dilute oils as a little goes a long way.