Then, I began coming across numerous blog posts and articles stating that EOs don’t cure or treat anything, that any claim above and beyond their aromatic effects on mood (possibly) is a scam, lie or sign of brainwashing, and that there are no studies to back up any medicinal claims made.
Finally, I came across articles stating that all oils were the same. That $8.00, 30-ML bottle of Lavender I got from the health food store last year? Of no less quality, exactly the same as the $24, 15ML-bottle I bought from Young Living last week. I began to worry I had wasted my money.
These three concerns—that the FDA doesn’t approve/ regulate EOs, that EOs may not really work, and that all EOs are the same--and so companies like young living are drastically over-priced---are valid questions that anyone using EOs should be concerned with. I knew that if I were going to feel comfortable using these oils and if I wanted to teach others about these oils, I needed to get to the bottom of these issues. So, I did what I always do when I hear such conflicting information—I did my own research and a little fact checking. Over the next few posts, I'll share what I found out.
Part 2: Essential Oils and the FDA
Part 3: Do Essential Oils Really Work?
Part 4: Are All Essential Oils the Same?