The MLMs that I’m referring to are the two popular ones: DoTERRA and Young Living. MLMs want you to purchase from them, not anyone else in the company that’s not in their branch. They also want you to go through that oil as quickly as possible so that you can re-purchase another overly priced one even if that means sacrificing the safety of you and your family. Price doesn’t necessarily mean quality. Marketing costs a lot of money. Here are the issues that I have with them:
They say they’re natural and pure so they’re safe. First off, CPTG®, or pure, or 100% natural means nothing. GCMS tests are what should be used. Secondly, they’re not naturally occurring. Plants don’t distill themselves nor do bottles grow on trees. Thirdly, pure and natural don’t mean safe. Peanuts are natural, so is poison ivy.
They also promote using essential oils neat. They need to be diluted. While in the past tea tree oil and lavender were said to be ok to use neat, we are constantly learning and now know that this is not safe.
They say they’re safe for everyone. They’re not. People who need to be careful include:
– Pregnant people
– Breastfeeding people
– Young children
– People on medication
– People with pre-existing medical condition
– People with pets.
They say that you can take it internally without being under the care of a certified aromatherapist who has studied internal use.
They tell you to drop essential oils into water. Oil and water don’t mix. Information about bath safety: and
They tell you to use them all the time. This can product sensitization.
They diffuse in public. Information about the school in Peoria, IL:
Lots of links about safety:
2. DISCREDITING EXPERTS
They try to say that these experts, such as aromatherapists, use outdated information when the opposite is true. They’re constantly keeping up-to-date with research. On a similar note, they’re portraying themselves as experts by saying things such as they do research on PubMed.
Check out this video about the scripts they memorize:
I always ask for links from reputable sources and the only thing I’ve had people come back with is that they read PubMed, but not one source.
3. CONFLICTING INFORMATION
They will state that their oils are the only pure oils out there, yet state that oils were found in Pharaoh’s tombs and they’re still good. Hold on a second. DoTERRA and Young Living didn’t exist back then and since they claim only their oils are pure, wouldn’t that make those oils they found fake? Plus, modern distillation methods didn’t exist back then. Neither did essential oils as we know it. The frankincense they referred to was probably the resin, if not that, then the incense. They weren’t bringing bottles of DT or YL to Baby Jesus.
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