My coworkers daughter is a doterra Rep and shes def drank the Coolaid. I get 8-20emails a day from her about the doterra oils benefits, blends, ideas, etc. I got my diffusers from her bc I love the cheap price I get from her (60) instead of 90CAD retail for the petal diffuser and I love the way it runs. the oils? SO EXPENSIVE. I get the same oils 100%pure from my local health store for a fraction of the cost. I love mixing essential oils, mostly just for the beautiful scents and admit that i have over 100/150 oils. But I hate the MLM companies and prefer smaller companies like Thursdays plantation essential oils from Australia- great value and quality. Doterra isn’t as pure as they claim. I also love making my own face creams with shea butter, vit e and frankincense essential oils. It’s fun and natural so, why not.
futuremrss17 : Yeah, I was sitting close to a diffuser this weekend at a friend’s house and I eventually had to move it got to be so obnoxious it gave me a headache.
I don’t use them but don’t have much experience. I let someone put something on me for a cold. I never noticed any improvement in symptoms. One of my ILs drank the koolaid and sells MLM oils. She’s currently on a diet (oil company weight loss shakes (whey protein I’m guessing), sensible dinner, walking, and of course oil blend capsules). Most of her focus his on how great the oils are for weight loss. Like…strictly limiting calories isn’t the reason?!? No, must be the oils! I can only roll my eyes. That being said, I am okay with them for what they are (some have proven to have benefits like peppermint for nausea) but not as a replacement for modern medicine or the flu shot (yeah for real, I see this). Now I avoid oils becase I’m sick of these people and their stupidity.
I’ve been a little ragey lately about the whole essential oils craze. I have a friend who sells them. She messaged me to suggest that her products might “cure” my daughter’s epilepsy. UM, NO HONEY. I can’t even believe she suggested that my daughter should go against the advice of her Johns Hopkins Neurologist and start using oils instead of her prescription anti-seizure medications. Freaking dumbass.
eeniebeans : YES. I had a friend (who sells them) tell me that it would cure my Crohn’s disease and I should consider using them instead of my medications. NO. That’s the DUMBEST thing I’ve ever heard. My friend who is a vet actually hears people using them for their pets and she literally laughs it off because there’s no medical benefit to using them. The irony is the friend who sells the oils was a CHEMISTRY major in college…….
ljm308 : Oh wow!!! That’s insane! I love oils and I find them useful for some things besides jsut pretty smells. I use peppermint for headaches, ginger for stomache aches, citronella as a bug repellent… etc. However, I would never give someone medical advice and try to claim the oils will replace their medication for a serious problem!! Maybe they could help in some way with a symptom or two, but why would non-medical professionals feel like they can give you medical advice??! That’s crazy! It’s unfortunate that people don’t do their research and listen to some of this stuff they hear through the MLM companies! I bought oils from an MLM and the things they tried to claim were wildly false and they were stupidly over-priced, so I moved on to a non MLM company to purchase my oils hassle-free!
ETA: some of the emails and facebook messages I have received from people in this MLM company are so crazy! I can see how these false claims keep circulating because someone heard it from someone who heard it from their “oil guru” Just no… these MLM companies give it such a bad reputation. I have been using oils since I was a kid. I had terrible headaches and my mom always put peppermint oil on my temples (ALWAYS DILUTE!). I had someone tell me I should be putting the oil under my tongue instead without diluting and I couldn’t believe someone was telling me to do that! This craze is kind of out of hand.
I think they are a load of bunk and ANY positive benefit they have is due to a placebo effect or the user confusing feeling “nice” with actual tangible or testable benefits. I have no fault with people wanting to make their house smell nice or if they personally find comfort from various scents if they have a headache, etc. BUT going ANY further than that is irresponsible, In My Humble Opinion.
“You know what they call alternative medicine that’s been proved to work? – Medicine.” – Tim Minchin
(Give this a watch if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare!)
loden : i LOVE them. Lavender helps me sleep. Eucalyptus helps with coughs. Peppermint helps with nasuea- we used that a lot after my DHs meds post-surgery made him want to puke. I like theives blend for immunity. Tea Tree for acne. DEET is gross, so I like oil based bug repellant. Lots of them just make a room smell nice too.
People (who sell them) do tend to claim they cure cancer and autism and make unicorns out of ponies etc. That is obviously OTT but there is a lot of legit scientific studies about their benefits:
I don’t do social media such as Facebook and the like and I had no idea about the essential oil craze and all this MLM business. I’ve been using oils for several years and I buy mine from a wholesale supplier. I place my order and pick it up from their warehouse since they’re close by.
And no, they are not an MLM company and I am no way affiliated with them. I buy essential oils for my own personal use and because they seem to benefit my well being and I can’t believe some of these people’s claims just to make a quick buck.
I just checked the Young Living and Doterra sites since they were mentioned here and damn homey…their prices make me laugh.
loden : I can’t speak for any other essential oils, but tea tree oil is absolutely as good or better as modern medincine, I use ot in place polysporin/anbesol/and probably a bunch of other things I’ve never had to buy because I just use tea tree oil. I recently recieved lavender, eucalyptus, and sweet orange as a gift but have yet to fully read up on thier uses beyond scent.
*note* I buy my tea tree oil at Walmart, best price and biggest bottle I’ve found anywhere.
I have a diffuser that I use occasionally to make my house smell nice- ylang ylang and orange is my favorite combo. I have used lavender to help me sleep (didn’t notice much of a difference), and peppermint for an upset stomach or headache. I do like the peppermint, it cools the skin and feels nice. I haven’t really experimented with other types of oils. Overall, I’m not a huge fan and definitely feel like they are overhyped. I can’t stand MLM companies and refuse to buy anything from them, so I get my oils on Amazon for much cheaper.
I have been using oils since long before the MLM companies became a thing. My mom has too, so we have always had them in our homes. If you want information, you should really see an Aromatherapy specialist, not an MLM rep. They are cray cray.
I use chammomile, lemon, bergamot, wintergreen, peppermint, and eucalyptus on a pretty regular basis for all sorts of different things. I like the way they make me feel when I can smell them, so I use them. It’s no different than a person who likes perfume or air fresheners, except oils are not chemical laden and they smell natural.
I can’t speak to the healing properties because I have never had any ailments that I needed to cure with oils, or any other medication for that matter. I do wonder one thing though. I make my own floor cleaner with a few drops of peppermint oil, and I NEVER get ants. We have an annual black ant invasion ever summer for a few weeks, and even when my neighbours get ants in the house, we never do. I can’t help but wonder if it’s the peppermint oil since bug repellant is apparently one of the uses.
I also use peppermint for burns, as long as the skin isn’t blistered or broken. Mixed with rose water, I find it works better than lavender and even aloe..which is supposedly considered the burn plant.
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