Essential Oils: Just Another Snake Oil or True Panacea?
Are Essential Oils, sold by large MLM (multi-level marketing) and other companies just another snake oil, or are they really the panacea your next door neighbor claims?
On one hand, are hundreds, perhaps thousands of people who swear essential oils have cured everything from their uncle’s cancer to their baby’s croup. On the other hand, there are some people who claim essential oils didn’t work for them. Are essential oils bogus, or do they really work?
Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, a PhD chemist from Germany, and aromatherapist since 1983, has stated: “Most people who newly discover aromatherapy enter a kind of aroma-euphoria. In this euphoric state, the novice tends to try to heal all health problems—and then some—with the help of aromatherapy. Naturally, such expectations cannot be fulfilled entirely.”
“Most people who newly discover aromatherapy enter a kind of aroma-euphoria. In this euphoric state, the novice tends to try to heal all health problems…with the help of aromatherapy.” Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD.
Dr. Schnaubelt continues: “Aromatherapy is best suited for treating infectious illnesses…Aromatherapy is also effective in the areas of the psyche, nervous system, and hormonal balance…Aromatherapy is less specific in the areas of inflammatory, allergic, or autoimmune conditions, as these often develop over years or as a result of hereditary factors…Aromatherapy is even less effective in treating metabolic or degenerative conditions which have evolved over years and are only slowly reversible, if at all” (Advanced Aromatherapy. The Science of Essential Oil Therapy. p. 99).
So, the bottom line is: Don’t expect Essential Oils to cure everything, but do expect them to be most effective when used to treat infectious illnesses. The key is to purchase from a company that sells high quality oils. Additionally, it is important to get some education so that you know essential oil’s limitations, safe use and realistic healing possibilities. Next time, we’ll talk about how to know you are purchasing high quality essential oil.
Randy Carr is the General Manager of GEO Essential, LLC. He has been using essential oils for over 15 years himself, and sources and sells Pure, Natural and Complete® Essential Oils. He loves learning about and teaching others about high quality essential oils. You can reach Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/geoessential, www.twitter.com/geoessential, https://www.instagram.com/geo_essential/, https://www.pinterest.com/geoessential/ .