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We Need To Talk About Essential Oils

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So, unless you’re living under a rock . . .

You’ve probably noticed that essential oils have taken over the natural living world. You’ve probably also guessed by now that, despite some reports, they won’t give you superpowers or vacuum your house while you nap. But maybe you’re wondering if most of the claims about them could possibly be true.

Maybe you’re wondering “how” and “when” and “when NOT” to use them, especially when it comes to applications for children and pregnant/nursing women. If you’re not at least a little confused about essential oils, this post is probably not for you.

But if you are, today I’m going to share with you what I would say to any friend who happened to be sitting at my kitchen table with questions. Let’s get started with the most common ones:

Why is everyone so gaga over essential oils?

It’s just a theory, but I think it’s starting to worry people that acne medications may cause hair to grow on the side of their nose, cholesterol medications can trigger full-blown amnesia, and a medication designed to treat male pattern baldness may also cause them to grow fully functional, lactating breasts.

Maybe those concerns, plus concerns about toxins in our food, cleaning supplies, and beauty products are inspiring people to re-evaluate their lifestyle. Or it could be that essential oils just, um, smell amazing.

Okay, so . . . do essential oils really work?

I believe they do. I wouldn’t say every claim made about them is true, but several studies suggest that essential oils can be very useful:

Tylenol Vs. Tiger Balm

One study concluded that Tiger balm, which is made with the essential oils camphor, menthol, cajaput, and clove, was just as effective as Tylenol for relieving tension headaches. (source)

Asthma Medication Vs. Eucalyptus

Another study found that steroid-dependent asthmatics who were given eucalyptus oil were gradually able to reduce their medication dosage to a greater extent than those who received a placebo. (source1source 2)

MRSA Vs. Essential oils

Hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become major health concerns worldwide. (source) Many oils, including tea tree, thyme, eucalyptus, cinnamon, lemon and lemongrass have demonstrated the ability to rapidly kill one of the most concerning superbugs – MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) – in lab experiments. (source 1source 2source 3source 4)

Godzilla Vs. Essential Oils

No studies on this one, but essential oils would send that giant lizard running back to the ocean with his tail between his legs, obviously. If you want more studies to look through, though, type “essential oils” into the PubMed Database you will get over 12,000 studies and articles to review. TWELVE THOUSAND, folks.

Not all researchers found essential oils to be beneficial for the condition they were studying, and not all studies are well-constructed, but I have found much of the information to be very compelling. I encourage you to take a look and see what you think.

Of course, we haven’t even talked about how useful essential oils can be in homemade beauty products and cleaning supplies. We’ll get to that soon, but first, I’ll bet you’re wondering . . .


Are essential oils safe?

So, er, this is what I wanted to talk to you about. My personal opinion is that essential oils are very beneficial, but because they are so powerful they need to be used with wisdom.

Here’s how I see it: When I was a girl, my mom didn’t teach me to cook by handing me a steak knife and heading out for a relaxing afternoon at the movies. Though I may have succeeded in making lunch, I may have made some unwise decisions in the process. Instead, she worked alongside me, teaching me to properly use each kitchen tool in different situations.

When I started using essential oils, I didn’t receive much guidance regarding safety considerations. Now that I know better, I’m trying to do better. That is what I want to see happen in the world of essential oils.

As these amazing tools go mainstream, I want to help families discover safe and effective ways to use them. Because I want to be as thorough as possible, I’ve done something kind of crazy for a mom of three, blogger, homeschooler and (newbie) homesteader. I’ve enrolled in Aromahead’s Aromatherapy Program with the goal of becoming a certified aromatherapist! Aromahead is approved by the National Association For Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), and I’m so excited to be a part of their program.

I’ve also invested in a ton of resources, including Essential Oil Safety, which was written by world renowned expert Robert Tisserand. I nearly fainted when I first saw the sticker price for it, but considering it took him and his co-author 10+ years to write I’d say it’s well worth it. And hey, at least the shipping was free.


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71 Responses to We Need To Talk About Essential Oils

  1. Marcela says:

    I love that you’re evidence based
    Much love from Chile

  2. Danielle says:

    Oh my, thank you ! Thank you so much for this post ! I definitely love the fact that you research each and every topic.
    I’m very interested in essential oils, but backed up a little bit (well, actually a fair bit) when I saw how money-driven some company and some people were, how many contradictions were flying around, and how unethical some folks can be when it comes to earning money.
    Like you, I landed on the Aromahead webpage, and I wish I could take the course. Robert Tisserand’s book is also in my wish list on Amazon. Funny how we got to the same place ! I think I’ll definitely love to be part of your group if you agree ! Thank you !

  3. Becky @ Rooted Blessings says:

    Yes! You are right on! So excited about your Aromahead Certification. I am excited to hear more about the program.

  4. Jyo says:

    I loved that

  5. Sarah says:

    Ah!!! This is EXACTLY what I am getting ready to do with EXACTLY the same reasoning!!! I love how Aromahead Institute is flexible with my schedule and the needs of my family for a lot less stress during the homeschooling year. I am soooo excited to learn.

  6. Allison says:

    Thank you for posting this! I have this book on my wishlist right now. I’ve been using EOs (also YL) for a few months now and love them. However, I’m concerned that in our passion for these amazing oils we are forgetting how precious and potent they are.

    Thanks for posting about Aromahead, as well. I’ve been looking into certification programs and will check that one out.

  7. Liz Allie says:

    This information is for those who do not care for MLM or New Age sounding spiritualism with the YL brand. Selah Essential Oils is a Christian company that does not attribute oils to heal anything spiritual, chakras, colors, etc. ***I am not all suggesting that they should not use YL. This is not about judging anyone for their choice of companies, or a “wrong” company*** I’m just wanting to share that there is another option for those who do not desire to go the MLM or New Age path. Everyone has the total freedom to choose as they please. Do what you want to do. I presently have YL, but have decided to try Selah the next go around.
    Oils have helped in our household.
    Great info! Thanks.

  8. Megan says:

    Thanks Heather, for addressing this in such a friendly, concise and informational way! Bloggers who are heavy on the research have a widespread influence, IMO! I’m curious how your research and findings compared to that of Adrienne’s from Whole New Mom. She did lots of intense research as well but wound up choosing another company. I also have a good friend who did similar research and tried the same company as Adrienne’s, but then decided to go with YL. Can you shed any more light on how you came to this decision? I think it’s so great you’ll be getting that aromatherapist certification — it will only add to your ‘street cred’! 😉 Take care!

    • Heather says:

      That’s a great question, Megan. I did research that company but decided to look elsewhere. Based on my conversations with a certified aromatherapist, I concluded that some of the blends offered could be unsafe. Oils are listed on a label in the order of how much is present – the ones listed first make up more of the blend than ones listed last. In at one of their blends, the second oil listed can be neurotoxic in high concentrations and is therefore only recommended in very low concentrations. That was a red flag for me. Water can be toxic if too much is consumed, so it’s definitely about appropriate use. It is my opinion that most oils are safe when used appropriately. I absolutely love having them in my home, but “appropriately” is the key word. Can you tell I really feel passionate about that – I used the word three times! 😀

  9. Sarah says:

    So glad to hear you went with YL, Heather! We’ve used them for two years and LOVE them. I’m glad you’re getting to take the aromatherapy course and would love to hear about what you learn and, particularly, if it goes along well with the French way of using oils therapeutically. Blessings! Sarah

  10. Danita says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for writing this! The number of people I see in social media using EO’s has exploded, as have the number of respected mommy-type bloggers that I’ve seen write about it. It has scared me so much, because SO MANY of the recommendations I see given for use with very young children and pregnant women are contraindicated by many non-MLM sources. I am 100% pro-EO, but not enough people understand that they are very powerful compounds with potential side effects, just like any medication. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for standing up for the knowledge that they need to be used responsibly and with caution/research.

  11. Jacklyn says:

    Thank you for this post. I am considering using oils for my stress, my son’s asthma and my daughter’s eczema/allergies. I have been browsing many web pages and Facebook pages recently gathering information. I will try to join your group as well. Many thanks for great read, study information and link to your decision to go with YL.

  12. Beth B says:

    I am sad you decided to openly support an MLM scheme.
    I wont be following you anymore.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Beth, herbalists have a longstanding tradition of passing their knowledge on through apprenticeships, etc. These things require a significant time investment from those sharing information, and it seems reasonable that that they be compensated somehow. In the same way, individuals who share information on how to identify beneficial essential oils and use them appropriately often make significant time investments in the people they mentor. I don’t see anything wrong with them being compensated for it, though I do have concerns about some of the information shared.

      Of course, you are free to find a community that resonates more with you. I wish you all the best!

    • Cindy says:

      The true scheme is the pharmaceutical companies who seem to only have the bottom line in their interest, not the health and welfare of the public at large. There is nothing schemey about YL at all. They are open, honest, pure and therapeutic. I don’t feel slighted or schemed at all. I am enjoying sharing the love and effectiveness of these amazing oils and showing my friends and family how they can get it too. Am I making some money on the side? You bet. But I don’t “sell” I share and show people the way. It’s really too bad some people can’t see it that way!

  13. Carla says:

    I too am a big fan of Floracopeia as they promote the sustainability of essential oils and the farmers producing. I also am a big fan of Dave and Sara, who teach about the sustainable use of the plants and hens and have a great body of knowledge between the two of them about using such herbs. They not only sell the oils, but floral essences, which can be great for children, and don’t require huge amounts of the plant and David has written books and teaches workshops on the full spectrum of plant based medicine. I appreciate that YL and DoTerra are often more affordable, but they promote the idea of using oils for everything and often. You have to remember that it takes a lot if ine plant to make an ounce of that oil you are using. I am becoming more proactive about making tinctures, infusions and balms with whole herbs. It takes a lot less if the plant and can be just as potent. I save the oils for very specific and neccessary things and my personal fragrance.

    • Jacqueline says:

      I’m with you! I believe in EOs and have used with success, particularly peppermint and lavender for headaches/migraines. However, my number one belief is in herbs, tinctures, infusions, etc. these are things we can gather and prepare in our own homes with the least amount of processing. Love this discussion! Thanks for the info, Heather!

  14. Cait says:

    I have been waiting for you to talk about essential oils! Thank you so much. I feel like all the information out there is either too liberal or too conservative. I would absolutely love to hear more if you’re willing to write about oils with children, babies, and pregnancy – definitely the most controversial aspects (which unfortunately means I kind of wing it, because you don’t know who to trust).

  15. Christy says:

    I love The family that owns this company is amazing :) their website is very informative and I chose them for many reasons. One reason is for all the oils that are already mixed to help with specific symptoms/ailments. I’m glad not to have to research every oil and mix on my own :). Regardless the company tho they are great!

  16. Nicole says:

    A thought–you mentioned that when you first started using EOs you didn’t receive good advice about safety concerns. I have noticed on your blog that you very much take matters of your family’s health into your own hands, which is awesome! So wouldn’t it then make sense for you to feel compelled to research EO safety on your own as you were starting to use them? The metaphor of handing a toddler a steak knife seems harsh…as an adult, no one is responsible for your EO use but yourself. I think it is important in the EO world that folks aren’t dependent on others for their oil usage, but are informed to make independent decisions. And good choice on YL–welcome to the family :-)

    • Heather says:

      Great questions. To answer them I need to clarify a few things. I didn’t intend to imply the image of giving a steak knife to a toddler – I meant to give the picture of a young girl who is capable and able to exercise good judgment, but is not yet experienced and in need of instruction. Also, I said that I didn’t receive much guidance. I did actually research safety issues, but much less was known about appropriate use at the time. Now that more information is available I feel compelled to modify my approach. Hope that helps!

  17. Kyle says:

    If any of you are curious I am interviewing Emily Wright one of the owners of doTERRA in an hour 8pm MST about the very subject of quality and sourcing. (She is in charge of this and has done this for other eo companies for 17 years) Regardless of brand we all have the same mission of education and service. I think most all EO companies have the mission of empowering families through proper education and safety and that’s something we all share. Should very be educational and transparent. If you would like to watch from home or your phone or watch the recording later email me at and I’ll send you a promo code so you can listen for free

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  19. Ciocie Mamom says:

    How interesting that you write about this because i was thinking of posting myself some information that I have gathered after doing a lot of research. What i find is that many people do not understand the difference in essential oils, hydrosols, and infusioned oils. I have been making my own hydrosols (which is the by product of essentials oil) but much safer to use. Essential oils and safe to use and amazing however they have to be handled correctly and with a carrier oil. However hydrosols are safer and use in a lot of cosmetics. In fact i just read an article that the heading was “Hydrosols are the new essential oils” only because they are safer to use. All that being said there are many videos on the internet showing how to make essential oils that are really infused oils with herbs in olive or some other oil that sit in warm jars for a period of time and also some that show how to make essentials oils when in fact they are making hydrosols (which is an excellent product) but not essential oils. In the next few weeks i will probably write about this in more detail on my blogs. Thanks so much for taking the time to start the discussion.

  20. kim says:

    I certainly have noticed a boom in the use of – or at least talk of using essential oils. It’s fascinating to me and makes me curious as to if they truly work, however I am very concerned about the safety of them as we have small children and another on the way. I don’t want to do anything that would be harmful. I don’t know of a lot of info on what you can/can’t use with small children or while pregnant or breastfeeding. Soooo…whatever wisdom you can impart….!

  21. AS says:

    I wanted to know your feelings on this…
    I’m concerned about many of these popular brands not being Organic. I feel that if I’m putting concentrated amounts of these oils on my skin (on internally or whatever) then I’m getting concentrated amounts of pesticides. What are your thoughts?

    • noelle says:

      Some of the best oils are wild-crafted, and can therefore not be certified organic. For others, it is possible to get organic where we are, with brands like Pranarom, Bioflore. I opt for them because aside from the pesticide issue, they will have a different composition.

  22. Danielle says:

    What a timely post! Just last night I was thinking of learning more about essential oils as a way to enhance the doula services I plan to offer, but I have no idea where to even begin. Thanks for the research and resources!

    • Adelaide says:

      Please don’t recommend essential oil use to pregnant women unless you know what you are doing. There are several that can disrupt hormones or induce menstration or miscarriage.

  23. Meg says:

    Hi Heather,

    Congratulations on making your choice with YL! I’ve heard they’re a marvelous company.

    I respect you so very much for the intense research you put into all of your posted information. Your attention to detail is amazing, and even though we’re about the same age, “when I grow up, I wanna be just like you!” Hehe…

    I see that you are getting some seriously critical comments – this *does* appear to be a very hotly debated topic. I trust that you have made the best choice for *your* family, and admire you for publicly choosing the company that you support.

    Keep on truckin’, Heather – you’re an inspiration.

  24. David J Shedlock says:

    I once posted a question on my Facebook page asking my friends if they could name any disease or medical condition that essential oils could not treat or cure. They could not name one. Is that true? Can EOs treat the essential cause of Type 2 Diabetes? Hodgkin’s Disease? Muliple Systems Atrophy? Broken arms?

    • Heather says:

      Hi David, I think it is very unwise to call essential oils a cure for anything. Can they cure acne? No. Do certain oils stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin cells, and could that support smooth skin? Possibly. In other words, it is my belief that essential oils can be a complement to other approaches, but as I said in my post they don’t replace a good diet or adequate amounts of sleep. And if I ever break my arm I am going to the emergency room :)

  25. Heather C. says:

    I find this post to be very comforting. I have chosen a different company, but is there really a need to stick to just one company? Is there harm in using EO from different companies? It seems many people use multiple companies without problems of mixing products. I have no experience with this and would like to hear others opinions. Thank you for your honesty.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Heather, it is a matter of preference. As long as you know that the companies you buy from can ensure quality, there is no reason you have to stick to just one.

  26. Sarah says:

    Tickled to have found a fellow “classmate” and enjoy the class.

  27. Beth says:

    Heather, I’d be curious to know your thoughts on using any essential oils in cooking. In particular, I’m thinking of organic lemon essential oil, as an alternative to lemon extract which contains undesirable additives and is not organic. Is it safe to use a very limited amount of the EO, or not at all?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Beth, there are some oils that can stand in for an extract if it is not available: peppermint, ginger, lemon, and orange for example. However some oils which would seem to be okay are not recommended (like basil), so it’s important to research first. It is my understanding that using EO’s in recipes this way is only appropriate if the recipe has a significant amount of fat. I believe the conversion is 1 drop per teaspoon of extract called for.

  28. Lindsey says:

    I’m disappointed to read this post. I really love your blog and your well-researched blog posts are some of the best I’ve seen. However, when the posts end with a sales pitch (like this one, the parenting one, the one linked to Prescript Assist, and many others lately), there is a phoniness there that really bothers me and I’m inclined to stop reading. MLMs are particularly annoying in that they take advantage of your relationship with someone in order to sell them something, not to mention the inflated prices since everyone up the chain gets a share.

    I understand that bloggers take a lot of time and effort to write posts and should be compensated, but I much prefer ads on the sidebar or Amazon affiliate links to ads that are embedded in posts; it just doesn’t seem genuine. At the very least I would think you would start the blog post by saying you’re selling something.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Lindsey, thanks for sharing your thoughts. There are a few things you mentioned that I’d like to respond to:

      As a point of clarification, the Prescript Assist post I wrote was published over a year ago. I simply linked to it from my Facebook page because they were having a sale I thought y’all might be interested in.

      Also, if I link to a product with an affiliate link, it is something that I personally use, support and/or would recommend without an affiliate link. Here’s what I mean: The other day a new neighbor stopped by our farm. We have boys around the same age and she commented on how well my kids responded to a sticky situation that came up. I laughed and said, “Well, I’m no genius at this. I’m taking a parenting class that’s helping me.” When something makes that much of a difference in my life I want to share it, so that’s what I did. As you might imagine, a lot of people ask me to review and recommend their products here on Mommypotamus. Most of the time I have to say no, because I I won’t recommend anything to your family that I wouldn’t use with mine. On the other hand, I have discovered some WONDERFUL products because someone got in touch with me for a review. I am a loyal (and frequent!) customer of many of the companies I have recommended. (Not all, of course, because there are times when I’ll do things like recommend a source for grass-fed beef for those who can’t find any locally. I can buy mine locally, so I do.)

      Finally, herbalists have a longstanding tradition of passing their knowledge on through apprenticeships, etc. These things require a significant time investment from those sharing information, and it seems reasonable that that they be compensated somehow. In the same way, individuals who share information on how to identify beneficial essential oils and use them appropriately often make significant time investments in the people they mentor. I don’t see anything wrong with them being compensated for it via the MLM model, though I do have concerns about some of the information that is shared. I’m investing thousands of dollars in tuition and supplies toward earning my aromatherapy certification, and I’ll be giving away what I learn for free here. I am incredibly grateful to those who sign up to order through me because they help offset my costs.

      If after reading this you still feel that I am insincere in my recommendations, I hope that you will be able to find a community that resonates more with you. Ain’t nobody got time for fake butter or fake people . . . or even people they think might be fake! :)

      • Laura says:

        So I just wrote a stand-alone comment and then read the existing comments – your reply to this person’s comment is essentially what I was trying to say to you! Everyone needs to earn a living!

  29. Lindsey says:

    Also, I do appreciate your comments about using the essential oils appropriately. A couple of years ago I took some of YL’s Theives gel caps internally and it caused some pretty intense GI issues that lasted long after I stopped taking the gel caps.

  30. sierra says:

    can i ask how you chose an online program? i am looking for one and so far it seems between east-west and aromaheads — im new to all this so looking for more information :)

  31. Ishaa says:

    HI Heather!
    I tried to register as a wholesale distributor under your link when I go to my cart on natural living website the price came up as $300. I called customer service and the wait time is 102 minutes. Any suggestions I’m afraid to give my CC as I do not want to be charged the $300 since I specifically put wholesale. And now they have my SS#. Is this company fairly easy to work with? Thanks, Ishaa

  32. Sarah says:

    Hi Heather,

    Did something happen or did you read something that caused you to want to go in this direction?

  33. Jennifer says:

    Hi Heather, I’m happy that you did this post. It was odd when I first started using EO’s that people were so protective of the brand they use. Not sure exactly why that is, but there is definite tension in the air when you get into discussing brands. I don’t use YL or doTerra, but Native American Nutritionals. I had done some research myself (probably not as much as you :) and was pretty impressed with them and have been using them ever since. Thank you for putting the information out there that you do! Whenever I have something going on, yours is the first website that I go to for help!

  34. Brooke says:

    Hi Heather! Do you recommend using these high quality oils in your cleaning recipes or would essential oils that you can buy from grocery stores work instead?

  35. Sierra says:

    It’s important to remember that all essential oils are anti-microbial and anti-bacterial… so when used internally, they don’t distinguish between bad and good bacteria, they KILL it all (including our good gut bacteria!)!! Yikes! I’ll never take it internally again! But do love cleaning with them! :)

  36. Erin says:

    Hi Heather,

    I ordered a kit through your referral link last month and still haven’t received the book from you. Just wondering when I could be expecting it. thanks so much!

  37. Laura says:

    Hi Heather, this comment is actually geared toward the controversy surrounding your later post about EO’s. I think comments were closed. But I wanted to say that while it might be “admirable” for you to choose not to make an income off of oils you recommend, you have every right to do so! I didn’t read the post you had to remove so I don’t know what it said. But the rest of your posts make you seem like a reasonable, kind person. I doubt you blasted any companies, even if you said they weren’t your preference. And just because you don’t mention every other company out there doesn’t mean you are unethical. From the comments, it appears you did your research, chose what you liked best, told people why, and earned some income from it. Particularly considering the direction blogging has gone, this seems reasonable to me. While it’s all well and good to share your knowledge for free, it doesn’t seem to me you have to. I’m kinda of blathering here now so I’ll stop. But you have my moral support one way or the other (and I don’t buy essential oils!).

  38. Nikki says:

    I’ve rescently read that there are three different schools of thought behind essential oils, English, French, and German. Have you researched those methods at all? For me personally, It’s cleared up my questions about the big debate wether to ingest oils, put it on skin, diffuse, or none of the above. I’ve also resently read that America is very heavy on the English method of using essential oils and that the confusion lays between those that want to practice using essential oils the French method or the English method….I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Thank you!

  39. Natalie says:


    Do you know where I can get a list of ailments and the oils that are used to treat them? Like a quick guide kind of thing?

    You inspire me daily!

  40. Carol says:

    I just enrolled in the Aromahead University program after watching one of their free facebooks webinars. I’m so excited to get started. I had newly enrolled as a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA oils. I’m presuming they’re compatible?

  41. Corrina says:

    ARC’S policy against YL’S Raindrop Therapy (important if wanting to become a RA (Registered Aromatherapist)

    Some third party testing

    Great EOS with Certificate of Analysis for each EO

    Please be safe using EOS. Your book is the perfect investment for safe use.

  42. Tifany says:

    I have been using essential oils for a number of years and I so appreciate your comments on oils. I first began using Aura Cacia as they were less expensive. I have tried DoTerra and others that were just too expensive for me. I was curious if anyone has tried and what you thought about them? I tried their Best Friend blend and I really liked it. Thanks for your feedback.

  43. Gail says:

    What lead me to Aromahead Institute was my research. I discovered an amazing amount of knowledge about people who are using EOs and came to the conclusion that there are professionals, and every day moms who are discussing, making recommendations without proper knowledge and or certifications required to make such recommendations. It was an eye opener for me and I too want to become an aromatherapist at Aromahead Institute. I’ve seen many of Andrea’s free webinars and I learned so much from her, as a professional.

  44. Sarah says:

    THANK YOU! Thank you for highlighting that EOs are powerful. Thank you for highlighting that unless you really know what you’re doing they can be dangerous. Thank you for having a higher sense of responsibility as a blogger than most who just say, “yeah, EOs will change your life – just jump right in!”
    I’ve worked with many natural health practitioners, including aromatherapists, who have all said: EOs work on a molecular level, like all health sciences they’ve got to be respected and used appropriately.
    I always enjoy reading your articles as they’re intelligent, balanced, and natural!

  45. Christina says:

    Did you finish the Aromahead course? Would you still recommend it, why or why not?

  46. noelle says:

    You can always order from one of the European brands, like Pranarom or Bioflore, if you want certified organic. You probably know this, but for some oils it’s desirable to use the wild plants, in which case it can’t be certified organic. A favourite website of mine is this one : I have no affiliation with them or any other oil company, am just a big EO user (tho I don’t support MLMs for anything, including EOs but luckily don’t have to since in Europe our oils are excellent and highly controlled).

  47. Tarah says:

    Check out Native American Nutritionals for organic oils and see how you like them. I hope recommending them isn’t stepping on Heather’s toes!

  48. Joanne says:

    Hi, I’d love to hear how you cured migraines with oils. Thanks!

  49. Samantha says:

    I would love info on your IBS treatment as my mother suffers from it. Thank you I’m advance.

  50. Patty says:

    Sage, thanks for sharing, I would also love to hear about your recipes for IBS using EO!

  51. Adelaide says:

    If you are looking for organic essential oils check They sell all kinds of herbs, oils, teas, etc. They have awesome prices, they are not a MLM, and they are not new agey. (I’m not affiliated with them or any other company selling oils and I never have been.)

    I have been using essential oils for 15+ years and I must say I have some very serious concerns about recommendations for significant ingestion or topical use of essential oils regardless of quality. These oils can be toxic with overuse.

    Essential oils are amazing for the proverbial medicine box, but I would recommend starting with just a couple and very slowly adding individual oils as you gain knowledge and experience. Blends are useful, but experience with the individual components will benefit you more in the long run. If I had to recommend two to start with I would say tea tree oil and peppermint oil. Both are inexpensive and have a lot of uses on their own. If you don’t like the smell of tea tree oil, oregano oil would be a great alternative to start with (especially if you like the smell of Italian food).

    One final note, I would strongly urge you all to look into the trademarked phrases used by companies you choose to work with. I believe that the products are quality for most of these companies, but some of the marketing may be painting a picture that is less than clear. (I apologize if this is negative I am just trying to help people do their own research.)

  52. Monica says:

    doTERRA does not own all farms, they source the oil in their native habitat. They work closely with farmers to also enhance their economy. For example, they are providing many jobs and hope for people in Haiti.Emily Wright, doTERRA in Haiti, Vetiver and Helpi…:

  53. Heather says:

    Hi Meme, it is my opinion internal use of essential oils should only be considered under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. There are times when it may be appropriate, but they are outside the scope of what I will be covering. As I find resources and individuals who are qualified, I will share them :)

  54. Michelle says:

    Meme I would consider trying homeopathy for getting rid of the MRSA. Its very effective for dealing with those sorts of things.

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