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Essential Oil News That Changed My Plans

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When I wrote . . .

The post that was originally published here, I did it because I value the trust you’ve placed in me. At this time, to protect my family to the best of my ability, I’m choosing not to discuss specific oil companies at all, nor publish comments that mention them. I feel incredibly sad that I have to limit the discussion in this way, and I am very sorry that I had to remove some of your comments even though there was nothing inherently wrong with them. Please know that I value the time you take to share your thoughts, and this is a unique circumstance I did not anticipate.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of things we can talk about! I will still be sharing all about the therapeutic use of essential oils as I work toward my aromatherapy certification, and I welcome your questions.

A few things to keep in mind going forward:

First, at this time I choose not to have any financial ties to any essential oil company. If that changes in the future I will let you know.

Second, if I could distill my “Mommypotamus Mission Statement” into just two sentences, it would be this:

I choose my family. And I choose yours.

Everything I write on this blog is guided by that. As long as this blog exists, that’s going to be the way it is. Thank you for being here.

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117 Responses to Essential Oil News That Changed My Plans

  1. Honey W says:

    Appreciate your candidness! I spent quite a while myself finding a company that offered quality essential oils before I found one I could support. And for me personally, it was important that I found one that was certified organic, which isn’t as common as you’d expect. There are so many great options out there to choose from! Glad you found one that was a good fit.

    • Honey W says:

      The company I work with does have only 100% certified organic oils, some blends included, but due to the certification, our selection admittedly isn’t as broad as many other companies yet. We sell other organic items as well, so the main focus isn’t particularly on their oils; but I’m personally working on gaining knowledge from credible sources, and of course, it would be a dream to be able to get my own aromatherapy certification. Do you have any recommendations for that?

      • Go to Aromahead Institute for certification. Andrea Butje is the top educator in the business! Tell her Lauren sent you!

        • Diana says:

          I have been looking at Aromahead’s education options for a while now and this and Vintage Remedies are the two I’d choose from when I’m ready to get started!

  2. Evelyn says:

    Bravo! A heart centered life, working in-service to truth is exactly the source of guidance, suggestions and sharing I wish to partake. Thank You for your courage and living your truth… There is no greater abundance.

  3. Lisa says:

    Just wondered if you had researched Simply Aroma?

  4. Teresa says:

    Just curious why you did not choose doTERRA? You can just email me the reply please.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Looks like a great company, and affordable is right! Just wanted to let you know the link didn’t work for me. Could be just me though! Thanks for the information!

  6. April says:

    Thank you for this! I’ve been wanting to experiment with essential oils and was considering signing up as a member with one of the “big two”. I’m excited to try these now, though! Way more affordable and, after following you for quite some time, I trust your judgement!

  7. Leslie says:

    What a great article. You are awesome! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been using Plant Therapy for a couple years now and really love their oils. It’s nice to see someone like you also endorse them as well.

  8. Laura says:

    I’d trust you with my life at this point, so change your mind as much as you like, I always know that you have the best intentions in mind:)

    Now I just hope that they send to my country *fingers crossed*. I have so far tested a few companies, but they’re so unbelievably expensive here. It would be so good to get a bit cheaper, yet high quality product:)

    .. and good luck with the certification!:)

  9. Leah says:

    That is great news! I chose the company I represent based on the safety standards they promote and being organic. It is scary how much misinformation is floating around on the internet about essential oils. It’s so refreshing to see more and more bloggers (particularly Mommy bloggers) promoting SAFE use instead of the dangerous uses I’ve seen suggested by some. Congrats on your new endeavor with Plant Therapy!!

  10. Angela says:

    Hey Heather! Who are you going throught to get certified? THANKS!

    • Heather says:

      Aromahead Institute :)

      • marta says:

        me too! :)

      • Leah says:

        I did their free intro course and loved it. How are you liking the more in depth learning? It’s something I’ve been considering. Is there a lot of science/chemistry components to what you are learning?

        • Mary says:

          Thanks for mentioning that they have a free intro course. I’ve been meaning to learn about EOs, sounds like this is a very smart way to do so!

          • Leah says:

            You’re welcome! It was very informative, definitely look into it.

          • Sara says:

            Once you are licensed as an aromatherapist, make sure you get professional insurance that specifically covers the internal ingestion of Essential Oils… so you are covered (if you are going to recommend internal ingestion) as there are many legal issues surrounding that area!

      • Sara says:

        Once you are licensed as an aromatherapist, make sure you get professional insurance that specifically covers the internal ingestion of Essential Oils… so you are covered (if you are going to recommend internal ingestion) as there are many legal issues surrounding that area!

  11. Shanna says:

    I congratulate you on choosing to move forward with a company you feel so strongly about, whether you’re gaining financially from it, or not. I am a little annoyed though that you hold such high regard for companies that you only gain financially from. As far as Tisserand writing THE book on safety… he may have been one of the first to publish, but he certainly hasn’t created safety guidelines. As for these new “fad” companies that are trying to reinvent the wheel, ask any traditional aromatherapist, this whole EO business is getting out of hand. You would never ingest an oil, except maybe conservatively in culinary uses, because that isn’t the therapy of oils. “Aroma” is using the olfactory senses which have a direct path to the brain, that then causes a calming or stimulating affect on the body. Secondly, it’s used for topical application in diluted form, with a rare exception of using in small amounts neat (direct use without a carrier oil). And even more conservative is used in culinary, by the drop. The fact that these companies are saying their products are “so pure you can eat them” doesn’t really matter. There hadn’t been years of research on what ingesting them can do to the body because for years, aromatherapists haven’t ingested them! There are plenty of companies out there that deserve recognition for being pure and upstanding, but you haven’t mentioned them at all. I find it discouraging that you would use your popularity to sway people to believing in company A (that rewards you financially), when companies B-Z exist that don’t monetarily appeal to you. In your blogs, you have never mentioned using Oshadhi Professional Essential Oils. That is a company that has stringent testing, but because they don’t appeal to the masses and remain professional, I assume you’re not interested in such a company? I am not trying to be disrespectful towards you. It’s frustrating how diluted this tradition has become. Feel free to use whatever oils you like, but don’t you think as a celebrity blogger, you have a responsibility to be true without financial gain swaying your decisions?

    • Heather says:

      I’m sorry, Shanna, I’m not sure I understand your question. Can you please rephrase?

    • Jesse says:

      Shanna…. It sounds as if you didn’t even read what she wrote. You probably should go back and do that, because it is one of the best posts I’ve seen in awhile and one of the most appreciated. With all of the time, effort and love that Heather puts into her work, she doesn’t deserve for someone falsely accusing her.

  12. Erica says:

    Heather, do you know if their oils are from the first extraction? TIA

  13. Sara says:

    Thank you Heather for your honesty and this way your recommendations to us will feel clean b/c we will know you aren’t making a profit from it. My Naturopath purposely doesn’t sell supplements b/c she says things get sticky when she makes a profit from her recommendations… she just sends us to the local health food store or online and this, she says, keeps her relationship with the supplements “clean” and I like that about her (and you now!).
    Thank you!

    • Erica says:

      Wow, Sara! I have been trying desperately to find a naturopath like this, and I can’t find anyone who doesn’t sell supplements. Please tell me your naturopath is in Southern California? That would be a dream come true!

  14. Kelly L. says:

    Heather, I’m wondering if Plant Therapy has therapeutic grade oils. I was under the impression that it was important for brands to be therapeutic grade to be a good quality oil. Could you help shed some light on that for me? Thanks!

  15. Andrea says:

    If you were to recommend a few oils to try as an introduction to PlantTherapy, which would you recommend?

  16. BB says:

    You are AWESOME! Thank you for your honesty and candidness in your blog. It is good to know those who recommend things they use and love rather than just due to compensatory reasons. I wholeheartedly agree with the choice for Plant Therapy. I have used them for some time now. Their prices are great, AND they usually ship whatever you order for free. I also joined an EO company, but after two orders I also quit as I could not see paying the exorbitant prices, even at distributor cost, then upping the price even more to sell to others. I have used Plant Therapy ever since, but only for my own use, not to ‘resell’ to anyone. Like you, I had to educate myself on these EO’s, and it took joining a company to discover what I needed to know to change. Kudos to you, and blessings on your schooling for the tools and knowledge to lead you forward in your desires to serve people honestly and forthright. =D

  17. Tara says:

    Heather, thank you for sharing this–its life changing! So many people I know NEED these oils and cannot afford them. The fact that you’ve done this research for us is invaluable. I feel so thankful that I have followed your blog and advice for so long, and I can trust your recommendations 100%. THANK YOU! I plan on trying this company so I can compare. So excited about this possibility!

    God bless you

  18. Jessica says:

    :::slow clap begins:::

    I applaud you in your decision and appreciate your ‘human-ness’, very much. Great post!!!


  19. Sara says:

    As far as internal use of any essential oils, it’s good to remember that all of them are “anti-microbial” and “anti-bacterial” in nature… and they don’t distinguish between good/bad bacteria… which means they kill ALL the good bacteria in the gut!!!!! Yikes! I’d NEVER take them internally, except as an alternative to antibiotics.

    • Chasa says:

      There is actually no scientific evidence to support the whole killing of gut flora. Many experience aromatherapist have spoken about it, including Robert Tisserand.

      Ingestion has it’s place but it needs to be done carefully and under the guidance of a professional.

      • Sara says:

        What worries me are all the so-called-specialists through the big MLM companies saying to, “add a few drops of an EO to your water daily”! I used to do this and feel it was detrimental to my gut health. I don’t think anyone except a licensed aromatherapist should be recommending their internal use. And even then, it should only be given in enterically coated capsules, never just straight in water!

  20. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for being so open and honest. I, too, did my research and wasn’t convinced until this post to switch. I still may not immediately as I intend to do more of my own research, but I have yet to find something I don’t agree with from you. You are a true blessing.

  21. Rebekah K. says:

    Thank you for being honest and showing humility by being willing to change your mind based on new information you discovered!

  22. Jen K. says:

    I love this Heather! I recently dove into Plant Therapy oils – DOVE. After my own research and their affordability, I just went with it. I read a few quality reports, but the price was so good. Too good to be true??? Thanks for being honest and direct! I think they are a wonderful company.

  23. Brenda Kaschner says:

    Hello. I’m curious how they can keep their prices so much lower.

  24. Ambere says:

    I’m so excited to see this!! I bought some plant therapy on amazon because I needed to make bug spray as soon as possible And the price and 2 day shipping was great! I love seeing that you recommend them!

  25. Kristen says:

    I’m curious…
    Why does Plant Therapy claim that Frankincense, ‘Boswellia Carteri’ is the same as ‘Sacred Frankincense’ on their website? Sacred Frankincense is Boswellia Sacra, and is NOT the same as Carteri. Just ask the research doctors of the frankincense oils…

  26. Thank you for this. It’s been really annoying watching all these bloggers I used to love, head straight first into essential oils. While I believe they are really healing and powerful, I also feel like the use of them has become inauthentic and all about the money.

    The respect I have for you has grown two-fold!

  27. Nadine says:

    Check out LovingScents Aromatherapy as well. I think you would be pleased with their oils. I’m a level one aromatherapist. Thanks for your blog and your hard work! Great information!!!

  28. Lee Ann says:

    This is so refreshing to me. I was a follower of quite a few mommy/mama bloggers and was a member of their essential oil groups but got disillusioned and removed myself from their groups. They are with the 2 big mlm companies and seeing how they advocate unsafe use all the time (I was even told off when I commented respectfully on safe use/not using neat/not ingesting, etc.) I saw that they were either motivated by greed and don’t care about their followers’ safety or just doesn’t know any better but not interested in learning and so lost their credibility to me. So when I saw your post before I said “oh no, not another one!”, so glad you are concerned with safety and care about what you tell your followers and recommends a company even though you will not earn a single cent from doing so. You just earned my highest respectand! God bless you and your family…

  29. Suzieb says:

    Thank you for your info and your honesty. I am trying to learn about essential oils and don’t know where to start. I have sone some research but it is overwhelming. Do you have any recommendations as to where to start. All the companies I have looked at SEEM to have great products, but are costly and it’s hard to know who to trust.
    I will be anxiously waiting more you have to share with us. In the meantime if you could steer me to a good source for begging my learning I’d be so grateful
    Thank you for you helpful info as always!

  30. Renee S says:

    YES! Thank you! I initially started with doTerra and was put off by the MLM strategies and new info I’ve learned that contradicts so much of what the reps were saying. I had bought several Planet Therapy bottles in effort to switch companies, but wasn’t sure if it was the right move and finally stopped buying oils all together due to the confusion out there! LOVE hearing that Tisserand is going to be involved with PT and now know that I can continue with them.

  31. vicki says:

    Love this!!!! Hurrah!!!

  32. Did you get a chance to review Simply Aroma? We’re fairly new to the world of big EO’s and offer a pricing challenge due to our “party plan” style and reasonable prices that go along with our high quality oils. Please check us out!

  33. Ashley says:

    She’s a blogger. Bloggers get FREE stuff.

    Plus, you get what you pay for.

    Can you go to Plant Therapy’s farms and see how their oils are grown? Nope.
    Can you go watch their oils be distilled? Nope.
    Can you go see how they are bottled? Nope.

    Seed to Seal is where it’s at along with 20 years of experience.

    It’s funny how these companies who just buy oils from suppliers seem to have an unlimited supply of plants that grow naturally.

    If you don’t want to ingest oils then don’t. It’s really that simple. Nobody is forcing you to ingest them.

    • Bethany says:

      Ashley, did you understand what she wrote? She just explained that she’s losing a LOT of “free stuff” by taking the position of honesty that she has.

  34. Lori says:

    I am glad to see that you have found Plant Therapy as I found them about 18 months ago and have bought a lot from them as they often have BOGO sales. I love their carrying cases which I bought on sale, too.
    I have been using EO’s for over 20 years. I first bought my oils from The Atlantic Spice Company and Glory Bee, then found some marked down at my local health food store (Aura Cacia), and also have bought from Mountain Rose and NOW brands. I do not have any loyalty to any company as I know that every company I have bought from has sold me top notch oils. I initially bought them for making homemade soaps, bath items, cleaning supplies, and health. I bought a book on EO’s put out by Storey Publishing when I bought my first EO’s so I would have a reference and safety info. This was all way before the Internet was so popular and so many people were on it. I was not on it and needed info.
    I have been to a couple of DT classes with a friend who sells these oils and enjoyed much of the info, though I know not to ingest oils as everything I have ever read on EO’s (and I have read other books from the library, including Tisserand) has warned about not ingesting oils but to rely on a professional in this area (meaning a doctor who is knowledgeable on EO’s) as they can be dangerous.
    I use them for many, many things, including medicinally. Have always used them mainly in almond oil or coconut oil.
    I also use herbs, foods, and other items for health issues and know that though EO’s have their place, they are not the end all to all things.
    I am looking forward to learning more as you share with us what you have learned and gained. And though I love Plant Therapy as they have great prices and awesome sales, I also love other brands that I use.
    Thanks for the candor as it is refreshing.

  35. Autumn says:

    I went over to the Plant Therapy website and was impressed by their prices. I just now purchased some of the Headache Synergy blend, the Germ Fighting Synergy blend, and the Digest-Aid blend; all in pre-diluted roll-ons! I am hoping to give a good review once they arrive and I have a chance to try them!

    • Brooke says:

      Digest-Aid is one of my FAVS (works almost instantly and smells divine)! You will not be disappointed. Germ Fighter is great too. I had good luck with the Headache synergy helping my daughters stop coughing, but it did not work on my headaches. But everyone reacts differently to EOs so I hope you have better luck with it.

  36. Amy says:

    Thank you for doing all of this research. I just checked out Plant Therapy’s site and noticed that most of their oils are not organic. Is this not a big deal with essential oils?

  37. Abigail says:

    Here is an article I found that I thought was very interesting:

  38. Bethany says:

    For anyone who’s interested in blind third-party test results, you can find some listed here:

    • Brooke says:

      This article was great. I had just started using Plant Therapy for about 8 months prior to this article and it totally solidified it for me as the best company!

  39. Jess says:

    So I am about to order some EO’s from plant therapy. Thank you for the recommendation!! But I am confused…i was looking at the kit of 32…16 single and 16 blends. But they are not organic. Is that ok? I want a great, high quality…but like the large kit this has. Should I go off the organic or is the 32 still 100% pure and undiluted? Please help!!!

    • Brooke says:

      Email the company and ask! But yes, their non-organic is very high quality. I have 30 + of their oils and LOVE them all. They have some organic options, but not a lot. Just because it’s not organic doesn’t mean it’s not high quality. Check out their FB page Safe Essential Oil Recipes…you can learn A LOT from that page.

    • Tami says:

      It just means it’s not ” certified” organic. All of their oils are free of pesticides, chemicals, colors, etc. It’s my understanding that they are technically organic, just not certified by the government. ;)

  40. Becky says:

    I’m surprised to sit here and read such fearful posts about people ingesting oils and how “unsafe” it is. Sorry– but this isn’t a “new” way to use the Essential Oils, and this isn’t some “fad” way to use them. People have been using (and yes, ingesting) oils for thousands of years, with great success. The problem isn’t the oils, it’s people who blindly listen to others without bothering to do their own research! Everyone here keeps talking about “aromatherapy” and how that’s what the oils are used for, and yet– I see no one mentioning the MEDICINAL properties or chemical properties of the oils. The AROMA (aka SMELL) of the oils is only ONE feature or one benefit that the oils have. Each oil has a distinctive chemical component, and each oil has a medical “purposing” (lack of better words). So each oil will DO something different. So of COURSE, if someone doesn’t do their research and they aren’t aware of the medical qualities, then of COURSE it can be dangerous. For instance, Peppermint has a stimulant quality to it. While that is great for most people, there will be the select few who react negatively to that quality if they take too much. I happen to be one of those people, and if I use Peppermint too often or too much, I will usually end up having a rapid heartbeat. (which results in my using lavender to help slow it down LOL). Then you have something like Ylang Ylang, which is GREAT for kids with ADHD/ADD and calms people down very well. This oil can be a literal lifesaver for so many. HOWEVER– I happen to have low blood pressure, and this oil is contraindicated for those with low blood pressure, so personally speaking, I have to use this oil in moderation. What’s my point? The oils are all perfectly safe to ingest IF THAT’S THEIR INTENDED PURPOSE– and people have to do their research. I think it’s a bit ironic reading all these comments about how “dangerous” the oils are, and yet, I bet those same people at some point in their lives thought nothing of downing 2-3 Tylenol, or took some pain meds for childbirth or antibiotics or what not. If these things have been working effectively for 2,000 years, I think I can trust that they are safe……but I WILL also say be smart about the oils you buy and make 100% sure that you are getting EXCELLENT quality and PURE oils which have been tested and have no other additives thrown in there to dilute.

    • Brooke says:

      I agree with you. I believe the fear is that people are ingesting them at the direction of a sales rep, not a medical professional or holistic practitioner. Plus, they are ingesting in unsafe ways, such as adding lemon EO to your daily water. There is no one monitoring their ingestion or looking out for the thing you suggested (low blood pressure, etc). I believe that is why there is a general “don’t ingest” thrown out there. Plant Therapy advocates ingesting ONLY under the care of a qualified provider, not just because you feel like it. On Plant Therapy’s FB page, there was a woman who did the lemon in the water practice and got permanent esophageal damage from it. She always warns against ingestion because she did it because her MLM rep told her it was ok. So if someone is not going to take the time to go see a qualified practitioner, then I think it’s ok to say don’t ingest. Just my opinion.

  41. Amanda says:

    I’ve been doing tons of research in this area as well and have found to be an excellent resource! She also hosts one of the largest FB pages about it. The writer seems qualified, consistent and knowledgable. And she doesn’t recommend just one brand!

    • Brooke says:

      I love her too! My rule of thumb is always get your research from people who are NOT trying to make a profit off you.

  42. Fred says:

    I have been using essential oils for 18 years internally and have never had a negative reaction. I have treated infections, brown recluse spider bits, plus.
    I do not subscribe to your theory and will carry on staying healthy.

  43. Janice says:

    What is the bottom line here Heather? Are we supposed to distill all these posts and come out understanding how they “changed your plans”? Maybe I missed it, but I don’t see your commentary on what changed for you anywhere on the above posts…..

    • Lauren says:


      If you notice in the body of Heather’s post, she says that she had to temporarily take her post down due to legal issues but that she would try to get it back up as soon as she can. Many of the people who commented above were able to read her post before she had to remove it. :)

  44. Michelle C. says:

    The fact that they are so DRASTICALLY lower in price is a huge concern to me. I don’t understand why thieves oil, which I use ALL THE TIME, is WAY more than the same blend from Plant therapy. Why is this?! I makes me think it is a quality issue. Lower generic type items usually cost less than the real items. I want to be sure that plant therapy isn’t the Walmart brand of the oil industry. :)

  45. The gold standard for certified aromatherapists, like myself, is gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) testing of essential oils. It ensures oils are pure and haven’t been adulterated. Unless a company uses tested oils and is willing and able to provide you with those results, I would not do business with them. Nobody truly knowledgeable about oils would purchase from a MLM. The term “therapeutic grade” is a clever marketing term used to give the appearance that their oils are superior. No grading system exists. All pure organic oils are therapeutic by their very nature, and many reputable companies sell them. Just be sure you can access the GC/MS reports and your good! Check out She does third party testing of different oils and the results could surprise you. The peppermint test showed doterra oil having a synthetic vanillin in it!

  46. Melissa says:

    THANK YOU for this post! I truly never comment on blogs, but I really respect you for this post. I have a friend who works from one of the MLM oil companies and have felt really pressured to buy from her because she shares her knowledge with me. MLM co.’s make me very uncomfortable and their prices are out of my reach for most oils. I also don’t like that neither of the big co.’s have organic oils. I have never heard of Plant Therapy before and was going to go with Native American Nutritionals because they carry organic, but they are very expensive. Thank you for sharing this company!! I also wanted to say that I really respect you for being more concerned about safety and spreading correct information than with making money. I know that there are several “natural mama” blogs who sell oils from their site. You probably could have made a lot of money and that really speaks to your character and your belief in Plant Therapy that you turned it down. I didn’t read very many comments, but the ones I did read were very positive. I know that some people from the MLM co.’s can get very defensive so I hope that you are not encountering too much backlash. Thank you SO much for sharing your choice, as it helps me in turn make better choices for my family <3

  47. Becky says:

    I shop on Amazon for many items. I have been thankful that they offer various essential oils from various companies – that is how I learned about Plant Therapy. I have purchased and used Bug-Off, Peppermint, Frankincense, and Basil from PT. I will also search their website directly next purchase. I have used American Nutritionals, Rose Mountain Herbs, Edens Garden, and some NOW E.O. products. I have enjoyed the PT products, oils and bottles. I really like that they put the EO name on top of lid.

  48. JR says:

    I am pretty frustrated by the comments that state she isn’t getting paid for her new recommendation. While it may not be “MLM” compensation, I’m sure she gets something as a “celebrity” blogger making a product recommendation. The nativity around this is frustrating.

    • Heather says:

      JR, I have no financial ties to any company at this point. I’m not sure how much detail I can go into so I’m sorry about how vague that sounds, but I have no affiliate relationships, sponsors, etc. If that changes down the road I will write about it.

  49. Diana says:

    I am a fairly new follower to your blog and love that this post shows we should continually be looking for the best possible quality available to us in essential oils. If we never seek out and learn about anything new we just might miss ‘something better’! I have been most loyal to a specific brand (not from an MLM source) but very popular and still love them! However, I was recently introduced to a new line of oils, getting ready to launch in about a month that, in my opinion, tops anything else available today! An EO company that can provide scientific proof of their quality with comparisons between other companies. This proof is through a Harvard PHD partnered with a biotech company that provides clinical’s for hospitals and universities. This would be the final proof of quality you are seeking with clinical science to back it up. The verifiable and provable science behind the top quality (better than ‘organic’) is exciting to me! :)

  50. KristenP says:

    I’m interested in purchasing PT products, particularly a diffuser. But they have so many different ones listed at different prices – I don’t know what the difference is or whether it’s worth it to buy an expensive one or if I can get buy with a cheaper one. Does anyone have experience with their diffusers? I would love a recommendation or some guidance! TIA

  51. Allison says:

    I just want to say thank you for making this brave decision. I so appreciate that you research things throughly and you share your info with us. I look forward to learning more from you!!

  52. Misty says:

    You are followed by many and there are tons of people that highly regard your advice, including myself. For that reason in particular, I want to say thank you for continuing to research and educating yourself so that you can truly make the best recommendations possible.

  53. I read the post that was originally here and then read this update. You are my blogger role model and always will be. I always find myself asking about blog stuff, “What would Heather do in this situation?” You are the epitome of integrity, composure and honesty. I admire you so much. (And I can’t wait until I can finally meet you in person, maybe at a WAPF conference in the future.)

  54. Sara says:

    Thanks SO much!
    Do you grind the peppermint yourself? I tried to with a mortar and pestle and that didn’t work well (they were still so large). And do you use the stevia powder? Mine doesn’t taste great, so I’m trying to figure out how to get it tastier for my little one to like it :) THANK YOU!

    LOVE your e-books! I reference them practically daily! :)

    • Heather says:

      I sometimes buy it pre-ground and sometimes grind it in my coffee grinder. Yes, I do use whole leaf stevia in my blend. So glad you are enjoying my ebooks!

  55. Becky says:

    I just want to say that I am impressed again and again with how you handle things with such grace. I hope your blog is blessed a hundred fold by your choice to operate with such integrity. Many blessings to you and can’t wait to hear about all you are learning!

  56. Sarah says:

    You are an amazing accomplished woman. I feel like and under achiever and very tired when I see all you do!!

  57. Karen says:

    I missed the original post that apparently explained why she stopped using [company name removed.] Can someone please summarize for me? I’ve bought some from [company name removed] and now I’m hesitant to use, knowing that something must be wrong…

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  59. Shanna says:

    Lotus Light is a great company that offers multiple essential
    oil lines. You can find them online. Look into Oshadhi Professional Essential Oils. They are a good company and practice stringent testing.

  60. Chasa says:

    There is no such thing as “schools of thought” for aromatherapy. This is a myth perpetuated within the MLM community. You can verify this by contacting the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, The International Federation of Aromatherapist as well as the Alliance of International Aromatherapy. Internal use in France is conducted by physicians and treated like medication. It is illegal for anyone else to do it. Aromatherapist are taught (in legitimate schools) that internal use has its place in the field but that place does not include casual, daily use….especially by those who have no proper training/information about aromatherapy, dosing, pharmacokinetics and anatomy and physiology.

  61. Gina says:

    The “French vs. British” standpoint idea is a myth perpetuated by MLM companies to distract from the fact that sales reps are totally unqualified to administer or recommend internal/neat use.

  62. Rebecca says:

    In the French point of view, oils that are administered internally are occasional, diluted in enteric-coated capsules, and under the supervision of a physician who is also qualified in aromatherapy. French doctors do not recommend long-term daily use internally (or externally), the effects of which can include toxicity in organs like the liver and kidneys, skin sensitization, and ulcers in the stomach. They also don’t recommend their patients to use drops directly in the mouth, which can and does cause ulcers/burns on the skin tissues. (Check out Shirley Price’s book, “Aromatherapy for Health Professionals 4th ed. for more great info.)

  63. marta says:

    can you tell us based on what knowledge you think that ingestion is safe? Do you hold degree in that field? I believe once you are certified and study aromatherapy you should only suggest that under supervision. Mamy MLM company’s reps (YL and Doterra) are doing that without any proper background. It is NOT safe! Plus their prices are not based on quality but the system- they need to pay commission from something right ?

  64. Martha says:

    So do you put oils on your skin? Anything you put on your skin goes directly to your blood stream in 2-3 minutes. That is internally consuming. There are different schools of aromatherapy. Where is your proof it is not safe?

  65. Heather says:

    Martha, I cannot give anyone a refund unfortunately, but I did email everyone who signed up with me and offer to give them all of my ebooks for free – that’s about a $70 value.

  66. Patti says:

    Mary – I just started with EO’s and have bought several from Mountain Rose Herbs. So far so good. What made you change companies?

  67. Chasa says:

    Martha, you do not have an accurate understanding of absorption and topical use versus ingestion.

    Yes, when we apply oils topically they constituents of those oils are absorbed into the blood streams but how much is absorbed varies based on the actual constituent.

    Internal use is riskier because you are receiving a larger quantity of these constituents at one time which means the liver would receive a larger dose by way of portal circulation. There is also the issue of the possibility of damaging the mucous membranes during ingestion since MLM companies have made adding oils to water such a popular though dangerous method of administration.

    There are plenty of references in regards to internal use. You will find them in published medical journals. You may find some on pubmed and maybe even Google Scholar but just like with conventional medical research, they are usually not accessible without paying for the annual subscriptions to these medical journals. This is due to the sheer cost and time it takes to do research.

  68. Chasa says:

    Again, I would highly recommend actually contacting non-MLM associated experts about this information. Especially those overseas. You will find, that this information is incorrect.

  69. Rachel says:

    Which part is not correct?

    From what I understand (from both MLM and non-MLM sources), Dr. Jean Valnet in the 1920s successfully used essential oils neat and internally in France and wrote the first “modern” book about the effectivenss of essential oils medicinally.

    Then Marguerite Maury from England (later joined by Robert Tisserand) branched off of that model to solely focus on the aroma aspect of the oils.

    Is that not what happened? I’d love to be pointed in the right direction for further clarification on exactly how Marguerite Maury and Robert Tisserand got started.

  70. Chasa says:

    Sorry, Rachel. It won’t let me reply under you….not sure why.

    You are correct about Valnet and Maury (she was a French biochemist, btw) though I don’t know if I agree with term “branched off”. While she did choose to focus on holistic aromatherapy and her focus did change the definition of aromatherapy, Valnet was known to also take a holistic approach with his patients by using not only essential oils but herb, monitored diet, etc. when caring for his patients.

    And yes, Robert focused on holistic aromatherapy but when you speak with him/read his books you will see that he does not denounce the use of neat application or internal use at all. He simply believes (due to research studies) that proper education needs to be had when using these methods.

    When you attend a reputable aromatherapy program, you are not taught only inhalation or topical use… are taught all methods of application and when they are appropriate because they are not all appropriate in all cases.

  71. Chasa says:

    Weird, apparently it did post it under you. LOL

  72. Sara says:

    Hi Heather, will you be posting PT’s usage recommendations any where so that those of us that use other companies can learn about them? TIA

  73. Sara says:

    Thank you! It’s scary how often people say to just put some in your water! I’ve recently found that oils should only be taken internally in enterically coated capsules. I wish I’d known this years ago when I used to take them internally almost every day b/c someone told me to! :(

  74. Sara says:

    Completely agree!

  75. Kristen says:

    As far as the MLM fear goes…
    Think about where your money is going when you shop at places like Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, etc. It’s going in the TOP person’s pocket. Direct sales, or how some people put it, ‘MLM’, is completely different. Unlike traditional businesses, you can do a lot more and earn a lot more if you CHOOSE to work for it. If you’re just wanting to use the products, hey, that’s fantastic.

  76. Bethany says:

    Kristen, I would much rather buy directly from a company and GIVE away the difference than be hassled by the mess that generally surrounds multi-level marketing setups.

  77. Jesse says:

    From the post above….

    ” (Update from Mommypotamus: Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this post. I have removed it temporarily for legal reasons and will explain as soon as I am able.)… “

  78. kate says:

    Kristen, It was Dr Schnaubelt’s books that got me interested in the therapeutic usage of essential oils. I just completed his Aromatherapy Certification course. It was difficult! I wish more people would educate themselves properly with eo use.

  79. Sara says:

    In light of this post and others that say internal use is not the best, do you think your tooth soap recipe should be revised to not include EO’s or is it safe b/c it is spit out? I’m confused now! The above comment sounds like oils shouldn’t be used in the mouth. I’m tempted to leave out the oils now but are they necessary as a preservative or anything in that recipe?
    Thanks SO much!

  80. Heather says:

    Sara, I am comfortable using EO’s for things like tooth soap, oil pulling for exactly the reason you stated. I am also comfortable using oils for culinary purpose under certain conditions: In general, my rule of thumb is 1 drop of EO in place of 1 teaspoon of extract as long as the recipe calls for a lot of fat to dilute the oil. Hope that helps.

  81. Sara says:

    Thank you Heather!!!
    You’re the best!!!!!!
    For toddlers who can’t yet spit, would you just leave EO’s out of the tooth soap recipe, what did/do you use for your kids?

  82. Heather says:

    I wasn’t as aware of essential oil best practices when I used toothsoap with Katie, so I used a little peppermint EO in my recipe back then. Thankfully she never had a reaction, but if it were me I’d omit EO’s from the recipe for little ones who cannot spit. We now use a homemade tooth powder from my DIY Beauty ebook. It uses ground peppermint instead, and even though my kids can spit now they usually refuse to because they love the way it tastes. All the ingredients are food grade so I don’t worry about it.

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