Essential Oils STILL Not Medicine

The most popular entry on this blog remains the one I wrote on multi-level marketing of essential oils and the outlandish claims and insane price markups that these companies were peddling.
Anyway, if you’re interested in the topic, you know that the FDA formally reprimanded a number of MLM essential oil companies for making claims that their oils were medical treatments. Which, of course, they’re not. A lot of these MLM companies make (or have made in the past) claims about FDA certification, lab testing, purity standards, national certifications, oil grades, and other marketing inventions. I went poking around today to see if there was anything new that I hadn’t run across on the topic, and found a blog called “The Fraud Files” that’s run by a forensic accountant. She did an entry earlier this year on the essential-oils-as-medicine claims and does a fairly good takedown of the MLM company claims and insinuations.
You can read it here.
(as an aside, I really don’t want to hear from any more DoTerra or Young Living reps accusing me of being a shill for the FDA, or hating essential oils, or claiming that I hate holistic medicine, need Jesus in my heart, or that I’m basically a terrible person for thinking MLM essential oil companies are deeply offensive to anyone who’s in the essential oil/ritual oil business – I’ve got plenty of correspondence on the topic, I’ve even published some of the comments, but I’m tired of reading the crazy and you’re not changing my mind by ranting at me.)

DoTerra Chastised by FDA in Official Letter

It’s not without a certain amount of glee that I present a link to where the FDA tells DoTerra, among other things, to stop telling people that essential oils fix a variety of medical conditions.
Like eczema, asthma, migraines, diabetes, cancer, and recently, ebola.
No, really. EBOLA.
My first reaction was “OH NO THEY DID NOT” but there’s evidence and links and quotes and you can kind of hear the exasperation in the FDA’s letter. Kind of an “Seriously, we have to tell a multinational corporation to stop insisting distilled plant oils cure cancer and EBOLA?” tone.
You can read the letter on the FDA’s site.

(If you are involved in an essential oil MLM system, either DoTerra or any other, and you think that sending me hate mail or writing novel-length comments calling my expertise into question are going to convince me that these oils are special and perfect and made by sparkly fairies and/or vestel virgins, save it. I have a whole file of hate mail, and I publish only the really crazy comments.)