Essential Oils are a hot topic right now.
And with any hot topic, you’ll find some extreme opinions on both sides. Some people think essential oils can heal every single disease (not true),while others think if you’re in the same room with essential oils, you pretty much need a doctor present (also not true).
Which opinion is right?
Well, I can tell you one thing, controversy in the health world isn’t new. Every time I read a blog post about essential oils (and I notice it’s an extreme opinion), I can’t help but think to myself, “Was this written for shock value to draw traffic? What kind of ad revenue is this generating? What’s the author’s agenda? Is this person an aromatherapist upset about the fact that regular, everyday people are sharing tips?”
Maybe it’s the blogger in me, but I’ve been trained to see past the words into the reason why the blog post was written in the first place.
And then there’s Facebook.
The funny thing about viral posts on Facebook is they all have one thing in common: They are viral because they invoke EMOTION in the sharer. Whether it be anger, indignation, or elation, the sharer needs to feel it before they will share. There’s also another neat thing about people in general. We like to be the first to share things. This is why you’ll have some friends tell everybody about the latest health scare, event, or celebrity death within minutes. It’s usually the same people each time. You know who I’m talking about. 😉
I should say that there are some really great AUTHENTIC bloggers out there. I’ve met some amazing bloggers who really strive to write what they believe in and help others as well. They may still make money through traffic on their blogs, but they really do care about the reader. And then I’ve met… other bloggers.
Fear Mongering vs. Common Sense
I totally get that there have been people who have been harmed by essential oils… when they apply a whole bottle of an essential oil to their bodies.
Being in the health world, I’ve seen a lot of articles about things being bad or good. In fact, my friend Matt Stone can tell you from memory about what’s bad AND good in EVERY SINGLE FOOD. It’s hilarious and confusing at the same time. His potato dialogue is awesome.
So, whenever I hear that a food is bad, or that an essential oil will cause the zombie apocalypse, I take it with a grain of salt. I try to step back and think logically about the situation, and I really try not to get emotionally involved.
Having a good dose of common sense on the matter doesn’t hurt either. 😉
What do the experts REALLY say about essential oils?
The Essential Oils Revolution Summit was from May 11-18, 2015, but you can still get the recordings if you missed it! It has a FANTASTIC lineup of experts on the subject of essential oils and it helps us dispel some of the controversy surrounding them!
I spoke at the summit on the subject of muscular discomfort and what worked for me. I don’t claim to be an expert on all things essential oils, but I’ve studied and learned a lot over the years, both in research and application, and my hope is you’ll be able to learn from my experience!