The Truth About Why Essential Oils Were Banned in Public School

I grew up in a public school, but none of my children ever attended one. I had lipbalm, hairspray, aerosol deodorant, make-up, and the latest flavored lipgloss all in my locker. What American teenage girl doesnt? As parents ourselves, we started off with a private school then later transitioned into home education. Is it really my place to speak out against the policies of a public school? For the sake of the freedom of our American children, I’d say so. I can’t begin to tell you how frustrating it is to see the over-reaching arm of the government agencies(and yes, the public school system is a government agency). Now a school in Alabama has banned essential oils from their property, not even the nurse can hold it in the office for the student to come use.

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Edward Burch (at ABC3340) reports,

Jefferson County schools will not allow school nurses to administer them. Students cannot even keep them in lockers. “

The middle school students mother claims that essential oils have helped her son with ADD and allergies, but the school nurse responded with this,

At the Jefferson County Board of Education, Karen Orton, school nurse supervisor offered this statement. 

“The state does not recognize essential oils and that we will not be responsible as school nurses to administer those”.

Now, I’m not sure how she is interpreting what the state does or doesn’t “recognize”, but the FDA has plenty to say about essential oils.

I’m also not sure how much a pediatrician stays abreast of the most modern information about essential oils, but the article offers this statement from a doctor from Alabama,

In an interview with ABC 33/40 in May, Dr. Bill Hardwick, a pediatrician with Children’s of Alabama said unlike today’s medicine, these oils lack research and clinical trials. “

I am scratching my head here, because the phrase, “unlike today’s medicine, these oils lack research and clinical trials” makes me cringe a bit. First of all, today’s modern medicines are often given to patients after very limited research and clinical trials. Furthermore, essential oils most certainly have had research and clinical trials, it’s just that many doctors don’t know or don’t care to inform us.

The FDA requires the first phase of a clinical trial to have 20-80 people testing the drug. Then in phase 2, the range is between 3 dozen to 800 people. In phase 3, it ranges from several hundred to 3,000 people. Then they have 60 days to file it for review.

The FDA classifies essential oils in their food category as “Generally recognized as SAFE”. But the  school nurse supervisor at Jefferson County Board of Education, Karen Orton, says the state doesn’t recognize essential oils. Can anyone please explain how the FDA recognizes essential oils as SAFE, but Alabama state doesn’t?

Dr. Bill Hardwick says,

“The question always is, ‘what is the safety information and the quality of the product?’ So, safety-wise there is very little information about widespread use of these products.”

Maybe the Doctor should do a little more research before making a statement like this. 

One of the problems that essential oil enthusiasts face every day is that much of western medical practice refuses to accept aromatherapy and herbalism as a viable contribution to our overall wellness.

I have wondered if these ignorant critics even know that the U.S. National Library of Medicine lists Aromatherapy and Essentials Oils as a Complimentary practice to traditional medicine? Do these average doctors even read that the National Cancer Institute has conducted research and clinical trials to improve the quality of life for their patients? Want to read more about what the United States National Library of Medicine has in its database for research and clinical trials, using essential oils,  in a WIDE array of illnesses and diseases?

Journalist Edward Burch rightly reports,

The problem that schools have with these oils, they’re not regulated by the FDA and aren’t prescribed by physicians.”

It’s correct that the FDA does not *regulate* essential oils and that’s because essential oils are a natural essence from plant life and therefore classified as GRAS, Generally Recognized as Safe”. Also true, is that physicians don’t prescribe them and that’s because they don’t need to prescribe them. They’re available at most health food stores, online markets, and other wholesale membership companies at retail or wholesale cost.

We don’t need a doctor to prescribe them, just like how we don’t need a physician to prescribe oregano leaf to put in our spaghetti sauce. Using the argument about a doctor not prescribing them as a defense against a middle school child having a bottle of lavender in his school locker is absurd, to say the least! Does the student need a doctor to prescribe deodorant or bubblegum before he can bring it to school?

However, I will agree that having an entire bottle is not necessary at school, especially when you don’t know if another student could be allergic. Some people do experience allergies from using undiluted essential oils and even some that are diluted can be disastrous. Some people are dangerously allergic to peppermint and undiluted oregano essential oil can actually burn the skin.

Therefore, I do take caution when using essential oils. It pays to do your research to make sure you’re using a product correctly and safely.

As for the mother and student who wishes to use essential oils in school, I would recommend making a lotion or salve with the essential oil instead of sending the whole bottle. Unless the school is also going to ban homemade lipbalms, hand lotion, and perfumes as well.

Read more about essential oils:

Essential Oils to Support Happiness and Joy

What the FDA has to say about Essential Oils

Third Party Testing and Other Questionable Antics

How to Affirm your children with Essential Oils

 

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

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7 Essential Oils to Support Happiness and Joy

While people argue over whether depression or joy can be a choice or a condition, I’d like to focus on how some essential oils can offer support for happiness and joy. I thought about which essential oils can aid in the battle against depression, but people can become confused about how to get victory over depression. In my experience, I found that depression isn’t a choice while realizing there are some choices I CAN make. While some folks do believe essential oils can help remedy depression, I find it a bit more complicated than that. I feel that promising a remedy for depression via using essential oils a bit dangerous.

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However, I do feel that using essential oils is a fantastic tool among MANY tools.

When I finally admitted to myself that I was indeed suffering from depression, I made a choice to become proactive in my recovery. I didn’t want to remain in the dark pit of despair and I was able to muster up the strength to fight it once and for all. While we certainly can consult with physicians, counselors, life coaches, and spiritual leaders (and we should do everything in our reach to get help) it’s really not up to them to heal us. It’s up to us to want healing. They will do their part in the  journey, but ultimately we have to want healing enough to reach out for it.

In my book, Intuitive Home Solutions, I mentioned that moment when I realized what my happy thought is. Through the process I created for myself, I was able to kick depression’s ass. It has been hard work and it took a lot of determination and support. Intuitive Home Solutions is how I created a sanctuary of abundance and blessings that led to my recovery. It works for me.

In the journey, I developed a morning routine to start my day off on the right foot, a cleansing routine of my home that involved spiritual and emotional cleansing practices, and a philosophy approach to give me a new perspective on life.

I made a lot of changes in a practice I call, shifting. I also incorporated essential oils and crystals into my everyday lifestyle to promote emotional wellness.

I preface the content of this article with all this information to make sure you understand that there are many variables for healing from depression and there’s no cookie cutter approach that fixes everyone. My method is one of many available in the world today. Please see my entire legal page for my thorough disclaimer.

Allow this article to be informational and flexible so you can choose the best options for yourself. Always consult your wellness professionals and if you’re experiencing thoughts of self-harm, please call  1-800-273-TALK (8255) (a suicide prevention hotline).

There’s no shame in calling for help.

With all that said, these essential oils have been helpful to me in the support of my happiness and joy.

Lemon- Lemons often conjure up feelings of happiness and joy through memories of having your first lemonade stand to sipping iced tea with lemon on a hot summer day. The sweet yumminess of your grandmother’s lemon bars or even from the tart experience of  lemon head candy shared among friends while playing outside. The bright yellow rind and flesh remind us of the cheery disposition of the sun and the aroma is reminiscent of a clean kitchen. Is it just me or does lemon juice also remind you of a sweet freckled faced little boy who made his own batch of freckle juice? Lemon essential oil brings me happiness, whether it’s through diffusing with the AromaLite diffuser or adding it to my homemade cleaning supplies. And as cute and humorous as it is to think of removing your own freckles, lemon juice and essential oil can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and can cause painful sunburns, so use caution. I’ve also used lemons as a detoxifier in my water. Lemons are gentle enough for the appetite and the essential oil strong enough to remove hard water from your shower door or remove chlorine from blonde hair.

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Citrus Bliss- While Citrus Bliss is a blend of assorted citrus essential oils, it’s well worth the investment to raise the energy of joy in the soul. People who embrace this blend liken it to orange Creamsicles® or even PEZ® candy. It takes me back to my childhood when I would nudge back Miss Piggy’s head to get the tasty little treat. The fresh and soft aroma of Citrus Bliss livens my mood and puts a pep in my step. Citrus Bliss can be diffused in the home and added to unscented Dr. Bonner’s liquid castile soap to bring some joy into your housekeeping routine. It’s also featured in the free Companion Guide that accompanies my book, Intuitive Home Solutions, as a blessing mist for the home.

Rosemary- Rosemary has been hailed as an herb that brings good fortune to those who have it planted by their garden gate. A whimsical lesson taught by the witches of Practical Magic, played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. The aroma of Rosemary essential oil reminds me of the forest and is a close fragrance to that of the pine tree. Rosemary has properties to support cleansing for the scalp when added to homemade hair products and supports emotional cleansing of the soul. I’ve diffused rosemary in the AromaLite diffuser, in a candle diffuser, and added it to hair care products. It’s a great companion to lemon essential oil, doubling your happiness pleasure.
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Lavender- Lavender is one of those herbs that bring us a mellow level of happiness. Its relaxing aroma can bring us to a peaceful place of happiness that can aid us in relishing the moments of self care that are essential to our emotional wellness. Lavender is a popular additive to lemonade and tea by adding to honey prior to drinking. While some might add lavender essential oil to their drinks, I prefer to use organic lavender that has been steeped (like a tea) into my refreshing beverages. I use lavender essential oil in unscented lotions, homemade shaving balm, and other homemade skin care products, like facial masks. Diffuse into the environment of your home or add to a sachet and place under your pillow at night to help you drift off to dreamland.

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Lime- Lime is a zesty sort of citrus, a vibrant aroma to lift the mood. Others who have experienced depression (in one way or another) have testified of using lime in their home to increase happiness. Consider asking your therapist to allow you to diffuse lime essential oil at your next appointment.

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Ylang Ylang- This floral aroma brings me back to intimate moments with my grandmother. It’s the fragrance added to her favorite skin cream. This happy floral aroma nurtures the inner child in me and reminds me that I am loved. Her loving actions in my life paired with the fragrance is a trigger I’m happy to embrace.

Wild Orange- A potent citrus aroma for sure, one that reminds me of the orange groves in California. The aroma is a powerful one, so powerful that even Disneyland uses orange in their popular attraction Soarin’. Diffused alone or blended with some floral selections, it raises a positive vibration in our lives.

Essential oils have been a valuable investment in our lives and with good counsel and supervision from your wellness professional, you can use them to improve your quality of life while battling depression.

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

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Matt Walsh’s Law of Joy is a Fallacy

When someone like Matt Walsh spouts off their religious cures for depression, it’s hard to find pity for him when he declares the amount of hate mail he’s getting. Religious anecdotes always seem to show up on blogs accompanied with the words ‘absolute truth’. While Mr. Walsh certainly is free to have his own opinions and beliefs, his word is not the end-all authority on complex issues like depression, suicide, or even spirituality. He doesn’t have the corner market on these topics. While his intentions for encouraging people not to commit suicide may be authentic, his approach feels jaded and self-righteous. His lengthy responses to the media frenzy over Robin Williams’ death give off the fragrance of arrogance.

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He said some good things, though. For example, it should be said that suicide leaves a massive aftermath in the lives of the people who love the departed. While some folks feel it’s too soon to even say that, I feel divided by that idea. Here’s why, people who have contemplated suicide sometimes do it right after someone else has. It’s like a domino effect. And anyone who is obsessed with Robin Williams might follow his footsteps. There are things that need to be said, but sensitivity is also important. There are ways to convey truth without it coming across like a Nazi command.

People have a tough time grappling with the topic of suicide, especially when it comes close to home or it happens in the life of a celebrity we admire. Everyone responds differently, especially when they’re in pain. Sometimes it’s best to offer sacred space and allow a silent hug to speak for your spirit instead of letting an unbridled tongue loose in the town square.

His point about depression being a spiritual matter caused millions of people to be upset. Mr. Walsh is neither a seasoned minister, nor the ultimate voice of God speaking to the world. He speaks of joy being the answer for depression as if it’s a little white pill that cures everything. Take once and you’re healthy forever. Joy doesn’t work that way and neither does depression.

Depression isn’t a choice. 

I’m not much into starting scripture wars, so please forgive me for not tossing in verse by verse or point by point. I’m done with the days of having to prove my point by pulling out isolated verses from the bible. However, since Mr. Walsh speaks of his spirituality from a professed Christian world view, I will share what my experience has taught me.

Many Christians practice the Law and proclaim that it is the Gospel. Everything comes in commands with a specific set of consequences if you don’t believe it, eat it raw, and swallow it whole with absolute obedience. It’s common to see that consequence be shame for not getting in line with the others.

Here’s how subtle that shame can come across, when you take something as wide open as joy and turn it into an absolute, you get law. When you have law, you have shame. Even the apostle Paul expressed that had it not been for the law he would not know sin. He also taught that the Law actually revives sin. Law is diametrically opposed to grace. Living by the law doesn’t bring joy, but it can bring a superficial happiness to those who feel like the teacher’s pet if they fulfill the Law. They forget that the law is fulfilled in love.

Living under the law puts you in a lifestyle of absolutes. Everything becomes black and white. It’s one side against another. It becomes light vs. dark. But even creation itself reveals that there are shades of light and shades of dark and we see that in every sunrise and every sunset. Sometimes the light can be so bright that it blinds us and sometimes things can be so dark that we’re blind. It’s in all the in between times that we can actually see.

In Mr. Walsh’s first article he proclaimed an absolute. He said “joy DEFEATS depression”. He further explained his view that “joy is light, depression is darkness”. What’s even more interesting is his explanation of how this belief plays out in his own life when he said, “When we are depressed, we have trouble seeing joy, or feeling it, or feeling worthy of it. I know that in my worst times, at my lowest points, it’s not that I don’t see the joy in creation, it’s just that I think myself too awful and sinful a man to share in it”. And therein lays the spiritual truth that he fails to recognize. And the failure to recognize is because he stares straight into the “light” that he believes is his “absolute truth” and because of that he is still blinded. When a person is blind, they become confused.

“Second, we can debate medication dosages and psychotherapy treatments, but, in the end, joy is the only thing that defeats depression. No depressed person in the history of the world has ever been in the depths of despair and at the heights of joy at the same time. The two cannot coexist. Joy is light, depression is darkness. When we are depressed, we have trouble seeing joy, or feeling it, or feeling worthy of it. I know that in my worst times, at my lowest points, it’s not that I don’t see the joy in creation, it’s just that I think myself too awful and sinful a man to share in it.” ~Matt Walsh source 

In his darkest times he doesn’t see the joy, because he thinks himself too sinful to share in it. This message being conveyed in his own mind is part of his blindness. God isn’t in the business of making us feel unworthy of joy. He WANTS us to partake in joy. He wants us to be free and live the forgiven life. We have no barriers to prevent us from partaking in it. If we think we’re such awful sinners (which comes from the law) then is it any wonder when people don’t think they are worthy of reaching out for it?

When we put joy at one end of the spectrum of light, we put ourselves at the other end in darkness. The truth is that joy is everywhere, all the time, in every shade, in every sunbeam, in every midnight sky. In joy we are free to see every shade and still be sustained. Joy sustains us in twilight, it isn’t opposed to it. Joy can work everywhere. Joy isn’t at the other end of darkness, its right smack in the middle of it. Just as the Lord was with Jonah in Sheol, with David in Sheol, and with the Hebrew men in the firey pit, He invites us to rest in his shadow. If we believe love and joy are from God, then we can trust that love and joy is with us in whatever darkness we feel we are in.

Turning joy into an absolute that defeats depression is a Law, a law that doesn’t work. Law only binds. When law binds, we feel shame.

Then Mr. Walsh wrote a second article to follow up with his first. In his article he said this in response to a critic,

Objection: you say that joy and love can defeat depression. Yes. Yes, I did. Let me explain. I never said that “happy thoughts” or “laughter” could permanently cure depression, nor did I say that anything could permanently cure it, nor did I rule out medication or psychological treatment, nor did I present any either/or scenarios at all.” ~Matt Walsh source

There’s some confusion here and perhaps the confusion is why people have been so upset with him. He says love and joy can DEFEAT depression, but then says he never claimed anything could permanently cure it. Perhaps he can explain why “defeat depression” isn’t the same thing as “permanently cure”.

A few weeks back, I made a statement on my personal Facebook wall. It had nothing to do with Robin Williams, but can apply nonetheless. I said that love is the greatest factor in healing from depression and mental illness.

Love is a factor, among many. However, love is the root from which all other factors grow. When you know you are created by love, you are love, and love flows from within, you begin to see life in a fresh perspective. It doesn’t mean depression and suicidal thoughts cease fire. There is always an enemy in this world, whether it be a government, a cult, a radical terrorist, or abusive thoughts implanted by a dysfunctional parent or a chemical imbalance in the brain. Everyone has some sort of dysfunction, but together we can pave new paths of healing together.

This togetherness we have as a human race comes with days of trials, weeks of illness, months of disease, and years of heartbreak. It happens, but we don’t have to be alone in it. In this togetherness we grieve with one another, we partake in joy with one another, and we wrap our arms around each other in the face of turmoil. We hold hands and lock elbows as we kick depression’s ass. This kind of togetherness is difficult to build when people promote Law and absolutes. In law and absolutes comes war.

This war Mr. Walsh seems to be in with his readers seems to be a natural consequence of his law based theology and his own admission of inner turmoil is a tell tale sign of believing the law is the Gospel.

Love and joy are free, they are not Law. They work in the ebb and flow of life and can be accessed anywhere and at any time. All it takes from us is the power of belief. It was in this love philosophy that I found what worked for me. I created a path to wellness with many tools and routines to empower me to battle depression. My created path guided me to create a home and life of abundance and blessings. We can be empowered and gain strength to fight hard when depression comes close. You can read more about my journey in my book, Intuitive Home Solutions: Creating a Sanctuary of Abundance and Blessings.

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

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