As an independent product consultant and wellness advocate for essential oils, I’m not allowed to say certain things about essential oils. No matter how truthful, factual, and scientific I say it. I’m not allowed, by the FDA, to tell you the wellness benefits of essential oils. But for some reason, Cheerios can tell you how beneficial their cereal is. The FDA’s Warning Letter Database is full of ‘warnings’ to companies for some good reasons and some ludicrous reasons. You may recall the accusation they made against Diamond Walnuts for being ‘unapproved drugs’. As a result of Diamond not removing their labeling, they ended up needing to dish out $2.6 million dollars to consumers as compensation. I buy Diamond brand walnuts and I didn’t want a dime of that money. It doesn’t seem fair at all, that a government agency can force a company to not indicate the proven health benefits of their foods or products. Today’s question is, are essential oils a drug or an unapproved drug?
Though Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine by thy food’, some agencies don’t want people making those claims when selling foods and supplements. The Mayo Clinic can tell us the health benefits of food, but food and supplement suppliers can’t. The difference is that the Mayo Clinic isn’t selling those foods.
I’ve looked over my blog and I must be doing a pretty good job with how I present information, because I can’t find an article that states the scientific facts that support essential oil benefits to your wellness routine while asking you to buy essential oils from me. In fact, I don’t sell essential oils directly. I don’t have a surplus of essential oils in my house, I don’t offer receipts, I don’t take payments, and I don’t deliver products. If you ask me how you can get essential oils at a wholesale discount, I would explain that in a private conversation over the phone, Skype, or in person.
I do have essential oils in my healing hutch, my medicine cabinet, my kitchen, my laundry room, and in my bedroom. I even carry some in my purse. I just don’t have a shelf stocked with bottles for resale.
I use essential oils as supplements, but I also found that essential oils could be used in other ways (for personal use of course). I don’t administer essential oils to people as if it’s a medicinal alternative, even though the National Library of Medicine has articles about essential oils being used as complimentary health care.
Are you practicing medicine illegally?
Did you know that if you direct people to use essential oils as a medicine, that you’re essentially practicing medicine without a license? But the FDA says essential oils aren’t a drug unless approved. And since they aren’t an approved drug then you would be administering an unapproved drug without a license.
Wait, I thought essential oils aren’t drugs. *scratches head*
But then again, doctors aren’t allowed to administer essential oils either. Oh that’s right, because essential oils aren’t really drugs. Only doctors can give you drugs. In fact, they can even sell them to you, sort of. They can tell you what drugs you need to take and give you permission to buy them with a piece of paper called a prescription. They can even inform you of which OTC drugs to get at Walgreens or CVS. They can do this because they aren’t selling OTC drugs to you and they don’t profit from making those recommendations (well, they aren’t supposed to anyway). That would be bribery and we all know doctors aren’t supposed to accept bribery in order to recommend and use pharmaceutical products (like GlaxoSmithKline did).
Let’s set the record straight, essential oils are not drugs. They’re not even unapproved drugs, because they aren’t drugs to begin with. Essential oils are a botanical and as such they are classified as supplements. If you happen to discover a gazillion ways essential oils can be used that go beyond being a supplement then that’s your freedom to use them as you see fit. Some people use them on their skin, in homemade soaps and lotions, and even in homemade cleaning products. Baking soda is a food, but we all know the multiple benefits of using baking soda in other ways from toothpaste to beauty regimes. Sugar is also a food, but can also be used in other ways.
Let me make sure I understand correctly.
- Essential oils aren’t drugs.
- Essential oils aren’t unapproved drugs (see previous statement).
- Essential oils are a botanical.
- Essential oils are supplements.
- Essential oils can be used in other ways.
- Essential oils can be used as complimentary support for wellness.
- Essential oils are being studied by physicians and scientists.
- Essential oils can’t be patented.
- Essential oils can be purchased without a prescription.
- Essential oils have been proven to be effective in numerous ways to benefit mankind.
- The National Cancer Institute can tell you how essential oils support cancer patients(government site).
- I’m not allowed to tell you essential oils can cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent any illness or disease.
- The National Library of Medicine lists ways essential oils are being tested to cure, treat, mitigate, and prevent illness and disease.
- I’m not allowed to say essential oils are therapeutic.
- Aromatherapy is an unregulated field.
- Aromatherapy is a permitted field.
- Aromatherapists use essential oils.
- The FDA doesn’t approve essential oils.
- The FDA can disapprove how we market essential oils.
- The FDA doesn’t approve supplements.
- The FDA can disapprove of how supplements are marketed.
- The FDA is limited on what they can approve of, but they can disapprove of anything they want.
These poor botanicals, they’re wanted by millions of people world wide but don’t make the government or pharmaceutical companies any money at all.
Essential oils have multiple uses, though are only legally permitted to be marketed as supplements (though they aren’t approved).
Ok, I *think* I understand. Do you?
*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA, though they might disapprove of them anyway.
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