“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.”
Those who know me , know that I am a big fan of self-governance. I applaud people who take their health into their own hands, who spend their time reading and re-learning just how they can improve on their health and well-being.
That being said, there really needs to be a great deal of study and reading put into the things we do for ourselves. We shouldn't dive head first into anything without first dipping a toe into the water to test it out first. We should perhaps, maybe even take some swimming lessons first and take the advice of a seasoned swimmer before we decide we're going to swim the English Channel. Too much? What inspired this blog today makes me say 'no' with complete confidence.
The very same goes for our health. We need to educate ourselves before we do or apply anything or the results could be disastrous, scarring, even deadly.
Essential Oil and Social Media Disaster
Sunday, a friend tagged me to a public Facebook post that absolutely horrified me! On the 16th of April, a woman took to a post to warn people of the dangers of applying an essential oil directly to her skin. The results were absolutely terrifying !
I was seriously concerned at first because I didn't read it properly to be honest. I took a step back and reread the post again. I'm a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and I don't take these matters lightly. It's actually my job to help people avoid situations such as these!
I sat on this blog for 3 days. I went back to the post a few times to watch the comments. Today I've decided to finally have my say, so bear with me.
First, the woman claims that doTERRA essential oils are 'appropriate to apply directly to the skin'. This is not true. Some oils can be directly applied to the skin but definitely not all of them. As a rule I don't take a chance! Besides, I like to get the most from my bottles of essential oils so I cut them always and they last longer.
Most oils need a carrier oil such as olive, grapeseed, or coconut oil. Yes there are some oils that you can apply directly to your skin, such as doTERRA's frankincense oil but that does not mean that even it doesn't come without it's own warnings!
Every time you find yourself with a new oil the first thing you should be doing is reading the label! Thoroughly!!! This is called 'doing your own due diligence'. Regardless of what you might think or what someone did or did not tell you, you need to know for yourself and the only way to know it to educate yourself and if you can't find the answers on your own there is always a way to contact a knowledgeable doTERRA health and wellness representative to help you find the answers you need and if that fails they will usually direct you to another team rep or a fact sheet for you to look over for yourself.
This woman, after unwittingly (?) blaming the company, blamed herself at the end of her post and then goes on to say that no other 'yogi' knows this information!
My questions to them are,
No matter how you look at essential oils the fact remains that they are not some sort of 'neato perfume' that brings you peace and calm. They, like all healers, are to be used with precautions!
All healing plants and their by-products need to be handled with respect and attentive care.
To do anything else is absolutely irresponsible and as you can see from the woman's own photographs, it can be harmful, scarring and completely damaging.
Appropriate to apply directly to the skin...
Something that I thought was common knowledge or common sense is that everyone's skin is different and that several things that can be applied to the skin need to always be tested first. Not everyone will react the same to their essential oils.
Never, ever apply anything 'directly to your skin' ever!
Think, read, ask questions!
How to Perform a Skin Patch Test
Final Thoughts To Customers and Wellness Advocates
As I said, this was a post I was tagged to on Sunday by a friend.
This was my response to her:
"People need to to read more. There are all sorts of oils that are not meant to go directly on the skin without being mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive. As well as there being cautions about the Sun.
Responsible and knowledgeable reps explain this to their customers but alas...not everyone listens nor is every rep responsible."
This is the truth, not everyone listens and not every representative is responsible so it really is up to the individual to do their own due diligence.
Another friend gave me some advice for professionals as well:
"If you're selling this don't you actually apply it to people even with a carrier because if something goes wrong they'll blame you. People are 'sue-happy' these days..."
All of this being said, essential oils are something I have been using for well over 7 years with great success but more so since I began using doTERRA and since becoming a Wellness Advocate with the company.
Should you have any question, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to answer any and all questions you might have, if I can.
I have no problem saying these 3 words:
I don't know.
Maybe there's be less problems if other people admitted this as well and then asked more questions.
The bottom line is that before you go out blaming or making bold and untrue statements, especially on social media, maybe you should look at the real perpetrator of your pain and suffering and in this case, it wasn't the oil company at all, it was the oil user.
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Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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