Why I don’t use doTerra, Young Living or other Multi-Marketing Brands of Essential Oils

I get asked often why we don’t offer doTerra essential oils and so I wanted to compile in this blog post the reasons why including resources and references. However these are just some of many more references for essential oils. Please continue the conversation by researching aromatherapy further such as reading the books that I mention in this blog post and others.

Misleading marketing

doTerra uses the term “certified pure therapeutic grade” in their marketing. Well, it’s exactly only that – marketing. There aren’t any certified essential oils because there isn’t any recognized organization or agency that certifies essential oils. So, doTerra coined the term, put it on their bottles and trademarked (see the TM after the logo above) the term. What does it mean? Nothing as their oils are not certified. They use the term as their way of letting others know that they test their oils (like most essential oils good providers do). But, it makes for good marketing that doTerra sales reps (called “consultants”) and users most often than not misunderstand to mean that the oils are certified.

From doTerra’s website ~

CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is a registered trademark of dōTERRA Holdings, LLC representing internal standards of quality assessment and material control. The CPTG protocol is not administered by government or industry regulatory agencies and does not imply regulatory approval of dōTERRA products.

An interesting and very informational article about this topic is the “The ‘Therapeutic Grade’ Essential Oils Disinformation Campaign.” by Cropwatch Organization. Click here to read the entire article.

Potential essential oil buyers should independently check out the marketing information provided by essential oil traders – do not be put off asking for any extra information or reassurances that you are legally entitled to if the situation is not absolutely clear cut. The professional aromatherapist has a duty to be able to provide all relevant safety information relevant to to their clients’ treatment(s) and therefore It is part of ‘due diligence’ to ask questions, require any stipulated proofs, request an MSDS, ask for compositional data & certificate of origin of the batch of oil purchased and have their eyes wide open to marketing ploys & scams of all types – including providing GC’MS print-outs and other information which relate to other batches of oils entirely, and, of course, describing essential oils as ‘therapeutic grade’.

Internal Use of Essential Oils

Consultants of doTerra are taught to recommend internal use of essential oils to the general public. However, this contradicts the respected advice and scope of practice recommended by Aromatherapy and Herbal associations, organizations and health care providers (including both mainstream and alternative medicines). Essential oils are quite potent. For example one drop of an essential oil is the equivalent of 25-75 cups of the herbal tea of the same plant. doTerra for example recommends for peppermint oil – “take one drop internally to calm indigestion or upset stomach” in their Introduction to Essential Oils. Essential oils are very powerful and there have been reported cases of poisonings and fatality due to the self-dosing of essential oils. It is not something to do lightly as I often see recommended by doTerra consultants.

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) warns -

Some oils are associated with toxicity problems (e.g. a risk of accumulative effects), and so internal use is not entirely hazard or risk-free.

The International Federation of Aromatherapists Code of Ethics states -

No aromatherapist shall use essential oils for internal ingestion or internal application nor shall any aromatherapist advocate or promote such use of essential oils unless the practicing aromatherapist has medical, naturopathic, herbalist, or similar qualifications and holds an insurance policy which specifically covers the internal application of essential oils. (IFA code of ethics. Simply Essential, No. 11 December 1993).

Salvatore Battaglia in The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy writes -

Oral administration does have a number of disadvantages:

  • possibility of nausea and vomiting
  • irritation of the gastrointestinal tract
  • much of the essential oil will be metabolized by the liver
  • destruction of the essential oil constituents by stomach acidity or enzymes in the intestines.

It’s common practice in the aromatherapy, herbalism, and alternative medicine health care that essential oils are not to be taken internally unless under the proper care of qualified care providers. There are two major aromatherapy organizations and both have in the scope of practice and ethics that members do not recommend the use of internal essential oils (to the general public for example), it’s in just about every aromatherapy respected book written by experts in the industry (some of which are quoted in this blog post). And it’s in all of the well known educational programs for aromatherapy and herbalism. They agree with each other on this. However, the only places it differs (not including personal blogs and such) is these multi-level marketing companies like doTerra and Young Living. They are actually the ones in the minority when it comes to recommending internal use of essential oils.

Undiluted (Neat) Use of Essential Oils

When I first was introduced to doTerra essential oils the consultant rubbed peppermint oil directly on my skin. Almost immediately I started to get a burning sensation and so she removed it with vegetable oil and rubbed wintergreen oil (also directed and undiluted) to my skin. In doTerra’s Introduction to Essential Oils almost every oil listed in the manual is recommended to use undiluted. Another brand, Young Living, recommends the use of undiluted essential oils as well. It’s interesting (as a side note) that doTerra emerged from a group of professionals that were a part of Young Living. But, when it comes to dilution – the use of undiluted essential oil is again also one not recommended by respected aromatherapy associations, experts and well-known educators in essential oils.

Because essential oils are so powerful, they should always be used diluted. The recommended correct dilution for topical use is 1% for children (avoid essential oils in newborns) and pregnant women, 2% for adults and 3% for medicinal use.  While there are some essential oils that are “skin friendly” such as lavender and tea tree oil (though skin patch test is recommended), they are the exception to the rule. Essential oils in general should be properly diluted before use.

Valerie Gennari Cooksley, R.N., Co-founder of Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy writes in her book Aromatherapy Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal -

Most essential oils you must dilute to use. Essential oils do not exist in nature in large quantities; they are tiny, microscopic droplets, unseen by the naked eye within the plant’s structure in miniscule quantity. So when you embark on your experiential study of nature’s gifts start by using highly diluted essential oils.

Allison England writes in Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby -

Essential oils are powerful and need to be diluted before applying directly to the skin. They should always be used either in a carrier oil, or mixed with water, some oils such as the citrus oils, could cause soreness and irritation.

I hope this helps to educate and clarify what is often seen and incorrectly provided by well-meaning sales reps of multi-level marketing brands of essential oils. While I’ve mentioned doTerra, this also does apply to Young Living. My intention is to educate and provide holistic wellness in a responsible way.  As I finish my Clinical Aromatherapy certification I find that within my scope of practice also comes the responsibility of providing correct recommendations and education when needed and absolutely when it comes to safety.

UPDATE: I’ve been asked quite often about specific brands and if it’s a good quality essential oil. I’d like to share with you how you can know yourself if a brand is a good quality brand by sharing a piece of an article from the East-West School of Herbal and Aromatics Study. I personally shop for essential oils in this way and encourage you to consider this as well. Don’t just pick a few things on this list and consider it a good essential oil ~ does it fit everything in this list? Does it fit at least the grand majority? This is how you go about choosing a quality essential oil brand.

  • who is dedicated to supplying essential oils to the aromatherapy practitioner market and educated public.
  • that is on the small size and not a large corporation.
  • owned by an aromatherapy practitioner or essential oil specialist
  • who has relations with his/her distillers, if possible
  • who can readily supply a batch-specific MS/GC spec report on each essential oil it sells
  • readily able to provide material safety data sheets (MSDS) as needed
  • who has a strong unquestioned noncontroversial reputation in the field
  • who has preferably been in the field for a number of years and is well known to other aromatherapy practitioners and/or educators

UPDATE 7/27/13 Comments or questions? Whether you agree or not with the sources and information provided, please keep your post polite. There have been some rude posts by Young Living and DoTerra sale reps so I’m  adding little note for future comments. As always, all posts have to be approved by admin before publishing so please only submit your post once.

UPDATE 12/3/13

I’ve received quite a few post as to WHY not use essential oils undiluted. The risks are irritations,and allergic reactions. Here are some articles that I hope will help those that would like to learn more.

Hazards of Raindrop Therapy

Dermal Safety Use by NAHA

Guide to Diluting Essential Oils by Aromaweb

For those who like me prefer books ~

Essential Oil Safety, A Guide for Health Care Professionals by Tisserand and Balacs

Aromatherapy Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Heal by Valerie Cooksley, RN

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia

These are just some of the resources to learn more about essential oils and proper dilution and the reasons why.

INGESTING OILS  – another article (click here) filled with even more resources and information about ingesting essential oils. A must-read!


Through this post, I’ve received many emails and have also people post on this blog post of a bad reaction from essential oils based on the information provided by a sales rep brand. If you are one of these people, please I can’t urge you enough to report it. Robert Tisserand, a leader in Aromatherapy often called the Father of Modern Aromatherapy and author of Essential Oil Safety for Aromatherapy Professionals is collection information about these cases. Please email him directly with as much detail as possible at robert@roberttisserand.com. Another place to report is here at the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. Please help others by reporting your experience.

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Mike July 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Do you have any recommendations for where to get essential oils?

granolababies July 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm

When shopping for essential oils look for a reputable source that lists on the bottle the Latin name of the essential oil, is “100% Pure Essential Oil”, and the country of origin is easy to find for each oil. Transparency is also important so the reporting and tests of their batch of oil for each oil should be easy to see or get. If these are not listed on their site or bottle a quick email should or call to them should be all it takes to get it. I also like knowing when it was distilled. There are some really good brands available and three of them are Eden Botanicals, Floracopeia, and Aromatics International.

Kristin Barber September 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I would like to recommend Elizabeth Van Buren and Prima Fleur. Both can be googled. I was especially recommend Prima Fleur for bulk wholesale purchasing. When they save money they pass it on to the consumer and the oils are excellent. Elizabeth Van Buren is also excellent and all of their oils are GC/MS tested.

Dana October 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Thank you SO much for some specific recommendations that fit with the guidelines you described. I have looked at Eden Botanicals and Aromatics Int’l. Both look quite attractive, but can you comment on any reason for the price difference between them?

SDRNYC February 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm

It’s also important to question the purity of the word “pure”. Young Living and DoTerra’s distributors are taught that “pure” means a small percentage can be pure and the rest fillers. If you’re serious about using essential oils on a regular basis, it’s important to have a dialogue with the company your buying from. Several high quality companies actually removed the words Therapeutic from their bottles because of the unregulated terminology and backlash from MLM companies.

What I do know is that YL does in-house testing as well as independent, and also owns their own farms, of which Gary actually farms ! I do not believe that DoTerra owns land or farms and sources their oils out. Possible soliciting some of the same farms that Young Living uses.

Which in essence is the main forum for the lawsuits between companies. Several Execs left YL to start doTerra. Gary claims that several of the top execs that stayed on with YL were sharing trade secrets to doTerra and were fired.

Ultimately buying an oil is so dependent on integrity and faith. I’m not an aromatherapist and nearly flunked chemistry. I also do not have GC machine in my apartment ($250,000) to test oils. So I say that caution and education are warranted here.

When in doubt dilute. I use many essential oils in various ways for health and detox etc and have had great success, but usually those are only essential oils that have been labeled as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) for consumption.

Giselle Baturay February 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Unfortunately neither Young Living nor doTerra will provide proof of their testings so their users can only go by “it says on their website…”

Lisa March 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Thank you for the information. I am currently using the doTerra oils, I got sucked in! I do believe that the oils are more than decent, but I had started questioning the way I was using them. I kept seeing contradictory information. I did know that essential oils are very potent, and I am now going to re-evaluate how I use them. I am not going to say the Young Living or doTerra are bad companies…but I am going to educate myself further. The essential oils are amazing, but I feel that we need to be VERY careful with them…not something that doTerra stresses. Maybe it is because the oils aren’t as “pure”, I really don’t know, but I will continue to use up the stock that I have, but be MUCH more careful about application and taking them internally. Thank you for your information and thoughts.

Jenny May 27, 2014 at 2:36 am

That’s actually not true. Have you emailed or called and asked?

christina February 18, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Yes, YL has some farms or a farm but this does not mean that he has a farm for every plant nor distills all his own plants.

We must be careful of marketing ploys.


kat April 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

//SDRNYC//- What are you talking about?? Neither Doterra or YL teach that “pure” means their oils only need a drop of pure oil and the rest can be fillers. That’s exactly what they teach about the ‘other’ cheap brands from the health food store that say “100% Pure” on their label. Do you even do your research or did you just misunderstand 5 minutes of one of the training videos?! YL owns their own farm land, but the whole point that Doterra made as their signature is that they will not accept oils from any ‘new’ location of growth, only the original indigenous area that the plant has grown for eons. ALL their sources are original, and so, why would they need farm land?!
They also are VERY clear about why a lot of reactions occur with other oils…. because of the molecular impurity. Very few companies can afford both testing methods to see that when a plant is grown outside of its original geographic area, there are OTHER molecules from OTHER plants in the soil that get into the oils. i.e.: lavendar grown in a region that once had pine trees growing will have pine molecules in the oil! It doesn’t take a rocket science to quickly assess that this is not PURE and that reactions can/will occur! THIS is what Doterra teaches, people. THIS is what they test from start to end of their product production and processing. THIS is what makes them different, and makes them dare to teach about internal use. THIS is why they left Young Living because even YL supposedly wasn’t doing this (currently a matter in court). THIS is why they dare put their names behind their product and education. Doterra oils are NOT diluted, they are NOT 1% pure oil w/ the rest being filler… just finish listening to the training video and this will be very clear. They are also VERY cautious about recommending how to use: “1-2 drops is all you need”.
I realize there are other very good companies out there, and that technically there is no governing agency that “certifies”; however, given the depth of testing that Doterra does (that’s what they’re all about) because the rest of the industry is failing in that area… they are the only oils I would really use.

FOR SOME OTHER POSTERS: It is a fact that HOT plants will produce redness on the skin, and COLD (mints, mainly) will produce a cooling sensation on the skin. There is NOTHING wrong or unsafe about this… where do you think all the back pain creams get their menthol from? The redness on the skin from warmer oils, which can be eased by dilution, is still not harmful. It is a simple warming of the skin that subsides within 5-10 minutes.

april April 20, 2014 at 1:58 am

I think you should do some research into people who have been harmed by DoTerra’s oils due to improper use. For the extent of which you support the company for their focus on molecular integrity, they certainly promote enough unsafe practices that do cause harm to purely and simply to the molecular chemistry of their oils’ constituents. Perfectly pure oils grown in their natural locations and habitats still naturally consist of compounds that can harm when used inappropriately, and that is backed by hardcore science.

And there is plenty of evidence out there and reports filed by people who have been harmed using DoTerra and other pure oils improperly. What a company says about their oil integrity (esp. when they are unwilling to back it up with the analytical evidence) should never be an excuse for just blindly jumping into a defense of a company that insists its consumers automatically trust them and their words due to what they *say* their standards and practices are.

Shannon May 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Any brand of essential oil when used improperly can cause harm. Improperly using water by consuming too much can cause harm or even death. I believe that the overall message should be about informed use. Everyone is different and people can react differently to even the safest or purest of oils. Start small and know what works for your body. I personally think that in the end all companies have a goal of making money and so I judge an oil by the results it provides me personally. This requires more work on the part of the consumer but I find it to be well worth the effort. I have to say that I have had superior results from using doterra oils but I have also found brands of other oils that work well with my body. I think this whole good guy bad guy approach to companies is too simplified. Inform yourself in all things, just because my doctor tells me a medicine is safe does not mean I won’t take the time to do some research myself. I use the same approach to my alternative medical care.

Erin Krenzer May 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Thank you for your comment. I agree whole heartedly.

Charissa June 2, 2014 at 10:21 pm

This is exactly what people mean when they say “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet”. You are sitting here arguing and YOUR only proof or reference is to tell people to read a training video? You’re right because no one EVER lies right?

Until you work for either companies at the top of the chain or in one of the testing facilities we will never truly know. Each person needs to do their own research and decide for themselves what they believe and/or don’t believe.

Also, you can’t trust everything these consultants and representatives say because you never know if they have done their research. I had a very close friend recommend one of her best friends swearing she was wonderful and knowledgable about doTerra and she specifically advised me to my face that I need to put all these oil, and multiple ones together, on my skin directly with nothing else. Only to go on doTerras informational page to find that they strongly suggest that you use some sort of “Carrier oil” (I believe that is what is was called) when applying some of these oils directly to your skin. I had reactions and ended up even more sick then I already am.

I believe these companies offer great products and there are those that are out trying to protect peoples health and help people feel better but money is money and most businesses are driven by just that. So do your research and make the decision for yourself and don’t let anyone else tell you what you should and shouldn’t use because at the end of the day, you have to be able to sleep at night with the decision you have made.

Shauna-Lee July 25, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Well said.Education is key here. I did go through the doterra training with my own leader. I also do a lot of reaserch to make sure my facts are right. I use the oils on myself on a whim, however I do teach other ppl how to use them. I use things like pepprrmint as a breath freshner for years, I defuse countless oils to purefy the air and even though doterra doesnt recomend drinking eucaliptus- I find it helps. Im now 38 and still alive. I would not do this with any other company. It is with knowledge and a great deal of confidence in doterra oils I do this. As these guys are saying, dont believe everything you read on the internet. But take it from someone whose been doing this a few years now lol. I was educated by my leader on the correct useage of doterra essential oil- however in most cases things like deep blue ond wintergreen are not safe to take internally and yes I learned the hard way that Cinnomon Bark is freeking hot and is best watered down. Guys,my advise educate yourselves as to what is safe and what is not otherwise bitter pple with just bring reputable companies down. I dont know what the agenda is but they obviously have one. And no I dont have a doterra business, but i have been reaserching it and teaching others about essential oil for years. The bottles I give away have come out of my own pocket so I have nothing to gain but my comment, except that many of these blogs are one sided. But what Kat said is basically correct. These blogs often use scare tactics because they are bitter at a company for one reason or another. Doterra is also backed by doctors high in their fields. Usually I dont bother with commenting on these blogs, but for the second time tonight I felt a strong urge. Dont be gullable most pure oil like lemon and peppermint actually do digest in your body within a few hours so unless your actually drinking the stuff bottle after bottle is fairly safe.

Annie Nowlin May 31, 2014 at 3:50 pm

“I do not believe that DoTerra owns land or farms and sources their oils out.”

I know for a fact that they DIO. This is a very vague statement: I DO NOT BELIEVE. Do you know?

I just started sung doTerra essential oils several days ago and already notice a difference-WHEN USED AS DIRECTED, but my consultant.

june July 17, 2014 at 1:52 am

I read a lot of the comments? Sorry Giselle but I really feel you need to do what’s right for you, I could write pages about processed food? Companies are in business to make money but I make the decision to buy something or not the company isn’t bad for trying to sell their products?. I do buy Doterra and it helped my son a lot and I believe in the concept of essential oils and feel DoTerra is the best?There is a lot of medicine prescribed by drs. That have really bad side effcts so if I can avoid that with eo I will.

AK July 26, 2014 at 7:15 am

Young Living teaches that “pure” means absolutely NOTHING but the oil is present, they don’t use fillers. Furthermore, they will give you test results if you ask. You can also go see their farms and distilleries. Gary Young was trained in essential oils & distilling by some of the top experts in the field. Don’t forget he was an ND and herbalist before starting Young Living. The test internally and so outside independent testing. They also recommend diluting with carrier oils. Not all oils are recommended for consumption and they are careful. Sorry if you have had a negative experience but before you make assumptions, you should have the facts. :)

OrganicUprising.com February 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm

We personally really enjoy Native American Nutritionals. They fit the criteria. Their founder and owner is a Native American Medicine Man. Proper education of oils is important to him. He also puts “Educate Yourself About Essential Oils” on every bottle instead of just telling everyone to take them internally.

Kayla February 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

YL consultants tell EVERYONE to just take them internally?

Michelle February 12, 2014 at 12:15 am

says who? I browsed his website and did not see any claim that he was an enrolled member of any Tribe. As a Native person myself I found the website to be disrespectful and misleading.

Maria April 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Michelle, could you elaborate on it? NAN is one company I am considering. Thank you.

Melissa April 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

I’m with Michelle on this one.

I did a quick search. I found a youtube page that claims he is a Medicine Man, but nothing more than that. He seems to be linked to Rocky Mountain Oils.

The “Our Philosophy” pages are word for word the same. So are the others in the “About Us” section. That seems sketchy to me – why not disclose the connection. I’m also very biased against simple typos in a live store-front on the internet. Details matter.



I’m Quinault/Chinook and not down with self proclaimed “medicine men.”

Tab May 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm

The two companies merged. Since they have become “one” they would have the same motto. He has never claimed to be a member of a tribe. He has been in oils for over 30 years and agrees with the practices and uses of oil of the Native Americans and is helping others to learn to use them. Besides, if you have actual questions, he will answer you in less than a day. Unlike YL and DT….whose reps consult a website.

Lora June 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I got sucked into NAN and the more I researched the more I did not like what I saw. According to their own policies and procedures manual for anyone who wants to sell their oils, you HAVE to go through a bunch of garbage to become a Medicine Man/Woman through the “Nemenhah tribe” It’s a bunch of hooey. There is no such thing. They do it to have supposed “protection” from lawsuits under the guise of being a Medicine Man/Woman. When questioned about it, they just ran in circles and tried to back pedal.

OrganicUprising.com June 25, 2014 at 5:09 pm

The reason they want people to be certified and educated before they attempt to sell any of their oils is just one of the reasons I love them….

That way the people purchasing them aren’t being misguided by an uneducated consultant from a multi-level-marketing company.

Jill May 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I am a certified aromatherapist and my teacher, who is recognized by NAHA, only uses Oshadhi. They fit all of the criteria posted on this site.

Honey Logan June 7, 2014 at 5:45 am

Owned health food stores, for 40 yrs. never heard of these brands,
The Doterra Oils, have been a blessing for my family and many, many others, My husband is on the radio with them, and have never had a negative with them… With almost 20 thousand people going to their Convention in Salt Lake City, can’t be to bad. Every single product is more than we could of hoped for. Making some money is not to bad either.

Mom26 October 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm

http://www.stillpointaromatics.com organic and hand poured upon order.

Debra McCra June 10, 2014 at 12:07 am

I buy my oils from Mountain Rose Herbs because they have good prices and it’s one stop shopping for me since I practice homeopathy and they have a very decent selection of things I regularly need. I have been using essential oils for very many years and just speaking from experience and not quoting some website or repeating something someone else has said to me, it is imperative to dilute the majority of essential oils in a carrier oil, like jojoba, sweet almond, olive and coconut oil are some of the ones I use. As for ingesting versus topical application, that’s kind of a non discussion. I bathe in essential oils, Epsom salt, raw milk, baking soda, etc… your skin absorbs compounds and delivers them into your blood stream like your stomach only differently. I also occasionally buy Aura Acacia oils from VitaCost when they are on sale. The smells are consistent and I have never had any complaints with their products

Tawnya Padilla June 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I agree with using them in baths and with carrier oils onto the skin. Thank you Debra for your helpful tips and wisdom. I use and sell Aura Cacia and I like how ethical and transparent the company is.

Natalie July 27, 2012 at 2:20 am

Giselle, I wish I would have read your blog earlier. I purchased the doTERRA family physician kit about a month ago. In the kit they recommend applying most of them topically without dilution / carrier oils. They also recommend ingesting several of them. When I asked the rep she mentioned all oils are safe to nursing mothers. Any thoughts on common oils that should be avoided by nursing moms? I know you mentioned peppermint. Besides the bad marketing do you see the oils as high quality that I can continue to use with carriers & through diffusing? Thanks!

granolababies July 27, 2012 at 7:09 am

Natalie, I wouldn’t recommend using any essential oils undiluted or internally. Internally ok if under the care of a qualified care provider. However there are a list of herbs and essentials oils that should be avoided while nursing as they are astringent and can reduce your milk supply, among other reasons. For example, some essential oils (and herbs include) sage and jasmine, but since the list of what can’t be used while pregnant and some not to use while breastfeeding I like to focus more on what you CAN use while nursing – like lavender, geranium, mandarin, and tea tree as examples.

Shannon June 15, 2013 at 2:35 am

I take 20-50 drops internally of various YL oils for almost 3 years, several more neat, I am still alive…. If anything I’m healthier than I have ever been. I’m hormonally balanced, improved circulation, I sleep like a baby, cellulite and varicose veins dramatically diminished, intense back pain gone. I rarely get a cold, and when I do its gone in a flash. I’ve completely stopped buying even Advil for a headache. I know so many people cured of cancer, diabetes, off pain killers….and what is sad, you blog scares people into a place of avoiding a possible road to complete restoration.

No two oil companies are the same, its not a standardized industry in the US… Its all about the farming methods, but also the distillation (how long and at what temps make a big difference) and that is why THE FDA asked Gary Young to help create a standard. This is why YL is used in hospitals across the globe, including 50 in the US. YL farms are open to visitors, and uphold beyond standard organic practices, and this year all of the distillations tanks will be exactly the same stainless steal tank, so there is no question the standard is upheld. PLUS, 4 identical labs were built to be sure their wont be any mistakes on the testing, and non profit was formed outside of YL to be sure the same standards would be upheld across the country. YL spends millions on testing the oils in Europe, and if the oil is lacking, they wont be sold, not matter how much it is valued…

I’m so thankful for this company, its saved so many of my friends from so much pain, its been worth every penny.

Giselle Baturay June 17, 2013 at 2:48 am

Gary Young asked by the FDA to set a standard for essential oils?? Based on the amount of lawsuits that YL has encountered, the FDA warning to Gary Young and the much controversy about YL, I highly doubt that this FDA claim is true.

Here’s what Robert Tisserand (known as the father of modern Aromatherapy) –
“Essential oils are not regulated separately by the FDA, they either come under FDA cosmetic legislation, or FDA drug legislation: http://tinyurl.com/d3qveyv. Standards already exist for essential oils, and these are set by the International Organization for Standardization: http://tinyurl.com/bv798rq. Therefore, there is no conceivable reason why the FDA would ask Gary Young, or any other individual, to “set standards” for them. Gary Young has been the subject of an FDA warning letter: http://tinyurl.com/bq45pb5, and there is a proliferation of negative internet posts about him (http://tinyurl.com/cryyue2). Some of this may not be true, but when there’s this much smoke you have to suspect there’s a fire burning!”

source: http://roberttisserand.com/2012/08/book-review-the-chemistry-of-essential-oils-made-simple/

Eleen June 22, 2013 at 4:23 am

I have been using Young Living oils for over a year now. I use them topically (both undiluted and diluted), internally, and diffused. I have never had any problems with them and have already had great results. We have addressed many health conditions including strep, flu, hypothyroid, gum infections, broken bones, motion sickness, anxiety and depression all with Young Living oils. My kids love their oils and would not go a day without them. In the beginning I thought all essential oils were the same and was using another company’s oils. I did not get the same results that I get with Young Living. I’m so glad I wasn’t scared away from Young Living and continued to educate myself about their oils. The oils are a huge blessing in our lives!

Sarah July 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I wonder how much Shannon and Eleen (actually, probably the same person using pre-written comments) are paid by doTerra and YL to claim that they use and recommend the oils they are peddling. It’s a common marketing scam… Hire people to search the name of their company, the word scam (and similar keywords) and make blog posts contradicting anyone who does not like their brand.

If you have ever seen ads for easy work-from-home jobs, this is the sort of thing you are probably signing up for. Just imagine the number of blog posts and comments you have to make to earn a living on $.05-&.10 pay per post. It’s right up there in my list of scams with the ‘King of Nigeria’ needing help cashing a check and sharing his fortune with any good American that will cash the check for him.

Giselle Baturay September 8, 2013 at 7:00 am

Eleen, I’m glad you’ve found oils you are happy with, however I would highly encourage you to read the book “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child” by Valerie Worwood especially for your children as it gives you a guideline on which oils are safe to use on children as well as usage on them (as a respected and experienced Aromatherapist she too does not recommend internal use unless under the care of a care provider or qualified aromatherapist). I recommend this book strongly if are giving children oils daily internally or even topically daily. Education is so important when it comes to essential oils, regardless of the brand, however find this outside of the brand and by respected and knowledgeable leaders in Aromatherapy. The education and information is there – it’s up to you to use or ignore it.

Debbie Hill October 7, 2013 at 2:37 am

Thank you Shannon & Eleen for confirming. affirming and validating YL. I’ve been using YL products for about 18 months and I’m grateful EVERYDAY that I found them. They have helped me and So many family members, friends and once upon a time strangers tremendously. NOONE I know has EVER had ill effects from ANY of Young LIving Products.
It saddens me that people choose to instill fear in others unnecessarily.
I have always believed that everyone should trust their heart and gut. They are usually right. I also believe if you can’t say something nice and spread good healing energy… why bother sharing at all.
The positive energy and healing properties of Young Living Oils and dictated distributors will prevail! Wishing Health and Prosperity to all with he help of Young Living Essential Oils!
Why not try them yourself and make your own educated decision based on your own experience, I believe you will be bald you did!
Debbie Maddock Hill

kelly November 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I just wanted to point out to you that the FDA warning letter you link to is 11 years old and in regard to the “Stevia” included in the products.

Stevia is widely used now in many products and is now FDA approved for consumption. And this is a fairly new development. So was it a dangerous or forward thinking?

just a thought,

Giselle Baturay November 10, 2013 at 6:06 am

@ Kelly – Gary has been in the “fire” more than once. But, as a side-note when it comes to stevia…a quick google search will bring up that it’s not all it’s advertised to be and has it’s own warnings. I would hardly have called that forward thinking.

Ourhouseoflife January 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Giselle, just so you know, ISO is a standard for PERFUME grade oils, not for medicinal grade essential oil qualities. I’m sure if you flew to Utah and asked to talk to some of YL researchers and were to take a tour in their various labs, you would find additional information on the testing and procurement of essential oils designed to maintain their healing properties, not just the smell.

Kristin Barber September 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Would not recommend YL at all. Over priced, unsafe use is recommended and many unfounded claims come with the territory.

Eileen September 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Thank you, Giselle, for the book recommendation. I will look into that. I’m sorry that everyone thinks I am being deceptive and that YL is a scam. I am not the same person as Shannon, but just wanted to talk about my experience with using the Young Living oils. I did not mean for this to get hateful. I do not get paid by Young Living to post my comments. Just thankful that I found another natural solution to my family’s health issues.

Giselle Baturay September 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Thanks Eileen, I didn’t think your post was a scam. :)

Heather McMahill November 16, 2013 at 6:20 pm

doTerra essential oils do not even compare to Young Living. I would never dream of placing the two companies in the same category except for the fact that both have a MLM platforms. You can be assured that your essential oils are pure, unadulterated with Young Living products. I would only trust my family’s health to Young Living essential oils. We take many YL oils topically and internally and have 100% confidence in them. Why else would over 150 hospitals in the United States be using them? This is a great video which explains the Young Living Seed to Seal commitment and process. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toCDNZ4W5_M

renee palting February 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I just learned that my hospital will be carrying them. I was shocked. It goes to show that marketing works for some companies. As a clinical aromatherapist, I would not recommend them. I have been using oils professionally for over 15 years, and regularly use to compare them to other oils. While they may smell great, i worry about the purity. The fact the company is unethically marketing the oils, really remind me of the formula companies.

It is a buyer be aware of what you purchase.

I am amazed that the YL or DT consultants believe they are aromatherapists. What they are – are salesmen. bless them.

april April 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm

And there are hospitals around the country using oils from companies other than Young Living (and DoTerra) as well. But YL users tend to not realize this. So, if we are going to use hospitals as validation for an oil company’s quality, there are many other companies out there that offer high quality oils without having to go through YL or DT.

Lyla Harket December 14, 2013 at 3:23 am

I take a cup of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice every morning and I am as healthy as a rock. Eat organic local produce, we cook our own meals, been doing that forever and we are all healthy. Apple water, cucumber lemon water, fresh juices with a pinch of ginger root. Eating healthy is the best medicine. If you do there’s no need for any kind of supplements. A friend tried to get me into the pyramid scale that DoTerra is, it is called different, but it is the same thing at the end. Anyways I said no and I am happy I did. All they do is sell something with some training on their backs, but they do not really know all what aromatherapy is about.

Alia January 31, 2014 at 10:57 am

We ate organic foods, worked out often at the gym and I studied nightly to keep my brain active. I saw doctors regularly and paid a lot of money to an immunologist for 4 allergy shots every two weeks. My energy was much improved after seeing the allergist, but the asthma only worsened as I aged. Nothing mattered once I got a systemic bacterial infection. I went into heavy medical debt and was accused of faking it while my urine was filled with blood, my kidneys ached, I developed migraines, lost my night vision, had intense daily heart pain, lost 25 lbs and half my hair. When my husband finally tested positive after starting to develop my signs, we began antibiotics. The bacteria was resistant and my health, slightly improved by the antibiotics began to worsen..unable to eat, fevers three times a day and rapid weight loss.

Desperate to live, I began Doterra essential oils INTERNALLY….my infection was so widespread, I took the chance even tho I had all the old school fear Giselle cites. It has been a year, and while my memory is still unreliable, my heart and kidneys have no pain. my hair and nails have grown back, my sense of taste and smell are back as is night vision. The migraines, fevers and polyarthritis are gone! I am not back to my old self yet, but I have just started yoga and pilates and hope I ccan begin jogging this summer. I think having been a runner saved me from dying when my heart became infected.

In addition, issues I have had most of my life (before three years of infection) are resolving: periods are happening once a month instead of three weeks out of four (had to take the pill constantly just to not bleed), asthma appears to have vanished, allergies are much reduced, frequent urination has become normal (great for sleeping at nite) and sugar cravings just stopped cold for the first time in my entire life (my blood sugar was often slightly high).

If not for these oils, I am certain I would have died. Of course, the FDA has no standards for the oils…they also have no power to enforce food recalls or test cattle for mad cow. Not only that farmers are allowed to use antibiotics on our food animals creating these superbug bacteria. If you just wait for legislation to help, it will be quite a while. Antibiotics, doctors hesitation to believe I was really ill and a healthy lifestyle or even a really good immune system may all fail to help in a situation like mine. Thank god I went against common wisdom and my medical knowlege ($180 grand of proffessional school debt). Only two colds in a year? No more $190 advair not to mention my two other inhalers!

Of course, I take drops of them, not milliliters. I don’t internally take the essential oils which Doterra advises should only be used topcally and aromatherapeutically. I don’t tell people it will cure them. I don’t know that I am certainly cured. I cannot prove scientifically that it was the oils that caused my recovery, but I will accept excellent health. I will accept the happiness I get from not being crippled in bed. I will not turn back. I will always keep an open mind now. For me, this has been a blessing, and yes, I now sell it to others so they can try for themselves if they would so like. I think I have made a whopping $50 something dollarrs : ) I would only take very pure oils (meaning the solvents used to extract them have all been removed, meaning the plants were grown without pesticides, meaning the plants were grown in ideal climates,meaning the medicinal compounds of each plant have been tested to be present at ccertain concentrations) like the ones young living and doterra sell. I studied chemistry in undergrad and the procedures and testing standards of the company are crucial to me.

Giselle Baturay February 2, 2014 at 6:56 am

Since writing this blog post it’s become very obvious that doTerra “experience” stories all have the same format. It’s as if there’s a template and it’s a fill-in-the-blanks. They usually go like this -

Share an experience of a very serious illness (_____ insert name here) > talk about how you were on pharmaceuticals and they didn’t work > then write how you almost died or where unable to live regularly > followed by how you took oils internally > how you were cured > mention the FDA > and end with how it’s better than the poison that is medicines.

At one point, it becomes obvious that these aren’t legit.

Jennifer July 9, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Giselle – I do agree that a lot of people seem to have the same “script” lines and I have heard it for many other things (not just DoTerra) and it was part of the reason I didn’t want to try the oils. Now, I do use the DoTerra essential oils and this is what made me a believer. :)
My daughters does not have a life threatening illness. She was born with an airway defect called Laryngomalacia. Only 1%-5% of all cases are considered life threatening. Thankfully she was not one of those cases. Basically, my daughter was born with a floppy larynx that obstructed her airway. If she gets a common cold, she can be hospitalize (most children take a fever reducer and/or antibiotic and get some rest at home). At the time, my husband just started a new job and we didn’t have insurance (cobra cost too much). I was not looking forward to taking her to the hospital. At a vendor event I was working at, I talked with the DoTerra rep who wanted to do a trade with me for things that I make. She told me to try “Breathe” on my daughter in a diffuser and do not rub it on her because the oils are to strong undiluted (see not all advocate using them undiluted). I figured I have nothing to lose, so why not. My daughters congestion cleared up by the end of the day. I have two other kids and I have never seen a cold clear up that fast. I am now a believer.

Now that I have told you my DoTerra story, I was wondering what other books are articles would you recommend for uses on children. I do not like to use things on my children blindly (when it comes to medicine at least). I have done some research but to many sites on the internet are contradictory. One says to do one thing and another tells you the opposite. I would love to learn more, but not sure where to start.

Carol Peacock February 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I’m glad I read your comment Shannon. I have had great results from yl oils too. I just wish his company would only deal with professionals, (hospitals, naturopathic drs. chiropracters etc) if they have been educated extensively on these things. I only get and use oils under the direction of my naturopathic doctor. I won’t purchase or even discuss oils with my friend who is a distributor for oils (doterra, in this case). It has put a strain on our friendship and has illustrated to me why I hate multilevel “scams” so much.

Bonnie Butler February 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Wow, my head is spinning. I have spent the last 3 days entirely dedicated to looking up which EO’s are the best. And I’m more confused than ever right now. I was going back and forth between YL and DT. I was put off by the claim of the certification by DT so I moved on. There seems to be so much back stabbing between MLM companies that I just want to scream. All I want is what is going to be best for me and my family.

Dara April 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Bonnie – I’m in the same boat. I’m not an aromatherapist or chemist so don’t feel qualified to evaluate the companies on my own. I don’t know who to believe anymore. I currently have oils from 4 different companies, but would like to settle on just one or two. At least I don’t have to worry about taking them internally – have definitely decided against that regardless of the brand.

SJ April 25, 2014 at 12:29 am

I tried YL and after a reaction my daughter had I decided they were not for my family. I reasearched for days looking into different oil companies. I based my final opinion on customer serivce and the information they provided me with. I emailed several companies with the same question. The response from NAN and Floracopia were same day fast and much more then I asked for. Trust your gut when your reading through websites… Some more then others have made making money the top priority.

Kathy Curdie March 6, 2014 at 4:18 am

Lisa I tried to email you, but the email failed.

Heather Loftis March 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I don’t think it’s about harming you, I beleive you become immune, and need more and more as we age. My thought , practiced aromatherapy for 20+ years. Oils were not made as nutrition , although we can eat spices and herbs, fruits, and veggies . Oils are in my life used more for the sense of smell, not taste. And, in most smell is most used of our senses. I know it’s the scense with the most memories!

Kat March 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm

I have to agree with the experience stories being templated or scripted. It gets ridiculous and outlandish, but there’s always the same format. And they really don’t put much research into what they are claiming against certain illnesses. As a mother of a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (at 6yrs old), I have heard quite a many cure-all suggestions. I also belong to several online support groups for parents of these type 1 kiddos and the stories we’ve shared about similar ‘cure stories’ making their way around the globe never cease. Unfortunately that’s all they are- stories. Humans cannot live without insulin period. In type 1, insulin is no longer produced, thus the need for daily injections or an insulin pump. Additionally, it is no just food that affects their blood sugar but also emotions, illness, growth spurts, hormone fluxes due to puberty,etc. Yet I am reading story after story of how ess oils are ceasing or decreasing the need of insulin to just 1 unit per day. To those not versed in type 1, that would be the equivalent of ‘only needing to eat’ say, 1 oyster cracker per day, as your total daily food consumption. You wouldn’t live long. If type 1′s don’t take enough insulin daily, their body will go into diabetic ketoacidosis. Death occurs from that in a matter of just a couple days. These oil companies toting around their severe lack of information are dangerous to people, especially parents of a newly diagnosed child with type 1 who may not know enough yet to not believe them.

Economist April 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Any suggestion that essential oils can cure cancer is not only fraudulent but also can get one very long Federal jail time.

jodi May 8, 2014 at 5:57 am

Shannon….please contact me!

Jennifer July 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I have been using dōTERRA since 2011. I use them internally and so does my entire family, including my five month old who lick the frankincense dropper. Digestzen and peppermint beakers got me through two rough pregnancies and immortelle with scarring. We have not had any illnesses besides a cold here or there, but we are 100% holistic clean eating and living, including my husband who is a physician.

I started with that kit too, then got the every oil kit to experience the other oils.

No regrets.

Giselle Baturay July 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Please discuss with a board certified ND, qualified Aromatherapist about giving such a young baby essential oils internally. I urge you to research this with Valerie Worwood books. That you are giving a 5 mos old baby essential oils internally is very serious and I beg you to educate yourself outside of DoTerra.

Dana Schwartz September 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Hi, I am very interested in this conversation,I use Doterra oils and my family and patients have had very powerful results. We love them, and use them like I have never used essentail oils before. ( which has been a favorite tool for a long time). The question I have is that these references you are naming are speaking of essentail oils that have chemicals, and other substances in the oils. Doterra tests 7 times each batch. And will not release a poorly resulting oil. I used to use floracopia, and had very little influence with them, other than a enjoyable scent. I agree that proper training of use is imperative, and I encourage you to investigate more deeply beyond the history of the oils and see what Doterra is actually about. Thanks to everyone’s information here

Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 2:39 am

Dana, I think that you are confused. PURE essential oils are made up of natural chemicals… they are ALL chemicals…some of which are benign, and some of which can be very dangerous, especially to infants and small children. And there are many suppliers of pure, unadulterated oils.

Jeina27 February 21, 2014 at 4:37 am

Dana, what type of “patients” do you have, and what type of medicine do you practice? I admit that not all doctors are smart, but your grammar doesn’t fit the name or profile you’re portraying.

Katie Jacobson September 26, 2013 at 12:04 am

The anecdotal evidence that people are using as “proof” of safety on here is disturbing. People saying that since they take them internally and they are “fine”, this somehow means that the product is completely safe and life changing… that is pure insanity. I know people who drank alcohol while they were pregnant, and their children turned out fine. Does that mean it’s suddenly safe to drink during pregnancy, simply because a couple of people did not give birth to children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? I think I’ll continue to refrain from booze while pregnant, thank you very much. I will rely on science versus a random person’s experience on the matter. All this article is saying is do your research. Be educated. For people to get defensive and extol the virtues of a singular company should raise red flags for anyone. I was just beginning to get into essential oils, and was looking into doTerra and Young Living. Their “consultants” have effectively steered me away from the product with their zealousness. “My child didn’t die” is not an acceptable form of proof for me and my family.

Sue September 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm

When I was a child, every new mother had a bottle of paregoric to soothe their new babies teething problems. This is product made from a botanical, it’s been used for thousands of years, so it must be safe, right? It’s 100% natural. Also must mean it’s safe. This is the logic used by the doTerra/Young Living followers/salespeople. Every mother used this on their fussy babies in the 50′s!! I remember my mother giving me a little taste when she soothed my teething little sister, rubbing it on her gums. I’m fine – so it can’t hurt – that’s the DT/YL logic. Well. paregoric is Morphine, made from from Opium. Can you imagine new mothers doing this today!! Well internal use of essential oils is no different from giving your child tincture of Opium. Used safely…essential oils can be used to make houseold cleaning products that kill bacteria and freshen the air. Some are safe to diffuse in the air – but not all – they can kill birds and cats. Others are great in skincare/cosmetic products – while the same oils can be phototoxic when used in leave-on products and exposed to the sun. There are EOs that will absorb into the upper layers of the skin, so can be used for medical uses for topical skin problems…but anything with the power to heal has the power to harm. Used for medicial problems – these are natural DRUGS with SIDE EFFECTS (none of which any doTerra/Young Living person will tell you because they do not know what they do not know…they just follow the leader!) Parents who drug their children with essential oils are setting them up for a lifetime of health problems down the road…but until their child develops life threatening allergies or sensitization or has to live their lives as a person with multiple-chemical sensitivity they are just going to keep doing what they are doing…because they seem unable and unwilling to listen to the experts in aromatherapy who tell them YOU ARE BEING LIED TO IN ORDER TO SELL PRODUCTS!!

Farmergirl December 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Science vs from God….really? I would never defend doTERRA, but I’ve used PURE EO’s from another company that GROWS their own plants here and abroad. Everyone uses dried herbs to dress their foods and even supplement with…so what is the difference between dried herbs (that no longer contain the life blood of the plant) or the oils…the actual life blood? Essential Oils contain the same types of frequencies our bodies contain. The EO’s that I used saved my husband from Macular Deg (Mac. Hole) and the loss of his job because he drives a crane truck for a living. It’s obvious by so many Aromatherapists posts against use of EO’s internally, that they are completely insecure. The hole process…even the seeds, make a huge difference in the end result. It takes someone who knows all of this to produce the finest…and there are not many out there! doTerra does not grow their own and have been known to adulterate. The company was not founded with any morals or ethics. There are so many companies listed in this thread that contain toxic synthetics “scents” in them. That’s all I’m saying….

Paul December 23, 2013 at 2:50 am

Thanks Katie for some voice of reason in these discussions. One could go on till the proverbial cows come home as to the pros and cons of one particular brand over another and whose is more pure than the next. I don’t wish to get bogged down in such a futile exercise as I am not a scientist/ pharmicist or chemical engineer expert. What I am is a concerned partner of someone who has swallowed the whole ‘pyramid sale’ routine hook line and sinker. Comments I have heard include don’t worry about the money its all about the quality that is what you need to focus on. Or one has to change one’s mindset that you have to work for an employer, wage etc and can earn a good living from EO sales as an alternative to the old ways of earning a living. I asked my partner what her business plan was and she remarked that as long as I stick to the model success will follow. Naive you may say? The mere fact from direct sales at 24% (with YL) return basically means that for every bottle my partner purchases and she has a regular shipment coming in of some $168 / month she needs to sell 4 times that just to cover costs of product ($672/mnth) that doesn’t include any other expenses travel time, phone calls, fuel, venue hire etc. That $672 plus a month would require on average selling 14 bottle @ $50/bottle a month. For every month she misses the target she would have to make it up in the next month. Its a lot of work to sell just one bottle at $50 with a party plan concept and markets are very hit and miss with added overheads. I know many will spout forth the success stories of ‘diamond’ distributors but at the end of the day if you sat down and added up all the overheads and outgoings versus the incoming and divided by the time factor I would challenge anyone to argue that these models of direct marketing or pyramid sales are a viable replacement for good old fashion employment in a traditional job (3rd world countries and sweat shops excluded). My partner was ripe for picking as she wanted a change in life and seized upon this as she saw it as an opportunity to ease into retirement and now our family income is reduced and a large amount of her savings have gone into stock that keeps accumulating in our house. She has partially returned to her old profession which she was wanting to escape from just to get some form of income so as to pay for the ongoing shipment of EO that aren’t flying out the door i might add. You see the dilemma she has ended up in the same work predicament working to support what is in fact a hobby in the belief it will one day if she sticks to it with diligence it will pay off. Her life hasn’t changed as such other than she is now working to support people above her as opposed saving for retirement/holidays etc. Fine if you are up the food chain but for every “diamond distributor’ how many fall by way side or are needed to prop them up and their life style? It has caused much friction in our household and many a divorces has resulted in financial differences. I just hope mine and others don’t end up that way as a result of a dubious business model. Once again regardless of the discussion as to who has the most authentic oil or the most efficacious.

Lori January 31, 2014 at 1:03 am

Thank you for that perspective, you can rub poison on you skin and just because you don’t get sick doesn’t mean it’s safe! Many substances have a bioaccumulate effect on systems of the body. Our skin is our largest organ and absorbant, great care should be taken as to what and how potent a product is that we allow on our skin. I question most individuals intentions that are involved in MLM.

mary April 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Katie, I to was looking into doterra & young living & possible selling their products. I have now changed my mind. Though I believe in essencial oils can help people, I do believe they are not for everyone & education should be done on them, which I am trying to do for myself. I did order some peppermint from DT & am now scared to use it. I was going to take in internally, but not now. I will just rub a teeny bit on me instead. I appreciate this page & for the bloger to help educated people like me. God Bless.

Mac February 7, 2014 at 4:42 am

Do these people understand subclinical effects? You may FEEL better, but go get those liver and kidney enzymes checked out- you will be saddened and shocked.
Also, if you are internally taking these oils & they are not organically farmed, you are ingesting a crapton of pesticides. Not just forgetting to rinse your veggies pesticides- concentrated, extreme amounts of pesticides.

Jen April 2, 2014 at 1:31 am

I agree about doing your research before and while using EO’s. Valerie Worwood is wonderful. I refer to her books, Melissa Shelton’s, as well as several others before I use the EO’s. Plants on this earth are God’s gift He gave them to us to use. We should do so wisely without deceit. He knows the hearts of everyone on this Blog as well as YL and doTerra. I believe they work they are some of the first forms of healing used. We are from the earth so I can see how EO’s would work well with our bodies to heal. They are powerful and it only takes a dab and I use with caution, diluted when used on myself and the animals in my care, and we have had awesome healing results.

Salem September 7, 2013 at 2:04 am

Hi, Jennifer. I have also used doTERRA oils multiple times internally & it certainly didn’t seem to cause any problems- at least at first. I must mention that when I started using essential oils, I had a lot of health problems & had just recently gotten off of 4 very strong pharmaceutical drugs that I had been on for almost 5 years. Taking the oils internally certainly turned out to be way more effective than using antibiotics for my chronic infections. I would still much rather take an EO internally over a pharmaceutical drug/antibiotic, but I have learned through my own experience that it is not wise or safe to do so with any EO no matter how pure or “therapeutic”. EO’s taken internally can easily cause severe damage to your internal flora as well as cause toxicity over time. I still use EO’s (in fact, I am currently using doTERRA), but I will never make the mistake of using them internally again. My last experience using them internally was a frustrating issue that took me months to recover from. It certainly wasn’t the first time I used the specific blend I had used, so it caught me off guard that it even caused problems. I realized later that the reason I reacted then but not earlier is because the last time I used them my body had more completely detoxified from all the other crap I’d taken for years & therefore it was far more sensitive to what the EO’s were doing to me internally. I won’t try to convince you to get away from EO’s or from doTERRA, if they work for you (which they do for most people & often do for me), but I will strongly urge you to be careful about internal use. From one mother to another, from my heart to yours, please consider all other ways of using the oils besides internally. If you really feel internal use is best, please consult a good physician (like an ND or aromatherapist). Good luck to you & I wish you the best health.

Sarah September 15, 2013 at 4:43 am

Salem, this is an article I found when I was trying to decide between YL and DT Essential Oils. It explains why you had problems with taking doTerra EOs internally. http://culturedmama.com/young-living-vs-doterra/
I hope this helps :) I use Young Living internally, and have never had a problem.

Your Kidding September 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Your kidding? You’re using this blag as a source? The blogger is a Young Living Rep. Clearly you are, too. You talked about doTERRA and YL being a scam earlier and now you use it? What a joke.

Giselle Baturay September 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Have you read the blog post and responses? I am surprised you’d think I am a YL rep. But since that wasn’t obvious to you ~ no I am not.

Also there are more than one person in the comments with the same Sarah. :)

Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 2:43 am

Sarah since we are referencing blog articles… please take the time to read this one… a LONG article from someone sharing her experiences using the oils internally as suggested by her uplink.

I Hassan November 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I am writing from Somaliland, where Frankincense grows in abundance. It is a tradition here to put Frankincense gums in the drinking water for everyone, however, infants usually come into contact with frankincense by inhaling some of the smoke when frankincense is burned, and it is very common to burn the stuff in the home in places like Oman, Ethiopia, Somaliland/Somalia.

Giselle Baturay November 24, 2013 at 6:15 am

There’s a difference between an incense and an essential oil.

Annabelle January 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Sounds like a lot of bull to me, sorry to say that, but if you read all the pro YL’s and dT’s they all seem to say the same thing, they all feed it to their young ones, and their entire family uses it and ingests it, and it’s changed all of their lives, etc. AS IF? Any company that uses MLM to sell their products nowadays is part scam. We are a long ways away from the days of Mary Kay.

Emily July 31, 2013 at 6:46 am

The internal use of essential oils if they are not food grade and approved for consumption by the FDA are of course not recommended to use internally. If you will be so kind as to look at the label of each of the oils in your Physician’s kit, you will be aware that the one’s that they recommend for ingestion are those that are food grade and say so on the label. (Approved by the FDA) The reason most essential oils used in spas for aromatherapy are used specifically for topical use and are not recommended to be ingested. From my understanding, the doTerra essential oils have been tested to be pure and a very high therapeutic grade from an outside source and they are particularly careful to make sure there are no additives or foreign matter in their oils so that they can, in fact, be ingested. Be careful of those that repute certain essential oils because they are marketed a different way. I understand that by marketing them in a more personal matter such as the “party plan” type ways give people the opportunity to learn more about each essential oils in a more personal way. The multi-marketing does not make an essential oil bad. If you already have the Physician’s kit, why don’t you compare the potency and cleanliness of the oils with other oils that can be purchased elsewhere. I find it’s best to make up your mind yourself and not believe everything that you read. Check on some of the scientific essential oil sites that test oils, even the Young Living and doTerra oils on a regular basis and don’t underestimate their quality just because it is claimed that they are bad by this and other blogs.

Giselle Baturay August 4, 2013 at 7:36 am

Actually the reason why many of the essential oils do not state on their bottle to ingest the oils has nothing to do with quality (that’s just something that both DT and YL like to say during their sales pitches). Most essential oils companies are following the guidelines that are recommended by the aromatherapy industry which is that essential oils should not be ingested unless under the care of a qualified care provider.

Bev December 17, 2013 at 7:09 am

I am not a distributor for any essential oil company but am very interested in essential oils. I asked my N.D. about the internal use and he said you could if they were FOOD grade. That doesn’t mean that you take a whole bottle of EO or just any EO. I would certainly want to talk with my ND about what and how to use them. I see the YL vs. DoTerra a little bit like Shaklee and Amway in the ’70s. Each bashed the other and said their product was best.

Persephone December 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I use essential oils and essential oil enhanced products. When I was pregnant and nursing, I used the essential oil desk reference for safety guidelines. The essential oils that I buy will say on the bottle the dilution ratio for using, but this book also mentions the dilution ratio for each essential oil and the safety for children, pregnant, nursing, and more.

Lacey January 17, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Natalie doTERRA is completely safe! It is very unlike other essential oil companies. If you need questions answered about the oils, go to the source-doTERRA itself. The company wants to help people and they know all about their product :)

april January 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

No essential oil is completely safe! There are safety precautions to be taken with all oils and even those that are considered to be the “safest” to avoid doing harm. This is something that MLM companies and their reps do NOT take seriously enough. What you have said here is nothing more than classic MLM spin and it would do you and others well to look more into proper, safe usage.

NOTERRA February 7, 2014 at 5:35 am

Please do not give that baby Frankincense! I am telling you it is NOT SAFE. My sister is currently suffering detox after having a Frankincense-induced psychotic break. This is no joke. She started ingesting DoTerra oils a month ago and by 20 days she was feeling better than ever but she had also broken from reality, was completely out of her mind, paranoid, delusional and was hospitalized. Blood tests showed an opiate like substance in her blood. Doctors confirmed the Frankincense she had been ingesting could be the culprit (and we know that’s all she was taking.) She is now detoxing very painfully including full body rashes and boils, vomiting, confusion, chills, headaches…etc. It is a nightmare. If you want to risk giving your baby psychosis then please continue letting her ingest toxins. I also encourage you to Google what the college kids are doing with Frankincense. They are smoking it to get high and have LSD-like hallucinations. It is no joke. DoTerra should be sued for telling people to ingest these oils. It is not safe. If the owner of this blog would please contact me I would like to give her the whole story to share. Also, if you know of anyone else who has had a similar reaction we are desperate for some proof that oils can do this to a person. My sister could have permanent damage. We don’t know. It has been the most frightening experience of our lives.

Jeina27 February 21, 2014 at 4:56 am

I’m so sorry to hear this about your sister. I have t taken oils internally and have had no experience with frankincense but part of why I am a granola freak now is because I was sadly drugged by a doc who killed 6 people and I was next. Your sister’s symptoms are exactly what I had to go through to detox from methadone, which was prescribed to me! The only difference is that I could add that the pain felt like someone was stabbing my bones, that’s how painful and deep it was. The hallucinations and depression, and even contemplating suicide, were par for the course. I hope everyone heeds your warnings. Detox can kill you.

Giselle Baturay February 21, 2014 at 5:03 am

So scary…and this was prescribed by a sales rep that was practicing medicine when she had no medical training or even aromatherapy training except what was told to her by her up line at doTerra. It’s maddening to me the amount of people that have reported their negative physical experiences that they had with these sales reps that go outside their scope. It truly angers me. I’m so sorry again for your sister.

Tonya Turner July 21, 2014 at 1:56 am

NoTerra. I have just ordered mountain Rose essential oils. I’m new at this whole thing. After reading this article I’m very scared to use them at all. And i to ask the lady to not give her baby eos internally. Way to dangerous. I’m so discouraged and disappointed now. And people on here who are giving false information shoukd be ashamed of yourself for putting people’s lives in danger

Giselle Baturay July 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Tonya, check out the books by Valerie Worwood for how to use your oils. :)

jackie February 8, 2014 at 5:34 am

Natalie, I’m sorry to hear you had that experience with doTerra. I was cautioned when I signed up about taking them internally and strongly urged to buy the book Modern Essentials. I did. I was also told to make sure I read about the specific oil and to dilute with EVO, grape seed oil or fractionated coconut oil until I was sure of my body’s response. I have had great success in my house using doTerra. I have had the pleasure of meeting quite a few people who have degrees in chemistry, aroma science or the like within the members.
BTW, I am also keeping cancer at bay (fingers crossed) with Frakincense, DDR Prime, and a couple others on my 10 year old Rottie :-)

Kristi May 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm

As a great resource for those considering dōTERRA during pregnancy/labor/nursing, check out Stephanie Fritz book. A midwife with years of experience using them with her clients. I am a nursing mom to a 15 month old & I am currently pregnant. I have done my research & firmly stand behind my experiences with dōTERRA.

Also, I would like to reiterate what someone previously said–everything, even water, has to be used responsibly or it can produce unfavorable outcomes. I am confident in how we use (even internally) dōTERRA essential oils.

terry May 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

doTerra oils are a good quality oil. the people selling them, however, are human. just like you would research any dr. you visit, and any meds they give you, you are responsible to do the same with essential oils. i am lucky and fell in with knowledgeable, heavy researcher folks when i joined doTerra, and i love my oils. did i research before i put oregano directly on my lip? no. did it hurt? hell yes. whose fault is it? mine. it is up to YOU to research essential oils. many different sources, testimonials, etc. when people say safe, it generally means it won’t kill you. but if you take a hot oil, will it pass through milk to your baby? yes, and your kid won’t be happy. try the site everythingessential.me. it has a lot of info on doTerra oils, which are good oils. you have them, you may as well use them. (or you can give them to me!:) )

Eva August 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Giselle, so thankful that i read this post today. I am researching essential oils and it can get quite confusing, with all of the information on the web.
I would like to purchase a family kit so i will look at the companies that you recommended.

Thank you. Eva

Vicki Appleby Bentley January 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I’m new to all this and I’ve been trying to compare products and am baffled by the similar claims but wide variations in pricing. For example, Edens Garden and Mountain Rose Herbs claim the same purity, potency that I would fine at, say DoTerra or YL, but for often 1/5 of the cost. I am willing to pay the difference if it is worth it, but I will have to also check out the brands you mentioned. Thanks! :)

Giselle Baturay January 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Hi Vicki, great question! Pyramid marketing brands like DoTerra and Young Living have consultants and their consultants can add consultants and each time a sale happens they get a discount/commissions…works similarly to how Mary Kay and Avon for example work. There are tiers of discounts and commissions. To make up for the amount of commissions these brands pay out to their consultants their prices are higher than brands that do not do pyramid marketing. The higher price of DoTerra and Young Living has nothing to do with the quality of their oils but with their marketing methods.

Shannon June 15, 2013 at 2:47 am

Also everything in this world is a pyramid of some kind, government, school systems, and even stores …you have a person on top running things, a few people managing and those doing the labor.

Its not pyramid marketing unless the people at the top make more than the people down below. My YL downline can surpass me in growth and income. They can advance at their own pace, yet we are a family and I benefit by investing in them, its called leadership and co-laboring.

Store brands make the profit, you never get rewarded for sharing. However, I use a product, it helps me and I share that product, I get rewarded….where is the negative?

YL doesn’t require you to sell, they dont actually require you to order every month. A $40 membership will allow you to get the 24% discount (which comes with 2 oils and $40 coupon off a diffuser) for life and you never sell a thing. You only have to spend $50 a year to stay active, but you can reactivate at anytime pretty easily.

If you want to get discounted shipping and earn free product you can join a monthly program, you still don’t have to sell a thing!

If you end up sharing the product with a friend and they want the oils too. You get rewarded for being the advertising, rather than the company spending millions on ad campaigns.

Giselle Baturay June 15, 2013 at 4:11 am

This isn’t about MLMs and if they are evil or good. This is about ethics in educating the general public about the proper and safety in using of essential oils and how doTerra and Young Living both fail in doing so. Please see the references and resources quoted above as it doesn’t come from me as it does from aromatherapy leaders and organizations (non-profits). Internal use of essential oils is recommended when under the care of a qualified care provider. A sales rep hoping to sell you more oils by generally recommending internal use of essential oils to the general public is doing so irresponsibly.

Mara July 17, 2013 at 10:58 am

Why would such a large scale company such as doterra risk millions of potential lawsuits by making a claim such as EOs can be taken internally if they really can’t be? How silly just to make a few bucks and risk millions in lawsuit payouts. Thy have many leading medical experts and experts in the field who are backing them up and they are so sure of the purity that they are 101% sure that they can be taken internally. The corporate team at doterra are all about integrity and preserving the honest and trustworthy brand that doterra is. You need to do some proper research and have an open mond about what doterra is without basing your thoughts on ideas that clearly arent current. I have been using these oils undiluted internally and external on myself and my family with absolutely no problems. Doterra is pioneering in research and education in essential oils so you should get on board and upgrade your knowlesge base. :)

latarran September 6, 2013 at 6:22 pm

So you say dont use internally unless under supervision of a qualified care provider. If that is what you are claiming then do you support pharmaceutical companies? because the drugs they make are 10 times worse and more expensive then any side effect an essential oil can give you and all doctors support them and hand them out like candy even though they trash your immune system and cause so may side effects that you have a cabinet full of drugs just to feel normal and they can kill your children or yourself if you take to much just one time or if you take the wrong combination. Have you ever heard of this when using essential oils.

Giselle Baturay September 8, 2013 at 6:56 am

Mara, they do have lawsuits. ;)

However for research and information please see resources posted on the blog post. It’s all there.

Giselle Baturay September 8, 2013 at 6:57 am

latarran ~ Yes EOs are recommended to take internally under proper care or that you should know the oil very well. For example peppermint shouldn’t be taken if you suffer from seizures. So telling the general public to take it is irresponsible. Someone that knows the oil and how it will interact with their specific condition is a better guideline than what companies like DT and YL do.

Same with pharmaceuticals – it is irresponsible to say here is a bottle of potent medicine now go give it to your entire family internally. It does happen and it’s also irresponsible.

Yes there has been over dosing of essential oils and children.

I am an aromatherapist. I love and live essential oils. I know how amazing they are and in my house we only use EOs and herbs. However I want everyone to use them and learn about them. My post is that DT and YL are not the sources for that and provided resources as to why not.

Kirsteen October 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I agree with this comment – it is irresponsible to claim to be an expert at how the oils work as an independent product consultant for doTERRA or Young Living or any oil company. I personally am and IPC for doTERRA and love the oils and other products. I have seen amazing health benefits personally and within my family and friends. However, I do not claim to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination. I use books not put out by doTERRA to help me know how to best use the oils. Some can be used internally and some can’t – I was taught this by my “upline” and if other consultants have not been taught this they should have. I would never issue a blanket statement that all doTERRA oils can be used internally or without a carrier oil – certainly some can. My husband cannot tolerate peppermint applied directly and needs a carrier oil but I can tolerate it. I just spent 3 days at a doTERRA convention where the leaders/doctors teach that not all oils can be used internally – this is NOT a claim doTERRA makes – they also do not teach that all oils are safe on children/infants/nursing mothers or pregnant women. It’s like with anything – do your research – act responsibly – and make your own choices/decisions.

Kimberly October 31, 2013 at 5:43 am

Giselle, how do you know all the info you are being fed in your aromatherapy program (you said you are about to be done in an earlier read) isn’t their own marketing scheme? It’s called Capitalism, the free market…I find it amazing how much more research we all (moms) have done on this EO thing, and how little we all did/do on antibiotics…The first time i received an antibiotic for a viral infection, I was OUT. There must be alternatives. As a Biologist, I know that medicines will be unavailable soon, bacteria are resilient and will outlive our medicines. Each person will and should do their own research and find what is best for their families. Although I appreciate your passion for EO use, I disagree with your methods of fear tactics of passing along information. By bashing other EO companies, you act like a bully. Just put your information out there that you have and encourage people to do the research and make their own, well-informed choices.

Giselle Baturay October 31, 2013 at 6:11 am

Kimberly, if you notice on the blog post, I’m not even at all quoting from the program I took. I’m using quotes and resources for example from National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and The International Federation of Aromatherapists. I would question instead why is it that these MLMs go against aromatherapy recommendations and standards by telling people to not dilute and to take the oils directly and internally. I would question instead why is it that doTerra uses a term that is a marketing trade mark (Certified Therapeutic Grade) to fool people into thinking they are actually certified essential oils when in reality they are not. I would question why there’s so much controversy with these companies. The saying – where there is fire there’s smoke comes to mind.

You wrote – “Just put your information out there that you have and encourage people to do the research and make their own, well-informed choices.”

Exactly. And what was done by this blog post.

Patricia January 6, 2014 at 6:36 am

I am an Esthetician and Massage Therapist who has been working with EO for a LONG time although I am not a certified Aromatherapist…yet. I have been familiar with YL and DT for a long time as well. Neither of the interest me really but the debate happening above does. As an Esthetician I see companies like Mary Kay, Arbonne, Avon Etc… teaching their consultants the bare minimum on their products and send them out into the world to teach others (I was one of them before I went to school). These people are not EDUCATED (maybe they are a little more then the majority of the pop but not in depth on how the skin works, how ingredients work in the skin, contraindications, etc) They are not professionals, they are not educated enough to be recommending to others. OK ALL THAT SAID…. Thats how I feel about the YL and DT consultants. They are totally able to have interest in the product and to play with it and encourage others to try EO as therapy but to prescribe for lack of a better word and suggest to use in unconventional/controversial ways is pushing a line to me, in the “Professional” world that line is called scope of practice.
I do have friends who are consultants of YL and DT Some were inspired by their experiences and are now receiving in depth educations on EO and are taking courses in Aromatherapy which is awesome. And some are very uneducated and I have had to caution them on getting to carried away without more in depth training. I don’t have a problem with these companies or any consultants I love that EO are reaching more people, I think everyone can benefit from them and they do a world of good. I just think there has to be more education before people are allowed to coach others beyond the basics.

Amanae March 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

Ok Giselle the nwhy do you keep bringing up the business and marketing practices of doTERRA and Young Living? A few posts above you said ” Pyramid marketing brands like DoTerra and Young Living have consultants and their consultants can add consultants and each time a sale happens they get a discount/commissions…works similarly to how Mary Kay and Avon for example work. There are tiers of discounts and commissions. To make up for the amount of commissions these brands pay out to their consultants their prices are higher than brands that do not do pyramid marketing. The higher price of DoTerra and Young Living has nothing to do with the quality of their oils but with their marketing methods”. This seems like a direct insult to their marketing approach and many other comments you have made focus on the MLM aspects rather than the medical usage suggestions or qaulity of the oils. Every comment of yours ive read this whole blog has made me think you had some personal experience with these companies and “have it out for them”. If this blog was REALLY about ALL essential oils and there safe usage then WHY would you feel the need to single out doTERRA and YL so much in this blog? Yes every body should be informed and educated in the path of self healing regardless. The blatant disrespect you have shown for genuine stories of health and recovery show me that youe intentions of this blog are not around the empowerment of safe essential oil use or aromatherapy, but rather to BASH doTERRA and YL. I mean look at the TITLE of the blog!!! Check yourself….

You get what you pay for! October 8, 2013 at 1:46 am

Actually doTERRA’s payout plan works backwards. The higher up ladder you go in the pyramid the less the % you get for commission. So it’s not like Mary Kay and Avon. And, Like Shannon said below, there are some a ways down in the “pyramid” that are making much more than those enrolled above them, not the typical pyramid you were referring to. Most start out companies use an MLM because of the fact that it is the fastest way to grow a business. Young living grows their products. I live right outside the Young Living Lavender farm in Utah. doTERRA, harvests their products where they naturally grow, which can make it a little more expensive when you are getting Frankincense from the other side of the world. In the end, like everything YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

Giselle Baturay October 8, 2013 at 1:59 am

Thanks for the explanation on how DT and YL do their commissions. While this post is not about MLMs (pros or cons), it’s interesting to see how both companies do their commissions to their sales reps.

Skyle January 31, 2014 at 12:06 am

I find this funny that you would mention that it has to do with their marketing methods. Every company markets their company and pays about the same as doTERRA and YL do to their reps. I own a company (totally unrelated to Essential Oils) and have to pay for marketing just like every other company out there that wants to be successful. So instead on paying a marketer within their company and a marketing firm and then for the advertising of the product or company, they pay consultants to spread the word. It is a simple business fact….pay for marketing get business, don’t pay for marketing-don’t have a business.

Giselle Baturay January 31, 2014 at 12:16 am

Skyle, I’ve heard other reps say this. Why is it that reps repeat this –

instead of paying for marketing people they pay consultants

Do they really believe that doTerra doesn’t have a full marketing team including global marketing? I would hope that this is not the case and that they aren’t going by the same line that keeps repeating to each other — “they are paying us instead of paying marketing, what a wonderful company!” Quite a false belief.

But, back to the rest of your post, you are correct that marketing is essential to a company. Was it said otherwise in the blog post? What was said is that their marketing is deceiving and confusing, which it is. Have you seen how many here have posted STILL believing that the term “CPTG” means they are certified oils? When in fact the term does NOT mean that and it’s just a trademark? That’s what I mean about confusing and deceiving marketing ploys.

Jennifer nichols February 1, 2014 at 5:07 am

You often talk about purity and how all oils are the same, except dt and yl have higher price tags….what testing have you done to compare all the oils?? Please back up what you are saying with facts.

Giselle Baturay February 2, 2014 at 6:44 am

Jennifer, I wanted to respond with a correction as I didn’t in any part of the blog post or comment post that all essential oils are the same. I’ve posted that other oils I’ve used are better than doTerra and Young Living.

But to answer your question ~ I ask you if you’ve ever seen an essential oils testing results by doTerra or Young Living? However, as an example, the oils I use are called Aromatics International and you don’t even have to ask for the results – it’s right there on their website for you to download. So, I ask you to please back up with facts of why you believe Young Living and/or doTerra are better? Unfortunately neither company is transparent and will not be providing you with any test results.

Kl May 31, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I’m just asking, so I know how to research but how do you know those test results are real and not fabricated?

Shirley Dubon January 29, 2013 at 7:41 am

I’m so glad I read this! I was just about to join doterra. Have you heard of Plant Therapy? I’d love to know what you think of about them. I’d like to buy the oils for therapeutic use.

Giselle Baturay January 30, 2013 at 4:36 am

Hi Shirley, I’ve not used the oils from Plant Therapy however if I was searching for a company for oils I would look for specific information (Latin name of oil, country of origin, distilling method used, year distilled and accurate information on usage) and Plant Therapy has most of that on their website. The next step I would ask for is for a report and/or test on one of their oils (choose the one you’re most interested for). Transparency should be easy with a excellent quality essential oil company.

Dylan Evans December 13, 2013 at 1:05 am

After attending a workshop for doTerra I felt inspired by the effects of the oils but suspicious of both the quality (I felt they must have diluted the oils in order to apply them as liberally as they were doing at the presentation) and in the desperation in the presenter’s sales pitch. I decided to do some research on the company online and I found your blog post in my search. I had been exposed to YL originally in the late 90′s and although I loved the oils and the results I got from using them, I was discouraged from making them part of my life due to the high cost of the oils at retail and my distaste for becoming a MLM company representative. Since finding your blog post I have searched and found two companies I am satisfied with purchasing from based on the guidelines you have given, Original Swiss Aromatics and Plant Therapy. I am also going to be pursuing my new-found passion for essential oils through the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy. Thanks for your time and effort in writing this post and sharing the info here about honest marketing practices and EO education, it has helped me immensely.

Giselle Baturay December 14, 2013 at 6:22 am

Best wishes in your journey!

latarran September 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

then doterra is the way to go. yes they are more expensive but it beats what you pay in hospital bills and doctor bills. Dont just go off this site to form you opinion really look into doterra if that is the way you were going to go. I promise you will not regret it.

Giselle Baturay September 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I don’t recommend DT for all the reasons listed but do have a list above of better oils that can be used.

Sarah September 15, 2013 at 4:53 am

I’m sorry, but please do not use doTerra. They use synthetics in their oils, and are not 100% Pure, like they claim to be. I’m not marketing, for Young Living, but I don’t want you to use something that could harm you, whether you take them internally or topically. Young Living is the only company I have found so far that really is 100% pure EOs.

MEO October 16, 2013 at 4:27 am

The oils are 100% pure toxin, filler, additive, pesticide and weed free. Other products they sell such as cleaner and toothpaste do have additives but far from toxic. They work wonderfully and quickly for my family and friends. My headaches are gone within 10 min.after a drop of Frank. to the roof of my mouth. I have been using their protocol for hyperlipidemea and my cholesterol is now back to normal range. If a runny nose appears in the house, On Guard stops it in its tracts. Lavender taken internally via capsule lessens my chronic joint pain. Cuts “superficial” are healed within 24 hours after using Frankincense. We love them. I agree, if someone is going to begin using oils its their responsibility to educate themselves thoroughly. its your choice if you decide to ingest them and your responsibility to educate yourself before you do so. doTERRA recommends you use a carrier oil for most of the oils if you are sensitive to them. Someone did not fully read the instructions when they stated otherwise. The peppermint challenge that doTERRA promotes is for those who think Young Living’s oils are 100% organic.

Christi September 25, 2013 at 4:17 am

This post has given far more convincing and proven evidence that you have latarran. You haven’t given any information that would make it seem otherwise.

Anyone who is using EO’s internally and/or undiluted is brainwashed. Especially those of you who are giving it to your kids! I am amazed and appalled! We’re not talking about plants that you picked from your back yard and infused in oil! It takes thousands of pounds of a plant to make ONE pound of the oil! And you all think it’s safe to give to your children?!

Do you all even research how these oils are made and what exactly is in them? Or were you so captivated by their scents that you don’t even care?

What is going on with the world today?

April September 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Brainwashed was the exact word that I was thinking! Our children are too precious to experiment on. That people are getting medical advice from a products sales reps is appalling when the advice they are getting goes against all the safety concerns from professionals.

becky September 30, 2013 at 7:21 am

Too young to experiment on but yet we allow the FDA to approve drugs and experiement on us ALL THE TIME. My son had a horrible reaction to an antibiotic and the response was oh well that happens its a side effect. Really then why give it to them. Side effects are way worse than the issue it self sometimes. I say go natural use oils or whatever. If you don’t try it on your kids the drs will and you won’t even know what they are giving them. Just research what you are doing…. READ READ READ and then READ more about it.

Giselle Baturay September 30, 2013 at 7:37 am

As parents we make the decisions to have a drug given to our children – not the Dr. He makes a recommendation and we make the final decision to give it or not.

I think there’s a misunderstanding happening – nobody is saying give drugs and don’t use oils. However what is being said is that not all oils can be used on children, oils do not need to be given to children every day and a parent needs to be careful (and make sure they are working with a qualified care provider — NOT a sales rep —) when giving a child oils to ingest.

Justin April 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

“100% Pure” means about as much as “therapeutic grade”. Legally as long as there is at least 5% pure essential oil in their mixtures they can say 100% pure. This is because the 5% of the oil they put in… is pure. Doterra is more expensive, but there is definitely a quality difference. It is VERY dangerous to ingest oils with fillers in them, so companies such as Mountain Rose will say not to ingest them. Doterra is confident to claim you can ingest them because they don’t have the fillers in them and it’s why they are so potent. I’m not saying Mountain Rose is a bad company to buy from, however everyone needs to do their research and also try the oils to see the difference. Doterra’s Breathe kept our son out of the ER. It took one dose, a couple drops, breathed in a nebulizer and it knocked croup right out. Compare that to having to give him Albuterol 3-4 times all throughout the night and then an ER visit for a steroid injection. That’s what happened. I have had major swelling and pain from arthritis in my hands for 4 years and had to quit my job as a result last year. I’ve been taking Doterra’s Life Long Vitality daily suppliments for the last 3 weeks and the swelling and pain disappeared completely. Experience will speak volumes. If it’s medicinal needs, use Doterra, if it’s just for fragrance use a cheaper brand. There’s a reason EO companies will say not to ingest them. There’s equally a reason EO companies are confident in saying to ingest them. Don’t just take anyone’s word on this stuff, including mine. Do the research, try them out yourself. We did and they have saved us so much money in doctor bills. My two cents. :)

Giselle Baturay April 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

doTerra is not medical grade nor certified therapeutic as they claim (see their own fine text on their site – it is a purchased trademark name). Anyone that does research as an aromatherapist will quickly find how much misinformation is given by doTerra and it’s consultants (who are neither trained nor qualified aromatherapists at all). Please see resources (all provided for the purpose of research) quoted and written which include recognized aromatherapy organizations and leaders. It is all available to research and I encourage you to do so outside of doTerra. doTerra through their consultants (who are not properly trained aromatherapists and who earn based on commissions) provide dangerous and unethical information that as an aromatherapist I can’t support. The sales of a brand are not worth the long term damage that can happen from their “education”.

The experience you had with essential oils is in no way exclusive to it being doTerra, however doTerra does a great job at making people think so with clever marketing. A lot of what you wrote all very doTerra-like sales pitch (so much so that I would not be surprised if you are also a consultant). I highly recommend you to step out of doTerra and read more on the resources provided.

Regarding “100% Pure” ~ please see full paragraph on this as it is a list of what to look for when shopping for essential oil. Transparency of the reporting and tests on their oils also being one of them. Here’s the full paragraph where the 100% pure was mentioned in a response I made below:

“When shopping for essential oils look for a reputable source that lists on the bottle the Latin name of the essential oil, is “100% Pure Essential Oil”, and the country of origin is easy to find for each oil. Transparency is also important so the reporting and tests of their batch of oil for each oil should be easy to see or get. If these are not listed on their site or bottle a quick email should or call to them should be all it takes to get it. I also like knowing when it was distilled.”

Blessed Essentiallity April 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I respect that your responses come from your past research, education and experiences. And I am always quite suspect of most “Direct Sales” products, especially the seemingly “Too good to be True” ones.

As an experienced Mom, Grandma and a believer in community education,
I have seen Way too many experiences like Justin’s to discount the possibilities. Especially considering the state of our so called “Healthcare System” and what the Pharmaceuticals have to offer.

As a skeptic, I already deduced that DoTerra had probably developed the CPTG “Certification” designation. But I ALSO considered…. Whenever some NEW product with a NEW Standard or NEW concept is realized, a NEW Classification (or certification and/ or testing) process and designation SHOULD be established (Pharmaceuticals do it, Somebody should do it for Essential Oils too). And maybe one should consider that DoTERRA is merely Leading this change.

Maybe it is worth more research beyond PAST experiences and education, Especially if it WORKS and is in fact Changing Lives. Many things we’ve been taught as Truth (with scientific studies and data as proof) in the past have been discovered to be Very Wrong later.

You maybe more sensitive to DoTERRA’s Peppermint than many others including myself, but that only means (as DoTERRA clearly teaches) that everyone is different and should do their own testing with each oil. Additionally, DoTERRA furnishes a LOT of education and resources and is clear to designate which oils are best NOT used internally, as well as What should be diluted or even not recommended on infants or Pregnant women.

Are these results “Exclusive to DoTERRA”? Without trying them ALL and compairing (I do know some that have tried MANY), but so far with DoTERRA, I don’t need to!

As for me and my research and MANY, MANY experiences, I believe DoTERRA to be a very “Reputable Source”.

Giselle Baturay April 18, 2013 at 1:44 am

You wrote “Whenever some NEW product with a NEW Standard or NEW concept is realized, a NEW Classification ” Do you have a link to where their testing is new or their product? Essential oils have been around for centuries so doTerra did not develop a “new” product. Their “concept” is also not new and neither is their classification. If you have a non-doTerra link that can prove otherwise please do, however it’s all VERY clever doTerra marketing. Once there are resources provided that these results are exclusive to doTerra (studies? research? expert written books that aren’t doTerra published?) I’d be happy to reconsider but having done much research on this topic I don’t think anyone to provide these. doTerra is excellent at what they do (quite impressive actually) in making people believe that the benefits of essential oils are exclusive to them. If you love doTerra, I recommend higher quality oils that are backed by proper and correct information. You’ll be truly amazed!

Everything I wrote on this blog post has been backed by proven resources and current research. I would encourage you as I did Justin to do your research OUTSIDE of doTerra realm to learn more about essential oils and their use.

april July 18, 2013 at 3:58 am

I just want to add…..

Lots of people who are with doTERRA or YL are saying “I’ve been using/ ingesting for years, etc., and I’m perfectly healthy.”

Sometimes lifestyles just don’t catch up with you for several years. People will smoke their whole lives but not get cancer until they are very old. Just because what you’re doing now hasn’t demonstrated any ill effects does not mean that it won’t. There are plenty of warnings from experts in the field that talk about gradual build up, etc.

Not being harmed yet from daily and excessive use does not mean that you won’t be. The recommendations are there for a reason. It’s a little strange that only less than a handful of companies think they know better than years of practice and experience.

latarran September 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I use doterra essential oils. Love them and completely trust there product. They saved my moms life. She exhausted all other options until a friend introduced her to doterra. She did everything the doctors told her to do, she tried holistic doctors, everything and nothing worked for her surgically induced menopause. She was never warned by the doctors that menopause would even be an issue. Within 2 weeks of using an oil regiment that she was given she was starting to snap out of her depression. 2 years she fought suicide and 2 weeks on doterra oils she started feeling better. Not cured but it was a start to having my mom back. My son was 6 months old at the time and was battling one sickness after another for his whole life. When she got her first set of oils my son had croup and an ear infection she applied Breathe to him and his congestion and cough was gone within mins. I have seizures and I went off my meds 3 months ago and I am doing frankincense and the DDR prime internally to control my seizures and I have not had one seizure. I talked it over with my doc at the U of U hospital and she uses them in her practice and herself and fully supports my decision because my meds were not controlling my seizures. My daughter when she was born she was purple from the lack of oxygen, my mom applied frankincense to the bottoms of her feet at an hour old not diluted in front of my doctor and he fully supports the use of the oils and helps implement oils into treatment plans for my family if they are sick instead of medication. I dont understand why people feel the need to bad mouth a company/companies because they had a bad experience. Companies and product grow daily so there testing has to grow and change to make the product better. Any way don’t let a few bad experiences form your opinion and when trying a product contact a bunch of people to see how they use it so you have different ideas of what way you want to use the product. Just remember the essential oils was the very first medicine around. Essential oils is what Jesus used in the bible to heal the sick and bless people. If you have questions i am on Facebook contact me if you want

Sue September 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

What is your Facebook page address and website. I would love to read more. Because I find it best to report people like you to the FDA for investigation. People like you who are followers think you know it all…when you really have no idea what you don’t know. So let me have your contact information if you are SO proud and so confident…then let the FDA decide if you are breaking the law with the way you sell your products. OH…and what state do you live in? Because I am also reporting people like you to the appropriate authorities for practicing medicine without a license. If you are SO positive you are right…let the law decide. PEOPLE like you and companies like doTerra and Young Living are risking the future of aromatherapy for everyone and I will fight to save these amazing products for our future. And any “doctor” who allowed you or your mother to rub undiluted frankinscense EO on your newborn babies feet should lose their license to practice medicine.

Kayla October 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Actually, essential oils as we know them today haven’t been around for long, as the technology to distill them hasn’t been around for long. Historically it was infused oils that were used. The two are quite different. It is called AROMAtherapy for a reason. Inhalation is usually the safest and most effective way to use an essential oil.

Lisa February 18, 2014 at 11:36 am

I would be extremely interested in reading the passages and verses where Jesus used essential oils to heal anyone or to bless the people. If you are unable to do so, please provide a correction to your statements.

april April 20, 2014 at 2:03 am

Iatarran, SERIOUSLY? This kind of ignorance is just inexcusable and appalling. Spend what will really only take about 5 minutes researching. The processes used to create essential oils DID NOT exist at the same time Jesus walked the earth and came centuries later.

Margie April 27, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Please don’t drag Jesus into this. Jesus did not require essential oils to heal people, and your claim that He did is both heretical and laughable. Let’s all be very clear, Jesus was not pro-doTerra or pro-Young Living. Do not make the Son of the Living God another one of these ridiculous marketing ploys and thereby take His name in vain. Have some respect.

MCee July 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm

I worked for FDA for over a decade. FDA would not investigate a person just because the had a Facebook page where they said they had good experiences with EOs. They don’t have the personnel to go after every consumer who might make a statement about using doTerra, Young Living, etc.
FDA would address after medicinal claims for cures made by the company on their websites or bottles of products. Also, be aware that FDA is gets millions in fees from Big Pharma.

Annabelle January 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I agree with you Giselle, very excellent blog here btw, thank you for writing it and keeping up with replying to the posts. Most of the people writing in defence of DT or YL have a story about saving their child’s or husband’s life or saving them from a horrible life threatening hospital/pharmaceutical experience. They also all say that their entire family takes them orally neat. In fact, once you read a number of them, it’s nearly formulaic how they compose their story.
Again, thank you so much for helping us newcomers to E.O’s see the truth.

Apil July 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Thank you, Justin, for this thoughtful reply! I’ve read this entire article and all the comments and I appreciate yours a lot. I was hoping someone would bring up the points that you did. I’m NOT a doTerra consultant and do NOT sell any oils. The people that I’ve met that use doTerra did NOT try to sell me on them. They just told me their experience, which was similar to theirs. I think Giselle really has it out for doTerra for some reason!?

Giselle Baturay July 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm

April ~ To answer your question (taking the last sentence as a question?), the reason for this blog post is to answer the question I get asked as to why I don’t offer in my store or private practice oils from Doterra and Young Living or other multi-marketing companies. In doing so I’ve provided plenty of sources for each point made and now it’s up to you the reader to research or ignore. I’m advocating (as are the many aromatherapists around the globe) ethical and proper usage and education of essential oils.

Becky July 26, 2013 at 12:46 am

It’s interesting reading everyone’s comment how people just choose to IGNORE the sources and information provided to them in exchange for what a SALES REP tells them. And then I noticed there’s one woman giving essential oils to a BABY?!? I read this blog post and appreciated that Giselle isn’t just giving her opinion but actually backing what she is saying with sources – including aromatherapy experts, leaders and non-profit aromatherapy national and international organizations. Why would someone ignore that to listen to a sales rep, I don’t know.

April C September 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Becky – people hear what they want to hear. It’s obvious that with the general public anecdotal evidence trumps any scientific evidence. People have no understanding that these oils taken internally can be damaging their liver and kidneys and it will be years before they know it – and when it happens, they probably won’t attribute it to EO use.

Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 2:50 am

Justin, other companies, selling PURE unadulterated essential oils say not to ingest because there are safe limits to the amounts to be ingested, because essential oils can interact with other medications and can adversely affect illnesses and body system. Unless you have done the research and KNOW the safe oral limits as well as the safe dermal limits then it is irresponsible to recommend internal use. Before getting all enthusiastic about internal use please read the blog referenced above. I’ll even give you the link. http://naturesgiftaromatherapy.blogspot.com/2013/04/adverse-reactions-dangerous-methods.html

Jackie Alberti October 3, 2013 at 12:04 am

The reason these companies don’t recommend internal use of their oils is because it’s illegal to do so in the United States. And they don’t want to be sued by fools who think they are doctors, don’t understand chemistry or toxicity. What DoTerra and Young Living are doing is AGAINST THE LAW.

Jenn B January 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

I have a bottle of doterra oil. It is the lemon oil. It has a nutritional label on it. The reason for the label is that it is FDA approved for taking orally and thus requires the label by law. (a google search on regulations for nutritional labeling can support this info). How is it against the law for that company to say it is safe for consumption when the FDA (government) says it is safe? Maybe other companies that carry lemon oil don’t have FDA approval for consumption. Not all oils are equal in their potency and composition. I am not saying that every oil that every company sells can be downed by the shot glass full, and I agree that PROPER education for use of these natural medicines is crucial, but when you speak of “legality”, remember the gov’t says some of these are okay – so how can they breaking the law?

april January 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

Jenn B, you misunderstand what DoTerra has actually said about their product in regard to the FDA. Completely. For clarification, some essential oils (the particular plants, NOT a particular company’s oils) do fall under what the FDA’s GRAS list, which is why there may be a nutritional label that can be stamped one. But again, that is for the particular plant and is not specific to DoTerra. DoTerra is quite clear that their oils are NOT FDA approved. From the horse’s mouth, read Section 11, parts D & E. Please get your information straight instead of spreading what isn’t true.


Emily December 16, 2013 at 3:51 am

My 2 year old had croup a few weeks ago. We were able to knock it out quickly using Hyland’s Cough and Cold homeopathic liquid and Aura Cacia brand eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils mixed in coconut oil rubbed on his chest and the bottoms of his feet. That, along with breathing in steam from a hot shower running worked wonders and he recovered from croup in less than 2 days with NO medicine at all.

Drea Lee April 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

Great post. Love how you broke everything down. I get all of my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. Amazing products and super nice people :)

Giselle Baturay April 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Thanks Drea! Huge fan of Mountain Rose Herbs too.

Sara N April 26, 2013 at 2:18 am

Thank you for this post. I am a struggling student and was so confused if I should continue spending so much money on needed oils from DoTerra. I’m so happy I read your article and the comments below. I’m purchasing lavender and many other oils from Edens Garden. I think you’re right about the oils being just as good, if not better, and I’m excited at the hundreds of dollars I can save now.

Giselle Baturay April 26, 2013 at 6:14 am

Sara, glad it helped! I’ve not tried that brand but I do like that they will offer their MSDS/Certificate of Analysis sheets for their oils.

Sherri December 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

I have lavender and peppermint oil from Eden’s garden and I am very happy with both.

kalena June 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

Has any one used the Eden Garden oils internally?

kim June 25, 2014 at 3:48 am

I am new to essential oils and after researching quite extensively I decided on mountain rose for some oils and Edens garden for a majority of my collection. I have several friends who beat the YL and doterra drum REALLY hard and honestly it reminded me too much of the old Avon vs Mary Kay wars. I could not spend the outrageous amount of money that both companies ask for their oils when Edens garden and mountain rose work very well for a better price. Anyone who chooses to injest oils is playing with fire and to knowingly give them to an infant is just scary. I am all for holistic healing but you have to use common sense here, essential oils are highly concentrated and a drop can be a lot more powerful than people realize. If you want to ingest an oil try an infused oil like the ancients did, its a lot less potent.

Laura April 28, 2013 at 4:46 am

My mom has been an aromatherapist for about 20 years, so I was raised on essential oils way before DoTerra even existed. I attended my first DoTerra “party” today, at the request of a friend, and the whole thing just left a weird taste in my mouth. The most disconcerting part was probably when the consultant put 3 drops of one of the oils in her mouth and washed it down with water. I watched all the others in the group, wide-eyed, absorbing it all in.

I’m SO GLAD to see this post, since it confirms what I have suspected about them.

Giselle Baturay April 28, 2013 at 6:45 am

Thanks for sharing this Laura! I’ve heard similar stories from other aromatherapists…the information given at these “classes” are really really off.

Christi September 25, 2013 at 4:26 am

Brings to mind the phrase “drinking the kool-aid”.

Mika May 12, 2013 at 2:54 am

Hello, I just started using essential oils, I have heard great things abt Thieves by young living but refused to spend the money, so I bought the equivalent from Plant Therapy which had pretty good reviews on amazon and their website offered free shipping. I had no idea how strong it was so I put a drop on my wrist and had to take it off immediately with some carrier oil as it caused me a rash.
I never used the ‘actual’ thieves but this one smells very cinnamony …. i heard that the Edens Garden equivalent smells very much like eucalyptus …. I have no idea how it should smell, if anybody knows, can you let me know which one is the ‘right’ one?
Or there is no right or wrong one? And shoud should I dilute it the proper way? At the moment I put 5 drops in 1 oz of almond oil, incredible how it still smells strong.

Giselle Baturay May 12, 2013 at 3:19 am

Hi Mika, 5 drops in a 1 oz carrier oil is 1% dilution. I would do this dilution and then try a patch test on your skin and check for a reaction. 1% is usually what I use on children and pregnant women (past the first trimester and with pregnancy-friendly essential oils) and for most adults I start at 2% dilution.

Mika May 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Thank you so much Giselle!

Alea May 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I have recently been introduced to essential oils when my now 6 mo old daughter had a cold. A neighbor lady of mine brought over some Doterra ‘On Guard’. It actually worked wonders for her cold and was able to get over it quickly. I’ve tried several different oils and blends since then and am kind of impressed but I hate the high prices for the doterra oils. I joined a group and on it we can order oils from edens garden for wholesale prices. I ordered four thieves ($7.25 for a 10 ml) which is the equivalent of on guard. The only difference I found is that four thieves uses lemon instead of orange in their blend. I’m still skeptical on using oils but I’m also glad to know that these aren’t acceptable for internal usage. However would lemon or grapefruit be ok to digest if I put 2-3 drops in a 32 oz bottle of water?
Thank you for your article and information.

Giselle Baturay May 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Hi Alea, glad you were able to find an oil you are happy with! For internal ~ a drop is the equivalent of 75 cups of herbal tea of the same plant. So for example adding 2-3 drops is drinking 150-300 of lemon or grapefruit tea cups a day. Internal use of essential oils is used by qualified care providers and for specific conditions and usually not long-term use. To receive the same benefits but at a safer dosage, you could enjoy adding instead lemon or grapefruit slices into your water each day.

Jay January 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Giselle what if the concentration of the EO is diluted to 1/4 – 1/8 (20 cups of lemon per day or even 10 cups). It would sure be a whole lot cheaper to dilute the oil than to juice 10-20 cups of lemon per day!

How are you getting the same benefits with adding slices of lemon to water compared to (what you said is equivalent to 150 lemons) 2 drops of EO?

Adding lemon slices to water seems to be even less beneficial than juicing a lemon or am I wrong? It doesn’t make sense to me so please help me to understand.

If you can answer these 3 questions that would be appreciated.

Ash May 5, 2014 at 4:48 am

That last comment is absurd. I can peel a 1inch by 1inch piece off of a lemon and squeeze the peel and get 2-3 drops of fresh cold-pressed lemon oil–that is NOT the equivalent of 150-300 cups of lemon tea!

Giselle Baturay May 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Thank you Ash ~ exactly!

Nicole September 11, 2013 at 4:32 am

Alea, what group do you buy Edens Garden oils at wholesale? I’m interested!

Jennifer May 19, 2013 at 12:07 am

I noticed that someone asked your opinion regarding Plant Therapy essential oils in a January post. I was wondering if you have had a chance to use those essential oils since then, and if so what is your opinion. Also, is there a way that as a consumer, I could “test” the products at home for their quality?

Giselle Baturay May 19, 2013 at 7:03 am

Hi Jennifer, I have not tried it, however here’s an excellent article about quality of oils.


Tina May 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Has anyone heard of “Be Young Essential Oils” and would this be in the same category? The entire post was informational and the comments were engaging as well. Thanks much! <3 Tina

Giselle Baturay May 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Tina, thanks for commenting! Yes Be Young Essential Oils is a multi marketing essential oils company with a range of products from meal replacements to juices to essential oils. It would not be one I would recommend and would instead recommend the others mentioned and the essential oils mentioned in the article I linked in the above comment.

Cynthia May 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Thank you for your post. I’m new to EOs so I’ve been doing some research as well. I actually purchased a bottle of Doterra’s On Guard the other day and I admit it was mostly likely due to marketing and the fact that almost every search I do for the stuff comes up positive. However, I agree with you and am not comfortable with taking it internally or using it “neat”. I actually asked a rep about it during a recent health fair about using it on my 18 month old baby. She said it could be used “neat” and I was like “Really?? That’s not what I’ve read.” Anyway, I haven’t used it yet but I do want to use it properly. You suggested a 1% dilution for children so would that apply to oil blends as well? I’m also going to look into the other brands you recommended so thank you for that too.

Giselle Baturay May 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Hi Cynthia, thanks for commenting!

What’s the essential oil (including the latin name)? For essential oils that are safe for children, it’s recommended to dilute to 1% (and babies even a lot less). While there are some oils you can use “neat” on children, it’s for very specific reasons and ways of using it and most importantly the age of the child. Keep in mind that very little essential oil is more than enough to promote self-healing. To dilute to 1%, it’s for example taking 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like extra virigin olive oil and then adding 5 drops of the essential oil. Store in a capped glass bottle and preferably dark glass.

Kaleigh January 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Giselle, in an earlier comment you said 5% was 2 or 3 drops in 1 oz of carrier and here you’re saying the same amount to 2 oz and those do not certainly add up to the same dilution ratio.

Giselle Baturay January 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Kaleigh, you may be confusing the numbers. I haven’t mentioned 5% dilution and the above is 1% as 2 tablespoons is approximately 1 oz. Hope this will help – http://www.granolaliving.com/2012/07/how-to-properly-dilute-essential-oils/

Michelle Brown June 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Ive read through the post- Im looking for info regarding Eden’s Garden. You can make your own kit choosing ess. oils. This makes the oils very reasonable. Im new & still learning. Any comments on Eden’s Garden, I want to place a order soon.

Giselle Baturay June 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Hi Michelle,

Does it meet this list? See UPDATE on the original blog post with a list of what to look for in quality essential oil brands. I’ve also included in the various comments suggested essential oil brands. I highly recommend these. For example here at Granola Babies we offer Aromatics International (also a recommended brand in the link above in the UPDATE I’ve added).

Sierra August 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Hi Michelle, I’ve bought many Eden Gardens oils and I would say they are ‘so-so’. Some of their oils are great, others- not so much. Check out ananda apothecary. A little higher priced, but they are serious about providing the best of the best in essential oils.

Jennifer June 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I am so glad I found this blog! I have just started researching more about essential oils. I have one of the starter kits from Eden’s Garden. I have been trying to figure out why Doterra is SO much more expensive. I understand that it is pyramid marketing, but is that the only reason why the price is so much higher? Eden’s Garden has the Latin name printed on the bottle and says “100% pure essential oil”, so does that mean that it is a good brand to use? What do you know about the quality of Eden’s Garden compared to Doterra?

Giselle Baturay June 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Hi Jennifer, see answer in the post above yours. There’s a general guideline but you can’t just pick a couple of things and consider it a good essential oil. Does it fit all of the criteria in the list? These are things to look for in a quality essential oil.

Kiri June 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

If anyone finds out please post^^^ I’ve been stalking the above comments and trying to do my research also on edens garden eo’s so more info the better :)

Amy June 28, 2013 at 5:28 am

Stay away from Eden’s Garden!

I bought some trying to avoid buying doTERRA. One of my friends was at my house and we compared the doTERRA peppermint and the Eden’s Garden and the Eden’s Garden smells like chemicals compared to doTERRA’s. I diffused some of my Eden’s Garden oils and they always left a large amount of crusty substance on my diffuser. I diffused some of my friend’s doTERRA and all that was left was a little bit of the EO, not a crystalized substance. I have used a few drops of Aura Cacia lavender in epsom salt baths before and never had issues but when I put the Eden’s Garden in the tub, it burned my skin when I touched the oil patch, and the burn stayed for hours, even after rubbing a carrier oil to try and ease the pain.

I wanted to avoid doTERRA for the reasons listed above by everyone who is avoiding it, but in the end I have been more satisfied with their oils. I have never had pain or discomfort and I trust them (in fact have had great experiences with them). My biggest issue is that so many people sell it without true and proper training and I think that is reckless, but as far as the oils are concerned, I am very happy with them and I HATE my Eden’s Garden ones.

Sandy Arthur June 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I use essential oils for MANY things! Keeping ants out of the house, stopping cold sores, fungus/yeast, aroma, repelling insects, garden pest control, cleaning products, body products, disinfecting/healing cuts burns…….
I’m an RN who believes in natural healing and essential oils are a fabulous when used appropriately, knowing they’re a highly concentrated substance not found in that state in nature! I use essential oils to compliment a “recipe”. I occasionally use tea tree or lavender in tiny amounts undiluted (<1 drop on a bug bite or cold sore), but generally everything is diluted to <2%. Anyone interested in essential oils should consider looking into traditional herbal healing- creating herbal infused oils, tinctures, teas, decoctions, salves……
I went to a lecture today that I had thought was going to be a natural health class on making over your medicine cabinet, but it turned out to be a doterra sales pitch! I was absolutely horrified at the "free for all" attitude of using essential oils undiluted and the "everything is safe attitude" of just internally ingesting ANYTHING! Any compounds in extreme can be toxic to our liver/kidneys and the concentration of compounds in essential oils is dangerous. I would never ingest any essential oil unless under the direction and observation of a physician. Just because something may be natural or "pure" doesn't mean it isn't dangerous! Those ingesting essential oils may get good results, but you aren't aware of the toxicity to kidneys/liver until you are on the transplant list! Try making tinctures, salves, teas, poultices and really expanding your knowledge of the benefits of botanicals in their God created state.

Giselle Baturay July 10, 2013 at 6:54 am

I love herbals!

Sarah July 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Personally, I’m worried that an older friend of mine has been told all the doTerra claims by someone she met in Yahoo! Games. She has a tendency to believe any medical claim, so long as it did NOT come from a medical professional or anyone who understands and trusts modern science over claims made by people like Pliny the Elder, who once claimed that certain herbs could actually cause scorpions to grow inside a person’s brain – clearly false information based on sensationalism and hearsay. Sadly, she is not concerned with any possible interactions between her current medications and the oils as she says that the oils are ‘natural’ and not medication, even though she uses such ‘natural’ items as medication.

The last time she pulled a stunt where so followed some snake-oil-salesman claims she heard about, she developed a chronic twitch and began walking into walls and falling more frequently. If only people who are more concerned with profits and not concerned at all for public health could stay out of the health industry, or at least if people weren’t so gullible concerning the claims…

I’ve showed her this post and unfortunately, she still insists on trying doTerra as soon as the ‘consultant’ can fit her in for a home appointment.

Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 2:58 am

Sarah, you mention that your friend is on some Rx drugs. This blog lists some KNOWN interactions btwn pure, natural essential oils and Rx medications. http://naturesgiftaromatherapy.blogspot.com/2013/09/safety-drug-interactions.html

grh July 26, 2013 at 12:56 am

I suggest the EssentialOil desk reference for a comprehensive guide on oils. I have been using Yl oils for 15 years and my liver has not failed. To reference one study is irresponsible as justification not to use oils. Education is key. The alternative are prescription drugs that have serious side effects. If you wish to use oils do your research and select a quality oil. I have found that quality oils are more expensive and that is related to the cost of producing a high grade oil.When you think about it before we had drugs we used oils and herbs. As a side note two different individuals will have two different reactions to an oil. I am interested in oils allowing by body to function at optimal level.

Giselle Baturay July 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

You have misunderstood the blog post, please read blog post again as I did not write not to use essential oils.

Stacy McDonald July 26, 2013 at 4:31 am

Please delete my first post and use this one. I noticed a few misspellings. Thanks!

Just noticed a website that was putting down essential oils companies using an MLM model, “warning against” using oils neat or internally, questioning the validity of any company who uses the term “therapeutic grade” etc. Here is my answer, in case you’re interested…

Wow! There is so much misinformation here that I don’t know where to/if I should start. But I will say a few things…

1. There are three models or schools of thought for Aromatherapy: German, British and French. They differ in how the oils are applied to the body and used (application methods). Young Living and DoTerra hold to the French model. So do I.

Myself, my family, my friends, and nearly 1000 people in my organization use the oils internally and applied neat to the skin. I have NEVER experienced or received a single report of a negative experience from using these methods. What you’re seeing is the propagation of information based on NOBODY’S experience. :-)

You said above, “there have been reported cases of poisonings and fatality due to the self-dosing of essential oils.” I have never heard of any such thing and I have LOOKED! That is an incredible claim. Please cite your source. And, if there be any truth in it, I’d like to know what oils they were using and what they were cut with.

2. Most essential oil companies are producing for the perfume/soap industry; therefore, the time, money, and technique that is invested in higher quality oils would be a waste. Every company I know of (besides Young Living) purchases their oils in bulk from multiple suppliers, usually by the barrel, and then bottle and label them. They do not have their own farms and distilleries (at least not for all their oils), therefore they cannot guarantee their quality.

3. As for the MLM model. I’d like to ask you what is wrong with paying your customers for marketing your products instead of paying high-priced executives to do it. As a busy mom, it is nothing more than a glorified referral program for me. I was already using the oils, Now I tell my friends about it and when they discover their value, I get a commission. Sounds like a do-able mommy business to me.

In addition, as I build a business/team of other moms, I give them the support from all I’m learning about the oils. They’re not on their own like a regular company. We become friends and learn about the oils together. It’s very relational, and I like that.

4. The term “therapeutic grade” is not a regulated term; therefore anyone can use it. So, if someone says their oils are therapeutic, ask them to define what they mean.

When trying to decide which quality of oils to buy, these are some of the questions that need to be asked (taken from The Essential Oil Desk Reference):

Are the fragrances delicate, rich, and organic? Do they “feel” natural? Do the aromas vary from batch to batch as an indication that they are painstakingly distilled in small batches rather than industrially processed on a large scale?

Does your supplier subject each batch of essential oils through multiple chemical analyses to test for purity and therapeutic quality? Are these tests performed by independent labs?

Does your supplier grow and distill its own organically grown herbs?
Are the distillation facilities part of the farm where the herbs are grown (so oils are freshly distilled), or do herbs wait days to be processed and lose potency?

Does your supplier use low pressure and low temperature to distill essential oil so as to preserve all of their fragile chemical constituents? Are the distillation cookers fabricated from costly food-grade stainless steel alloys to reduce the likelihood of the oils chemically reacting with metal?

Does your supplier personally inspect the fields and distilleries where the herbs are grown and distilled? Do they verify that no synthetic or harmful solvents or chemicals are being used?

Do your essential oils meet AFNOR or ISO standards?

How many years has your supplier been doing all of this?

Do your essential oils have a shelf life of just a few years? [If so, this means they are probably mixed with a carrier oil (like almond oil) that will go rancid.]

Do your essential oils come from an edible plant, yet have a warning on them not to take them internally? [This is a huge red flag!]

“Here is an example of the importance of precise timing during distillation. Cypress has 280 known chemical constituents, and all 280 constituents must be present for Cypress to have medicinal and healing potency. If it is distilled for 20 hours, only 20 of the 280 properties are released. If distilled for 26 hours, none of the properties are released. Most Cypress available in the US market is distilled for about 3 1/2 hours. The correct length of time for distilling Cypress is 24 hours, releasing all 280 properties.” Debra Raybern

There is so much that goes into the quality of essential oils, both physically and intellectually. I hope this helps.

I recommend books by Dr. Schnaubelt, Ph.D. He is not connected with any MLM company. He is a scientist who is very knowledgeable about essential oils and talks openly in his book, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, how the public has been brainwashed into believing that oils cannot be used undiluted or internally, and are somehow scary.

If you’re talking about the majority of what is on the market, that may be true (many are cut with toxic solvents and/or synthetic chemicals). But therapeutic grade oils (per the definition I give here: http://yoursacredcalling.com/commonscentsmom/2012/02/what-is-therapeutic-grade/) are perfectly safe when used correctly.

Giselle Baturay July 26, 2013 at 5:12 am

Hi Stacy, I’m going to try to cover your questions ~

1) you wrote that you’ve had 1000 people use essential oils neat and internally and never had a negative experience. That’s really interesting considering the amount of essential oils that are known to cause skin irritations. For example when a doTerra consultant put straight Peppermint on me to show the “quality” of the oil, I immediately felt the irritation and needed to have her remove it quickly as it was burning my skin. Also considering that some oils such as Wintergreen are sold with a protective cap because it’s toxic, yet you’ve had nearly 1000 people use essential oils internally and neat and no negative experiences ever?

Regarding citing source for essential oils safety ~ it’s already been posted but please look at Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia to name a few.

2) Yes essential oils companies do have a way to test for quality and consumers do have a way to know what are quality essential oils, please see link posted before and reposted again here.

3) I’m happy the MLM model is working well for you. This post is not about MLMs (the model of MLMs) but about the reason why I don’t promote brands like DT and YL — misguided and misinformed sales rep that give incorrect essential oils information during their sales pitches in addition to the irresponsible education of the company.

Yes marketing also happens within the organization, not just through sales rep, nothing wrong with that but wanted to note it.

4) Agree and also see link above for knowing what to look for when purchasing essential oils as well as an explanation of the various terms.

I do not recommend the Young Living Book you mentioned in particular because of the Rain Drop Therapy which organizations such as the The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) clearly warn about for using essential oils neat that are known (see Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Battaglia among other respected sources) to cause skin irritations. But then again, I guess your 1000 people organization are the exception to this.

Stacy McDonald July 26, 2013 at 5:38 am

There are certain oils that should almost always be diluted (that is why education in oils is so important). Peppermint and Wintergreen are both considered “hot” oils. (Therapeutic grade, as I’ve defined it) Wintergreen is not toxic when used correctly. Synthetic wintergreen is HIGHLY toxic.

I didn’t ask you to cite your source for essential oil safety (we both know there are multiple opinions on that!). I was asking you to cite your source for the quote, “there have been reported cases of poisonings and fatality due to the self-dosing of essential oils.”

Again, you may want to check out Kurt Schnaubelt’s book, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils. It’s available on Amazon. He is not affiliated with any MLM.

Giselle Baturay July 26, 2013 at 5:51 am

Stacy, in your first post you wrote that you’ve had 1000 people use essential oils internally and neat undiluted and that what I wrote (and the references quoted) are — “the propagation of information based on NOBODY’S experience.”

Yet you then write that actually some oils should be diluted. You’re advocating these companies yet one of the oils you mentioned (Peppermint) in that same sentence about some oils should be diluted is recommended to use undiluted by doTerra. It’s a bit confusing to understand your point.

As noted my source for the quote is directly from The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia.

I’m well aware of Dr. Schnaubelt’s book and have it currently in my personal library. As you mentioned, there are multiple opinions on that. However please keep in mind that in France it is highly skilled care providers prescribing essential oils – not sales reps.

Stacy McDonald July 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Hi Giselle,

It seems that you are throwing all essential oils in together. Just like cayenne and nutmeg do not have the same effect on the tongue, so do various essential oils have the possibility of different skin sensitivities. This is part of what I mean regarding the prorogation of misinformation.

Essential oils that ‘may’ require a carrier oil for topical use (everyone’s skin sensitivities are different): PanAway, Peppermint, Basil, any of the Eucalyptus, any of the citrus (Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Bergamot*), Myrrh, Myrtle, and Melissa. Though most of these oils I use neat (undiluted). Also, some oils, especially citrus oils, can produce a reaction called photosensitization. The key is to know your oils (which is another reason a good MLM team is beneficial) and to know the true quality of your oils)..

Essential oils considered “spicy,” and that should (almost) always be diluted with a carrier oil for topical use: Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Wintergreen, Oregano, Thyme, Black Pepper, Patchouli, Mountain Savory, Nutmeg, Marjoram, Balsam Fir, Coriander, Cypress, Galbanum, Pine, Ravensara, Ocotea.

I am certainly not recommending Doterra. I think they have their own issues. I mentioned them only because I was trying to show you the differences between English, German, and French schools of thought regarding essential oils.

If your quote came from Salvatore Battaglia, then I would ask him the same question. Or did he not cite his source either?

The problem with many “aromatherapy” books is that they are written by people that simply repeat the same old misinformation that they have heard in other aromatherapy books. Look on Amazon – there are all sorts of fluffy books about how to use essential oils (I own some of them), advocating all sorts of silliness.

Just because it’s in a book, doesn’t mean it’s true.

Christi September 25, 2013 at 4:50 am

Stacy, I think it’s hilarious that you think you need to educate Giselle about different “schools of thought” and how different EO’s should be used….since she does this for a living and medically, not as a sales rep like you.

I also find it incredible that you’ve “never” heard of any negative affects of EO’s. You’re either exaggerating your numbers or lying about not hearing anything.

Your comment about “throwing all essential oils in together” is also interesting, because I believe the point Giselle is trying to make is that EO’s should never be encouraged to be used neat or internally to everyone, which is the same point that you were trying to make about everyone’s reactions being different. She never said that EO’s should NEVER be used neat or internally. She DID say that it’s ok with the direction from a health provider. And to reiterate that does NOT include doTerra or YL’s consultants.

Sammy September 26, 2013 at 4:22 am

Christi, I think it’s perfect that you pointed out to Stacy, how hilarious it is for her to think she could ‘educate’ Giselle. I was reading through the exchange, thinking that *someone* should post that, when lo and behold… your comment was next.

It is ridiculous for these reps to think that the foremost expert regarding essential oils and their use and safety, is anyone other than Robert Tisserand. He was “on the scene” (so to speak) LONG before Gary Young, and it’s just foolish for anyone to think anything else. But… I get it. These people are taught to “drink the koolaid” (who said that, someone earlier in the comments) because otherwise, how would these companies flourish if they didn’t have koolaid drinkers?

Anyway, just wanted to endorse your comment here, and thank Giselle for her efforts.

Sierra August 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I am by no means an expert but essential oils are extremely powerful and have to be treated with respect. It is a bit disturbing that there is not more safety information on YL’s site. A friend of mine was actually using wintergreen oil to freshen her breath- she is very in to YL and no one told her it is extremely toxic and can even be deadly when ingested in even small quantities. Peppermint oil can cause breathing problems in young children. I have personally experienced some sensitizations to certain oils when applied topically. I actually have some marks on my arms from lemon oil ‘burns’. ouch! Plus my oregano experiment to remove moles. Burned like heck and lo and behold the moles remain. Essential oils are wonderful and effective when used appropriately. Oil kits should come with extensive warnings.

Wendy October 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

*sigh* I don’t even know where to begin. So much misinformation here from “sales reps”. The same brainwash hype that I’ve heard over and over from MLM reps. I have not had time to read thru the entire string of comments (which there are many correcting the misinformation – thank you!) SO I’m just going to address a few that really get my blood pressure rising:

The “French Method” does NOT include blanket ingestion and neat application of essential oils. It is true that in France essential oils have been used internally, HOWEVER it is done under the guidance of a doctor who has also been trained in phyto-medicine. This doctor doesn’t say “here – take this bottle of EOs and put a couple of drops in your water or under your tongue three times a day.” Rather he/she writes a prescription which is sent to a compounding pharmacy where the (usually small amount) EOs are encapsulated so they do not harm mucus membrane and lining of the stomach. The capsule is designed to dissolve in the appropriate part of the digestive tract so not to cause irritation or damage. Furthermore, they are mostly used to address acute conditions NOT chronic and certainly NOT daily for “overall health” like a vitamin supplement.

There HAVE been documented cases of EO poisoning – many of which have occurred with young children, so if you do insist on using massive amounts of Eos, I hope you are at least storing them out of reach like you would medications. All you need to do is look up “poisoning” in the index of Robert Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety book and you will find several references sited of cases of poisoning around the world, including a toddler’s fatal ingestion of Wintergreen – and it was a SMALL amount.

Where the idea that “most essential oil companies are producing for the perfume/soap industry” is an inaccurate statement. While less than 5% of essential oils produced worldwide are for “holistic” use, the majority are used in food flavoring and cleaning industry. These days, a large majority of perfumes and soaps, especially from larger manufacturers, are synthetically fragranced as it is more cost effective than using EOs. I think where there is confusion to those who are untrained in aromatherapy is many companies selling to the food/cleaning industries are doing huge, large scale production and that is their primary business – it doesn’t make good business sense for them to try and compete in the less than five percentile of holistically used EOs.

Most companies selling Eos for “holistic” use purchase from suppliers producing oils just for that purpose NOT both. Someone here made it sound like Young Living is a small scale producer – from the photos I’ve seen of their Lavender distillation “factory” it looks pretty large scale to me, and how could it not be with the volume of oil they sell? I also find it hard to believe that they own ALL the farms which provide plant material for ALL the oils they sell. (In fact I know this not to be true – I know a distiller who has sold to them and has since severed relations due to ethical issues).

On another note, have you seen a GC/MS analysis for the YL Lavender grown in Utah? Reason I ask – usually for the best quality oil the plant material must come from an area which is best suited for its optimal growth. The best balance of the important chemical constituents responsible for Lavender’s healing abilities I’ve seen are either from France or Bulgaria – I’m curious how they are able to create a similar eco-system in Utah and attain the same balance of the main components of Linalool and Linalyl acetate, as well as other important chemicals.

Does YL employee chemist to do their own GC/MS and other QC testing or do they send to an independent lab? If employing their own, the testing can be quite subjective.

“Does your supplier use LOW TEMPERATURE to distill” Okay – this one is a real thorn in my side and can’t be disputed – it’s simple science. It is IMPOSSIBLE to STEAM DISTILL essential oils at a LOW TEMPERATURE. Why? Because in order to attain STEAM you must have boiling water!!! Which basically, is water at 212 degrees. Otherwise, you are not steam distilling. No steam = no “steam distillation”. There can be slight variances in temperature at higher altitude, as water will boil at 208 degrees in these conditions. Water will look like it’s producing steam at lower temps, however it is NOT technically steam – it is simply evaporation. SO, to say anyone uses a low temperature to steam distill Eos is scientifically impossible. Now if they are doing CO2 extraction – well, that’s a whole other story and not technically an essential oil.

“Cypress – if distilled for 20 hours, 20 properties are released. If distilled for 26 hours, none of the properties are released. The correct time for all 280 properties is 24 hours”. Did this come from Hogwarts School of Science!?!? What the ???? So let’s say the distiller is shooting for a 24 hour distillation, but in the last 30 minutes a friend invites him to go for a beer. Meanwhile, back at the distillation, 24 hours hits and ALL 280 constituents are released. One beer leads to another, and the poor guy doesn’t get back to the distillation for another 2 hours. Okay, so know it’s 26 hours . . . The Cypress EO has NO constituents!!! SO what happened to the 280 that were released at 24 hours? Did they just disappear from the oil that, thus far, has been extracted? It makes no sense.

I’ve read Kurt Schnaubelt’s book AND purchase oils from his company, Original Swiss Aromatics. Yes, he does talk about his beliefs on ingestion, but he sure doesn’t recommend the amount of use I’ve seen suggested by YL & DT. Nor does he recommend “prescribing” ingestion of oils to others. Frankly, I’ve heard and seen this done multiple times with MLM reps I know.

In response to all the people who have/are ingesting oils with no ill effects. Well, sometime you need more than a few years before severe liver/kidney damage becomes evident. Like the elderly gentleman in Australia who thought it would improve his health to drink several drops of Eucalyptus per day. After doing this for 10 years he ended up in the hospital with sclerosis of the liver. Incidentally, he never drank alcohol. It was surmised the sclerosis was a result of long term ingestion of the Eucalyptus and its high 1-8 Cineole content. The fact is, there have been no studies done to understand the long term effects of ingesting essential oils. So perhaps your 5 year old may not have any ill effects now, but wouldn’t it be terrible if at 15 he/she ended up on a dialysis regime? Is it really worth the risk!?!

There seems to be a trend lately in avoidance of Big Pharm that if it’s natural, it’s safe. Well, Cyanide in a natural occurring compound found in many fruit seeds – would you ingest that? On a side note, we’ve regarded radiation as bad for many years and now scientific studies are showing tiny amounts of daily exposure can actually be healthy – it’s called Radiation Hormesis if anyone is interested in googling.

I thing it’s great that the MLM platform helps people earn a living or extra income and if that’s your gig – all the luck in the world to you. However, please get education outside of the MLM umbrella – seek out MORE than one authors books, attend seminars and workshops, take an intro to aromatherapy class at a reputable school. Then decide how you want to use your Eos – whether you buy them from your MLM or elsewhere. I’ve had more than one ex-mlmer visit my shop and say that they quit because they felt it was unethical when their “upline” was telling them to get their friends/families to use MORE essential oils via neat and ingested because the more they used, the more they would buy and in the end, the more money they would make as reps. MLMs are simply sales driven organizations – their main goal is not the “health of the masses” – it’s to make money, plain and simple.

Joanne October 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Thank you for posting this! And Giselle–you are so patient going over and over these points and not losing your temper. I honestly don’t understand the rabid allegiance to these MLM companies when there are so many wonderful eo companies out there that don’t use what I would consider brainwashing techniques to sell their products.

jan May 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

I see a lot of MLM bashing here as a way to undermine any credibility here. I understand that is a turn off to some people simply because of the sales component but some people do really like getting individual attention and hearing from other people’s successes. I have a few different companies EOs in my collection, and I try to use neutral reference material for all of it but bottom line, I trust people I know or other mom’s using them for the same reasons I am interested in to help guide me. Sure, consult your doctors but honestly our families doctors have been wrong a number of times in the past (how could they not, when any human that only spend about 45 minutes with you per year) – enough that I resent not pushing them back to many of my instincts which turned out to be correct. This is whole reason many people start down the path of other means to support our health.

Julianne July 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Funny, the ISO and Hervé Casabianca have only certified Young Living in North America. And 100% pure means nothing here. It is regulated by an outdated cosmetic law that means 3-5% oil.


Tisserand cannot address YLEOs. He can only address what he knows. Young Living has gone above the schools of thought and combined them according to the plant product they create.


Gary Young regularly ruffles feathers in the aromatherapy community because he refuses to conform to their standards. He wants the very best. I can imagine the outrage when he crated the therapeutic grade standard. How dare he suggest his company had oils above the rest of the community. And quote sources of YL being sued for people being damaged by ingestion. There are none. 20+ years of people using YL with no harm. We are taught to use reference guides and follow guidelines for the product. These oils have FDA labels safe for ingestion.
They are used worldwide in clinical trials with scientists advocating ingestion.



Giselle Baturay July 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

@ Julianne — You’ve provided a facebook page discussion as your reference for a supposed rumor that the FDA has asked Gary Young to set standards for essential oils? Surely there must be other sources for this information and also outside of a Young Living link?

You are correct that Gary had ruffled feathers (see quote below that was already posted) –
“Essential oils are not regulated separately by the FDA, they either come under FDA cosmetic legislation, or FDA drug legislation: http://tinyurl.com/d3qveyv. Standards already exist for essential oils, and these are set by the International Organization for Standardization: http://tinyurl.com/bv798rq. Therefore, there is no conceivable reason why the FDA would ask Gary Young, or any other individual, to “set standards” for them. Gary Young has been the subject of an FDA warning letter: http://tinyurl.com/bq45pb5, and there is a proliferation of negative internet posts about him (http://tinyurl.com/cryyue2). Some of this may not be true, but when there’s this much smoke you have to suspect there’s a fire burning!” – Robert Tisserand

And also correct that he doesn’t follow any of the aromatherapy education taught by international aromatherapy organizations or schools. I’m not sure if the point was to make that seem good? Because in that it is showing exactly what this post is about – the proper education and application of essential oils and how irresponsible it is taught by companies like Young Living and DoTerra. Both of which are at each other all the time (see link here with their own lawsuits at each other.

You are mistaken that the ISO certified Young Living. Young Living oils are not certified. The ISO sets defines essential oils but does not differentiate between qualities of oils or companies.

As mentioned in various places on this blog post, it is not the ingesting of essential oils is always discouraged. Essential oils can be beneficial taken internally. However it should be done under the care of qualified care providers (sales rep do not fall under this category). As we know, essential oils are quite potent and powerful (you know this as well since you noted that scientists research the effects of essential oils, which is true). Generally recommending to the general public to ingest potent medicine (which are essentially how essential oils are used when taken internally) is irresponsible. For example peppermint should not be taken by those that are also taking blood thinners. It’s an oil that is approved by the FDA for internal use yes, but can cause great harm to someone taking blood thinners at the same time. I’m making that reference to point out that there is a lot more that needs to be known about the person before generally recommending them to ingest essential oils. This is exactly where Young Living and DoTerra and their sales reps fail.

@ Stacy — Stacy, having trained as a certified clinical aromatherapist, I’m quite aware of the uses of essential oils. :) You are mistaken (which is common with brand sales reps for these companies) that only some oils “may” (as you wrote) require to be diluted. I encourage you as I have other sales reps that have posted to seek your education outside of the brand you sale. You seem to be passionate about essential oils and would benefit and my guess is really enjoy a more formal aromatherapist program and education. You’ll learn in this what seems to missing which is the properties of essential oils regards to application and usage. It’s not a matter of opinion that most oils need to be diluted and not used neat (as mentioned before this is mostly only seen by Young Living and DoTerra) and will not find it on any of the major aromatherapy organizations, expert writings or respected aromatherapy schools.

Yes because it’s in a book doesn’t mean it’s true which is why I only use internationally recognized sources that are also leaders in the world of essential oils (vs relying on a company).

Please read through posts Stacy as I have cited sources. I also encourage you to read the books mentioned. It’ll open your eyes to the world of essential oils education outside of Young Living.

Sammy September 26, 2013 at 4:45 am

Quite simply, it’s nothing short of foolish, to not understand that first party certification of ANYTHING is stupid and not to be trusted.

So I go into business making brownies which I claim are created in such a way that they’re actually therapeutic and can heal certain illnesses and make people well when they were formerly ill. I make them to sell in local bakeries. Well, people aren’t sure if my brownies are what I’m saying they are, so I create the “therapeutic grade” standard for brownies… and I am smart enough to trademark and copyright it. I get my handy dandy graphic artist brother to create me a really slick certification label using it, and I slap that baby on all my brownies. I then convince a few people that my standard is real. They convince a few more, who convince a few more… and I’m laughing all the way to the bank, because now people other than me, are out there arguing with the other brownie makers and brownie eaters… on my behalf… getting into heated discussions and quoting all kinds of stuff to prove that MY brownies are therapeutic grade and better than others. Hell… they’ve eaten my brownies and can SWEAR that my brownies have healed them, so it MUST be true and all those other brownie makers MUST just have ruffled feathers because they’re not as good as mine.

Does the fact I’ve been this brilliant at marketing (and am using the fact that people can really be sheep/lemmings) mean that all the other brownie makers out there ARE just jealous because I’ve gone above the schools of thought and created a brownie that’s far above the quality of the rest of the brownies out there?

In a word… PISH.

It means I’ve been smart enough to suck a bunch of people in because they aren’t smart enough to know that the ONLY kind of standard that matters, is when SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE MAKER is able to certify it and prove/swear to the fact that it is indeed, what it says it is.

For all these STUPID people who are believing in my brownie standard know… I might just be baking up Betty Crocker brownie mix and slapping my own “therapeutic grade” sticker on it. No way to prove I’m not. Oh sure… I open up my bakery for tours and such… but really, I don’t worry much, because the regular brownie eater out there doesn’t have a clue what to look for to disprove my standard. And after all… by now I’m content knowing I have OODLES of people out there to fight on my behalf, so anyone who tries to share common sense and point out that there’s no such thing as therapeutic grade for brownies, will be inundated with arguments from my followers.

Quite simply:

The ONLY certifications that are worth ANYTHING, are NOT first party. If anyone believes that, they are a koolaid drinker.

skeptic June 27, 2014 at 1:07 am

Bravo! Just what I was thinking.

Stacy McDonald July 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Hi Giselle,

Thank you for responding. I notice that you sell essential oils on this site. You also sell your consultation services (something I provide for free to the people on my “evil MLM” team, as well as on my website.

I’m not sure where you trained as an aromatherapist, as there are so many schools available, all promoting differing models of essential oil usage.

Again, I prefer the French model, which has been used with great success all over the world. Therefore, I would suggest Dr. Schnaubelt’s course. I think it would be eye opening for you. :-)

I would hardly consider Salvatore Battaglia an “internationally recognized source” or a ” leader in the world of essential oils.” And I assure you my research and studies have not been solely through any company. In fact, I would say most of my research has come from outside sources, including Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D

And yes indeed it IS a matter of opinion whether or not essential oils should always be diluted. That should be obvious. However, again, we have to be comparing apples to apples (which I don’t think we are). Low quality oils should never be used on the skin (diluted or undiluted). I am confident this is where the confusion is. Most people are using low quality oils.

I realize we will not agree on this. Perhaps it would be better for you to promote your own products without putting down other companies or philosophies of use, or by coming close to slandering them.

I looked through your “shop” section and it looks like you have some good products for sale! I would have loved to have shared more about your site with friends, but won’t participate in the prorogation of misinformation.

Giselle Baturay July 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Sandy, you are incorrect that schools here in the USA differ in how to use essential oils. Thankfully the aromatherapy schools here in the USA that are recognized by medical and holistic associations and organizations do not differ in the proper use of essential oils.

I realize that we disagree. You’re a Young Living sales rep and this post is about the irresponsible “education” of brands like Young Living and DoTerra. It’s obvious that it will not be a popular one by sales reps of these companies. ;)

In my aromatherapy consultations I do not sell a brand or hope for a purchase or to sign up a consultant under me. DoTerra and Young Living sales reps offer their “classes” free in hopes of a sale or that they can convince another person to sign up as a consultant under them (as you do on your site). One is about education and one is about making a sale. Very different. In my consultations I don’t represent a brand but instead educate on how to holistically use essential oils. Part of my class includes recommendations for quality of oils (including those I don’t sell) as well as empowering others to know how to choose essential oils. It’s very different than being a sales rep. It’s being an aromatherapist.

It’s common for sales reps to confuse this as a topic of low vs high quality of essential oils. It’s about proper use of essential oils.

You mentioned the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy course. I’m quite happy with the course I choose, but I would encourage you to take the one you referred to and seem to admire. It would then qualify you as an aromatherapist and be a part of the aromatherapy industry that is not about selling a particular brand but for essential oils as a whole and the proper education in choosing and using essential oils for holistic and clinical purposes.

Sue September 27, 2013 at 12:08 am

I’m confused why you refer to the “French model”. You are not following the “French model” when you advocate for the internal use of essential oils. There is no such thing – there are French LAWS – and you are violating the laws of France by prescribing internal use of essential oils unless you are a licensed medical doctor!

The French don’t let salespeople tell customers/patients what EOs to take internally – they ONLY allow DOCTORS to do that!! So…unless you are a DOCTOR…you might want to rethink your liability for doing this.’

In the USA, you also cannot prescribe essential oils for medical conditions unless you are a licensed medical professional. It just so happens that culturally we don’t tend to use them internally in the USA very much, it is more common for doctors to use essential oils internally but it still is not common! Just like when you go to a licensed medical doctor in India you might be treated with Ayurvedic medicine. In France you have a greater chance of being treated with EOS than in the USA, just like you will have to find a specialist in this country who is qualified to use Ayurvedic medicine in this country.

You are breaking the laws of EVERY country – violating EVERY “model” for the professional sales and use of essential oils when you tell someone they should use an EO internally unless you are a licensed medical professional.

What really concerns me is the DAILY use EOs…I know A LOT of aromatherapists…they simply don’t have the need to self-medicate on a daily basis. It’s RARE even for someone certified as an Aromatherapist to even consider using them internally. So that begs the question…if doTerra and Young Living products are so great…why are so many of their customers and salespeople SO SICK all the time that they need to use EOs at all…much less internally.

“I’m not sure where you trained as an aromatherapist, as there are so many schools available, all promoting differing models of essential oil usage. ” That is not true. There are industry-wide accepted standards for essential oil usage and education required for certification as an aromatherapist.

Giselle Baturay September 27, 2013 at 12:45 am

I heart you Sue, thanks for your posts!

Canucklemom September 27, 2013 at 1:28 am

Sue. This paragraph made me cheer.

“What really concerns me is the DAILY use EOs…I know A LOT of aromatherapists…they simply don’t have the need to self-medicate on a daily basis. It’s RARE even for someone certified as an Aromatherapist to even consider using them internally. So that begs the question…if doTerra and Young Living products are so great…why are so many of their customers and salespeople SO SICK all the time that they need to use EOs at all…much less internally.”

Giselle said it first, but I heart you too!

april November 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

OMGsh, Sue. THIS THIS THIS THIS! Thank you for tackling this. So many people abuse the notion of “models,” particularly the French “model.” You nailed it right on the head.

Sue September 27, 2013 at 12:22 am

F.Y.I. Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D has opinions about internal use which reflect how an individual might care for themselves using essential oils internally. If you think this is the way you want your customers to use them…sell them the book. Kurt is not advocating for SALESPEOPLE to use his book as a replacement for a license to practice medicine.

Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 3:05 am

And, in the back of Kurt’s book, referenced above, he recommends a half dozen resources for purchasing pure essential oils, including ones of the quality to use in the internal protocols he recommends. odd that neither YL or DT are not recommended. Oh, yes…Kurt seeks transparency in his sources… honesty. openness. and, Sue… BRAVO!!! ;)

Julie July 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

It seems that the Young Living and DoTerra sale reps have come out of the woodwork for this post.

I will say this, I work full time as an aromatherapy massage therapist and out of curiosity, I attended a “class” where a rep was trying to convince a woman that the skin irritation she was feeling from an oil was because the oil was therapeutic grade and was removing toxins right away (Really? how about because it was Oregano oil and isn’t supposed to be used neat?!?). I do not think all sale reps are teaching misinformation (and I don’t believe the author of this blog post is saying so either), but that the company is so much more into a sale than proper education. In my 15 years of practice and having used many different brands of essential oils during that time, I can assure you that Young Living nor DoTerra are NOT above other brands, nor would I recommend them to my clients.

BLONDIE March 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I was exposed to eo 24 hours ago. I attended my first doTerra home party. Having suffered from major chest congestion and no voice for 2 weeks, I was the perfect guinea pig. Trying many different oils topically. On my chest, behind my ears, roof of my mouth, different capsules. Perfect air(?) from 2 diffusers going with different oils. I left with a raging headache, still congested, no voice and burping peppermint for hours afterwards. being told that was the toxins releasing from my body? Seriously?

I have since spent 3 hours researching about eo’s. intrigued, but not prepared to join a mlm company. But seriously wondering about the health benefits compared to traditional medicine.

Julianne July 28, 2013 at 1:48 am

The link I posted was a person posting who was in attendance where Gary Young stated this fact.

You obviously believe in only the French model of aromatherapy.

Nor in the research of countless researchers using ingestion.

Or in the Chinese who’ve ingested for centuries. And Egyptians, and Arabs and so on. Don’t forget that pesky large organ, the skin, that absorbs oils (ingestion) and the nose which inhales (ingestion.). That couldn’t possibly get to the liver.

As an educator, I’ve been disappointed to see the “father of aromatherapy” take grammar out of context time and again to stick to his school of thinking instead of acknowledging the other schools of thought concerning aromatherapy. I hope at the least it is a language barrier and not done purposefully. He could acknowledge and say he disagrees. Instead he out false information that it is dangerous to ingest.

Ahhh, once again, the French know it all. They must be proud of the excess of lavender that comes to the US market from France. Multiple times more than they grow. What would be in that?

I researched and studied for 10 months before choosing YLEOs. That was after a popular health food store sold a brand that burned me. And I haven’t stopped since.

The evidence for ingestion is overwhelming. I began my own journey and always recommend everyone else do the same. The information from scientific sources and historical sources are numerous. You may choose the French, English, or German school of teaching. But make your journey using the miracle of essential oils your own.

I will add, my husband’s well was was restored after a cancer diagnosis through ingestion of particular YLEOs. We said NO! to chemo.

Giselle Baturay July 28, 2013 at 2:23 am

@ Julianne ~ with such an announcement you’d think there would be a much better source than a page on YL or hearsay on a Facebook post?

Re: ingestion and the rest of what you wrote on that ~ please read again the blog post and comments as you have clearly misunderstood it. More than once I wrote that ingestion is recommended under proper care and no where was it written that ingestion is always a no-no. Saying to the general public to take drops of essential oils as long as it is YL or DL it’s an irresponsible sales approach. Educating and advocating proper and safe use of essential oils is what I support. The rest on that is in the blog post and comments I wrote.

There is a difference between applying an oil to the skin and oral ingestion. You must be aware of that as you did not rely on massages to cure your husband’s cancer but on oral ingestion (among other things as I’m sure you were able to do so holistically). I hope your family continues in good health and wishing you well.

Re: Tisserand I did not quite understand what you were trying to say but it sounds like you disagree that he provides safety information on essential oils. But yes it can be dangerous to ingest so this is also why he as well as the organizations I quoted in the blog post and many of the aromatherapy schools recommend it under proper care. It is not saying never ingest. It can be beneficial but since essential oils are potent it should be done so with care. The main point of the section I wrote about ingestion.

Michelle Patterson July 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I love my doTERRA essential oils! Seems as though most of your complaints have been directed to distributor not the company. I never take a distributors advice…always research on your own. I found these safety tips helpful- http://www.doterra.com/us/essentialSafety.php


Tiffiny August 1, 2013 at 4:01 am

What works for one person, doesn’t work for another. Each to their own. I’ve only been using DoTerra since Jan of this year. And I will honestly admit a few of them have not worked for what their stated purpose is. However, much of them have. I take internally only as directed, never overdose. Diluted, undiluted as well. Whether or not you choose to believe it works, I do, & no I dont think it’s the placebo affect. Since I’ve been using their vitamins, as ex., I feel healthier, I live healthier, my diet has changed just a tad. I hate using pharmaceuticals & havent had to touch things like Tylenol or pamprin since my doterra usage. I could really give 2 hoots if noone else is willing to try them out, & I certainly do not get paid, I’m not even part of the business. I just buy my oils for me only. But like I said, to each their own. You (non doterra people) can go about with your beliefs, your research, & use whatever medicine you choose to, and that is fine for you. And just as an added twisted note, we are all gonna die someday anyway. If I die by ingesting E. oils, oh well, it’s my time to go…. But so far I’m alive & healthy, that’s all I care about.

Eva November 16, 2013 at 12:17 am

Hi, I’m new to EO and been using doTERRA for a while.
Been researching for infos everyday on how to use them. Thats how I found this. I’m not against anyone though, I respect everyone’s opinion buuuuut I must say your comment tops all lol

“And just as an added twisted note, we are all gonna die someday anyway. If I die by ingesting E. oils, oh well, it’s my time to go…. But so far I’m alive & healthy, that’s all I care about.”

Chris November 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

That comment is ridiculous. If you aren’t worried about long term health why take EO at all? I agree with Giselle simply because I know the purpose of MLM schemes of any kind, and that purpose is to make money! It does appear that the only EO suppliers out there who are advocating internal and neat usage on a regular basis are all MLM companies who benefit financially from the sale of large quantities of product. EO is so concentrated it usually lasts quite a long time when used properly.
For the people who use the product and are full of anecdotal “evidence”, there are many stories associated with many different treatments out there. Usually those treatments are accompanied by a lifestyle change and general taking better care of one’s health. To say specifically that it’s product X that is solely responsible is ludicrous.
Let me also add that I don’t think it’s always necessary to go out and spend tons of money on doctors to get info on how to take care of your health. There is plenty of info in books and on the internet that you can fact check and cross reference to decide what is best for you and your body. However, putting a substance in your body that is known by alternative as well as traditional health practitioners to be harmful is idiotic. Giving it to children is nearly criminal (I only say nearly because I believe parents have the right to make health and lifestyle choices for their children, however, with that right comes serious responsibility)

Chris November 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I agree with Giselle simply because I know the purpose of MLM schemes of any kind, and that purpose is to make money! It does appear that the only EO suppliers out there who are advocating internal and neat usage on a regular basis are all MLM companies who benefit financially from the sale of large quantities of product. EO is so concentrated it usually lasts quite a long time when used properly.
For the people who use the product and are full of anecdotal “evidence”, there are many online success stories associated with many different types of products and treatments. Usually those treatments are accompanied by a lifestyle change and general taking better care of one’s health. To say specifically that it’s product X that is solely responsible is ludicrous.
Let me also add that I don’t think it’s always necessary to go out and spend tons of money on doctors to get info on how to take care of your health. There is plenty of info in books and on the internet that you can fact check and cross reference to decide what is best for you and your body.
However, putting a substance in your body that is known by alternative as well as traditional health practitioners to be harmful is idiotic. Giving it to children is nearly criminal (I only say nearly because I believe parents have the right to make health and lifestyle choices for their children, however, with that right comes serious responsibility)

Rene August 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Giselle, I appreciate your comments and information. This was information I did not have previously. I am a very satisfied doTerra user and I do use oils internally including the Lifelong Vitality, DDR and daily use of frankincense. Before using essential oils I was using Methotrexate, Plaquenil, Prednisone and Coumadine and a lot of over the counter pain killers. I no longer use any of these medicines. The side effects of these drugs put me in the hospital and I had several platelet transfusions. I believe the life of my liver was on a limited track with modern medicine. My essential oils have given me a new lease on life and I’ve never felt better. My quality of life is in a place where I am happy and no longer have any pain or side affects of rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune issues. I also appreciate the amount of science and up-to-date research in the field of essential oils for physical and mental well being. I do educate myself and I have read research, listened to presentations on essential oil research. All research aside though, for me the proof is in my results.

Giselle Baturay August 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Rene, I’m so glad that you’ve been able to use essential oils for healing. Being well informed about the oils you are taking internally, how they can interact with any other supplements and/or medicines, your ailment/condition, etc. is exactly what I’m recommending. And do not support generally (and casually!) advising the public to take essential oils internally – because of their potency and that it’s important to know the person’s medical condition and well-being as well as the essential oil and how it will effect that particular person. Often times it’s all about working with someone that is qualified to advise on internal use and sometimes it’s the individual doing the proper research and then making the decision based on the above. You are a perfect example of the latter, thanks so much for sharing your experience!

Layrebayre January 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Rene I was curious what EOs did you use for the rheumatoid arthritis?

Layrebayre January 18, 2014 at 5:46 am

OK, it took me 4 days to read every comment. Thanks for the blog. Several people have referred to EOs helping with rheumatoid arthritis. I was curious what EOs are suggested for the rheumatoid arthritis?

Rebecca August 15, 2013 at 1:33 am

Hello, I was wondering if you would mind checking out http://www.bulkapothecary.com and their essential oils. I am so new to everything and I can’t tell if they are a good choice to purchase from or not. A friend steered me here and I am amazed at the prices, and yet they say they are 100% pure. I just thought I would get your opinion on it. Thank you for the article.

Sierra August 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Hi Rebecca,
I have not personally purchased from bulk apothecary but I have heard many negative reports. Check them out on http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Bulk_Apothecary I personally would not use their oils for any therapeutic uses.

Callie Ann August 19, 2013 at 12:18 am

I have a large supply of Do Terra and have gone to many of the meetings and instructional classes. Have used it off and on. I do believe the people I know and who push it…are sincere..but I question what they are being told. And…along with that…The one thing that keeps coming up by my husband….is the company IS run by people who are LDS…infact everybody high up in the company is LDS and its located in Salt Lake City. City. I personally am not LDS…and this is a red flag for me. As I feel…if you can believe the story of Joseph Smith…you’ll probably believe everything else that is told to you…especially if the church is getting their 10% from all their members.

Sierra August 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I agree Callie Ann,
my husband doesn’t want me ordering anything from Young Living because it really promotes a New Age type of agenda.

Cathryn August 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Callie Ann: I don’t use Do Terra and am just trying to research essential oils by reading the posts on this web page. Please, do not attack an entire religion. It’s rude.

Deanna September 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Did you really just say that? I have never responded to anything on the internet, but as an LDS member, I do find your comment completely offensive. I happen to believe the story of Joseph Smith. Are you implying that I would thus believe any story told me? I came to this site to research doTerra because I am skeptical of their products as well as I am completely turned off by MLM. I appreciate the other information provided regarding essential oils. I do not appreciate, however, the assumption that the church, its individual members and the companies they run would be all inclusive. There are many companies headed up by LDS members, i.e. the Marriott, Jet Blue, etc. Would you not stay there/fly their airline because they are “stupid” enough to believe the story of Joseph Smith and the church is “getting their 10%”? What I find funny, is I didn’t even know doTerra was an LDS company. But guess what? That doesn’t matter to me. I wouldn’t buy from them solely based on that. Nor would I not buy from them solely based on that. I want the information so I can make an educated decision regarding essential oils. Can we keep to the topic please and not bring our prejudices and judgments into it?

Giselle Baturay September 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I also didn’t know nor am familiar with LDS but I could not agree more that religion does not belong in this post nor that discussing one negatively is appropriate. I’m not sure if leaving original comment made and responses is helpful (for educational purposes – the responses) or it is better to delete.

Tamara April 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm

While I agree that the original comment was phrased in way that could be construed as disrespectful to Mormonism, there is something to the idea that the Mormon faith of the founders of the big two MLM have influenced their promotion of copious internal use.
LDS theology teaches that Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden was a good thing for all people because it puts them on the path toward becoming gods themselves.
Therefore, all things on the earth have been provided by God to help them along that path and, therefore, must be beneficial.
Christian theology teaches that the material world also “fell” when Adam and Eve did so there are “created” things that can be harmful.

Kim September 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I agree whole heartedly with your comment, and was shocked(but really, can we be that surprised?)that someone would make a comment like that regarding someone’s faith. People are just ignorant. I am also on here to find more information, and was not looking for rude and uninformed comments about the LDS church. Every company is run by someone, and that someone may be catholic or LDS, Buddhist, or Amish! I would never discount a company just because the person who started it was a particular faith. Shame on you Callie Anne!

But back to the reason for this blog post, I have several friends who are crazy over doTerra, and who are reps. I unfortunately get invited to the “parties” quite often, and always decline, as I am turned off by the MLM scheme. I also do not like that you might say,”I have a headache today,” and your friend will say, “oh, call Sara, she knows how to treat any ailment with EO. ” So basically that person is the new town doctor?” because she has been using EO for 6 months?

Canucklemom September 27, 2013 at 1:41 am

I have to agree with those referring to the LDS comments. Personally, I am not a fan of YL or doTERRA and/or their marketing practices. I do, however, have some very dear friends who are LDS and they are some of the very best people I have ever met, and honestly, they are kinder, more decent and loving, generous, honest, etc. than many folks of my own faith. I am not LDS either, but a good point is that there are many non-Christians who would take that same sentence you wrote about Joseph Smith, replace it with ‘Jesus Christ’ and come to the same conclusion. So really… it’s irrelevant to the issues being discussed here on this blog.

Good people come from all walks of life and all faiths; as do folks who are not so good, come from all walks of life and all faiths.

Please share that with your husband and discuss with him the numerous OTHER good reasons to not support YL or doTERRA. There are many of those explained very well in the blog and these comments. :-)

Carmelina August 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

As a qualified Aromatherapist I sometimes despair of the falsehoods that are peddled by MLM essential oil companies.

I went to college full time for a year to obtain my diploma and study under highly experienced lecturers and is where I discovered the truth about these MLMs.

Most distributors from MLM oil companies have no recognized aromatherapy training and obtain their facts from company promotional propoganda. If they had studied anatomy and physiology they would know that the regular ingestion of essential oils is both unnecessary and a massive overload on the liver….

I have heard irresponsible people recommending undiluted peppermint oil on infants – JUST WRONG. Splashing vast quantities of neat essential oils (especially children and the elderly) can be potentially dangerous as well as a waste of money, although you will go through your oils at an alarming rate and be forced to buy even more at their exorbitant prices.

The trouble with YL is that they play the fear factor all the time and people buy into it thinking that they can’t trust anyone else. Worse still, they take heed from untrained distributors who give irresponsible health advice thinking that they are experts.

Aromatherapy is a science that deserves respect. Would you go to see a lawyer whose training was solely from viewing You Tube?

MLMs are not involved in the international aromatherapy world and don’t contribute to journals, research, attend conferences, share discoveries, academic articles etc. It’s all about their own outrageous claims, wealth opportunities and demonising othe essential oil suppliers.

I was caught up in the YL web of deceit for a while a couple of years ago, but knowlege is power and now I know better.

YL didn’t invent aromatherapy – just exploited it

Rachel August 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I use and love (but do not sell) doTerra essential oils. I use 1 drop lemon oil in my water 2-3 times a day and occasionally a toothpick dipped in cinnamon to stir warm milk. Other than these two oils, I cannot handle other oils internally. I find that they lower my blood sugar and make me feel generally unwell. I have no trouble using most oils without dilution, and neither does my husband; that being said, I wouldn’t recommend using oils NEAT for everyone! All of this being said, I think more research and careful observation on the effects of essential oils needs to be done. Clary sage is often recommended for menstrual issues, (to be applied topically), yet, I’ve found many women, myself included, find that clary sage induces heavy bleeding. Perhaps this is an indication of an underlying issue that needs to be resolved? (In my case, I am being checked for a vitamin K deficiency.) Another example is peppermint oil, which can be very drying, and can cause nosebleeds in an already dry constitution. Should the underlying cause of dryness then be treated? I think so! Is that the result of the oils? I really can’t say for sure. Regardless, essential oils are powerful healers, and they need to be used with consideration and respect. I appreciate doTerra’s guidelines, however, I’ve learned that no two people and no two body chemistry are the same, and it takes time and close monitoring to learn what works for each individual (one of the reasons I love using oils: I am in charge of my health.) Thanks for letting me share! :)

alicia August 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm


I write this with the best of intentions but it seems as if you, Giselle are overly guarded and once you’ve made up your mind about what you’ve learned years ago – thats it – nothing has the ability to change your mind. The potency of doTerra oils has been tested at my school in many different ways and time and time again – their compounds are more potent. Just because an old school of thought was to never use essential oils internally doesn’t mean the same is true today. Take for example cows milk – for many many years people thought you just had to drink it to have strong bones and teeth – now a well educated person can see how harmful it can be with all of the hormones. Anything can be tested and proved – i’ve never seen you respond to the statements that many people have used young living and doterra oils internally and neat without ANY problems. Maybe you have an underlying issue that causes your skin to be sensitive to those oils – in my two years I’ve only seen one “issue” with using the oils neat and that was with my son and lime oil. He gets a big purple skin discolor. The same thing happened to him just from making limeaid with fresh limes. People can die from overuse of most things – but when used properly – they work great. What is your response to all of the folks that use them and are doing much better??

Giselle Baturay August 23, 2013 at 12:15 am

Alicia, thanks for writing. I know there are tons of posts now so hard to go through them all but in the posts I have addressed what you wrote about by showing my gladness in that they found essential oils that worked well for them. I do take extra caution though when it’s been giving essential oils internally to infants and daily! However, it’s essential oils being the key word – as the beauty, power and healing of essential oils is not unique in any way to it being doTerra or Young Living.Hope that makes sense!

I’ve also written that while internal use can be beneficial, that it is recommended to do so under the proper care or at the very least when you know the oil inside and out and know yourself and your conditions and how they will interact. Another poster posted about this topic quite well (Rachel ~ who posted right above yours if you’d like to see what she wrote).

Again, my post is not about whether their oils are good or not, it’s about the ethics in their “education”. What I wrote about is not “old school”, but recommendations that are currently being used (see resources quoted above). It’s not even my opinion solely as much as it is the aromatherapy industry recommendation (aside for these MLMs – doTerra and Young Living).

Cynthia Hillson August 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm


First of all THANK YOU for not only your boldness to write this post but telling the world that the two mlm companies named have been misleading in their marketing and in education of their sales reps. I believe (and this is just my opinion) that the bickering, and current lawsuits between the two companies, (Young Living and DoTerra) may end up with tons of people rewriting their web pages to conform to the “back to basics” and safe approach to using essential oils. You can be sure that the lawsuits in Utah are being monitored carefully. And in all honesty it may hinder or even shut both those companies down because of false claims. And to be quite honest, it could bring big brother into our lives and hinder our ability to use and sell quality essential oils.


Cynthia Hillson
Precious Oils Up On The Hill (est 1991)

linda August 23, 2013 at 1:55 am

just wanted to say thanks for your article. i have just started using essential oils and i want to be responsible and informed and there sure is a lot of suspect info out there. i’ve seen some other bloggers evaluating essential oil companies and their methods were not instilling confidence in me in their conclusions e.g. good customer service has no bearing on the quality/safety of the product but rather the quality of their customer service. no way would i take essential oils internally unless under the care of an aromatherapist. even then i don’t think i’d do it. please keep up the good work!

Ashley Glassman August 23, 2013 at 2:02 am

Ran across you post today looking for something else, but I had to stop and take a look. Mostly at the comments. Wow. All I have to say is PLEASE PEOPLE educate yourself from sources that are not selling you the product they are training you about. PLEASE PLEASE! It is the same in every other area of life, if someone is trying to sell you something, you don’t just take what they say as gospel, if you want true knowledge and real education on a subject you find experts that are not selling you anything. And if, after educating yourself you decide this or that company is good, then great! But I am so sick of people saying “I’ve done it for years and it hasn’t hurt me at all.” First, SO many people say the exact same thing about drugs, or alcohol, or smoking. And then one day, they find out what it has been doing to their body all these years. And it is the same with essential oils. They are HIGHLY concentrated. People think “oh a drop or two won’t hurt me” but they don’t realize that a drop of cinnamon is equal to eating an oz of cinnamon powder, and a drop of peppermint is equal to 26 cups of peppermint tea. Now is there a time and a place for intensive consumption of oils for a short time, absolutely. But long term, ongoing consumption as if they were a vitamin is foolish and ignorant. When the reasons you spout for it being “ok” and “safe” are all lines from the company you are buying from, you need to stop and take another look. I have worked with oils for 15 years, developed specialty skin care lines for a doctor, worked with hundreds of clients for all types of issues, and am currently completing my C.C.M.A (Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist) training now which is hundreds and hundreds of hours of intensive training, papers, clinical studies etc. And the truth is, many oils actually work BETTER diluted. Oils high in aldahydes are actually the MOST effective at a 1% dilution. Does Young Living or DoTerra ever tell you science like that? No, they want you to use the oils neat so that you buy more. But it’s not just a matter of safety, it is also a matter of effective use, and what works best in your body with the least negative effects. Do young living and DoTerra oils work? Absolutely! But the educational information they put out is full of outright lies, and only tells you half of the story regarding essential oils. Learn the chemistry behind oils, and you will realize why people that are truly educated are appalled at some of the practices promoted by these companies. Please Please educate yourself. If you are interested in some more education that has no loyalty to any company, you could visit me at: https://www.facebook.com/realessentialoileducation where I discuss common myths, little known facts, tips and safe practices.

SueD August 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

I was introduced to Essential Oils via an MLM (young living) and they WORKED– topically :) Eventually I ended up buying from doterra instead of YL. However, instead of listening to a sales person without any formal education, I bought a whole bunch of books (not published by the manufacturer of the oils) and got to work studying! What I found out is that what corporate doterra (DT) says and what the pros say sometimes differs. However, they do agree that the quality of oils are considered “therapeutic grade” when tested by an outside 3rd party.

From what I understand, Essential Oils that are FDA approved as GRAS, DT will market and sell as a “dietary supplement” (check your label carefully people). The Modern Essential book, which is their go-to guide, is not published by DT them some distance when it comes to liability and then when it gets alllllll the way down to some lady doing a “medicine cabinet makeover” telling you that it’s ok to put un-diluted peppermint down your baby’s back to bring her temperature down, the liability can barely be traced back to DT corporate. They will simply say that the information was made available, the bottle was labeled, etc and that consumer/sales person didn’t follow directions. I will say, that they do make a TON of information available to all of their sales people, which MAY account for the cost of the oils. Some people may read it, some not. It all depends on their goals. For some, it is positioned like any MLM… a way for stay-at-home moms to earn money quickly. I actually heard someone rather high up in the company say “It’s all about networking. If you want the residual income like I have, plan on working hard for 2-5 years. You need to make at least 2 contacts a day. Can you do that? Yes? Great! You really don’t need to know anything about the oils. Just sell them the book. My goal is to get them to sign on and move on to my next class so I can get more.” WHAT THE FIDDLESTICKS?!?!?!!?!!!

Here’s the other MYTH that absolutely makes my skin crawl (quite literally). Dr. Hill mentioned in a seminar that allergic reactions to the essential oils are not possible because the oils in their pure form do not contain any allergens. Huh? Also, he teaches that the majority of reactions to essential oils are a detox reaction… which is a GOOD THING. So if you feel flu-like symptoms after taking them internally, feel itching, burning, see blistering, etc that means that the essential oil is drawing the toxins out and detoxing it from your system. Then you should drink 5-8 drops of lemon or grapefruit EO in every glass of water to help your liver push the toxins out! Dr. Hill believes that it is very rare to have a skin sensitivity to DT oils because, of course, they are the purest essential oils available. Dr. Robert Pappas debunked this myth a while back. But alas, many MLM reps will get VERY upset if you tell them otherwise. I actually read a fb post telling a mother of an 8 month old with ring worm to put un-diluted melaleuca (tea tree) on it. When she reported that it was blistering and her baby didn’t like it, she was basically told “That’s Great! He’s detoxing! Keep up the good work.” I felt sick to my stomach.

I think that was my final straw :(

So, as an official “sales person” I just want to say that I get it, and I have all along. I understand that making an essential oil recommendation is the same as having a prescription pad with access to a full pharmacy and NO formal education. I studied my butt off before I felt comfortable even talking about oils with anyone. I follow the recommendations of experts and continue my education journey. However, while on this educational journey, I also uncovered the “ugly” side– which is full of irresponsible sales reps making unbelievable claims that are going to really hurt someone. It’s NOT everyone that works for YL or DT… but it only takes a few to make us all look bad.

On that note. What schools, seminars, workshops, etc do you recommend in Southern California? I have a bunch of books but feel like I could benefit from a traditional class at this point. I’m also nervous about switching brands. I don’t know why. Probably because of my programming, plus it’s comfortable to know everything about one company.

Thanks so much. I really appreciated your blog and your very calm, reasonable responses (with sources) to the sometimes repetitive, defensive posts people have put on here. Sometimes I just don’t understand the outrage. It’s your blog… right? Say whatever you want… plus you have the education to back up what you’re saying :)

Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 3:11 am

If you want a face to face course, rather than distance learning.. check Kurt Schaubetl’s Pacific Institute… he’s in CA, but I don’t know where.

Gretchen L August 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Giselle –
Thank you for your thoughtful analysis! I’ve been looking for this. I signed up as a “consultant” with do terra a few weeks ago, and while I am excited about the possibility of adding essential oils to my wellness protocols, particularly for my children, I am worried about the lack of respect that I see other consultants displaying. The whole “oh, it hurts and you have a terrible rash? That’s just detox” line irks me, and I’m angered by the pushback I get when I question it. Every reference goes back to doterra. I’m glad to hear that I’m not alone in thinking that doterra & YL can’t possibly be the only high quality brands out there!

Shannan August 27, 2013 at 6:38 am

I have been reading the posts and pro’s, con’s, the different opinions and research, but I have a more serious question. Who is behind doTerra? I mean if you research deep enough, which I haven’t thus so far, sometimes you’ll find another company or organization all together in the back ground pulling all the strings. I just find it amazing that doTerra took off so quickly and became as giant as they are without some major special interests.

Sue September 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm

RE: Who is behind doTerra?

“DoTERRA was formed in 2008 by a fired chief operating officer of Young Living, David N. Sterling, and other former executives, top employees and distributors.”

The two companies are currently in a hot legal battle.

Steph August 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm

What is your opinion of Aura Cacia Essential oils and now food essential oils?

Kari August 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

So it’s the company and not the quality of doterra oils that you have an issue with so much – is that correct? In that case, if the doterra oils are a good quality, what is your recomendation for using them. Would you say a 2 or 3% solution is a good general rule for using any high quality oil? Will diluting the doterra oil be as effective if I dilute?

Is it the skin irritation I am trying to avoid by using a carrier oil.
And what are the risks of using oils internally. Is it that they might have contaminates or will the oils harm my insides? Thx.

Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 3:14 am

Kari, the oils are, I would assume, of good quality and should fine diluted safely for topical use. most oils are effective a two to three % dilution. Using more is wasteful, and shows disrespect for the power of the oils. Internal use is generally discouraged, not for ” impurities” but because of the POWER of the oils. one drop of an essential oil would be the therapeutic equivalent of several gallons of herbal tea… and NO herbalist would recommend taking huge quantities of healing herbs.

Monica August 31, 2013 at 4:15 am


I ‘m thankful for being introduced to doterra brand oils because otherwise I would have never come across your website. Thank you so much for your amazing and informative post on essential oils.

I recently purchased some doterra oils from a friend and after infusing them I was impressed, mostly because I was infusing store branded oils before. When I went to do more research about doterra I was bombarded with their marketing and claims about the oils curing disease and cancer. As a health care professional I did more research asking the company for evidence based research to support these claims or for safety data about how they were suggesting to use the oils. They were unable to provide either.

I told them I was interested in taking courses or learning more about essential oils, specifically wanting information about the medicinal chemistry, distribution, metabolism, elimination/pharmacokinetics of the oils that they were suggesting to use neat or internal (since their claims are similar to drug claims and I’m a pharmacist). I thought if their products are safe to use and have miracle results they would for sure want a pharmacist to get educated and promote their use.

Doterra recommended a book “Modern Essentials” which didn’t have any of the molecular structures or any of the other information I had requested. They also recommended I become a sales rep and go to meetings which I did; it made me feel like I was being brainwashed with more marketing and false health claims about ingesting oils with no evidence based science to back it up. I spent 4 years in a pharmacy doctoral program and none of my text/online references or classes were similar to this type of education.

Giselle I’m thankful for your website, I will be following up with several of the books and references that you recommend. It’s funny that doterra doesn’t recommend any references that are of substantive influence on the clinical practice with essential oils.

For the record I’m a clinical pharmacist in western medicine and I have done quite a bit of research in western herbs, non-pharmacological therapy, and Ayurvedic medicine, although currently I am only licensed to practice as a pharmacist. I follow a clean yogi diet and lifestyle and I’m super excited to broaden my knowledge of non-pharmacological therapy with essential oils the correct way, not by listening to a sales pitch. I strongly urge people to avoid companies like doterra and to seek out either professional advice on how to use essential oils or herbal treatments appropriately and safely or to attend the training themselves.

There was a time before strict drug regulations when people would give there child aspirin. I bet moms told each other things like “I’ve been giving little Johnny aspirin for 3 years now and he’s fine, you should give it to you kid for their fever”. Now we know that children can develop Reye’s syndrome which is very serious. The chemical structure of some essential oils prove that they can damage the liver or cross the blood brain barrier and doterra recommends taking these internally. I disagree and when someone makes a claim that they do it and their fine obviously doesn’t understand the risk they are taking.

Rebecca September 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm

You can go to Pubmed.gov type in OnGuard (which is a blended essential oil by doTerra) and H1N1. That is pretty good eveidence.

Giselle Baturay September 23, 2013 at 12:42 am

Rebecca have you tried this yourself? I searched and at least the first page had nothing about doTerra. Please provide direct link to what you mean.

Jenn B January 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Is this what you were looking for?

Giselle Baturay January 16, 2014 at 12:47 am

Oh yes the study from 2010 that doTerra reps love to use often to say that it is *only* with doTerra that the oils can work because they are “certified therapeutic grade” (hopefully by now everyone understands there is no such thing). If anyone else been part of a sales pitch by a rep then it is all very familiar.

The study proved what sooo many studies have proven – essential oils have healing properties. In the study the focus is on essential oils and not on a brand. Please read through the full text. Essential oils were tested on a dog’s kidneys and proven to have healing properties against the flu.

Be not confused – this study does not have anything to do with proper application on humans nor on internal use. Nor is it about doTerra but about the essential oils in a blend.

Essential oils DO have healing properties. It is not unique to doTerra.

Since you seem interested in essential oils here are some more studies on essential oils – there have been hundreds.


For essential oils brands I recommend the ones mentioned in the blog post.

Katie August 31, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Here’s my perception of this topic….nothing more, nothing less. :)

First, you keep repeating a misleading statement: one drop of an oil (such as peppermint) is equal to about 25-30 cups of the herbal tea version. I think where you got confused is that an oil generally can be 75-100 times as potent as the raw plant, but it is not that many cups of the herbal tea preparation.
I am trained in clinical aromatherapist and as an herbalist. I have used many companies over the years, most have been mentioned in the blog/comments.

Currently and for the past couple of years, I have used doTerra; topically, neat, and internally. This new fad of freaking out when someone ingests and oil is silly to me. The fevered pitch reminds me of when antibacterial hand sanitizer first came on the market and people began slathering themselves in it for fear of (gasp!) a single germ or bacteria living within a five mile radius of your body – not realizing until the mass media news reports years later that the human body is (gasp again!) made up of germs and bacteria! Ingesting oils – properly – is not going to cause you to keel over, and it may, used properly, actually help you. And to the comment about ‘you don’t know…it may take years to manifest’….yeah, look at the ingredients of a twinkie, or how about the ‘very safe use’ of saccharin-aspartame-sucralose. In the end, something will get you, but chances are it won’t be that drop of lemon oil in your water.

Are the two MLM oil companies similar? I don’t think so, and I’ve spent considerable time with both:

What turned me off about YL was this undercurrent of the mentality to be sneaky. Doesn’t matter if you aren’t educated or licensed to perform bodywork with oils, doesn’t matter if you aren’t trained and don’t know a hydrosol from an absolute, just tell lots of exaggerated stories, lead people to think an oil will cure their cancer overnight (I heard a long-time YL rep repeat this at a health fair), and get your commission. That was my experience with every single YL person I’ve met. Maybe it is because they were first on the scene and they didn’t correct the message along the way. That was just my experience.

With doTerra, sure I’ve also come across a couple of those types who are money hungry MLMers, BUT they are few and far between AND – most importantly – they are clinically trained and/or highly educated in the field of aromatherapy also, or they immediately refer out and cite people with more experience than they have.

Any MLM company will challenge you as a person and make you uncomfortable because it demands you take an honest look at your relationship with money. I, like many I know, am an active *user* of doTerra, but I choose not to be one of those sales people and make it my life. Am I limiting my potential to become wealthy? Perhaps, but I’m ok with my choice to use them and share if someone asks.

I also use oils from two other companies to round out my supply. But I don’t believe the GC/MS is the be-all-end-all of testing. The instrumentation is archaic, and until we have a system that measures the essence, the frequency, and the vibration of the oils, just knowing the level of monoterpenes, in a single moment in time, for a portion of a batch, from and old system that has many x factors of accuracy just doesn’t do it for me, and worse, it gives a false confidence to those who blindly worship it. I guess like any medical field, there will be those who believe it because the machine or piece of paper tells them so and there will be those who trust their experience and instincts.

I have nothing against anyone creating a system with higher standards where none currently exist, such as CPTG. It’s up to the buyer/user to determine if it is up to their personal standards. Heck, there is a Barista Guild that didn’t exist a few years ago, but now it’s a respected status to be involved with it if that is your field. So what? The fact that someone wants to create a standard and back it up with quality is not a bad thing and it seems oddly desperate that people attack doTerra for this. Every product available in 2013 probably contains some kind of marketing that led you to buy/eat/use it, no?

Most people I’ve met within doTerra have been good-hearted people who believe proper aromatherapy education and research is very important. They have designed an accessible system for people to learn and grow with, and even support their family with if they choose.

My hope is that everyone uses the oils they are comfortable with, and that unless you are directly involved with a company for a considerable amount of time and have experience, you don’t try to tear them down at every turn.

Giselle Baturay September 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Hi, yes 75-100 more potent, thanks for pointing that out!

Please note internal consumption and mindful of what you’re taking in and why and knowing what you are doing is very much not a “fad” or even a new trend. In,fact it’s how natural medicine has always been practiced.

Also as I’ve stated in various places on this blog post and comments, I never wrote that internal use of oils is always a no-no. I wrote that it’s not to be taken lightly. As we all can agree it’s quite potent – nothing that potent should be taken so lightly as these MLMs do. I stand by that.

I’m happy that you’ve met people within DT that you like and have proper knowledge. However, the “education” that is promoted and taught by both MLMs is in many ways incorrect and unethical as well as irresponsible and all for the reason of promoting more sales and adding more accounts. Yes corporations need to make money, it is HOW they make that money that makes it one I support.

Thanks for your thoughts and all others that have posted!

Sammy September 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm

“I have nothing against anyone creating a system with higher standards where none currently exist, such as CPTG. It’s up to the buyer/user to determine if it is up to their personal standards.”

The fact is, they are not out there telling people that this “standard” is basically their own opinion of their own product. It’s like if McDonald’s created a “therapeutic grade” for fast food, applied it to their products, and marketed it as if it were a third party certification. Uninformed people will believe it, and thus… they get away with what is basically puffery.

Any company making any kind of product, who creates their OWN certification, grade, or lingo like that… and then sells it as if it were of the same value as a third party certification, is deceptively marketing. If they were HONEST about this up front, that would be a different issue, but because they have deceptively marketed this “therapeutic grade”, OODLES of uninformed people believe there is such a thing. We now see OTHER companies, calling their product “therapeutic grade” as well. I ask, do those other companies carry the CPTG logo when they sell as a “therapeutic grade” product? NO. But the deception has traveled and permeated the industry to the point where people don’t even know or understand that there is NO certification body actually certifying anyone’s oils as “therapeutic grade”.

As a result. ANY SELLER OF OILS, who advertises their oils as “therapeutic grade” should be DISTRUSTED and not patronized or rewarded with sales. Why? Because they are either using unethical/deceptive marketing tactics, or they do NOT know enough about oils to know that there is no such thing and thus… probably don’t know enough to be doing what they’re doing. BOTH of those scenarios are bad, but because this whole mess was created by YL and doTERRA, it is reasonable for them to be held up as the bad example.

Liesel April 27, 2014 at 12:06 am

Can someone please explain how DT’s testing is different from the CG/MS that I see other companies claiming to do? Is it just that DT does “third party testing” while other companies test for themselves?

Giselle Baturay May 3, 2014 at 7:27 am

Liesel, many other companies do third party company. And even better is that the good ones also show you the test results upon request. DoTerra does not.

Sarah A. September 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I thought you did a great job explaining in this article, the problem is is that there are different schools of aromatherapy. You are coming from the “British” school of aromatherapy, where most “therapeutic” essential oils are based in the “French” school of aroma therapy. This is a great article explaining the two: http://www.theessentialfamily.com/2013/07/31/essential-oils-what-i-wish-i-knew-at-the-start-part-three/ You can see how there would be a misunderstanding when you apply the wrong school to a certain essential oil. Just wanted to clarify. :)

Giselle Baturay September 5, 2013 at 12:08 am

Thanks for your post! I enjoyed your link and wanted to comment on some parts. British aromatherapy is focused on therapeutic essential oils and not as the article link stated “quality to be used as flavorings or perfume grade”.

Regarding grades – there are no grades of oils in the USA, meaning no third party organization that official grades oils. So one needs to look at various “check lists” for lack of better words of what is a good quality oil. I wrote these out at the end of the blog post as a good starting point. It’s not one or two of those things but finding a brand that has as much of these as possible .Also have a list of recommended brands of essential oils for those interested in getting started and/or want recommendations of brands.

I know in the school I attended we did cover French as well and one of the books we read is by a French doctor. It was a well balanced educational approach. It’s interesting the various schools of thought. I prefer, personally, a mix of both British and French. In neither is caution thrown to the wind. I really like this article link below as it’s also a balanced discussion on uses of essential oils.


Sue September 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Schools of thought and the actual practice of aromatherapy are two different issues. It is untrue that the British or American aromatherapist don’t think essential oils are therapeutic? What exactly do you think the profession does with them? Clean toilets? (Although that is what I used my first EO for – lavender – I still think of cleaning toilets when I smell it!!) You are the one who has misunderstood Sarah A. The issue is that the French who may use EOs internally are MEDICAL DOCTORS…not MLM salespeople. They are TRAINED by other medical professionals to diagnose and correctly prescribe the correct EO, in the correct dilution, for the appropriate length of time, for the treatment of a condition they have accurately diagnosed. That is NOT what ANY MLM salesperson is doing…and that practice is not what is being debated.

Sunset CIty September 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm


I am so glad I found this website!!! Thank you! I became suspicious of DT oils when I found the same oils much, much cheaper – at Plant Therapy. I have email both companies asking what is the difference in their oils.

I had also emailed DT about using oregano oil for skin tags and asked how to dilute it. I emailed their “product information” person. The reply I received was “they would not answer my questions”. They referred me to a consultant and some blogs/websites about other people’s experiences. At this point I was concerned. Why could they not tell me how to dilute one of their products and what it could/should or how to use it? Thus the prompt for me to do further research on the whole essential oils thing. I do believe that it will take years, upon years for the side effects of the neat oils to present; just as in smoking, drinking, etc. Moderation is key – and those of you who said DT consultants do not educated their down lines about proper usages (everything from ingesting to using neat) are right on. I do feel like I have wasted money, rather than an investment. This makes me sad. However, after reading this blog, I do feel knowledgeable now.

Thank you so much.

Carrie September 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Thank you for this post! I am new to essential oils and my Young Living kit just arrived in the mail. I’m feeling like an idiot now for not doing more research before ordering. I will be doing more research and more careful ordering from now on.

heather February 1, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Hi! So glad I found this discussion… Only wish I had seen it sooner. I too got sucked into purchasing a kit with doterra… It was expensive to begin with & then the sales rep never told me the fine print. Shame on me. I’m trying to consider myself lucky by having to pay shipping twice to send the stuff back (after much misinformation from them) & not have them get another dime of our money. Of course, they have my ss & payment info & like to set up automatic orders & yes, I am livid! Now, I am very nervous about using eo’s & have to start from scratch & try to forget the nonsense the rep said in her sales pitch (when I thought it was just going to be info). Argggh! Thanks again for caring people who are not out to make a buck!

Heather September 6, 2013 at 12:36 am

Great info on so many levels thank you. I’ve scrolled through and didn’t see a link to which essential oil company / website you do think is creating the best quality EOs. I was gifted a sample kit of DoTerra (lemon, peppermint and lavender). I wanted to inhale the lavender, but learned quickly that I can’t get it anywhere near my skin (neat at least) without getting a burn/rash.
But I’ve really enjoyed adding a drop of one or both of the lemon & peppermint to my water. Been doing it for a few months now and have really loved it. No negative impacts and feels like it has helped me be able to add a little sugar back into my diet without putting my candida out of balance (which happens chronically for me).
But I totally hear what you are saying in this post and want to educate myself and get the best products and use them in beneficial/safe ways.
Thank you for any links you can offer.

Heather September 6, 2013 at 12:38 am

just found your link!

Mia September 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I am also doing research and I am a newbie to the EO world. I am perplexed about the big debate of topical versus internal application of the OEs. The skin is the largest organ and a very efficient drug delivery system. Anything placed on your skin will be internal very quickly. Giselle what are your thoughts?

Giselle Baturay September 8, 2013 at 7:07 am

Mia, such a good question thank you! Yes taking ingestion orally or putting an oil on your skin both will end up in your blood stream. However how they get there is different. For example oral goes through your throat and your stomach. Also, proportional amount of the oil that you receive is higher when taking it orally.

Alyssa September 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Hello, thank you for your article…as I just spent almost $200 on Young Living EO’s. I have been reading and reading through your comments trying to find a website you would recommend for oils but I have only been able to find the things to look for in companies when looking for EO’s…but are there any websites you could actually recommend to me? Thank you!

Also, do you have any more information on becoming an aromatherapist?

Giselle Baturay September 8, 2013 at 6:53 am

Alyssa, I recommend this program ~ http://floramedica.aroma-rn.com/

Judy January 30, 2014 at 2:58 pm

FWIW-I just tried the above floramedica link and it was blocked by my security software because of the presence of a trojan.

Giselle Baturay January 31, 2014 at 1:10 am

Judy, I’ll let the school know…it works for me but I’ll give them a heads up.

concerned reader November 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

This is what i am personally most frustrated with as newbie in the EO world. And i will start by saying this isn’t the first article that has left me feeling this way. Nor am i saying it’s a bad article, it’s very thought provoking and i think that’s important. The article and comments offers a lot of great advice but also points out a huge gap in the EO world of online information that could use a more solid bridge. This article and the comments i feel leave people feeling deflated! Just like yourself Alyssa you have purchased oils and probably at the time felt good about that purchase. But now after reading you are clearly not happy. And now you are left wondering where to go like everybody else. There is lot’s of talk about who not to go with, everyone has their experience. And when someone does suggest a company, there is someone else stating why they don’t agree! This is why i feel most people reading this are actually feeling less empowered! The question is who can you trust? And when i read articles on aromatherapy from certified professionals most are very broad, as in general this is accepted practice but when there are so many kinds of oils out there to purchase, even playing it super safe, this can still be very misleading. So i would actually like more information from professionals about specific oil companies because the quality of the product changes the game!!!!!!!!
And i ask Alyssa, have you used the information you learned about what to look for in a company selling EO’s against Young Living? And how does it honestly match up? It’s the same with any company it doesn’t matter if it’s mlm or not. In my personal opinion YL hits most of the check marks. The main one it does not is being a small scale vs large scale company. But interesting enough when you read about the small scale they can’t afford to do consistent testing as it’s expensive and neither can the people purchasing it! So in my opinion working with a large scale company isn’t all bad! If you have already purchased YL then trial it yourself. And i don’t see anything in this blog or the comments stating anything really negative about the quality of YL, just things about being an mlm, and some of the stuff they say about usage. So my suggestion to you is use the information you have learned about “how to use EO’s” and put those to the test with YL, and see what happens. Because most of the arguments in this article are more about the “how”, and not the “where”. I think both are important. And i believe in my personal opinion YL is a good choice for the :where”, and now just put your new knowledge of the “how” to work with your YL oils. If after some time you are not happy then try a different company. Or if you end up being completely satisfied, well now you know for your self, and you will be able to rest easy on the topic. I ask what’s wrong with that? And of course keep educating yourself. Then the result will be you have a good quality product, that you have personally researched and are using it responsibly-perfect scenario is it not? And isn’t that the whole point, find a quality product that you feel good about and use it responsibly! Just my two cents. Thanks for sharing everyone, and if nothing else being proactive about your health. :)

Giselle Baturay November 19, 2013 at 12:56 am

Thanks for posting your concerns. I’ve read a few responses saying similar – not enough on using essential oils that isn’t coming from someone trying to sale you their oil or sign you up to become a rep under them. Ok, I hear you and others! I’m motivated to start more blog posts about simple ways to use essential oils.

I also wanted to direct you and others to this amazing free online class on essential oils (very very informative): http://www.aromahead.com/class/introduction-to-essential-oils

Penelope December 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

concerned reader,

Your comments “This article and the comments i feel leave people feeling deflated!” and “There is lot’s of talk about who not to go with, everyone has their experience. And when someone does suggest a company, there is someone else stating why they don’t agree! This is why i feel most people reading this are actually feeling less empowered! The question is who can you trust?” hit the nail on the head for me! I am feeling VERY discouraged about all of this!!! :( I am very new to EO. I went to a DT class on the 17th of December, but on the way home my girlfriends and I were talking about how powerful these oils are and how the consultant(s) may not have the proper training needed when suggesting how to use them. Then I remembered some comments (positive) I had seen on Facebook about YL. So I started looking into the difference between YL and DT. From what I have learned so far it seems that YL is a better company. Now after readin through about half of the comments on this one post, I’m not so sure I should order EO through YL.

I’m really discouraged right now!! I have 3 young boys and spending hours and hours and hours reading up on which EO brand/company is best is not something I have a lot of time for….although I desire to learn….time isn’t on my side in this season of life. I want to make the best purchase I can and not find out a few weeks from now that I wasted my money by buying EO from a company that doesn’t sell the pure/good quality oil. I am scared to death now to use EO internally. So my plan is just to use them in a disfuser and topically. I see you sell Aromatics International in your “shop” so honestly, I’m not even 100% sure that your opinion of them isn’t bias. SIgh.

Giselle Baturay December 29, 2013 at 1:18 am

Hi Penelope ~ be not discouraged ~ instead take this as a stepping stone to more learning. I highly recommend starting here:

A free online class on essential oils (very very informative): http://www.aromahead.com/class/introduction-to-essential-oils

And for books I’ve found Valerie Worwood’s books to be great for uses of essential oils. I’ve also listed other books at the bottom of the blog post.

I hope that the fact that I’ve recommend and referenced various other essential oil brand many times besides the one I carry at my store is enough to let you know that this very much not about me trying to sell a particular brand. :)

Sue Apito September 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Just today I read a doTerra salesperson [who calls herself an Essential Oil Expert] recommending Peppermint EO with no safety information at all. I posted the following from the NAHA Facebook page – and the posts were promptly removed.

NAHA has added the following information with regards to:Potential Drug Interactions and Peppermint Essential Oils **If you go NAHA’s site you will find appropriate links to support this information as well as a link to understand CYP3A4 isoenzyme. http://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/most-commonly-used-essential-oils/

Your post is right on target and I hope you don’t mind if I link to it from a recent article I just wrote about reporting the above company to the FDA!

Giselle Baturay September 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Perfect example! Thanks for sharing and for the link.

Jennifer T September 15, 2013 at 6:35 am

Thank you so much for this article and I completely agree! I was horrified to read of someone giving their baby peppermint oil to injest! I’m not sure if this has been mentioned in the comments, but here is a link I was made aware of from a former Doterra rep. Thank you so much again for sharing this!


Caser September 18, 2013 at 6:46 am

Hi just wondering if anyone has tried or heard reviews on Edens Garden essential oils ? If you can email me and let me know please thank you . Caser12@icloud.com

Mo September 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Thank you so much for posting! I really appreciate your braveness and your time to make the effort to educate people on choosing the right essential oil and the right way to use them.
I recently went to one of the doTerra “lesson.” I did not go it was all about their products and truly thought it is a lesson to know more about aromatherapy. Everything they said seemed make sense until they said they said they have CPTG and this is the highest standard in the industry. I am not a aromatherapist but I have BSc in medical biochemistry. Lot of the “reasons” the rep said just can’t convince me.
Thank you for recommend some of the companies that can be trust. I would also like to see if you mind to suggest any company from Europe and Canada.
Also, I heard a company Escents http://www.escentsaromatherapy.com
Do you think this is good?

aubrey September 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

this is not true regarding Doterra. I believe you need to do more research.

Giselle Baturay September 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Aubrey, all the information, resources are all linked and provided. This isn’t a matter of “opinion”. I encourage you to research what was provided to you on this blog post.

Kelly September 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Thank you so much for the information! I was at a class related to aromatherapy recently. There happened to be a YL rep there with all these crazy stories about people being instantly cured of an ailment sometimes even just with a wiff of YL oils! One of the things that struck me was that this lady was sick and coughing, overweight, and not the picture of health. Everyone there seemed to be on the Young Living band wagon- almost with a cult-like devotion, but I was just getting a really bad vibe about the validity of it all. Thank goodness I did my research today, this blog being only one source. I feel much better and am glad I trusted my intuition telling me to beware.

Moonbeams and Eco-Dreams September 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I enjoyed this article and will be pinning it later in my essential oils safety category. The points you’ve made are the conclusions I’ve come to as a newbie doing research. Thanks for the tips on companies you consider good. I will look into them. Have you ever tried Nature’s Gift? I’m intrigued by them as a company because the do some EcoCert and Fair Trade oils, but I don’t know anyone who has tried them. I’m going to order some samples soon and see if I like them.

Sue September 27, 2013 at 12:51 am

Nature’s Gift is an excellent company run by a well known leader in the aromatherapy community. Marge Clark has been in the aromatherapy industry since the 90′s and is a regular participant at aromatherapy conferences and is a regular contributor to professional aromatherapy publications. Pretty much everyone “in” the industry knows Marge!

Hayley Templet September 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I read all your information about doTerra and I am grateful for the insight. I plan to use Auracacia oils and use them with a carrier oil. One thing I was interested in was doTerra’s “On Guard toothpaste”. It is a blend of essential oils mixed in with other stuff to create a “natural toothpaste” that also has the benefits of antibacterial properties to help with immune support.

Would you see this being a concern regarding ingestion of essential oils?

Kimber September 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I think cautioning people is good! I don’t sell any oils .. I buy from doTerra, star West, as well as have family members who distill their own oil! I don’t believe the FDA always has people’s best health at heart so I fin you sighting them rarer funny! I have rarely used oils internally unless I was facing a serious crisis in need of serious medicine … I personally use peppermint oil and lavender topically and undiluted with no issues. Those with sensitive skin should always be wary and careful. This article came across as an attack on a couple I companies… I disliked that … I think it’s important that consumers be educated and aware but there’s a fine line between educating and bashing and seems like it got crossed. I hold no emotional attachment to the companies and for my own health have found much you said to be contradictory on what we have found in our household. Respectfully, Kimber

Cristina September 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

As someone who loves essential oils, cares to use the highest grade I can possibly find and an avid student and reader of aromatherapy I am very disappointed on the lack of understanding of MLM and judgment shown on many posts here.
If you compare apples to apples, I’m talking about same oil quality and same bottle size, the prices are very similar if not better from the MLM. I know this because I buy my oils from many sources.
The MLM Instead of paying out to advertisers, they pay out their consultants. They provide the means for someone to have a home based business without the need for an upfront cash layout.
I went to look at the prices at Floramedica and some of the oils were way pricier than what I have paid for at an ML company.
If you seriously look at the business model of this country, you will realize that every company is an ML marketer of some sort. When the CEO gets a bonus for the sales accomplished for year, what do you call that? So people, get over it.

As far as the pushy consultants with no formal education, all I want to say is that we are looking at the human race. We find greed at every professional/personal level! This is not an attribute reserved to ML consultants.

Buy your oils from companies or consultants you feel, at a gut level, you can trust, would like to do business with and value what they have to offer. Invest in education, be informed and listen to your intuition. Do this in every aspect of your life, not just with EO. Be smart…you can’t get quality, therapeutic Lavender for $10.00. Use common sense. Happy oiling to everyone!

Giselle Baturay September 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Hi I will copy paste what I’ve written already regarding MLM and this post-

This isn’t about MLMs and if they are evil or good. This is about ethics in educating the general public about the proper and safety in using of essential oils and how doTerra and Young Living both fail in doing so. Please see the references and resources quoted above as it doesn’t come from me as it does from aromatherapy leaders and organizations. A sales rep hoping to sell you more oils by generally recommending internal use of essential oils to the general public is doing so irresponsibly.

Paul Masi September 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

Well said! I would much rather work for dōTERRA than a corporation that views me as replaceable. DōTERRA will pay anyone regardless of age, race, gender and creed.

Elizabeth September 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

What oils do u recommend I can’t find if in here ? And thanks for all the information on the oils . Liz

Giselle Baturay September 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Please see link under the first “Update” on the blog post. There is a good link in that article.

Mari September 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Very informative. The public needs to know these things, Thank you for saying the truth. I’ve had dealings with them and was kind of startled at their lack of knowledge as far as ingesting them.

Carol September 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I have friends who are in YL, and they only refer to studies or articles that support their position. If you try to refer them to studies conducted by medical professionals, they discount them as being part of “big pharma” and dismiss them as being unworthy of their notice. I had a bad experience with a “Raindrop,” got really sick from it, decided I wanted nothing more to do with EOs. But if EOs are truly valid therapies I don’t want to pass them up. Any advice for me?

Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 3:23 am

Carol, the oils are effective, in much lower “doses” than the various MLM’s will recommend. There are some really good introductory books out there, not allied with any suppliers… you might check Amazon.com for Roberta Wilson, Valerie Cooksley, Mindy Green , Colleen K. Dodt, either Robert Tisserand or Maggie Tisserand… those are just for starters. re your bad experience with Raindrop. One of the leaders of the Aromatheray community, Sylla Shephard-Hanger, of the Atlantic Institute has started collecting adverse experiences with the oils (especially when used unsafely.) Since YL denies that there have ever been bad experiences, it is important that data be collected. Would you be willing to share your experience here:

thank you!!!

Amber September 26, 2013 at 12:14 am

Hi Giselle, I’m going to look through your entry at the resources once again, but my question is more about how I can become a certified Aromatherapist — I know that the in the UK it’s regulated and there are certifications you can get/education you need to have to do it – but I was wondering what there is available in the US – is there any programs that offer online classes (I’m a stay at home mom and we can’t up and move to Arizona — I know there is Naturopathic Medicine school out there– so I can attend ‘in classroom’) Please say there is…

Giselle Baturay September 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

Hi Amber, great question! I recommend two (and both can be done from your home) –



Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 3:27 am

Other online/distance courses. I have had various members of our staff take all three of these and have been impressed by all of them:

The Atlantic Institute, mentioned earlier: http://atlanticinstitute.com

The West Coast Institntue of Aromatherapy.. Beverley Hawkins http://www.westcoastaromatherapy.com

and, the ‘other” aromatherapy RN… The institute of Integrative Aromatherapy has two instructors… Valerie Cooksley, referenced above, and Laraine Kyle Pounds, who was my admin assistants instructor. http://www.aroma-rn.com/

I have first hand experience with all three of these and recommend them highly.

Alyssa September 26, 2013 at 2:46 am

Carol, may I ask how the ‘Raindrop’ made you sick? Thanks

Ms. Jackson September 26, 2013 at 3:33 am

Okay the person who posted about their baby licking the frankincense dropper has to be out of their mind. Truly frightening stuff.

Leigh September 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I am curious as to what the names of the 2 major aromatherapy organizations are.
Great post by the way, things have I have been saying for years!

Giselle Baturay September 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Leigh ~ the two quoted on the blog post.

Marge Clark September 27, 2013 at 3:28 am

NAHA National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and AIA Alliance of International Aromatherapy…

Kimra September 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I know you say that you don’t use any essential oils from network marketing companies, but have you looked into Essante Organics’ essential oils. Essante Organics’ essential oils are USDA certified organic and not diluted with anything. I have a friend who is in this company who has been an aromatherapist for over 25 years, studied in France, and who teaches aromatherapy classes. She said she would never be part of any other company because Essante’s essential oils are the only truly pure ones she has found, that are connected with an income opportunity. Anyway, just thought I would share. Visit http://essanteorganics.com/kimra and visit the products section to have a look at the essential oils.

Martha September 27, 2013 at 6:35 am

Giselle is brave to address this issue, and has stuck to her guns and referenced, referenced, referenced. Thank you for posting this article. The comments are daunting and many, but I am glad I took the time to go through them. I too was getting ready to buy into YL or DT, but divine intervention held me back and then I found this post. Thank God!

Also, for people who tote that the FDA has approved this or sad that, bah! If I see FDA approved, I run the other way. They are in bed with Monsanto. Wake up, people!

I supposed that Wyndmere is junk. Giselle, any thoughts on them? I am also new to this whole EO thing, but I never would have considered ingesting them. I am lucky enough to buy my stuff from a local mom and pop, and she told me not to ingest. She also got me onto Cell Salts…but I digress.

Again, thanks!

Giselle Baturay September 30, 2013 at 7:38 am

Thanks Martha, I would personally go with the other oils mentioned in the link under the Update. :)

Paul Masi September 27, 2013 at 7:28 am

I am truly baffled by all of this. My experience with döTERRA has been absolutely profound. I have personally heard hundreds of success stories. These oils changed my family’s lives. My wife, mother, father, sister and aunt are now distributing dōTERRA because of the amazing benefits. I have no problems putting undiluted oils on my 3 year old. She never slept well until we got the lavender. Now we don’t ever forget to put it on her at night. I also have noticed a huge increase in dreams since I’ve been using lavender. It seems I’m actually having restful nights. My back pain is gone, my wife’s allergies have disappeared, my mothers macular degeneration has improved and my sister has no stomach pain anymore. My mother is a hospice director and her team uses and distributes dōTERRA now.

Certified pure therapeutic grade oils are not some marketing gimmick. Three different third party testers put each batch of oils through 8 tests to ensure purity and therapeutic value. They do this because there is no regulation by the FDA and other companies were scamming their customers. With third party testers, there is no fudging. The leaders of this business truly want to have the best product and this is why some of them left Young Living. in order for an oil to be called 100% pure essential oil it only needs to have just one single drop of the essential oil. The rest can be filler. This is why a standard needed to be created. The FDA will never regulate essential oils. To understand why, you need to understand that there are so many uses for essential oils and because of this there is a challenge.

I received my first check from dōTERRA in the second week of sharing the oils. I was skeptical at first because it is a network marketing company but now I understand that dōTERRA leaders are just really smart. They know their product is perfection and that it sells itself. Word of mouth is really the best way to sell a product like this. Why spend so much money on advertising when you can spend it on compensating people? Therefore, dōTERRA has created jobs, improved lives, created a standard for the essential oil industry and holds a 65% retention rate for those who are in the business. I’d say that is as impressive as it gets.

As I said, I was once a skeptic…but it only took one week to change that. That is how powerfully pure these essential oils from dōTERRA truly are. Your reaction to peppermint is very uncommon. For the most part, side effects just don’t occur. There are always exceptions to the rule. I recommend everyone replace their medicine cabinet with a family physician kit as soon as possible. DōTERRA is blowing up right now and now is the time to get involved!


Paul Masi September 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

Oh, and it was stated by another person but the reason that companies say not to ingest essential oils is because they are not 100% essential oils, doTERRA does not have this problem so you can take them Internally. Remember, they come from plants, bark, roots, stems, trees, flowers, and leaves…they should be able to be taken internally.

Giselle Baturay September 27, 2013 at 7:46 am

Paul, I can understand that DT has provided a form of income for your family and it seems to be a work you are passionate about. However, with the last sentence you wrote, you are proving exactly what I wrote about in this blog post. Once again DT has provided a sales rep with inadequate and incorrect information. It’s incorrect that since essential oils come from (as you wrote) “plants, bark, roots, stems, trees, flowers, and leaves…they should be able to be taken internally.” It’s truly just not as simplistic as you wrote. I recommend reading more on essential oils OUTSIDE of DT as it’s so important to provide correct information to others regarding the usage of essential oils.

Darlanne October 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Paul, while I also love Doterra oils (though not exclusively), you do realize that there are many actual poisonous plants out there right? Just because something is natural and pure does not mean it’s safe, and especially to ingest/digest. I hope this is not what DT IS teaching, this “blanket statement” that all plants, leaves, flowers etc are safe to eat and drink. I have not yet begun any Doterra training, and while I do love their oils, after reading so many generalizations in the comments here, that go against even just common sense, I am not sure I will be looking to Doterra for any of my learning about EOs. LOVE the quality of their oils, I really do, compared to others. But I think I will be taking my newfound passion about essential oils in another educational direction.

Thanks Giselle for your info, insight and time. I think you are doing a good thing here, filling in the blanks and correcting the misinformation out there. What I would love to see happen, is for Doterra to feel the heat enough to change their approach to training their consultants. Their products are great. Their level of teaching EO safety is a big FAIL.

Tamara April 20, 2014 at 6:34 am

Paul – I was willing to give you some “personal antidote” credibility and then you had to blow it by adding that EOs come from plants, barks, etc. so you can take them internally.
Himalayan poppy is a plant..you take the unadulterated distillation from it and you are one dead puppy.

Look it up.

Marie September 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I agree with the blog author. The people who are marketing and holding ‘classes’ are not trained at all, and I think there is some danger to that. I just joined DoTerra because I do think their oils are better than some others I have (though maybe not worth the price). But what is annoying is I was pregnant a few months ago and I was in a “class” for DoTerra and the girl put peppermint on me. Luckily I was TRYING to go into labor at 41 weeks because peppermint can cause preterm labor. She didn’t even know that, I had to tell her! Incredible. In the end though, every person is responsible for their own body and if someone holds a ‘class’ on oils who is a local schoolteacher, obviously you need to be cautious what you use from their recommendation.

Darlanne October 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Marie it sounds like you and I share similar opinions, both having recently joined Doterra. That is appalling to hear your health and that of your unborn child could have been put at risk by a consultant/”expert”. My daughter went through a high risk pregnancy, sky rocketing blood pressure, and was hospitalized many times throughout. I was so careful to not have certain oils even in the same room as her. And yet I had one consultant actually suggest Clary Sage, for lowering my daughter’s blood pressure. Even in my newbie stage, I did enough research to know Clary Sage is not safe for pregnant woman, but is actually used at the end of a pregnancy, to help bring on labor. This one single incident cautioned me away from taking the word of any DT Consultant, sadly.

I have thought about selling DT (I honestly only signed up for the oils), but I don’t see how I could do that for a company who’s ethics I am not respecting.

Sue September 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

There are so many posts and replies here – I don’t want any readers to miss this…

“…the more I used the oils, the more I started to notice an internal itching that just wouldn’t go away. Literally, the itching was inside me. And then, I started to get tiny, itchy, blistery bumps on the outside of my fingers and hands. The final straw was when I took some oils internally and my intestines became so inflamed that they swelled, and I looked like I had suddenly gained a lot of weight in my midsection. I had to take anti-inflammatory medication to bring the swelling down.”

Read more: http://naturesgiftaromatherapy.blogspot.com/2013/04/adverse-reactions-dangerous-methods.html#ixzz2g72WBANp

Anna September 28, 2013 at 7:38 am

just so you know…i joined doterra about a year ago without thinking about its MLM format. i heard great things about oils, and it was my first (and still only) contact with that world. but i hate MLM. and once i kind of felt it set in…i started looking around to see if i could get what i wanted out of it: learning how to self treat with essential oils…because i do believe in their healing properties…i found your blog. and i want you to know, its taken a LOT to make me cancel my membership and work harder at finding facts. so thank you for writing this. all the comments and this post really confirmed to my heart what its been feeling is probably not unfounded.

Giselle Baturay October 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Anna glad it helped! There are really excellent essential oils available. Keep on researching and get to know them ~ the Update link above is a good place to start. :)

Jen September 30, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I *just* ordered a copy of Aromatherapy for the Health Child, based on your recommendation – thanks! My 7 year old son has a heart defect and has had numerous surgeries. He usually ends up with a runny nose and cough most of the school year, so I have been looking into using EOs for him and the rest of the family. Since I don’t have my copy of the book yet, could you let me know if they touch on using them for children with medical conditions. If not, could you recommend another source for me to do my research? I’m not planning to take him off of his heart medications, but would like to help his immunity, without interfering with what he needs to take for his heart. Thanks!

Giselle Baturay September 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Hi Jen, I’m so glad you ordered it. You’ll also find ways to use it to just offer also comfort for him emotionally in addition to all the loving you also provide. I like using eucalyptus radiata and niaouli for my kids for respiratory illnesses. If/when he’s on medication, you’ll just want to avoid any oils that do the same as what his medications do. You also want to look into any contraindications. This book doesn’t go into heart medical conditions but he’s a child and so you’ll be able to reference the book for a lot of other uses. Her other book – The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy goes more into medical conditions though not too deeply – I should say it touches on a couple of heart topics.

Jennifer Graham October 1, 2013 at 7:19 am

Giselle are you a certified aroma therapist or do you have some other education in this field to qualify you as an expert?

Giselle Baturay October 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

Jennifer ~ taught by experts but not an expert however I live aromatherapy and truly love it. Here’s my schooling ~ Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy as well as lots of research/studying from those that are truly experts.

Rhae October 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I absolutely think dilution is best on a regular basis especially with children. ANY age can use them it is all about the dilution ratio :) No you don’t have to use these oils everyday but when you have a chronic condition, allergies, asthma etc or come up with a life threatening illness (MRSA, west Nile etc) ingesting them could be a life saving method opposed to thousands of $ on hospitals bills & possibly death.

DoTERRA clearly states you do not have to ingest them, on EVERY bottle it’s states whether its safe to ingest, use topically or diffuse aromatically. That’s why at the “classes” there are 3 ways that are taught to get the benefits of these potent oils. I always advocate safety first & add a safety protocol in my classes. Personally my daughter having croup, I diluted the breathe, eucalyptus & frank I put on her chest & back & one drop of oregano/thyme on her feet. (Specific to “hot oils” I can’t stress enough for kids only on the bottom of their feet diluted & in an illness not on a regular basis, which is actually stated on the protocol for DoTERRA not to use those antibiotic property oils for a long period of time, (research & read up & you can be well informed). Her barky cough was gone in 3 hours & green snotty nose in 2 applications.

Is there an effect minuscule or major for everything we put in our bodies or skin whether its environmental (household cleaning products, bleach, chemically based detergent) topically (chemically infused body wash, shampoo, beauty products), ingesting (pharmaceutical drugs, a Big Mac, coke etc)? Absolutely YES!! However, using CPTG which is a step above the supposed therapeutic grade FDA regulated “other cheaper” essential oil options is going above & beyond multiple testing to be sure that the recommended oils to ingest have no fillers, chemicals, additives & are not synthetic or altered in any way (chemically). This is a standard that doterra & no other essential oil company has made the effort to create.

I totally agree you should ALWAYS do your research, blogs like these are just those who have too much time on their hands & use scare tactics for those who are partial to one brand or another OR do not want to “buy the price difference” well, guess what “you get what you pay for”. I have MANY chiropractors (who go through medical training) that highly recommend essential oils for children. I have never seen ANY article where anyone overdosed or died using essential oils even before any of these companies were around, since essential oils have been around since the beginning of time. (Frankincense & Myrrh given to baby Jesus)

However, I have heard of those who perish from pharmaceutical drugs (4th leading cause of death in the US) I personally make no effort to bash any other company just bc the quality & rigorous testing that goes into these oils speak for themselves. I would not recommend to ingest manufactured over the counter essential oils from health food stores as they can make you sick & can have adverse effects from the fillers & synthetics in them. I really encourage anyone to research & attend an informational class (free webinar classes) before deciding this is the all natural alternative way to treat your family. I am glad we made that leap & wouldn’t go back to chemically based toxic-bandaid pills for a minute.

Giselle Baturay October 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Rhae, so much of what you wrote has already been covered in the responses and blog comments and a lot of what you wrote is wrong. But basically ” CPTG” is not a “standard” it is trademark (basically they purchased the right to use the terms it means just that a marketing term it’s NOT an actual standard). FDA does not regulate the qualities of essential oils. “Therapeutic Grade” is not regulated. Just because you haven’t “heard or seen” an overdose of essential oils is just that — that you don’t know that it has happened. But yes there’s been accidental overdose of essential oils. And once again (I’ve repeated this quite a few times) — this isn’t about “use essential oils or use pharmaceuticals” and each time this is posted it’s by a DT rep so I’m thinking it’s part of how you are all taught to teach your classes. This is about providing correct information on using essential oils and that companies like DT and YL do not do so. Please do your research OUTSIDE of DT.

Rhae October 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

If you know how to read, you can be informed. DoTERRA actually has online protocols that inform those who wish to use EOs of the recommended protocols available to the general public. If you do not take the time to read them or follow advice & not take the word of an IPC isn’t part of the issue the consumer? Be educated & do your research, the oil companies recommended in this blog are no better than doterras rigorous testing they do on every batch. No I am not being paid by them either, just a satisfied researched user.

Giselle Baturay October 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Rhae, DT “protocols” are incorrect in the usage of oils. Please see blog post for reference and also the many comments made with additional resources. I encourage to research OUTSIDE of DT.

Kathy October 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

If Essential Oils are so dangerous, why are Hospitals and Children’s cancer centers using them to heal?
hmmm. BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE and DO YOUR HOMEWORK! I have a variety of essential oils. They work. Helped me through chronic lyme. Too many ppl on here are attacking eachother. Realize, people that it is uneducation. Educate youself so you know what you are talking about. Essental oils come from plants-or should. See the company and the process not just old posts about the person.
Our family is holistic and chemical free. NOt all oils are created equal.
~Natural Healthcare and Relaxation Therapist

Giselle Baturay October 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Kathy, I’m surprised that as a “Natural Healthcare and Relaxation Therapist” all you got out of the blog post was that essential oils are dangerous. Please read it again as that’s not what it is about. It’s about the correct usage of essential oils and how companies like DT and YL do not provide proper education on the usage of oils to the general public. Again please read again as you entirely missed the point.

Debbie October 3, 2013 at 8:01 am

I have been reading your the blog and wonder what you think about mountian rose essential oils?

Crysta October 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I would like to know this, too.

Giselle Baturay October 4, 2013 at 1:59 am

Debbie I love Mountain Rose Herbs and order my herbs there and have used their oils. However I use their oils for making bath and body products and household products as well as for diffusing when diffusing for emotional benefits but for medicinal I use Aromatics International.

Crysta October 4, 2013 at 3:52 am


Giselle Baturay October 4, 2013 at 4:04 am

Just based on personally having tried both and found AR to be better quality however you could always try MR oils for medicinal and see what you think.

Crysta October 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Thanks so much for this information. I agree completely that EO’s should not be taken internally. I do have one question though, I’ve seen that Clove oil diluted in a carrier oil is beneficial for teething pain in babies and toddlers if rubbed on the gums. I haven’t tried this, but am very curious to hear if you believe this is safe or not. Thanks!

Shannon October 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I have used the NOW brand and so has my mother for years! We never use them internally. I have had great results and they are a fraction of the price of other brands. You can make your own “On Guard” type mixes, by just mixing certain oils. I highly recommend going to an old book store and finding old aromatherapy books. It seems the older books don’t push specific brands or internal use and they give lots of great “recipes” for mixes based on what ails you. They even sell that brand at some Walgreens and all GNC’s, so they are super easy to find. I love to mix with coconut oil when I put them on my 4 year old and anyone that has not used oils before. They do not make “Melissa Oil”, aka Lemon Balm oil, so if anyone can recommend a good brand for that, I would really appreciate it.

Giselle Baturay October 4, 2013 at 1:57 am

Aromatics International has Lemon Balm.

keala October 4, 2013 at 1:04 am


do you know the brand of the peppermint essential oil the man was using daily for five years? Did he have any other health problems?

Giselle Baturay October 4, 2013 at 1:55 am

No the brand was not listed and no he didn’t have other medical problems listed.

keala October 4, 2013 at 1:41 am


you are well educated in holistic healing and many of your references are too.

Don’t you think that instead of speaking out against Doterra and Young living, we should be concentrating on the bigger problem of the world. Yes they do claim you can ingest their oils. However no matter what a company claims it is always up to an individual to do their own homework and research. So why are you so fixated on bashing these two companies for that reason. It is a personal choice.

Our pharmaceutical drug industry is the real killer here. With facts such as 7,400 americans killed per year because of medication errors, or 12,000 killed from unnecessary surgery, or 20,000 killed from other preventable errors in hospitals, or 80,000 killed from hospital borne infections, or 106,000 killed from adverse drug effects.

Those who represent Doterra or Young living or whatever else essential oil company. They are on your side.

It sounds to me that the argument here on your posting is simply the use of essential oils. Which is extremely important but not as vital as the lives we are losing because to the pharmaceutical drug industry.

Giselle Baturay October 4, 2013 at 1:54 am

Keala, almost every rep has wanted to make this blog post about DT and YL vs pharmaceuticals. It’s simply not about that so quite a different topic. Pasting here what I have responded to others –

It’s about the correct usage of essential oils and how companies like DT and YL do not provide proper education on the usage of oils to the general public. Again please read again as you entirely missed the point.

Andrea LMT October 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Many other countries Certify Aromatherapists which consist of many, many, hours of training. The US does not have any Aromatherapy Board that over sees use of essential oils. Anyone can use essential oils this is why LY and DT can market the use of these oils in the manor that they do. A certified Aromatherapist will not ever tell you to ingest an essential oil and the only ones you can use neat are Lavender and Tea Tree oil. Skin patch test are recommended for all oils if you think you or a client might have an allergy. The high concentration of oil is the issue of ingestion. 1 drop is very potent and 2 drops extremely potent… It can be very difficult for the Liver & Kidneys to clear. People who claim to have never had any problems, do not understand the strain & stress they are putting on themselves and child’s Liver & Kidneys. If you know of any organizations for Aromatherapy that over see Aromatherapists in the US please post the info. It concerns me that DT & YL “consultants” are “training” people on the use of their oils. I would be very surprised if any of them had taken actual aromatherapy classes at certified schools to understand how phenols and ketones effect the body.

Shelley October 6, 2013 at 12:24 am

Hi Giselle
I am so glad i found this blog. I started using Now essential oils and also a couple bottles of Aura Cacia. This is what is readily available for me. I was thinking about another source but wanted your opinion on these 2 companies.
I too am appalled at these people on how they just throw these oils on their kids. I got into using oils to help my family benefit and as a responsible adult, i am researching them in depth to make sure I don’t harm myself or my family in the process. I pray your children don’t end up on a donor list. But i can safely say my won’t.:)

Kriss, RN October 6, 2013 at 4:49 am

Just an FYI–Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D., Founder of the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, was onstage together with Gary Young, ND at the 2009 Young Living Convention. I was there. It was an amazing presentation of them together!

Griff October 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

You’ve done all of your research based on crappy, chemical loaded oils. You recommend herbs, but what you don’t understand is it’s the OIL in the herb that is making a difference. The high quality of the plants from which the oils are harvested alone make recommended herbs from who knows where, grown in who knows what condition look pathetic. You are sadly missing out on some of the best gifts the earth had to offer. A potency of the medicine from which you so often recommend. Sorry, but I’m really disappointed on your lack of information and ignorance on this subject.

Giselle Baturay October 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Griff, it appears you didn’t read the blog post at all since I do use both herbs AND essential oils as an Aromatherapist/Herbalist. Not really sure how to respond to your post since it is irrelevant to what was written. However please be a little more respectful of nature’s gifts to us, which includes herbs. Your post was almost not approved so if responding be mindful of your words. You may disagree but disrespect and rudeness are not welcomed.

Glenna Rizzo October 7, 2013 at 12:43 am

Wow, I have been on quite a journey in regards to essential oils and it all started with a DoTerra presentation. I have been using the products for over two years. I have put 2-3 drops of Frankincense on my face neat daily and I have put 2-3 drops of serenity on my third eye nightly. I have used peppermint neat as well as in water and tea, and the same with lemon, slim and sassy, etc. I believe that I have way overused the oils. I wake up each morning puffy and ‘waterlogged’. I’ve been upping the amount of oils hoping to cure this problem when in fact the overuse of the oils in the wrong way is causing the problem. Throughout my whole life (I’m currently 55) I have always woken in the morning feeling “lighter” but in the last few years I now wake up feeling heavier. I have developed a very mushy muffin top. I really think I am retaining water to combat my over and improper use of the oils. Do you think this is possible? I just received the Essential Oils book by Valerie Worwood and have been shocked to see that all her “recipes” include carrier oils and specific dilutions. I have not seen anywhere in the book that she suggests taking the oils internally or neat. Tea Tree and Lavender would be the only exceptions. In the last two years I have amassed a lot of bottles of essential oils, too many in fact. I think that has led me to overuse the oils as well. Before coming upon this blog I had already decided to quit my doterra monthly shipment plan. I do believe in the oils but I don’t believe in unqualified people pushing them on others simply to make money. They are very powerful tools for health and well being but they absolutely must be used properly. Thanks for this blog. It has solidified my decision to educate myself and to look for and use essential oils in an educated manner.

Darlanne October 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

It’s rather eye opening, isn’t it? I have not used them as long as you have, and have not yet overused them, but I probably would have ended up there, if not for searching outside DT sources and education beyond the MLM.

Dave Jackson October 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

I would also want a guarantee that oils are from sustainable sources. I know that it is often going to be impossible to check this but for Sandalwood, Rosewood in particular I would want this.

My normal supplier does not currently stock rosewood because they have been either been unable to source it ethically or sustainably. Asking your supplier about these oils is also a good way to check them out.

Giselle Baturay October 8, 2013 at 2:00 am

Excellent point!

Gregory White October 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

Of course I think this is a wonderful article because you have basically said EVERYTHING that I put in my essential oil book! (ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY: How to Use Essential Oils for Beauty, Health, and Spirituality) Granted, in print I didn’t mention the companies by name but mentioned every single point you touched on. The book just came out in August, 2013, so there aren’t many comments on Amazon yet. But, I’m pretty sure that when some Doterra and Young Living reps read it (that is, if they ever read anything beyond company literature) that they will voice it loudly in my book reviews.

We own an aromatherapy shop here in Nashville, TN. So many people come in and turn their noses up, assuming our oils can’t be as good as “those guys” because the prices are lower. I explain that we buy from a supplier that buys from the farms and we don’t jack-up the price to make multi-level marketing profits. Some listen, others are brainwashed. Greg (aromagregory)

Julie Sharp October 8, 2013 at 6:33 am

I found this wonderful discussion while searching for feedback on Young Living Oils. As a therapist with over 30 years of experience and Qualifications in Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy, I had quite an awakening when asked to attend a ‘talk’ by YL. The rather brash dialogue was more about how to make a business than the ‘Science of Essential Oils’, but I was shocked at the way oils were being passed/sloshed around without any questioning of medical conditions or observations of contra-indications. I am such an advocate of the health benefits of Aromatherapy, but I do have concerns about the long term use of them in daily life. My Mother in her 80′s has become very sensitive to their use topically, and I am sure they do not react well with certain medications. I have definately witnessed reactions to them being used neat on the skin.
The only thing I do know, (since I consider myself an experienced aromatherapist), is that even if the YL oils are ‘pure’, they do seem quite mild to me and not at all as ‘energetically’ powerful as the oils I use in my daily practice, which may be one of the reasons people are managing to use them in this quite reckless manner.
I wish to thank you Giselle for your intelligent and diligent dialogue.

Lori October 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I have never used a YOung oil and just recently bought some Doterra, I love them so far and I do not intend to drink bottles of them so not worried about the occasional ingestion of them. Especially with all the poison we all eat in our FDA approved food on a daily basis that is all very toxic to our bodies. I do not trust the FDA, just because they say something is safe does not mean it so, So for many to say something is not regulated by the FDA means nothing to me. You should research on your own. Also I can find support for anything I want from a so called expert. I read all sides of things not just things that support my beliefs. Any good lawyer finds a expert witness that can say what tey need them too, it is only a matter of opinion, but by being open to learning NEW things and getting an open mind and researching you can find the real truth not other peoples idea on what the truth is. As long as you do the ingesting in moderation and using common sense I see no harm. As far as the person eluding to her oils being too strong and Doterra or the other one being too mild and eluding to them being cut to make them that way, I would say I feel her oils must have strong toxic additives to make them unsafe that she has to cut them. That is my expert opinion. I was not brainwashed by any type of schooling program that taught me only their out of date teachings. Even my wonderful doctor is not trained in alot of the healthy benefits of alternative medicines I partake in. Not her fault she is only treating patient by how she was expertly trained to do so, she had a degree that says it is okay to ingest toxic poisonous prescriptions. We all take them or have taken them. Essential oils nee to be used carefully and wisely as do all things that do not occur naturally in nature in it’s natural form. Do not let your decision to use or not use a product or anything else be swayed by all the negative comments against one product while they go on to promote something they sell, that is call marketing, bash the competition to sell yours. Do your own research people you have natural abilities to decide what you feel is best for you, read all you can then make a decision, all the so called experts out there can all have different opinions and ideas on what is good or bad and how you should do something.

Giselle Baturay October 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Again another DT user giving the option of either ingesting oils or prescriptions. Based on how many DT people have posted almost exactly same in regards to this, I now believe this must be how the oils must be presented to customers. However this is way too simplistic and definitely not the way essential oils should be presented just to make a sale. There are times for Western medicines and times for alternative medicines. Yes the overuse of prescriptions is a huge issue. However this does not mean that essential oils should then be taken internally without any care since they are not prescriptions medicines. Completely ignoring the fact that they too are very powerful and should be taken under proper care.

No the oils Julie (the trained snd experienced Aromatherapist you responded to) oils are not “too toxic” and she is using essential oils not prescriptions.

You didn’t receive your information from an “expert”. You were sold oils with incorrect information by a sales person. This is evident in how you wrote your post and the wording used. Have you researched what was told to you OUTSIDE of DT books, sites and rep? I encourage you to do so. You read this post but completely ignored the resources provided to you. What I wrote is isn’t a matter of my opinion – references and resources were provided with each point made. At least be open to checking the points made to you outside of the brand.

Joyce October 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Does it matter if the essential oil is organic or not? My question is pesticides.

Giselle Baturay October 10, 2013 at 12:41 am

Organic is better when possible. When not then that’s where the importance of a company that works closely with distillers comes into play. Just like our foods, you can grow without the use of chemical pesticides and yet ot be certified organic.

jack miller October 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

I bought some peppermint and lemkn oil from plant therapy and google on how to ingest peppermint oil and came about a young living article and it sad to put 2 drops on your tounge for concentration and a drop jnder noise unsiluted so I did it. I also put one drop in a shake and I drank lemon oil one drop in my water and thats all I used so I did all that in the past 2 days

will I be okay? btw I swalllwed the 2 drops of peppermint oil. I will no longer be jngesting them or letting it touch my skjn thats for sure thanks.

Diana October 12, 2013 at 4:42 am

what would be a good book that you would recommend on essential oils? or a top few books.

Diana October 12, 2013 at 12:35 pm

what book would you recommend for essential oils…. how to use each one, what they each are for and so on.

Giselle Baturay October 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Diana, there are a few books I love and I think you’d really like the books by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Pam Hanko October 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I totally agree with Katie’s comment about just because nothing has happened doesn’t mean its ok….I have always used EO’s for healing and natural wellness but it has been confusing and then along came Doterra….with classes and people to answer all your questions and oh guess what…you can make money at it too… then I get a massage and she uses YL oils and I found out the whole story about how Gary Young founded YL oils. And his brother and several others started Doterra…no matter what. ..they started Doterra with the knowledge they gained from YL and Gary Young. And I don’t feel like EO’s should be put in everyone’s hands like this this because it is asking for trouble…I think what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for everyone….I think this is a family fued between 2 brothers and Doterra’s tying to make mi money to recover all the lawsuit money…I do like

Pam Hanko October 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I was introduced to Doterra just recently and am impressed with the education they give and I do like the oils. I have been using oils for years for natural healing so I was pleased and surprised to learn that they were doing essential oils on the” free market”…until I saw the by in…it is very expensive…and them I also starting questioning why Doterra is teaching things that go against everything that I have always been taught about EO’s? And is it really safe to be putting it in so many hands with so little education? I then got a massage as a gift and she used young living oils ( which I never heard of…) but I also wanted an outside opinion of this Doterra thing….then found out that YL, founded by Gary Young, and that has been in business over 20 years. His brother and business partner Robert Young broke off

Pam Hanko October 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I have been recently introduced to Doterra and have been happy with what I have seen so far. ..what I have an uneasy feeling with is the multimedia marketing campaign and tying to get these oils out to such a large market….the teaching of Doterra totally goes against everything we have been taught about how to use EO’s previously…and then I was given a massage by someone that only using young living oils and she goes on to tell me about this guy Gary Young and how he has been in business for over 20 years and his researched and edu cated about the EO’S along with his brother and business partner Robert Young who about 6 or 7 years ago broke off and made his own business….and guess what that would be…yes Doterra. ..so no matter how you look art it Robbery used the education research

Pam Hanko October 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I have recently been introduced to Doterra oils,although I have used EO’s for years . I like the classes that they give to tell you how to use the oils, as it can be confusing to try and get this information on your own.Then I was given a massage and I was going to ask her since she was educated in oils and also teaches how to use oils for everyday use and health benefits…she uses young living oils, which I had never heard of, but she told me who founded YL oils, Gary Young, and they had been in business for over 20 years and he had been doing research and education in this field. He also was in business with his brother Robert Young,who later left the company and started his own company about 6 or 7 years ago. That company is, you guessed it, Doterra….now I don’t care what anybody says. .but Robert took his education and research gained from YL and started Doterra. Most companies have their executives sign contacts stating that they won’t start a company that is similar or they won’t use any of the knowledge gained from the previous company to start another company. He clearly did this….black and white..and he is clearly trying to use MMS to get the oils on the market. I don’t know if I agree with the way they are being distributed and marketed, oils are for natural healing and health, not to get rich on….its yo help thy neighbor…and I have never seen a buy in for a company that is so expensive. …I love the idea of EO’S for healing and natural health,but there is just something about Doterra that is leaving an uneasy feeling with me…:(

Sunsetcity October 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm


May I suggest a couple resources (outside of any MLM company) with regards to the safety of using Essential Oils?


Tiana October 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thanks for writing about this. I want to begin using essential oils and didn’t know where in the world to start. My previous experience with other MLM’s and other “natural” products (that turned out to have the same unnatural, harmful ingredients I was trying to avoid) has left me skeptical of EVERYTHING and frustrated. I appreciate those of you wanting to get good information out there and doing it in a way that encourages others to do their research and not rely solely on your recommendations. Unfortunately, I feel like choosing any oil company is still taking a risk with my family’s health, and it makes me very nervous…I do think that it is probably a “lesser evil” than the chemicals contained in the products we are currently using. It’s just so difficult to know when you’ve done enough research to actually choose a product to begin using.

I, myself, am having to eat my words about a skin care/cosmetics company that I have supported and even sold for over the past few years. After some research this week, it seems evident that even they, claiming honesty, have been deceptive in their wording to make consumers believe their product is safer than it probably is…

I am also sorry that you and other bloggers like you have had to endure so much negativity and personal attack just to get some truth out there. I just wanted to be one more positive post, supporting you for what you do. Thank you!

Darby October 17, 2013 at 1:11 am

Hey All,

Nice to meet you. I enjoy the conversation and healthy debate here around oils. I am a product consultant for doTERRA. Please visit my website at http://www.fourwindsenterprises.com to learn more. I’m obviously biased in this discussion but I recommend trying doTERRA oils, and while I’m here might I recommend you buy from me! ;-) (Sorry got a big family- I don’t stop working!).
We have had great success in using oils to treat many ailments. I would only add a couple things to the discussion. If the oils work for you, and they are in fact pure (no matter what trademark you want to use)- isn’t it better than the bottle your picking up that clearly has a list of ingredients that are not good for our bodies, and clearly tells us the numerous side effects that could occur if we do take it? When placed on the balances- clearly one options stands highest.
I’ll end with my favorite quote from Winston Churchill, “The truth is inconvertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end….there it is.”
Take care and God Bless.
http://www.fourwindsenterprises.com :-)

Darby October 17, 2013 at 1:18 am

Great web page by the way. Very nice. :-)

Alina October 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I have to say I find it quite interesting. some things you have said I agree with some I don’t but we wont go into that. I want all who are looking for oils to know a few things 1 I have used young living for 17 years my family is very seldom sick and when we are we use oils to get well. We never have to see a doctor I have never had any problems with the oils. I don’t trust dt yet but that is just because they are too new and most of their reps don’t know how to use the oils correctly. like has been stated they put oils on people with out diluting while this is actually fine with some oils some it is not. I have also noticed they do think it is ok to put just about any oil on a infant and this again is not ok infants should NEVER take oils internally and there is only a handful that are ok on them and always diluted on infants. I call dt a fad I think they will fade out. if they don’t they will have to start training their reps. better. I’m not trying to diss on them just point out some things I have noticed with them. I only take a couple oils internally, peppermint, lemon and grapefruit most the others work just as good on the feet or other areas and don’t need to be ingested and some should not be ever. I also have noticed with dt I was actually told at a dt meeting that if one or two drops don’t work just ad a few more eventually it will work. that is not true one or two drops is enough if it did not do the job that oil is not going to work for you at that time. you need to find one that your body needs that is something yl taught me is not every oil works for every person your body may need something different than your husbands does. not everybody is the same their for not every oil will work the same for them.

Rener Cientegier October 19, 2013 at 2:24 am

What you fail to mention is that most of essential oils in the market are for aroma only, thus they are mostly synthetics (why they are cheap), so OBVIOUSLY you shouldn’t ingest it. doTERRA suggest internal use because simply NONE of their oils have synthetic components as they 100% natural.

Giselle Baturay October 19, 2013 at 3:23 am

Rener, it’s hard to even know where to begin as what you wrote is such a sales pitch talk.

But basically what I wrote applies to all pure essential oils. Don’t be deceived into thinking that doTerra is better than and that is why they are more expensive. Seek out essential oils information outside of the brand.

Damon October 19, 2013 at 2:57 am


Here’s a medical doctor referencing 3 studies which do recommend taking oils internally. I think your point that more education is called for is a good thing but you’re not speaking from an unassailable position of having access to the one true way of EO’s. If there was one absolute truth about how EO’s should be used and/or ingested then there wouldn’t be multiple schools of thought.

Here’s another link referencing studies that claims Aromatherapy is quackery which specifically attacks Aromatherapy accrediting organizations:


Which one is true? A medical doctor citing studies showing EO’s can be safely ingested or a quack buster stating that Aromatherapists inflate their claims and have been sued (and lost). While we’re in agreement that EO’s shouldn’t be recklessly ingested or that people should seek out more information on EO’s I’m not sure that I should trust an Aromatherapists opinion, after all you’ve been discredited in at least one blog article online, right?

Giselle Baturay October 19, 2013 at 3:12 am

You’ve made the point for me – internal use under *qualified care*. A sales rep from doTerra or Young Living or any other brand is not qualified care.

You are stating that I am simply writing my “opinion “. Please go back and read the blog post as references were made to each point made.

Also British, French…in none of these “schools of thought” is internal use recommended to the general public in the way these MLMs companies do.

Please let me know where one of my blog posts is “discredited”?

Gwendolyn October 20, 2013 at 12:33 am

GREAT post. HOT topic . . . it took me a long time to scroll down the comments far enough to make this short comment.
Thanks for great info. It answered a lot of questions I’ve had. I buy from Mountain Rose, but will check out AR. Hadn’t heard of them.

Damon October 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

When I say you’ve been discredited I’m saying that Aromatherapy and related certifying organizations have been discredited at least once in an article which cites studies. Several more are found with the slightest bit of Google-fu. So what makes you a credible source? Your blog post didn’t cite studies, it cited other people’s opinions, none of which appear to be any more credible than you are.

Your two points are: Oils shouldn’t be ingested internally unless under the care of a certified professional which no medical professional in the US would recognize as certified in anything. And oils shouldn’t be applied undiluted. Where are your studies? You have opinions backed by opinions and knack for arguing. If oils applied neat are so dangerous where are the studies showing that? Or is it a case of your anecdotal experience versus someone else’s?

Giselle Baturay October 21, 2013 at 5:19 am

Damon, please provide source for where the The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and the The International Federation of Aromatherapists are discredited and how?

I wrote about how companies like doTerra and Young Living provide irresponsible and unethical “education” and I provided the points with resources on how what they “teach” contrasts what is recommended and practiced in the aromatherapy industry and by experts in the aromatherapy. And not in a “oh because they are better than!” way as believed by sale reps but in an irresponsible and dangerous way (as seen by the blog responses of doTerra users giving young babies essential oils internally).

No, I didn’t write anywhere that essential oils should only be taken internally unless under “certified” care. I said under qualified care. Sale reps with no knowledge of essential oils but what they learn from other sale reps or the brand they are selling is not “qualified care”.

I’ve written this several times but if you are interested in learning more about why most oils should be diluted and the studies cited, please do your research starting with –

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by Tisserand

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia

Just a couple to get you started.

However you don’t seem to really want to learn/research more than what has been told to you by a brand. You’ve chosen to completely ignore internationally recognized and respected aromatherapy organizations, ignore the resources provided, ignore the information provided by aromatherapy experts (those I quoted)…yet you come to post to argue and insult. It’s not a good use of my time to continue to respond to you if you aren’t willing to also take the time to learn outside of a brand.

Loraine October 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

Great insightful post! I’m wondering with all your great insight on your opinion of the brand I represent Essante Organics. I’ve done tons of research into personal care products & nutrition but essential oils is a new journey for me (and an exciting one!!). Essante has multiple certifications (100% certified toxic free & organic..). Thank you for your insight!! Great post.

Giselle Baturay October 22, 2013 at 12:04 am

Loraine ask them who certified them and show you the certifications. There are no organizations in the USA that certifies oils. I can get an essential oil imported and say that it’s 100% Certified Pure. I can even get a trademark (like they did) and give it an important name (they chose Toxic-Free and trademarked it…but that is all it is – a name. It means nothing). And I can create a website and talk about how my oils are the only ones certified and 100% pure. If you believe me than you become my customer. Doesn’t make my oils any better – I just used the right words to get you.

To find good oils look at the list above that I provided in the Update. Does it meet that list? Then you know.

Brenda October 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm

So I too am new to EOs and aromatherapy and I just bought a starter kit with YL just so I can get the wholesale prices for their products. I haven’t used any of it since the diffuser/ nebulizer they sent me was missing the oil well. I really don’t care about selling and whatnot I just ended up buying it because I saw their Thieves blend being very useful in another blog. And no I didn’t talk to any of their sales representatives/ consultants about the usage of EOs and didn’t realize there was so much controversy about the company. I ended up looking at most of the comments on this blog just because it was amusing to see so many different topics popping up out of nowhere which didn’t really help me any.

I started all this on a whim just because I wanted to make my own mists and such, as well as help improve my family’s health at home. My mom is almost 50 and suffering from problems that multiple doctors have been unable to diagnose (including an ENT). I thought it’d be nice to help improve her immune system and health by using a nebulizer at home and diffusing the Thieves oil blend.

So all I wanted to ask here is if 1) are their (YL) oils high quality 2) are their diffusers any good 3) if not, which brand/ company/ provider of EOs has a good diffuser and has high quality oils that work like the Thieves blend is supposed to.

Giselle Baturay October 22, 2013 at 12:03 am

Hi Brenda I’m so sorry your mother isn’t well. Is there a Naturopathic Physician (ND) that is board certified in your area that you could take her to. NDs are much better at health solutions since they start from the inside out. In my experience they have found solutions to what MDs have missed. Their approach is holistic and thorough.

Since you have it, I would use it and for a nebulizer, you should use a cool mist nebulizer. If you have to re-order, I would personally switch to one like Aromatics International.

But I believe in a holistic and integrative approach to good health. It’s more than just essential oils, it incorporates a healthy lifestyle, movement, whole foods, herbs and more. A good ND is the best place to start.

Lea Harris, Learning About EOs October 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

You might be interested in our recent 3rd party test results here —> http://www.learningabouteos.com/PMtest

10 brands found Not in Compliance, two of which contained an adulterant – added synthetic ethyl vanillin….

Renelle October 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm

I have read this and might I point out to all the DoTerra people out there that one of the peppermint samples that had a SYNTHETIC added was directly from DoTerra??? Not just abnormally high and low levels of the chemical components which was also a problem. So their claim to be 100% organic just flew out the window. If they are doing this to peppermint – a relatively cheap and easily obtainable EO what are they doing to the other ones?

Joy Bennett October 23, 2013 at 5:22 am

Have you heard of Swiss Just? I have tried their 31 Oil and Juniper Cream and really liked it. They are also a direct sales company.

Heidi October 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thank you. I don’t buy into the push (especially from Young Living and Doterra) with the essential oils (yes I use them and have for many years), but have had a hard time putting all this information into words and in a coherent fashion. Now when I have someone with questions I will send them to your blog. :)

Cyndi October 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Wow!! This is obviously a topic that excites the emotions! After reading a majority of the posts, please allow me to add my experience in hopes that it may provide insight into the internal use of essential oils.

First, let me say that I love essential oils and have oils from MLM’s and other companies as well. I came to essential oils after years of struggling with a chronic, debilitating illness that has totally altered my world. Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry, I followed the only course of treatment I knew. Countless doctors were seen, countless drugs were consumed (many with severe side effects), but no answers appeared and my symptoms were progressing. Finally an allopathic physician at a large, highly respected medical school told me to seek alternative care. This led me to a MD who follows the functional medicine paradigm and now I have answers and hope. Following extensive and expensive testing (I had to be tested in the same manner as a person in need of an organ transplant), it was discovered that I have a genetic defect that shuts down the body’s natural detoxification pathways. In other words, the wrong “good” things, as well as toxins can cause problems. I am not alone; it is estimated that 25% of the population has this genetic trait. You are born with it; it is not acquired by living in our toxic world. The average person experimenting with essential oils does not know if they fall within the 25%.

Please forgive all the background information, but it is necessary to understand my experience. I deal with a lot of pain and found a post online about a combination of oils that a woman living with chronic pain used that worked as well as morphine. (When you deal with chronic pain states – migraines, fibromyalgias, etc.- Tylenol or Advil don’t cut it.) She raved about her results, so I decided to try it. Three hours after ingestion, my husband and I were deciding if we were going to make an emergency room run, or if I could just die at home. The reaction was more massive and severe than anything I had experienced with pharmaceuticals.

My point is echoing what many others have said already in this long conversation about the ingestion of essential oils. Research, research, research!! Look outside of sales literature. Be very careful of what you find on the internet; check and double check their sources. I have attended sales conferences for large, worldwide pharmaceutical companies and for a MLM; they were no different. All companies present their product in the best possible light and this does not mean that many who represent them do not have the highest of ethics and integrity. Become like an investigative reporter; your health and that of your family may depend upon it.

Breanna Beato October 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I realize that some people will be automatically suspicious because DoTERRA has an MLM structure. However, just like in every sales situation, it’s your choice whether you want to buy the product. And to say that you shouldn’t trust the information that comes from a consultant is ridiculous. If you were to go buy tires for example, would you not trust the tire knowledge of the sales person because they were selling them to you? The consultants are trained and well versed in the products they sell. In most cases they have personally had a successful experience and witnessed many more for others. DoTERRA clearly states that it is not intended to replace traditional medicine, clearly states it’s not meant to treat or cure diseases, clearly states which oils can be ingested and which ones can’t. The ingestible oils are food grade (meaning FDA approved) and perfectly safe to take internally. If they weren’t, the FDA would be all over DoTerra. Why would any company take that risk? I find it funny that this site rags on DoTERRA but just happens to sell their own “quality” oils that for the standard they themselves have created. I doubt the purveyors of Granola Living have the ability, facilities or financing to produce oils that are even close to the quality of DoTERRA.

Giselle Baturay October 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Tires Sales Rep and a Essential Oils Rep are not comparable. Only in that they are both trying to sell you something. But truly you can’t really mean that a DT sales rep telling you that it’s perfectly ok to ingest essential oils when she’s not trained to know more than what she’s told by the brand is the same as someone selling tires for my car?

Here is what is ironic. I have sales reps and DT fans posting in accusations “how can *I* take the FDA’s side??” (which I don’t if anyone knows me…) and then some coming and saying “how can I *not* take the FDA’s side??”. Simply has nothing also to do with the FDA, which again, I lay zero trust to the organization that also qualified TWINKIES as food.

You wrote – “I find it funny that this site rags on DoTERRA but just happens to sell their own “quality” oils that for the standard they themselves have created. I doubt the purveyors of Granola Living have the ability, facilities or financing to produce oils that are even close to the quality of DoTERRA.”

No, I don’t produce, facility or finance essential oils. I do however choose companies that are ethical, work closely with their distillers, are education based (key being correct education), test their oils and are committed to providing pure and quality oils. And they happen to be the same reasons why I don’t carry doTerra as they don’t make that list. And the list of what to look for in essential oils has been one created by qualified aromatherapists and non-profit organizations around the world, but thanks for thinking it all came from me! :)

wade October 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm

well said

DoYourOwnResearch February 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Breanna, I have a family member who is a DT rep. Many members of our family are under great pressure from this member to use DT and “trust” the rep’s knowledge/experience, even though we are all educated and can/do do our own research, and would be happier to make our own choices sans pressure…

Contrary to your post, there have been strong suggestions made to us re: “treatment” of serious medical conditions, inferring that the oils could in fact “replace traditional medicine”, and including using the oils “neat”.

I, too, am concerned about the level of fanaticism displayed by DT reps, and I appreciate the information provided here by numerous posters INDEPENDENT of doTERRA.

I am very grateful to find this site- and am appropriately cautious now, and will pass this info on to my other family members…

Thank you, Giselle, for putting this information out in the public realm!

DoYourOwnResearch February 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

I have read this whole comments thread to hear different viewpoints re: do TERRA , which took many hours…

In response to Breanna’s earlier post- I have a family member who is a DT rep. Many members of our family are under great pressure (and guilt trips) from this member to use DT and “trust” the rep’s knowledge/experience, even though we are all educated and can/do do our own research, and would be happier to make our own choices (and find cost/effective products) for our use and health sans pressure…

Contrary to Breanna’s earlier post, there have been strong suggestions made to members of my family re: “treatment” of serious medical conditions, inferring that the oils could in fact “replace traditional medicine”, and including using the oils “neat”.

I, too, am concerned about the level of fanaticism displayed by the doTERRA spiel, not about the inherent benefit(s) of essential oils generally (which I believe could be helpful), but specifically about DT- about it’s purity and superiority to anything I could buy elsewhere… I appreciate the information provided here by numerous posters INDEPENDENT of DT.

I am very grateful to find this site- and am appropriately cautious now, and will pass this info on to my other family members…

Thank you, Giselle, for putting this information out in the public realm! And kudos for your patience, and extreme efforts to keep to the message (the proper education re: the safest use of essential oils), and not be distracted by insults!

Giselle Baturay February 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Thank you! I’ve grown a thick skin about some of the comments made. But for a lot of the comments, I feel sad for them for the fact that they are only repeating what they were told by their uplines and honestly don’t know what they are saying. I hope that they do read what I write in the response and really listen.

Candace October 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Hi Giselle,

Thank you so much for this post! I too almost got sucked into doterra (I am returning my kit that hasn’t arrived) I was wondering what your thoughts are on mountain rose herbs? This is their promise:
Our promise to you, that the line of essential oils offered
by Mountain Rose Herbs are…

True Certified Organic by OTCO
Free of Pesticide and Chemical Residues When Not Certified Organic
Harvested and Distilled in Clean Facilities
From First Distillations
Guaranteed Fresh and Unsurpassable
True Therapeutic Quality
Quality Control Tested and Supervised by a Certified Aromatherapist
Handled by Fun, Knowledgeable and Caring People

They also provide all their documents via fax or email, do you have any experience with them? Thanks! :)

wade October 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Your opinions are nonsense and are not backed by any research whatsoever. however there are literally thousands of independent studies on the benefits of essential oils. Additionally doTerra is pure and has the FDA approval for internal consumption on every consumable oils. Although the FDA does not have the greatest track record on everything, they have no monetary gain from approving food items as generally regarded as safe for consumption. The other accusations about the doctored up lab results (which have been demonstrated to be false and will be the demise of Young Living and those that fabricated it) are completely false. DoTerra has become the largest essential oils company in the world in just 4 years because of their high quality and the fact they actually work. So it is natural that some little companies will want to try and knock over the “big guy” to bring themselves credibility and push their own product. I think it is a sad way to to business but is expected.

Giselle Baturay October 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Wade, it seems you don’t think I know about the benefits of essential oils. Please re-read as there isn’t one word in the blog post that says essential oils are not beneficial. As an Aromatherapist/Herbalist OFCOURSE I am aware of the benefits and uses of essential oils.

Regarding DT ~ the accusation that the “little guys” are out to get the “big guys” (aka DT) is quite childish and simplistic. As is also to equate sales with quality. It’s the equivalent of saying Johnson & Johnson makes high quality and pure products because they have high sales. The reason DT has sales is similarly to how companies like Avon do – independent sales rep that will do and say whatever is needed to make a sale. Some very well meaning, some more so than others but still same formula. It has nothing to do with “high quality”.

Julie October 29, 2013 at 1:00 am

I admit I only read thru the first few posts, and then a few in between. I do find the claim that essential oils shouldn’t be injested interesting as I have for many years purchased at a health food store Oil of Oregano in capsules that are intended for internal consumption. I use them when I am coming down with a cold. And although my experience is only antidotal because it only involves my husband and me, My experience is that it works for me. The severity is less and the duration shorter.
Rarely in this world is something all or nothing.

Alicia October 29, 2013 at 8:04 am

I have been using doTerra for maybe a year now and have absolutely loved the oils(though I really haven’t taken internally except for Lemon), though I agree the consultants need to be more careful about what they say, and have read disturbing things about how doTerra came to be separate from YL(who knows if they’re true). I do love to research and find out for myself. I’m still in the process of figuring out the truth and recently came across this lovely article.

Richard Lafleur October 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I like most of what you said, and agree that there are some oils that need dilution. Seeing how you know this stuff is all the more reason to join doTerra. You can only help us consultants to further educate as we bring Natures Gift to the masses. Thanks for this post and hope to further educate along side you.

Mercedes Hansen October 30, 2013 at 12:48 am

What are your thoughts on Aura Cacia. I used to use Young Living until I actually did some thorough research. I’ve been using Aura Cacia for about 3 months now and I’m really happy with the quality and as far as I know they are not multi-level marketing and have close relationships with all the regions they get the oils from.

I was also wondering if I could ask for a referral to a school that offers the Clinical Aromatherapy Certification…

Sue Apito October 31, 2013 at 12:12 am

“I joined because we had great experiences and I genuinely want to teach others their benefit, but, I want to do so safely. I do a LOT of research and reading on my own since there isn’t a lot of actual training available.” Please visit the websites for NAHA or AIA – there is TONS of actual training available if you look outside the companies selling the EOs. And in order to join the fight to STOP the illegal drug claims for essential oils which risk the future for us all – there is still time to sign this petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/248/296/841/protect-the-future-of-aromatherapy/

Giselle Baturay October 31, 2013 at 6:01 am

Thanks for posting this!

Diana R October 31, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I am very new to essential oils and have avoided them in the past because I knew while there were various uses and benefits for essential oils, EOs can be potentially harmful. I didn’t feel comfortable trying EOs without some sort of guide. A friend got into YL and crowed about the successes and benefits. I decided to try YL since they had instructions and guidelines (I was actually surprised at the recommendation for ingestion only because I couldn’t imagine doing that, not because I knew anything about EOs). I got their starter kit three days ago. That night, we diffused the Peace and Calming blend in our bedroom while we slept to see if it actually helps us sleep (I slept like a rock, better than usual). The next morning, my 14-month-old daughter, who sleeps in the bedroom right next to ours, started having a runny nose. I thought, perfect timing, I’ll use the EOs to help her over the cold. In the last three days, her cold didn’t progress normally. Her cold was in fact allergies. Is it possible for a 14-month-old to have an upper respiratory allergic reaction to the Peace and Calming being diffused next door? I don’t have a book for babies and essential oils.

Giselle Baturay November 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

Diana, it may have just been too strong for her depending on how you used the oil and what type of diffuser you have, causing her mucus membranes to become irritated. I looked up Peace and Calming and it is not recommended for babies under 2 years old. I would personally just use on yourself since you liked it but not on her.

Diana R November 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I’m amazed that the Peace & Calming would have bothered her from another room during the night (we keep her door closed and ours ajar). I cringe now to think that I used oils (Thieves, etc) on her to relieve what I thought was a cold, based on recommendations of friends. I suddenly got a grip and realized that I wanted to follow instructions of authorities on essential oils, not friends or YL themselves. I stopped using oils on my baby after a couple of days and I’m looking for a guide book (neutral, not written by an aromatherapy company pushing their oils) on how to use essential oils. I know YL encourages ingestion but I draw the line at that. I don’t have a problem with their oils right now (as I said, I am new to this) but I do have a problem with depending on friends who may know little about essential oils. I want facts, science, authority to back up guidelines on essential oils. You said you looked up Peace and Calming. What did you look up in? What are good books for new beginners like me? Thank you!

Giselle Baturay November 3, 2013 at 1:56 am

Diana, I just looked it up on Young Living website because I needed to see which essential oils are in it to be able to answer your question. :)

A good book ~
Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valerie Ann Worwood

Cynthia November 4, 2013 at 4:51 am

I am NEW to all of this essential oils. I went to a DT party yesterday and now have all these questions. First of all what is NEAT? If it is harmful to take these oils internally (unless suggested by a DR?) Is it safe to breathe the air from a diffuser with oils in it? What about adding a drop of the oil to say brownies to flavor them? Or just putting it on the skin? Are these the ways the oils SHOULD be used? Can you use ANY oil drops in food? Also I noticed some of the oils from DT had grapefruit in it, I know a lot of meds can not be taken with grapefruit. I have been reading through all of these posts and I find this all fascinating and helpful.

John Rollow November 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

You mention that EO’s should be taken internally ONLY if you are under the care of a health practitioner. Can you please elaborate on that?
E.g., most M.D.s are unfamiliar with EO or any other alternative or nutritional supplement. Does a D.C. possess the knowledge of EO benefits and risks? What about a licensed oriental medicine practitioner? an acupuncturist?

How about a N.D.? Almost anyone can become a Naturopathic Doctor with a bare minimum of education [often from a marginally qualified online school]. How qualified are they in this area?

Are you suggesting that only a certified Aroma Therapist is so qualified? (That is a new professional area to me — didn’t know it existed ’til today.]

While your advice is certainly safe, it is just not very helpful. Unless you can tell us what health practitioner is qualified to make these judgments.

Giselle Baturay November 4, 2013 at 7:01 pm

John, just like every care provider one uses, you have to find a good one that meets your needs. For example we went through more than one family doctor before we found one that we were confident in. However, to answer your question – I would seek out a care provider that has experience working with essential oils and training. This could be a chiropractor, a osteopath, an ND (yes I’ve been amazed at how easy one can become an ND and online however my ND went through as many years as MD and she physically attended Bastyr and is a Board Certified ND). There are times a herbalist and an aromatherapist can also help. Yes EOs can be taken internally, but being that they are so potent, one just needs to make sure they are working with someone that can guide you which oils work well for YOU individually considering one’s health, any medications one may be taking, any supplements they are taking, etc. It’s the blanket statement to the general public that “anyone and everyone should take these oils internally” that is unethical and irresponsible.

Gloria November 5, 2013 at 2:28 am

I am so thankful for your post. It has cleared a path through all the haze in my attempt to understand essential oils. I hope my comment helps others as well.

I have found a few companies that say “100% Pure Essential Oil” on the label. Which is the full-strength real-deal we all want. It has NO fillers.

Others say “100% Pure” which only means they used “pure” ingredients and a minimum 5% essential oil.

But YL’s label says “YL Therapeutic Grade (Trade Mark) bergamot essential oil”. Meaning we have no idea what % essential oil is in their made-up trade marked labeling. SAME for the doTerra company and their made-up trade marked essential oils. —–> this explains why users of both those products are able to apply them directly to their skin without burning! And also to digest! One bottle MAY ONLY HAVE ONE DROP OF ESSENTIAL OIL!

I am so happy to have figured this out!! I will buy 100% PURE ESSENTIAL OIL and cut it myself. :)

Bonnie Parmenter November 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I think with any thing take it easy. Rubbing essential oils directly on the skin may be irritating to some people but it is ridiculous to say to always use a carrier. I have used Younger Living oils, for years, and have seen the wonders of essential oils. I am now purchasing Doterra and have friends where Doterra oils have changed their lives. Every thing from controlling hot flashes to completely taking away pain. I do think Younger Living and Doterra oils are a little spendy and you can get good quality essential oils at lower prices. I like the idea that I know they are good quality and 100% pure in most cases.

Giselle Baturay November 7, 2013 at 2:34 am

Bonnie, please see this article about essential oils and diluting.

sandra November 6, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I am a doTERRA rep. And I actually like this article. Why cause people need to make educated choices. Personally I have internally taken doTERRA with no issues and have gotten off some meds I have been on for years. I have a weaken immune system as well and truly believe just using EOs period have helped me get better. Notice I said EOs not doTERRA. I use doTERRA cause I trust the purity. But I also use other brands out there on the market including the popular NOW brand, however doTERRA is the only one I trust for internal use.
I never tell people to place in skin without a carrier oil especially in young children and through essential oil training that is also taught. The oils are stronger way stronger than any brand I have ever use (one of the other reason why I use) people just need to educate themselves period on uses of oils, herbs etc. Not all oils are the same period. Yes it is a multilevel company, yes you can get oils cheaper elsewhere, yes I know I pay for sourcing, testing etc, in return I earn free points for oils. I never joined doTERRA for the money. I use the oils. I trust the oils I never had a reaction to the brand. Using essential oils has made me healthier. It just happens to be a brand preference. No matter what you use educate yourself.

Jessica November 7, 2013 at 1:08 am

I would like to know if Edens Garden is a good brand for organic oils? I just purchased a set and I thought they smelled weird so I did some research and so far so good but I’ve also read that certain oils can be toxic to cats!! I have two cats so I just want to make sure Eden’s Garden is actually organic and safe. Thanks

Jenn March 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

some of Edens garden are, but you need to buy it from their site and click on the organic ones

Brittany November 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

What about all of the evidence, history, and research supporting people in other countries ingesting oils for thousands of years? There are holistic doctors in our country that prescribe essential oils internally. I have a Naturopath that I see that tells me to ingest them. I’m doing all of it under a doctor’s supervision, which is what I ALWAYS tell people to do. We always dilute oils on our children with coconut oil, and we do dilute most of them on ourselves. A lot of what I’m reading, especially in the comments, is that using oils internally is never something you should do. What about all the thousands of years of history that says otherwise? I’m not trying to argumentative. I certainly agree with your standpoint that these companies are giving people really bad and dangerous advice, and I say this as a YL member myself. I always tell other YL members to NOT blindly tell people to ingest or use undiluted oils, and I make sure I give them the research to back it up. I always tell them to have the person consult a qualified physician. You should never do anything internally without making sure a medical provider is aware of what you’re doing. And that crap about “detoxing” is just that.. complete crap. I NEVER tell a person that, even if they’re using it diluted on the skin and it’s causing a reaction. Even all of my conventional doctors are aware and in support of using oils internally. It was my gastroengerologist who suggested using oils internally in the first place. She was a Naturopath in Russia before coming to the states, another place where people have used oils internally for centuries, and she actually referred me out to a Naturopath that she works closely with. Honestly, I’m not trying to start an argument :). I’m just really interested in your opinion on this. There are comments of yours saying you should never do it, but then there are comments saying you need to do it only under a health care provider. Have you ever looked into the thousand year old history some of these oils have for internal usage?

Giselle Baturay November 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Thanks for this post! In my blog post I say to use under proper care and have repeated that in the replies. I’m trying to remember where I would’ve said not at all and can only think of with a child or pregnant first two trimesters at least. And if you do it most certainly be with proper care (a Dr) since we are talking about organs still developing and growing.

The way oils are distilled now has not been happening for thousands of years so there isn’t that history. There are herbs however have been used this way for thousands of years.

Kussum May 29, 2014 at 8:22 am

Hi, Giselle

Currently my family has been using doterra oils. I’ve been using for asthma and allergies. I was doing 1drop of lemon and peppermint in water once a day. I use a mix on the bottoms of my 3yr feet almost every day. Is that unsafe. It is diluted to 1% as suggested by my consultant.

She also told me not to give my kids the EO internally. But some are okay for me with carrier oil in a vege capsule. I’m just wondering if I’m practicing safe use with my 3 yr old.

He has been using on gaurd which has wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus leaf, rosemary. Zendocrine a detox blend of clove bud,grapefruit peel,rosemary,geranium flower. Melaluca alternifolia, origanum vulgare, boswelliamfrereana.

I mix these oils in with coconut oil in a bottle and put 7-8′drops on bottoms of feet once a day. He had Mrsa and antibiotics didn’t help. He sees a Natropathic doctor as well for immune building. He also had HFMD. So I wanted to kill bacteria, boost immune and kill virus. It has helped a lot.

We have been using for about 4 months. I use about every other day. Then take a week or two off then use again. Any suggestions. Also, should I use a different oil brand? I just want what is safe for my family and will help like these oils have helped.

When I don’t use the peppermint and lemon the allergies and asthma bother me.

Also, I will probably see a aromatherapist in my city or ask my naturaopath doctor his suggestions.

Thanks for the help

Jenna Ross November 10, 2013 at 4:43 am

I would like to point out that most of the sources that you quote and take from are for Aromatherapist. Aromatherapists are not trained in the topical or internal uses of essential oils. They are trained in diffusing them for your comfort and healing. That is absolutely fine. I do take the oils internally every day, and I use them undiluted on my less than 2 year old child every day. I have a chronic illness which I was taking hundreds of dollars worth of medications for and had multiple surgeries for and was told that I could never conceive a child or carry a child. Since starting the oils, I no longer need my medication, and I no longer have chronic pain that I have lived with for more than 20 years. In the oil classes that I teach and attend there are MD’s, chiropractors, herbalists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and holistic practitioners who teach the health benefits of taking the oils internally and topical use. This is the medicine we had before we had western medicines. This is what kept us alive before we had tylenol and chemotherapy. And we were all much healthier people taking the herbs and oils than we are today using what pharmaceutical companies tell us to use. You can say what you want about marketing. Everything that you say about a product is marketing. We could call this blog marketing for the oils in your shop. The difference is when you use it and see a difference. You feel the difference. You go to your doctor and He sees a difference in your blood work. I have mothers show up at my door every week to get oils. If I did not use it daily on my child and know it was safe I would never give it to another mother to put on their child. I had a mother show up two weeks ago with a child who had hand foot and mouth disease, and the dr told her there was nothing he could do to just let it work its way out of her system. After an entire night of a screaming uncomfortable child, she came to me for help. I made a spray bottle of lavender, melaleuca, and coconut oil for her and after the first use the baby was able to relax and sleep and within two days it was completely clear. I’m not doubting you have extensive knowledge but just because it’s not what you have been taught does not mean it is not safe or does not work. People believed and taught at one point that the earth was flat but that didn’t make it true.

Giselle Baturay November 10, 2013 at 6:02 am

Jenna, I don’t know where you received this huge misinformation but you are incorrect that Aromatherapists are only taught diffusing oils. It’s so incorrect, that I wonder if you ever researched this that was told to you? Aromatherapists are taught in depth about the properties, components and uses of oils and we stay committed to providing essential oil education, support and resource through holistic wellness.

As I’ve told others, especially sales reps “teaching” others, please do your research outside of the brand you carry.

Since you’re unfamiliar about what aromatherapists learn and do, I wanted to copy here as an example what the Clinical Aromatherapist course I am part of covers –

Essential oil material medica and pharmacology: botany, extraction, chemical constituents, properties
Scientific case study methodology: client intake consultation, intervention development and application, evaluation of outcome
Safety in-use: contraindications, sensitization, special populations
Therapeutic process: A body systems approach to essential oil administration
 – Circulatory system Musculoskeletal system
 – Digestive system Nervous system
 – Endocrine system Olfactory system
 – Integumentary system Respiratory system
 – Lymphatic system
Psycho-emotional imbalances
Special care populations
Blending theories and practice: therapeutics, perfumery, sacred blending
Intervention guideline development
Multi-cultural history of aromatics
New paradigms in healing and integrative lifestyle philosophy
Professionalism and ethics: documentation, practitioner norms
Research process: scientific and non-experimental approach
Principles of Integrative Aromatherapy
Integrative medicine and holistic practitioner norms and ethics
Ethno-botany origins of medicine and aroma-chemistry
Anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system
New paradigms in healing
Embrocation techniques
Blending theory and at home practicums

So a little more than just aroma. ;)

TESS November 10, 2013 at 5:19 am

When you see posts about YL they are not being paid by YL to claim anything! I have a dear friend who has healed her daughter with the oils and it is absolutely amazing. It saddens me that so many people want to bash the companies. Doing research is always the best way to make rational decisions based upon facts. Talk to people that HAVE USED them … ask them questions… try them for yourselves… start off slow … THEN make your decision!

Cathy November 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

About 60-70 years ago doctors recommended cigarettes to calm stressed out people, including pregnant mothers. Tobacco is a plant, 100% natural. How well did that end up?

Dana Bailey November 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I think any and all persons on this blog would benefit from the just released Revised 2nd Edition of “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand. This is factual information by an authority

Giselle Baturay November 11, 2013 at 7:02 am

I have the first edition as a staple in my personal library – a must! I’ll have to also get the second edition.

Dana, I will need to come visit your shop next time I’m passing Ventura! I’m over in Orange County. :) Your soaps look amazing!

A November 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Ok was using doterra, now I’m freaked out to use oils.. What about diffusing them or for cleaning?

Giselle Baturay November 11, 2013 at 7:04 am

A ~ after having tried DT oils and trying others, I ended up using what I had gotten for diffusing into the air and cleaning products.

Don’t be freaked out though ~ essential oils are so amazing. Just find the information on them outside of DT.

andrew November 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Anyone reading this blog should experience doTERRA for themselves, ive noticed people who either bye knock off products or listen to people who work for other essential oil companies slam doTERRA with no actual evidence. I have tried other essential oils and they don’t work like doTERRA! Why is that? Maybe because they are actually pure and are certified that way. Don’t let people misinform you about doTERRA, it works, other companies assumed they could get away with cheating there customers with less than pure oils for a long time and there all scared and running for the hills. This is not about politics its about taking own measures too really help people with any issue physical or mental, and that’s what doTERRA does. Why is it there the only company to do vigorous testing on every batch of oil they express from the origin of the plants they use. Its the true purity there after and they got it. Other companies need to step it up or step out. The truth has arrived

Giselle Baturay November 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

Andrew, DT oils are not certified. Here’s directly from their website –

“CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is a registered trademark of dōTERRA Holdings, LLC representing internal standards of quality assessment and material control. The CPTG protocol is not administered by government or industry regulatory agencies and does not imply regulatory approval of dōTERRA products.”

There is no organization in the USA that certifies essential oils. DT oils are not certified.

Have you been able to get testings done for the batch of oil you’ve purchased? How easy was that (if you were able to get them)? Nearly impossible. However, there are essential oil companies like Aromatics International that provides their testings for you and are 100% transparent so that you know you are getting pure oils and aren’t just being TOLD that you are with no proof. Be careful as DT’s peppermint, which they usually brag about how theirs is “pure and therapeutic-grade” and that one can tell by scent alone was independently tested and it had a synthetic substance for added scent. – source: http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2013/10/13/3rd-party-test-results-for-peppermint-essential-oil/

The fact that they have you believing their oils are certified is exactly what this post is about. I will not recommend an essential oil brand that is deceiving in their marketing.

FSW7912 July 4, 2014 at 3:14 am
Devorah November 11, 2013 at 2:05 am

Although I am a distributor for YL, and do very much love my YL oils – I also know that YL is not the only company that carries pure, high quality oils. I tried a few different companies before YL, but ultimately settled on them because their blends work best for my kids and I received the support and guidance that I was looking for from more experienced essential oil users. In terms of the “unsafe recommendations”, here is a blog post I wrote after I did some research as I was concerned at first about some of their recommendations.


Trish November 12, 2013 at 4:00 am

I don’t have time to read all of the comments, though I would love to. I have to say that those defending doTerra and YL sound JUST LIKE THE REPS that are all over facebook. It’s such a load and it’s so obnoxious. They act like a cult and it’s sickening. I love that you have this article! I wish I could email it to all of them. >.>

Giselle Baturay November 13, 2013 at 7:09 am

Trish, you can say that again! Yes they sound exactly the same and post almost identical things with just slightly different wording. And many have almost missed entirely the sources and information posted in the blog post and went straight to posting exactly what they’ve been told regardless of how it’s so clearly pointed out to them that it was wrongly told to them.

RG November 13, 2013 at 6:55 am

The poor author of this article, I feel bad for her or him. He or she is greatly mistaken. Poor thing.
The reason doterra had to create a new standard is because of what the FDA allows in the USA. The FDA allows essential oil companies to put up to 90% of a synthetic oil or a filler oil and are still allowed to slap a label on that says “100% pure theraputic grade”. How misleading that is since there is nothing pure or theraputic (medicinal) in that bottle except the couple drops of the essential oil. Well it’s no wonder that it is not recommended for people to internalize normal “100% pure theraputic grade” e o ‘s…..who knows what’s in them! The FDA does not regulate essential oils. The standards they do have are very low. This is the exact reason why doterra saw the need to create a new standard above “100% pure theraputic grade” and that is CPTG. And you will never find on a CPTG bottle a label that says “for external use only” or “do not ingest”, etc. Why not? It’s because CPTG means there are NO fillers, No contaminants, NO pesticides! Nothing but purity and there are 5 seperate THIRD PARTY tests done to each batch to prove it! (Just check out the recent lawsuit against Young Living to prove that).
CPTG is a valid certification since doterra holds a certification of producing essential oils as SUPPLEMENTS (which is why the oils are recommended to ingest). No other essential oil company in the world has this because no one has standards set as high as doterra. They are providing the best of the best for our health and well being. And yes, duh, of course they put a trademark on it! Are you kidding me?! The author clearly is not a business person either. So again, I say poor thing to the author because clearly they do not see or understand the POWER of doterra CPTG essential oils as Natural Healthcare put on this earth by God Himself (since doterra only harvests the plants from their indigenous/native area)!
Hats off to doterra for doing what it takes to be the best and changing people’s lives worldwide!!

Giselle Baturay November 13, 2013 at 7:06 am

RG, thanks for your concern. :) However, have you done further research outside of what was told to you by your sales rep or the person you signed under as a sales rep? I’m afraid you have not.

Once again (through repeated various times, but may have missed it) ~
DT oils are NOT certified. Here’s directly from their website –

“CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is a registered trademark of dōTERRA Holdings, LLC representing internal standards of quality assessment and material control. The CPTG protocol is not administered by government or industry regulatory agencies and does not imply regulatory approval of dōTERRA products.”

There is *no organization in the USA that certifies essential oils*. DT oils are not certified. Their “certification” is as good as you telling me that an oil bottle you hold is certified because you said it is. I’m not sure how much more simple to make it but again ~ there are no certifications of essential oils in the USA.

Have you been able to get testings done for the batch of oil you’ve purchased? How easy was that (if you were able to get them)? Nearly impossible. However, there are essential oil companies like Aromatics International that provides their testings for you and are 100% transparent so that you know you are getting pure oils and aren’t just being TOLD that you are with no proof. Be careful as DT’s peppermint, which they usually brag about how theirs is “pure and therapeutic-grade” and that one can tell by scent alone was independently tested and it had a synthetic substance for added scent. – source: http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2013/10/13/3rd-party-test-results-for-peppermint-essential-oil/

The fact that they have you believing their oils are certified and all other essential oils are not good is exactly what this post is about. I will not recommend an essential oil brand that is deceiving in their marketing.

Shara McKinley November 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Would be interested in your thoughts on SwissJusts brand of EO. Company has been around for 80 years. Only offers 12 EOs and are certified as “Pharmaceutical” grade. This is, apparently, the highest standard possible. SwissJust is a direct sales company, only suggests 3 oils that can be applied near and does not encourage internal consumption of their oils. Thanks.

maru_jimena November 18, 2013 at 12:42 am

And then, after reading all the posts here and doing independent research on both big companies, aka DT & YL, I will stay out of their customer’s list.

I totally agree with Giselle, specially the last posts on October 2013.
I was looking for a good company to get high quality essential oils. By experience, as with my organic food, I know that it is very important to do your homework, read reviews, look for independent testing and ruling entities, etc. I prefer to buy local, and when locally is not available, I look for small companies that has been on the market for long time and has been strictly regulated and inspected by private and state organisms.

I come from a family of natural healers, though unfortunately, I am not one, but I remember that my great granny was very careful with remedies to take internally, specially for children. She used to say that not every remedy works the same for every person. So, we have to be very careful. And long term use of something without the proper knowledge and education it is not wise.

It is a matter of common sense, if I want to know about one product, besides asking the maker or seller, I will look for experts that are not married to the product I am researching. I have a friend who is the legal department director for one of the giants in pharmaceutical industry. When we were discussing what I was doing for my cancer treatment he told me to be very careful with those companies that use anecdotal experiences as a way to sell their products. After all, the want to get money from you by selling their products. Stick to the facts and research. Wise man, he knows his business.

People should look a little bit into the court registries, it is really impressive the amount of information you could dig about big companies doing wrongs and hiding it from the public media…

So, just because you have not heard about it, does not mean it does not exist or happened. Dig a little around, the web is an amazing resource.

By the way Giselle, great book references. Thank you!

Giselle Baturay November 19, 2013 at 12:53 am

Thanks for this too!

Corinne November 18, 2013 at 1:02 am

Giselle. Seriously girl. Nice work here. I’m researching EO’s, and doTerra specifically, and have just spent two hours reading this whole thread. You continue to respond gently yet firmly in spite of the condescension and you continue to steer the dialogue back to your actual statements. I just want to encourage you in your professionalism. I have appreciated every response. The whole point of EO’s for me is to continue becoming more conscious about the decisions I make for myself and for my family and that involves doing research outside of company materials. Thank you for all the links and for further inspiring me to be well informed. Xo

Giselle Baturay November 18, 2013 at 1:06 am

Thank you for this!

Giselle Baturay November 19, 2013 at 12:53 am

Thanks! :)

Val November 18, 2013 at 4:16 am

Even if you don’t have a problem with the MLM system of selling EOs (reminds me of big pharma reps in and out of my office), would you not have a problem with the cost for a product that is not first distilled, when there are so many other ones out there that do? doTerra does not always sell you first distilled. My problem with YL is cost when there are others that are just as good, and cheaper, than YL. IF you think absolutely no one in the entire world compares to them, well then you are just perpetuating the illusion, and selling a product. Great to stand behind it and be proud, but please do not be gullible enough to think in all the world over, another company cannot do the same thing.

I work for none of them, and use my EOs for making my organic bath products line. I was given some YL to try from a friend, and her samples did not impress me as much as my NLN or some of my Mountain Herb Rose oils. However, having grown up with an Native healer I can find most things outside that do not require expensive EOs. Cough/croup/COPD/asthma, inhale some Mullein steam/tea/smoke, even safe during pregnancy. Coolest part? It’s a free weed that grows outside. You can find it in areas that are not treated with the pesticides most farms are. That is just one example. You can also diffuse an oil on your own. Or, make a tincture if you want to ingest some of these things more safely. With all of that said, no playing herbalist, doctor, aromatherapist, ND, DC, etc because a person selling it to you said it’s the best therapy of the day. Again, reminds me of the drug reps that hop around my office. Giselle good luck on educating the masses. I do not envy your job one little bit. Aho.

Giselle Baturay November 19, 2013 at 12:52 am

Thanks for this!

Megan November 19, 2013 at 12:38 am

Giselle, I was just about to purchase some doTERRA oils when I decided I should look for reviews. I stumbled upon your post and all of its comments. I really know nothing about EO, but would like to incorporate them more into mine and my children’s life. I did use the doTERRA OnGuard blend when my kids had a cold. (I borrowed it from a friend.) I applied it to their chests and feet with coconut oil as a carrier and diffused it as well. They seemed to recover from their colds considerably faster than previous illnesses. I am not opposed to purchasing other oils, I just was wondering what an equivalent would be from other places. After reading all of the previous comments, I am hesitant to purchase from doTerra, but I am clueless as to what else would work for simple colds. If you could easily point me in the right direction without having to spend days researching I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much.

Giselle Baturay November 19, 2013 at 12:50 am

Hi Megan, so the main essential oils that are in OnGuard that are actually used commonly for colds, flu and other respiratory ailments are Eucalyptus radiata and Rosemary. Clove I actually would be careful about using on the skin often as it is a skin irritant and also Cinnamon. Rosemary should not be used on a young child as it is too strong of a stimulant and it should not be used while pregnant. So you can easily just get bottle of Eucalyptus radiata and dilute it yourself for use for your family. It’s the oil I use the most at home for wellness with my family. Here is more on dilution ~ http://www.granolaliving.com/2012/07/how-to-properly-dilute-essential-oils/

Chrissy January 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm


I apologize in advanced cuz I see how many ppl you have replied to, and have been so patient might I add! I’m not sure if you’ve answered this or not already but I too just bought a kit from DT.

I’m SO interested in learning more about EO but want to become educated. I came across your blog because I felt the DT rep wasn’t very knowledgable and couldn’t answer my questions.

I’m feeling very worried because I’ve been using a drop of the on guard on my 6 month old baby as directed by the DT rep. I’ve been doing this for a couple weeks, almost daily! I obviously will stop but could. Have harmed my child??

I feel so torn because the oils have seemed to work but it does bother me that they don’t seem to fully educated on what they’re selling!!

Giselle Baturay January 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm

I don’t remember all the oils in On Guard but you could simply dilute them so it would be about 3 drops mixed in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Also you shouldn’t have to use essential oils on a baby every day non-stop.

Giselle Baturay January 7, 2014 at 12:56 am

I added this update to the blog post and wanted to share with you as well –

Through this post, I’ve received many emails and have also people post on this blog post of a bad reaction from essential oils based on the information provided by a sales rep brand. If you are one of these people, please I can’t urge you enough to report it. Robert Tisserand, a leader in Aromatherapy often called the Father of Modern Aromatherapy and author of Essential Oil Safety for Aromatherapy Professionals is collection information about these cases. Please email him directly with as much detail as possible at robert@roberttisserand.com. Another place to report is here at the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. Please help others by reporting your experience.

Season November 20, 2013 at 3:58 am

So Giselle I am a touch more informed AND confused by this but it was timely for me to find this.
I was just at the point where I was going to become a Young Living rep and have now decided not to do it because I do not feel qualified to sell them–nor can I in good conscience sell something with such a HUGE mark-up when I know there are other quality oils out there.
I understand the power of testimony and persuasion because I am able after reading this and all the responses (it took FOREVER to read all of them!) to look back and see the red flags that were popping up and giving me pause all along. Cost was one of those, the pushiness to join and company-only information was another, but I would like to share the biggest one as I think EVERYONE considering this post needs to hear this.
I had a YL “party” at my house when I was first getting interested in eo’s late this summer. The rep put some thieves oil in a diffuser and everyone was feeling nice. My son, who had been fussing for a few days due to teething calmed right down so I, of course, was like wow behold the power of YL oils…its like magic!……anyway, the rep then started passing oils around the group to try neat. Some just sniffed and others put a drop on their skin. A couple people looked uncomfortable and the rep assured everyone it was ok and safe. The rep also showed everyone how they drank a drop or two of lemon oil in a glass of water every so often and then demonstrated this in front of everyone. The rep pointed out that YL oils were “food grade” and as such some could be ingested for different ailments and explained which oils you could do this with and so forth.
To be fair, the rep also did mention that some of the oils YL made needed to be put in a carrier oil and she did delineate that some oils were appropriate/not ok for babies and kids and so on. For what she does she is pretty well-read and researched, but by no means a licensed professional. That said, the rep pointed out that when grandchildren were born to the reps son that the babies were anointed with oil at birth. I am hoping it was with the “right” oils? Giselle?
Anyway, we were all enjoying ourselves and getting “educated” about oils and all of a sudden my mom developed hives and was itching like mad. We, of course, had no idea which oil did it. The rep had my mom put lavender oil on her neck. This did nothing to help. Everyone trickled out and the rep only had one sale because some of us were skeptical and the rest of us were too poor to buy any.
So everyone left and my mom was miserable and the rep tells my mom she needs to take some lavender oil internally and puts I have no idea how many drops into some almond milk. Yes it smelled horrible. Just as you would imagine. We all trusted her. DUMB. We. were. DUMB. She drank it and got a bit nauseous. The rep left and later on my mom was puking that oil up off and on ALL NIGHT. When I texted the rep she told me she was detoxing. Looking back I think she was poisoned? Giselle is that what happened? I tend to think when your body pukes something right back up it is trying to protect itself….
My mom said she was excreting lavender oil for at least two days–she said her skin smelled like lavender. Now she absolutely will have nothing to do with essential oils which is frustrating as I think she would really benefit from them when used CORRECTLY.
Giselle thank you so very much for trying to insist on education on this. I now realize I am not educated well enough about this subject and even might need to read some books and get a consult from a professional in order to make certain we are safely using such a wonderful gift for healing that EO truly is.
I have no doubt really that people selling and using these oils to some degree and maybe a large degree are getting a great benefit. I just have to wonder as Giselle is in this post about methods and such…
I will work much harder to figure my way through this somewhat confusing subject. This was a great read.

Giselle Baturay November 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Season, first I’m so sorry your mom had a bad reaction to the oils she was given. Sounds like it was quite the miserable night! Yes it sounds like it was reaction to the drinking of the oils and using undiluted. Some can use lavender undiluted but others cannot. Both YL and DT use the excuse that you’re “detoxing” when someone has a bad reaction to their oils. It’s so ridiculously irresponsible of them and you’re not alone in this ~ there’s been a lot of people that have had negative reactions to YL and DT ways of using oils.

C.D. November 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Thank you, Giselle, for this information!! I have not yet read the entire blog, (must do that in increments). My question is, and perhaps it’s already mentioned, what school did you go to? I would like to become a reputable Aromatherapist. If you don’t feel comfortable posting, would you be comfortable to e-mail me?
(I don’t use or am associated in any way with YL or dT).
Thanks much. This blog is amazing and I believe God helped me find it.

Giselle Baturay November 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Thanks C.D., the school I did and recommend among with others is –

Michelle November 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

This question has probably been asked and answered somewhere above and I’ve not seen it so please forgive me if you’ve already answered it. How much research have you actually done into DoTERRA oils? The comments you make are so very true for oils in general, however…I have done a lot of research on DoTERRA specifically and find that many of your comments do not apply to this particular company. Here are a few reasons I say that:

-Every single batch of oils is tested for purity by an independent lab.
-Every single batch is grown and harvested at the exact time for best purity and quality. (for example helichrysum can only be harvested during a 2 hour window during the afternoon!)
-Every single oil is grown and harvested in its indigenous environment!
-No fillers, weeds, pesticides or foreign contaminants
-If any batch is less than 100% pure, it is tossed.

That being said I agree about the potency especially of DoTERRA. Because of the quality it is HIGHLY potent. Consultants are also taught to recommend only using one to three drops at MOST when using any of the oils for any purpose. Your article, I feel, is slightly misleading in the fact that it sounds like they recommend to just dump them on or gulp them down, with no guidance of how. Now I say slightly because of course there are consultants out there that have no idea what they are doing and have not been taught properly by their upline. However there are also HIGHLY trained consultants that know how to teach the PROPER use of the oils. Obviously they are not physicians, but as you know many modern medicine physicians don’t believe in or rather, don’t promote all natural treatments..they’d be out of a job ;)

I’m very curious on your thoughts to all this and how much research into the actual companies you have done. Again forgive me if I’ve missed this somewhere. Thanks in advance!

Giselle Baturay November 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Quite a bit of research – I’ve experienced their “class” first hand and reactions to their oil. I also research through their own site.

What do you consider highly trained consultants? Have they attended aromatherapy school that is not a DT class and training?

DT is clearly about trying to get people to a) believe that their oils are the only essential oils that work and b) use their oils as many ways as possible so that people re-order quicker and their sales increase. And they do it through deceptive marketing ways and signing up sales reps as quickly as they can and sending them out to give what turns out to be very irresponsible “education” through their “classes” which are nothing more than sales pitches disguised as classes.

Amy June 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Hi, for what it is worth I probably do not stand to gain anything from sharing this with you, however you asked questions about her stance on DoTERRA.
I have been working with a doctor who has a frequency testing machine and a lot of experience. In her work the important thing was not selling or making money on any kind of oils but people getting well. The testing she did with DoTerra oils indicated that there were issues with them. Again she has a thriving practice and can use any company she wants. YL oils seemed to do better with the frequency testing approach. This is what I can tell you from MY experience: there are a lot of products that have been more natural than what you find at the average drug store that I used with some benefit for years: benefit in that they were less toxic or irritating than products made with synthetic chemicals and in that they had some actual benefit. However after developing more sensitivity and illness I have not tolerated many of those products and purity has been essential (no pun intended). When I asked my dr. about the DoTerra oils it was because of working with a very good naturopathic dr who was using DoTerra oils. My dr. told me that when people aren’t as sensitive or ill they get some benefit from even imperfect or adulterated products but that when they are very ill or toxic that their bodies tend to reject some of those same products. I think we all form opinions and emotional attachments to people we trusted and even to companies, but it is good to keep in mind that the goal is to be well and know the truth… even if it means making some changes. Also remember that the issues between companies are not your or my problems… that is theirs and we are really just seeking wellness. this is interesting to me. http://culturedmama.com/young-living-essential-oils-independent-distributor/what-makes-young-living-the-best/
that said though, I think having someone who knows about the oils to advise and help protect yo ucan be invaluable.

Donna von Gunten November 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

My name is Donna, and I’ve been representing an 80+ year old Essential Oil Based product line from Switzerland call “JUST” for almost 20 years. Our essential oils are 100% pure and undiluted, and the only way we recommend using our Essential Oils are thru inhalation (Diffusers, aromatherapy pots,or in a spray bottle mixed with Distilled water, or an a tissue, etc.), the other way we recommend using our products is through massage, or rubbing into the skin, or in a bath – but ALWAYS with a carrier oil or cream. I think your article is very well written, and essential oils should be able to do their job without ever having to be ingested. Thank you.

melissa November 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Oh my goodness, apparently E.O’s cause as much crazy discussion as politics and religion. If they work for you Awesome.If they don’t work and you don’t like them don’t use them.Pick a brand and everyone get a life over who’s right and who’s wrong.

Jessica November 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

The FDA is a joke, people can buy harmful foods from the grocery store. Medications have lists of harmful side effects. If your using natural based essential oils your ahead of most people. If your health improves go for it!

Lucy November 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Hi Giselle!
I’m new to EOs and use DT oils not internally like everyone recomends. I stick to my herbs for internal use.. I did my own reseach and saw how potent eo’s are and didnt want to use them that way.. i mainly use them in a very diluted form in salves and diffuse them.. I would like to ask you if you solely looked at DT oils not the company or the craziness the reps tell you or the price.. Are DT oils themselves good?? On the bottles they have the Latin name and where it came from.. Thanks for your blog! I find it very enlightening!

Giselle Baturay November 24, 2013 at 6:11 am

Lucy, no I personally would not use doterra oils since I don’t know if they do infact do testings on each batch and that their oils are do not have synthetics in them. For example, a truly independent test was done on the doterra Peppermint and it was found to have synthetics.

Lucy November 24, 2013 at 7:37 am

Thank you!! I have tried to find independent tests on DT and found that it all links back to their controled sites or to their reps.. I read on another EO blog that if you put a drop of EO on a piece of construction paper and let it dry. If it dries “clear” to wear you can’t see it that it’s pure and if it dries with rings around the drop it has synthetics in it. Have you heard of that before?? So is your favorite EO company?? Thanks again!!

Tanya February 27, 2014 at 4:42 am

That was my question only related to young living. I have bought quite a few yl essential oils… Should I quit using them entirely or are they fine to use diffused and diluted as you suggest? Worried now. Have made peppermint tea a few times, had a couple glasses of lemon water and put a couple drops of lavender on a cancer sore but other than that not taking internally. Worried now! Feel sick… Have recommended to friends just bc I liked them. Did not read all of blog but enough to be scared and have spent hundreds building a collection mostly to diffuse… What to do???

Sheridan November 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Hello Giselle,
Thank you for your post, it has been very informative! Is there a book that you recommened to guide Essential Oil use? I did see that you recommend “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child” but I am looking for something more broad on Essential Oils. Also, I had looked at the “mountainroseherb.com” website, is it one that you would consider reputable? Thank you!

Giselle Baturay November 24, 2013 at 6:07 am

Sheridan, from what you wrote, I believe you’re looking for a book like “The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy” by Salvatore Battaglia. It’s very thorough and informative and goes beyond a using book.

Charlotte November 26, 2013 at 12:08 am

Thank you for this article! So so helpful to me as I try to wrap my mind around all the EO information out there, particularly from YL and DT.

Jaime Amrine November 27, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I just purchased On-Guard and the lady I purchased it from said it was safe to use 1 drop total and rub on bottom on bottom of my 4 yr. olds feet and 1 drop on each of the feet for my 7 yr. old……is this not safe either? Also, if I were to dilute it, what is the ratio for the dillution to use on bottom of kids feet.

Thanks….very interesting blog….glad I found it! Was thinking about purchasing more oils, not now! Not worth the chance

Giselle Baturay November 28, 2013 at 2:05 am

Jaime, great question! You were told wrong so I’m glad you asked. You can dilute for each of them and I would do a skin patch since some with skin sensitivities have a irritation to clove (one of the ingredients in OnGuard). Here’s a video on diluting ~ http://www.granolaliving.com/2012/07/how-to-properly-dilute-essential-oils/

Robert Karl Skoglund December 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

My wife and her RN daughter have been swept up with doTerra.

I know nothing about it but am reading up. I do know that for years the smell of food cooking has made me cough. When at the table with guests I’ve kept a handkerchief over my mouth. At grange suppers I’ve eaten out on the front steps with my plate in my lap because I cough, cough cough.

A few months ago my wife held a little bottle of stuff called Breathe up against my chest and put a drop on me. I didn’t think anything about it. I get it morning and night. But the cough is gone. Placebo? I don’t know. But I do know that cough wracked my entire body and brought nothing up. And now it is gone.

Of course it could have gone away by itself. And it might come back.

Thank you for making this forum available. I’m easy to find on Google. I do get paid for my writing, but not on this page.

The humble Farmer
Robert Karl Skoglund
785 River Road
St. George, ME 04860

Giselle Baturay December 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Thanks Robert for writing and I’m so happy that essential oils have worked well for you. It’s the oils in the blend that have helped you. You can find the same through other more ethical essential oil brand then doTerra and higher quality. In particular you can use this blend below from Aromatics International and if you’d like you can add Peppermint. You can also try just Peppermint on it’s own. Instead of doTerra you’d be supporting a ethical and responsible essential oil company and receiving higher quality at the same time.

Also, I believe in a holistic approach to wellness. If that cough does come back one way or another, try to determine the CAUSE of the cough.

Robert Etheridge December 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I find it repulsive that Sarah thinks that any pro-doTerra or YL oil posts are paid postings. I use DoTerra oils and use most of them without carrier oils. I am not sure why there are non-internal use requirements. The makeup of oils allows for them to be readily absorbed through the skin and processed internally. I use a DT blend for acid reflux, lavender for sleep, peppermint for headaches, etc…

DT and YL have well-respected suppliers and have hospitals which use their oils. I am not sure why the focus is on these two companies. I feel confident using oils in the same manner that Vanderbilt ER and Palliative Care use DT oils (they use them aromatically and topically).

Giselle Baturay December 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Robert, as you’ve seen mentioned various times, DT and YL are not “well-respected suppliers” due to their unethical and irresponsible essential oils recommendations which sole purpose is to get you to use that bottle as quickly as possible so you can re-order. Except that the way they recommend can and has caused more harm than good when recommended to the general public to take internally and undiluted. Please see resources already provided on the blog post and update for the reasons why this is not good practice.

Shay Johnson December 4, 2013 at 12:52 am

This argument gets so old. I have been applying essential oils to my clients directly with little to no dilution in my massage practice for over a decade. I have seen one…just one reaction. It was about 10 years ago when I used clove oil. It was a minor irritation, easily solved by adding in some carrier oil. I didn’t realize back then about clove needs a little dilution and so that was my fault. I am a trained holistic health care professional and herbalist, however I appreciate YL and Doterra trying to put the peoples medicine…in the hands of the people. If only the “trained” professionals can use these products and sell them …are we not then doing the same thing that doctors do holding health care hostage? I have used about 12 different brands in my bodywork practice and none are as nice as doterra. Also we have to keep in mind that the 2 largest aromatherapy organizations in the world who say …no internal use…they are not God. They are being very cautious and that is their right. But its also the right of others with different opinions to do what they believe is right. I think there is way too much hype around e/o’s. If used with care and responsibility….they are safer than most over the counter junk people are taking every day. I would rather see someone use a drop of peppermint in a glass of water than be on proton pump inhibitors. Lets get to a place where we can put aside all the arguments and let people have freedom to practice as they see fit.

Giselle Baturay December 4, 2013 at 2:38 am

The Aromatherapy organizations that do not advise the general public to take oils internally or to use them undiluted ~ you wrote they are being cautious. Why would that be? If it is safe to do so, why the caution?

Please see blog post resources for the answers.

I’ve read more than once by doTerra users – oh better this than pharmaceuticals. This is a very irrelevant and to be honest silly argument since BOTH are potent. Yes I too prefer alternative medicine but this does not give me the pass to say use it any which way you want just because it’s not a pharmaceutical. Again — both are quite potent. Essential oils do require RESPECT and safety in usage.

Hazards of Raindrop Therapy – http://www.naturesgift.com/RDT.htm

Dermal Safety Use by NAHA (with lots of resources at the bottom of this link)

And for those who like me prefer books ~

Essential Oil Safety, A Guide for Health Care Professionals by Tisserand and Balacs

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia

You wrote ~ “If only the “trained” professionals can use these products and sell them …are we not then doing the same thing that doctors do holding health care hostage?”

In my blog post or in my responses, it was not written anywhere that only trained professionals can use and sell essential oils. What is written is that when taking INTERNALLY it’s recommended to seek the guidance of a trained professional. The reasons being safety, including contraindications.

I personally find brands like doTerra and Young Living to be similar to the pharmaceutical industry in that they want you to use their products whether you need them or not and use them every way you can, safe to do so or not, and as fast as you can (hence how they recommend internal and not diluting…makes that bottle finish faster) in order to increase profits.

Mary December 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

This is really about the proper way to use oils as opposed to whether or not DdT or YL works. Anyone who has been involved with herbs (gone to workshops,studied under an herbologist) know that essential oils are rarely if everrecommended for internal use. Diffusionis most commonly recommended for essential oils.
Earlier Hassan from Somalia mentioned the many uses of fankincence and drinking the essential oil straight is not one of them . Frankincence has been used for millenia in the Middle East and Somalia,and much medical knowledge originates rom the M into the west revolutionizing western medicine,so the weren’t yokels. If western herbologists don’t recommend ingesting EO straight,my guess isMiddle Eastern herbologist don’t either,and not because ,but because of liver toxicity.

Sometimes liver toxicity takes years to manifest itself. It’s not worth the risk.

dave glenn December 5, 2013 at 4:34 am

I must be missing something because I have seen comments about EO’s you recommend but I don’t see a list. I am new to EO but not herbalism (over 20 years). I was given a sample of a EO and wanted to learn about respected companies (so i use the recommendations as a springboard to do my own research)

Giselle Baturay December 6, 2013 at 8:02 am

Dave ~ there’s a good list on this blog post:


Lyn December 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

I’ve recently been introduced to Young living by a family member and I keep hearing over and over again to dilute. I like essential oils but I don’t want to be stuck on just one whether it be Young living or Granola babies.

Anna December 7, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Thank you for the information and resources. I was feeling like a stuck-in-mud or bad person for questioning some of these blanket recommendations or claims. It’s good for me to know that some of these things are not even recommended by people well practiced in the field. Educating yourself is hard work but vitally important. I understand there are many benefits to essential oils but don’t feel like they are practiced safely all the time. As a nurse, it bothers me that there is no regulations or safety guidelines for the mass public when using EO’s. I’m trying to become better informed so I know what I’m dealing with and the proper answers to tell patients, family and friends.Thank you again.

crystal December 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I am using doterra. I am in no way interested in selling anything. It was the first company introduced to me. I know someone straight up asked this question but I don’t remember seeing an answer. Aside from Doterra’s marketing and education that you don’t agree with, what about the quality of Dottera oils? This info is mind boggling to me. I know nothing about EOs. It’s giving me a headache all the back and forth I’m reading about different companies. What is your opinion on the quality of Doterra’s oils?

Giselle Baturay January 31, 2014 at 8:25 am

Personally the quality was ok, not the best I’ve tried. However I will not MLMs that I don’t find ethical or responsible in their education.

RQ December 10, 2013 at 12:12 am

Hello Giselle,

I really appreciate you taking the time to put all this very informative information in one place and answer all the comments below. I am just getting started in my research to start using Essential Oils and was wondering if you could recommend a book that gives a good overall view on what each EO do, what different things they can be used for (cleaning products, skin rash, headache) etc. From reading the comments extensively below I see that you recommend Valerie Worwood books-is her Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aroma Therapy a good starter education book?

Giselle Baturay January 31, 2014 at 8:24 am

I do recommend it – good resources for uses of essential oils.

Eleassia December 14, 2013 at 5:59 am

Wow! All I can say is Thank you for this article. It clarified so many of my concerns. ..I really love holistic approach to health but, I just needed something to help me understand the responsible, age, holistic approach to health. So grateful to have found this blog… one question. .. is it okay to put EO in a nebulizer? Will continue to follow and educate myself. Thank you again for a clear, conscientious and responsible article. ..I can tell you are passionate about your field. Love it!

Kel December 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Giselle – I’m new to essential oils. I came across them when trying to find ways to help my 18 month old with eye issues. I have a friend who sells doterra and purchased oils from her. As I’m reading through responses (and I’m sorry I read half way through and stopped because there are a lot of responses and a lot of name calling) so I decided to just write a post. My question is it your educated knowledge that doterra oils are safe to use in an educated manner (as you’ve said and everything I’ve read has said don’t ingest oils)? I’ve used frankincense diluted (3-4 tsp of a carrier oil with one drop of oil) on my child’s feet in hopes of helping her eyes. So are doterra oils safe (and I’m only referencing this company because it’s what I’m currently using)? Or should I purchase oils from a different company? From what I’ve read the issue seems to be the claims of mlm’s, is that correct? I apologize if I’m asking you to repeat yourself. Thank you for offering your time and knowledge.

Giselle Baturay December 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Their oils can be used. And as you did, you’ll want to dilute the oils when using topically. My only recommendation is that next time you have to order, I would consider another brand as with DT you’re overpaying but not receiving the highest quality.

Keller December 16, 2013 at 1:05 am

I use doterra oils every day. Never been so healthy and my kids don’t even know who their doctor is. I love them and recommend them to everyone…trust me theres an oil for that.

Shreva December 16, 2013 at 7:21 am

Have you tried or do you know about Edens Garden? Its sort of on the smaller side and not soooooo much about marketing and selling their product like crazy. Just curious if they are a good 100% essential oil.

Tammy McNair December 17, 2013 at 2:28 am

Wow! Great reading! I am a YL rep. I personally love them. I have many friends that are DT reps and they feel the same.

We take SOME oils internally. I don’t agree with taking “a drop” under the tongue per say. What if you accidentally ingest 2-3 drops? Most people will say no big deal….it is natural. This is a big misconception!

When we take our oils “internally”, I place my finger over the tip of the bottle and turn it upside down. The true drop of oil (much less than a drop coming out) is then rubbed inside the cheek. Lavender is one that I use on my son daily this way. His pediatrician has given her approval to continue. He has dropped 2 Rx’s that he was taking for allergies since starting this!

I think that oils are like everything else. People need to be responsible. Oils nor medicines are going to cure or fix you if you do not get to the root of your problem! I hear so often (I used to say this myself), that I have arthritis but I am stuck with it….it is hereditary. Ummm, nope. After 15 years of chronic pain in my knee, it is gone. Oils are what took the pain away. WAIT FOR IT…………… AFTER I switched my eating habits!!! Oils were my booster for the wonderful effects I got from diet change. No way could I eat the crud (much of which is recommended), take oils, and feel good like I do. The ROOT of the problem must be addressed.

I am not a fake person. I am the mom of 11 kiddos and I could give many personal testimonials of how YL oils have helped my family. But again, I have dug to the root of the problem.

I am going to school to become an N.D. I can tell you now that I have already decided I will not take any patients that do not make a full effort into improving their health. Just sayin.

Giselle Baturay January 5, 2014 at 6:43 am

I so agree with you! I get annoyed when people don’t mention that it was a holistic approach that worked well with the oils and not just take a oil and WOAH I cured cancer!

Emily December 19, 2013 at 2:20 am

My 2 year old had croup a few weeks ago. We were able to knock it out quickly using Hyland’s Cough and Cold homeopathic liquid and Aura Cacia brand eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils mixed in coconut oil rubbed on his chest and the bottoms of his feet. That, along with breathing in steam from a hot shower running worked wonders and he recovered from croup in less than 2 days with NO medicine at all.

Giselle Baturay December 19, 2013 at 2:25 am

So glad you were able to use essential oils. I have had fabulous results as well with croup using eucalyptus radiata. Peppermint has menthol which is not recommended to use with young children (even mainstream Vicks Vapor Rub has a warning on menthol), but Eucalyptus Radiata has worked really well. I also use Niaouli which is a standard for me as well for respiratory ailments.

Leigh December 21, 2013 at 8:57 am

I appreciate a blogger who is trying to help others by making sure they receive correct information however I am much less likely to trust what they say when I see misinformation given by them. FYI Mary Kay is not a Pyramid and it is not even an Multilevel Marketing company so while you are helping people who you feel don’t have the facts, make sure you do! I do think it is arrogant to belittle “reps” because they don’t have a certificate from a community college or some other therapy school. You can be smart and educated and a “rep” all at the same time. Maybe they have studied from the same sources for over a “year”. I wonder if you aren’t hiding your disgust for losing business and the “market” so to speak on Essential Oil’s. Do you like being the expert a little too much? Maybe you feel threatened? I had never experienced the benefits of EO’s until I tried my friend’s Do Terra. So at the very least they should receive credit for having raised peoples awareness of the benefits! It still should be noted that you are in business too. You are taking money from people. If you have something on your shelf, I could walk in and take a chance on an oil same as if I bought it from one of the companies you disdain. Sales is an honorable profession. Demeaning Direct Sales is ignorant and rude. Many Direct Sales customers pay less money purchasing those products whatever they may be, because there is no overhead, no middle man, often no advertizing. Yet many of these companies have the highest quality products on the market! So before you look down your nose at the Direct Sales industry, get the facts-jack! ….and to some who know what’s up, it makes you look jealous.

Giselle Baturay December 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I’m not sure how to respond to most of what you wrote since it seems you choose to ignore that this post was backed by sources for every point made, making it not just my opinion.

However interesting about Mary Kay and that you are not aware that yes it is a multi level marketing (MLM) company. Hopefully this will help ~

I do want to clarify that in no way am I “demeaning” sales reps. I’ve written more than once that most are well meaning. It is a fact and not an opinion that most from DT are also very misinformed (see entire blog post).

Also please take a look at other essential oils pricing and compare to DT and YL pricing as you seem to believe you are getting a better price from DT and YL. Their oils are actually more than regular pricing and no higher pricing doesn’t equal better quality with these two companies ;). It’s all about how MLMs are structured (you can learn more about MLMs with a simple google search).

Your post was actually quite rude and unnecessary but I posted it to clarify the points above incase others were confused as well.

Mandi December 24, 2013 at 2:22 am

Lots of great company’s out there! As far as FDA well that’s for the birds. Books and resources, question everything! Take what makes sense to u do away with the rest. Personal experience is worth more than gold ratio! Knowledge is power and so is taking responsiblity for your own health! Love aroma therapy! And as far as taking internally why not? We consume everything else and as far as the benifets and healing power that EOs can do faboluse! It’s just like mushrooms cant eat all of them! Find a good source, network….. Love do terra personally! I use several brands although have to give it to do terra great high quality! Dont care what marketing tactics they use the oils speak for themselfs! Every company had a marketing strategy… Many blessings to all!

Giselle Baturay January 5, 2014 at 6:42 am

I’m glad you’ve found oils that work for you! Every company has marketing strategies ~ however I choose to support those that do so ethically.

Bub December 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I like doTerra’s lemon oil, but I don’t like their cinnamon oil, its pretty crummy. Same with their pine oil, kind of iffy. I’m just saying this because I think that they have some good products, and some bad ones.

Same thing applies to most oil companies. There’s no one company with a monopoly on all the best oil sources. So I’d recommend buying specific oils that turn out great from specific companies.

Christine December 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Thank you for posting this! I agree with you 100%. I used to be an IPC, but became concerned about the promotion of ingesting oils and applying them neat. I started researching EO safety through the NAHA website and became alarmed. The last straw for me was the independent 3rd party testing that found a synthetic in the company’s peppermint oil. I prefer to learn about EOs from certified aromatherapists – not salespeople.

Giselle Baturay January 5, 2014 at 6:40 am

I’m glad it helped!

Christy Barnson December 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I have found two oil companies that I have used extensively and love! One is local to me. It is RockyMountainOils.com. They have comparative blends to doTerra and Young Living at a fraction of the cost! I have called them and asked questions and they are very helpful. I feel they have a great amount of information on their website and I love their oils.

The next one is MountainRoseHerbs.com. This company sells a lot of home remedy type stuff, which I feel allows them to have even better prices as oils are not their only source of income. I like to add oils to creams and lotion bars and I can typically find the other ingredients I need on their site. This company only sells single oils, no blends.

Lori December 31, 2013 at 1:21 am

I think that many oils you buy have man made chemicals in them, So of course they will say do not use internally also someone who is an expert in AROMA therapy is not a expert in ingesting therapy, also I am not sold on just putting just any thing in my body but I believe in doing my own research and deciding for myself. From all I have read on this subject I could make arguments both ways. I recommend others to do your own research and make up your own minds, usually if they are too much one sided on an issue they have a stake in it or a profit to be made. Aromatherapists have their own, companies have their own, etc etc. Do not listen to other peoples agendas learn and make your own agenda. I do think that some oils are safe to ingest as there would be law suit after lawsuit if they were not after a company saying their oils are safe, but I also do not think most are safe and that is why those manufacturers tell you not to ingest them because they put man made chemicals in the, I do not want to put anything in my body that is made in a lab unless I am told to by my doctor and only if my life or quality of life depend on it. Otherwise I leave it alone, I also agree that the CPTG is a made up thing but one that was necessary as those oils do not compare to anything else on the market so they set their own standards and named it, not a bad thing, so if you believe in the company you now have a way to feel secure about the product, if you do not then you use something else. Just do your own research. Not everyone has your best interests at heart. I am more skeptical of someone who says you cannot use their product in ways that others say is safe, WHY? is it not safe to use your product, what is in them that is not safe? If you claim they are 100% pure, I understand the concentration thing but If I can put a half a lemon in my water and drink it why can I not put 1 drop of 100% EO in my water and drink it, I am diluting it, My lemon water with 1/2 lemon in it seems stronger, and I juice the whole organic lemon peel and all. I have tried some and not had issues and had some help from them but still searching and learning before I am 100% convinced one way or the other. The jury is still out for me but alot of things make sense and then alot of things do not add up.

Giselle Baturay December 31, 2013 at 1:39 am

Just a bit of information ~ a trademark is a way for a company to solely use a term. It is not a patent – it is not a new invention. Therefore no, doTerra did not do something that others haven’t done with essential oils. The difference between a patent and a trademark can be found with a google search if you’d like to learn more.

Ginger Essential Oil December 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hi! I’ve been reading your site for a while now and finally got the
courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Tx!
Just wanted to mention keep up the good work!

Giselle Baturay January 5, 2014 at 6:40 am

Thank you!

Linda S January 2, 2014 at 2:02 am

I know nothing about essential oils, but interested in knowing what the difference is between something like what is sold through Puritan Pride and doTerra. I will keep searching, but thought I would ask here. Thank you.

drew January 5, 2014 at 5:57 am

Let me tell you I was never ever into essential oils, Im a western pharm fan all the way! But I came across doTERRA and was like another oil I don’t want to hear about, but I found out its the only oil on the market today that is certified pure. I was like get out of here and who the heck cares there all the same right! It turns out from my research on oils and im talking going beyond the opinion of people on the internet, doTERRA actually has a different process of extracting the purest form of medicinal oil out there. So im like let me try this and I believe people who are strongly medicated want something that works, and my personal testimony, it actually does! Ive tried it out on oil gurus and family and friends with amazing results. My wife who has been a big aracasia or whatever that company is called for a long time and she cant deny the positive effects doTERRA has had on her. So I appreciate your opinion on what you think you know about doTERRA and for anybody reading that is the latin term for Gift Of The Earth ! But you are misinformed about essential oils in the fact every company except doTERRA uses oil fillers or fragrance in there bottle and that is a fact, not only because of personal testimony the government states essential oils that are labeled 100 percent or organic only have to have a fraction of actual oil in it and a natural form of fragrance which is easy and cheap to produce! The government does not approve the sell of any oils or supplements but yet you see them in a lot of high retail stores and aromatherapy stores, so its not illegal to sell them! doTERRA has set a new standard that other companies will have to eventually get on board with or close there doors because its a real expensive process to make sure there oils are considered medicinal or CPTG, I don’t know if companies are brain dead or cant afford it but its time to wake up, theres a new standard out there and your just ignorant if you don’t see it. Best of luck !

Giselle Baturay January 5, 2014 at 6:39 am

Drew all of that is doTerra marketing techniques. Actually what you wrote is a *perfect* example of what the part about “Misunderstood Marketing” is all about in the blog post. No, doTerra is not certified. In fact, to help you in learning this, I ask you to please post a link to their certification (and I don’t mean a link to a certificate from doTerra *to* doTerra). No, other brands do not all put fillers in their oils. Again, prove this to yourself – please find a link to how the other brands all have fillers. And please do not post a link from doTerra to prove something doTerra is saying to you. If it’s true, surely it would be in other places besides doTerra blogs and sites.

Also, it was not written that it’s illegal to sell essential oils, so in this you are correct. It’s perfectly legal to sell essential oils.

Sharon Devi January 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Thank you for this. I’m new to EO, just bought a YL EO and was told by the ‘Sales Rep’ that I could give it to my 4 year old child to be ingested internally. I was just about to do that, then, I thought, I better ‘google’ it first. Thank goodness, I stumbled upon your article. I now know better not to ingest it and to dilute it first.

I saw elsewhere on your post, you suggested a dilution ratio: which is a safe dilution for children: “To dilute to 1%, take 1 oz (2 tablespoons) of a carrier oil… and then add 5-6 drops total of the essential oil.”

But, now, I am confused. Because, apparently: Australian tablespoon is 20 ml, UK is 15 ml, and American is 16 ml.

So, if I use 2 Australian tablespoon = 40ml of Carrier Oil, however, if I use 2 US tablespoon, it’s 32 ml. That’s quite a huge difference in terms of diluting the EO for children. What do you think? Thank you in advance.

Giselle Baturay January 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Isn’t it something how our instincts lead us the right way so many times. Good for you for listening to yours!

Instead of tablespoons measurement use 1 oz. 1 oz of a carrier oil and 5-6 drops is 1%.

Giselle Baturay January 7, 2014 at 12:56 am


Through this post, I’ve received many emails and have also people post on this blog post of a bad reaction from essential oils based on the information provided by a sales rep brand. If you are one of these people, please I can’t urge you enough to report it. Robert Tisserand, a leader in Aromatherapy often called the Father of Modern Aromatherapy and author of Essential Oil Safety for Aromatherapy Professionals is collection information about these cases. Please email him directly with as much detail as possible at robert@roberttisserand.com. Another place to report is here at the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. Please help others by reporting your experience.

maureen January 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Thank you for your post. I was wondering why doterra showed up in all of my recent essential oil queries. I was also surprised that their advice about internal use and undiluted topical application contradicted everything else I have read in the past. MLM businesses can be so strange – I know from personal experience.

Sarah January 5, 2014 at 11:29 pm

I too was using young living essential oils, but started doing more research. Gary Young is a fraud. http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/young.html, he makes false claims. Essential oils have a place, but must be used wisely.

Rachel January 6, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I am so happy to see this blog. I have some FB friends thru a support group. One women started selling this ( after a MIRACLE cure) and now it feels like everyone is possessed. Every post is now about these oils. I am just so sick of hearing about this and it all feels like a sales pitch. And they all say the same thing. It is not the oils that scare me, but the sales pitch. And all of their friends who are sellers hype it up more. I am not interested and other than the constant posts they are not pushing me at all, but I see others get sucked in one by one.
Very bizarre.

Sonia Rodriguez January 7, 2014 at 1:27 am

Great Article Giselle! Very well stated, as I kept reading I heard myself saying “Yes!” to every entry. I am an aromatherapist and own Alchemista Aromatherapy Sanctuary & Spa in Tucson Arizona. I have been in the field for 20 years and I source all of my essential oils from the country of origin. Over the years I’ve been educating my customers in person and online but its so nice to find others who are also educating the public. Essential oils are such a wonderful and I encourage everyone to make sure they know their sources before they start using them.
Thank you again for a great article! Sonia

Athena January 10, 2014 at 10:06 am

I can’t believe the amount of misinformation I’m seeing in the comment section. I have been taking online aromatherapy courses and have bought and read a ton of the recommended aromatherapisy books and it amazes me how many people just start using EOs without any type of reaserch. Its astonishing to me that anyone would ingest lemon or orange well any citrus EO really on a daily bases let alone give it to their children because its well known that they cause photo toxicity . http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/28/11/2372.full.pdf

I was in complete disbelief that any company could advocate internal use of their EOs to such an extent so I decided to google internal usage for Birch EO because even a few drops can be fatal! I was shocked and dismayed that within a few seconds there where multipul blogs for doterra cosultants advocating its injestion. I also see many advocating the injestion of nutmeg, which is a well known halucanagenic when injested as an EO because unlike a teaspoon of powdered nut in a recipe 1 drop is the equivalent of 4 nuts!

So my question is, are they irresponsible and selling real EOs and disregarding the consequences or are they selling a synthesized EO like their own chemist has said on a blog? I’m betting its both. I personally buy my EOs from Europe from Kateseye blends they give you every bit of info from date bottled, Latin name, where it was harvested and much more plus because they are in England they have some actual regulation. I also use mountain rose herbs and have visited their company in eugene Oregon they are great and extreamly knowledgable. This is a great article and I just wish a few of these consultant types would listen up because real people really do get hurt.

Belkis January 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

If someone wants to discredit anything at all you are sure to find supporting evidence. I personally go by how my body reacts or doesn’t. Since using doTerra my health over all has improved as has my spirit. The simple act of diffusing certain blends in my studio while my clients work out cause such a dynamic difference in them. Some will come in tired, some grumpy some over stimulate and not present. Since I work one on one I can adjust the essential to how the individual comes in and watch the magic work. all of my clients use the oils as well simply because they too notice the subtle difference. So as far as I’m concerned go doTerra!!! It’s made a profound change in my life so what ever to the naysayers.
With respect and kindness, Belkis

Giselle Baturay January 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Essential oils are amazing and I use them myself. However I choose ethical companies and doTerra is not which is why I wrote this blog post explaining why I don’t carry it and other MLMs companies. You can get the same results and better with another brand that is not doTerra and that is an ethical company.

Rachel January 13, 2014 at 3:55 am

I feel so overwhelmed with essential oils after reading through ALL of this. I am worried that I just wasted money on an over priced YL oil. I’m worried that the oil may be harmful to me and my baby (19 weeks pregnant). Ugh… I only just started looking into oils today and the only reason I found this blog is because when I typed “young living” into google, the second recommendation was “is a scam.”

My family is PCSing to Europe in a few weeks and I’m worried about getting sick on the flight. I do not feel comfortable having the flu vaccine while pregnant, so I’ve been looking for other means to stay healthy inflight. I had dozens of women in my natural parenting group suggest YL’s thieves oil. The consultant told me that I can apply it to my feet, mix it into tea or honey. I even ordered the thieves spray and was told I can spray it directly in my mouth to prevent airborne infection. Now I don’t know what to believe. I just want to stay healthy for my baby.
I’m feeling more lost now than ever :-(

Giselle Baturay January 13, 2014 at 4:25 am

I can’t recommend you enough the book by Alison England “Aromatherapy for Mother-Baby”.

The YL rep is just that – a sales rep. She is not an aromatherapist and her job is to sell you as many bottles as possible over the course of having you as a customer. So the more ways you use that bottle the more oils you will need to re-buy and better her commission. Explaining this (in case someone reading this thinks so) does not make me anti business. However misinforming you about the use of essential oil due to lack of responsible training and in doing so putting you as risk is just plain wrong.

Please do not ingest oils without guidance from a trained aromatherapist or holistic care provider. And while pregnant it is not recommended using essential oils at all during the first and second trimester.

For health you may want to consider strengthening your immune system through proper rest, prenatal yoga, healthy eating and herbs such as rosehips and echinacea as well as nettle and dandelion root. I prefer tinctures or making herbal infusion with a blend of these. Research these to learn more.

Melissa January 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I noticed you said you are an Aromatherapist. I’m just starting out with oils and would like to become an aromatherapist. Where did you get certified/education? What (oils), where do you get your oils?
I use Young Living because I was told they are so pure they can betaken internally. Now I’m confused? I want to educate myself!!

Giselle Baturay January 17, 2014 at 1:30 am

Melissa, I studied with Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy. There’s also Aromahead (was one I had also really considered). Best wishes in your journey! I use Aromatics International and am really happy with them. I’ve also used Aura Cacia and Mountain Rose Herbs as well as Floracopeia.

Tammy January 17, 2014 at 1:22 am

Thank you for this excellent post – I am a qualified aromatherapist and have spoken to reps at both these companies – and was horrified about how little safety information meant to them or was known. They claim they train their reps – but the reps are responsible for their own reading and from what I can tell they simply gloss over dilution strength (which varies between applications) and contraindications. Thank you for taking the time to speak so honestly.

Lacey January 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Giselle-A lot of your article agrees with the doTERRA companies standards. I recommend to all the readers of this article to do their own research about doTERRA by going to their official website and reading about it. I have been using doTERRA’s oils for more than two years with only good results. I have replaced all the medication I have ever used with the oils. Never have I had a bad experience with the oils even though I do not usually dilute them as doTERRA itself does recommend. Most of doTERRA’s oils can be taken internally. However doTERRA does have a few oils that they highly recommend not to be taken internally because of how potent they are. Even if I did accidentally ingest these oils, they aren’t going to kill me. I would rather get a little sick to my stomach than overdose on something like Tylenol-which has many side effects and can be fatal. I’m really not trying to start a conflict of interest, but I would only like to point out that the reasons you say why you don’t use doTERRA actually go along with everything doTERRA teaches and recommends. Almost like conflicting your own article. Anyhow, from one ordinary person just looking for the best healthcare to another, I will recommend all the readers to check out doTERRA’s website and experiment with the actual oils to see the effects for yourselves instead of just reading about them. It’s truly the best way to see for yourself what I have come to realize.

Giselle Baturay January 17, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Lacey, I disagree that my article and what doTerra says are side-by-side. What I wrote actually came from having researched directly with doTerra. In the blog post the quote about that their oils are *not* certified comes directly from doTerra. They use very misleading marketing to say that their oils are “Certified Therapeutic Grade” while at the same time in fine print they write that actually their oils are NOT certified by anyone.

Internal use – while reps love to promote it as well as doTerra, one must realize that reps are in no way qualified to advice others on using essential oils internally. And there has been poisoning and very bad reactions from individuals that have followed the advice of sales reps on using oils both undiluted and internally. Some of these same people have posted on this blog post. It’s very scary and just plain wrong.

doTerra brags often about how they encourage reps to encourage customers to use their oils in as many ways as possible to increase sales. Through their reps, they’ve gotten million dollar DAYS by teaching reps to tell customers to not dilute the oil (can use the bottle quicker = more sales), to ingest (quickly go through that bottle) daily and to use the oils every day (again, more usage, more sales). And in doing so, the company and the reps have put in danger children and adults alike.

Rather than recommending to go a company that uses unethical practices in order to make more sales, I encourage everyone to use companies that practice proper usage and educate ethically. I’ve also found these oils to be much more effective anyway than what I used from doTerra.

Jennabelle January 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I am new to EO’s, this blog has been most helpful!!, I have tried to research several aspects of EO’s and their uses, in particular, diffusing them and if there are any of them that are toxic and could harm my dogs and cats! (Diffusing only). There seems to be a wealth of knowledge on this blog and thought it might be a good place to find my answer! Does anybody know if diffusing oils in my animal friendly household, is harmful??? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

exo ra luna January 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

Do Terra, Young Living, Young Essential oils are all a part of a system relying on MLM’s. They are Utah based and family owned. They get rich by lying and telling their consultants their products are better when they are not. They have coined an essential grade EEOOCG they made this up. Oils do not have any certified process or standard they have to pass in the USA.

Buy them If you like being in a cult and being robbed.

Carla January 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Wow, lots of comments to read thru! I was first introduced to EO’s by a YL rep, but wanted to do my own research. I, of course saw DT and a few other companies, but I came across a blog (wholenewmom.com) that went thru a series about what EO company is best. She researched the whole YL vs. DT thing, and a few other companies. Her result for the best company for “regular joe” EO users (considering quality and price) was Native American Nutritionals. I was wondering if you have any thoughts on this company? I was so impressed with the blog research that I purchased oils from NAN and am having great results. Just curious for input from someone else who obviously does extensive research. :)

Missy January 30, 2014 at 5:24 am

I recently read the blog series over at Wholenewmom that a couple people had referenced, which got me curious, and lead me here. I can’t believe I actually waded through all those comments! Phew! But, I feel much more educated now on essential oils. I obviously have much more to learn and will be checking out the books that were referenced. I wish that there was some sort of set, regulated grading, but since there isn’t I guess I will continue to study and follow my intuition. After I had a reaction to internally taking an allergy blend, I have become very wary of taking oils internally and what has been fed to me by distributors just didn’t feel right. Thanks for the references and for taking the time to answer comments.

Could you please share your opinion of Native American Nutritionals?

Michelle M January 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Wow, this is a very interesting blog post, Giselle! …and the comments! It speaks volumes when people aren’t open to considering opposing views. It doesn’t matter how passionate they may be about their own personal experience with a company…getting defiantly defensive makes them sound 100% brainwashed. That’s not good for the image of the companies they’re representing…very off-putting.

amy January 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Thank you for your website and your posts. I thought I was having a reaction to Deep Blue from DoTerra but couldn’t find confirmation. Sure enough, the blisters underneath my chest and on my elbow and swelling in my feet are not just detoxing. I love the oils, but I’m not going to ingest them any longer. It’s only been a couple weeks, but by week 2 I noticed a reaction. If I hadn’t found your website I might have continued thinking I was “detoxing”. I am going to investigate other herbs as well as ways to use them “safely”. Thank you. Thank you.

Giselle Baturay January 31, 2014 at 8:22 am

Yours is sadly one of many many similar stories of bad reactions to using oils the way consultants of these MLMs recommended. I’m so sorry it happened to you but happy you were able to recognize what was happening. It’s sick to me that they call bad reactions “detoxing”.

Dawn January 28, 2014 at 3:40 am

40 years ago dilution was not a part of aromatherapy and neither was a product that did not contain any thin other than the unadulterated unmixed plant essence. Check your facts before you blog.

Giselle Baturay January 28, 2014 at 8:53 am

Dawn, you write this and yet provide zero facts for these statements? I’m guessing you got this information from Young Living? To say that before 1970s all essential oils were adulterated is simply not true. Also there are aromatherapy books dating older than 40 years that instruct to dilute essential oils. It seems you’ve been fooled.

Kelley January 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

What do you think of Native American nutritionals, also known as Rocky Mountain oils? Whole new mom recommends them as she finally found a company that matched her qualifications. She does not promote YL nor doTerra for many reasons. She wants integrity 100 percent!

kim January 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Wow reading all of this is so rediculous. Yes I am a doterra rep. I am educated on the oils by scientists and doctors. It is sad to see reps bashing another company. Try different oils yourself and choice what is right for you, do plenty of research. The world is not flat.. things change. Eos were not to be taken internally at one point. Can you now? Yes.. with caution and NOT all of them, doterra teaches you this as well as outside places. Other companies or store bought, the do not so the extensive test I doterra does to make sure there are no synthetics and pesticides or fillers, they dont want to have to pay for that extra testing. Doterra only recommends taking the food grade internally, also the ones that are rated “GRAS” generally regarded as safe by the FDA. My family and I have been using them for over 5 years. Doctors, aromatherapists, hypnotists, holistic coaches, and psychologists all included in the family. Anyone bashing has a hidden agenda. I urge you to try whichever brand you choice yourself. The oils speak for themselves. Compare them, look at the science and where they anre being sourced from. Make sure its from where they are indigenous. Get a couple brands of the same oil, smell them, try them on… dont believe everything you see posted on a blog. Get out there and find out for yourself. And as far as mlm goes.. it is a product that works. How is it a scheme or scam? They are rewarding their customers instead of putting their money into commercials ect. And the reps just want to help people become happier and healthier in their lives. Eos whether taken internally (only ones recommended) or used topically are safer than the modern medicine we take now a days. Follow the dilution recommended and which way to use it and you will be safe. Rant over

Giselle Baturay January 31, 2014 at 8:20 am

Kim, do you have any resources for what you wrote in regards to how NOW we can take internally oils but not before and that other companies do not testing but only doTerra does? Also, any resources for how any way of taking essential oils internally and topically is safer than medicine? Those are quite strong statements that truly do need resources because otherwise you’re just repeating what other reps told you….and provided you nothing a “believe me” as their source.

Cuauhtemoc January 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Thank you Giselle for this wonderful information. I’m getting started on aromatherapy, and I found a reputable essential oil company through your website.

You know what they say, if you receive a lot of critic, you must be doing something very good or very bad. ;-)

Giselle Baturay January 31, 2014 at 8:20 am

Thanks glad it helped!

Karen January 30, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I have been reading this blog for a while as I have been researching and learning about EO’s. I recently found a company called Essante that is 100% Certified toxic free and organic or wildcrafted, that sells essential oils. From the research I have done they seem to be one of the better companies. Have you heard of this company and what do you think of the oils?

Andy January 30, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Lets all just admit that some things work for some people and some don’t. I would just like to observe that this doTERRA/Young Living battle is:
1. Humorous to observe. :D
2. And is fought off of biased (primarily, not all) opinions of people who are using one or the other of the before mentioned brands without any use of the other.
Let us also observe that it is a good thing to be well educated in the USE of essential oils. For example we know that a good Cinnamon oil that is undiluted is a “Hot” oil. Meaning that it is very strong. It is a good thing to know this before I put a drop of it on my hands and apply on skin perhaps in a sensitive area around the eyes causing burning and pain.
Now lets also note that am new in the Essential Oil field.
-But will I do my research? Yes.
-Does the logic of diluting oils make sense and hold ground? Yes.
-Can SOME oils NOT hurt me if I don’t dilute them? I would say from MY UNTRAINED opinion- Yes. Bet lets remember that SOME will. If not ALL (based on that whole “untrained” part).
So lets all Educate our-self’s on oils and the use of oils FIRST. And then worry about who we get it from. Which to me sounds like more of a personal opinion of which is more pure or not, concerning that there is no approved standard. The better question in this area is: Does this (particular oil supplier) meet YOUR standard of pure. If so GREAT! Get it and use it properly! And stop prattling about which brand is better or not and admit the fact that you don’t actually know because its all based on opinion were there is no standardization.

Now that I have submitted my two bits- I will now go on my own and find out how to use the oils I want. With lots of good input from authorized individuals and sources. Then I will do my own research, make my own choices, and buy whichever oil brand I deem and live with the consequences. If I don’t like it. I can go and pick another. And let others do so.

If I have offended any of you I am sorry.
Have a amazing life of living with your own choices!

Leah January 31, 2014 at 2:59 am

I am current studying aromatherapy at a local college and am really glad to have come across this article. Using essential oils in the ways that are described by doTerra or Young Living is dangerous! Please do your homework before using their products.

Kimberly January 31, 2014 at 6:49 am

I would say you are your own advocate. Do what you think is right. You can read books and take classes even certified as this or registered as that but unless you get clear down into the chemistry classes at school and do the experiments and the tests in laboratories yourself you can’t know anything. It’s all at least 2nd hand. You do whatever you think is best and take responsibility for whatever the outcome good or bad. Unless held at gun point.
I would think If one could be swayed by an article then they wanted to be swayed. Or perhaps oils aren’t for them, or at least for right now.
I am amazed how much we know without knowing it. So if they find a reason to not use oils that’s ok it may be what their body says though conveyed in a weird way (again they may not consciously know, but their body does, so they get a weird feeling, and keep digging until they find a post or blog and say see I told ya). Remember we are consultants not distributors. (doTERRA)
It’s also good to remember that unless we are there in person (at the facilities/farms), who really knows how pure or how they are made. Humility I find to be the best road. It’s my experience that once you think you know something you’re probably farther from the truth then you think in ways you have no idea of. I LOVE doTERRA but I do not put faith or believe in them. It’s in the pudding(oil) they either work or they don’t. I a. Open to both outcomes. In case your wondering I don’t think of other oils brands as better or worse. This is the brand that works for me but it may not work for you. Oh and if you feel you need to stick up for your views/company/information you’ve already lost. It should stand on its own. Just my two cents no better or worse then any other and totally irelavent.

Lou(c)lou February 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

I have no training in EO use, just what I’ve learned from a little reading. But I’ve used EOs for years to diffuse for both therapeutic support (like when we have colds) and for mood support (I have clinical depression, for which I take medications). I never used oils on my skin or ingested–I’d never heard of doing so. I went to a doterra presentation primarily to support a dear friend who was hosting it. I didnt intend to purchase. The 2 reps said all doterra’s oils can be used topically, internally, and aromatically (diffused). I later found contradictions to this statement in the doterra oil info. So these reps definitely hadnt done even basic product reading. I became very engaged in the presentation when I saw in one of the pamphlets we received that clove bud can be used to treat macular degeneration. My 80-yr-old mother had just been diagnosed with the “dry” version of this condition, and was devastated to learn she will eventually go blind. I got super excited that I might be able to help her slow or reverse this condition! I bought several doterra products, including the 5th edition of the book Modern Essentials–a doterra-only book. I bought veggie-based empty capsules and even an eye dropper to help my mom to be able to fill the capsules with her crippled hands. But then, with the rush of the holidays, work, and other distractions, I never got the package in the mail to her. Last week I was reading about creating one’s own EO blends. I came across a site (also mentioned elsewhere in your blog) with a list of 110 EO’s with info about their properties, categories, and “notes,” which apparently are important to know when planning blends. What I read there about clove bud nearly stopped my heart–should not be used by those taking anticoagulants. My mom takes an anticoagulant!!! Thank God for giving me those distractions that kept me from mailing my mom something that might have KILLED her! NO ONE ever warned me to seek additional info from a certified aromatherapist. NO ONE encouraged me to look for potential contraindications! Can you imagine how I would feel if I unwittingly gave my mom something that caused her MORE medical problems or DEATH! I believe THIS is the crux of this blog… Essential oils have powerful properties, and can be healing when used appropriately. Persons without appropriate, thorough training should not be recommending their use for ANYTHING other than possibly diffusion. If they do, they may risk their own well-being or the that of others.

Giselle Baturay February 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

It’s scary isn’t it? I’m so glad you followed your instincts and researched more. Sales reps (aka consultants) practicing medicine with these essential oils should be made aware of the repercussions of doing so. It’s not something to take likely. And these companies use their consultants as puppets since they know that if they did it directly (coming directly from doTerra or Young Living) they would have the FDA on their heels for practicing medicine illegally. So instead — send the consultants to do it! Shameful.

Theresa Meis February 3, 2014 at 1:59 am

Super late to this party, but I wanted to share this with you. I signed on with YL under a friend to buy ingredients for home-brew household cleaners and skin care. I’d only ever used oils diluted, and certainly not internally. After signing on I had the same peppermint oil fiasco you spoke of, and was told I was just feeling my body detoxing (to which my brain screamed “bullpoo!” – only more colorfully).

I researched like mad in the first couple of weeks after receiving my kit, and ultimately had a series of email exchanges with the YL home office that sent red flags up EVERYWHERE.

Here is the exchange, with my summary of the “red flags” at the beginning:


I may sound accusatory, and perhaps biased in my frustration, but remember: I was a YL representative when I was doing my research, and I was already quite deeply financially invested in the company. I wasn’t doing this to “prove” YL was doing anything wrong. I was doing my research to better understand the products I was selling, and simply found the answers I received to be lacking. Red flags were raised.

Young Living has the “seed to seal” promise. They state, “When it comes to our essential oils, Young Living sets the standard for purity and authenticity. We carefully monitor every step of the production of our oils from beginning to end through our unique Seed to Seal® process, ensuring the purity of each essential oil and protecting nature’s living energy in every bottle. This unsurpassed commitment to quality means that you can be confident that the Young Living essential oils and oil-infused products you use in your home are safe and effective.”

Young Living provides no way to confirm, in general or batch-by-batch, that the constituents you need to receive the therapeutic benefits of the oil are actually in that batch of oils. 

They use the term “therapeutic grade.”

However, there is no actual “grade” that’s “therapeutic” – not by anyone else’s standards but YL. It’s a trademark. I understand marketing, I’m not saying that YL is trying to scam anyone by using a trademark symbol (as seen on the site: “Therapeutic Grade™”). 

But, the “therapeutic grade” that YL adheres to is proprietary, and therefore it’s impossible to compare YL oils to any other company’s oils. 

It’s as if Young Living is saying, “We’re the best. We won’t give you guidelines by which to judge us against anyone else, but trust us – we’re the best.”

I was told by my upline to carefully scrutinize other companies and I’d see that YL offered the best product. But, how can I actually do that when YL is one of the handful of companies that does not release batch-specific results about their product’s constituents?

I found several companies that had GC/MS reports readily available via email or directly on the web site for the current batch of oils they were selling. Those constituents are very important for the actual therapeutic effectiveness of the oil. 

When I’m buying food, I read the labels. I want to know what I’m putting into my body. I didn’t feel I could sell YL to others who may consume oils when I, myself, was unable to reassure them that the product contained the therapeutic constituents they needed.

That’s where my trust was broken. The below email exchange, which was on the heels of several, several phone attempts to speak to someone knowledgable at the Corporate Headquarters, left me feeling like I’d been lead on a run-around.

The email exchange below should be read from the bottom-up.

> ———- Forwarded message ———-
> From: T. D. Meis
> Date: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM
> Subject: Re: Detailed questions
> To: productsupport
> Thank you!
> Sent from my Droid
> On Jun 27, 2013 11:49 AM, “productsupport” wrote:
>> Dear Theresa,
>> Thank you for your e-mail. Young Living essential oils are manufactured
>> to the highest standards and the proof is in the remarkable benefits and
>> customer loyalty the products generate.
>> We do utilize third party testers. In the past, we sent several samples
>> of every one of our essential oils to be tested by a third party which
>> aided us in build our Young Living Therapeutic Grade criteria. At this
>> time, we do not send out every batch of essential oil for third party
>> testing. However, outside laboratories are typically utilized for new
>> essential oils, oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible
>> tampering or adulteration and/or for testing which cannot be done in
>> house such as heavy metal testing.
>> If you have additional questions or concerns, or if we can assist you
>> in any way, please feel free to contact us via telephone at
>> 1-800-371-3515, fax at 866-203-5666, email at
>> productsupport@youngliving.com, or our Live Help feature at
>> http://www.youngliving.com.
>> Sincerely,
>> Erica
>> Please visit this link for details on our current promotions:
>> http://new.youngliving.com/en_US/products/promotions/
>> Customer Care Department
>> Young Living® Essential Oils
>> 3125 W Executive Parkway
>> Lehi, UT  84043
>> 1-800-371-3515, DNS
>> 1-866-203-5666, Fax
>> http://www.youngliving.com
>> productsupport@youngliving.com
>> The answer contained in this E-mail is in direct response to your
>> specific question.  The answer may be strictly dependent on the facts
>> presented.  Using this information for other than these specific facts
>> may produce a different result.  Young Living Essentials Oils is not
>> responsible for a different or improper use of this information.  Some
>> information cannot be disclosed because of its proprietary nature and
>> Young Living Essential Oils does not waive any proprietary information.
>> This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent a
>> disease.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
>> Administration.  Please read and follow all product directions,
>> warnings, and use instructions.
>> >>> “T. D. Meis” 6/27/2013 8:25 AM >>>
>> Final clarification: Is the therapeutic grade of the oils determined
>> by
>> proprietary Young Living standards that are held as “trade secrets”
>> and
>> therefore not verifiable by a third-party tester or the consumer?
>> Sent from my Droid
>> On Jun 27, 2013 8:40 AM, “productsupport”
>> wrote:
>> > Dear Theresa,
>> >
>> > Thank you for your response. AFNOR has not directly certified Young
>> > Living’s essential oils. AFNOR is used mainly for the perfume
>> industry
>> > and is not focused on the same therapeutic standard Young Living is.
>> It
>> > is also important to note that the AFNOR does not have standards for
>> all
>> > of the essential oils carried by Young Living. For these reasons, we
>> > used AFNOR as a stepping stone to developing our own database of
>> > therapeutic grade standards.
>> >
>> > If you have additional questions or concerns, or if we can assist
>> you
>> > in any way, please feel free to contact us via telephone at
>> > 1-800-371-3515, fax at 866-203-5666, email at
>> > productsupport@youngliving.com, or our Live Help feature at
>> > http://www.youngliving.com.
>> >
>> > Sincerely,
>> >
>> > Erica
>> >
>> > Please visit this link for details on our current promotions:
>> > http://new.youngliving.com/en_US/products/promotions/
>> >
>> >
>> > Customer Care Department
>> > Young Living® Essential Oils
>> > 3125 W Executive Parkway
>> > Lehi, UT  84043
>> > 1-800-371-3515, DNS
>> > 1-866-203-5666, Fax
>> > http://www.youngliving.com
>> > productsupport@youngliving.com
>> >
>> >
>> > The answer contained in this E-mail is in direct response to your
>> > specific question.  The answer may be strictly dependent on the
>> facts
>> > presented.  Using this information for other than these specific
>> facts
>> > may produce a different result.  Young Living Essentials Oils is not
>> > responsible for a different or improper use of this information.
>> Some
>> > information cannot be disclosed because of its proprietary nature
>> and
>> > Young Living Essential Oils does not waive any proprietary
>> information.
>> > This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent
>> a
>> > disease.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and
>> Drug
>> > Administration.  Please read and follow all product directions,
>> > warnings, and use instructions.
>> >
>> >
>> > >>> “T. D. Meis” 6/26/2013 3:55 PM >>>
>> > Could you please answer this question directly: has AFNOR directly
>> > certified YL products as Therapeutic Grade?
>> >
>> > I appreciate your time,
>> > Theresa
>> >
>> > Sent from my Droid
>> > On Jun 26, 2013 2:08 PM, “productsupport”
>> >
>> > wrote:
>> >
>> > > Dear Theresa,
>> > >
>> > > Thank you for your e-mail. We included the responses to your
>> > individual
>> > > questions below,
>> > >
>> > > 1. I was told that “Certified Therapeutic Grade” was based on
>> > > certification. Are copies of the AFNOR certificates available? How
>> > > often do
>> > > they re-certify the products? I have been to the AFNOR site but it
>> > is
>> > > very
>> > > unclear where to find their standards specific to therapeutic
>> grade
>> > > essential oils.
>> > >
>> > > Young Living® recognizes and supports the standards set by AFNOR
>> and
>> > > ISO for essential oil commerce, and we pride ourselves on meeting
>> > all
>> > > AFNOR and ISO standards on oils for which guidelines exist. In
>> > addition
>> > > to these external regulations, however, Young Living® also sets
>> and
>> > > exceeds a higher internal standard, built upon the magnitude of
>> our
>> > own
>> > > rigorous quality assurance requirements. This standard is commonly
>> > known
>> > > as Young Living Therapeutic Grade.
>> > >
>> > > In order to achieve Young Living Therapeutic Grade classification,
>> > each
>> > > essential oil must scientifically prove the designation naturally,
>> > > without manipulation, refinement and or spiking, and meet specific
>> > > criteria in each of 4 key areas: Plants, Preparation, Purity and
>> > > Potency.
>> > >
>> > > 1. Plants: Young Living® products are produced from quality plants
>> > > grown in exceptional soil and harvested at the optimal time.
>> > > 2. Preparation: Honoring a strict commitment to respecting and
>> > > protecting the time-honored wisdom, tradition and art of
>> > distillation,
>> > > Young Living® makes every effort to preserve “nature’s living
>> energy”
>> > in
>> > > a manner as close to its natural state as possible.
>> > > 3. Purity: Achieved through the use of quality plants and
>> meticulous
>> > > preparation, and not through ultra-refinement and sanitization,
>> our
>> > > finished product is 100% pure. Young Living® essential oils are
>> > > unadulterated, uncut and totally free of chemicals, pesticides and
>> > > metals.
>> > > 4. Potency: A passion for plants and our quality guarantee result
>> in
>> > > the production of the world’s finest essential oils, and the right
>> > > phytochemicals at the right amounts, representing unmatched
>> strength
>> > and
>> > > efficacy.
>> > >
>> > > While there are oils produced by competing companies that meet
>> > > and ISO standards, they don’t match Young Living’s® stringent
>> > > Therapeutic Grade requirements, and should never be considered
>> > similar
>> > > class. Although we pride ourselves on meeting established industry
>> > > requirements, Young Living sets the bar for quality standards and
>> > stands
>> > > alone in the production of Young Living Therapeutic Grade
>> essential
>> > > oils.
>> > >
>> > > 2. Are MSDS’s available for your oils upon request?
>> > >
>> > > MSDS, or Material Safety Data Sheets, are published for safety
>> > > information on bulk quantities of products, and are generally not
>> > > intended for consumer use. In addition, MSDS are not published for
>> > goods
>> > > that are used as foods, food additives, or cosmetics, as these are
>> > > covered by the labeling laws of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
>> Due
>> > to
>> > > these requirements, Young Living® can not grant general requests
>> for
>> > > these sheets. If MSDS are required for hospital or other
>> industrial
>> > > usage, your request will be reviewed further.
>> > >
>> > > Please provide the following information allowing us to further
>> > assist
>> > > you,
>> > >
>> > > 1. List of essential oils you need this information for.
>> > > 2. Reason for needing this information.
>> > >
>> > > 3. Do you release the GC and/or other forms of chemical analysis
>> of
>> > > the
>> > > oils by lot upon request?
>> > >
>> > > We do not release our testing results because we use these reports
>> > to
>> > > ensure our oils match our Young Living Therapeutic Grade criteria.
>> We
>> > do
>> > > not want competitors to see what constituents we deem most
>> > therapeutic
>> > > in value, and therefore regard these as trade secrets. Patents and
>> > > trademarks will not adequately protect our information, as you
>> > cannot
>> > > patent or trademark an oil. Trade secrets do not require any
>> > > registration, but need only to be deemed as such.
>> > >
>> > > 4. Is “shelf life” information available per lot upon request?
>> > >
>> > > We do not have lot specific shelf life information for our
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Giselle Baturay February 6, 2014 at 7:29 am

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! Validates so much of the blog post. Thank you!

gabriel February 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

for young living essential oils:
find the “A Critical Look at Gary Young” on google.

Brandi February 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm

I have two children that are ADHD and ODD. My daughter (age 7) suffers from frequent boughts of over emotional “explosions” as i call them. She is VERY sensative and can erupt at any moment about anything. My son (age 6) has anger meltdowns ALOT! I have been asked by thier school if they are on medication (which is something i am trying hard to NOT do). I have changed our diet to a much more clean diet. I have cut out TONS of overly processed foods, artificial colorings and dyes, etc.. and this has helped a great deal! I am looking at essential oils to help.. What do you reccommend? The oil blends like “Balance” that I found from doterra and others from youngliving are just waaaay too expensive. I would really appreciate any information or recommendations. Thank you!!!

Giselle Baturay February 6, 2014 at 7:21 am

Brandi, I’m so sorry you’re going through this and that they are as well. I can hear through your post your mothering love of wanting them to be ok and happy. Have you considered seeing a local board certified naturopathic Dr.?


Also I know for us going gluten-free has made a difference in just about everything.

Through the school you may also be able to connect with a counselor, maybe a play-based therapist.

Calming oils for children are roman chamomile, mandarin and lavender.

Susie February 6, 2014 at 2:42 am

Thank you for posting about doterra!

I smell almost a new found Cult forming in our area.

Essential Oils are GREAT but yes they are playing with fire and are not qualified Fire Fighters :)

We are really looking into the Cinnamon Oil from Sri Lanka and its ability to kill the spirochetes of Lyme Disease, Bartonella, Babesia and other tick born diseases.

We are talking $12. Doterra is trying to convince people they can rid any and all of Lyme Disease and the other TBDs which is false advertising. They are taking money, too much money, from those who are losing HOPE with fighting such a losing battle as Lyme Disease. On their last leg and their last dollar.

Shame on anyone who gets involved with Doterra!

TK February 8, 2014 at 12:03 am

Everyone needs to stop bashing dōTERRA and Young Living, just because those companies are MLM structured doesn’t mean everyone has to bag them. All companies are out there to make money, that’s why they make the products they do. What’s so bad about buying a product from a consultant connected to a MLM company, and going to a chemist/pharmacy to purchase a product where the staff behind the counter are also not necessarily educated enough to suggest the use of the products that they stock on their shelves. No one seems to care that some the quality of essential oils that you buy of the shelves of most pharmacys are not 100% pure essential oils as they state they are, but because they are cheaper you are happy enough to use those without thinking about the side effects. And all the aromatherapy books that people seem to quote are exactly that aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is all about aroma and generally those oils are obviously not safe for consumption. I have been using essential oils for decades, I have worked for a naturopath for many years who creates her own blends of oils. Some of those oils she wouldn’t suggest you put on your skin, while other oils she purchases she’s the first one to ingest them when she is starting to become ill. She does not hesitate. She is also friends with Robert Tisserand, but she also knows the benefits from ingesting natural products safely.
I don’t have this so called “template” story that dōTERRA gives consultants to talk about. I’ve been using essential oils for a very long time, not because I was not healthy but because I like the benefits that essential oils possess. Iv read all the Valerie Ann Worwood, and loved them. I’ve tried many different brands of oils and I have to say dōTERRA have proved to be the best quality by far. It’s everyone’s own choice who’s brand they want to use for themselves and their family. And I don’t think others should try and sway people either way. Don’t you think the whole döTERRA/Young Living thing has been done enough and people need to mind their own business and get on with their own lives. It’s okay to have an opinion, but stop putting these companies down and trying to make something out of nothing.

Move on peoples!

Giselle Baturay February 8, 2014 at 7:17 am

Just wanted to note that it surprises me that with the experience of working with an ND and that you wrote you have decades of experience working with essential oils that you think aromatherapy means “aroma”. Here’s more info that will help you understand exactly what is aromatherapy ~ http://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/what-is-aromatherapy

Angela February 8, 2014 at 12:09 am

I just wonder if people research the heck out of the dyes and chemicals in their food,evaluate every aspect if the OCT or prescription medication they take internally…etc. do they look all the lawsuits pharmaceuticals have against them?
Did you know subway had a chemical in their bread that is like plastic in yogi mats and shoe soles? Is that “organic” “natural stuff” really do pure? Can your baby really divest that cereal at X age?? People can be so hard accepting if things on the grocery selves but are destroying opportunities for someone to bring vitality into their lives through natural, proven pure modalities like EO’s being used internally.
is a parent made to feel badly about giving a child something pure but its totally okay to give a 3 month old Tylenol?
Maybe doTERRA testimonies are similar because the product works! So many of us have gone fir years trusting doctor after doctor, taking pill after pill and after getting fed up with no progress and in most cases even declining, some beautiful soul introduced us to another natural method of healing ourselves called Essential Oils. I will not get in the doterra/YL battle but I KNOW these oils work, are safe, are tested, that the leadership in the company is honest, has a passion for people, and that is the main motivation in a consultant. I have heard many people say “I could sell the oils until I had an experienced and knew this is something I wanted everyone to have in their home” not as purely a money maker, but a life changer.
I don’t see the “scams” or the dangers in doterra(I only use that name bc its what I happen to use). I use frankincense everyday under my tongue and the only effect I see is the seizures have stopped and I don’t have to take antidepressants anymore.
But I don’t see the need fir bashing, stating its unsafe etc.
(Please note I didn’t think the original post was complete bashing, more the comments)

Giselle Baturay February 8, 2014 at 7:08 am

Just wanted to mention, we’re very mindful of what goes into our bodies and eat a clean diet and I don’t own any OTC medicines and….I don’t take oils internally. It’s simply not necessary for people to take essential oils everyday. While you’re mentioning how powerful these are, also keep in mind that they can take a toll on your organs…exactly because of that power.

Sheri February 8, 2014 at 3:23 am

I have been in the natural world for most of my 43 years of life and have been using essential oils for the past 15, from 3 different companies – some of the ones you mentioned. My family has never had a problem applying oils neat, taking them internally, or inhaling them. I have used peppermint neat on patients for 20 plus years without a single consequence. I add oils to my water, green drinks, and food without the slightest upset. The children in my family have been using oils neat for many years and internally for several years without any problems. In fact, they have worked absolute wonders. With all my personal and professional experience with YL, NS, and doterra oils, I find the information you provide very difficult to believe. I certainly hope your post doesn’t scare people unnecessarily from these powerful healing tools. ( I have only ingested the doterra oils.)

Giselle Baturay February 8, 2014 at 7:00 am

I do hope that it makes people research more than what the information these companies provide to their reps and most (not all) reps repeat, repeat, repeat with no aromatherapy training whatsoever. It’s simply not necessary (and can do more harm than good) to take such *powerful* essential oils every day and when you do, it’s absolutely important to know what you’re doing or to work with a qualified care provider. You post your story, however for every story like this, there is a story of someone that was harmed by the advice given to them with the neat and internal use of oils. I only hope that you give your clients informed consent by letting them know that neat use of essential oils can cause skin irritation and over time can cause sensitization.

Michaela Cunningham February 8, 2014 at 4:36 am

Thank you for your post and for all the valuable information you provided regarding some companies irresponsibly making recommendations. I am in school to become an esthetician, and aromatherapy is something I am interested in, so I was considering signing on to become a doTERRA consultant. After reading this and all of the comments, I have decided against it, as I do not want to be involved in a company that is not transparent and potentially misguides people for the sake of marketing. Not to say they are a “bad” company or that MLM companies are bad, I just want to stay authentic.

MaryEllen Heskett February 8, 2014 at 5:17 am

thank you for the information in your post. I found it very much informative and would highly recommend the reading to everyone who is interested in using Essential Oil. I have a question though, maybe a clarifying question. Some companies that sale Essential Oils suggest that you can use them in cooking, like adding peppermint to brownies. Or can you add Lemon EO to water and drink? Or does the ingesting of EO in any form not recommended?
Thank you for the recommended reading and I will enjoy learning more.

Trudy February 8, 2014 at 5:30 am

As a consumer/user only of Doterra oils im appalled at the negative statements. I’ve never had a bad side effect and from the start it was recommended I dilute with FCO. It was also suggested I use for 4 weeks and stop for a week to cleanse any possible build up. Someone mentioned harmfulness to the liberty. Please! I was taking morphine and dilaudid for many years and because if the effectiveness of the oils I have been able to taper off almost completely in 3 months! I’m 50 years old and felt or looked so good! Shame on those that are trying to invoke fear! Drink some lavender will you. nd I assure three iterating that inspired anyone defending are paid well to do so, I beg your pardon. I assure you no one has offered me any payment to give my opinion, not do I sell essential oils.

gabe February 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm
Toni February 11, 2014 at 2:12 am

Wow – I always find it sad when people who haven’t tried something hack it to pieces. Frankencense and Myrhh have been used since biblical times. Many cultures utilize various essential oils. I’ve been using Doterra since 2009 and I really believe my family has benefitted. I have various health issues which have improved by diet, herbs, and essential oils. People just get hung up on science too much… look to what helped our grand parents and great grandparents… there must have been some knowledge there passed down. I’m not saying it was all good but doctors were scarce and yet here we are today.

Giselle Baturay February 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Just a quick correction ~ the way we distill essential oils has *not* been used since biblical times.

This post is not about not using natural remedies. It’s about the unethical and irresponsible education and usage that these MLMs companies.

Jessica February 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I was wondering if you have any information on the use of melaleuca and lavender on young boys? I’ve read mulitple sites saying it can cause prepubesent boobs due to estrogen in the oils. Also I read oregano should not be used on children under 5 due to it stopping the absorption of iron. Thank you. I agree that we all need to be more educated on the oils we use on our bodies. I’m researching weekly and find new things!

Giselle Baturay February 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm
Ruta February 12, 2014 at 7:54 am

I just want to say thank you for the information. I always wanted to know about the oils, I have an aunt who swears by it and it is so sad because she refuses to see a doctor for her psorasis, which is so horrible and painful. But all I see is a scam. I don’t like how these business run. It’s like sell, sell, sell. It’s like running on a hamster wheel one will get no where. Once again thank you for the information. Knowledge is Power!!!!

Giselle Baturay February 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Thanks Ruta, I’m glad it helped you!

Debbie February 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I was dissappointed to read what you have to say about doTERRA’s CPTG labeled oils. I use these oils constantly, and although I use many of them ‘neat’, there are some I would never use that way, as directed by doTERRA. There’s also advice to delute for babies, nursing mothers, the elderly and those more sensitive. I am 57 and have had ZERO reactions, both with myself and others, due to researching, learning and following advice of doTERRA’s consultants and learning tools. Here is a great website for questions and instruction: http://www.everythingessential.me/
This is an ‘essential oil’ website, and can be used for almost all oil users, doTERRA or not.
doTERRA also has this explanation of how CPTG oils are tested and regulated by doTERRA:
Hopefully, this will help you & anyone interested in understanding how important the label is in determining quality.

Thanks for your independance,

Giselle Baturay February 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

The website you link is not a “essential oils” site it’s a doTerra site. So the information is again all very doTerra based and talks quite often about internal use. It’s not a website I recommend.

Debbie, may I ask how you know that doTerra quality is good? Because they wrote it on the site? Have you ever tried to get their testing reports, their GS/MC test results?

You won’t get them because they won’t give them. Neither Young Living nor doTerra are transparent.

Never a good sign.

Shan February 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

Hello, sorry if this has already been asked but there was to much for me to read and it’s late here but I just want to know.
From what I read you have a negative view on doterra and yl but what are your thoughts on the product? I have just been introduced to Doterra and I like what I see, do you think if consultants had more experiance and understood the products more your views would change? The person who showed me has had experiance with oils before doterra, I guess that’s why I enjoyed the product

Giselle Baturay February 13, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Shan, I can only answer for myself, but I didn’t find them high quality enough to justify the over-price price tag for the doTerra or Young Living oils. And since neither company will provide you proof of quality, that also stops me from paying to use them. I can’t just go by “they said on their website…”

Kacey February 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I think the main problem here is that people are referring to BLOG POSTS for the “facts” on what they should and should not put in and on their family’s bodies. Seriously people, please do not take anything that this blog writer and others are presenting to you as fact. They are using their opinions (in the form of fear) to insist that they are the experts and anyone who has an opinion other than theirs is stupid and putting their family at risk. As a mama who is trying to do her best to give her family the best possible care, I am offended at how belittling some of the responses to people with different opinions have been. As I read through the comments, I am so shocked that anytime anyone has a positive experience, the blog author automatically claims that it can’t be real. Really?
It is apparent that the author has done research, formed opinions and declared what she believes to be fact. So here is my suggestion – Do your OWN research, learn about how essential oils can benefit you, study the risks in EVERYTHING you put in and on your body and then make your own educated decisions. The blog writer has put what she believes to be concrete information in her original post – I say that for every published article in favor of something, one against it can be found. Everyone has opinions. Everyone has experiences. Most people are just doing the best that they can. It is amazing to me how quickly people will turn on each other under the disguise of “help” and “safety” when in fact it is nothing but intolerance and belittlement.

Amanda February 15, 2014 at 3:10 am

Thanks for this post- I did sign up as a doTERRA IPC basically because I wanted to start to learn about oils and get good quality at their wholesale price- never had any intention of selling them to anyone else- but if you’re saying that the $4-8 Eden’s garden oils are high quality, then I’m not married to any particular brand.
I will say that in the month or so that I’ve been using the doTERRA oils I have been very, very pleased with the results. Particularly using eucalyptus in a steamy shower, oregano for a skin tag, and doTERRA’s Breathe blend works wonders for an anxiety condition I suffer from called air hunger (inhaling or diffusing only). I haven’t done much with them internally- just basically using diluted with FCO on reflexology points on my feet, although I do admit to being pretty addicted to putting lavender on my pillow at night. The ones that are suggested for internal use generally have clove/cinnamon bark and frankly, I hate the taste of both of those things! I’ve used Lavender on my daughters’ (2&4yo) at bedtime, and did dilute some frankincense for a skinned knee last week which I felt like sped up healing quite a bit for my 4 year old.
I, too, would love to learn more about how to use ANY oils, and will definitely check out the brands you’ve recommended. There’s obviously a lot of benefit to these used correctly, and I’d rather use them correctly without a name brand association.

Jennifer R. February 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I read ur post about DoTerra–I am not a sales rep.– I am just a consumer and am angered that u can lead people to websites to report bad side effects of essential oils, but nothing about the benefits. I’d like to declare DoTerra has literally saved my life! I saw 6 Drs. who had no idea what was wrong with me and each time they cost me hundreds of dollars and made me worse! Then in sevier pain I went to a DoTerra party, because my friend promised me help. And without even looking at my skin the rep. For DoTerra listened and handed me a bottle of Melaluca oil. “go put it on” is all she said no worries -just put it on- and in one week I was cured she said —I think u have Pustulus Schoriasis (sorry if I misspelled) . But she was right! And now I take essential oils by Doterra everyday, and everyday I feel better! And better! Please if u need help like I did and ur reading this…it’s ok to trust Doterra…to at least try it….it may save u too!

Giselle Baturay February 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm

This is a perfect example of what I have posted about. Yes tea tree essential oil is beneficial and unless you want to risk skin sensitization I would dilute it. However you keep saying “doTerra” when what you are talking about is the tea tree essential oil. DoTerra is just a brand and it’s overpriced. The class was actually a sales pitch.

Carol Peacock February 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I have not read all of the comments heretofore given because I ran out of time, but I read over half and I did not see any that said there were serious injuries or effects of using essential oils internaty or otherwise. And some people have used eos for many years. I agree completely with Giselle’s original post, but I am ammazed that a product that has so many uneducated and unprofessional distributors can be so successful in helping so many. I am definitly “converted” to using essential oils. I have used a few eos that were suggested by my naturopathic doctor and will continue to rely on her for advice and suggestions. Thanks for what you posted, Gissele, and thaks for suggesting sources to read. I believe in getting all the information (or as much as you can) that is out there and in the end, “following your gut”. I already had some gut feelings on this whole topic , but now I’m on my way to having a more educated gut:)

Giselle Baturay February 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Good for you for using this way with a proper care provider. I am in full agreement that sales rep (aka consultants) do not qualify to suggest internal use of oils and many even mess up teaching correct topical use.

I’ve received many emails of people seeking help suggestions for having been poisoned by following a consultants recommendation of internal use. And for a lot more documented cases please see Robert Tisserand’s Essential Oils Safety.

It is not in the scope of any consultant or sales rep to practice aromatic medicine (using essential oils internally).

Mrs. Marcum February 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm

I’ve been using doTERRA for over a year. I couldn’t care less about how they are labeled, or certified, I tried one oil- I liked it, bought another, and so on. Every year thousands of people die ingesting prescribed/certified/labeled herbs/pharma drugs/OTC/supplements- there is no guarantee with any product. I only know my experience, and that my health has improved dramatically because through using the oils I’ve educated myself on how to live healthier anyway. I have had profound experiences alleviating chronic conditions through using doTERRA, and DigestZen is pure magic. I don’t actively sell doTERRA, but this year I gave a lot of salves, body butters, lip balms, etc. made with the oils, and had some great conversations. My “testimonials” are not based in anything other than my true experience, and I would never assume a person would buy something from me, or buy something because of my testimonials. I wish people would respect that a lot of us believe in the doTERRA product because we are intelligent people who have freedom of will& thought, and have come to the conclusion that they work well for us- internally, externally, MLM, whatev. Don’t like doTERRA? You have the right not to, but don’t assume we’re trained to give silly misinformation. I use a LOT of products where the company lacks transparency. By choice. Thanks.

Lynn Dale February 18, 2014 at 6:08 am

(As with ANY THING,) IF you are interested in alternative medicine, it all comes down to one thing…What do you find that actually works for you? Gathering information and doing some research is integral to moving forward with your eyes somewhat opened to the realm you’re diving into. But at some point, you decide to try for yourself. After all, you’re going to find SOME BODY who will say and conclude whatever result it is that you want to find, whether it be clinical studies or antecdotal. What makes the most sense to you? Then try it and see how your experience goes. The proof is in the putting. Do your own putting, your own thinking, and your own health and well-being will in fact be your own!

Devin February 20, 2014 at 4:59 am

I noticed all the people who are upset are reps of a MLM. Most of them are untrained (at least professionally untrained) and are taking the words of their up line, who was trained by their up line …none of which are experts. The only reason I came across this article was to do more research on the two MLM because I was considering one over the other. Last night the Doterra rep said “oh no we don’t do retail…you sign them up!”
Instant turn off. YL may be the same way I don’t know. I may still go with one bit this article gives me lots to consider before I do anything. I’m probably just going to buy for my self/family and stay away from the MLM companies. Not because thy are MLM, but because I want more in an oil for my family. I laugh at so many people who say “I take them internally and I’m fine.” She isn’t saying you Re going to die a horrid death or grow a third boob. She simply said it’s not recommended without professional advice and encourages people to do their research. Know what? That preacher on the news that died last week handled snakes thousands of times and was just fine too untill …well you know the rest of story!

Amber February 20, 2014 at 6:19 am

Okay now I’m up way too late stressing over this. I just signed up with YL. Not to sell but just to get my oils cheaper. My naturopath doctor recommendsed them. She said there are other oils she would recommend but YL is what she uses. She has prescribed my 5 year old an internal dosage for inflammation twice a day. Now I’m freaking out!! Please help.

Giselle Baturay February 21, 2014 at 5:08 am

Amber, I have been thinking about what to respond to you and honestly I think the fact that you had red flags go up speaks for itself. I see an amazing board certified ND that I go to because I trust her (side note ~ she’s never had to use essential oils internally with my children – she uses gentle yet effective herbs and homeopathic medicines) and if the day came that I don’t or that red flags go up, I would seek a second opinion. I guess my response to you would be exactly that ~ if you aren’t comfortable with the care you’re getting for your son…seek another opinion. Best of luck and hope he gets better soon!

Lisa Knowlton February 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Hello… lots to read here! I could only catch a few so I will comment on the little that I read. -Yes, be careful. Yes, do your own research. Yes, follow your doctors orders. This is common knowledge, but one doesn’t have to be “skeptical” to understand this.

Also, on every single Doterra bottle I’ve ever seen, it says right on the bottle “dilute”. Every one of them. They do not recommend internal use for every single oil. That would not only be impossible, but improper. There are doctors working with these people, it is NOT just about money and marketing, and so called “pyramids”. Network marketing is a system. Not all network marketing systems are equal! Some are better than others, and if a person is true, passionate, intelligent and willing to make it a job like any other job, then one can be successful at it. It’s not for everyone, just like working full-time or working independently is not for everyone.

I work independently, so I could just as easily go on and on about working for someone else and how little money I make or how they try and control everything that I do! Haha!!

I think my point is, everyone will have an opinion, a reaction, and an experience that will ultimately “taint” their perspective. I personally have been patient, have taken initiative in learning from a variety of resources, and follow my instinct when necessary and have had not only great results but a fabulous experience being a part of the Doterra community. I have not been instantly successful, and don’t expect that. I continually learn from outside the company and have chosen to be involved in it in my own personal way. We all have choices. Choose wisely for yourself, and let others do the same.

One more note… because I think about this a lot! … think about the medications we are prescribed by doctors… and their side effects. We are literally warned about internal bleeding, vomiting, loss of sleep, liver damage, blurry eyesight, irritability, possible suicide (yes), and a number of other “known side effects” and we still will take these medications because our doctor tells us to, and yes, because it helps on tremendously on some level! I would personally, rather take a small amount of an essential oil on the skin, or internally and get instant results without “known side effects”, than take something like my albuterol inhaler that causes depression and overeating.

Yes, be careful. Yes, inform yourself. Yes, listen to your doctor.

This is so post is so deep in to this feed that I have no idea if anyone will read it. I just had to speak up. Hopefully without sounding mad! I don’t feel mad! But I do feel Doterra gets a bad rap, maybe for good reason, but I am enjoying my work in the essential oil field, regardless of what people say about it. :)

Giselle Baturay February 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Lisa I’m so happy you’ve found oils you really love!

Just some notes ~ DT does recommend neat use of a lot of their oils and have it in their cards for the oils that they use neat. DT also recommends internal use of many of their oils and tell their sales reps to do the same, which they do not have training nor licensing to practice medicine in this way. DT also teaches their reps to compare their oils to medicines which is why every single doTerra rep that has posted has done the same. However they are not the same nor used the same and nobody should be advising the general public to drop their medicines in exchange for DT. It’s simply WAY outside of the scope of practice of any consultant unless that consultant is also seeing that person as a practicing medical doctor.

I think using essential oils properly is very important education to provide and I do not support a company that chooses sales over ethics. I’m not alone in the aromatherapy industry…as you can see DT is not a favorite among the majority of aromatherapists because of their practices. I wrote this blog post because of the many times I was asked why I don’t carry these brands. Many many times the blog post was found because someone had a negative reaction to how they used the oils following their sales rep (known as consultants) recommendation or because something their sales rep seemed “off”. I’ve heard countless stories of really dangerous situations that have happened as a result of following the use that their sales reps gave. I’ve read DT reports of how they instruct their sales reps to encourage as many uses as possible of the essential oils in order to increase their sales. How through their sales reps doing that they’ve been able to have million dollar days. Their main concern is not about the proper education of essential oils and doing so safely. Their main concern is increase of sales, sales, sales in getting sales reps to get their customers to use that bottle quickly. And that’s mostly why they are so big in drinking the oils and not diluting them. I can’t with a good conscious recommend or use their essential oils.

Robert Tisserand’s book has of cases written where it was even simply the inhalation of that did damage (in particular to children and menthol as example), which sales reps more than once have recommend the use of (“put a drop of peppermint oil on a child’s foot”). There are also cases where it was the accumulative amount of oils that did damage when drank a drop or two a day (VERY common recommendation by sales reps to their customers).

rachel Duckett February 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Thank you very much for the information on DoTerra essential oils …I will continue to visit your website and if you have a better site place for me to visit online I would appreciate that information. May you have a peace filled joyous day! Cheers, Rachel

Burned by DT February 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

I have a friend from church who reps doTERRA (DT). Wonderful woman. I like her immensely. She has been telling me a about the positive effects she and her family have had through the use of essential oils. One of her children who had had several behavioral problems has experienced a complete turn around. She has lost 15 pounds thanks to the “Slim and Sassy” product. I’ve been very interested in her claims about the relief I could attain for migraines through the DT essential oils.

At a Christmas party, she convinced me to try a few (I think it was 3?) drops of the DT weight loss product in my water. I was a bit hesitant, but…


I won’t go into the indignities I suffered later in the bathroom on a public forum. Suffice to say, it was wretched. And, as I have seen others saying, when questioned, she told me it was probably due to my body “detoxifying”. I agreed – but I believe it was my body reacting to the the DT supplement I was given! I’m pretty sure that’s the only thing my body was trying to flush out.

She’s been fairly persistent that I should still try the migraine remedy or, currently, that I might like the oregano EO for my sore throat. I was half convinced that maybe if just had a bad reaction to that one oil. After some research, I’m thinking that perhaps I’ll just stay away from DT. I’m not exactly a fan of the idea that I should take something as important as my health, or my family’s, and place it into the hands of a corporation. If I continue trying EOs, I’ll buy from a supplier and read and research (non-ingestive) means to use them as I would use any “medicine” – on an as-needed basis. I mean, I’ve certainly never taken a migraine pill every day in anticipation of a headache, or DayQuil every day in case I get a cold!

Thanks for the original article, the sources and works you cited and the continuing comments by all in this section – I’ve got a much better idea of where to start now.

Rose February 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

I am greatly disturbed by many of the comments here saying things about babies licking frankincense oil and whatnot. Many of these pro YL or doTerra comments are obvious to me to be completely uneducated. I am an herbalist and absolutely do not nor ever will use doTerra or YL just based on their business practices. Both companies do not understand nor utilize true and complete herbalism or aromatherapy in my opinion. Even someone spoke of dried herbs not being as potent. Plants can differ greatly from one another. There are herbs that must be fresh, for instance milky oats, but many herbs are actually better used when at least somewhat dried for instance when infusing in oil because the water content is lower. One will need to actually use less dried plant material than fresh in most cases because of the lower water content. This is where the education comes in handy. When it comes to plants there isnt much that goes for all of them except for instance that theyre all in the same kingdom. Thank you Giselle for this blog post. I refer many people to it frequently because it is obvious to me you have been educated, you care for people’s safety, you give educated responses back to the typical YL and doTerra arguments, and you sure save me a lot of typing and speaking time by me being able to refer people to this link. Thank you for your time, effort, and work in spreading knowledge on the healthy use of essential oils.

Elizabeth February 23, 2014 at 6:46 am

thank you so much.
This is very informational.
Checking out aromatics international.
Are there any other companies you recommend ?
I believe in essential oils. I really do. Though young living olis are very good, they are just so pricey.
Yea, Springtime is coming !
Wishing you a joyous one.

Allyson February 24, 2014 at 5:11 am

THANK YOU, GISELLE….for putting to words what so many of us don’t have the energy to start a blog post on!!! I agree with you 100000%

SJ February 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Last night I sat and read through most of this, and I’m really just fairly confused on what’s so bad about DoTerra other than their market strategies and maybe the way they do their selling. Is there anything to suggest their oils are not good or not pure?

I’ve been hearing a little bit about these oils – knowing nothing about essential oils previously – from friends who use them, and decided to attend a DoTerra meeting last week. I had already done a little research and knew about their certified pure trademark. I also understood the way the company works with their marketing. What I did not understand, and what was not presented clearly enough to me was that these can be dangerous, although they did mention the equivalent to 75 cups of tea to us. Instead it was highly stressed to us how pure they are. It was clearly stated to us some can be ingested, some can not. It was clearly stated it only takes a drop of these oils and that’s why the bottles are so small.

I would never ingest an oil nor allow my children too. Again, I understand the marketing scheme they have going to sell their product however does it make it any less of a product? We are ona very tight budget, but I went there desperate to find some help for my daughter who has ODD and borderline ADHD but they aren’t medicating her for it yet – which is a good thing – but our life is in chaos. I’ve heard testimonials from trusted people I know – not just someone typing on the internet – about how helpful it’s been. I was going to buy 3 oils from them, balance, serenity and vivtera, plus the 35.00 for the consultant fee – of course marketed to us as just a membership so we could get discounts, but I knew better – and then realized by time you add their tax and shipping I could get them all cheaper off of amazon. Waiting for my orders to come in now. Then I read all this last night, and I appreciate all the time you put into this Giselle, however, with everything I read, I have yet to see why there is any reason I can’t trust that these are still good oils to use, and if used appropriately – and not ingested – why I shouldn’t give them a try? Your thoughts are appreciated.

Giselle Baturay February 24, 2014 at 11:24 pm

A good EO company is transparent. If you ask for the test results of the oils they say they are testing they would give them to you. Do Terra and Young living will not provide you with proof of testings and will not give you the test results. So you can only go by what they are telling you and absolutely nothing else. There was an independent person who did third-party testing on a few EOs of companies (their peppermint oil) and the doTerra was found to have a synthetic ingredient (they adulterated their peppermint to make it smell sweet). In addition you are me overpaying (their “wholesale” is usually still more than most other oils) for what turns out to be average mediocre oils.

Jennifer February 24, 2014 at 11:07 pm

You are very confused about you information. You have mixed up facts with misinformation. I have been researching doTerra oils and products and by reading readily accessible information, it is apparent that you are misinformed. As far as their certification policy it is such because there was none out the a through as their testing. It is too bad you pass on information that may even turn away people to the use of essential oils. There are many companies that I have also researched and none as thorough and pure for use, even as a flavoring, as doTerra. Also I purchase from doTerra for my of use and to share with friends so marketing is not an issue here.

Giselle Baturay February 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Jennifer, challenge yourself ~ question your “authority”. Where is the proof that doTerra came up with a “new” way of testing oils that nobody else was doing before 2008 (when doTerra first started)? There isn’t any. Unless you’re going simply by what is on their own website or what your upline told you? Also ask yourself – how do I know that their oils are more pure than any other oil in the market? Again, because THEY told you so? I ask you to ask them for their test results so you can then take them to an aromatherapist for verification.

Sadly, they won’t provide you with ANY proof of what they are telling you.

Never a good sign.

Jamie February 26, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Hi Giselle,

I can’t thank you enough for all of this information and your responses to just about everyones comments! I am very interested in essential oils and introducing them into my families life. I am currently pregnant with my first child and want to make sure I use oils correctly and safely for both my child, my husband and myself.

I am going to get the book you recommended “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child” and see that you have also recommended “A lifetime guide to Healing with Essential Oils.” Would that be your top recommendation for understanding how to use oils?

I’d also love to know which company would be your top recommendation to purchase oils from? I see you recommended Eden Botanicals, Floracopeia and Aromatics International, is there one out of the three you prefer? I’ve also read about Native American Nutritionals, would you recommend them?

Thanks again – this is extremely helpful for someone like me who wants to involve the health benefits of essential oils in her families life, but has been avoiding it because I want to make sure I do it properly and safely but am having a hard time finding the right information/sources.


Alison Simon February 27, 2014 at 2:58 am

Brilliant article! Thank you so very much for posting and sharing!

Robyn February 27, 2014 at 3:53 am

I have read a lot of the post here and mostly I get what people are saying, however I still have a few questions as I am new to EO. Is Lemon EO ok to dilute in water to drink? I have heard and read a lot of things saying it is ok, I don’t have all the sources to go back and check them out just wondering if not ingesting EO is an absolute will all types of EO. Also seems like Lavender EO is pretty safe. Is it ok to to rub on the bottom of babies feet, even just a drop of the pure form? OR again is it an absolute that you have to dilute it? Seriously just for simplicity sake of not having to take the time to dilute it. I’m sure someone will jump all over me for trying to save time, but if you get no sleep like i do because your child doesn’t sleep you have to make things simple. Anyway thanks for some insight on this, I have no aromatherapy person to ask, and it is hard to know who to trust and I can see from all these back and forth posts.

Giselle Baturay February 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Robyn, so I hear you about diluting. Yes I would generally always dilute. There are a lot of really good reasons (covered in the blog post) about why to dilute. So, ok as a mama myself, I’ll tell you what I do. I don’t dilute right then and there when I need it. Like you said, mamas don’t always have time for that. Instead, I make blends ahead of time that I know I will use. I have like two blends for my kids and I keep these in dark amber bottles (keep them away from light) and labeled so I know what they are. When I need them, I go to my cabinet and get them – super easy.

Ingesting is not in itself always bad. It can be beneficial. However, I would do a deep research first on the oil, your conditions, how the oil may affect your organs over time, etc. If you want the benefits of lemons….drop some slices in warm water and drink at least one glass every day. Much more appropriate dosage that at the same time gives you the benefits of lemons.

Side note ~ essential oils do not mix with water anyway so not the best method of ingesting oils if you choose to do so. It’s another misinformation commonly provided by doTerra and Young Living.

Robyn February 27, 2014 at 3:59 am

K the books you reference are super expensive!!! are there any other website you recommend for safe use of EO, dosages and dilutions. I want to get into using EO and to be safe and informed but yikes $300 dollars for a textbook.

Giselle Baturay February 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Robyn, one of the books is pricey but if you really really get into oils it’s an amazing resource. But, the books by Valerie Ann Worwood are much more affordable and I would recommend the one for children if you’re wanting to have recipes and dilutions on using essential oils for children. For a introduction course, there’s the one at Aromahead which is free. There aren’t a lot of websites honestly that I would recommend as much as I would books. For websites go with the ones from aromatherapy schools as starters. Also another good one is aromaweb.com.

Kimberly February 27, 2014 at 11:46 pm

I found your information not entirely correct. Its a shame that so many folks like yourself pick a part goodness and wellness. You portray that you these companies are MLM and that its a bad thing. Bloggers alike make money promoting. I find that so many have opinions yet they alike are doing the same in promoting advise and or solicitating opinions for money. Far from a granola aspect. You fall into the same category.

Giselle Baturay February 27, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Read again as I did not write that MLMs in itself is bad. So unfortunately your post is based on not having read the blog post carefully.

Trina February 28, 2014 at 7:35 am

“I am often asked if Network Marketing is a Pyramid Scheme. My reply is that corporations really are pyramid. A corporation has only one person at the top, generally the CEO, and everyone else below.”
-Donald Trump, Entrepreneur and Author

Business is business, a pyramid scheme is one thing, fair business is another. Educate and empower yourself to know the difference. Also if doterra essential oils are just the “same” ingest a some drops of oregano from any other brand of your choice, tell me your experience. That’s how doterra’s are different, and pure, they have a nutrition label, and they can and should be able to be taken internally. Not buying a product because it is from an mlm is the same thing as not buying a product from a company that markets what they sell, the funding goes towards marketing, just in a different structure. Be educated.

Giselle Baturay February 28, 2014 at 7:56 am

Trina, may I ask your aromatherapist qualifications?

In case others read this please note that oregano oil should not be taken if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or if you are taking any antidiabetic or anticoagulant medication.

As mentioned many many times, it is not that it is a MLM oil but that these two companies use unethical practices. Also, neither will provide you with any proof of their quality as neither is transparent about their testing results.

Yes, in this I do agree, please do educate yourself OUTSIDE of what the brand has provided you.

Jamie February 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Hi Giselle,

First of all, thank you for all of this information and for continuing to respond to everyone with even more information. It is extremely helpful for someone like me who would really like to start using essential oils, for myself, my soon to be child (I’m expecting my first in June) and my husband, but get easily overwhelmed by all the contradictory information out there.

I see that you have recommended Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, which I plan on purchasing to make sure I use oils correctly for my child. You also recommend Aromatherapy: A Lifetime Guide to Healing With Essential Oils – is that the best/easiest book for a beginner to start using essential oils correctly?

I’m also curious about Native American Nutritionals. I’ve read some good things about them and wonder if you would recommend them? Out of the three you recommend in your blog, is there one of those you recommend over the other?

Thanks so much for all you do to help those of us who have not spent our lives becoming properly educated in essential oils!

Giselle Baturay March 12, 2014 at 7:11 am

Jamie, I have those two books and have referred to them often. I think both worth having.

Leah March 1, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Thank you so much for addressing these issues! It is scary that people could be causing themselves harm following these recommendations! Just wanted to share that not ALL direct sales companies are promoting unsafe use. NYR Organic is a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council. This means that as consultants we are held to their standards of safety.

reda March 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Hi Giselle,
I agree with you to a point. Aromatics International is even worse in terms of marketing. I am a research scientist and work for labs that try to understand how molecules interact and behave in human bodies. One common answer that we get every time is that: it is very complex and we need further research. You may think it’s a way to guarantee more funding but the reality scientific methods can only use experiments under specific conditions and there are far too many parameters to take into considerations. Aromatics International claims that specific chemicals have specific healing properties. No one in the scientific community can for certain say that under these general terms. Normally, we say under specific conditions we found that this chemical do “this”. Science helps us understand biological phenomena under very specific conditions. This is the reason why medicines have multiple side effects on different people, and some people won’t have any. EO are very complex chemical compounds. Taken as they are, externally or internally, will be very hard to tell which is doing what to what cell. To claim that ketone is “valuable in respiratory infections as they are highly effective mucolytics and also act as expectorants” is a dangerous claim. But to say that to “Rosemary, Spike Lavender and Peppermint” is more accurate because as an aromatherapist you’ve seen the benefits of these oils in a holistic way. Chemistry is not aromatherapy and these couple you buying your EO from, are confused by reading scientific papers and books that is beyond their understanding. It is some sort of misleading the general public in the same way as many other businesses in EO. In addition, no one has done any analysis to detect pesticide residue on these EO and the role they play in interacting with EO chemicals. This is more important that giving a spec reading because even the “almighty” science has done almost none to find the required quantities for specific disorder. EO is an emerging market with huge potential, I know about this because I’ve been using herbal medicine for 30 years, and EO is just a concentration of herbs. We need to do more work to understand how EO chemical constituents work in the human body on one by one basis. For sure no one knows for certain because many scientist believe that EO is not about it chemical parts but about the whole compound is interactions to pathway signalling, genes and enzymes regulations.

Giselle Baturay March 2, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Reda, I agree in some parts to what you wrote and in particular that essential oils work as a whole rather than just the individual components of the oils. Together and in harmony is what works essential oils so well. However, to say that Aromatics International has worse marketing is complete nonsense. Aromatics International it’s a very small business that is based from education and has a strong relationship to distillers. They adhere to all the standards of aromatherapy practice and respect the guidelines. In addition they are one of the most transparent companies I have worked. Your claim of their marketing being worse because they referred to ketones are being good for respiratory (which they are) is simply untrue. To say that this company, which is education-based and used by aromatherapy schools is “beyond their understanding” is arrogant.

As a side note, while essential oils come from plants, it does mean that an herb and the essential oil of the herb will work the same or have the same function. It’s not as simple as saying, EOS are just a concentration of the herb.

reda March 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm

It is exactly that sort of ignorant belief you trying to expose on this blog that you are falling into. If in one hand you believe what a nurse and her husband say about ketone, without any reference or evidence in their website, and you ignore scientific research. Mybe you can show me an article on ketone or a scientific experiment that clearly states their findings in the same way this couple stated it. They’re making wrong claims on there website on specific chemicals found in EOs. You can at least advice them to include some references.

Giselle Baturay March 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Again you are making arrogant assumptions. I do not work for Aromatics International nor received my aromatherapy training from a brand of essential oils. I attended a clinically based aromatherapy school independent of any essential oil brand. As I wrote, I agree that essential oils work as a harmony and not as individual components and in this case it is part of a component that works with others to help with respiratory issues.

I would recommend you contacting them directly about your issues as you have studied their website and found strong opinions on it. I am sure they will appreciate your feedback as it is not a big MLM company so you will actually reach someone that can assist you.

First Time Mom March 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Hi there,

Thanks for you blog post. I am committed to healthy/natural living and I have wanted to learn more about EO for a long time. I recently purchased a few bottles as a starter kit from DoTerra. My 4 month-old son got sick soon after I purchased the oils, so I turned to them before moving onto more conventional medicine. EVERY SINGLE DoTerra representative I talked to told me that all of their oils are safe for use on infants, and suggested I use Breathe on his chest and feet (with a carrier oil) and infuse it in his room as night. Well, my “mom instinct” kicked in and told me to do a little more research. I soon found that studies have shown that menthol can cause infants’ airways to CLOSE, and menthol is naturally found in peppermint oil (which is used in Breathe). When I asked the DoTerra reps about this, none of them even knew that menthol was not safe for infants and began repeating the “DoTerra robot language” (as I call it) to me….”DoTerra is safe, therapeutic-grade, blah blah blah”. While I do believe in the medicinal benefits of EOs, I think it’s completely irresponsible and infuriating that these representatives are not educated on the real dangers of EOs and infants. As a first time mom, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unprepared. I’m very grateful my instincts kicked in before I listened to the advice of any DoTerra rep (who is probably feeding Diet Coke to their infants through a straw and has no idea what clean living actually means).

Giselle Baturay March 12, 2014 at 7:09 am

Good for you mama for following those instincts! The more we listen to our guts, the wiser we become.

Yes this advice that many reps give with Breathe and small children is very very scary.

Danelle April 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Is it safe to use diluted peppermint/lavender or the “Breathe” blend from doTerra on a 5-year old? I diluted the peppermint and lavender in fractionated coconut oil to use for fever reduction…is that healthy? I am literally so afraid that I messed up big time doing this – the book I got from doTerra says this is safe (of course)….now I am worried. I also used the DigestZen blend on her (one drop on her tummy, and one drop together on both feet)…

Should I be worried?

Giselle Baturay April 11, 2014 at 7:31 am

Some aromatherapists say it’s ok to use menthol (which is in peppermint) at 5 years and some will say 7 years. It’s totally up to you. I would just recommend diluting any essential oil you use on her to 1%. You don’t need much and the goal is to use the least amount of “medicine” that provides the result you need.


Mike March 4, 2014 at 4:16 am

I LOVE this blog! I hold a diploma (not a weekend certificate) in aromatherapy from American College of Healthcare Science which follows NAHA guideline. I hate the recommendations of Young Living and doTerra. I wouldn’t want to bash a company so I stress the unsafe practices they promote. I do have to slightly disagree with your statement of EOs you never be used neat. I would say there are a few exceptions but only with caution and appropriate testing. Thank you for posting.

Sandra March 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm

My friend is a doTERRA Consultant, and has been urging me to try their products, even though I have severe allergies and asthma that are frequently triggered by fragrances. She claims the asthma is being caused by additives or impurities in products, and that the CPTG essential oils from (only) doTERRA cannot or will not cause symptoms, and can actually treat them. Nevertheless, when I was visiting her several weeks ago, she applied a drop of something with a strong mint odor to herself when I was in a closed car with her, and I became short of breath within about a minute. She opened all of the car windows, and my symptoms subsided within about ten minutes. She was very disappointed that I was unwilling to even try the oils. For me, it’s just not worth experimenting.

Giselle Baturay March 12, 2014 at 7:07 am

How scary! I’m sorry you had that experience. I hope your friend sees this as an opportunity to educate herself more on essential oils OUTSIDE of the brand.

Linda Causey March 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

Add the company Simply Aroma to this list. They are a new company, just launched in January 2014. Their consultant material has a chart that lists a number of essential oils as safe for ingestion. There was no disclaimer regarding speaking with their doctor prior to doing so. Their reps seem to get training on how to sell, but little or no training on respecting essential oils.

Giselle Baturay March 12, 2014 at 7:06 am

Such a shame!

Elizabeth May 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Linda, I appreciate you comment!!!

I am a consultant with Simply Aroma, and we are currently working with corporate on publishing and training our consultants on safe practices. We are putting together more and more training materials, and many of us have enrolled in Aromatherapy Certification courses to ensure that we are teaching everyone to push safe practices. This is something that is HIGHLY important to all of us!

There is a lot of mis-information out there. There is a lot of mis-leading marketing. It’s hard to navigate the world of essential oils, but please know, that we as a company and as consultants CARE, and we are trying to do things the right way!

Just please know that as consultants we are pushing for safety standards and consistent training on these standards for everyone involved. Essential oils are potent, and need to be respected and used responsibly!!! This is a new company, and it’s taking some time to get all the materials out there to consultants as well as the general public.

I personally train my team on safety, less is more, info on which oils to avoid during pregnancy and for certain illnesses etc, safe dilution ratios based on ages etc. This is training that is happening in more teams than not as it’s so important to everyone!

SylvieC March 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I have read probably most of these comments, as I’m on a search for information regarding good (but inexpensive) options to doTERRA. I have a good friend who recently started promoting their oils. She’s a great person, but I wonder if she really and truly understands the harmful advice that she might be promoting. She told me about ingesting some of the products on a daily basis, and this has me concerned. I also saw on her product link page that there is a weight loss plan which includes oils for ingestion. Really?!

I am new to EO’s, aside from general aromatherapy oils for warmers, etc. I do have 2 bottles of Melaleuca oil bought directly from the company (Melaleuca), which came in their first aid kit. What I find shocking are the recipes from doTERRA (or at least created by those who sell their products) for cold “bombs”, which tell you to put drops of this oil in capsules for ingestion. SERIOUSLY? I’m sorry, but who in their right mind thinks this is even remotely safe? Melaleuca uses their oil in quite a number of their products- first aid and household cleaners, included. I’m pretty sure nowhere on their website do they recommend ingesting the actual oil.

There are countless pins on Pinterest now which give you “recipes” for all sorts of things- including how to ease morning sickness for pregnant moms. For every person promoting such a thing, I have to ask- are you a doctor? Are any of the people in your upline a doctor? I don’t care about the 100+ hospitals now using doTERRA products.. that means squat if you don’t have actual physicians (not getting kickbacks) who create these oils and have done all of the necessary testing. Are you REALLY comfortable telling other people to take this stuff when you don’t know their bodies, and often, they don’t even know their bodies?

That’s another thing. my understanding is that doTERRA basically paid the FDA to get on their list of companies supposedly “approved”, or at least waiting to be approved. BIG difference from the FDA actually saying doTERRA is FDA approved.

*Someone posted here that they knew 1,000 that put the oils directly on their skin (or ingested them) and nobody ever got sick. I have to ask myself if those who sell the oils do some kind of prepping before they have a “party” or meeting? Put a carrier oil on their skin first, or something?

One more point I wanted to make. Someone who commented much earlier suggested that only doTERRA’s oils were pure, and they could tell by their scent. They said that other oils (I forget the brand name) had a more chemical smell. Well, my reading suggests that each batch will turn out slightly different, and if they all smell the same, then you have a real issue.

Check out this person’s “series” on the “Great Essential Oils Showdown”, . http://wholenewmom.com/what-to-buy/best-essential-oils-company-young-living-review-doterra-review/ Part 4 discusses this, and raises a good point. If a child comes across the peppermint oil, and it smells good enough to eat, that’s a potential nightmare waiting to happen.

Just to note, there are a couple of problems I have with the person who posted that series: They really just debated between YL and DT, and then ended up with another MLM as their “winner”. 2.) They still think it’s ok to ingest oils. HOWEVER, she has a LOT of very valid, interesting information, which exposes issues with the two MLM companies that anyone new to EO’s should read. Just like this site. Very informative!

Holan Nakata April 26, 2014 at 2:44 am

doTERRA did not pay the FDA to approve their products nor do they claim to do so.

The list that it refers to is the GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) list by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

The US government has done a lot of research on food and food additives which include essential oils and it’s constituents. Menthol, limonene, linalyl acetate, methyl salicylate, are all compounds found in essential oils.
They compiled a list of substances “Generally Regarded as Safe” GRAS, even to go so far as if it can be taken internally and at what levels are safe.

Essential oils are on that list (Not any particular brand).
Some are not on that list. For example, Wintergreen essential oil is not on that list. It contains >90% Methyl Salicylate, though it is safe at low doses topically, there is caution at higher levels. There are reports on overuse of methyl salicylate.

Note: I hold a bias perspective as I am a doTERRA Wellness Advocate aka distributor.

However, I have educated myself outside of doTERRA. It is hard for a non-professional like me to identify inaccuracies in other sources, I have managed to find critical mistakes in the most popular aromatherapy books found on Amazon. For example, one book stated that essential oils contain vitamins and plant hormones (without mentioning the compound or which oil it is found in). Some of the books cite really poorly conducted studies. Because these are written by people with PhD, most people don’t question it but there are mistakes. We are all human looking for answers.

There is a fallacy into believing just because I have a personal financial interest that the message I relay is invalid. One my goals is to share the healing knowledge of plants with the world just as there was once a time where healing knowledge for basic needs were passed down from generation to generation.

For the record, I personally have sought advice from a professional aromatherapists (British Aromatherapy) respectfully. I came to understand rather than be understood. Years later, she started seeing that other trains of though in the approach to essential oils may not necessarily be wrong.

We must always be open. Only decades ago, people thought there was no use for the appendix. Now it is theorized to play a vital role in repopulating probiotics in the microflora after a loss of microflora from diarrhea. Decades ago, it was taught that cutting down on meat and recreational exercise may put a strain on cardiovascular health.

I’m open to new ideas and I believe that the care of my body and health is in my hands. I am taking control and responsibility rather than leaving it for the privileged few.

Giselle Baturay May 3, 2014 at 7:36 am

Quick note ~ the GRAS amounts are for flavoring. Nothing compared to the amount of essential oils DoTerra sales reps (now called “Wellness Advocates”) recommend to take internally and on a daily basis. That plus the fact that in making such recommendations to you they are practicing medicine illegally.

Holan Nakata May 6, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Thank you for your response and keeping this an open discussion.

Going back to the Safety of oral ingestion of essential oils.

Most of the compounds found in essential oils have high LD50 amounts (These can be found with a simple search or for the MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets).

Many essential oil compounds have higher LD50 than substances the average American consumes each day.

For example limonene which make up over 90% of orange essential oil and over 95% of grapefruit essential oil has an LD50 of 4,400 mg/kg.
Table salt has an LD50 of 3,000 mg/kg. Caffeine has an LD50 of 192 mg/kg (of which the average American intakes about 200 mg a day).

The mass of an essential oil on average per drop is about 60 mg.
(A 15 ml bottle of essential oils contain about 240 drops. Essential oils are less dense than water)

Take a GC of an essential oil. Look up the MSDS of the compounds and you will find that they are safe for the general public if used in the way it is suggested.

This not a trend that is specific to distributors of mlm companies,
But is a general trend in the health and wellness field.

The Vitamin Shoppe has limonene supplements at a recommended daily intake of 1000 mg. It is available over the counter. It doesn’t have to be prescribed.

What I’ve found is that many of the statements of aromatherapy texts are based on findings on studies done years ago, with limited research and equipment that have been greatly improved as time progressed.

For these reason, things that were previously deemed as safe are now unsafe and things that were previously deemed as unsafe are found not to be as harmful as previously thought.

That’s the beauty of science. We are constantly learning and seeking truth.

Have a great day!

Giselle Baturay May 7, 2014 at 5:08 am

Have you researched the studies on this topic? You are choosing to ignore that internal use of essential oils without qualified care (aka NOT a sales rep) has in fact caused damage including poisoning. I highly recommend getting a copy of Robert Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition.

anita hero March 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm


The motivation for adulteration is very high ($$$$). Here are the results of third party testing of peppermint EO for 10 companies. DoTerra and Heritage are adulterated, no question about it. Others are lying about the species of mint (using corn mint instead of peppermint-a lot cheaper). Only three out of 10 companies passed with flying colors. I find the robotic comments from some of these commenters very disturbing, and am appalled that they are giving EOs to their kids. Scary.

Felicia LIbo March 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Thanks for the helpful information. I am very sensitive to essential oils but have a good friend trained as an aromatherapist, so am trying to be open minded about their use, especially since I know they can be really helpful.

My co-op just started carrying Veriditas Botanicals, a certified organic line they carefully researched. Do you know anything about them?

Giselle Baturay March 12, 2014 at 7:04 am

Felicia, I have not personally used them, but please see the list in the blog post for choosing a essential oil brand. And if you do use them and love it, please let me know!

Meg July 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I’ve been using Veriditas Botanicals – found at my local co-op and I find they’ve been working very well :)

Patrice March 7, 2014 at 8:34 pm

This is a thought provoking post and I have enjoyed reading it as well as you inspired me to do further research – specifically surrounding safety of internal use. Full disclosure I did/do purchase YL oils and am considered a distributor. (This may or may not change as I research more about EO.) I had become interested in EO several months back and would go into health food stores and look at the EO’s offered but did not know how to utilize them. I noticed a friend’s FB page mentioning YL and asked her to speak to me about it. She provided me with learning materials as well as her own experiences; so I purchased a kit. No infomercial here – but I have had positive results – which I possibly could have had with other oils. However, have not actively sought to “sell” them.

I did feel that some of the testimonials people would leave about their experiences with EO where a “little out there.” As you can see from posts on your blog you have folks who look at their EO use from a more “practical” standpoint and those whose experiences border on the “miraculous”. Let’s just say some folks are more “expressive” than others :)

What I will share with you as the majority of folks at YL that I have spoken with DO NOT provide “medical” advice. In fact it is stressed by the company to not do so. I understand there is a FINE line between sharing a personal experience and someone else believing you are prescribing a “cure.”

Testimonials remind me of how historically men & women have shared the medicinal uses of plants, animals, earth etc. Modernization of medicine – or I should say commercialization of medicine has taught us to scoff at homeopathic cures. I understand your point that as a professional who has studied her craft your concern is that people can endanger others by not understanding what they are offering; and further could cause reputational harm to alternate therapies that have been beneficial for years.

YL strongly suggests you research how you want to use the EO and do recommend the use of the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by the Higley’s – Yes it is all about the uses of YL oils – and I just discovered that they are distributors of YL and wrote the book based on Gary Young’s. protocols. – (DoTerra has their own book as well.)

Onto Internal use – googling internal use of essential oils pretty much leads you to sellers of both the above mentioned companies and their websites. However I did find AGORA. AGORA is an international group of volunteers dedicated to providing noncommercial aromatherapy education articles via donated web space on the internet and are referenced as a resource by http://www.aroma-rn.com/resources Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy as well as the Integrative Aromatherapy® Certificate Program.

On AGORA site I did find an interesting article regarding internal use titled “Toxicity Myths – the Actual Risks of Essential Oil Use” It is an interesting article in that it does support and demystify internal use of EO’s; as well as provides sources for http://www.agoraindex.org/Frag_Dem/toxicitymyths.html

In summary I truly enjoyed your post as well as your interest and caring for your craft and appreciative that you provoked me to do more research.

Giselle Baturay March 8, 2014 at 12:24 am

Such an interesting post to read ~ thank you for sharing your experience! I enjoy reading posts like this.

Patrice March 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Giselle – Right back at you! It was your thought provoking post that lead me to do more research. Funny, in my gut I felt EO’s were a modality that I should add to improve my health issues. (Auto Immune disorders plague me currently.) I was fortunate that my friend was associated with a company to provide me with an introduction to their uses. I was excited by their potential and started researching – initially for my Rosacea – in order to reduce chemical load in the products I used on my face. Well, that research lead to find different sites and opened my eyes to different providers for oils. My “gut” also was not to keen on the MLM aspect of YL – as well as their stating they are the BEST because x, y, & z. I offset that due to the ability to maybe help others with the product once I sufficiently tested it on myself. (Again have had success with my Rosacea.) I do use lemon, peppermint and occasionally Thieves blend internally based on the recommendations on the bottle. However, I treat this as medicine – the use should be related to a cause and not overused. The biggest problem with Testimonials is that a lot can be left out as to the exact “recipe”. e.g. a mom may say I put X oil on my baby and it worked wonders – however they left out they diluted it in a carrier oil and at what dilution. Or even in my case while I use lavender and frankincense in two carrier oils – coconut & seabuckthorn – @ what dilution, how often etc – as a technicality this could be seen as prescribing even though that is not my intent. My belief is the majority of MLM oil reps truly are trying to help from the heart. However there is an adage “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” (PLEASE note anyone reading this I’m not suggesting you are going to hell for being aligned with an MLM.)

What really stuck a cord with me is that these oils are medicine – I wouldn’t take a prescription drug that was helpful for me and then give a friend a sample because I “think” their issue is similar to mine. Highly illegal and potentially life threatening to my friend. Again I will stress that the YL folks I have worked with stress they are not dispensing advice and that you should always check with your physician or care provider. However, the resource guide YL & DT folks are referred to do make those recommendations. I am still looking but have not located how these “prescriptions/recipes” protocol have been evaluated or vetted.

So back to thanking you Giselle for helping us to think independently, do research and use EO’s in a responsible and healthy manner.

Always question fanaticism – regardless of its source or what is being promoted especially when it comes to health, politics and religion.

Betty Miller March 8, 2014 at 5:55 am

Yeah I don’t know who to trust anymore. I just know the oils have helped me overcome my anxiety and sleep issues.

Giselle Baturay March 12, 2014 at 7:04 am

Essential oils are amazing. And they should be used properly and with respect. I hope you continue your love of essential oils and to learn more about them. I’ve posted many resources to get readers started.

Erica March 9, 2014 at 3:33 am

This post been really helpful! I’m trying to read & research to understand EO better. I had friends who used & liked doterra & young living. But until looking more into oils I had no idea that the companies seem so shady & sketchy! And just out to make money!! I diffused a doterra Oil I bought individually to try but didn’t realize until now all the cookey who ingest them & use them neatly?! Wow!! I had no intentions of doing that! Just wanted to diffuse & use with carrier oils. After reading so much above it’s very eye Opening & I don’t think I want to associate with either company! I looked at aromatics international you mentioned. So i am considering trying them. I also came across another blog writer who wrote 6 part series of how to discern using essential oils. She was using YL but came to see the marketing scam of the large companies as well. She did say Native American nutritionals were smaller, pure & legit. But you seem to have good training so I’d love to hear if you believe same with that company. Thanks!!

Giselle Baturay March 12, 2014 at 7:03 am

Erica, I’ve not personally tried Native American, but if you do, please let me know what you think!

Raina March 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Thanks so much for the article. I love both DT &YL oils and will continue to use them (I’m not a rep for either) but this article has really made me a lot more cautious about the effects of concentration and dosage while taking them internally.
A lot of the effects on the body are due to continued high dosage (ljust like for vitamins).For eg., if one peppermint oil drop is worth 26 (or whatever) cups of tea, then even if I dilute it, do I want to put so much peppermint in my body on a regular basis and what effect would it have on any of my internal organs? I was lulled into complacency by all the sales talk but am much more careful now. Thanks.

Giselle Baturay March 12, 2014 at 7:01 am

Raina, thanks for this. I’m glad it did that for you and hope you continue your love of essential oils and learning more about them and their use.

Christine Beltran March 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm

I’ve looked through all my Y.L literature for where it says you can take all oils internally and can’t find what everyone is referring to.
I’ve done several… searches and keep running in to dead ends when it comes to death via EO’s. ( I NEED TO SEE THIS FOR MY SELF)
Cause of death: a single drop of Lemon Oil a day!
I’ve read several, 3rd party documents as to the purity of Y.L. and holy crap are all documents from 3rd parties about EO’s boring. I’ve read that the plants maybe low in a % or high or even missing. but not about them being synthetic…
I’ve looked at other companies and they have so little control over the seed to seal process that I question where they come from all together…. Organic, Therapeutic those words mean nothing to me, as of now. But I have to add this,
there is nothing wrong with a company marketing its product. Aren’t we all working for a living? Its such BS that people use making money as the reason everyone is being duped. I don’t know about you but I don’t live on donations and neither do any oil companies or their direct form of sales.
Ugh the search for intelligent life on earth goes on* Help me cut through all the opinion and thoughtful thoughts…I think,You know what if, but he is making money so he can’t seriously be honest. Only poor people are honest!

Giselle Baturay March 11, 2014 at 12:16 am

Obviously a post full of sarcasm with nothing substantial however I wanted to note a couple of things for your own knowledge.

1. Get yourself a copy of Robert Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety.

2. I am not sure if you read the blog post or skimmed it but there isn’t any part that says making money is bad. I encourage you to read the blog post.

3. Finally please do your deep searches OUTSIDE of the brand. There are plenty of resources already provided for you in the blog post.

Mel March 12, 2014 at 6:52 am

First: People – read the whole thing before commenting. Most of your questions are answered. Repeatedly. For those of you skimming and then commenting – you’re showing your ignorance. Read the blog post AND the comments so your response can be a little more intelligently posted.

Hi Giselle,

First, I must say that your patience is astounding. Wonderfully tactful responses to the uninformed and ignorant comments made by some. I read the blog and every comment in one night. I just wanted to let you know that you are getting through and thanks for posting. I hope this makes sense as it’s 1:40 in the morning and I’ve been sitting here for the past several hours staring at the computer.

Both Young Living and doTerra seem to have exploded in my area and I was contacted by two close friends to attend a “class” this upcoming Saturday. One of them is with Young Living and is already defensive when questioned so I was immediately turned off. The other has an open mind but signed with doTerra when she was introduced to it. When I asked my friend with doTerra a few questions, this is what I got in response:

“I did check with doterra about their distillation process. From what I have read is that the claim that 1st is the strongest and most pure is a myth. Doterra used complete distillation where they start the process and don’t stop until all of the oil is removed from the plant part. It uses more energy, time and money to do multiple extractions- which doesn’t make sense if its all the same anyways, to start and stop the process. Look at it this way- say you we’re going to squeeze orange juice from a fresh orange. All of the juice inside the orange is the same. The first time you squeeze it, you get the most out of it. The second, a little less and so on. But is the juice any different? No, it’s all the same. I hope that helps you understand that part of the process better. There are several false claims against doTerra that were spurred by young living- including tainting a sample of doterra’s peppermint oil with synthetics and then sending out to be tested. Making it look like doTerra adds synthetics to their products. I confirmed that they do NOT! I’m not trying to persuade you to go with doTerra, you had some great questions and I wanted to find out the answers for you and myself! One of the reasons I do trust them is that they send all of their oils to two separate outside labs for testing to ensure the purity, strength and consistency of them all. They also paid for licensing to have their oils labeled as an edible product (for those oils that are safe to do so…not all of them are). If someone is claiming you cannot ingest their oils, I would highly suspect synthetics or adulterated oils. If they are truly pure they are ok.”

So, it appears that doTerra says that Young Living tainted the sample tested by a 3rd party that you’ve linked to. Who knows…

This is my story:

I have not ever tried Essential Oils as of this moment. I didn’t know anything about them really until about one week ago. What I do know is all about being a medical patient. I became very intrigued about essential oils because I do believe in natural medicine and they make sense to me. I started my research.

Here is what I’ve learned over the past few days:

doTerra and Young Living have this war going on with both sides saying one thing or another about the other. To summarize – drama! I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.

I reviewed both company websites and then went looking for sources of information that don’t come from doTerra or Young Living directly. I’ve reviewed sources of information from Robert Tisserand, aroma therapy schools, Mothers Nature Network, blogs (many that turned out to be one of the MLM distributors), etc. To answer my friend, as I understand it, DT didn’t pay to have their oils labeled as an edible product. They just labeled products that are edible – for example – lemons are edible. Yes, they are approved by the FDA for consumption and since the oil doesn’t technically have any other kind of ingredient than what the lemon itself has, they can label it. They can’t label all of them though. Just ones that come from plants or foods already approved for consumption by the FDA. It’s not just them that can put that label on their products.

Others EO companies don’t because they don’t want you to ingest them without the proper education. Most sources are not saying anything negative about the quality of the oils between those two companies in general. They are ONLY saying that it’s the education that is grossly inaccurate, misinterpreted by sales people, and is going to become dangerous. These statements are coming from aroma therapists, nurses, etc, who actively use Essential Oils and they aren’t promoting any brand specifically. I’ve also seen a few posts reporting bad experiences and interactions with specific oils they ingested and there are already groups of people collecting those stories for future suits and attempts to get some kind of regulation on Essential Oils.

I’ve looked into YL, DT, NAN, Mountain Rose, and now I’m looking into Edens Garden, Aromatics International, Plant Therapy, Swiss Aromatics, and Ananda Apothecary to see where I decide to purchase. It’s being claimed that this blog post is saying that you can’t ingest the oils. NOBODY said you can’t ingest the oils. What she said is that they shouldn’t be ingested willy nilly without proper education or advice from a health professional (not a sales rep with little training, mostly obtained through the whisper vine (upline), and then interpreted like the childhood game). That just seems like common sense to me.

A perfect example and something that should scare every Essential Oil MLM rep not properly trained on the possible liability of “practicing medicine” without a license. If I went to a “class”, I suspect I would have a lot of oils suggested to me and some given for me to sample. I’m not allergic to anything. If I said I’d like to lose a few pounds, what do you Young Living and doTerra reps suggest? Slique? Slim & Sassy? Okay, I don’t have any allergies that I know of. Sure, let’s try it because I don’t know any better.

If I didn’t read every little pamphlet that comes with every drug I take, I might have let you. I wouldn’t have known that I could potentially have a dangerous drug reaction without speaking with my Dr. (or a certified clinical aroma therapist who takes a medical AND drug history). Most people don’t read the fine print – they just take what their doctors give them.

If I took any oil with Grapefruit in it, my blood pressure could potentially drop to near fatal levels because of an interaction with some of the blood pressure medications I’m on. That is a documented fact. A rep from any MLM company wouldn’t ask me about my medical or drug history. You haven’t been taught to and you wouldn’t know the contraindications if you did. You’d just say, here take this, it will help (well, taught that and the speech for potential customers that show skepticism or concern.) You and I wouldn’t know any better until it was too late. Allergies – most people know what theirs are, know to ask about the ingredients, and can avoid them. Drug interactions? Something very bad waiting to happen. I don’t think a blanket can be thrown over the oils and stamped “safe” no matter what company they are from or what they claim about it.

So you’re a rep. You gave me something to ingest that had grapefruit in it. My blood pressure dropped so low I’m barely breathing and pass out. An ambulance is called. And then… and then I sue the crap out of you. Let me ask you. Does Young Living or doTerra provide liability insurance for you? Even if I lose, there would be attorneys, court costs, headaches. (Well, maybe not headaches for you. You can take Essential Oils for those.)

I’m skeptical of anything I put in my body though I am on many prescription drugs. I’m a 34 year old kidney cancer survivor with a blood disorder, arthritis in my back, both knees, and one shoulder, Crohn’s disease, hypertension, hypo-thyroid, and Fibromyalgia among a few other chronic conditions. I’m married with two children and pets. I take drugs based on benefit outweighing risk and I research EVERYTHING before I take it. I don’t like pharmaceuticals but they are a necessary evil in some cases. I make the choice of what medications I will take, not my Doctors, and I’ve left a practice for a doctor having a problem with my decisions regarding the drugs I will take. I’d like an alternative so Essential Oils seems like a miracle. I’m smart enough not to just listen to company propaganda but to look at EVERY source of information.

They are natural so why not ingest them? Just like with tobacco, marijuana, opium, cyanide, peyote, alcohol, and many other naturally obtained substances, they are still chemicals, and can be deadly. Essential oil is still made up of chemicals, and like the above, can be toxic in high levels. Just like those substances, the side effects (cancer, liver, etc.) could show up years and years later. (Metabolife and ephedra comes to mind (Google if you don’t know) – I have an Aunt that was a rep and still suffers from the effects of having used it and that was 10+ years ago.) You don’t see the long-term effects right away, so just because it’s working in a positive way doesn’t mean there isn’t also a negative you will experience later.

Some of the problem comes in with extended or long-term use. Just because its natural doesn’t make it safe or without serious side effects. Some of the more conscientious and ethical EO companies actually post long-term side effects on their websites. For example, Marjoram on the NAN site: Caution: long-term use may permanently inhibit sex drive. Ack! Don’t want that! At least they are letting us make a fully informed decision on how to use it. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11681697 (6 Toxic oils – including a citrus) and http://www.essentialoils.co.za/toxic-oils.htm here is another list. I found many others but don’t want to go back and find them right now.

The pure 100% essential oil is highly concentrated. We ingest things with synthetics or that have been adulterated all the time. Half the foods/drinks in the grocery store have been. That’s not what stops it from being able to be safely ingested. It’s the risk of drug interactions, toxicity, or overdose.

• Wintergreen – Gaultheria procumbens
• The active ingredient in wintergreen oil is methyl salicylate (98%) and although it has been used in ointments for rheumatism and other such complaints, the topical application of this oil, even in much diluted blends, can be a skin irritant – especially to those sensitive to aspirin (salicylate). Wintergreen oil is also very poisonous.

Can you imagine what ingesting Wintergreen could do to your insides if it irritates the skin even heavily diluted and its poisonous? Also, CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, is a registered trademark and doesn’t mean anything. It’s just words for marketing. Both YL and DT have apparently also refused to produce any GC/MS reports for public viewing while the others have them practically on display. From what I can tell – all of the legitimate suppliers (many of them) have no trouble showing this to any who ask. In addition to that, its 100% legal to say a product is pure if it meets the following criteria:
The term ‘pure’ can represent essential oils with any of the following properties:
• Pure essential oils can be diluted by up to 49% by law! The claim “100% pure” may appear on the bottle label with as little as 51% essential oil! Therefore, “pure” on the label doesn’t really mean anything.
• Pure essential oils can have synthetic chemicals added. Even if an oil is ‘pure’ in the sense of not being diluted, it may still be adulterated with artificial chemicals to and fragrances.
• Pure essential oils can have residual solvents. If harsh chemical solvents, such as hexane, were used to distill the oil, a residual of the solvent will remain in the oil. Residual solvent contents are not listed on labels because they are either not tested for, or they are too low in concentration to be listed (less than 1%). If you are using essential oils therapeutically, you don’t want ANY hexane or other chemical solvents in your oils.
• Pure essential oils may be diluted with lesser quality oils. Essential oils are often blended with lesser quality oils of the same type to save money. Blending high quality and low quality oils reduces the oil’s therapeutic effect, even if the resulting oil is technically undiluted and ‘pure’.
• Pure essential oils can contain pesticides. Just like residual solvents, other chemicals such as pesticides may be present in otherwise pure essential oils. Organic or wild-crafted oils will have little to no pesticide content.

I’ve worked with Mary Kay, Advocare, Creative Memories, and Slumber Parties. MLM is a genius form of marketing! People believe people. They believe their friends. All you have to do are convince a few and the word will spread like wildfire. Giselle said that where there is smoke there is fire, and frankly I see smoke all over both YL and DT. I don’t have a problem with MLM. I think it’s a really smart business model actually, but when it comes to my health and giving it to my kids without the proper knowledge or on someone else’s say so…? I’m not believing anybody over anybody else based on what they tell me. I’m going to look at every source of information I can find and see what makes the most sense to me. I also called my doctors but haven’t heard back yet.

To me it makes a lot of sense that a substance that can have such a real impact on our bodies and health, would be highly concentrated in its true and pure form, and toxic in a high enough dosage. That alone and the lack of caution shown by both companies, convinces me that I’m not interested. I AM very interested in Essential Oils though so thanks for all of the resources and I’ll keep reading. For those still researching, below are a few more helpful links.
Some other great links to read:
http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/the-surprising-scoop-on-essential-oils (Mother Nature Network)
http://www.aromatherapynaturalhealing.com/cautions.html This entire website was full of great information and they don’t sell essential oils. They are an aroma therapy school.
http://roberttisserand.com/ He is a world leading expert on the subject and author of many of the books you can find. He writes a blog with a ton of articles on the subject of Essential Oils, uses, and safety.
http://roberttisserand.com/2013/01/essential-oil-extraction-process-question/ (Read the one comment to point out something from the article)

Jennifer G. April 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Mel, this response is awesome! This was the most useful comment on this entire blog post! For those of us reading all of the comments, it was nice to come across this one. It seems like a lot of people skimmed through or didn’t read the entire blog before they posted a response. I wish that they would at least read yours before they respond! It seems like every other response it asking the same thing that was already answered multiple times by Giselle and others.
One thing that I will note, I have read somewhere that the reason why YL and dT can claim that their oils can be ingested is because they take out expensive liability insurance to cover such claims. That’s why their prices are so extremely high. It’s not that they necessarily have the higher grade over the other oils, it’s just that they take out the insurance to cover themselves.
I don’t know if this is true, but I just thought that I would mention it.

Warrior mom July 19, 2014 at 3:14 am

Loved your reply. My 8 year ds has multitude of life threatening allergies, clotting disorder, Hashimoto autoimmune ,juvenile rheumatoid Arteritis and Congenital Lyme. If I don’t research EO, my son could die. I wish any EO sakes rep would thing of people like me and my son.

Cynthia K March 19, 2014 at 2:55 am

I’ve been researching essential oils to help my son sleep at night…I am very thankful I found this blog and all the interesting information that is in it. I see that you have put in one of your replies that some of the brands that you are ok with are in your update…for some reason I can’t find it! I’m trying to educate myself in essential oils and these comments are scaring me! Help!

Giselle Baturay March 26, 2014 at 6:08 am

Cynthia, they are in a link in one of the updates. :)

Nikki March 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I just discovered your post and I have enjoyed reading it. You have addressed a lot of the concerns that I have. I am a doTerra consultant and joined just for the discount because I was excited to use essential oils for my family’s health and well-being. Recently I started holding classes at the encouragement of my upline and I have been very uncomfortable with the medical advise freely given in the classes. I feel this is very dangerous. I started to do some research online, but most of the information presented is so biased, so I appreciate how you have backed your statements with references. I also appreciate you pointing out the dangers of applying neat and ingesting. I have two children so I want to make sure what I am doing is safe for them. I have checked out some of the books you recommended front the library (Valerie Woorwood’s book was especially helpful). After reading some of these recommended books and your referenced links online I have decided that I am going to stop selling doTerra or host classes (I agree there’s too much misleading information presented and I already felt the medical advise so freely given is dangerous). I plan to start using products from other companies that give the test results (just ordered one from aromatics international). My question for you is how do you feel about quality of the doterra oils that I have left if I use it diluted and do not ingest it? I have spent so much money on the do terra oils that I have and hate to just throw it away. I have been pleased with the results for the most part. I was not able to read all the comments so If someone has already asked this question and you’ve already responded, I apologize and hope you will answer again. Thank you for taking the time to post this and taking more time to respond to many of the comments. Most of all, thanks for encouraging me and others to get more educated about using essential oils.

Giselle Baturay March 26, 2014 at 6:08 am

Nikki, I would personally use the oils if I bought them and then as I need to replace, I personally would use another brand. I’m glad you’ve found the love of essential oils. Another direction for your passion may be in becoming an aromatherapist. Who knows! :)

ally sanchez March 20, 2014 at 2:24 am

Giselle as a fellow trained herbalist and aromatherapist I cant thank you enough for you intelligent, well presented, fact filled blog post. Like you I have recently been concerned by the promoting of ingesting these very potent oils by unqualified (though often good intended) sales people from MLM companies. To read of a 5 month old licking frankincense EO straight from the bottle is scary stuff. When something is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it is safe. These are medicines and should only be prescribed, particularly internally, by some one experienced and educated in Herbal Medicine and Aromatic medicine. The books, links and authors you recommend are all the best in this field and I encourage anyone thinking of ingesting EO to read these first. Keep up the good work sister!

Giselle Baturay March 26, 2014 at 6:06 am

Thank you Ally!

Kimberly March 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I am a Doterra consultant and love their oils! I have used everyone of them undiluted. So of them are hotter then others so by all means dilute them. It is like everything else out there, you have to make the decision yourself on what works best for you. Everyone is different. I love using the oils topically and internally and haven’t been to the doctor in three years! Or my family. Also I don’t rely on anything the FDA says. They are all crooked and corrupt. Try the oils out and see what works best for you. Do your own research. Definitely don’t trust the FDA or any government organization for that matter :)

Giselle Baturay March 26, 2014 at 6:05 am

It’s ironic that DT consultants on one hand try to tell me how the oils using the FDA as a plus and then others use the FDA as a con. Either way it has nothing to do with the FDA. It also isn’t about if an oil is “hot” or not. There are good reasons to dilute – see blog post. It’s one thing to choose to take on the risks on yourself — it’s another thing and highly unethical to convince and encourage others to do the same in order to make a sale. And I’m not saying *you* are doing this. I’m talking of what I’ve seen of sales reps/consultants in general.

Kris March 25, 2014 at 7:02 pm

I got sucked into do Terra because I wanted to feel better. I ingested the oils as .i was told because why would someone blatantly lie that it was safe? I was sick and that ended my experience with them, however, I paid a lot of money and bring sick to learn that lesson. I wish I would have questioned more about who says I can take these internally, but I was drinking the Kool-aid I was being sold.

I question any product that is sold on an MLM scheme. If you have a product that is worth it, why not make it available to all at a lower cost? It has to be a high price to pay all the levels of “consultants” and I was one so I can say this without anyone saying I have no idea what I’m talking about.

I’d really like to know what hospitals are going to carry these? That doesn’t make sense. People are posting that hospitals all over are carrying them but no names.

So glad I found this article. My own health food store is going to sell DT oils now and the owner was going on about how they can be ingested. I will send this article to her. I was very disappointed that she bought into it as she couldn’t tell me why those oils could be ingested and others couldn’t.

Thank you!

Tavis March 26, 2014 at 5:30 am

The best way to tell, is by smell. In my humble opinion, YL seems to have the same undertone in alot of their oils. DT oils smell alot “cleaner”. Take cedar wood from both and check for yourself.

In regards to the The International Federation of Aromatherapists Code of Ethics, it is dated 1993. I am only going to say that’s a really long time ago ;-)

That terrible that someone put some oil on you like that. Allot of people are misinformed about dilution, but that does not make the product itself bad. Of course you need to dilute. How long would a bottle of Melissa last if you didn’t, right?

Ingestion…………I searched the internet to see how many people have gotten sick from these oils. I couldn’t find any. I personally wouldn’t consume anything but DT oils.

I do agree that their marketing is misleading, but the oils still work for me

But like I said earlier, It always comes down to smell.

Giselle Baturay March 26, 2014 at 6:01 am

Tavis, smell is part *if* you’ve smelled really good quality oil. If someone has only smelled a couple than it may be hard to go by smell alone, but yes I agree that smell could be one of the ways (not the only way). Hoping that if the International Federation of Aromatherapists Code of Ethics is too old for you, that the rest of the many resources I posted is not. :)

Yes terrible that they do not dilute when they should but also that the BRAND itself encourages their sales reps to encourage as many undiluted uses as possible.

Please don’t rely on google as your only source. I encourage to get a copy of The Essential Oil Safety book by Robert Tisserand. You didn’t even have to search google though….plenty of poisoning stories right here in the comments of this blog.

Glad the oils work for you and that you’ve found and experience essential oils. :)

May March 26, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Thanks for having the courage of lifting the lid on this topic. I TOTALLY agree with you and share the same info you provide with everyone who attends my workshops. My standard is ONLY certified-organic or wild-crafted from a reputable supplier. My top ones are Floracopeia and NHR Organic Oils. Naming names for good reasons is good too :-)

Marie March 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I attended a DoTerra sales party yesterday. And I have to say that I wanted to run to the door after 10 minutes. My gut alarm bells were going off and I was suspicious of what they were saying. Essentially, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….it’s a duck!!! I am interested in Essential Oils, but only on my own research findings. Thank you for this post, you have helped me realize that yesterday I made the right decision to not buy a thing from them and educate myself on EO’s.

Lisa March 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I ran into your site after searching for an Aromatherapy certification classes. I do understand your concern and I do appreciate you giving out the Pros and the Cons of product by providing information and your experience. But this post has made me very sad. This is supposed to be a place for healing not of poison and hatred. We must trust that everyone is wise enough to read the information provided and make their choice of what is good for them. We don’t need to put down people in order to prove a point. We do not know all the ins and outs of how a business runs their business. And no I am not a sales rep for any company. We are all just trying to heal and then share the goodness with the world. Isn’t that the reason why we are all here? Not to control an outcome but to learn, teach and heal. And yes we have a “responsibility” to share the “truth” but in who’s eyes. We are all on a journey. Sending Love and Peace ( sorry If you got this twice it went weird the first time)

Giselle Baturay March 27, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I am sorry you read hatred in the post as there was none. It is frustrating to hear of the babies that screamed when the mamas followed the sales rep advice or the people that have written to me and posted that they have been poisoned or are now hurting based on the recommendations they received from the sales rep. That is nothing to take lightly. And if speaking about this is not acceptable, than what is?

TS March 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I came upon this site which describes the outcome of an independent 3rd party test on peppermint oil from 8 different companies. Two companies’ peppermint oil were shown to contain a synthetic compound, ethyl vanillin, which according to the French lab creates an oversweet scent, Doterra was one of these companies.

I also found information about the lawsuits against Doterra which listed a number of essential oils they carry with synthetics added. Comments please.


Angie March 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Just to inform poeple a little better, Yl does not suggest you use all the oils undiluted. It clearly states on the bottles how to use it topically. For example on the peppermint oil it says to dilute with a carrier oil 1 drop EO to 4 drops carrier oil. There is also a big book that YL has that you can get to see what oils to use and how to use them for different situations and ailments. People should look into that a bit more before making a concrete decision. I was very skeptical at first as well, but I have become a true believer of Young Living because of the personal changes I have seen in myself and my family. I was introduced to do terra as well but I found the quality and purity was lacking. I had a reaction to their peppermint but not Young living’s peppermint… both diluted to the manufacturers recommendations. So I guess its personal preference and experience.

Db March 31, 2014 at 9:52 am

Thank you so much for this post and I look forward to learning more about essential oils on your website. I noticed people have mentioned mountain rose herbs but I wondered if you had any experience with them. Their website information seems to meet the criteria you laid out when looking at a company. Thank you so much!

Camille April 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

This conversation has been incredibly interesting and helpful. I have not yet decided to purchase any EOs as of yet, but if/when I do it will be after I read a book or two mentioned above and will use only as aromatherapy.
I believe that the mind is a powerful thing, and I will use that power to make an educated choice. I appreciate the information provided here, Giselle, and am impressed that you have continued to read every comment and address them as needed. Thank you for all of the information provided.

Nichol April 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm