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Essential Oils Update: Tears, Opinions, And A Promise

by jenny sansouci on January 12, 2016

Hey guys.

It’s been quite a rollercoaster of a day over here on my end – and – not to be completely dramatic – but it was about…essential oils.

I wrote a post last night about my 5 favorite essential oils and how I use them, and it was meant to be a light-hearted and fun introduction to essential oils, since I’m just getting started learning about them and I’ve really been enjoying them so far. Especially my essential oil diffuser – it’s been making my apartment feel like a healing sanctuary.

I sent out an email this morning with a link to the post, and I was just smiling away, ready to move onto the next task.

Little did I know (but I QUICKLY found out), essential oils are a topic of extreme controversy.

In the post, I said that sometimes I put a drop of lemon oil, peppermint oil, or oil of oregano into a glass of water and drink it. That is true. Many of my friends and wellness colleagues use a drop of peppermint oil in their water when they are having digestive issues, use a drop of an oil in a recipe, and swear by ingesting a drop of oil of oregano in a glass of water when they’re coming down with something.

The only things I’d ever heard about ingesting essential oils were positive. One person had commented to me on instagram a little while back and asked if I had any concerns with ingesting the oils, and I said, no, as long as they are the ones labeled specifically as OK for internal use by the company (not all of the oils are suitable for internal use). I had done a lot of research through the essential oils company site itself, and I trusted the information there, as many people I respect and look up to use those oils.

When I posted that blog, I got a lot of feedback immediately from people who feel very strongly that essential oils should *never* be ingested – and warnings that I was spreading dangerous information. I had never heard that before, and I was immediately taken aback by how strong the opinions were and how many responses I got at once. It’s totally cool to have strong opinions, but I was just really surprised!!! I honestly had no idea how controversial essential oils are.

When I bought the essential oils, and in all of their literature, putting a drop of essential oil (the ones that are approved for internal use) into water was one of the main remedies recommended everywhere. When these comments started coming in, I was thinking, if so many people are taking a drop of essential oil internally and feeling good, and if so many great essential oil companies are encouraging responsible internal use of essential oils (1-2 drops) in recipes…could they really be SO dangerous that I could be possibly sending people to the hospital by saying I put a drop of peppermint into my water?! I was honestly shocked, and felt scared. I almost deleted the blog immediately.

I was at a coffee shop with my friend when the comments and emails started rolling in. We had been about to leave to go get lunch, but I was so shaken up by this unexpected flurry of warnings, and I knew that thousands more people were about to open up an email from me and read the blog. I was overwhelmed with an immediate need to fix whatever was happening. I told him I had a blog emergency and I needed to go home and take care of it (I’m sure he thinks I’m a total loon). I FaceTimed my boyfriend as I walked home to tell him what was going on, and as soon as I got inside my apartment door and locked it, I burst into tears.

I cried because of 2 things.

1– I was startled. I cry sometimes when I get really startled. I’m a bit of a sensitive one. :(

2– I genuinely care — A LOT — about giving people misinformation, especially dangerous or harmful information. I don’t care if people disagree with me – I’m a blogger and I share my experience, and I don’t encourage people to take it as medical advice. Disagreeing with my opinion is fine, and I welcome a healthy debate. I know some of the things I experiment with in the health and wellness world will always be a little controversial — and that’s actually exciting to me. But I know that I’m also considered to be a health practitioner, and that does come with responsibility. If I’m actually giving out harmful information that is going to send people to the hospital…?! It made me feel sad and ashamed that I hadn’t even mentioned any words of caution in the blog.

I dried my eyes and added disclaimers like a madwoman.

I was also really bugged, because although I can be quick to jump on a bandwagon when I think something’s awesome (for instance, Bulletproof coffee or essential oils), I am also a REALLY good researcher. Not bragging, I just really do love researching, and I typically like to give a really balanced overview of what I’m writing about. I am not afraid to give the alternative viewpoint — even when it comes to something I stand to make money from. (Hey, look – 2 viewpoints –Β  Why Wellness Experts Drink Bulletproof Coffee, and then, 3 Reasons Bulletproof Coffee is a Bad Idea) πŸ˜‰

In the essential oils post, I didn’t do that.

Because I really didn’t know there was another side to the story. I should have known, there always is.

My promise for the future is this:

I will always strive to give you guys varied viewpoints on topics I share, and I will strive to give you enough information to begin formulating your OWN informed personal decision about it.

In the essential oils post, I only shared the information about the oils that I got directly from the essential oils company, and I only provided links to their site to learn more, because I thought their information was pretty extensive. I didn’t share any other information or viewpoints, so that was sloppy research on my part, and I appreciate the people who brought it to my attention.

My goal for this blog when I started it was always to give people things to QUESTION.

To give people ways to figure out what they personally believe in, and to make their OWN informed decisions.

My goal was and still is never to give people medical advice, only to share my experience with health and wellness, and the knowledge that I have learned, as something to think about. I want to encourage others to explore the information, and I have never claimed to be an expert.

That being said, I’m not just going to shut up and hide when a controversy strikes. I’m going to dig. I’m going to stand in the center of the fire and not shrink back.

Here, I am going to provide you with both sides of the equation when it comes to internally using essential oils.

Pro-internal use of essential oils (used in a minimal way, usually 1-3 drops):

This post advocating internal use and addressing this exact controversy is very well written and was sent to me by a reader (thanks, Tali!)

I received this email tonight from a reader, who said:

“I wouldn’t worry about using internally if you use doTERRA. I’m studying towards traditional Naturopathy and have been using/studying essential oils for a few years. I use the lemon, lavender and peppermint internally for my allergies and Digestzen when rubbing on my tummy just doesn’t cut it. I also do a drop of OnGuard under my tongue as well as on the bottoms of my feet when I feel something yucky coming on. The OnGuard+ capsules are “the bomb”! Β All my family and friends swear by them! There are a lot of people that will give you a hard time because they don’t leave themselves open to internal consumption. They work very well aromatically and topically, but sometimes it is good to do internally, as long as you use common sense. πŸ˜‰

The doTERRA list showing the essential oils that are safe and unsafe for internal use

Here is what doTERRA says about internal use of essential oils.

What the Atlantic Institute for Aromatherapy says about taking oils internally

Information about essential oils being added to chocolates, desserts, and other food products

Recipes that use drops of essential oils — All of them use around 1-3 drops of an essential oil into any recipe. This one here literally says to dip a toothpick into the essential oil and then swirl it into the dip…to ME that seems ok. To me. If it does not seem ok to you, do not do it.

This site by Dr. Axe says, “Essential oils can be used as a powerful form of medicine but it should be remembered that again, essential oils are powerful. Most essential oils are safe for internal use but a little bit goes a long way. Usually 1-3 drops is plenty mixed with water.”

doTERRA says they don’t recommend high levels of use internally (20 drops or more) for any oil

Articles against internal use of essential oils:

3 Reasons To Avoid Ingesting Essential Oils (nice and lively discussion in the comments section here)

Risks and Uses of Essential Oils (“they should only be taken internally in situations where they are absolutely needed and with extreme care (and under the guidance of a trained professional.”)

Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink Essential Oils

This site, Mountain Rose Herbs, says here, “do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner” when referring to their ginger oil.

I honestly don’t know what the “definite truth” is about ingesting essential oils, and I will most likely continue to use the essential oils the way I have been, for now. Just because there are vastly differing viewpoints on this doesn’t mean I am going to automatically jump completely to the side of essential oils being dangerous internally across the board. I don’t know enough yet, and, we could be having the same kind of debate about anything – medical marijuana, supplements, gluten, a million topics. How do we know who to believe?

I rarely use essential oils internally anyway, so I will probably continue to experiment the way I have been – a drop internally here and there, based on what feels good for me, and based on what I learn as I continue to research. For instance, I really do feel that a drop of oregano oil in water is a game-changer when I’m starting to feel sick, and that’s so seldom that I can’t imagine it being that big of a problem. And, to be honest, it excites me to think about experimenting with one drop of cilantro or basil oil in a recipe. I am not encouraging you to do the same, though. I am developing my own opinion and would absolutely encourage you to make your own informed decision for yourself.

Just for full disclosure, I signed up for a wholesale account with the doTERRA essential oils company so I could get cheaper prices on the oils, and yes, with this account you can sell the oils too — and there are a lot of people online who are upset about the MLM aspect of their business (along with Young Living too…can anyone tell me why nobody actually mentions these companies by name in any blog posts!? Everyone says, XX company or “those 2 companies” or something like that. They are like Voldemort! ….”he who shall not be named…”) But either way, I don’t care if I never make a dollar off of selling essential oils, I would rather just give you guys an adequate view of what’s going on. I am really enjoying the oils I’ve purchased from doTERRA and I do trust them as a company so far, but I will not let my association with the company change what kind of information I share here.

Because this is such a controversial topic and I’m highly interested in it, and because most blogs I read say, “refer to a qualified aromatherapist” when it comes to essential oil safety, I am now planning to take an aromatherapy/essential oils course (maybe a certification), so if you have a specific course/workshop you recommend, ideally an in-person course that’s held in an awesome location, please let me know.

Things are getting SERIOUS!

Thanks for being here for the ride, guys. I’ll always try to get to the bottom of situations and let you know what I’m finding. I really don’t want anyone to be duped…myself included. I hate duping.

And lastly, if you do use essential oils in any way, please treat them with love and care, as if they are medicine, do your research, and use them responsibly.

And, in turn, I promise to do my best to blog responsibly… :)

Today was difficult for me as a blogger, but it woke me up and made me feel alive, and passionate, and curious. I’ve learned so much today, and hopefully other people will read this and get some insights from it.

So, thanks.

I encourage the comments section on this blog post to be a healthy place for discussion on either side, for curiosity, findings, experiences, stories, or general inquiry about essential oils. This is not a place to attack anyone with a different viewpoint, but simply to share resources. If you have any great info to share on either side, I will approve all comments, as long as they aren’t nasty.

Tomorrow’s blog may be something a little more light-hearted… πŸ˜‰

I really didn’t plan on staying up til 2am blogging again! Sigh…
One more night. One more time.
Thanks for the memories.

Love,
Jenny




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Judith Duval January 13, 2016 at 2:12 am

Your awesome Jenny! Things happen! I hope you are feeling better and get a good night’s rest :)

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Hey Judith!! Thank you!! I ended up getting an OK night’s sleep but a trip to the float tank is definitely in order!! :) xo

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Latoya January 13, 2016 at 2:43 am

Thank you for this post! I bought my sister peppermint oil a few months ago and she mentioned pouring bits of it into her tea. I was really shocked by it initially but I feel like really your blog is confirmation that it’s all good. Especially if it’s all natural. Xo

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Hey Latoya! Thanks for the comment. It’s so interesting to see what people’s initial reactions to ingesting essential oils are. There is so much conflicting information out there and I happened to be in the camp of only hearing positive information. I’d love to see specific cases/studies where peppermint oil has harmed someone when taking it in very small amounts, because I’m just not sure. Anyway, all I’ll say is…treat them as a potent medicine, be safe and do what feels right for you! <3

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Lyn January 13, 2016 at 2:57 am

Hey Jen,

You are doing a great job. One of few health blogs I read regularly (actually maybe the only one!).

I don’t see how one or two drops could hurt (considering I put about 20 on my stomach!) but people should use their common sense. My grandma took peppermint oil internally after misunderstanding her doctor and she got very sick, but she did have ALOT!! She also has overdosed on cough medicine so I don’t go off her experiences! I have actually never taken it internally, I have been scared to be honest because I didn’t know you could, but I will try it, especially for my digestive issues.

Last week I was hammered on FB for saying I drink apple cider vinegar. I was told I was being irresponsible and had no credentials to give out advice, and what I was doing was dangerous because there was no scientific proof…. I would hate to think someone OD’d on apple cider vinegar because of my post! LOL. People are strange!! I think everyone should take responsibility for their own health! And look into things themselves but don’t take it out on a blogger who is just giving up their life to inspire others to be healthy!!

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Hey Lyn! Thanks so much for this, and for sharing about your grandma! Yeah, some people will say you can have peppermint internally and some people say definitely not, so just make sure you’re doing what feels right and safe for you. And the apple cider vinegar thing, yikes! I’m a big fan of ACV too. And I agree about people needing to look into things for themselves – we are all just trying to do our best! Apple cider vinegar is great. In my humble blogger opinion. πŸ˜‰ You rock, thanks!

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Tali January 13, 2016 at 3:28 am

Hi Jenny,
Thanks for all the additional information you’ve provided…gone the extra mile. I think it’s important for ANYONE to make up their own mind and investigate and do their own research…to make a decision that feels good & right for them. I feel secure myself in ingesting doTERRA EOs (the ones marked as safe for dietary use by the company), it’s the only brand I’d use as it’s therapeutic grade but I use them with extreme caution and high regard to its medicinal properties and potency. I also don’t want to replace EO for real food where possible, like lemons because I’m a bit old fashioned (;-)) but then again handy for travel in small doses. Used sparingly it’s super great for cleaning with mixed with a few other things. I’ve been fine with it all so far (past few years).

On a personal note…I’ve been using the DigestZen on & off for about 1 year. I had been trying to heal from leaky-gut-syndrome for what seemed like AGES…I went on a sort of GAPS diet (not full GAPS – the bone broth, kefir, fermented foods, probiotics etc) to repair my gut lining and heal…during the process I was told to drink copious amounts of peppermint tea, while it had an effect, it wasn’t strong enough to heal the bloat, gas etc (won’t go into too much detail here). I ended up purchasing the doTERRA EO mentioned…and this is how I took it….cup of boiled water, 1 small tsp of organic coconut oil, and 1 drop only of the EO. Waited until it was cool enough to drink, then ingested it. By God it had such an effective antispasmodic effect for me – nothing had worked better for me, and I recommend this as a personal sharing and not as a prescription. It was the only thing that had worked for me in settling my stomach where the peppermint tea was not strong enough. Now I still have the peppermint tea, but once or twice per week I still do the DigestZen thing as nothing I’ve tried works better.

Thank you for all your upbeat posts and for raising awareness :-).

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Hey Tali! Really appreciate the insights coming from someone who uses the oils regularly. I agree they should be thought of as medicinal and potent. I’ve traveled with oregano oil often just in case I get sick, because I know how much it’s helped me in the past. It’s the one thing that works when I’m like “NO, I CANNOT GET SICK RIGHT NOW!” πŸ˜‰ Well, that and an IV of Glutathione! (NOT RECOMMENDING! just saying it’s helped me. Haha).

Wow- thank you for sharing about the DigestZen. That’s very cool and I’m glad it’s helping in your healing process. I’ve heard similar stories from others. Thanks for being awesome.

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Tali January 13, 2016 at 7:04 pm

Hi Jenny…one more thing…I found this post today from another wellness blogger (from Australia though…so a slightly different pitch) who addresses the EO controversy. The things she too is confronted with. I don’t want to be ‘spammy’ but here is the link….http://www.getafreshstart.com.au/controversy-hypocrisy-essential-oils/
I hope it helps to regenerate you and to help you keep going strong. Many blessings xo

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jenny sansouci January 14, 2016 at 3:32 pm

Tali, this post is amazing and very well written. I was seriously looking for something like this as a way to at least understand how the doTERRA advocates are answering these claims. I have a phone call planned with another big doTERRA person this week so I’m really digging to see what’s up. THANK YOU!

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Elke January 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

Awww, bless you Jenny!

Do you know what? I have been blamed for trying to kill my son because I prefer to go a different route than the norm (innoculations – aaaaaargh!!!).
We all want things our way, some get nasty, others just get on with it.

Strongs and I really enjoy your blogs, so YOU GO GIRL!

Elke

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Elke — things can get so dicey when it comes to the opinions people have about parenting. I give mothers so much credit because it’s not easy to navigate and when it comes to children, there are so many very strong beliefs about how things should be done. I appreciate your support, keep doing YOU! xox

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Heidi January 13, 2016 at 7:02 am

Very well said. A lot of future bloggers can look up to you!

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for that, Heidi! This situation is definitely a good learning tool for any bloggers just getting started (especially in the world of health + wellness). Cheers:)

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Kelly January 13, 2016 at 7:41 am

Jenny you are amazing – health is a journey, & a very personal one at that. It is so evident thst your heart is for educating, research, & that you take your position of influence with great responsibility. That cannot be said for many licensed practioners of many modalities, so I applaud yor efforts to improve your health, to research, to share, and to always be transpatent in your journey..Light & Love to you today.

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Hi Kelly! Your comment means a lot to me. I agree, there are many people out there saying blanket statements about things that are “definitley healthy” or “definitely dangerous” and I honestly think we JUST DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING! I honestly don’t even know if kale is healthy anymore! πŸ˜‰ Every person is different and I am committed to supporting people to make empowering decisions that are based on their own findings and realizations, and hopefully putting out information that encourages that. xox

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Vanessa V January 13, 2016 at 7:48 am

Nice post jenny. It’s obvious you care a lot, in a good way. Thanks for all of the information. & for the work you do!

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Thank you for your support, Vanessa. It means a lot!

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john January 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

What essential oils did you take for a good nights rest? Lol. Just kidding. Keep doing what you are doing. There will always be the naysayers. My wife and I also have been accused of being bad parents for refusing vaccines for our family, for homeschooling…the list goes on. You are accountable only to God for your choices. Look to Jesus if you haven’t done so. Bless you for your blog and information sharing! Keep up the good work!

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Hey John! Ooh, yeah, vaccines are such a controversial issue too!! But super interesting. If I ever become a parent, I know I will have very fierce opinions on those types of issues, and I imagine it won’t please everyone…but we just have to take care of ourselves and our families. I appreciate your advice and input, and I do believe a spiritual connection can definitely help with overcoming doubt and uncertainty in times like these. Thanks! :)

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Valerie January 13, 2016 at 8:17 am

Oh, I’m sorry people made you cry! I work at a health food store and deal with E.O.’s on a daily basis. Our policy is we don’t recommend people ingest them because we simply aren’t sure what it will do to their bodies if they do. I’m sure there are people that buy them and just do whatever they want with them at that point. As I’m sure you already know, they’re pretty powerful little potions! I think of it this way: our liver and kidneys already take a pretty good beating, even if we’re eating a good diet. Ingesting E.O’s are probably pretty hard on those organs. I encourage people to do their own research but, I also don’t shame or get nasty with people in the process while teaching them E.O. safety. You writing about this shows that you care about what you’re putting out there for people to learn. Keep up the good work because I think you’re awesome and I enjoy this blog immensely!

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Hey Valerie – this is a very valuable piece of input, thank you! I am so interested in hearing the viewpoints of people who work with essential oils often, like you. Like many others have mentioned, I think these oils needed to be treated seriously, but as far as them never being safe to ingest…well, the verdict is still out – in my mind. πŸ˜‰ You’re awesome and I appreciate you!

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Tory January 13, 2016 at 9:07 am

Great Job Jenny! I am glad you care enough about your readers to address the comments regarding the negative side effects of essential oils. You Rock!

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Thanks Tory!! I am glad you found it helpful and I appreciate you reading. :) I have a lot more research to do on the topic but I felt it needed to be addressed immediately.

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Jennifer January 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

Nice post Jenny! I use Young Living and have always had positive results. Thanks for being that light and thanks for sharing what you do.

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Hey Jennifer! I’ve heard good things about Young Living and a few Young Living reps have reached out to me after this post as well with words of encouragement about essential oils. Appreciate your comment!

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Sira January 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

Nice response. I LOVE all of your blog posts, thank you for being you! And making the world of wellness a lot more interesting!! Rock on :)

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Hey Sira – rock on yourself! Thanks so much for the comment!

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Robyn January 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

What a caring, kind and informative post. I am really interested in essential oils but am hesitant to really dive in because I don’t know who has the best ones, where they are sourced from, what’s most pure…the list goes on and on. What I do know in my heart is that I DO believe they should be looked at as a healing modality, both mentailly and physiologically. They were once used medicinally by our ancestors! I hope you get certified so keep us posted on that new adventure!
ON another topic…direct selling and MLM’s…I wish people would STOP being SO opinionated about this business model. There are some sketchy companies our there but there are sketchy companies in the corporate sector as well! This is a legitimate business and has changed lives for people on many levels…not just monetarily. It’s not a get rich quick business and it takes a certain personality to pursue direct sales. I use products from a direct sales co. and love them and I personally know people who have built a business that has changed their life. They have also helped others to change their lives. People helping peole not dragging them down and clawing their way to the top like the corporate world. Anyway, cheers to you!

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Hey Robyn – thank you! I agree, they should be looked at as a healing modality and not just a multi-vitamin. I also agree about the MLM thing, the business model doesn’t bother me at all. It’s really not that big of a deal to me. I am a huge fan of empowering others to make money through entrepreneurial ventures (assuming they are well informed and well researched about the products they are sharing). The fact that it’s MLM is a complete non-issue to me. Cheers!

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Tammi January 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

Hi Jenny,
It was great to see both posts, eo’s are one of the most controversial natural remedies today so you really jumped in head first sharing your new passion. I’ve been a Master Herbalist and essential oil user and advocate since 2005 and became a certified aromatherapist last year. I take eo’s internally -only gras oils – very, very rarely and never suggest any of my clients or tribe do. Each person is so unique and everyone interprets differently. When one person shares that they will take peppermint in water meaning sometimes – another will take it all day long every day.
You did good by offering a followup, I am not a DT fan, but commend you on your research and offering more deeply researched info.
Blessings! <3

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Hey Tammi! Thanks for your response. I value your input. If you have a chance to share where you took your certified aromatherapist training, I would be very grateful. I’m looking into it for myself. :)

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Abby January 13, 2016 at 9:57 am

Jenny, I read your blog post on Essential Oils and LOVED it! I feel your genuine and authentic passion for what you share. I use essential oils exactly as you do. I am very sorry others reacted so strongly. This is your blog and these are your opinions based on what you believe (as you mentioned after much research on a topic) to be something worth checking into. I am glad you were able to pick your chin up and write this beautifully detailed response. Wishing you lots of love and good health! Best, Abby

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Hey, Abby! Thank you so much. I am so happy to hear you found it all helpful. The last thing I want is to be putting information out that’s not well thought out, so I appreciate your comment. I’m just glad I’m able to provide a somewhat balanced view and give people the resources to learn more. I wish you a great experience with your essential oil journey too!! :)

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Melinda January 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

Never stop believing whats important to you. You obviously care a lot about your followers and about the information you provide. As a student of ACAN i have found many people who just dont understand or choose not to believe in the practice of natural therapeutic remedies and I’ve come to relies that everybody is entitled to their opinions and beliefs. So try not to take it personally when not everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Just continue to provide the information you found to support your beliefs cause there are still others thst will stand behind you for support!

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Thanks so much, Melinda! Really appreciate this comment. I agree, I definitely can’t expect everyone to jump on the bandwagon of my opinions, nor would I want them to. Definitely want to make sure I’m giving people enough information to make a choice for themselves that feels empowered.

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Kellie January 13, 2016 at 11:43 am

Jenny your blog is so awesome and I appreciate all the info so much!!!

xx

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Thank you Kellie!!! xoxo

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Lisa January 13, 2016 at 11:55 am

Jenny- you do a beautiful job taking us on a journey as you explore & learn. It is the reason I read your blog. If we wait until everything is “perfect” until we hit “share”, important voices would be stifled. Please keep sharing in your authentic way. Your good intentions shine through your words.

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Thank you so much, Lisa! Appreciate your support! I agree. If I waited until everything was perfect I wouldn’t write anything… That being said, I’m learning a lot about the difference between perfect and at least being responsible with what i share. :)

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Grace January 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm

You are just the coolest. Thank you for your honesty and real-ness. If anything, this whole essential oils fiasco was a chance for you to demonstrate your dedication, loyalty and trustworthiness.

I, for one, trust your advice even more than I did before (which was a lot). Keep at it ;).

Hugs,
Grace

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Hi Grace! Wow, thank you. That’s a really nice compliment and I appreciate it a lot. I agree, I have learned a TON through this process and it will likely change the way I blog, forever. It happened for a reason and I am grateful for it. Your support means the world!!!! xoxo

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Kelly January 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Hey Jenny~
I totally experienced what you did last year. Controversy and back lash over what truly are wonderful oils. However I now have a great aromatherapist in my circle who is hosting classes on essential oil safety here in Bethlehem, Pa. We are working on an online essential oil safety class that is outside of the two major essential oil brands as she in well researched and knowledgeable on the good and bad of it all. It’s eye opening to truly work with her the past year. I can’t wait to share her info and classes. If you want to stay in touch about her upcoming class schedule, shoot me an email :) And thanks for the great heartfelt blog post about the oil controversy. Essential oils are amazing and need to be used with proper training. I was told that EO’s are like giving people a blank prescription pad, it all depends how it’s used. They can be very healing and very scary if handled improperly. Much Love to You! Thanks Again~ Kelly~

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Hey Kelly!! Thank you — that sounds fantastic and I would love to hear more about the classes. I will shoot you an email. I appreciate your support and kind words! I can’t wait to learn more about essential oils and how to administer them properly in a healing way. It’s super exciting. xo

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Janice' Esposito January 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

I love DoTerra and Rocky Mountain oils and use them different ways but I don’t use them internally only because i have never liked the taste. I find it ironic that people who bash using a couple of drops of oils internally never think twice about some of the other crap they put in their mouth. essh
Thank you for your post.

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jenny sansouci January 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Thanks Janice! I was thinking the same thing – are using essential oils internally worse than some of the food, drink and drug choices we’re making out there in the world? I don’t know… I appreciate your insights!

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Dina Behar January 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Jenny, I commented on the last post about how I use essential oils and I meant to tell you, I too use oil of oregano when I am getting sick. I usually mix it with ginger, turmeric, lemon, and cayenne pepper, and it works wonders to kill whatever is brewing in my body at the time. I have had no issues! Additionally, Cafe Gratitude makes and amazing drink using EO’s from grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon to calm digestion. I love it!

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