Is There Anything Essential Oils Can’t Do?

The Essential Oil Consumer Safety Advocates group strives to encourage everyone to analyze information using critical thinking and help to educate our fellow essential oil enthusiasts and safety advocates. We also partner with others within our community to help do this. As such, we share good informational content from them here with our members whenever possible.

The following is from Christina Smith, Certified Aromatherapist. She has given us permission to share her words here with our members. Take the time to read through this entire monologue. It’s not only well thought out and beautifully said; it’s informative and full of facts. – The EOCSA Admin Team

“Essential oils are so amazing, and in recent years have caused quite the trend in natural personal care. Empowering families and allowing some to avoid visits to the doctor, take care of minor injuries and calm or uplift spirits. We can all agree that essential oils are amazing tools. Every few months we get an uptick in questions that DIRECTLY relate to diagnosed medical conditions. While we would love to help you support your overall wellness – we CAN NOT advise a “course of treatment” to treat any disease, but rather offer suggestions as to what may help support your body in its normal, natural functions. Yes, yes there are things that essential oils don’t do. With this in mind, let’s take a look at a few things that essential oils DO NOT do:

1. Essential oils do not CURE diseases. Instead, essential oils help support functions {like immune response} that allow the body to do its job more efficiently. This is why we recommend you do not use essential oils daily, as a preventative, but rather when needed for illnesses. We don’t use antibiotics BEFORE we become ill, so why use an essential oil in the same way? For injuries, this means increasing blood flow or reducing swelling allowing the body to do the work of healing. Essential oils do not “heal” the injury. In the case of an injury, it’s best to use essential oils for the shortest time possible, then either rotate it with something else or discontinue use.

2. Essential oils do NOT replace medication. Listen, I am just as “natural” as the next person. I strive for balance in my own life and urge you to do the same. It’s important to remember that we have come so far in the medical world. Physicians attend years of schooling in order to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat illnesses and other concerns. It’s foolish to think we can exist in a world without allopathic medicine. For emotional support or to manage minor pain – essential oils can be amazing tools. There is a time and place for modern medicine, and please don’t replace your prescription medication without first consulting with your family doctor.

3. Essential oils should NOT be your go-to for every situation. Essential oils AREN’T for everyone or all situations. We don’t recommend using essential oils in or near the eyes for pink eye. We don’t recommend using essential oils in the vagina (ouch!). We don’t recommend some essential oils for use on children (especially those under 2 years old). There is a time and a place for the use of essential oils. You can learn more about age or other specific situations in the following blog posts: Essential Oils & Children and Pregnancy & Nursing. Also, please remember there are oils to avoid if you take certain medications or have certain health concerns, like diabetes or a blood clotting disorder.

4. Essential oils DON’T last forever. We are often asked about how to store essential oils and how long they last. While they don’t “expire” like the old milk in your fridge, then do change and it’s important to know what that means to you. Check out this series of three blog posts that fully explains this from start to finish! Enjoy: http://essentialoilblogging.com/…/28/do-essential-oils-exp…/ http://www.planttherapy.com/…/04/proper-essential-oil-stor…/ http://www.planttherapy.com/…/essential-oil-shelf-life-cha…/ Finally, much to my chagrin, essential oils will NOT clean your house unless YOU do the cleaning. Darn, right?

The purpose of this isn’t to scare you off of ever trying or using essential oils. Rather, it’s to set reasonable expectations of what you can expect if you do choose to use them. We live in world where everything is “THE BEST” and sensationalized to the extreme. Going back to our roots and acknowledging that living cleanly, eating wholesome food and doing our very best to reduce the stresses around us are the BEST ways to care for ourselves. Using tools, like essential oils, herbs, supplements and even prescription medications can give us a better quality of life. Let’s not follow blindly and use those tools to our detriment. Instead, let’s educate ourselves and live life to the fullest!” – Christina Smith, CA

**You can also read the full text that this was taken from at this article. http://www.planttherapy.com/blog/2015/03/28/is-there-anything-essential-oils-cant-do/