Recently I saw a post about how dangerous essential oils are and how the average person really shouldn't be dabbling in them because it takes research and intelligence to understand all the implications and interactions the oils can have on your body.
Just like salt can be dangerous, even deadly,
Each of the above examples shows how these things have killed. Yes, there are lots of everyday things that are beneficial to our lives that can also be dangerous if used improperly.
Would you hand your child a bottle of Children's Tylenol and tell them to use as needed? No! Neither would I. Would you disregard the instructions and blindly take a handful of Extra Strength Tylenol for a headache. No. Would you turn up the salt shaker and guzzle it? No. Would you sit idly by while your child did? Would you encourage your child to swallow magnets?
Do you believe these things are too dangerous to be owned and used by the average person without medical training? The thing is most of us have the common sense and the wherewithal to do the research and take the precautions in using these things.
The same should be true for essential oils.
Essential oils are very potent and powerful agents that can do amazing things for a body when used properly.
When my daughter was burned, I did not just open a random bottle of oil and pour it over her shoulder, hoping for the best. That would have been foolish.
Instead, like I believe any reasonable person would do, I researched what would help skin in this condition. I dug in and looked for any adverse reactions to be cautious of. I was in frequent contact with my friend, Stacey, who gave me the oils, asking her advice. She in turn did her own research to answer my questions. She gave me a 485 page reference guide to essential oils so I would have the answers to my questions at my fingertips.
When my mother broke her leg and came to live with us, I carefully read each oil label and looked up any interactions the oil may have with her medications before applying them when she asked me to. By doing this, I saw that some of the oils are not recommended for use when taking blood thinners, so I set those aside and warned her not to use those since she is taking blood thinners daily.
These are the very same things I see my friends doing when they decide which oils would be beneficial for certain issues in their own families. In today's litigious society, I know it's common to assume people don't have reasoning abilities, but I believe in you, dear reader! I have faith that you are intelligent enough to wonder if a product is harmful when used indiscriminately. I comfort myself with your ability to read instructions and follow them. I know if the oil label says "not for children under 6," you won't apply it to your child under 6.
I don't know of a single account of an acquaintance or friend opening a bottle of oil and pouring it over their body, or their child's body, without reading the label to see what kind of use is recommended. I haven't seen a single account of someone handing a bottle of oil to their child and telling them to drink up.
Yes, it's true that essential oils can be dangerous if used improperly. Just like table salt. Or magnets. Or Tylenol. Or water.
I trust that if you are using essential oils and enjoying the many benefits they offer, you are using your common sense and reading and following the recommendations, just like you would do with Tylenol, or table salt, or magnets.
If you are seeing the impact the oils are having in the health and daily lives of your friends and are interested in getting started with essential oils yourself, be sure to see why I began my journey with them here.
And rest assured, for anyone who signs up through my link I am always available to provide support, answer any questions, and point you in the direction of research pertaining to your questions. I always give anyone who signs up for the Premium Starter Kit the same 485 page reference guide Stacey gave me. I add each person to the private 1400+ member Facebook group for oil users.
I do all these things to arm you with the knowledge you need to use your oils responsibly. I want to provide you with the resources you need so your oils will benefit your family as much as they have benefitted mine.
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