Myth: There is no science behind the efficacy of Young Living and other essential oils
Fact: Actually, there have been thousands of scientific studies done about essential oils. A simple keyword search for essential oils on PubMed yields over 16,000 results. The Modern Essentials group has collected 85 scientific studies on essential oils for health and wellness.
Myth: Young Living is a pyramid scheme that preys on women, especially those who "sell" essential oils.
Fact: Excerpted from "Network Marketing (or MLM) vs a Pyramid Scheme" by Carol Yeh-Garner. Some people will have a preconceived notion of what they THINK is network marketing and be turned off by it. A pyramid scheme is illegal. It's where someone is selling nothing, collects money from many people and then encourages them to do the same. A network marketing business (also called multi-level marketing business/MLM or direct marketing) is a legitimate form of business that many top business leaders actually endorse. I wrote about this earlier this year on my blog.
Below is a chart with distinctions between Pyramid Schemes and Multi-Level Marketing.
Myth: Why can't I just buy cheaper brands of essential oils?
Fact: When I first heard about high quality, pure, unadulterated essential oils, I didn't understand why they were more expensive than the ones I picked up at the store or online. Those other brands of essential oils smelled great, but I didn't know that they were not of a therapeutic grade and often contained additives and synthetics.
Most essential oils in the market have been produced as “fragrance grade” meaning they are used for aromatic purposes. Did you know that a company can write 100% pure essential oils on a label, but only actually use 5% of inferior essential oil and then fill the rest of the bottle with synthetics and chemicals that can irritate or burn your skin? If you physically can't go walk onto the farms and distilleries where your oils are grown and harvested and tested and distilled and tested again and THEN bottled - then stay far far away from them.
Owner, Restorative Aromatics and NAHA Certified Aromatherapist Level One. This blog focuses on aromatherapy education and other essential oil related topics.