Should essential oils be a part of your health and wellness care supplies? Is there a big difference between a bottle of essential oils that costs $90 and a bottle that costs $12? Is there a way to determine whether or not I’m really getting a quality product? Are they safe to use without side effects? Is there a big difference between essential oils and dried herbs of the same name?
The answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES! And I don’t say YES lightly. For the past 2 years I’ve been stocking up on quality essential oils like it was bullets, water or wheat—putting my money where my mouth is to the tune of nearly 6 figures in retail value. I use them everyday throughout the day and I can easily envision a time in which I will have to use them to help others as well. Now, having said that, there are some very serious caveats to using essential oils. Not only are all essential oils certainly NOT created equal, but the United States Government with the FDA go out of their way to actually ensure that you’re very unlikely to get a medicinal quality essential oil. More on that in a bit.
I’ve written about the merits of essential oils previously from a scientific standpoint, so I’ll refer you to that article and others similar to it and instead focus on sharing with you what you absolutely MUST know in order to determine how best to select the essential oils which are worth their money. (See the Birch Essential Oil article and Ravensara Essential Oil article, Essential Oil Cautions article)
You may not be aware of this, but the European medical system utilizes methods of health care (both emergency and preventative) that we would refer to as “alternative health care” here in the U.S. You use the term “alternative health care” in France and they will think you’re talking about voodoo dolls or religious based rituals. The use of essential oils, herbs, and tinctures is very much alive and well in the hospitals and doctors’ offices in Europe. It’s an everyday occurrence for medical doctors to prescribe essential oils right along with the chemical pharmaceuticals. In the hospitals, essential oils are critical to keeping a clean and healthy air flow, clean hands, and calm patients—just to name a few. Here’s the irony in all of this; though Europe uses essential oils regularly in their field of expertise, a lot of research upon which they rely is done here in the U.S.! Yup. And guess who’s funding their research? European and UK based medical and research organizations! I frequently reference a couple of great medical reference books when I’m researching essential oil use. As I look at the footnotes for the research, I’m amazed at how often well-known and highly respected universities throughout the U.S. are accredited for the research results! (By the way, the book Aromatherapy for Health Professionals by Shirley and Len Price is a fabulous reference book that’s a staple resource in the hospitals in France and Australia.) So if our research is good enough for those who rely upon essential oils to save or enrich a life elsewhere in the world, why isn’t it accepted here in the U.S.?
It’s no secret that terminal diseases and death are big money makers in our medical community of the globe. In fact, laws are being passed in various states now that even after an adult dies, their family members can still be found footing the bill for those ginormous bills.(yes, ginormous is a word…look it up in the ghetto dictionary. *grin*) Additionally Americans pay for their own healthcare; it’s not paid for through a socialist economy. As such, there’s a lot of money to be made in the insurance premiums that are paid out of fear that a big bill will come along and destroy everything a family has. Additionally we have the pharmaceutical industry that makes money hand over fist in the research and development and ultimately sales of their drugs. You see, while I loathe the socialist structure, it does give some impetus for people to actually GET WELL and STAY WELL. The less money that a socialistic government spends the more they get to “keep” to fund other outlandish pet projects. And if they don’t keep their citizens alive and well for the most part, then there are no citizens to pay for the skyrocket tax percentages to foot the bill for all of the other socialistic programs funded by citizen tax dollars. (Come to think of it, that doesn’t sound that much different to where we are now… moving on.) By contrast, if this nation allowed solutions for cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, ADD and depression, high blood pressure to enter into its walls, there would be a scene of absolute financial carnage displayed in the wake of the economic turmoil such a move would create. Imagine the financial consequences to our volatile economy if TRILLIONS of dollars stopped flowing in the medical industry all because our government and the FDA allowed access to legitimate, authentic, affordable, well-researched by as much as 100 times more than existing drugs, scientifically proven, all-natural, effective, and UN-patentable with dozens of POSITIVE side-effects? In all seriousness, allowing these kind of PROVEN cures for big-ticket diseases and causes of death would completely crumble the American economy as we presently know it to the tune of TRILLIONS of dollars. I’m not exaggerating one iota either. Just the FDA fees alone reach $802 million dollars EACH. Medical device sales are in the ballpark of $111 billion each year. According to G. Edward Griffin, author of “A World Without Cancer” the cancer research industry alone is a $50 billion a year industry. The Boston Globe reported that the average annual cost of treating cancer is $158 billion in 2010 with an 8% increase each year. We’re close to trillions of dollars already and I haven’t even addressed the other losses of income and revenue streams that would take place if something affordable and effective were allowed to come into our nation. How about vaccines being replaced by alternative medicine ($20 billion business in 2009)? Eliminating the need for high-risk health insurance and not so much malpractice insurance? How about dialysis, medical patents, drugs which cost $30,000 a dose, donations from citizens, unnecessary surgeries, dental and vision insurance policies? I think you get my point. Bottom line, there are trillions of reasons why we will never see sanctioned use of medicinal quality essential oils in this country by the American Medical Association, National Health Institute, Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, FDA or Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance Company. In fact, these entities are SO powerful, that they insisted that the FDA go after the makers of Cheerios and insist that General Mills apply for FDA approval for their cereal as a “cholesterol lowering” medicine OR take the claim of it lowering cholesterol out of their commercials and off of their product! They claimed that ONLY medicines can claim to lower a person’s cholesterol. http://preparednesspro.com/top-20-food-storage-mistakes-numbers-11-15/ (That’s REALLY ridiculous when you read the actual research that has been done on the wicked world of statins. NONE of them had to PROVE that they lowered a person’s risk for heart disease and statins are the ONLY other drug other than psychotropics that have to have the liver evaluated every 30 days because it can destroy your liver! How’s that for Russian Roulette?) Do you now see, at least a glimpse, why it would be financially disastrous if you were to get your hands on alternative forms of medicine that actually did for your body what the chemical pharmaceuticals and surgeries and procedures never WILL be able to do for your body and at a fraction of the cost?
*Sigh* It’s very sad to say about this great nation but it’s unfortunately very true, that we don’t take kindly to folks like Rene M. Caisse and Harry Hoxsey who have discovered ways to actually CURE cancer. (Note I’m using the word CURE…you may not be aware that there is NO approved treatment of cancer practiced in the U.S. that has any evidence of CURING cancer, rather it’s only received FDA approval for being able to the extend life for cancer patients. Oh yeah, and the percentage of times in which a person’s life is extended significantly through these cancer treatments is not even 15%. The body is a miraculous machine and it does a lot of the work in healing itself in spite of the 3 standard cancer treatment protocols approved by the U.S.—surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.)
So, after all of that, might you better understand now why the U.S. is financially motivated to ensure that no one gets “distracted” from the standard medical practices for health and well-being with methods which don’t financially benefit them and millions of their citizens who have jobs in the health industry? Might you now understand why parents get so frightened and bullied when they have the audacity to consider alternative methods of treatment when their child is enduring Leukemia? Do you understand why chiropractors and acupuncturists and biochemical doctors are treated with such disdain among the medical community? More importantly, can you now understand why it’s SO important in your pursuit of self-sufficiency that you don’t just rely on the mumbo jumbo of the medical world as you know it?
Please know that this is NOT to say that essential oils are some magic potion, nor are they appropriate for every health issue. It’s also certainly NOT saying that medical personnel are corrupt players in this game either. I was 100% grateful for the surgery I had a couple of months ago (though I could have prevented ever needing it if I knew 20 years ago what I know now.) And I’m absolutely grateful for nearby hospitals when my sister and I were in a serious car accident. You won’t find me saying “OH, you just smashed your head into the front windshield? Here, try some Geranium Essential Oil.” There’s a time and place for emergency medicine and a time and place for alternative medicine. But I suspect that if you can learn just a little bit of what I’ve discovered over the past 10 years of research, you will discover that modern medicine doesn’t need to play as big of a role in your life as you might have thought—and that even goes for YOU, regardless of what ailment you’re presently dealing with.
So the question remains—what are your solutions and how can you be sure you are using the RIGHT solution. I’m convinced after reading so much research, helping so many clients, and through person use that essential oils play a key role in you being medically independent. I’ll explore the first point of that solution tomorrow. Don’t worry. The article is already written and already scheduled to be posted. You’ll get it tomorrow—I promise. So be sure to tune in tomorrow…
Until then, know that my prayers are truly with all of you in your endeavors to become independent, self-sufficient Americans.
(Be sure to catch Part 2 of this series here.)