I have never been a fan of essential oils, this is for a few reasons. I am very sensitive to the smells and don't really react to them well because the smells are too intense for me most of the time. Some of the more subtle scents I don't mind.
One big issue I have with them is that MLM's seem to have made them popular. I can't stand mlm's and could write a book about them. I will resist the urge to make this all about why mlm's are scams but I will say that mlm's do best in unregulated industries that have a sensory product with no measurable effect.....oils....snake oils. From a business perspective you will never find an mlm selling computers or bikes or well anything that doesn't play on emotions and is not tangible that's why mlm's tend to gravitate towards health and beauty.
I consider essential substances things the body can't make or store but are needed to survive. Minerals and certain vitamins are essential and must be consumed to stay alive. No "essential oils" are actually essential. The only people who think essential oils cure every illness in they way they are so often marketed are the ones selling them. They smell nice and I get that but lets not take a nice smell and pretend like it cures everything under the sun. I'm not saying that they have no health benefit but I am saying that their benefits are extremely exaggerated by the people selling them and the country has fallen for it.
If I where to make a section of supplements and it said oils (which I have done) I include things like fish oil, mct's, flax oil. "Essential oils" are things that mix with oils and are not oils themselves.
So from my perspective the phrase essential oils is just marketing and if they were called "unnecessary smells" they may not sell as well. Please don't consume them and yeah some aren't bad bad others are and no matter what they shouldn't be something we just consume all the time.
Once again I'm not saying they have no value I just can't stand fakeness and miss information. For example to many people are smelling oils all day long for stress and not taking magnesium....an actually essential substance that no mlm can make money on.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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