Giinagay and Hello to all,
We are Jame and Raine! Aromatherapists, creators and business owners of Earth Blended (Earth Jiinda) and The Alternative Mumma. A few years ago we bonded over social platforms due to working amongst the same industry. It was an instant connection that has only grown. As we watched new children bless our lives, we also witnessed and supported the growth of both of our individual businesses. As we divided into our studies, accreditations and passions ( Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Crystal Healing, Naturopathy and Culture), we learned the way and built a community together.
We quickly became aware of the misuse and malpractice of Essential Oils amongst social media platforms. Together, we have stayed up late into many nights, stressing over badly informed and poor information around DIY recipes and much more. We have had far too many customers approach us privately and separately about things going wrong and not knowing why or how. At times we struggled with the industry and not understanding how so many people could be let down and also trying to create trusting relationships with people that had already been let down by others. So, the idea of bringing hard facts and sharing the entirety of the good, bad and SCARY parts of Essentials Oils was born.
After streaming a LIVE conversation, we quickly found how many people were ready to listen but who were also scared to speak up. We have started this blog and recorded series to enable these conversations anonymously but also with accredited, highly researched and attained FACTUAL references from multiple qualified health professionals to support ALL that we say and to have the true ins and outs now accessible for everyone.
A lot of people have been messaging through wanting to know the best DIY's, so we thought we would talk about this first.
So firstly, there will be NO DIY's in this blog!
"What! Why not?"
Well because the point of everything we are talking about is how extremely unsafe it can be to make your own DIY products from home without the proper knowledge. Especially when topically applying to the skin. To cut to the chase if you aren't qualified ( sorry to our MLM brand reps but webinars with your downline does not classify as QUALIFIED) leave the DIY products and blending to the professionals. There are so many reason why we say this but to be direct, Essential Oils are defined as volatile and should be handled and treated with the utmost care and respect.
This leads us into another question that has sparked a lot of interest. Which is wanting to know the dangers that have/can occur with the misuse of EO.
Its’s actually really scary the dangers and the effects EO can have on your body when they are misused. Essential Oils have become a vastly popular therapy amongst today’s world but it needs to be known that they have been around for even longer than that. Because of their ever growing popularity; misunderstanding and abuse of the term “aromatherapy” occurs everyday.
It’s because of this that Essential Oils are quickly becoming over used. But it MUST be recognised that just because something may contain Essential Oils does not mean that it will be at the standard or the efficacy of Essential Oil products used by a professional aromatherapist. This can instead, actually increase the dangers of them. These dangers that mainly occur are due to self dosing or incorrect dilution ratios and can include common symptoms like;
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Irritation of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Mucous Membranes
- Metabolism taking place within the Liver
- Constituent destruction by stomach acidity and/or enzymes of the Intestines.
Just to name a few.
It also needs to be known that the quality of essential oils changes amongst the industry that uses them.
The 4 largest industries that access Essential Oils are the,
- Food Flavouring industry,
- Perfume industry,
- Pharmaceutical industry, and the,
- Chemical Manufacturing industry.
This creates an automatic issue and where miscommunication first begins as the distillation and potency processes change for each industry and their required uses as an extract, essence, essential and /or hydrosol solution are vastly different and CAN NOT be used in the same manner.
With this, comes the realisation of marketing ploys and advertising tactics. To be told “there’s only one right way/brand” only benefits the company and not the consumer.
Unfortunately a loophole that currently exists amongst Essential Oils is that they are not recognised as a food or a drug (this is actually a statement made by the FDA and TGA.) This creates huge loopholes in selling and dispensing practices as there is no offical “overseeing body” or direct rules to stop the claim of the particular words being used. E.g. food grade essential oil. But they do have the power of stopping certain usage of particular words and claims on labels by non-medicals professionals. (Refer to attached references.)
This leads us into the next fact, that “chemical” like “natural” have become buzzwords of our century and create fear and dedication to a consumer. Essential oils are NOT natural products, YES YOU HEAR THAT CORRECT they are NOT NATURAL PEOPLE! They have undergone a change and have been pulled from nature as the plant. But, once extracted and/or distilled iy creates chemicals that are not naturally occurring. Like anything else, if a rash, blister or irritation occurs, this is NOT a sign of the body “detoxing” but is a negative reaction that can indicate the dilution percentage is too strong, the oil has gone bad or the chemical material that makes up the Essential Oil is causing an allergic reaction.
As another example and something that has been asked a lot is around ratios and dilution. Please note that the estimated dilution of essential oils is ONLY 1% or less when working on sensitive skin application or even when pregnant. These ratios change when accessing emotional therapy uses, different rules of oils (e.g. Cinnamon), massage therapy and should ONLY be discussed with a certified aromatherapist, naturopath, massage therapist etc. Another myth about Essential Oils is that they are not dangerous via dermal application. This is highly alarming and completely barbaric because when used improperly burns, rashes, sensitivities and even greater risks can occur.
It needs to be acknowledged that everyone is also different and talking to a qualified professional or becoming qualified is the only way to understand the complexities of these mighty tools. What’s really quite terrifying is that this is just a touch into the conversation we had today. If you want to hear more, follow on for details and facts specified to different areas of the huge conversation of Essential Oils; please make sure you are following our email lists and social media for new blog posts.
We plan to dive in head first on topics around allergies, warnings and labelling along with the pros and cons of Essential Oils, suitable and special circumstances, the environmnetal and sustainable side, CONSUMING OILS (big no no) and so so much more!
We really hope you enjoy the series! For any further questions that you want answered or experiences you wish to share, please send us a DM on our social media platforms or an email and we will absolutely blog on it!
Thank you for being here and hearing our voices!
J + R
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