Announcing the Best Essential Oils Company

Wondering Which Essential Oils Company is Best? What about the "Therapeutic Grade" claims the MLM oils companies make? Come find out all you ever wanted to know about oils companies and more!I used to think that essential oils were a scam, but I ended up finding out that they are a great resource for your natural medicine cabinet for issues such as headaches, ear infections, tummy aches, viruses and bacterial infections, and more.

But I eventually felt I needed to make sure that I was buying from the best essential oils company that I could reasonably afford.

I spent a ton of time calling companies, asking questions, sampling oils.  Literally, it was a ton.  And it was very exhausting.

I’ve learned a lot with all the time I’ve spent researching oils companies and I’ve covered a lot of what I learned here in this essential oils series, some of which I wrote while I was still trying to figure out which company I was going to be using and recommending.

If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, here they are:

Which Essential Oils Company is Best?  Starting Out – Part 1

The Qualities of a Good Essential Oil – Part 2

Problems in the Essential Oils Industry – Part 3

A Close Up Look at Young Living and doTERRA – Part 4

Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5

Personal Attacks, Bias and Distillation Issues – Part 6

Now–for the big announcement you’ve been waiting for.  The company that I have decided to purchase our oils from and the one that I recommend to you as having the best essential oils for the money, with natural healing qualities and no additives or adulterating, and ethics about oil production that I am proud to represent.

(Disclaimer.  Just to be clear, I did not choose this company because I was able to become an affiliate for them, but I am one. I decided to work with them and then we made an arrangement where I could partner with them via my blog. If you make a purchase after clicking through to their site from mine, I will earn a commission, but your price remains that same.

Native American Nutritionals.
Here’s How I Chose Them.

(Sorry for the big bold title.  I’ve had readers tell me that they couldn’t figure out what company I recommended so I am trying to make it more obvious.)

If you remember, I mentioned them in Part One of the series.   I said,

“Looks like they carry good products, but they are a bit expensive.  Their prices, for a number of oils, in fact, are almost identical to the MLMs in this group, Young Living and DoTerra.  And I don’t see any difference on the surface in the quality department.”

So, the fact that I ended up recommending them was really a surprise for me. I ended up talking with the owner for a few hours (at first….that turned into many hours in the upcoming month) and found that he really “knew his stuff.”  I also found out that there were a lot of differences between his company and many others in the industry. I asked him tons of questions during our first conversation (I guess you’re not surprised about that), and then more and more over the course of the next 10 months, while I investigated other companies as well.  (Wow–it’s been that long since I started writing this series…..)

I was intrigued by what he had to say about his company and the oils industry in general.

We had countless conversations from March 2012 – January 2013, during which I literally grilled him about his company and others to figure out which company I wanted to recommend–and if his, was in fact, good enough for my family–and for all of you.

I now can say that I feel very comfortable recommending this company to you and am now using their oils almost exclusively (I have a few bottles of other brands left over :)). I hope you check them out.  I would love to hear about your experience

Why I Recommend Native American Nutritionals:

1.  Experience

The owner, Paul Dean, has been in the oils industry since 1997, being first introduced to essential oils about 30 years ago.  He started his first full-time essential oils business in 1998.

2.  Purity

Quality Oilsall oils have been GC/MS tested.  Certificates are available upon request. More than that, almost all of the oils come from plants grown in remote locations where no pesticides, herbicides, or harmful chemicals are used and only natural fertilizers are used.

3.  Indigenous Plants

All oils come from plants grown in their indigenous locations (where they grow naturally).

4.  Oils from Small Farms

Almost all oils are sourced direct from small farms (many are from third-world countries).  He uses very few “essential oils experts,” who are basically middlemen between large farms and oils companies.  Mr. Dean contracts with locals in the countries from where he sources the oils, finds a quality farm, sets up a distiller, and extracts the oils.  The oils are then sent to Native American, then sent for testing, and bottled.  The only oils at NAN that are not from small farms are mainly the organic citrus oils.

5.  No Solvents

They use  no solvents for distillation except when necessary, as in the case of absolutes like vanilla and jasmine (since the cost of those essential oils is otherwise prohibitive.)  Update 2015: they now sell a vanilla extracted with CO2.

6.  Affordable Pricing

They have affordable prices (not as expensive as the multi-level marketing companies, but not “too good to be true” either.)

7.  Organic and/or Wild-Crafted

All of their oils are either: – organically certified – organically grown (grown with organic methods, but not certified) – wild-crafted The only conventional oils they sell are those for which the high cost of the organic oils is prohibitive (they can be four times the conventional price).

8.  Transparency

Details for oils are listed clearly on their site (including the Latin name, country of origin, and growing method) (Compare this with doTERRA that doesn’t list the country of origin for many of their oils, nor the growing method.)

9.  Reasonable Shipping Costs

I found the shipping costs with YL and doTERRA to be a little on the steep side.  I was told several times by customer service reps of one of the companies that it was due to businesses being charged more than residential customers.  T’hat didn’t make sense to me – business rates being more expensive than residential, when they have that kind of bulk shipping going on? So I called UPS and FedEx and was assured that this is not the case.  So I don’t know why their shipping is so high.  Maybe they are pocketing the extra?  I can’t see any other answer.

10.  Common Sense Approach

Native American’s owner, Paul Dean, says it is fine to use their oils internally–with caution.   I like to use oils internally sometimes, but I don’t care for excessive use that way. One of my favorite parts about the oils at Native American is this:

11.  No Adulterating

Oils are not heated, mixed with anything else, or adulterated in any way.

The only exception is Bergamot, which they sell 2 versions of.  The FCF Bergamot is heated after the distillation to burn off the furocoumarin  since furcoumarin is photo-toxic.  Even Native American’s Eucalyptus Globulus isn’t heated to remove the heavy “herbier” smell.  Most oils companies heat their Eucalyptus Globulus to remove that herbier smell, but Mr. Dean thinks that the essential oil left alone is more therapeutic, and so he leaves them as God made them.

Conclusion

Basically, I think that the oils industry is like the food industry in this respect.

In the food industry, you can buy from large grocery stores and companies with things labelled “natural” and “whole grain,” or you can buy from a farmer you know and trust. I really think, as I’ve learned more about the “Big Ag” industry, that it is often better to buy from a “small guy” (small farmer or small essential oils company) whom you know well, than a “big guy” (big farm or big oils company or expert).

In this case, with Native American Nutritionals, you can know you are supporting someone who cares deeply about the farmers he works with and who works with them directly.  And you can support a lot of workers in third world countries as well (by the way, Native American pays them a decent wage for their country).

Native American Nutritionals also carries a wide range of other healthy living products that I think are a great addition to your family’s natural medicine cabinet. This is one thing that I didn’t address in other posts in this series.

For example, with doTERRA and Young Living, in order to get the best discounts on their oils as a rep, you need to order monthly over $100 of products (to get free products that essentially reduce your costs).  Do that every month and you end up with waaaay too much oils).

A lot of multi-level marketing oils reps end up ordering other things from the company like personal care products in order to get to that “minimum.”  However, I wasn’t thrilled with the ingredients in many of the other products offered.

Undesirable Ingredients in Other Products from Essential Oils Companies

With doTERRA and Young Living, for example:

– the doTERRA On Guard toothpaste has titanium dioxide in it, a heavy metal which I would prefer to avoid due to heavy metal toxicity.

Both companies’ skin care products had ingredients rated 3 and above on EWG’s Skin Deep rating system (I prefer to stick with ingredients rated 2, at the highest).  For the prices they are charging, I would prefer to buy organic and really pure products.

I don’t think all of EWG’s ratings are flawless, but I do pay attention when I see higher ratings there.  For example, phenoxyethanol is in a lot of doTERRA’s skin care products.  Here is an article on phenoxyethanol that gives me pause when considering using a skincare line that includes it in almost all of their products.

There was, in fact, one essential oils company whose oils I thought looked to be very high quality, but their personal care items were loaded with artificial chemicals and I really felt that Native American had an edge over them in that department. With Native American Nutritionals, you can buy MSM, natural toothpaste, supplements like Defense, and Ph Rescue and feel good about the ingredients used and the quality.

Also note, if you are used to Young Living or doTERRA oils, Native American Nutritionals has a listing of oil blends that are comparable to Young Living and doTERRA blends on their front page. Of course, if you’ve been following along with this series, you know that I think there are other good companies out there.  However, I do think that there are fewer “excellent” companies than I originally thought when I started all of this evaluating.

Rocky Mountain Oils and Native American Nutritionals

Just so you know, a number of my readers mentioned Rocky Mountain Oils as a company that they were happy with.  During the time that I have been talking to Paul Dean, Native American and Rocky Mountain were talking about merging and they are now working together, though not in a completely merged capacity.  They hope to join together to offer more quality customer service and educational offerings in the the future.  I look forward to learning more from them.

You might find that shopping with Rocky Mountain Oils is a bit easier than shopping at Native American Nutritionals.  They have fewer oils to choose from (for example, Native American Nutritionals has multiple kinds of several of their oils) for one thing.

Their oils are sourced the same, so just choose the company that you like.

As for all of the questions about 1st, 2nd and 3rd distillation questions, and the like (as we touched on in Personal Attacks, Bias, Distillation and Essential Oils), we’ll be addressing this more in future posts.  I hope to do an Essential Oils 101 Series during which we will address the basics of: – What Essential Oils Are and – How to Use Essential Oils Therapeutically – and More  Sounds great, huh?

I will also make sure we have a time in the future where we can have a time for you to interact with Paul Dean to ask about using oils for different medical conditions. You can also feel free to leave questions in the comments section about other oils companies if you like.

So….now that you have some more information about essential oils, you are likely eager to use them.

There are so many essential oils books on the market — so which one to choose?

Here’s one that I like a lot. The author has a huge assortment of recipes for all kinds of things, but she does not recommend internal use of oils, just so you know.

essential oils book

What are your thoughts?  Please share!

PLEASE NOTE – I have received a ton of inquiries asking me what I think about I think about other essential oils companies.  While I would love to check into all of them for you, I just can’t do that.  I recommend that you read this post on Essential Oils Testing and Quality and see if the brand you are interested in measures up.  I plan to write more about choosing an essential oils company in the near future so stay tuned.  

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  1. On what date was this ‘Announcing the Best Essential Oils Company’ page posted?

  2. Lindsay says:

    I research soooo many brands before stumbling upon a blog comment mentioning Améo. I would like to pass on the favor of whoever’s post that was that I saw and mention them here. If you are looking into essential oils, please do your own research and don’t just take anyone’s word for which company is best. Check out (site deleted by blog owner) and click on the Améo difference. Améo is the only company that is producing clinical grade (not just a marketing term) which are the same grade as the oils used my researchers and doctors for peer reviewed journal articles published on Pub Med. Proven cell active and permeable (surprisingly some oils don’t pass), and innovated science to bring much needed legitimacy to this industry. You can even look up your test results of each bottle of oil you purchase + so much more.

    • Hi there. I am sorry but I have to ask for folks to not use my site as a means to recruit representatives to your MLM business. I didn’t choose this company for a reason and would appreciate not being used as a marketing platform. I do appreciate you reading and commenting, however. Thank you for your understanding.

  3. Thank you for doing all of the “footwork” on essential oils. I have been asking myself alot of the same questions you were. I really do appreciate all of the time and effort you have spent and your willingness to share what you have learned. I signed up for the Essential Oil Summit late, and enjoyed many of the speakers. I am however, completely “new” to essential oils, I was beginning to look into sources when I did a Google search on reviews and found your site. I will be back! Thank you.

  4. Jesse H. says:

    Hi Adrienne,
    Thank you so much for writing this blog series!! I have really appreciated your thorough research – and, for the record, that guy who’s been attacking you isn’t worth your time, although I appreciate reading your rebuttal!

    I am interested in knowing a little bit more about your research methods, for example, you say that you spent hours on the phone with each company but what did you ask? What were the questions that gave you an idea of who was a trustworthy company and who wasn’t? I would be interested in finding out more about the companies that I have been using.

    I have been using Eden’s Garden essential oils, and have been very impressed! The prices are very good (almost too good to be true) but from everything I can tell they are a very reputable company! They are a Christian company on the west coast, their mission is to bring affordable essential oils to people, and the product is very good as far as I can tell. Would you be willing to do another essential oil series on lower end other brands like Eden’s Garden, Healing Solutions, etc?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this, I only write this because I know you take special care to try and respond to all the comments!

    Thanks!
    Jesse

    • Hi there. I will try to remember but it’s been awhile. Questions like where do you source your oils from….what are your quality controls…do you use “experts” to source or do you get them direct from the farm….etc. I guess I would look at this post http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/toxic-overload-health-concerns/essential-oils-testing-is-it-reliable/

      I didn’t go w/ EG for several reasons but can’t share them openly on the blog. I got a cryptic threatening email from someone about comments left here about a company and just can’t deal w/ this kind of stuff. I don’t believe I looked at HS. Also, there are so many companies I don’t really have time anymore to do this. Folks also can’t / don’t read all the comments so I would be answering comments all day if I evaluated every company. Hope you can understand. Thanks!

  5. Mary Beth says:

    Hi Adrienne!

    Thanks so much for responding to my question about any new thoughts you might have about Mountain Rose Herbs oils! I’m sorry, but I can’t seem to find my original post or your reply within this website… but your technology system graciously provided your response to my email as well! Within your response, you asked whether there were specific oils that I was looking for that I could not find with Rocky Mountain Oils, and the answer right now is “At one point there were some oils that I could not find with them, but I no longer remember which ones they were, as my need has since been filled.” That being said, I have placed a recent order with Rocky Mountain and found their selection much bigger than my last experience with them, so I will keep checking them out and look forward to the “big changes coming soon” at their website that you mentioned in your response to me!

    With a full heart for all that you do,

    Mary Beth

    • Glad that response worked for you. I think it’s so important to keep in touch that way. Glad you found more oils. They are working on a lot of things.

      With a full heart of gratitude for you too,

      adrienne

  6. This has been so so helpful. Thank you for your honesty and research.

    XO -Alexandra

    • Thank you so much – you made my evening. Hope to see you around again. More to come. There are some more posts on EO’s if you search in the search bar too.

  7. Debra Newton says:

    I just wanted to “Thank You” for all the time and hard work you put in on this investigation. I read everything you wrote about. and signed up the Native American Nutritional. I ordered several of the pain, nerve, sport, arthritis, breath, oils. I just wanted to let you know, these oils have totally changed my life. They have healed me in so many ways. I lived with chronic pain, trigger points and tender spots all over my body. The nerve aches in my legs and hands was just terrible. I was very miserable. Since I started using these oils all over my body, I feel like I went back 10 years. I used to just sleep 3 to 4 hours a day. Now, 6 hours is great! I have been able to reduce the size of some of my knots from Fibromyalgia greatly. I again, Thank You so much. Your hard work has made me a healthier, happier person.

    • Thank you so much!! I just read a post about fibromyalgia being likely thyroid issues. Have you looked into that? I have been thinking it was the case for a long time. Take care!! Which of the oils did you like the most?

      • Debra Newton says:

        The most important oil for me was Nerve Repair! Second is Muscle which I see they have renamed Sports Pro. I can’t live without these! If I overdo it on standing to much or using muscles to long, the nerves start burning. That’s when Nerve Repair comes in. Later that night the area swells and gets feverish. That’s when Muscle Pro helps. I also put Muscle Pro on the large trigger spots and about three days later, the knots are half their size. Some how, it is dissolving them. Maybe helping the body to rid the toxic malic acid build up. The Arthritis Plus is another big winner. It stops all those aches from tight areas in and around joints. Since my car accident 11 years ago, I am still having issues with neck, spine, hips and knees. I take only natural pain medication and lots of Magnesium and D-Ribose. But, I use my oils every day! P.S. I hope you are getting credit for all my purchases. Since I read this article and went to their site, I have been buying at least $500.00 in oils. You should check into this. I did go to their site from yours!

  8. First I am not educated at all in comparrason to you or pappas, what he and they have done is wrong. You have been very helpful in my homework on the essiential oils. My daughter is a rep for doterra and has given me the book healing oils of the bible. Remember as christians we will be persecuted, welcome it in the name of jesus! So I feel bad for not purchasing doterra from her but it is outrageous in cost! I have purchased some arura cacia from my health food store, I have purchased Now and edens garden from amazon, i have some doterra and didnt realy know wich one to go with. You have been a great help and I appreciate you and ALL your homework! Thank you

  9. Thanks for your in-depth research! You started your ‘series’ asking the same questions and had the same doubts that I currently have—you just did it much more eloquently! LOL!! (Unfortunately, you had to deal with people that don’t like the fact that you are just trying to find out answers for yourself and not just take some sales rep’s word!) In fact, my Google search was “essential oils for skeptics”! LOL!!

    I am just looking into an alternative for my oldest daughter that suffers from seasonal allergies. She’s been through allergy shots and the OTC meds don’t seem to work anymore so I’m looking for some relief for her. I have a friend that is into YL oils but I don’t want to buy blindly!

    Thank you again. The information you presented was thoughtful and thorough.

    God bless!

    Kathy

  10. Wow! Thanks so much for all your efforts.
    I’m so sorry you had to endure the backlash from those other folks, but as they say, those who insult, put down, slam, or whatever you want to call it, obviously have their own issues. They have a personal problem and the problem is not you personally. Some people only feel better when belittling others. Anyone with experience of being married to a narcissist can vouch for that!
    But, back to my point… you certainly spent a lot of time and effort into this series and I for one really appreciate your efforts. You should put this series out as an eBook.
    It’s actually a bit funny that the little research I’d done thus far, I was leaning toward purchasing from NAN, just for the reasons you mentioned. Glad to see my intuition was supported by your research.
    Thank You again, and best wishes for continued success with your blog and writing career. You have certainly proved yourself capable, no matter what ‘the chemist’ has to say, of presenting an in depth report through meticulous research.

  11. Kathy Wiechert says:

    I have enjoyed reading your essential oils article(s), and I thank you for sharing such long-researched information! While living in the U.K., I began purchasing the oils at a Mom & Pop health food store, and that’s where my story begins. I was paying around 5 – 8 British pounds per bottle, in most cases. So, I never really converted into American dollars, but they would (and should) have cost around $10 to 15/bottle (1/2 oz. size) here in the U.S. Upon my relocation back to the States, I started searching for the same brands of essential oils. Couldn’t find them… So, of course, the market is saturated with BY reps, right? I was approached by many BY reps! I couldn’t believe how much the oils had “gone up” in price since I left the U.K. Hello! Like you, I began running my own investigations. I either found very expensive oils or very ‘cheap’ ones. I knew there had to be some companies out there that produced good quality oils, yet moderately priced! Thank God for coming across YOUR reviews, b/c I was just about ready to sign up as a rep with B* Y**ng! Well, for the discounts, right? Makes sense, unless you’re paying 3x as much per bottle. They have only ONE rose essential oil, and it was $100–so even at a discount, we’re talking at least twice the cost! NOT WORTH IT! To make a very long story, short, I am checking out the two companies that you recommended, plus a couple of smaller companies which you mentioned near the beginning of your review. I can’t thank you enough! Whew, I just saved myself a LOT of money, as well as a lot of disappointment! Kathy

    • Thanks so much, Kathy — really appreciate your encouraging words! I will say that Rose is, in its pure form, extremely pricey. In fact, NAN and RMO would recommend their blend instead of the pure oil b/c it is so expensive and they say that most people don’t need it. Hope to see you around again!

  12. Cindy O says:

    Hello Adrienne, and dittos on the thank yous for doing so much investigation for the rest of us. I decided to buy from Rocky Mountain per your advice. I am sure I’ll be happy, if they ever arrive. My first order for $167 worth on the 15th, and 10 days later is not only still not here, but untracable. I live one state away! I called and the rep said “Oh we had some troubles in our shipping dept.” Not real apology at all. I’ve ordered a second time a week ago, and it’s not here yet either. I am sure the quality is grand but if the shipping continues to be so ultra slow, I will have to go elsewhere.
    I would also like to know your thoughts about Eden’s Garden if you have time to review.
    I also ordred and received the book you suggested, I’m marking it up already and will use it as a true resource.
    Thanks again, this is a life altering pursuit we’re doing with EOs! Cindy O

    • Hi Cindy. I am so sorry that you had this issue. I just emailed NAN / RMO and they gave me this response. Please let me know if you do not hear from them or if you contact them and don’t get an offer to compensate you for your troubles. I will help you.

      So I read your email during a manager meeting so I was able to bring this issue up with the managers from shipping and customer service at the same time.

      As it turns out. Orders placed between the 13-19 got grounded on the shipping trucks. It was worked out. The packages are normally sent via private trucking service from our warehouse to main drop points for shipping providers. This is done to speed things up usually. However this time because of some miscommunication with some of the bill of ladings, the trucks were grounded for several days. I guess a few thousand orders made it through but the vast majority were grounded. This meant that they didn’t enter the shipping stream for in some cases as long as a week. It’s been fixed now. So the packages are on their way. This is also why they were not trackable, because they hadn’t entered the mailstream yet.

      It sounds like customer service is offering some incentives for inconvenienced customers right now.

      • Cindy O says:

        Well….my larger order from the 15th is still not here, 13 days later. It remains untraceable. My other order placed on the 20th, for which I paid for F/C US mail, is also not here, but somewhere in Missouri, where their shipping is. — I have not heard from NAN and the 2 calls I made to them only repeated that they’ve had a problem, but it’s been fixed.
        In this day of internet shopping, efficient shipping and quality customer service (keeping us informed if there’s a problem) will make or break a company and determine whether people would ever come back to order again. I think I speak for many. I can only hope my orders will come, meanwhile I paid over $250 for this?
        So, Adrienne, I am following up to let you know that I did not hear from them and I’m terribly unhappy. The call I made this morning said they’d give me a store credit for a future order – but I don’t see that happening.. . Sorry to have to complain. Cindy O

        • Hi Cindy – sorry for the delay in responding. I had reached out the company to see what was going on w/ your order and didn’t hear back for a bit — and then I have been swamped. Broken dryer, broken cooktop, and more. They said that your orders were delivered and then gave you some compensation. If that’s not the case please let me know and I hope you are enjoying the oils. I know they were inundated when they had their recent sales so I am assuming that is the reason for your problems. Take care and hope to see you around again.

  13. tatiana percival says:

    So you sell the Native American brand or do you simply buy them? I went to the website and it did not look like something that people sold but simply bought from. As a person who is interested in EO but have never really used them I was hoping for a starter kit of some kind to get my feet wet. If Native American does not do that sort of thing (If they do I completely missed it) then can you recommend a few to start out with?
    TIA.

  14. katrina boetto says:

    I went to the site to check it out and they are out of stock of alot of things, how often do they stock up on the bottles and starter kits?

    • Hi there. Sorry about that. I know they just sold a ton of things — what are you looking for and I can find out for you. Thanks!

    • Hi there. I just heard that they are working on fixing their inventory system and it should be fixed soon. Please check back in a few days. Thanks for your patience!

  15. I just wanted to say thanks for an amazing in-depth look at the oil industry. I have recently gotten into oils and I have been wondering about quality and cost and stumbled upon your blog. I found your posts (all 7 of them) to be very informative and enjoyable to read. Thanks!

  16. Did you check out Nature’s Sunshine oils?

    • Hi there. I did look at them and didn’t choose them. I can’t talk about other companies so much b/c of several reasons — I even got a strange threatening email about a negative comment on the blog from someone else. I just have to be really careful. Sorry about that!!

  17. Indywife says:

    Thank you for the great comparing! Glad to find an ethical essential oil company.
    I also see your point with the MLM businesses! Similar opinion here.
    Planning to visit your website time to time in the future. Maybe you will have more comparing along! :)
    Wish you great success with your activity!
    Best, Nora
    from Indianapolis, IN

    • Thank you so much! I don’t think all MLMs are a problem, but the product needs to really be a good one and the rep needs to be honest (so does the company!). Thanks!

  18. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this series. I just set and read the whole thing in one sitting. I just became a rep for Yl but am just entering the whole world of eo’s so I really appreciate all the work you put into this and the great information!

  19. Thank you for your research. I just started looking at essential oils and there is a ton of stuff out there. I appreciate the effort you put into this.

  20. Barbara Barnett says:

    First, I thank you for all your research and information. It makes my research so much easier. I am quite intrigued. You can imagine my dissappointment when I go to NAN and they have none of any of their starter kits available? None? Of any type? I looked for a place to leave them a comment & didn’t see any. Has something occurred in the last year? I have to say it brought up red flags to me.

    I know you are not a company representative, but it seemed you were going to be regularly using their products so I thought you might know.

    Thank you!

    • Hi there. I know they run out of their kits from time to time and they did just have a bunch of oils sold this past week. I have put an email in to them…not sure but I would suspect they will be back in stock shortly. Please feel free to comment again if you don’t see them soon. And yes, I do use their products regularly. Thanks!

    • Hi there. I just heard that they are working on fixing their inventory system and it should be fixed soon. Please check back in a few days. Thanks for your patience!

  21. I just wanted to thank you for your dedication and hard work and effort you put into your research. I do have a question, not sure where to begin. The root of all my problems right now is me being recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I hate, hate all the mess I have to take now, and the fact that I still feel horrible and my condition is worsening even taking the meds. Which oil/oil blend do you recommend me starting with? I feel so overwhelmed when I visit the website to figure out what will work best for me!! Thanks in advance for any input you may have for me!!

    • Hi Tracy – you are so welcome! I’ve been so busy I really appreciate it as I have had almost no time recently to write. I have Hashis too so I can put a few words here for you – personal thoughts not medical advice. I have used close and rosemary on my adrenals and I am going to purchase Feminine Aid for my hormones. Have you looked at the AIP diet? I am currently working w/ Meghan Birt of Just Enjoy Food and am really enjoying her. Lastly, I would encourage you to look at this supplement. I was in doubt about it but it appears to really have leveled out my hormones. I am going to be writing about it soon but am so excited about it. I hope you don’t mind my sharing some non oil ideas. I think having more resources is better. Anyhow, I am in the midst of all of my research on this supplement, but here is some — it’s an amazing source of antioxidants: https://muscadinehealthresearch.wordpress.com/

      And here is my site. You can, if you are interested in trying it, try a free sample by joining as a customer and requesting the sample. https://naturespearlproducts.com/wholenewmom I had a bunch of hormonal issues that went away and I am sleeping better as well, which you know is hugely important.

      You mentioned “all the mess I have to take now” – are you on meds? I will also say that the first thing my last practitioner (she wrote this post) http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/thyroid-disease-hypothyroid-what-causes-hypothyroidism/ said was to get off gluten, egg, dairy, and corn and that helped me immensely.

      Blessings and let me know if I can be of more help. I have so much more to write….hope to soon!

    • Sorry – Meghan’s site has changed it’s URL and it is now here: http://meghanbirt.com/ I would be happy to introduce her if you’d like.

  22. Rosemarie Durham says:

    I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you have done to provide people with good resources and information. I can imagine it was a lot of work. I am somewhat new to oils and also suffer from insomnia and auto immune issues and systematic candida. I look forward to reading more of your posts will continue to use oils and do believe in natural cures rather then drugs. I am making progress and learning all the while. Your research means a lot to me. Thank you so much Adrienne!

    • Welcome and thanks!!! I am with you on the health issues. I am making really good progress. I hope to post more but if you need more immediate help you might want to consider heavy metals. I am doing work on detox and gut health that I will be sharing and am on 2 new supplements and a new diet that is really helping with the insomnia and autoimmune as far as I can tell.

      Seriphos has been great and this is the other one I am really happy with. https://naturespearlproducts.com/wholenewmom Here is some research for you to look at: https://muscadinehealthresearch.wordpress.com/

      I hope to write more soon!

  23. I’ll check out Native American Naturals. Thanks.

  24. Hi Adrienne,

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for doing this! I really appreciate your effort. I’m new with these essential oils stuff (first encounter was with doTERRA) and want to make sure I got the best product yet have no clue knowing which company delivers the best one.

    A quick type on Google search, this blog came on top.

    Thanks again!!

    • Hi Fina. Thanks for visiting and for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the oils if you order some and hope to see you around again – more to come on oils and the company. I’ve been so busy I haven’t been blogging as much but hope to get back to more soon.

  25. WOW!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your research and knowledge. You have done for me, what I felt I should do, but honestly didn’t want to take the time. What a roller coaster ride for you. I was dubious of any company that wants you to sign up or pay fees. Not the way I want to do business. I am sorry that you have been abused by haters, I recognize 2 of the names you mentioned the most from the Essential Oils summit webinar I watched a couple weeks ago. It was wonderful webinar, I learned tons, but also heard conflicting opinions. So, like anything, you really do have to research. No one there would recommend a company, which I respected at the time, even though I really wanted to know. I have checked into a few different ones, but since I am just starting really wouldn’t know where to begin… I emailed Dr. Axe, and they are doTerra supporters, but I wasn’t comfortable with the join our business aspect… Thank you so much for your heartfelt honesty, you have given me the answers I needed.

    • Hi Jan – thanks for taking the time to comment. I considered promoting that event, but there were, I think, 19 people from doTERRA in it, and I don’t recall if I included the organizers but I don’t think so. For the record, I don’t really have a problem with Direct Marketing businesses, but some of them don’t have products that I think are worth the hype around them. In fact, I am working with a few others and they are different. The product performs and they aren’t making claims that they can’t back up.

      Hope to see you around again!

  26. Erin Schoenberg says:

    Thank you!!! I found this site to be deeply helpful. I really appreciate all you indepth research. I’m going to check out Native American Nutritionals!

    • Thanks so much, Erin!!! Hope to see you around again. More coming about the oils and the company. If you search for “essential oils” on my blog you’ll find some more posts as well.

  27. Stephanie says:

    Hey Adrienne, love your blog!! I was wondering how I could become a rep for Native American Nutritionals? I have been researching and trying so many natural products for my boys, and it seems you have done the same. I too was looking for the purest most natural products to help them. I have two with Autism, and it seems they respond well to natural products. I would like to be a part of this company as well. Oh, and I’ve done Young Living and DoTerra as well.

    • HI and thanks! Sorry, but they don’t have reps – just affiliates.

      If you are interested in making money with natural products I have some other companies that I am very enthused about right now. Beautycounter (non toxic personal care and cosmetics…coming out w/ tons of new products soon and they are growing like crazy): http://wholenewmom.com/beautycounter/

      and Nature’s Pearl. I just started my whole family on this and I have more energy and feel like my hormones are leveled out and my boys appear to be doing better too. My husband was so impressed w/ the research on it: https://muscadinehealthresearch.wordpress.com/ If you are interested you can get a free sample here after you sign up as a customer. https://naturespearlproducts.com/wholenewmom

      I don’t mean to dump a bunch of Direct Sales things on you but I really can’t say enough about Beautycounter and their products and I understand what it’s like to want to make some money from home sharing something you love so I thought I would mention these to you. Both of these companies are quite young so the earning potential is pretty great. Feel free to ask any questions at all.

      I want to encourage you in your journey – autism isn’t easy and you have two with it. Blessings as you work through all of these things and I so hope to see you around again!

  28. Charlotte Bankston says:

    I have a question regarding shipping via UPS and FedEx, large box vans, in which there is no air conditioning.
    If it is a 2 to three day transit and the temps are in the 90 to 100 degree range, how badly does this reduce the quality product.
    I just received an order and the bottles were really warm.

    • Hi Charlotte – just got this back from NAN / RMO:

      Not a major concern. Oils require air to react and also lots of time. When bottles are shipped full, they have very small amounts of air in the bottle to react with and the heat would require several weeks at 100+ degrees before it STARTS to be a concern.

      The more you use the oil, the more air that is in the bottle, is as it becomes a greater concern. The short term heat doesn’t effect quality.

      Hope that helps put your mind at rest – enjoy your oils!

  29. Dear Adrienne,
    Interesting analysis but as with Consumer Reports, (Created for the Unions by the Unions) there is a prejudicial bias already built in. In your reference of the EWG… Almost EVERYTHING under the title of” “ENVIRONMENT” is POLITICALLY MOTIVATED an so it is with EWG. ACLU. EPA. etc. Which do “good things’ from time to time but in the last few years has proven to be STRICTLY politically motivated…even targeting SELECTED companies through REGULATION on thing that “the powers that be’ can not get passed in legislation or public vote. While deliberately ignoring products made in China and other non-capitalist countries. Then mentioning NATIVE AMERICAN NUTRITIONAL S again sounding most conspicuously political considering that the Native American Tribes had there herbals and medicines but NEVER related to distilling essential oil… just lots of peyote. I am sure that the Indigenous American Peoples had the best meds including distilling essential medications but it is never mention in ‘folklore’ or in history. So the Native American Nutritional s come from the same sources as all the other products… some from the U.S. but most from over seas. . And your affiliation with a particular company, throws all OBJECTIVITY right out the window, throwing in a little fear on the toothpaste of being a “3” and not a ‘2’ when commercial tooth paste products and deodorants have higher levels of ‘heavy metals’ … and have had for years… with no apparent side affects. You had me going until I got to part 7. and then the bias came out. You have been associated with a competing company long before the artical was actually written. Thanks, I do not like the MLM programs but the industry is what the industry is.

    • Hi there. I do not take everything that EWG says as being the truth – I have different opinions about some of their ratings, but I do think that they are a valuable resource. I am, as you, very concerned about influence on things like this. Truly, bias is everywhere. I mean, I have bias too so does everyone. I didn’t know that about Consumers Reports – really? Ugh.

      I am not sure I understand your question / concern about Native American Nutritionals. The name was so that Mr. Dean could supply the Native Americans with oils as they wanted natural healing and also to have medical freedom.

      I did not throw all objectivity out the window about the toothpaste. I felt that way when I wrote it. I am not as concerned about titanium dioxide now. I have done more research on it. I still do not care for the answers I got from doTERRA. And I was told I could earn about $8000 a month from doTERRA if I stayed with then and when I found NAN they had no affiliate program at all. I asked them if we could arrange something and they did.

      So, your conclusions are incorrect about how I was affiliated with them. I choose them after writing post #1 and spent hours and hours on the phone w/ many companies and it was a very difficult choice to make given the temptation of the money but I needed to do the right thing.

      As for MLMs, I am not totally opposed to them. In fact, I work with others, but I chose not to work with Young Living or doTERRA any longer.

      I don’t know why you claim there are no apparent side effects from the metals in deodorants and tooth pastes. In fact, I spoke with the Alzheimer’s groups and they were concerned about Al in the deodorants. So just b/c there aren’t “apparent” side effects doesn’t mean there aren’t any. The side effects are all around us – autism, cancer, autoimmune disease, and the sources of the problems are many. We don’t need double-blind tests to know that there are too many toxins in the environment.

      I hope that helps you understand my viewpoint. Thanks for reading.

  30. I got into essential oils when I was desperate to find a way to get my 3 Goldens over kennel cough they got from daycare. My two younger ones symptoms were not too terrible but my 5yr old got extremely sick and after 3 weeks of fighting it, several trips to the vet, and 2 rounds of antibiotics I turned to Google for a possible alternative. I found our about essential oils and did some research and went to the health food store and got oregano oil to start giving them. I kid you not, they were practically cured in two days! Made me a believer. My mother then bought me a doTerra set as a gift and I kept learning more. Along the way I started researching companies and I came to the conclusion that I liked Rocky Mountain oils so I’m glad you mentioned them because it makes more confident in using them. I don’t know anything about NAN but I like the sound of them so thank you, it gives me more options :)

    • Wow Connie – that is great! Did you give them capsules? NAN has been supplying RMO’s oils for a long time as far as I know and they are working together very closely these days. More to come so stay tuned :). There will be announcements about the companies coming. Thanks for sharing!

  31. THANK YOU so much for this article!!! My friend is a little YL groupie and I could never get an honest answer from her about other oil companies or why she chose YL, and why they were “the best.” I read through your articles and I was amazed and shocked at some of the things that you found out-including the other companies claims, etc. I just went over to Native American Nutritionals and I really, really liked what I saw and read. I am definitely going to be making a purchase from them. THANK YOU SO MUCH! You have also saved me some money, for which I will forever be grateful. Oh, and I signed up for your emails as well!!! :)

    • Hi Shawna,

      I heard a lot more but couldn’t write it. It’s an interesting industry, to say the least. Thanks so much for your kind words. Hope to hear from you again! I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been writing as much but hope to do more soon!!

  32. I was (am) so so so so excited to have found your blog and this series especially. I’ll spare you all the mundane details – let’s just say – you just saved me a ton of time and effort and money and put my mind at ease over something I’ve been agonizing over for months. So THANK YOU! I’m sad to say, however, that my attempts to order from NAN are completely unsuccessful. I sped right over to the site to check them out and found a few blends I really wanted to try and with every effort to add them to my cart I get the error, “The product could not be found.” I will keep trying, but they probably won’t be credited to you for commission since I couldn’t get them on the click-through path from here.

  33. What were some of your findings with Mountain Rose Herbs? I have been using them for a little over a year now but haven’t gone too in depth with my research on them. I recently attended a doTerra class and it seems as though they have well educated reps but the product is sub-par to what I am used to. Almost “over-commercialized” if you will. I feel like Mountain Rose Herbs has been good to me but if there’s a better line out there I’d rather switch up now and reel the benefits of a better, more pure product.

    • Hi there. I personally prefer NAN / RMO to MRH. MRH is an herb company – not an oils company and really, though I love MRH for their commitments and variety, I prefer Frontier for quality – it’s my opinion after trying a number of their spices. I hope that helps. Thanks!

  34. Adrienne,
    Thank you so much for sharing this incredibly detailed and helpful information! I wasn’t really sure as I was reading – was your search/sampling/interviewing with US based companies only or did you also include other parts of the world. I am particularly curious if you any if the companies you researched were a within the European Union? Thanks in advance!

  35. Thank you so much for all the time & work you put into this! I read every word & greatly appreciated it!

  36. Can you sell Native American Nutritionals, ie as in for a home based business? I looked over their website, but didn’t see anything like that. Thank you.

  37. Suzanne says:

    Adrienne,
    Thank you for sharing all of your research! It has been very helpful! I am sorry you have had to enture criticism from others who do not understand you are blessing a lot of people by speaking out.

    Would you have a suggestion of what essential oils would be efective in smoothing out wrinkles and tightening sagging skin on the face? Their are to many recipe on the internet claiming that certain essential oils will be the best. However it would be hundreds of doller to purchase each essential oil to try them all out. Is there a particular essential oil blend you use for anti aging that you like?

    Sincerely,
    Suzanne

    • Hi there and thanks! Yes, it was a mess for sure.

      I am told that the Skin Tone blend would be a good option for you – I plan to buy it myself. As another option for you to consider, I have heard great reviews of the Skin Renewal Serum by this company. The creator of this line is incredibly knowledgeable and it has a great antioxidant in it. I used it for a very short time and saw a quick improvement in my skin. http://naturespearl.com/wholenewmom Maybe try both? I have heard that the serum reduces under eye circles too – I just started using it there about 2 days ago.

      Take care.

    • I have another few ideas for you. I am using the antiaging line of this company and am happy. http://beautycounter.com/adrienneurban The antiaging line is called Countertime.

      Also, have you looked at face exercises? I am going to be posting about them. I am trying out a bunch of books. They all have pros and cons but this one is easy and quite good: This is an affiliate link: http://amzn.to/1MJL9jO

      Hope that helps!

  38. Can you comment on Bulk Apothecary? Are their oils any good?
    Thanks

  39. Hi Adrienne,
    OMGoodness! I just want to start out saying thank you! Your zest for the complete “unadulterated” truth is inspiring. Your info has become a “go to” guide. I was wondering if you had any posts on carrier oils and the companies that offer them in terms of quality control and customer service. I am still in the process of researching EOs, and have not yet made any major purchases yet. I did pick up a few bottles (tea tree, lavender, and lemon) to make some body wash. This is a whole new adventure for me, and I am going on about three weeks of research now. I came across your blog about 4-5 days in and was amazed by the depth to which you have taken yourself and your readers. I, like you, always do an immense amount of research before jumping in, so your effort is much appreciated.
    As I wonderiing, how familiar are you with the carrier oils. I have been reading posts and reviews on Mointain Rose Herbs and Bulk Apothecary to purchase carrier oils from. Unless, I am incorrect, I didn’t find them on NAN’s website. They do,however, offer FCO. I am not quite sure I will purchase from either company, as I am not convinced on their methods of extraction. It doesn’t seem as though many of their oils are cold pressed. It looks as the primary method is steam distillation. As I am new to this still, perhaps those oils can not be cold pressed, because it the amount of product would be too small. I did come across Nature’s Gift, and their products or methods of extraction seem to be higher quality, but at MUCH higher costs. What are your experiences with the companies that sell the carrier oils and are there any you personally recommend? Last, are you familiar with Lea Harris? She ran a post titled Learning About the EOs. It was very informative as she explains her journey of running 3rd party testing of EOs and goes on to provide test results.
    Well, thank you again, and I look forward to continued reading of your posts.

    Donna

    • I wanted to clarify: when I mentioned that I was unsure about the companies methods of extraction,I’m was referring to MRH and BA not NAN’s methods.
      Sorry, Donna

      • Sure thing. I personally am not convinced that I would want to buy from either. It’s just my opinion, but BA received a terrible comment from one of my readers= just a bit ago and it’s on this post’s comments I think. You might wish to look that up. As for MRH, they are a good company but oils aren’t their main product. I personally like Frontier’s spices a lot better except that MRH has more selection. Since I don’t spend a huge amount of money on oils, I think I prefer to buy from a company where I really know that I am getting top quality. I love NAN and am sticking with them unless there is a reason not to in the future. Thanks!

    • Hi there and thanks! I don’t have posts on carrier oils – good idea! Native American and Rocky Mountain have FCO which is typically considered the standard in the market. They are considering adding more in the future. I am familiar with Lea. I felt there were some real issues w/ her testing methods but found some of the conclusions to be interesting. In one test she posted that NAN failed a test but it turned out that she had purchased the wrong oil. Hope that helps and hope to see you around again.

  40. Ok, going to give your recommendation a try. Prices seem responsible hoping the shipping is as well. But having severe GI issues and pain. Going to try thyme for healing an enlarged fatty liver and intestinal integrity. Cross your fingers.

  41. Loved reading all of this! I have been looking into essential oils for a couple of months now and I am also skeptical about what products I use and give to my children. I have an 8month old who is currently teething which is leaving this mama sleepless and exhausted. I’ve been told by many to use thieves from YL. What would you recommend for teething? Energy booster? Help sleeping (possibly for both is us) any advice you have would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks again for the extensive blog and information!

    Also, the lady that commented she hadn’t received her products, did she ever receive them?
    Thanks!!!

    • Hi there. I’m going to be offline for a bit but the lady did receive her products – I think I responded to her? She commented twice, I believe. If you don’t see that response could you tell me her name and I will check into it. Thanks!

      Thanks for the kind comments. I am thinking lavender for sleep but checking on the others. One thing I will share is that this is a new supplement my whole family is taking and it is full of so many antioxidants. http://naturespearl.com/wholenewmom You can get a free sample as a customer. And here is a bunch of research on it. https://muscadinehealthresearch.wordpress.com/ There is a new $20 million grant to Wake Forest for research on it for breast and prostate cancer. I met the PhD doing the research just this week and she is amazing.

      The energy boost is evident very quickly. Otherwise I would think a citrus or peppermint is what I would use. I hope this helps and I will get back to you soon.

  42. Hello
    I JUST ran into your blog tonight and have read through your EO series! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This has helped me hugely in understanding the process, the price and the question of purity. It can all get so confusing and overwhelming. To be able to sit down and read such a knowledgeable blog is amazing! I don’t know if this is possible, but if you have looked into Healing Solutions could you email me your thoughts on their practices? I know you obviously didn’t choose them, but I’d love to hear your thoughts if you looked into them.
    Thanks again for everything. This is just such a huge blessing!

    • Hi there and thanks so much! I never heard of that company. I don’t see country of origin on their site?? Perhaps I am missing something. Hope to see you around again!

  43. On the EWG site, I cannot find any doTerra or Young Living products listed. What am I doing wrong? I’m specifically looking for their skin care lines.

    • Hi there. They aren’t listed there. I looked up the individual ingredients on EWG’s site. The 3 rating of that ingredient alone might not be a real issue (I am finding out now) but it was a real concern to me at the time.

  44. Caitlin says:

    Have you continued using Native American Essential Oils since the publication of this page? Curious, since it has been over two years since. Thanks!

  45. Laurie Duemmling says:

    I want to thank you so much for doing this. I learned about Essential oils more than for massages a few years ago but as a college student I knew I couldn’t invest the time and really money into them. 2 years ago I meet someone who uses YL oils and was given information on them so I can look, I saw the prices and still knew I couldn’t afford them even if I was interested. Last year I saw an ad for Essential Oils workshop that was free and went to it. I loved the idea as I have migraines many times a month, and headaches almost daily plus bad allergies. I went and really wanted to try the oils and I did through YL and signed up but I just finished an internship and didn’t have the money to really buy anything other then the started kit and I was still skeptical. I bought the starter kit and used it but I am still not getting any great benefits and was trying to decide what to do but not wanting to say yes to more medicine over potential help from oils. I started looking into other companies and what my options are. I came across your blog and am willing to try Native American oils because I still want a better option than all the pharmaceuticals. I can’t wait to try the oils- so thank you from the bottom of my heart. I do have one question and I know it might be hard for you to answer. If you could only pick one book on essential oils for someone like me who is starting out which book would it be?
    Thank you so much

    • You are so welcome! It’s hard to decide on 1 book b/c no book has all that I want and I haven’t bought all of them :). Did you see the books at the bottom of my posts? I would maybe start with whichever of those you are interested in. I hope to write more about the books later. Take care!

  46. Barbara says:

    Did you review/consider Dr. Bronners Essential Oils or Ananda Apothecary? I was just exposed to essential oils in a doterra class. I am very interested in using the oils, but wanted more information prior to getting involved. Your blog and other information I found online convinced me not to sign up for doterra. Is Rocky Mountain Oils merged with Native American Nutritionals?
    Thank s for sharing your research.

    • I didn’t know about Dr B’s EOs, but I did look at Ananda. I didn’t choose them for several reasons. Yes, RMO and NAN are merging- I will have more information on that in hopefully the not too distant future. Thanks for the kind words!

  47. Lori Pouncey says:

    OMG!!!!!! You are a godsend woman lol I have been researching and studying and looking and investigating and blah blah blah blah lol for about 6 months AT LEAST, trying to decide which oils to invest my money into! I love your investigation you did, how great that you took SO much time doing this! I am a single mom raising my 3 year old granddaughter ( I have had her since birth) and I live on a very fixed income, however, I am willing and WANT to change our lives by getting us both off of prescription and over the counter medications through essential oils and I am willing to pay for great quality oils…..I mean look at the multi uses and benefits!!!!! I just did not want to nor can I afford to waste my money and get dooped by buying the “wrong” oils. Thank you, thank you so much for this!!!!! Truly, you have no idea how much this has helped me in SO many ways. Bless you :) New fan and follower :)

    • Thank you so much for your kind words – that means more than I can say. You can do it re: the mess. I truly think that essential oils are just one thing to have in your natural “medicine cabinet” but they are a great part. Hope to see you around again!

      • Lori Pouncey says:

        Yes ma’am, for sure! Oh I am here for good lol I love your page and all your blogs, info, and recipes etc. Thank you for what you are doing, helping so many others find their way to better living 😉

  48. Jackie Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for the hard investigative and thorough work you have done! You saved me so much time as that was pretty much what I would do! I have fibromyalgia, lyme disease and a host of ‘invisible illnesses’ that accompany these I am currently seeking a natural pain killer, came across a this recipe http://www.budget101.com/health-and-home-remedies/582060-morphine-bomb-natural-pain-relief.html which led me to your blog. I am going to find your fb page and will continue to read your blog. Thanks again.

    • Thank you so much. That’s an interesting recipe. I have 2 friends getting healing from Lyme. I have been reading so much about adrenals and thyroid being tied to fibro – have you been looking into that? I had fibro symptoms myself, but as I worked on healing I have gotten so much better. I hope to see you around again and hope that these things help. One thing that I have really been looking at is the AIP diet. Have you heard of it? I am almost following it completely and it really helps me. Take care.

  49. Darci Gerdes says:

    Thanks for your information on oils!

  50. Thank you for this entire series. I must admit I was disappointed that the company you decided on was American, if only because it costs a fortune to get the oils into Canada! If you have heard or anyone has heard of some good Canadian Companies please send me a link so I could check them out.

    • Hi there. Sorry to hear you’ve been having a hard time. I do know that they are redoing their shipping so the cost should be more affordable soon – so I would try again in a bit. I was just in Canada – my first time. Lovely country and we loved the Belgium chocolate in the Walmart – odd that we found it but it was amazing. Wish I’d gotten more!

  51. Thank you very much for all the work you put into this research. I found it very helpful. I am just becoming aware of the uses for essential oils and goggled various things to help me in my search and your posts came up. I find the info VERY informative and was actually stunned that you were being attacked in anyway just because you expressed your findings. The lack of character of all those involved is what turned me away from the brand and i have now narrowed down my list. Thank you again for educating us.

  52. Dear Adrienne,
    I am new to your website and would like to thank you so much for the huge amount of work, time and energy you put into researching this very confusing field of which EOs are best! I am very appreciative of your effort for all the rest of us who benefit from that!!!
    I’ve been wondering about which company would be the most trustworthy (so many people swearing what they use is the best ? and it’s all so confusing…) and after reading your research I will definitely follow your lead and order from Native American or Rocky Mountain Oils. THANK YOU!
    You mention in your post that you “hope to do an Essential Oils 101 Series during which we will address the basics of: – What Essential Oils Are and – How to Use Essential Oils Therapeutically – and More “….. has that happened yet?
    Thank you!

  53. Glenda Murray says:

    I would love for you to compare Ameo essential oils since these oils have been created since you completed your article.

    • Hi there. I didn’t go w/ them for a number of reasons. I even got a cryptic threatening email from someone regarding a company that had a negative comment on my site so I can’t have that kind of thing going on here. Hope you can understand. Thanks!

  54. NAN does not list any oils for sleep disorders. You mentioned needing oils for yourself in one of your series. Please tell us what do you use and how do you use it? Thanks!

    • My sons ask for Lavender on their temples almost every night. Following are the oils that were recommended to me:

      So instead try lavender (works really well!), I find that lavender works about the same as melatonin for me (everyone is different).

      Also, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver and Sandalwood.

      They are apparently coming out w/ a sleep blend soon so I can get back to you with that. Or please reply to this or email me if you don’t hear back shortly. Thanks!

  55. Hi. I just ran across your blog and read all of them at once. I have fibromyalgia and have found EOs to be very helpful. I originally had only researched YL and DOT as I had heard they were like the cadillac version of EOs. I had settled on DOT with YL as a supplement here and there. One of the main reasons I chose DOT over YL is because I’m allergic to coconut. I have found that a lot of YL’s blends use coconut oil. There are a few in DOT but they were really nice about telling me and warning me (educational). I have found YL has more pre-blended mixes than DOT and so I chose DOT and make my own mixes without coconut oil. I’m not saying every YOL oil has it but a lot of their blends do. I would like to try a few of the Native American Nutrionals to make my own descision. Can you tell me which (if any) oils are already blended with coconut oil? Thank you for taking the time and effort and energy to research them. I may not agree with everything you posted but I do with a lot of it. And regardless of whether or not I agree, you need to be told that someone out there appreciates your opinion/findings/research and that someone is me. :)

    Thank you again,
    Rae

    • Hi there, Rae. I am sorry to hear about your fibro. I am doing so much work on my thyroid and adrenals – I had symptoms like fibro so my heart goes out to you. I wonder, and this isn’t medical advice, but have you done that kind of work and / or on heavy metals and toxins? I am still working on things, but getting better and trying some new things now, one of which seems to be quite good and I have heard others say it has helped w/ things like fibro. I do not wish to be pushy but I am happy to tell you about it if you’d like.

      In any case, back to the oils. Most companies will blend their oils, when they do, they use FCO, which is fractionated coconut oil. If the oil is mixed w/ a carrier oil it will be labeled as such on the label. This report talks more about it in the NEAT section: http://wholenewmom.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-essential-oils-before-you-buy/

      I am seeing that many of blends have FCO and non FCO options. You can buy them either way in the dropdown menu on the site. Perhaps it would help if you had a list of what blends do not have FCO? If you have an idea like that I can run it by the company. Let me know :).

  56. what oil from Native American would be similar to Thieves Oil

  57. How long do essential oils last? I had one bottle of melaluca oil that was 10 years old &. One bottle dated 2009. Are they still good?

    • This is a very difficult question to answer. What I have been told is that lot of oils oxidize and how quickly depends on how much they are exposed to oxygen — the oxidation will change the chemical percentages in the oil — it may make it less therapeutic for one use and more therapeutic for another — it all depends — basically they last a long time if stored correctly. Hope that helps. I don’t have any source I can link to – just this quote (altered a bit) from the owner of Native American Nutritionals. Thanks!

  58. Akiko Sanai says:

    Aloha!! Wow, amazing article. I tried to find out what is the difference between YL and Doterra and came to your site. I wonder if it is ok to translate in Japanese and post on my FB or blog??? If so, let me know what I need to do. Thank you for your time.

    • Hi there and thanks for your kind words. Unfortunately, I do not think that is OK. I believe that Google would consider that to be duplicate content and they do not look favorably on that. Thanks for asking, though! Did you notice I used to live in Japan? :)

  59. My eyeballs are going to pop out, is there an oil for that? 😉 Wow! This has been such an eye opening experience! So much info and so many comments, I was hooked!

    #1 THANK YOU!!! There was obviously a ton of work put into this series! And you really do take the time to graciously reply to your comments. A+

    #2 I’m new to the EO world, but I’m 99% sure I’m going to go with the NAN company. I attended a doTerra meeting last night, and while the presentation was great, I was not impressed at all with the retail pricing or the “kit” pricing of the oils. I would like to I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist and would really like to incorporate the healing power of EO into my sessions. However, I’m not crazy about the MLM idea. They seemed to hungry for me to get become a rep. (aka wellness consultant)… And with all the legal issues they are having right now in the he said/she said battle with Young Living, it’s just a turn off for both companies too me. * I’m not knocking either companies oils, just the business side of things.

    #3 At the doTerra meeting we did a sniff test between that grocery store Aucia (whatever) brand and doTerra, there was an obvious difference in the two. I don’t doubt that Aucia Cara vs NAN would show NAN to be superior as well. So my advice fellow comment readers, is to stay clear of the grocery store version of EO’s. They don’t compare.

    Okay well, I just wanted to say thanks and let you know that I’ll use your link to check out the NAN and buy when I’m ready too. Thanks again! :)

  60. ivy lou says:

    Hi i just starting on essential oils, i was looking on which to buy came across many brand but wasnt sure which to buy from, anyway i saw a video of someone using essential oil and i saw they use young living so i decided to research the brand and i tpye in young living in google went on their site saw what they had to offer anyway whenicame out of their site i saw ur page and i read ur journey and blogs also the way you answer the questions given to u, some point i lost trust in u then the next i gain it back, im a person like u if i no something not be true no way will i say it is true, om jamaican and im going to try order the NAN brand u recommend i hope it work, wish companies would see if the sell their product pure and that it works good with no harmfully cheical they would make 10 times what they or make cause which it is real people all over the world wuill buy it, exp im jamaican and if that work for me and is of the best quality i can pass on the information to my whole jamaican family even my caribbean neighbours ass well

  61. You are soooo welcome. I don’t mind MLMs (I am in a few that are different than others that I found to be waaaay too pushy and making irrational claims, etc.) but I didn’t care for Young Living or doTERRA (as you can see). Hope to see you around again. More to come…did you subscribe to my blog updates? http://mad.ly/signups/97092/join That way you won’t miss anything :).

  62. I’ve been reading your research and it’s saved me a lot of time! thank you. I have a really important the question about NAN/RMO’s claim to be organically grown, whose standards do they use to claim “organic” ? The U.S. or each individual country they source from or an international ????

  63. I am a massage therapist,too, and feel compelled to share with you that when I was researching doTerra (my sister is a rep), I found a couple of commentaries from aromatherapists who warned that if one is not a trained and/or licensed naturopath or aromatherapist, one might be setting themselves up to be sued by recommending that anyone take any EOs internally. Additionally, because EOs can be absorbed through the skin, one really needs to know what they are doing when recommending oils to be used either internally or externally, especially in the care of babies/children, or the elderly or ill. Being that I am not a trained/licensed naturopath or aromatherapist, recommending that someone take oils internally is definitely out of my “scope of practice” and would put me at risk of losing my massage license. Just food for thought.

  64. Adrienne,
    I’m so glad I found your site. Any chance you or anyone have more information on the use of essentials oils for pets. I’m going to put together a “pet emergency kit” and would like to have other input beside what I found on the “Young Living” sites. Any information is greatly appreciated. Also, any chance there is a list or anything you have what the different oils are good for and used for and how much should be used both for people and pets. Thanks so much.

  65. HI! This is from the owner of Native American Nutritionals:

    You will want to be cautious when using them on cats. Cats are highly sensitive and just having them on your own body is usually enough. With that said, the essential oils work wonderful for pets. I see quicker results with using the oils on animals than I do on people. As a rule you want to make sure you use the oil in the appropriate amount when compared to your animal’s size. A 5 lb rabbit will take a lot less oil than a 100 lb Rottweiler.

    Use the oils in the same way you would use them on yourself. Because animals are sensitive, when putting the oil on the exposed skin, it is always advisable to use a carrier oil as well. I normally use five drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil to one drop of pure essential oil. I also put them on the pads of their feet, or when I do use the pure oil it normally is just put on the fur and the animal breaths it in.

    Here are five examples that people have shared with me about using the oils on their pets.

    Example: “When my Chihuahua gets a little hyper, I rub a drop of Tranquility on the fir on his neck. It is amazing to see what happens. Normally within ten minutes he is sound asleep.”

    Example: “My dog had cancer. To combat this I started out by putting a drop of lemon oil in his water. It took him a few days to get used to it then I slowly added a little more and then a little more. I built it up to have five drops in his water bowl a day. After two months his cancer was completely gone. As an experiment I set down a bowl of regular water next to his lemon water. He ignored the regular water and would always drink the lemon water.”

    Example: “My daughter’s hamster got dropped on the floor and was injured. It could not move its back legs and would just drag them around. I got my Helichrysum italicum and put a drop right on his back. The next day he was back to normal.”

    Example: “I use the essential oils with training my horses. I have found that what would normally take me two hours to accomplish can be done in a half hour with the oils. They are wonderful to keep the animal calm and learn quicker.”

    Example: “I use the oils on my dog all the time, especially during tick and flea season. I take a 4oz or 8oz spray bottle and add drops of the oils that I want to use, shake and spray. This has really gotten to be a special time with my dog, when he sees me with the brush and the spray bottle he comes a running. He loves it. I added Lavender to the bug spray that I made and that helped to clear up the bug bites on his skin.”

  66. NEVER EVER use EO’s on cats!

  67. Adrienne,
    Thanks so much for the information and examples. I really appreciated your hard work.

    Too funny about your comparison with the bunny and Rottweiler. I have 3 Rottweilers and I also have lost a few to cancer over the years. For a while now I have been researching options for all natural care inlcuding the essential oils for pets. I ordered “The Animal Desk Reference” by Melissa Shelton and I am expecting it today. Is there a book that you recommend that explaines the different essential oils and their uses for people?

    Thank you!

  68. Thank you so, so, so much for your extensive research. I have looked online many times to determine which EO company I would like to purchase from, specially since I have dogs, and I plan to use some on them. I really like that you were upfront about your affiliation with them. You did not make yourself appear to be an expert, you only provided the information you were given. I do not like companies that make you join so that you are forced to sell to others. I simply want EOs to enhance my health and my family’s health. I went to NAN’s website and they look like a reputable company. They even have oils that similar to YL and doTerra. Because I like to support small, honest companies. I decided that I would give NAN a try. Is there any way, I could get more information regarding EOs and animals?? If so, can you email me?

  69. There’s a book by Native american nutritionals that you might like – and there’s a book mentioned in my thieves giveaway if you search on my site. I have a few other books by Young Living and doTERRA but I don’t use any of them that much – I’m hoping to do a post on books when I can :).

  70. Are any of your books for sale????

  71. Christine says:

    Hi Adrienne. Have you done that post on reference books yet? I just found your site today.

  72. Hmmm…. the young living or doterra books you mean?

  73. Wow! I have been reading your posts all night! I am eager to try the beginner sampler from NAN. I have to say you have have been quite inspiring in your responses -especially in your kindness toward many who have been less than kind towards you. Hopefully they will gain some insight not only on oils, but on what it means to show basic kindness to others. After all I am certain Jesus’ number one rule is to do everything out of a motivation of love. Anyhow, I just wanted to thank you on all your work and generosity in sharing it with those of us who would like to learn more. I still like Eden’s Garden organic oils and use most of their other oils as well. They were the company that started my journey with oils. But I am interested in a larger organic selection and am interested in how they all compare. So Thank you again. I’ll be eager to keep an eyeball on your blogs! Very well done!

  74. Thanks so much! I appreciate it. I hope that you will sign up for my email feed or the newsletter – or both! Did you see the freebies you can get? Take care.

  75. Hi Adrienne!
    Thank you so much for putting all this time and effort into this post! I for one am very grateful!
    I am very new to EO world and didn’t like the idea of signing up with a MLM company and this gave me a place to end my research. I’m looking forward to diving in with this company!
    As a Christian myself, I believe if you want to avoid any business that partners or supports anything against the bible, you should turn yourself into an organic farmer with no technology or any modern conveniences 😉 Lol!! God will write His law on the hearts of His people!!
    I can’t wait for my birthday next month to get some blends!!
    I do have a couple questions,
    My hubby thinks most of the oils I have (NOW oils are what I was introduced to and what I have local right now) stink. He doesn’t believe in the healing properties of them either!
    Any suggestions!!

    Many, many, many, many Thanks!!

  76. Hi Tammy – did you see the sale that is going on right now? http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/deals/free-kindle-books-essential-oil-sale-healthy-living-deals/ Sorry I am getting this to you late!

    I think they do work. I will be up for a little yet if you get right back to me.

    I think they for sure work but there are often other things you need to use. Many many pharmaceuticals are made from plants or are made to mimic what plants do. So they are good to use. I love the peppermint and lemongrass for tendon issues. And peppermint for headaches. Rosemary for hair growth and rosemary and clove for adrenals. There is more but you can’t expect miracles all the time. But they do work.

    Hope that helps!

  77. Whoops – missed this. I will get back to you.

  78. I love NAN as well! Thanks for all of your research!

  79. You are so welcome!

  80. I really appreciate all the hard work you have put into your blog it has been so helpful in my journey to find an essential oil company and learn more about them in general. Lately I’ve been looking into godeasana.com have you heard anything about them? Thank you again for all of the time and effort you have put in!

  81. Sorry I didn’t look into them and am just swamped. Maybe read this post and see if you can get information. I hope to write more in the future. http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/toxic-overload-health-concerns/essential-oils-testing-is-it-reliable/

  82. LionesArrisingMom says:

    Hi Adrienne,
    im a mom of 3 and i have done extensive research as well. My son who will be attending 3rd grade next year is Aspergers(high functioning autisum) and a very vocal adhd child. At times hes been on upwards of 9+ prescriptions. I was interested to see what Mr. Dean would have to suggest i try for my son. I know that autistic children have sometimes been known to have weak muscles and can also retain heavy metals. My Son has recently been tested deficient in several vitamins. I think the Medications hes on hinders him from receiving proper nutrients from foods as well as lessens his pallet of taste for the proper foods he needs.

    Thanks for your dedication and onward advice, resources, and constant feedback!
    Eager to take a closer look at NAN!

  83. Hi there. This is the response from the owner of Native American Nutritionals:

    To start out I would go with Attention Assist and the Defense supplement. (Yes there are other things you can do like the Calming oil, but I would not start there.) The Attention Assist is a gentle great oil with much success. Start out with that and put two or three drops on the chest and then any other place you want (ears, under the nose, on the bottom of the feet, top of head). Try putting it on the chest and one other place and see how your child responds best. (Often where you put it will give you better results.) Most people go with some drops on the upper chest and then 1/2 drop on each ear.

    Now the Defense has had great results with me for removing heavy metals. I have also had reports to assist with autism and other such issues. How much you give will depend on the child’s size — but an adult takes two capsule for maintenance and more for healing issues. I would start out slow and then build up. (For example: if your child is 100+ lbs I would go with starting out with one capsule in the morning for 5 days. Then start taking two capsules a day.)

    I do not like prescriptions because they are not a cure and over time do great damage so I always tell people the more raw, natural food you can eat the better. (Seeds, nuts, greens, fruits, and veggis.)

    This is not medical advice and of course, you should check w/ your physician prior to using any supplements, etc. Sorry about needing to write this :).

  84. Hi Ivy. I am sorry that in something I said you lost your trust in me. Can I ask what that was? Perhaps I worded something the wrong way. Thanks.

    I so hope you like the oils. They are a solid company from all that I can tell.

  85. I am so sorry – I have been totally swamped. I mentioned that in my previous reply to you. I hope to get to it one of these days…….

  86. Adrienne, I first want to say how impressed I am with your resolve (& abundant patience!) with getting this invaluable information out to the rest of us! I’m just now getting to this tremendous bounty of knowledge which has been given by you obviously with sincere blessings…Thank You!

    I’m a total newbie when it comes to Essential Oils & only just last year even considered that there may be bogus oils & companies out there. I cannot explain my ignorance particularly since I usually turn every potential purchase into an all-out research project!

    Thanks to You I now know how to even assess a EO company for legitimacy & reliability, this is HUGE!

    (btw To all you sceptics out there, thank you! Your natural mistrust of others has actually cleared-up some very muddy waters!)

  87. Thanks so much, Michelle! I hope to get more into oils, etc. when I have time.

  88. So glad to hear that. Thanks! Is there something specific you would like to know? I can ask for you.

  89. Daisy B says:

    I emailed NAN regarding my question about using oils on my furry girls and they answered very quickly. It took them less than 24 hours :) Here’s what I got:

    “You definitely can use our essential oils on your dog but you need to be very careful which ones you do use. Not all oils can be used on or around dogs.

    A few essential oils to consider are Immune Strength, Arthritis Plus, Copaiba, Helichrysum italicum, Frankincense, or Lavender. The best thing you can do when introducing your dog to an essential oil is to put a drop in your hand and allow him or her to smell it. You will know immediately if he or she likes it or not by their behavior. If you are diffusing an oil or blend in a room and your dog refuses to come in, you know not to use that oil or blend around him or her. Or, if your dog wants to be in the room, you’ll know he or she likes it.

    http://www.nativeamericannutritionals.com/immune-strength.htm

    You should research essential oils for dogs so you have an idea what oils you should and shouldn’t use. This online magazine has some great ideas that can help you. Most of the articles were written by a woman who is certified with Healing Touch for Animals and uses our essential oils in her practice:

    http://essentialhealth.com/?s=dogs

    Other references you should look into are the following:

    The Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals, by Melissa Shelton, DVM
    Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals, by Kristen Leigh Bell.”

    Good luck!

    Thank you!
    Markie

    Fast and very honest response :) I appreciate that they gave me references too.

  90. Yippee. So glad to hear that. Thanks!

  91. Vicky lee says:

    Hi there I did attempt to post a comment and seems like it failed xD well…I can’t see it here anyway.

    I have used the young living peppermint and haven’t found anything quite like it in the uk shops. I basically use it In my oil burner or to inhale when I’m getting ill. What do u recommend? I can’t source the NAN in uk >.>

    Much appreciated :)

  92. Hmmm…is there a reason you can’t get NAN in the UK?

  93. Please do not use EO’s in an oil burner. The heat breaks down the properties of the oils that you are trying to use. A diffuser is the best way. You can also put in a cotton ball and put it on the output vent of a humidifier. You can also just breathe it out of the bottle.

  94. I was purchasing doterra’s Lifelong Vitality Supplements, I am at a loss now what to use. Do you have a good recommendation. I would need something for an 8 yr old , 12 yr old and myself.

  95. Hello! I didn’t have the option to reply at the bottom of this discussion, so I just picked to “reply” from a random comment! LOL I thank you sooo very much for your research you have done. I was about to start my research last night on YL versus other companies and what companies offered oils that were food grade (ingestible). I use YL, but the prices are so expensive and they are out of everything I wanted to order at this current time. I have family who sells it, and I haven’t wanted to upset anyone. LOL However, I am very willing to give this company you have recommend a try! :) :) I do have a question as I am trying to place an order….I am wanting to order the Aligning (Valor), but I am confused on the blends that say “neat”. I understand that “neat” has more percentage of EO than the other, but which one compares most to the Valor from YL (“neat” or the non-neat, cheaper in price version? My YL Valor has Capric Triglyceride as its first ingredient and realize that is like a carrier oil. I definitely want the same affect from the Aligning that I get from Valor. I am so excited about the oil experience. I just started about a month ago and have been very, very pleased with the results!!!! I am excited! No wonder they used them in Biblical times for everything! Thanks again for all the research you have done. I want the very best for my family! :)

  96. HI there. Were you not able to just post a comment?

    I hope so…..

    You are very welcome!

    I am almost for sure that YL’s Valor has a carrier oil so it would be the “not neat” version. You could buy either and blend the NEAT Aligning w/ an oil of your choice. The carrier oil shouldn’t affect the outcome at all – it is meant to just make it easier to apply diluted or over a larger area. I hope that helps!

    Did you happen to see the new guide I just came out with? http://wholenewmom.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-essential-oils-before-you-buy/

  97. Well, my computer has been acting up, so no telling! 😉 Thanks for the info, and I will definitely read your new guide!

  98. Thanks and see you around!

  99. I wasn’t able to comment either for some reason. I have been using Mountain Rose for my oils but they seem to cost much less than some other companies. How would you compare them to Native?

  100. Hmmm…a replacement for the whole set? I don’t know. I do think adding the tummy tamer isn’t important – you can take it w/ food and it shouldn’t upset the tummy I would think.

    Are you trying to replace all of it?

  101. Hi there. I’m sorry but I just can’t comment on oil companies now – but you can read this post to see if they measure up http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/toxic-overload-health-concerns/essential-oils-testing-is-it-reliable/

    What I can say is the MRH told me first that they were not OK w/ internal use b/c they weren’t made in a food grade facility and then later they said that wasn’t the case. But I chose Native American before I heard that 2nd answer so I wasn’t comfortable w/ them. I have called once since but haven’t talked in detail about their sourcing so I am sticking w/ where I am for now. I would have to do a lot more investigating which I am open to but I am just swamped now.

    and I just came out w/ this guide to purchasing EOs that you might find interesting: http://wholenewmom.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-essential-oils-before-you-buy/

    Hope that helps :).

  102. It does help! Thanks so much.

  103. I have read the articles about choosing an essential oil supplier and, based on what I read, I have ordered from NAN. In the recent past, I have ordered from Young Living. I would like to know why there is a substantial price difference between what appears to be the same or similar product. A specific example: I purchased a 15ml bottle of Copaiba from YL for over $50. What appears to be the same 15ml bottle of Copaiba at NAN is approximately $17. Can you tell me a reason for the difference? I hate to say that spending more money makes a product better, but it causes me to wonder.

  104. Hi Lee. I think it all varies bottle by bottle, and I can ask NAN for sure to see what they have to say, but direct sales companies have extra costs built in to their pricing to pay for commissions and trips and bonuses, etc. One of the reps at one of the MLM essential oils companies told me that 40% of their pricing is to pay other reps.

  105. Hi, there, I have loved reading all these interesting comments!
    Quite useful information, I have been also researching the different oil companies for a few months,I started out with a few bought from the local market near me, I have also bought a few of the young living, My daughter got in on young living through a friend and swears there is nothing better, I do think they are wrong and brainwashed! I have recently had another friend introduce me to Tropical Traditions, they are imported from France, and they seam to be EXCEPTIONAL!! They always state where they were made in the other countries on their labels and only use low heat and are All Organic, I have fallen in love with these! Have you had any experience with this company or heard of them?

  106. Hi there. and thanks! I did look at them. I still went where I went. I am not able to go into details about other companies but I am still choosing NAN and RMO. You can check this post to see how they measure up: http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/toxic-overload-health-concerns/essential-oils-testing-is-it-reliable/
    and I just came out w/ this guide: http://wholenewmom.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-essential-oils-before-you-buy/

    Thanks again :).

    Oh, I can’t say that the TT oils are adulterated and I won’t say that by any means, but in all of my talking to oils companies, France came up as being an “issue” regarding that. I heard over and over again that they export more lavender oil than they grow lavender. I couldn’t verify but I heard it over and over.

  107. HI this is not a reply to that but i am not blog savy….what does NAN mean with neat and just the name listed… i couldn’t find explanations on their website (like a legend)

  108. Hi Keli. Neat means that is the oil straight. If it’s not NEAT then it is blended with a carrier oil. It is often recommended to start using oils blended w/ a carrier until you know how you react to them. Of course, with “hot” oils (they can sting) it would be recommended almost all the time. You might be interested in this post: http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oils/

    Hope that helps!

  109. Hi Amanda. Thanks for commenting. I did ask the owner of Native American Nutritionals about cats and this was his response:

    Cats are more sensitive to the oils so you only want to expose them to the oils in very, very small amounts. So if your just diffusing 15 minutes a day, the cats will be just fine. My cats have been around the oils for many, many years without any problems.

    Would you agree with that?

  110. What about having a cat & using a diffuser? Is that safe?

  111. hi, I have two cats and they are like my husbands and mines children. I see that you said never use the oils on cats but what about using a defuser in the same room as the cats? My sister who sells YL oils said it would be fine to defuse some lavender in the evening but I’m worried about how they would react to breathing the oils in. Also if I apply oils to myself and then they want to cuddle…. Things like that. Would it be safe for me to topically use the oils or defuse the oils if the cats are near me or in the same room?

  112. Good afternoon Adrienne,

    Thank you sooo much for such a great research, I have been using DoTerra for couple of months but like you said I really don’t like the fact that they push too much for sale. However, I am planning to follow your recommendation and go with Native American Nutritionals. I was also wondering if you have any recommendations for me on where to buy EndoFlex essential oil for Thyroid problems? your opinion much appreciate it. Thanks a lot ?

  113. Hi there and thanks for writing. You are very welcome.

    NAN’s Lymph Detox would be comparable to EndoFlex.

    I hope you enjoy it.

  114. If he’s referring to merely exposing a cat to EO’s indirectly, say, by way of diffusing oils in the same room that a cat might wander into, then yeah I guess that’s okay. However, what you NEVER want to do is apply the oils directly onto a cats skin or fur… and certainly not allow them to ingest it directly. Cats are extremely sensitive to strong scents, and if you attempt to apply any EO onto their fur or skin you will immediately see the cat angrily trying to lick it off of themselves as they do not like for anything to overpower or mask their own natural scent! If you’ve ever been around cats for any length of time then you’ve probably noticed that they spend a considerable portion of their waking hours rubbing themselves on every object in sight. What they are doing here is “scenting” things around them via their scent glands, and they do this specifically to mark their territory. Cats are very territorial creatures, and so they must be able to scent things unimpeded in order for them to feel comfortable and at ease in their environment. EO’s would interfere with this instinctual feline habit considerably… beside it also being bad for their health in general. Hope that helps. =)

  115. Yes, that is what he meant. Thanks for all of the extra great information! Fabulous.

  116. Hi there. I’m chiming in for a sec – this is from the owner of Native American Nutritionals. Hope it helps.

    Cats are more sensitive to the oils so you only want to expose them to the oils in very, very small amounts. So if your just diffusing 15 minutes a day, the cats will be just fine. My cats have been around the oils for many, many years without any problems.

  117. Of course, please don’t construe that as medical advice for your animal :).

  118. I guess if you are medically advising that someone do it you could get in trouble. But I am not doing that. It’s all murky, isn’t it?

  119. Exactly ! They are extremely concentrated , it doesn’t matter how pure they are!
    Our livers aren’t designed to filter and process essential oils. It can be toxic. Read
    The chemical analysis. The chemist recommends to not take the oils internally
    Because he knows how damaging it is to the liver and other organs.
    An essential oil is a man made form from the plant. It’s not the intended use
    For the plant.

  120. “take oils internally is definitely out of my “scope of practice””… instead take Flower Essence, they are the best in that regard.

  121. Awesome! Thank you!

  122. Hi Adrienne,

    Thank you for all of your hard work. I’m a YL user but you have given me much to think about. If you don’t mind, though, I would like to give my input on something. I know that you (understandably) were annoyed with Dr. Robert Pappas and felt compelled to put [sic] after every time he wrote something grammatically incorrect. To be true to the “unbiased” investigative reporter that you strive to be, you should also have put a [sic] in the owner of NAN’s reply when he incorrectly uses the possessive “your” in this statement:

    “So if your [sic] just diffusing 15 minutes a day, the cats will be just fine.”

    I know it’s minor but I would recommend you being consistent citing grammatical errors, whether you like the person or not, just to give your critics one fewer item of which to be critical! :)

  123. Hi there and thanks. I will try to watch this in the future. I think I maybe was paying more attention to things I was writing in a post rather than in comments – could that be the case? Thanks again.

  124. Hi Brenda,

    Here are some thoughts on internal use from Native American Nutritionals and Rocky Mountain Oils (I have added some changes for grammar / spelling errors so it reads more easily):

    Pappas is one opinion and … [his opinion] is actually greatly outnumbered in this space. …the FDA… says it [oils] is safe for internal use which is the GRAS list without any dosage limits.

    Official FDA Gras List document for essential oils: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=182.20

    I don’t suggest every oil be taken internally, but the ones on the gras list would be fine. Do you really think the FDA would put a blind statement up saying that lavender oil is safe for internal use without doing their own research? Also, the FDA research is scientifically backed and the studies are done correctly by qualified professionals….

    Because lets [sic} be honest if its true that if its as dangerous as he says it is (that even a fraction of a drop can cause long term damage to a child), then I agree that this should be carefully administered and only sold by qualified institutions and professionals. But so far, there is no evidence indicating that his claims are accurate. Essential oils are used by tens of millions of people every year, virtually all of which are “untrained” in the use of them, and we have still seen no side effects arise even across these millions of cases. And this includes some of our customers that use WAY TOO MUCH (even in my opinion) …. When I say way too much, I mean customers that use 20+ drops a day.

    Then again. No one is forcing you to take it internally. You can use it topically or aromatically both of which in my opinion is actually a more powerful method.

    So all I am saying is that its important to look at the bigger picture. I know that Dr. Pappas makes a scary argument. But …they are unqualified. If oils are truly that dangerous then we would have at least a handful of injury cases arise each year and we aren’t seeing basically anything, even across millions of uses.

    I am as interested in safety as everyone else. But so far NAN has never in its 15 years of business ever had a reported injury (which trust me lawyers would make sure we knew about). So I can assure you that there is nothing to be concerned about.

    Essential oils are not “man made form” of the plant. They are naturally occurring enzymes in the living plant. This is why its important to distill quickly after harvest, because those living enzymes die as the plant dies. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years (first known use was with the ancient Egyptians). They were used throughout india, the renaissance, they helped spice traders survive the black plague, and were used heavily by native americans when the europeans reached the US. Granted, technology has greatly improved, allowing them to be far more concentrated than ever before. But the oils themselves are not manmade. They are intended for healing the plant and fighting diseases which is what we use them for ourselves.

    I hope that helps.

  125. Hi there. This is the response from the owner of NAN. I hope this helps :). I would personally think cuddling is like having a diffuser on but I am not certain about that.

    You will want to be cautious when using them on cats. Cats are highly sensitive and just having them on your own body is usually enough. With that said, the essential oils work wonderful for pets. I see quicker results with using the oils on animals than I do on people. As a rule you want to make sure you use the oil in the appropriate amount when compared to your animal’s size. A 5 lb rabbit will take a lot less oil than a 100 lb Rottweiler.

    Use the oils in the same way you would use them on yourself. Because animals are sensitive, when putting the oil on the exposed skin, it is always advisable to use a carrier oil as well. I normally use five drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil to one drop of pure essential oil. I also put them on the pads of their feet, or when I do use the pure oil it normally is just put on the fur and the animal breaths it in.

  126. Hi, I have bought oils for my cat with breathing problems from Dr. Shelton. She is a veterinarian and sells Animal EO.

  127. Thanks for your blog. I”m new to the EO business and your thoughtful and well researched information has been very valuable.

    One point I would like to make regarding Native American Nutritionals is the use of their name. While reading their website and after contacting them, I’ve surmised that what the owner has engaged in is an act of CULTURAL APPROPRIATION. While they may be a good business, have good quality oils, etc. I refuse to give them my business because the owner WHO IS NOT NATIVE AMERICAN has chosen to mislead his customers and the public by saying the business is owned by a Native American, and that he has learned to become a “shaman” and that “anyone can do it” (become a shaman). This is all absolutely absurd and is a theft of the culture of Indigenous peoples of the America’s. When I inquired by email, someone from the company finally told me that NO, the owner is in fact, NOT Native American. So why use this name? For profit that’s why. Why mislead people into thinking he IS Native American with some special sacred knowledge he is going to share with you if you buy his products? FOR PROFIT. That in my book, is unethical. So no matter how good this company may be in terms of their quality of essential oils, I will never purchase from them or promote them, and will tell every group, blog, etc. that I see, about the misinformation and theft the owner has engaged in. Yes, it is THEFT of culture. And we have had enough of it.

  128. Hi Ellyn. I hope this response from Native American Nutritionals help. Thanks for commenting:

    Thank you for bringing these concerns to our attention. I appreciate your honest feedback and candid thoughts. Our Main concern is providing the highest quality essential oils as possible to the masses at an affordable price. During our journey as a company, we started as a supplier specifically to Native American Tribes who used our products for sacramental healing. We worked very closely with them to supply oils that met the strict standards they required, and they were grateful for our efforts. That was 15 years ago and since then, the culture has changed where Essential oils have become more mainstream for everyday families. During this time, the people we supply oils to has evolved and changed. While we still do sell to Native American Tribes, it has become a very small portion of our business.

    Our intention was never to take advantage of the Indigenous people, in fact we were supporting them. As the landscape of this industry has changed concerns such as the one you address have become more important for us to address and we truly recognize that. We have several announcements coming up soon to help deal with this concern.

  129. Colleen Williams says:

    Dear Ellyn,
    Native American Nutritionals….The name is highly misleading, and regardless of their business with “Native American Tribes”, it is unethical to use.
    I thank-you very much for bringing this to Adrienne’s attention, as well as the attention of others on her blog site.
    It is an important issue in the evaluation of any company she recommends. I intend to write to the company also, and will post this info on other sites to help educate others.

    Yes, the landscape has changed and if this company wants to continue to support native peoples and show respect for our culture the name needs to be changed. I would gladly do business with them at that point.

  130. Hi and sorry for the delay in responding. I’ve been inundated here. The company started by providing oils to the Native Americans and the owner was adopted in in order to be able to give medical advice. At least that is how I understand it. It wasn’t to take advantage of anyone. I hope that clears things up. Their customer base has changed a great deal and many changes are coming. I hope you will not give up on them — take care :)!

  131. Thank you so much for all of this research and information! I got a Young Living starter kit recently, which I think was a great deal for the money, but I have been annoyed at shipping costs for ordering any more oils a la carte and am excited to try NAN. However, I do have to say it’s a bit unfair to criticize any MLM for spending 40% of their take from sales on commissions and incentives for their consultants. Any business spends about that much on its “middlemen,” usually clearing about a 40-50% total profit. As someone actively building a MLM business (not an EO company) I appreciate that others are willing to see me as their “store” for my products. I love supporting other MLM owners as well, and much prefer to see my 30-40% go to WAHMs like me rather than to Target or Wal-Mart employees.

  132. Hi there. I don’t know that I was really criticizing — or just pointing it out. But I think it’s important for folks to know what is going on. Since this post I did more talking to others about MLMs and found out that it is probably true that some MLMs spend even more on advertising than non MLMs – if you see all the glossies, big trips, and such that some of these companies put out it is a pretty big deal. I of course don’t have any figures on it but when I see some of the MLM income I am pretty amazed at it. I am totally not anti-MLM. Just some structures and companies are better than others in different ways. Thanks for commenting :).

  133. So the Native American nutritionals are the best way to go over doterra and young living? Looking into getting some oils started and not sure where to begin. I want a starter kit but the NAN is sold out. I’m willing to wait if as you say it’s the best and most natural? Thanks for all your research on this!

  134. I personally think so. I left both companies for several reasons. I’ll check on the kit arrivals.

  135. Thanks for the quick response!

    I’m anxious to get started! Emailed the NAN company and they weren’t sure when they’d have more kits. They were hoping in the next week or so. If you know of anywhere else I can get them let me know. Thanks again for your help and research!

  136. Or are there oils you recommend to get started?

  137. Maybe you could get the oils you want most from the kit and buy individual oils?

  138. Oh – that is hard. Depends on what you are looking to do. I regularly use peppermint and lavender. Lemongrass for tendon stuff. Rosemary and now even Ravintsara for hair growth. Trying to think what else….let me know what you are thinking you are in need / want of and maybe I can help more. Thanks!

  139. I don’t even know where to begin because I don’t know what all the oils help with. I’m a newbie to it all and haven’t read much into it hence why I was thinking the starter kit was the way to go! I’d love something to help with: dry scalp, hair growth, headaches, fatigue, fertility, bloating, seasonal allergies, anxiety, stress, insomnia, foggy head. Just to name a few! 😉

    Thanks for your help!

  140. OK- so I’ll tell you my thoughts and of course this isn’t medical advice. Dry scalp – I don’t know. Hair growth I use rosemary, ylang, (need to buy that), peppermint and ravintsara. They have a nice hair growth blend that looks amazing. I have used peppermint for headaches but they have a good blend or 2 as well. Fertility I would look at the Feminine Aid? Anxiety –

    I am really thinking – have you looked at gut health and candida? And adrenal issues? I have so many thoughts. Let me know.

  141. Hi there. I just got these oil recommendations from the company. Of course, this doesn’t imply that they can cure these conditions, but that they can support your body.

    Dry Scalp = Tea Tree is super famous for helping with this
    Hair Growth = Hair Support, we have had lots of people write us in telling us how it has helped their hair grow back. Here is one story: http://essentialhealth.com/2013/06/customer-story-using-hair-support-to-stop-balding/
    Headaches = Peppermint is famous for this
    Fatigue = Sports Pro, True Blue, Aligning will help with easing the fatigue. Calming, Energize, Geranium, Vetiver will help with preventing fatigue.
    Fertility = Rose is the #1 oil for this, and Geranium is second. Try blend of rose, rubbing it on your pelvis each night. People have claimed to be extremely fertile after a few weeks of doing this.
    Bloating = Ginger before meals will improve digestion. ultimate flora and ultimate enzymes (supplements) work wonders with improving digestion. I have personal experience with it.
    Allergies = Black Cumin is the most popular choice for this one. Also Ultimate Defense (supplement).
    Anxiety = Peace and Calming (personal fav), calming, tranquility all work well.
    Stress = basically the same as above
    Insomnia = Roman Chamomile is most popular, it is a natural sedative. Also Clary Sage.
    Foggy Head = Clarity, Citrus Oils, Peppermint, Tea Tree.

  142. I will look into those oils.

    Candida you’re saying look into as the possible issue of the others? Or look into an oil to help guy health, candida and adrenal issues?

    Thanks for all your answers. They’re helping so much! But also in
    Just starting to think a starter kit would be so easier since it’s all so very overwhelming!!

  143. I am saying that I wouldn’t depend only on oils for these conditions. They can support your body but I would be looking deeper into more options. For me, I have done the candida diet, a lot of gut work, and heavy metals work and now am using a heavy duty antioxidant. I am thinking I should write a post about my “must have” supplements. I was just thinking about this last night. I would do probiotics, digestive enzymes, HCl, selenium, Mg, and this antioxidant: https://naturespearlproducts.com/wholenewmom

    Does that help? :).

  144. Yes thank you that does help!

    And yes you should do a post on that! And also one on the candida diet! I’ve heard bits and pieces about candida but just haven’t committed to trying the diet to see if that’s what my issues stem from. With the possibility of some type of unexplained infertility now I’m wondering if I need to look into it and committ!

    Thanks again for all your help! Placing an order today for my oils and hoping it comes with instructions!

  145. Search candida in the search bar. There are a few posts you should read. You’re very welcome. I will start working on the post.

  146. I was grazing through the discussions below after reading the blog post but after seeing your comment I felt compelled to reply. If you’re dealing with infertility and trying to become/stay pregnant, I really recommend you look into red raspberry leaf. Very effective and quick results, from what I’ve seen. :)