Which Essential Oils Company is Best? ~ Part 6–Personal Attacks, Bias, and Distillation

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Before I move on to the controversial issues in this post, here are the links to the other posts in this series.

Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – Part 1
Best Essential Oils -What a Good Oils Company Should Have – Part 2
Which Essential Oils Company is Best – Troubles with the Oils Industry – Part 3
– Young Living vs. doTERRA – Part 4
Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5
Announcing “the Best” Essential Oils Company – Part 7 **

**Attention** – Some readers say that they can’t access the Part 7.  If that is a problem for you, could I ask you to comment or email me at wholenewmom{at} gmail {dot} com, and you can go to this post to get access to the company that I chose.  Is Essential Oils Testing Reliable?

Now, back to the controversy.

I am typically not a fan of sensationalist titles for posts, but in this case, I kind of couldn’t resist.

First of all, I need to apologize that I am going to have to push out the “announcement” day of the Best Essential Oils Series–just one more day.

Why?  Let me explain.

I really didn’t want to do this, but I felt that with all the controversy going on regarding my review process that I should take time to address more issues that have come up during this series.  I want you to know that I am doing my homework and that I take what I am doing very seriously.

If you’ve been following along with the whole Best Essential Oils series, and have read the comments, you’ve seen that there have been a number of statements made, mostly by Dr. Robert Pappas.  What you may not know is that he has been commenting about my posts, and my blog, on his Facebook page, and has private messaged me on Facebook a number of times.

I’ve had a load of stuff on my plate these past few weeks (meh–still do), so it has taken me awhile to do enough research into some of his more scientific statements so that I could respond intelligently.

Today I am going to do so.  Because of the subject matter, this is going to be a much more lengthy post than usual, but I really thought it all needed to be addressed.

 1.  Source of Information

Pappas has insinuated, or directly asserted, that some of my statements with which he disagrees originated with Young Living (YL).  That is completely not true.  Here is one of his quotes from the comments on Part 4 of the Best Essential Oils Series:

Hi, just wanted to clear up some things concerning your comments about 1st, 2nd, 3rd distillations because this is an area of misinformation that, as far as I can tell, originates from the YL reps going back quite a number of years and just never seems to die down.

This is just one of many claims that I am repeating information from YL.

Yes, I was a Young Living rep, but interestingly enough, the information that I got about these distillations of peppermint came from doTERRA’s support.  You can see this in the next section about distillation.

2.  Distillation of oils -1st, 2nd, 3rd and Complete

At the center of a lot of the controversy regarding my oils series is the distillation methods of oils, particularly peppermint.

I stated in Part 4 that doTERRA’s peppermint oil was a “complete distill.”  Here is Pappas response from the comments:

“Who was it that told you their oil was “complete”? The word “complete” is not even a word that anyone in the essential oil industry would even use to describe a peppermint oil. Complete is used to describe a grade of Ylang Ylang oil and thats [sic] about it. Generally the best therapeutic oils also smell the best, at least thats [sic] been my experience.”

Here is an excerpt from the email that I received from the assistant to Dr. Hill, Chief Medical Advisor for doTERRA.  Please note that she both uses the word “complete” and also discusses the 3 distillation stages to describe doTERRA’s peppermint.

Please apologize to her [Adrienne], I’m not sure why she didn’t receive the
response.  You can let her know that our Peppermint uses complete
distillation.  There is 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and complete and we use complete.

I hope this is helpful!

Thanks,


Haylee Caplin
doTERRA Product Support

Pappas also commented:

Anyway, regarding peppermint (and essential oils in general for that matter), there typically is no such concept as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd distillation.

and then later in a comment that I hadn’t approved until now (because I wanted to do more research before putting the information out there):

As for your question about the “1st distillation” I am guessing you might not have read my post completely about this or perhaps you just don’t believe me but this term is NEVER used in the industry and I would strongly recommend that you not use it either because its [sic] a misleading term. There is typically only ONE steam distillation of an oil to remove the oil from its plant material. When people say 1st distillation or 2nd distillation it conjures up images of redistilling the already spent botanical to get a less inferior oil. Nobody does this.

Well, this is a lot of info to digest, but here goes.

First of all, there are a host of references to these 1st, 2nd, and 3rd distillations that I found.

References to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Distillations from Oils Companies

These are references to this kind of distillation that I easily found doing an internet search:

1.  “Even an oil which is quite truthfully described as pure may be of poor quality, and therefore of less value  therapeutically.  IF AN ESSENTIAL OIL COSTS MUCH LESS THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT  TO PAY FOR IT, the oil may well be a third or fourth distillate from a batch of plant material which has already  yielded the greater part of its properties to the first or second distillation.” Aromatherapy An A-Z, by Patricia Davis, 1988, reprinted 1994, Saffron Walden, The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd., England, pp. 278-280.

2.  “LOW PRICES MAY ALSO MEAN THE OIL IS A SECOND OR THIRD DISTILLATION OF THE PLANT  MATERIAL, in which case it will have far less therapeutic value.” – from Holistic Aromatherapy, A. Berwick, 1994, Llewellyn Pub., St. Paul, MN pp. 168.

3.  Brambleberry.com sells different distillations of peppermint oils.  From their site: Peppermint Essential Oil (1st distillation)This is an herbaceous, sweet smelling peppermint. It is less brisk smelling than the 2nd distillation and contains slightly less menthol

4.  From Mountain Rose Herbs’ website: “All of the oils offered by Mountain Rose Herbs are derived from the first distillation–never the second, third or fourth!”

5.  From The Herbs Place:  “Oil comes from the first distillations of the raw plant material.” when referring to why their oils are therapeutic grade.

I personally spoke with several people in the EO field and this is what I have heard (of course, given the scope of this post, this is a summary only).

1.  Most plants are distilled only once because they don’t produce enough oil for multiple distillations.

2.  Peppermint is an interesting plant in that it yields more oil than most others.  As such, large farms and distilleries extract a bunch of oil from the peppermint plant

Smaller farms do a first distillation of peppermint that they sell to oils companies for the highest price.

The peppermint is then re-distilled at a higher pressure and higher temperature for a 2nd distill, and the resulting oil is sold for less money to soap companies, and the like, that want a lower cost oil, but still desire a slightly “herby” smell.

The plant is then re-distilled one more time at a yet higher temperature and pressure for a 3rd distill, which is sold to companies wanting the candy-cane smelling oil.

Pappas has a lot of knowledge about essential oils that I don’t have, but there are a lot of people using these terms in the industry, including those at doTERRA.  So it’s clearly a very complicated matter that people have different opinions (including professional opinions) about.

UPDATE 8/16:

As you can probably tell, this distillation issue is very complicated.

Since this series was published, I was given more information from other experts (a distiller and chemists) in the field stating the following about essential oils and the distillation process:

However it is possible to distill one charge of plant using different configurations. The [sic} distiller … could be, for example, performing an atmospheric pressure distillation of the plant for 10 minutes, then increasing the pressure for another period and so on. As long as there is still essential oil in the plant matter this is possible. The more volatile and nice smelling aromatics will be trapped within the first “phase” of an operation like this and subsequent processing will extract higher boiling point components; as the distillation progresses, the compounds will become less desirable, therefore cheaper.

Basically, it’s a very confusing issue as to why some peppermint oils smell ultra sweet and others do not.  Perhaps something is being taken out of the oil after distilling. In the case of oils that are not pure, something may be added in.  There might be some peppermint oils that are referred to as this “first distillation” that are being sold as being therapeutically superior, but that would be a subjective decision and likely most aromatherapists would want all of the components of the oil, except in the case of ylang ylang (see the following information).

The basic thing to keep in mind through all of this is that you want to purchase your essential oils from a company that you trust to sell only quality, pure, unadulterated oils from indigenous locations.

3.  Ylang Ylang is an exception to this rule.  It is distilled first for a short time, yielding the most coveted “ylang ylang extra.”  The distiller is shut down, the oil collected, and then it is distilled further to produce “ylang ylang 1.”  (UPDATE: I just heard that most distillers don’t shut down the distiller, but merely change out the containers to keep the oil grades separate and continue distilling.)  This continues to subsequently produce “ylang ylang 2” and “ylang ylang 3.”  Then, all 4 varieties of ylang ylang are combined to make “ylang ylang complete,” which is preferred by some, but is priced lower than “ylang ylang extra.”

 3.  Bias and Motivation

On his Facebook page, Pappas and his followers have talked about what my motives are:

Perhaps it will all be clear on Tuesday when she makes her great reveal….I can’t help but question the motives here.

There were also numerous statements by Pappas that his company doesn’t sell oils, but that he is merely an unbiased chemist who educates and tests oils for various companies.

He is the man who tests oils for doTERRA.  That means he is inherently biased.  doTERRA pays him to authenticate the quality of their oils so, I don’t see how it could be that he doesn’t have an interest in their oils being represented as being superior.

If doTERRA does well, Pappas does well.  At least on some level.

Again, as for my bias, it is for finding an oils company with the best qualities that I can find, at the best price.

Nothing more.  If the company that I recommend ends up having ethical or quality issues, then I won’t recommend them anymore.  Plain and simple.

There are loads of money-making opportunities that I have passed up because I can’t, in good conscience, take them.  I have blocked the URL’s of companies whose ads I disapprove of, all which have led to less income for me.

One other point that I am a little confused about: Pappas has said over and over again that he is very concerned that I am putting out wrong information about the oils.  I am a lover of information as well, so I appreciate that.

However, in one of his comments to me, regarding my questioning why Emily Wright and David Hill are spreading apparently incorrect information about their peppermint oil, his reply was:

What they say in their marketing is not something I concern myself with with, just as its not my concern what any other company who sends me samples for analysis does with their marketing descriptions.

I don’t understand why Pappas thinks it’s crucial to correct apparent misinformation that comes from me, but not misinformation that comes from what is likely his main employment source, and one of the biggest sources of EO information in the U.S.

4.  Vomit and Peppermint Oil

Sorry for the sensationalist title here.

In the comments section of Part 4 of the series, Pappas states:

The thing about peppermint oil is that when its [sic] freshly distilled it contains very tiny amounts of some sulfurous components as well as some small aldehydes (namely isomers of isovaleraldehyde, also found in vomit) that, while minuscule in percentage, are such powerful components that you can smell them at ppm levels. The effects of these components can be minimized with age and evaporation because they are very volatile, but another way to get rid of these undesirables is to take the crude freshly distilled oil and then use a different distillation setup to fractionally vacuum distill away this tiny amount oil, thus giving the remaining oil a much better flavor, sweeter aroma…

Well, again, I am not an expert here, but I looked up isovaleraldehyde and vomit and there were no mentions of isovaleraldehyde being in vomit.  The only connections between the two seem to be that exposure to isovaleraldehydes can lead to vomiting.  I would need to see sources for this information because I couldn’t find any.  In fact the main (almost all) results of my search were only Pappas stating this on my blog and on various Facebook pages.

Additionally, even if isomers of isovaleraldehyde are in vomit, that does not make them problematic.  For example, water and stomach acid are in vomit and so is food.  I drink water and eat food daily and I even take stomach acid to aid digestion and it basically served as a cure for rosacea for me.

I can understand some people finding the “herby” smell of 1st distill (or non re-distilled) peppermint to not be as pleasing as the “candy cane” smelling peppermint (like doTERRA’s).  However, that does not mean that it induces nausea.  In fact, peppermint oils that have not been redistilled, or adulterated / changed by vacuuming are regularly used for nausea and digestive upset.  See my post on Peppermint and nausea.

5.  Moderating of Comments – Am I Just Censoring?

Pappas and his followers have commented numerous times that I am not approving his and other related comments.

Here is one quote from his Facebook page (which contains numerous postings which insult me):

In case anyone has been following the discussion over at The Whole New Mom blog there was a post from Adrienne directed to me that never did get answered. I actually did answer her questions but for some reason my answer was never approved to be public. Since there where people here waiting for my response I am posting it here how it should have read, in case anyone was wondering what my answer was.

and this:

Wonder why she is too afraid to let me post unmoderated and she let you right on through. This is just too weird. It feels like I am dealing with YOU KNOW WHO LOL

The “YOU KNOW WHO” that Pappas is referring to seems to be a large essential oil Direct Sales Company, or at least that’s the best I can ascertain, based on his previous comments.

and this:

Thanks Syl [meaning Sylla Shephard Hangar, mentioned below] great to see you back into things as well. She had posted here, unmoderated I might add LOL

First of all, comments on Facebook, to my knowledge, can’t be moderated once they are posted.  They can only be deleted (or edited) by the admin of a page or edited or deleted by the person who posted them.  So Facebook comments and blog comments are completely different things.

On my blog, I do have all comments moderated.  I do that so that I can monitor what is going on on my blog and keep folks from link dropping (some of which can go to places w/ malware or simply be blatant self-promoting), plus I keep foul language, etc. off of my blog.

When there are particularly intense comments, I take awhile to respond and yes, sometimes comments fall through the cracks.  But I am not moderating them in order to censor people.  To the contrary, I think that I approve many more negative comments than most bloggers.  I enjoy the back and forth of ideas and think it’s healthy for the “marketplace of ideas.”  Many bloggers consider negative comments to be from trolls and so they delete and and all – but I don’t do that.

But I do not think verbal abuse and rude behavior is OK.

Many bloggers moderate comments and I have only once, in 2 years of blogging, had someone email me to ask why I hadn’t approved their comment.  In this case, Pappas private messaged me on Facebook several times, asking me why I wasn’t approving his.  (I have heard that now you need to pay to private message non-friends on Facebook, but I haven’t verified this yet.)

However, one thing that really concerns me is his (and his followers’) accusations on his Facebook page  that I am not willing to get the truth out or that I have something to hide.  To the contrary, that is why I held comments in moderation–because I wanted time to get to the bottom of things as best as I could before posting their information.

Some examples of what has been said about me:

By Pappas:

Wow, I guess this is what happens when people start fearing having other people around who know more than they do. Instead of wanting to learn more themselves they turn to protection mode so they can be the star of the show. Sad really. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt, even defended her a couple of times. It is upsetting though when she directed questions specifically at me and I attempted to answer but she won’t let me respond so people think I just chose to ignore her. Oh well, I have enough to keep me busy anyway. Thanks for trying.

I am not someone who fears having others with whom I disagree around.  I thrive on learning and have been interviewing many companies in preparation for this series.

And I will do so again in a future series on Heavy Metal Toxicity.

Here is another comment by Ann McIntire Wooledge:

She has really started a stir and I guess that’s what she planned on, but she is ultimately making herself look rather uninformed and UNeducated. The best thing she could do now is to just admit she doesn’t even know what a chemical constituent is and much less how to decide where would be the best company to buy essential oils – and stop this stupidity.

and more (this by Pappas):

That blog site is the most confusing I have seen in a while. I cannot even see a link to Part 5, how the heck did you find it?

and yet another (by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger):

scrolled thru the nonsense of her facebook page to find

one more by “Cher Aromapothecare”

Excellent reply Dr. P. (The girl could use a class). I agree, CO2 (or perhaps florasols) would be maybe a little closer representation of a plant but even that’s a stretch.

more (this by Pappas):

What really ticks me off about is that she makes some honest mistakes concerning essential oils in general that alot [sic] of people make, then I go on there and write an in depth post to clear some things up and she doesn’t let it through. I don’t know maybe I am taking this too personal. I really don’t care who she concludes is the best oil company I only wanted to clear up misconceptions and general points. It reminds me of when I posted on some YL rep sites to get them good info only to be banned because the facts were not jiving with the programming from their messiah [sic].

and finally (again by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger)

 all we can do is expose her and better yet the statements….its given me plenty of fodder for my new blog series!!!

Enough,eh?  I frankly am really disgusted by this behavior.

I am really disappointed at the behavior and negative comments thrown my way throughout this and hope that they will stop.

6.  About Me

Just to set the record straight, I don’t typically post my own “credentials,” but in this case I think they are warranted.
I don’t have an advanced degree, but the learning I have done since my undergraduate degree has been extensive.

Here is my background:

1.  Top of my class in high school from a top level school.
2.  Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Virginia, one of the top 15 schools in the country.
3.  Echols Scholar at The University of Virginia.  Admission to the Echols Scholar program is made based on “In brief, the Office of Admission looks for academic excellence, intellectual leadership, and evidence of the ability to grapple with complex topics.” (Source).  Apparently this group is representative of the top 2% of the University.  Graduated with a 3.97 GPA.
4.  Taught Equity Options Valuation at the Chicago Board of Trade to options traders and MBAs
5.  Worked as a Manager in Employee Benefits
6.  Independent Life, Health, and Disability Agent for 7+ years
7.  Taught in Japan for one year and achieved near conversational fluency.
8.  Research-minded mom of a child with life-threatening food allergies.
9.  If I might jokingly add this, one of my local friends has called me the “investigative reporter” of health food and products.  ;-).

Basically, what I am saying here is…I am not a genius, but I am not an intellectual slouch either.  I don’t mean this to discredit anyone else, but I am a deep thinker and am very concerned about excellence in research and learning and in conveying accurate information to you.

One final point.  A few folks on Pappas’ Facebook page have commented that I have removed links to Pappas’ Facebook page and website.  At first, I left all links left by Pappas and his followers, but I ended up going back through and deleting them because they were:

1.  excessive and
2.  resulted in basically blatant self-promoting.

Pappas doesn’t allow advertising for oils companies on his page and I am choosing not to permit promotion of sites that deride my character in this manner.  At the beginning of this matter, Pappas seemed to be congenial, but as you can see from the comments above, that has changed.

If Pappas’ and his followers’ behavior changes and I receive an apology that is not followed by more maligning, then I will consider allowing the links.

7.  Troubling Questions

One thing that surprised me is that I think that the concerns I posted about Young Living were more controversial, and yet, to my knowledge, I haven’t received any negative comments from any YL reps.  When I signed up with doTERRA I heard from a lot of reps how negative and accusatory they felt the YL reps were.
Not in my experience.

Just to make it clear: I am not saying that Robert Pappas doesn’t have significant qualifications.  He has extensive studies in the chemistry of oils and I don’t.  Clearly there must be a reason or reasons for the differing facts here, or at least there is a different way of looking at the industry.

– Is it because he is mainly a chemist and the former owner of The Perfumery?
– Is it because he worked for / was closely connected with doTERRA?
– Why does he concern himself so much about what “little old me” says when the owners of doTERRA contradict each other–and him–while speaking around the world, via meetings, videos and more, to audiences much bigger than mine?
– Why has he spilled so much electronic ink to challenge and insult me when none of the other oils companies that have been critiqued in my posts have expressed any concern?

I don’t know.  I am just trying to share what I am learning so that you can make a better decision about what kind of oils you want to use for therapeutic usage for your family.

To see the other Best Essential Oils Posts:

Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – Part 1
Best Essential Oils -What a Good Oils Company Should Have – Part 2
Which Essential Oils Company is Best – Troubles with the Oils Industry – Part 3
– Young Living vs. doTERRA – Part 4
Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5
Announcing “the Best” Essential Oils Company – Part 7 **

**ATTENTION!!!** – Some readers say that they can’t access the Part 7.  If that is a problem for you, could I ask you to comment or email me at wholenewmom{at} gmail {dot} com, and you can go to this post to get access to the company that I chose.  Is Essential Oils Testing Reliable?  I apologize and we are working hard to rectify the situation.**

I’m sure your head is spinning just like mine was.  I really only wanted to find the company that would provide high quality oils for my family at a decent price, without a bunch of headaches and extra costs attached to it. But I ended up with quite a headache here.
One thing that really interests me is making my own essential oils blends.
This book has loads of essential oils blends in it as well as information about sourcing your own medicinal herbs.  Fascinating!
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  1. I will never buy from Doterra or Young Living simply because of their unsafe practices. Telling everyone its ok to ingest oils. I was following YL on facebook and one oil user had health complications from ingesting oils, she posted on their page letting people know of the danger and her post was removed.. other people began to question why it was deleted as it seemed deceitful.. I posted a comment questioning it as well and that i didnt believe in ingesting without a drs help.. I was sent a private message from the admin. saying my opinion was “harassing and unwelcomed” and was booted from the group.. .That was the 3rd time in one week I had seen them delete posts that werent so nice about their oils.. I have chosen to use Edens Garden and Plant Therapy, they have great prices and all when you pull up any oil you can see the batch report right there .. Call up YL or DT and ask for the GC/MS reports… they wont give them to you .. why is that ???

    • I don’t believe that EG and PT are able to trace the GC/MS to any particular bottle. You can do that with the company I chose. I am very upset about all the ingesting advice. Good call.

      • I’m fairly new to EO and enjoyed this read even though it’s the only one of yours I’ve read, I plan on reading the others now too. But just in reading these comments and seeing this last one about ingesting oils, I currently use lemon oil in my water everyday. I guess I never though about asking how safe it is which sounds kind of stupid now lol. Is it unsafe? I was ordering oils from Edens Garden just for aromatherapy purposes but recently a coworker who sells YL told me I should order through her and that she ingests lemon oil. I then started to as well but would like your opinion. Also, I watched a couple videos of Dr. pappas on YouTube and thought they were pretty informative and I thought his education of the oils to be impressive but how sad that you were treated that way by him and his followers. You keep doing what your doing because I very much enjoyed this and can’t wait to read more!

        • Hi Amanda. I used to think it was OK to ingest EOs, but now I do not. I think you need to be really careful. First of all, they are very strong and could interact with things / cause complications. However, many of the oils like lemon are hot or antibacterial. As such, I think they could cause changes to the microbiome. I personally don’t think it’s a good idea to be ingesting on a regular basis. I can’t find reliable information on how much lemon it takes to make 1 drop of lemon oil, but I would just be careful. Pappas is an intelligent man, but I wasn’t happy w/ his treatment of me either. I never said I was an expert — just trying to find a company that I can really trust.

          • Thank you for your response. I loved reading your series on the oils and I want to try the Rocky Mountain oils now. Yeah it kind of stinks the negative comments you received. It suprises me the immaturity coming from educated people like that. Anyway, your research is appreciated, take care

          • Thanks so much, Amanda. Hope to see you around again – more to come!

    • HI there Adrienne and Sarah. I am a long time dabbler in Essential OIls without affilation to any company. In France, where there is a long tradition of essential oils for culinary and medicinal purposes, they are very clear that any oils ingested must be added to olive oil, or bound in a piece of bread (for example, not that I eat bread). I had a wonderful long conversation in a natural pharmacy and got lots of great information – including that any oils added to the bath should be pre-mixed in a carrier oil as well. there are very specific guidelines about internal use nd not all oils can be ingested. But I believe, the judicious and considered use of oils internally cna be very beneficial. Ideally, perhaps, under the guidance of an aromatherpast trained in this aspect of their healing potential.

      • I think having professional guidance (physician or aromatherapist) is the way to go w/ internal use. And of course making sure you are using pure oils. Thanks for commenting!

  2. I just spent a fair bit of time reading this and waiting to finally hear which is the best eo company. Did I miss it or something? The articles titles seem a bit misleading.

  3. Hi!
    I am brand new to EOs and found this series to be eye opening! I didn’t feel for a moment pushed to order from YL. I was happy to get some good solid information about numerous companies and EOs in general. I have been looking for this kind of information for a while and I am very glad to have stumbled across your blog. I will be scouring the rest of your world soon too 🙂
    Like a few other people have said, keep moving forward and don’t let other people bring you down. They have chosen to act in an unfortunate way and degrade your character, rather than discuss facts, and that is on them. I find it quite disappointing that such educated people would stoop so low.
    Thanks for all of the information. And I can’t wait to read Part 7! All the best!

  4. BTW, if you ever decide to research something else, you want to look up “colostrum’? It is a great product and seems to be healing my leaky gut somewhat. Amazing IMHO when I have been seeking ways to do so for over 8 years. Leaky Gut may be what is contributing to your life threatening food allergies…..but I am not an expert. Just someone that reads a whole lot.

    • Interesting. I took colostrum for quite a long time. Didn’t know if it was helping or not. What did you notice? What brand did you take? I bought top of the line, as best as I could figure. Thanks!

  5. Maribel Soto says:

    I would like to thank you for your time and dedication. I am a total newbie to the EO and expecting my first daughter in two weeks decided to switch household cleaning products to EO. In my quest to find where to buy my EO I ran into the marketing material for doTERRA for Pregnancy, Mommy, and baby and uses for the EO with a new-born… I ended up asking in a crunchy mommy group I am in about using the particular EOs and received an alarming amount of warnings with the listed EOs and a newborn with links to supporting articles!! This is what initiated my quest for deeper knowledge on EOs and the companies who produce them. One of the EO in question was the peppermint that is not recommended to use until after the age of 6 ( http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/essential-oil-safety-babies-children/ ) and doTERRA listed it as mom’s medicine cabinet must have!… This to me was very alarming!!… It has been a who to trust issue now regarding EOs although after reading your blog I guess if they distilled their peppermint oil to the candy like level with lower potency it would make it less harmful to the baby that would actually make sense!… just wanted to share this with you (maybe inspire you to blog about EOs and newborns! lol) and to thank you for your dedication, time, and passion to bring this information to us!! also to say keep your head up and don’t let peoples nasty opinions bring you down!!! I also believe in construction criticism but from what I read on this post their comments were not very constructive 🙁

    • HI there. Sorry for the delay in responding. I am having to go back and answer old comments that I missed the first time around. I don’t know about the distillation of doTERRA’s peppermint but my guess is that the key problematic ingredients for children would still be there. I hope to see you around again. More to come on the oils!

  6. Hello Adrienne,

    I was doing some essential oil research today and came upon your blog, which has given me great details about essential oils that I previously did not know. I just read through all the EO posts, and am truly amazed by your level of research and the detail you provide.

    It is unfortunate that today people seem to “troll” to be contrary to whatever opinion they decide will “offend” them for the day. You beautifully stated your case while listing the research you had done. In this age of the internet, (and basically if you google a topic/opinion you wish to find, you will find confirmation of said opinion regardless of its truth or reality) I think we all need to be obsessive researchers to ever get to a point where we have reliable information.

    So my point here is “Brava” for sticking to what you know, learning as much as you can, and helping the rest of us discern what we need from that info. I was sad to learn you had been so harassed because of the research work you were trying to do. Good on you for continuing to learn. I think that is the only way we can find what we need, by consistent learning. Thank you for your work on this topic. It actually helped me clear up several questions I had.

  7. Hi Amanda, I’ve been using EO for years in carrier oils and in aromatherapy, (which doesn’t make me an expert in any way.) But in the last 4-5 years, I’ve heard so much about YL and DT that I’ve looked into them and purchased a few of their oils and from their claims have even ingested some, but the prices have kept me from signing up. Then this year I began making artisan soap. Well I was floored with the price difference in what soap suppliers and (YL and DT) are selling their oils for, both claiming “Pure Essential”. That’s when I started to not buy into the whole “Therapeutic” grade stuff. I’ve been digging for the truth and didn’t hit on it until I read this series. So for now, I will buy EO from soap suppliers for my soaps and EO from better companies for my therapeutic needs. I appreciate you clearing that up for me. Please know that you are making a difference. Don’t let anyone extinguish your light.

    • Hi Lee.
      Thanks for the kind words. The “therapeutic grade” term really means nothing, but you do want pure oils that have greater therapeutic qualities. More to come soon!

  8. I began reading your series of blog posts because I wanted to know the journey you went through in learning about EOs. I’ll be honest and say it took me months. There was just so much to process. So sorry to read of all the hassle coming from people who should know better. But sometimes they don’t realise that such behaviour only makes people more suspicious as to why they want to bother. I have bought EOs from a few different companies, including YL, Vitacost and RMO. I think your choice of RMO is pretty good, quality and price-wise. I would just like to ask if you have faced any troubles getting your EOs from other countries. My country’s Health Ministry seems to be pretty strict about importing of EOs.

    • Hi Roselle,

      Do you mean have others had issues getting EOs from RMO when they live overseas? But it sounds like you got them and didn’t have an issue? Thanks.

  9. dubey safford says:

    I am not sure how I ended up reading your articles but I found them very interesting. My daughter is just getting into the yl oils and I was thankful for your research. I think that the chemist Pappas sounded threatened by your research. I wonder why? You seemed honest in your answers and gave good references. Thanks for all your hard work. I learned so much.

  10. Shannon Finch says:

    I just found your website and this series on EO. I totally appreciate your straight forward intentions on finding the best oils at the best price – exactly the information I was needing. Getting the truth sometimes can be so challenging and being a mom of a 3 year old, a wife and managing a full-time career I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the information you have researched and shared! Thank you, Thank you!!! Looking forward to reading other areas of your blog. Please don’t get discouraged by the “haters” – thanks for providing the extensively researched info you have. You are just providing the facts people ultimately make their own decisions – Pappas has been very unprofessional in his interactions with you – so unfortune for you to have to waste your time defending yourself.

  11. Kari Clouse says:

    Thank you for researching and posting this series. I am a DoTerra member and I don’t push or sell to anyone. I signed up for my own personal use. I have been using them for 3-4 years and just recently I have experienced some “duds”. I wanted to know why and I think your blog has helped me figure that out. A friend of mine sells YL and I have purchased some from her and I wasn’t totally impressed with all their oils either. I also have some oils from NOW and Eden Botanicals, but I am lazy and like one-stop shopping. I will be trying RMO and doing my own comparison. Thanks again for you research and information.

    • You are so welcome. I hope you like RMO. I have a friend who is an aromatherapist who is really liking them. There will be more posts and more information to come.

  12. My mother who is 92 has bone cancer. She had an operation on a piece of cancer under her ear a year ago. I had her diffusing Frankincense (Young Living oils), putting some with a carrier oil on the site and then ingesting a drop or two a day under her tongue. The docs have been amazed and said she should have been gone by now but instead she is in no pain. The cancer is spreading to other bones but she is still living alone, driving a car and amazing. I know ingesting the Frankincense has helped her. I think you have to be wise in using all essential oils but I don’t think always siding with one way or the other is good but that we should do research and pray asking the Lord what His will is.

  13. Hi Adrienne-

    This is my first comment post EVER, but I felt compelled to leave one to say THANK YOU! I have really been enjoying reading through your posts and all the research you have done. It is mind bendingly overwhelming, the choices. What I really enjoy is that you are clearly a regular, every day person, living your life without an agenda (from what I can tell.) You have never claimed to be an expert and that’s why I enjoy your posts. Everybody and their mother can claim to be an expert on the internet (ho-hum), but with you I really feel your desire to get to your truth for your family and that is great. If people disagree, they should just take a chill pill, go to a different site and quite frankly, get a life.

    To be honest I rarely read the comments b/c so often it is negative, attention seekers who remind me of spoiled children. Anyway, keep up the great work and know that it is appreciated. It makes life so much easier for people like me who are far too lazy to do all this legwork ourself. And for those who fear I am being misled or fed incorrect information, I am grown girl who can figure that out on my own. Keep at it and have a great day!

  14. Lisa Ramseyer says:

    Adrienne-Do you think Dr. Pappas (which I am sure he even makes his family refer to him) ever considered that you might be able to sue him for slander? Lucky for him you are classy!

  15. Thank you for this series. I mostly have YL oils, but they are so pricey and the shipping is high. I have been looking at alternatives. You have to pay more in order to pay for all the levels of people selling the stuff. I can sell it, but I don’t. I just bought my own stuff. I am now placing an order with RMO due to this series.

    As for Dr. Pappas, I read all his comments as him trying to elevate himself at your expense. He comes across as a very insecure person. Talking about someone to others on his Facebook page is low class. Not to man bash, but he came across as if he couldn’t believe you, a mere woman with no science credentials, would not believe him and his pearls of wisdom. Keep up the good work of helping others out.

    I am thankful I came across your blog and will bookmark it for further perusal.

  16. Thank you so much for providing all this information and doing the research. I would have tried to do it on my own, but there are so many companies out there and I’d be drowning in info. I was so sorry to hear about the negativity directed at you. I’ve been a teacher for 20 years and have learned that you can’t always make everyone happy. There are many who turn your words around on you, or take something their 8-year-old said…completely out of context…and make it sound as if you are a monster. This is why I hate to read comments people post…especially on YouTube. I appreciate all the work you’ve done and may check out one of the books you recommended. Although I have been using DoTerra for almost a year, I was looking into a few oils they don’t always carry and/or some that I’ve wanted, but can’t afford through them. Thanks again.

    • You are so welcome! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hear you on how confusing it is. My head spins at how many more there are today than there were when I started this. Thanks for the encouragement. It really means a lot. More to come soon….

  17. Hi!
    I am from Mexico, and I want to thank you for your interesting research. I have just started trying EO, and I only have tried doTerra, but I will try RMO, your research is very convincing to me.
    There is a lot of information on the internet, like your blog, which we can learn a lot from. I am reading a book called “The Wahls Protocol”, in which Dr. Wahls tells all her journey into searching what was best for her MS, and she says that she learned a lot on the internet, even when she was being treated by experts in the Cleveland Clinic! Thanks to all her research now there is a protocol which she teaches in her book, that is helping many people. So… we just have to be wise enough to choose which information seems trustable. I have just discovered your blog, but I surely want to learn more, so I will keep reading. Thank you.

    • You are so welcome. More to come on oils and on RMO. I know about Dr. Wahls. She has an amazing story. I think getting more produce into our bodies is hugely important thing for better health. Hope to see you around again.

  18. Wow! I just posted on another of your posts, before reading this one. I am thankful for this information. I have been told by someone who is signed up with Doterra that it is safe to consume these oils. I didn’t think to question it at the time.
    I had the same thought as you as I read through this post… why is this individual so concerned with your opinions? He seems to feel threatened by your research! Your on top of it though! Good for you!

  19. Great piece, very informative. I recently stumbled across some very disturbing news concerning one EO company’s founder…..and while the product might be of great quality, I distance myself from brands with bad Karma……having said that I am on the hunt for a new EO company. What are your thoughts on Organic Infusions Essentials? I liked that the founder is a naturalist too and in addition to sourcing direct from farms that provide organic, wild-crafted or pesticide free plants, she also engages in ethical and fair trade practices (i.e., not sourcing from a farm that employs child-labor?). It’s really hard to find the best source with so much direct marketing savvy and fancy websites out there! Thanks for your help. Maggie

    • Hello there. I called Organic Infusions. I asked them if they have GC/MS for all of their oils and they said that they did not. Did you get other information from them?

  20. Do you have any information about Eden Gardens or Mountain Rose?

    • Hi there. I’m going to be working on information about other companies hopefully soon. I will say that MRH is not an oils company – they are an herbs company so it’s a little different of an expertise base in my opinion.

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