Deal-breaking essential oil misinformation

My friend Sam is an unabashed and outspoken food snob.

We often take big trips together, and inevitably, we will find ourselves in an unfamiliar city, looking for a place to eat.

We’ll peek into one restaurant, and a second, and a third…

And if we ever come across a restaurant that looks nice, and particularly one that has a great view, Sam will immediatley say:

“I’m not eating here. They are selling the view instead of the food. Let’s go somewhere else.”

A nice view is a deal breaker for him when it comes to restaurants.

(And more often than not, I’ve found out that he’s right.)

I bring this up because it’s now springtime.

And I’ve been seeing the re-emergence of an essential oil topic that’s a deal breaker for me.

If I see that an EO blogger is writing about this topic, I know they are sloppy about their research and are just repeating misinformation they read on other sites.

What’s the topic?

“How you can use essential oils as natural sunscreens.”

The typical claim is that essential oils like carrot seed have SPF 30, 40, or even more.

I dug into this issue a couple of years ago to see what research I could find.

And it is true that a few essential and carrier oils were shown in a laboratory setting to have SPF between 1 and 8:

There are a few big issues here.

First off, these SPF numbers aren’t very high. Peppermint oil tops the SPF list for essential oils with 7, which is far less than any conventional sunscreen.

Second, these essential oils will have to be diluted in order to be used on the skin. Dilution will further drive down the SPF rating.

Third, this was done in a laboratory setting, rather than tested on real people. And there are several reasons why the real-life numbers could be still lower (such as evaporation or absorption into skin).

Now, it’s possible that the antioxidant effect of some essential oils might reduce a bit of the damage that too much sun can cause your skin.

But if you’re relying on essential oils to actually prevent a sunburn and the damage it causes, odds are you’ll wind up red and disappointed.

In fact, aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand has written about exactly this issue, and he had this to say:

Essential oils are not sunscreens! In the annals of misinformation, this probably belongs in the top 5, as it will likely lead to some very burned skin.

The fact is, trying to make your own natural sunscreen is much more complicated and involved than many blogs will lead you to believe.

You will still need a chemical like zinc oxide to actually provide protection from UV rays. Making sure the zinc disperses evenly is not easy, and if you don’t do it right, you will again wind up with a sunburn and the risk of other negative health effects.

If you are interested in making your own sunscreen, Amy Kreydin lays out the basics in this post. But, as she says, “the upfront cost of a Do-It-Yourself sunscreen formulation will be in the thousands.”

So are there any easier, natural ways to protect yourself from too much sun exposure?

Sure there are, but they are nothing as sexy as essential oils.

They come down to old standards such as wearing protective clothing, staying in the shade, or even getting a gradual, light tan which will prevent burning if you are exposed to sudden sunlight.

By the way, if you have your own EO deal breakers, let me know — I’m curious to know what other things to look out for.

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Trying to quit smoking??? Two unusual essential oils might be all you need to help you succeed this time.

Are you trying to quit smoking?

If you are, you know that quitting can be an ordeal filled with cravings, dizziness, headaches, and fatigue.

That’s a nasty list of symptoms, and it explains why only about 7% of people manage to quit on their first try.

Is there any way to make quitting smoking easier and to increase your chances of success?

Well, one surprising option is essential oils. Essential oils have been studied in a scientific context and shown to help people stay away from cigarettes and reduce cravings.

They might not be a silver bullet, but essential oils are definitely worth a try if you’re serious about kicking the habit.

Read on for detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to use essential oils to help you quit smoking.

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At first blush, essential oils are all about beautiful aromas and gentle natural healing.

After you learn a little more, it quickly turns out there are some contentious and controversial issues here as well.

Much of the argument happens on online forums, blogs, and over social networks. If you are new to the topic of essential oils, it can be confusing, and it might even turn you off from aromatherapy entirely.

I’ve put together a guide explaining some essential oil controversies as impartially as I could.

And because I myself am new to essential oils, I will be referring to well-established essential oil experts and published scientific studies as often as possible.

Ready? Get your armor on and let’s dive in.

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Learning About Essential Oils: 14 Aromatherapy Experts Share Their Advice

 

So helpful!!! Which blogs and books should you read to learn more about essential oils? 14 aromatherapy experts share their advice!

There’s no denying it — essential oils are going mainstream.

As a result, hundreds of books, thousands of blogs, and untold numbers of people on Facebook are all ready to tell you everything you need to know on the topic.

The trouble is, not all of these sources of information are good… while others might even lead you dangerously astray.

To complicate things further, it’s hard to know which sources of information to trust.

The best solution I’ve personally found is to look to aromatherapy experts — people who’ve been working with essential oils for decades.

I contacted over a dozen experts, and I asked them 3 questions:

  1. How should an everyday consumer find accurate and easy-to-understand information on using essential oils?
  2. Are there any free online resources on aromatherapy that you can recommend?
  3. Which aromatherapy books would you recommend for somebody who’s interested in self-treatment with essential oils?

I’m grateful to 14 experts who got back to me with their recommendations.

Read on to find out exactly what they had to say.

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Do you want to know a secret?

I’m trying to keep a very open mind when it comes to alternative medicine…

… but I’m really skeptical of much of what I read online about essential oils.

In fact, the more I read about essential oils online, the more I get the feeling that:

  • many people are simply repeating false information until it begins to sound true
  • even some certified aromatherapists are spreading dubious advice
  • essential oils are frequently promoted as miracle cures for issues where they have little or no effect

I think this devalues essential oils to many people who might otherwise benefit from them.

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I keep a list of companies that sell essential oils.

At last count, there were 114 of them. And each week I find a few more.

Some of these companies are big, some are small. Some seem affordable, some are expensive.

They all say their oils are the highest quality and purity. Some of them even suggest that only their oils are any good.

All this makes it very hard to figure out where to buy essential oils.

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Imagine the following scenario.

Say you’ve been trying to lose weight for a while.

You’re tired of the squishy fat clinging to you, and you’ve been trying everything to get rid of it.

Somehow though, you always fall off the wagon. Maybe you even start thinking you’ll never get rid of the extra pounds.

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However, you decide to give it one more try.

So you make a resolution with yourself. Starting tomorrow, you will embark on a plan to lose weight.

The plan isn’t very different from the plans you tried before. But this time, you have a secret weapon.

You start your new weight loss plan. The first few weeks pass by.

To your surprise, you are not suffering and you are not miserable. Right from the start, you can see results — the weight is coming down and the fat is disappearing. You don’t feel hungry, and you don’t feel overcome with cravings.

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