I think it's important to note this specific statement in that letter by the FDA:
"Your products, “Thieves,” “Cinnamon Bark,” “Oregano,” “ImmuPower,” “Rosemary,” “Myrtle,” “Sandalwood,” “Eucalyptus Blue,” “Peppermint,” “Ylang Ylang,” “Frankincense,” and “Orange,” are prescription drugs as defined in section 503(b)(1)(A) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 353(b)(1)(A)] for some of the claims made for them because, in light of their toxicity or other potentiality for harmful effect, the method of their use, or the collateral measures necessary to their use, they are not safe for use except under the supervision of a practitioner licensed by law to administer it. Your Young Living Essential Oil products, “Thieves,” “Cinnamon Bark,” “Oregano,” “ImmuPower,” “Rosemary,” “Myrtle,” “Sandalwood,” “Eucalyptus Blue,” “Peppermint,” “Ylang Ylang,” “Frankincense,” and “Orange,” are also misbranded under section 502(f)(1) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 352(f)(1)], in that the labeling for these products fail to bear adequate directions for use for all of their claims. “Adequate directions for use” means directions under which a layperson can use a drug safely and for the purposes for which it is intended(21 C.F.R. § 201.5). Prescription drugs can only be used safely at the direction, and under the supervision, of a licensed practitioner. Therefore, it is impossible to write “adequate directions for use” for a prescription drug to be used by a layperson. FDA-approved prescription drugs which bear their FDA-approved labeling are exempt from the requirement that they bear adequate directions for use by a layperson (21 C.F.R. §§ 201.100(c)(2) and 201.115)."
As a Young Living Member, here is my response to the FDA's warning letter: Note that the FDA is not saying that essential oils by Young Living aren't safe. The FDA actually does consider many of those that they listed in the warning letter as "generally recognized as safe". You can see the FDA's GRAS listing of essential oils and safety here.
What the FDA is simply saying is that they think the average person doesn't know how to use essential oils as they have the potential to act like prescription drugs. The FDA appears to think that the average person isn't smart enough to know how to use plant oils. While it does take at least some self-education on a user's part, you don't need to be a doctor to be able to use essential oils. Regular people just like myself use them daily with profound results. Essential oils have been around since the beginning of time and there are thousands upon thousands of scientific tests on essential oil efficacy and uses. You can read some for yourself on www.pubmed.gov!
It is my personal belief that many people were unimpressed with the FDA's warning letter to Young Living. Myself and millions of other people across the globe (Young Living is an international company) spoke with our wallets during the month of September. Young Living had record sales during September 2014 and reported one week of sales that were higher than all sales for the entire previous month. In fact, if you are a Young Living Member you probably have heard of the steady and most recent explosive growth of Young Living as Members across the globe continue to share their powerful personal results, some of which you can read here.
I recognize that there is a movement toward natural health and more apparent distrust of "ABC" agencies like the FDA and more recently the CDC (after quietly admitting Ebola can be caught from a doorknob. UPDATE on this: 11/1/14.) I think that people around the world are being educated on the incredible power of pure, therapeutic essential oils and now choose to use them over OTC drugs or prescriptions. I believe that millions of people across the globe have and will continue to learn about the power of essential oils from each other through word-of-mouth. I know that people understand that Young Living Members, myself included, share because we truly do care. I have a feeling that I'm not the only person who uses Young Living and feels morally obligated to tell everyone I know about how it has changed my life.
Many Young Living Members are informed. We have teams of Moms, Doctors, Yoga Instructors, Teachers, Ministers, Office Professionals, Scientists, ex- Pharmacologists, etc; people from all walks of life who all represent Young Living by spreading the word of their own experiences as well as online sharing of the research they've done. I trust Young Living Members when it comes to health and information. The authors of the posts whom the FDA targeted are some of the most educated and involved Young Living Members we have. I rely on some of their blogs and social media posts as a starting point for my own research. I know I'm not the only person who appreciates their dedication to educating the public on traditional, plant-based remedies.
On a side note...see those 5ml bottles on the left? The Cinnamon Bark, Orange, Nutmeg, and Ocotea? Well I got those AND the box of Ningxia Red juice for FREE under my Essential Rewards Membership! The Ocotea and Ningxia Red I received after I redeeming just some of my Essential Reward points that I had earned. Young Living also gives away free oils, supplements, products, vouchers and/or more free "points" every month to Essential Rewards customers who order certain amounts. That's how I got the other 3 oils for free. There really is no better place to be than with Young Living!
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Be well my friends!
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