Whether you are looking for a teacher, a supplier, or just advice online..always consider the source!
Teachers claim to be a Certified Aromatherapist, even add initials after their name as if that means something. Before you sign up for that workshop, class or school…ask them; Where did they study? Then check the credentials of the school! Are they teaching aromatherapy along with tarot card reading and angel healing? Well, that might not be the level of professional education you want to find in your teacher! The title Certified Aromatherapist has no defined meaning in the USA. Read more about that subject on What does Certified Aromatherapist Mean?
It’s not just in seeking out a proper education, that you need to consider the source, and check actual credentials!
Example, who who knows best…the essential oil chemist or the chiropractor?
Essential Oil chemist, Dr. Robert Pappas wrote (in part): [on the Essential Oils University Facebook page]
“Recently a follower of this page sent me some links to some sites claiming that black pepper oil is a replacement for melissa oil. When I heard this I was quite shocked. At the end of the day the therapeutic properties of an oil are determined by its chemistry. Melissa oil and black pepper oil are about as far apart chemically and organoleptically as you can get so I am just wondering, from where does this myth originate?”
It turns out, this misinformation comes from the very top, one of the owners of doTerra, Dr. David Hill. Dr. Hill is a chiropractor, and former office manager/administrator for Young Living Essential Oils. You can still see him online, telling everyone that Young Living is “the best” essential oil company, and the only one to trust.
Emily Wright, Executive Vice President at doTERRA replied to Dr. Pappas comments (in part):
“Now let’s keep in perspective that Dr. Pappas has a PhD in chemistry, a physical science. He is not a physician, he does not study life science, and he is not an expert in the application or usage of essential oils.” and “Now let’s take the science of essential oils up another notch. It is important now to work with experienced physicians who understand not only how essential oils perform in a lab setting but also how they interact with our human chemistry.” and later “Many have heard Dr. Hill state that Black Pepper is the poor man’s Melissa. This is not because their chemistry is similar. It is not. The chemical profile of these two oils couldn’t be more different. Rather, Dr. Hill is referring to the anti-viral activity of these two oils. Although no oil can completely replace Melissa, there are other oils that offer similar health benefits. Black Pepper is one of them. This has been proven through years of experimental application with excellent results.”
Essential Oil University responded:
“Emily, I appreciate your input and compliments and am ready to be done with this thread. The only thing I have to say in response is that there are posts all over the Internet claiming that black pepper is the “poor man’s Melissa” because black pepper is high in aldehydes like Melissa oil. I don’t know who put these posts up but they are there. But if you just look at some analyses of black pepper one can easily see there are no aldehydes in black pepper oil. So my only question is, if the conclusion concerning black pepper was made based off of undeniably incorrect chemistry then from what science is the conclusion based? I am more than happy to admit that I am wrong. But for my own education I would like to see any scientific literature out there that supports black pepper oil being anti-viral or being used used in the same capacity as Melissa oil. I like to think I have good standing with most all of the well known aromatherapists in the world and I know what most of them teach. I have not seen any studies showing such activity of black pepper. Is it possible I’ve missed something? Of course, it is. That’s why I am asking for something to hang my hat on so I can be in support of this. Please if anyone can provide me with a study supporting this idea I would be eternally grateful.
· October 11, 2014 at 9:46pm“
And Dr. P. supported his statement with a link: “Example of a post stating incorrectly that black pepper is high in aldehydes: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/23855073001118666/”
There is no reply from Emily Wright on this topic. The management of doTerra are allowing their consultant to continue to display this misinformation, as the PIN is still there. [ref. https://www.facebook.com/EssentialOilUniversity/posts/10152874289653083]
So who do YOU believe…the chiropractor who never studied aromatherapy or essential oil chemistry, who is trying to convince you to buy products from the company he co-owns; or the expert in essential oil chemistry who has been an integral part of the aromatherapy community since the 90’s? Consider the source.