Rules for Essential Oil Safety


Many people are on the essential oil bandwagon these days. I am certainly NOT against the use of essential oils. I am frightened by the uneducated use of them. I am frightened that many people come to my clinic after they have been to a MLM essential oil party, and they want to buy the oils and they want to buy empty capsules. They have been told that it is perfectly safe to ingest these oils. What they do not know is that the home parties are hosted by people who have little to no training in the safety of the oils. I have had some training in essential oils, but I am not a certified aroma therapist. However, I always look for the most educated/experienced professional around, and I found Dr. Debrah Zepf. She is a board certified master herbalist, holds four doctorate degrees, has a PhD in Integrative Medicine, and is a Clinical Aroma Therapist. If anyone is qualified to talk to us about essential oils, she is.

I learned quite a few things from a recent webinar I attended with Dr. Zepf as presenter. Although I use essential oils in the clinic regularly with a diffuser, I also use them dispersed in bath water. I learned that because oil and water do not mix, (duh) it is better to add the oils either to bath salts or (of all things) milk before you add them to the bath. I had no idea. I had previously heard that if you added the oils to the bath, and then swished the water around, then the oils would be dispersed. Obviously, I had been misinformed. What about you? Do you just add the oil to the bath?

I had previously attended an essential oil workshop that had a MD as the presenter. We were told that we could make aphrodisiac oil blends. We were told that we could apply these oils to sensitive tissues, of course, avoiding those oils that were particularly ‘hot’.  Dr. Zepf advises that essential oil should NEVER be exposed to mucous membranes or sensitive skin areas.

I had previously been taught that it is perfectly permissible to rub essential oils on the bottoms of the baby’s feet. Dr. Zepf reminded me that babies could actually put their feet in their mouths. Yes! Of course! Putting the oils on baby’s feet will most likely get the oils into the baby’s mouths. And yet, I see all the time, the instruction that it is perfectly OK to soothe the baby with essential oils on the feet.

I learned that there are very few distributors of essential oils that do not ‘cut’ their oils with inferior oils to both stretch them and make them more economical to sell. I know that essential oils that are very reasonably priced are almost always synthetic, but I thought that the better quality MLM oils were pure. I found out that that might not be the case. Because essential oils carry their own vibratory signatures, to achieve the best medicinal effect, you must get the pure, unadulterated oils.

There was so much good information from someone who was QUALIFIED. I made a good many notes, and I will certainly adjust my recommendations based on her clinical perspective. This is what I know: Someone with a clinical perspective has the good of the consumer as his best interest. Someone who is a sponsor of a MLM company may have his own income potential as his best interest. Please pay attention to the motivation….

Until next time,

Dr Polly

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About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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