1. I grew up in the area where the two biggest network marketing essential oil companies are headquartered, and I have friends and family who are distributors. I’ve had a taste of the “wars” in conversations. I always interpreted it as a desire of a distributor to protect his or her income potential, which actually makes a lot of sense to me. That doesn’t mean people should be mean, though.
    I’ve since learned that there are a lot of essential oils companies that make great essential oils. Some of them are MLM and some aren’t. I’ve found great online shops, I know there are great oils sold through brick and mortar stores, and I’ve been told that the network marketing companies also make great oils. In the end, I think the person buying the oils has to make a decision about which culture they want to be a part of. Do they want no commitment—simply the convenience of a “buy and leave” experience? Or do they want a very personalized/intimate experience?

  2. Love this and definitely agree! Kindnes goes a long way, there are so many benefits to essential oils and more than just one “good” company out there ?. Anyone should feel good about their decision if they’ve researched & chosen what works for themselves.

  3. amen, sister!!! We need to focus on what good is happening for us by using essential oils, not bashing each other!

  4. Ha – I wasn’t even aware there were “oil wars” going on! But this is true for any field or business! People matter more than anything. 🙂

  5. I love this post, Kayse. My husband and I are preparing for our second essential oils class on Friday. And although we are new consultants for doTERRA, we don’t know everything . . . We have to remember that when giving advice to others, too.

  6. I love this! I am super new to researching essential oils and the hate has been extreme! I try to remember that it’s coming from a place of love. Some people genuinely believe that other brands may be dangerous/ineffective etc. Respect is key, though. 🙂

    1. So true!!! Respect, Kindness – all important in every conversation, including oils! 😉 Great job doing your own research!! I’m happy to help however I can!

  7. Bev Wagner says:

    Kayse, this is so well said! May I add… there are different perspectives held by professional aromatherapists and the associations they represent. Each have strong, historical reasons for their positions. If they disagree no wonder we do.

  8. Jennifer Richmond says:

    Well said and much needed. Thank you!

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