Friday, October 17, 2014

A Medical Wife on Essential Oils

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Essential oils vs. medicine has been a hot topic on my Facebook page lately, particularly since I am a member of a doctor wives forum. Though I certainly do not speak for the entire medical community, I thought it would be appropriate to shed some light on the debate from a doctor wife's perspective.

Let me preface this post by saying I have read many articles and testimonials about the healing power of essential oils. I also personally know people who incorporate essential oils into their everyday lives with tremendous results. So, believe it or not, I have no problem with essential oils themselves, nor do I challenge their benefits.

Here's what I do challenge: essential oils make modern medicine obsolete. That is simply not true. One doctor wife from my forum posted an article from her Facebook feed written by a natural healer. This woman claimed she had healed more people in a year than a doctor who worked 20+ years to achieve their education. I have read other similar claims to this, and it makes me shake my head in disbelief.

Let me ask you, can an essential oil save a man suffering from a gunshot wound like my husband has been dealing with this week in an emergency room? Can an essential oil deliver a baby by C-section when mother and baby's lives are in danger? Can an essential oil vaccinate against the flu? Essential oils didn't save me when I needed an emergency appendectomy earlier this year.

Essential oils are NOT medicine. They CANNOT perform the same functions. And my husband, plus the countless other men and women in the medical field who have sacrificed their financial futures, families and personal well-being in the service of others, do not deserve such disrespect to their profession. Attacking another profession is not the way to elevate your own.

As I hope I have communicated, my issue with essential oils is not in the oils themselves, their benefits or the people who use them. My issue is with the attitude essential oils can save lives in the same way modern medicine can. There's just no competition for this medical wife.

So tell me your opinion on this issue. I would love to hear honest, respectful feedback.


  1. I'm a pretty big fan of western medicine ;) BUT after I had a natural birth and saw how helpful essential oils could be I was sold. We've incorporated them into our daily lives and try to use them first. If they aren't working like we'd like or as quickly as we'd like, then I break out the meds or we go see the dr. I love the balance between the natural approach and the western approach. It's great having access to them both but I totally agree that essential oils/alternative medicines do not replace medical doctors!

  2. I absolutely love this post Megan. I use essential oils myself (for headaches and muscle spasm, aromatherapy for stress etc). But I completely agree with you that they are do not make modern medicine obsolete. There are many oilers who go balls to the walls and will even have the wherewithal to tell you to never go to the doctor again. Uhm, excuse me? Mind your own business please. Essential oils are like vitamins, it's fine if you use them, but you still need to see your doctor for regular health check ups to make sure you aren't missing something from the big picture. GREAT post Megan.

    1. Thank you Megan : ) I think there is room in wellness for both, just as you said!

  3. Instead of feedbacks, may I post a question?
    Few years back, a co-worker had pregnancy difficulties.. while I thought it's the lemongrass someone else spray every noon, nobody thought anything of it.. she left soon to rest and had a smoother pregnancy later I heard. Am I right on the lemongrass?

    1. Hmmm...that is a very interesting question! I doubt the lemongrass was the sole reason for her difficult pregnancy, but who knows? Maybe she has a mild allergy to it which made her especially uncomfortable during pregnancy. I've heard pregnant women tend to have heightened senses, so that could explain why it bothered her and no one else.

  4. I totally agree with you. I think holistic medicine has it's place, but in a complementary system with traditional medicines. It's not a replacement for real medical care! I also think that essential oils should only be used by those who know what they are doing, for example under the care of a homeopathic doctor, herbalist, or aromatherapist. I have big issues with those essential oil companies that tell people to put undiluted essential oils on their bare skin or ingest them!

    All I can remember is a story from one oil maker about her brilliant idea to add cinnamon essential oil to her bath. The oil ended up irritating her skin, and burning once she sat in the tub! Just because they are natural, doesn't mean they are completely safe/harmless/not toxic.



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