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To Oil or Not to Oil; That's the Essential Question

Everyone, by now, has heard someone tout the positive affects of essential oils. With a new Netflix docuseries called Unwell diving into a series of wellness claims, including essential oils, here’s our take and a few facts.

We believe in holistic treatments used in conjunction with western practices, and we’ve had mixed results with essential oils. We’ve personally experienced benefits but we’ve also had some claims fall short of producing results. The things that work find their way into some of our treatments and enhancers, and we’ve created blends for our house made sugar and salt scrubs and our Champion Salve to aid with aches and pains and inflammation. BUT. . .

Essential oils cannot perform miracles. They won’t cure cancer or prevent disease. Despite claims to the contrary, there are no proven studies to support them. In fact, while some studies show promising attributes like working to kill Lyme bacteria better than antibiotics, many of the studies have mixed results when tested on humans. Essential oils work and don’t work differently for different people.

So, should I try it at home, or should I not try it? Is it worth any investment?

My answer is… a qualified yes (if you are as big a