Fellow oiler reviews The Essential Beginnings

Here’s a link I ran across this morning, an essential oil user (who seems to have some understanding of basic scientific principles) dissects Gary Young’s “The Essential Beginnings”, worth a read.



Young Living Essential Oils and biblical Christianity

Young Living is a huge hit with protestant Christians.  The company caters to them with such pseudo-science, pseudo-historical nonsense as Essential Oils of the Bible.  But is Young Living’s philosophy consistent with biblical Christian beliefs?  Nooooo.

Graphic from a YL distributor’s website

I’ve never been much for worrying over New Age/occult stuff, it almost seems too silly to take seriously.  But Young Living is absolutely saturated with New Age/New Thought mumbo-jumbo, and Christians are swallowing it (and diffusing it) at an alarming rate.

If the weird spiritual jargon used by Young Living concerns you as a Christian, you might want to check out this article from April 2014.  Not scholarly, but worth a read:

Aromatherapy: Biblical Path to Healing or Demonic Deception? by Chuck and Julie Cohen

“New Thought is directly relevant to the Young Living Company because the idea creates a false premise that the healing we achieve and its philosophical connection is interchangeable with the Christian worldview. Accordingly, the broader scope of aromatherapy should be understood as compatible with biblical Christianity. This is the deadly poison, for once this idea is accepted, it is then just a small step toward adopting other dangerous medical practices, or other paths that lead further into the occult.”

Dr Olivier Wenker, Young Living Snake Oil Salesman


This last weekend was multi-level marketing Young Living Essential Oils “Thrive” conference.  They trotted out the usual suspects to make bogus health claims to roaring applause.

The favorite seems to be Dr Olivier Wenker.  He is actually a REAL doctor, so he’s usually got top billing at all YLEO events.  Nowadays, most of his research centers on the complex medical procedure known as pocket extraction.

Here’s a blog post about Dr Olivier Wenker’s Scholarly Content Farm.  I wonder if his content carries the seed-to-seal promise.

Skeptical links for essential oils and multilevel marketing

Links re: the medical use of essential oils and the recent explosion of people (mostly “natural mamas”) selling them via multi-level marketing (MLM) aka network marketing (Young Living Essential Oils and doTERRA).

Latest links:

9/25/14: FDA Warning Letters: Young Living, dōTERRA Consultants Must Cease Marketing Claims That Essential Oils Fight Disease

7/18/14: Young Living Farms Wacky Somolian Adventures from UtahStories.com

Video: Sultan Yusuf Salah Response to “Gary Young: A Somalian Adventure”

How can essential oils be a scam, if so many people have testimonials of their miraculous benefits? Enlightening links from Wikipedia:

From Skeptoid:

Info about D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils.

D. Gary Young’s official bio and blog

1980’s flashback!  Gary in the news:

A Critical Look at Gary Young, Young Living Essential Oils, and Raindrop Therapy [Note: This was originally published on Quackwatch but from what I can gather, Young Living threatened a lawsuit so it was taken down.  It has been republished on a doTERRA distributor’s website, they are Young Living’s competition.]

The Missing Link: A lecture by D. Gary Young – Recorded in 1988, still used as training material by Young Living distributors all over the internet.

Misc links: