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UPDATE: Different Opinions Over Essential Oil Trend Hitting The Valley

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People are drinking them, and rubbing them on their bodies, saying there are huge health benefits in essential oils.

This growing health trend may have caught your eye. Many in the valley are buying, selling, and using them. Essential oils, like lavender, peppermint, and peace and calming.

Even if tonight is the first time you're hearing about them, as Valley News Team's Nicole Johnson shows us, they have a long history.

Snake oil, you've heard of it, for centuries people have been looking to make a buck.

On the other hand, aromatherapy has been around for even longer. Katie Gross, a parish nurse is looking to break into the field.

"It kinda downplays the science behind aromatherapy that anybody could tell you what oils to use to cure whatever ailment," says Gross.

So, she went to one of these essential oil meetings.

"It was a little nerve racking, where I felt like there was medical advice given by non-medical professionals," says Gross.   

At one these classes you learn about brands like, Young Essential Oils, Or Doterra. They are sold through multi-level marketing.

They explain the benefits of the oils. Making claims that they can cure tumors, strep throat, and even get you off medication.

"I think people come from a good place, but I would be hesitant, to buy something from someone who is not properly credentialed and who is going to make a buck," says Gross. 

Some claim one of those trying to make a buck, Gary young. Founder of Young Essential Oils.

After doing some research, we found lawsuits, and newspaper articles where Young has claimed various medical experience. But, they found he is not a licensed doctor.  

Conflict of interest, something Tonya Mulvaney wrestles with.

"Conflict of interest? Yeah, I mean I think it's a possibly, if you are not coming from the right place," says Mulvaney.

She's sells Doterra, and attends medical school. She is hoping to use essential oils in her practice someday.

"They are powerful, plants are medicine, and we have been using them for thousands of years as medicine, just because  it's natural, it doesn't mean it's 100 perfect safe, you still need to use them the way they were intended to be used," says Mulvaney.

These oils are not regulated through the FDA, so experts say they don't know about the safety, effectiveness, or purity.

The name essential oils may be confusing, there are many things your body needs, but these oils are simply additives.

"A lot of it starts as trial and error, and see what works for you, and not everything is going to work for everybody, some things will work really good for some people, and not for others," says Amber Sundstrom, who sells and uses essential oils.

She has positive in the products financially and physically.

"We get over colds super fast, like three days max, and we never have that day where we feel absolutely like crap, over all we have a little cold, then just a little sniffle, then, oh, we have nothing," says Sundstrom.

She says her doctor gave her the go ahead, as long as she knew there were some allergy risks. She says her family has not experienced any. Many sellers say you can't knock them, until you try them.

You don't have to buy them through a distributor; you can get them at health food stores, or sometimes through your doctor.

Prices vary depending on the type of oil. But, be sure to do your research first. Some oils say right on the bottle not for internal use, and many doctors say that’s a big red flag.

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A new trend that's made it's way to the valley. Many are using, selling, and buying essential oils, claiming they have various health benefits.

People are drinking, and rubbing these essential oils on their skin. Oils like lavender, lemon, or peppermint.

While some claim there are benefits, there's a debate going on. You can buy them at some health food stores, but many are selling them through multi- level marketing.

Amber Sundstrom uses and sells the oils, "There are a lot of people that get off of anti-depressants, or thyroid medication, all kinda of medicine people get off with the oils," she says.

But, others, like Katie Gross believe you should be careful, "I think people come from a good place, but I would be hesitant, to buy something from someone who is not properly credentialed and who is going to make a buck," she says.

Some experts say they don't know about the safety or effectiveness of the products, because they are not regulated through the FDA.

But, there's even more to the debate on these essential oils.

Tune into Valley News Live 10@10 tonight for the whole story.
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