Is my sister talking poppycock?

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March 6, 2019 - 10:22 AM

DEAR DR. ROACH: My sister sells one of the popular brands of essential oil products and related equipment. She sends out many social network postings about the benefits of these products, including sharing postings from others who sell the products.

I do not purchase these for several reasons. I am sensitive to many airborne scents and have a scent-free home, but my primary concern is that she seems to be practicing medicine by claiming what I believe to be unproven health benefits. These are very costly and, at a minimum, harm is done by persuading people to spend a great deal of money for products that may not do what they are claimed to do. I am also concerned that families with young children seem to be using these products — my relative has even sent some to her children’s school for use in the classroom.

Can you please comment on possible benefits/harm from these products? — J.R.

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