Hey look, I wasn't the most cynical host on the subject of essential oils! Aren't you proud of me, Mistorians? Aren't you?? Eh, fuck it...I know you are.
I really did have every intention of sticking to the topic of the effectiveness of essential oils and aromatherapy but a passing recommendation from my wife to watch Netflix's Unwell changed the scope dramatically. I had no idea about the pyramid scheme aspect of these things. I just thought they were something hippies used as an alternative to going to the doctor and having to answer the question, "do you use recreational drugs?" But wow, there is a whole movement of salespeople who are drinking the Young Living and doTerra Kool-Aid seemingly by the gallon.
How do people still fall for pyramid schemes? And I'm not picking on John and Greg. I'm sure MonaVie was delicious and healthy. But multi level marketing companies are not hard to see through. I guess like both John and Greg said, the allure of being able to be your own boss and possibly make a boatload of cash is too irresistible to some. But if you're ever questioning whether or not a business opportunity is a pyramid scheme, just draw it out.
So, do essential oils work? We don't know. No one does. We all agreed that we think they might possibly somewhat work. There is science being done on it but it is very far from proving anything, from what I read. Does the Deep Blue I put on sore muscles do anything or is it just a very expensive skin irritant? I can't really say. Does John's lavender scented pillow really make him sleep better? We don't know. But as long as it makes him happy then who cares?
Side note...shortly after recording this episode I saw on a podcast website that Young Living was looking for a podcast host. Think I should apply?
- Kevin Rosenquist