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Posted September 26, 2014

Sellers of Essential Oils Warned for Claiming to Treat Ebola, Other Diseases

On September 22, 2014, the FDA issued a warning to Young Living following a review of websites, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter accounts owned by Young Living distributors, which found statements made about the company's essential oils, including Thieves, Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, ImmuPower, Rosemary, Myrtle, Sandalwood, Eucalyptus Blue, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Orange, to be drug claims, including the claim that some oils could treat the Ebola virus.

Thieves contains a blend of lemon, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. It was promoted to treat Ebola and other viral infections on one distributor's website with statements such as "Viruses (including Ebola) are no match for Young Living Essential Oils," and "Thieves is highly anti-microbial ... it could help against Ebola."

A statement on another distributor's site, under the heading "Are you panicked about the Ebola Virus after watching the news this week?" claimed "[T]he Ebola virus cannot survive in the presence of a therapeutic grade Cinnamon Bark and Oregano essential oil.

Rosemary Essential Oil was promoted to treat cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease, with statements such as "[R]egular use of rosemary essential oil may ...help prevent diseases associated with free radicals, including cancer and heart disease," and "Rosemary research in regards to Alzheimer's disease showed aromatherapy as a potential treatment for the cognitive (eg, memory) impairments caused by dementia."

Myrtle Essential Oil was promoted to treat Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, breast and prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction, with statements such as "Myrtle ... is also beneficial for other conditions that affect the nerves such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's," and "Myrtle inhibited prostate and breast cancer cells along with Sandalwood at very low concentrations."

Ylang Ylang was promoted to treat cardiovascular disease and diabetes with statements such as "Ylang Ylang is used medicinally ...for the treatment of ... arterial hypertension ... diabetes ... insomnia, heart palpitations, and tachycardia."

See Related Warnings:

FDA Warns Seller of Supplements and Chocolate Promoted to Treat Ebola

Seller of Joint Pain Supplement Warned for Drug Claims

Seller of "Nerve", "Cleanse" and Probiotic Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

Seller of Immune Supplement Warned for Drug Claims

Seller of Joint Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Seller of Mineral and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Vita Springs Health Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Seller of Flaxseed, Ginkgo and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Seller of Aloe, Thyroid and Other Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Herbal Supplement Company Warned For Drug Claims, Manufacturing Violations

Maker of Digestive Health Supplement Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.