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Posted September 26, 2014
Sellers of Essential Oils Warned for Claiming to Treat Ebola, Other Diseases
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."
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