I went to a class in 2015 it was targeting essential oil use on patients during/after/before cancer treatment. This was my email to the instructor. I never recieved a response.
Hello, I was at the Cancer services event last week where Dr. Minser spoke. I was very excited and drove 1.5 hours one way to hear her speak. I knew she had some training under George Cox and thought she would be a reliable source considering his NAHA "label." I should not have been excited but I am glad I went. This is why. I have an opportunity to inform you of these serious concerns.
Did you know that safe use of Lemongrass for dermal application is a max dilution concentration of 0.7%? Dr Minser advised using this oil neat for up to 3 days. Not just to ordinary healthy people but people who have endured or are experiencing Chemo and or radiation. Also my research tells me that essential oils can cause your liver to metabolize things more quickly. Chemo is specific to each person and oils should never be used during chemo, or 2 weeks prior, due to the drug being very specific to the patient. The EO could mess with the Chemo. Not something I would want to feel responsible for. Did you know that using essential oils on an open wound can cause sensitization? Dr. Minser said it burned when she used Cinnamon and Thyme on an open rash and would not recommend doing it. I feel the way this was stated leads others to believing adverse reactions are not a big deal....
In my education there are 30 drops to a mL. How does 200 drops fit in a 4ml or 1 dram container? 30mL in an ounce approximately (29.5735 to be exact)? I would also like to know how 18 drops in a 1 oz container is equivalent to 1%? My math says this is 2. This may not seem a big deal but it is when you are using something like cinnamon or oregano (Tisserand suggests max dermal of 1.1%), lemongrass or any other oil known as a sensitizer.
Oregano was discussed as a skin tag removal used neat. While Dr. Minser did not start this conversation, it should have been shut down. Instead it was encouraged and made sure that everyone heard. This is scary business. 3rd degree chemical burns... I am an EO Safety Advocate and much of your thinking made me cringe. 1st, 2nd, 3rd distill?? Where are you getting your information?? I would love to send you links to all this information as well as credentials of the source.
Safety matters, accurate information matters and your oils are being ruined by those rubber droppers. I would love to see what it looks like in a GCMS. I would bet money there is rubber in the oil. The bergamot which is normally spicy citrus oil, smelled bland and of rubber. I would love for you to sample different bergamots to see. I would recommend trying an oil from Natures Gift, or Aromatics International, Appalachian Valley Natural Products also offers published GCMS and reasonably priced oils.
I believe you should really gain some better education before you teach another class, especially with patients in palliative care.
I really hope you gain from this information. When we know better, we do better.
In health and wellness,
I shared this for one purpose, I would like people to be informed about where they choose to get an aromatherapy education. Research, research, research before you decide to pay for a certification course. There are many more out there that are like the one this Dr. went to than there are reputable courses.