Posted by Lauren Bridges on

There are good ideas and bad ideas when it comes to aromatherapy research, and Google and other search engines unfortunately fall into a grey area on this matter.

The truth is, there is good information to be found out there using search engines (like the popular Google). But the poorly constructed information and claims seems to dominate these searches, the truly valuable information popping up as little nuggets of gold amid the sludge and rocks as you browse over your search results.

Google Scholar, online academic journals, etc. can be good sources of online information. A simple, standard search engine scan? It’s going to be much more difficult to find something worthwhile.

Want to know what some of the worst things to search for are? LISTS. Pick a health topic, age group, medical condition, or whatever—lists will never give you an accurate representation of what is safe or not safe for any of these. Why?

Because therapeutic treatment is never as simple as a list.

A list doesn’t help you reason through risk and benefit. A list doesn’t account for your personal health. A list does not help you to navigate through idiosyncrasies.

A list doesn’t really keep you safe.

Now, they aren’t totally useless, but in truth, lists exists more as guidelines in the majority of cases rather than a reflection of therapeutic potential. If I had a nickel for every time a colleague stepped outside of a list to help balance the health of their client (and safely at that)...well, you know how the adage goes.

Want to know one of the worst things we see with lists? “Experts.” People who think they have understood and accomplished an understanding of aromatherapy and essential oils that surpasses that of legitimate seasoned experts and trained aromatherapists all because the pixelated screen in front of them popped up with a list of oils.

Why are we harping on this? Multiple reasons. Perhaps most importantly is that your health matters so much that we don’t want you to fall prey to a delusional sense of essential oil safety. But just as important, we are seeing more and more how rude, unscrupulous people are all too willing to come down on good people who caution them with the truth of the matter all because they can Google a list.

We’re not saying throw the lists away. Just use them with the understanding they they will not divulge to you a complete understanding of what you need to know for therapeutic treatment.

And most importantly, don’t dismiss what someone cautions you with because a list on a certain subject exists. If you want to know a surefire way to demonstrate that you haven’t yet learned what you need to about therapeutics to be making recommendations to others, list worship is it

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