Essential Oils can be dangerous. People selling the essential oils for companies create articles and guides in order to sell more oils. This can make it difficult to find good truthful information about safe ways to use oils. Additionally, members selling dōTERRA and Young Living will often falsely claim that oils can treat conditions or cure diseases.
It can be difficult to find the truth about essential oils even if you do careful research. This is because of the way search engines and ranking algorithms work. They surface articles and websites based on how large numbers of people act — but in this case, large numbers of people are working to sell more oil. To learn more about this check out our post on how MLMs break the internet.
Here are some articles we’ve vetted to learn more about the dangers of essential oils and how to use them safely
WebMD articles talking about the safety of essential oils including tips on who should and should not use oils, what applications make sense, allergies, and more!
WebMD: Essential Oils; Natural Doesn’t Mean Risk Free
WebMD: Dos and Don’ts of Essential Oils
Women’s Day explains the dangers of some essential oils as well as their relationship to this type of company (DoTerra and Young Living). Also mentions how they can be used effectively.
Women’s Day: Dangers of Essential Oils
Refinery29 story about a diffuser with essential oils causing a woman chemical burns. “I was unaware that the vaporized ‘diluted’ oil from my diffuser could also be dangerous…”
The Terrifying Reason This Woman Was Burned By Essential Oils
According to the official dōTERRA compensation plan, advocates make profits on the dōTERRA items sold to retail customers or preferred members. Profits are the amount sold over wholesale costs. Additionally, advocates can make money on bonuses paid based on the wholesale purchase volume of the advocates and teams they sponsor.
The compensation plan is based on sponsor bonuses rank level achievements
To participate in the bonus program an advocate must at least:
- A qualified LRP (Loyalty Rewards Program) order for $100
- This means purchasing inventory even if you haven’t sold inventory that month.
- Maintain some number of personally sponsored qualified advocates or customers (at least 3 per “leg”)
- To be “qualified” each of these customers/advocates must also be purchasing $100 each month
- Often, this leads to sponsors encouraging advocates and wholesale customers to purchase month after month
- Total amounts of team or organization volume sales
- If the team is under the necessary amount, sponsors will encourage advocates to purchase extra inventory that month even if they cannot sell it
At higher bonus levels, there are bigger and bigger requirements to get the bonuses. It becomes harder to continue getting the bonuses each month, and most of the bonuses are based on sponsorship and team building.
An extremely small number of people (almost no one) will get to the highest bonus levels (leadership). People at the highest bones levels make a lot of money. dōTERRA’s own disclosures show that these top earners make up less than 0.5% of the members.
As a matter of fact, dōTERRA only paid bonuses to 25% of members. Most advocates didn’t make any commissions at all.
Consider the following questions:
- Is your sponsor pressuring you to make purchases you can’t afford?
- Have you reviewed the dōTERRA disclosures as well as the compensation plan?
- Are you comfortable with the required investments, risks, and returns you’ve had with dōTERRA? (Ask this question weekly)
- Are customers ready to buy the products that you’ve purchased wholesale? Can you afford it if no one purchases those products? (Ask these questions with each purchase)