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Blogs and social media are now the main means used for spreading marketing hype and lies.

Many sites that seem to offer helpful advice are just a mechanism to make cash from ill and gullible people. Health advisory web sites are frequently run by people with no training in health care. Homesteader and similar sites repeat information from out-of-date books resulting in dangerous advice. Some so called 'doctors' have realised they can make lots of money by selling quack products and services. If you see the title 'Dr'. beware, it is often used to mislead people into thinking they are medical doctors when they are not.

In the USA many blog operators claim to be Christians, yet they do not care if they sell dangerous products or refer people to sellers of quack cures. Beware of sites making claims about essential oils and the Bible. In Biblical times distilled essential oils were not available. Beware of those constantly using the word 'God' in their messages, this is a classic selling technique used by con artists to capture the hearts of Christians.

July 2016: Article about blog sites that link to Amazon suppliers some of which sell dangerous essential oils.

April 20016: An article of critical importance to UK and USA readers who detest animal testing of products.

18th. Update on the file 'Google are pirates' and the new court judgment-updated again July 2016.

Feb. 2016: For UK readers; an article on how the EU has affected the essential oils trades.

Dec 2015: Readers may wish to know that the organizer of the oil conference 2015 which I review on the articles page, has threatened to: "get google to take my site down; legal action over breach of copyright; my claims on their lack of evidence over medicinal uses are false", etc. My server has refused to remove the article because it legal and "fair comment". The files will remain as examples of people being misled about what essential oils can do, as well as major safety errors being widely disseminated via blogs and other means.

Here is a new review of another USA web site giving wrong information gleaned from suspect sources.

Nov. 2015: A warning over an article on the internal use of lemongrass carried by ehow.com
Sept. 2015: This month at the age of 70 all sales of my publications and courses have ceased. This web site will remain as an information resource and new info will be added as and when I feel it necessary. The peddlers of trash in this trade can't breath a sigh of relief just yet! Thank you for the support from my thousands of readers around the world over the last 25 years. Martin.

August 2015: New article for UK readers. Information on the raindrop therapy scene here.

July 2015: The full review of the recent Essential Oils Revolution online conference. I was sent around 65 files of the speakers by someone who was concerned at the contents. They were right,some of it is dangerous quack medicine. What most of the subscribers probably did not know was the majority of the speakers are doTerra essential oils agents. They make claims which it would be illegal for that company to make following their warnings by the FDA. They also give masses of wrong information gleaned from blog sites.

Two separate reviews from the Essential Oils Revolution online conference. These are of Dr J. Axe, looks like we have a clone of Gary Young in our midst!!

As promised, new articles as I think necessary. This one is about how sites and blogs masquerading as consumer advice sites, are giving wrong and dangerous information on essential oils.

May 2015: Added a historical book on massage as a free download. Also see 'pubications' tab.
March 2015: Slight update to the old article on rose oil production.
Dec. 2014: Article about highly misleading and dangerous information on a web site linked to by suppliers.
Sept. 2014: Article about the claims made on blogs over Frankincense oil for cancers.

August 2014: A new article on the lies of Gary Young over his trip to Somalia by Mynou De Mey.

See also this review of Young Living and their fake Christian ethics. Direct link

A new review of the dreadful book 'Modern Essentials' A Contemporary Guide to the
Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils" published by a DoTerra distributor.

May 2014: I have removed all articles in .html format and replaced them with .pdf files. It became apparent that several blog owners have been copying and pasting bits out of my articles to make it appear like their own investigations. Also, complete articles have appeared on web sites without acknowledging the source. Now copying and pasting cannot be easily done.

Added some old articles not posted here before. Some trade history for new people and to correct some of the trash being posted on blogs. That includes people who have been saying that "Martin Watt is just posting work done by his father". My Father was an engineer not an essential oils writer. Yes there are a lot of people around who are too lazy to learn the truth and prefer fantasies and rumours on blog sites.

Feb. 2014: A tribute to an old friend Bernie Hephrun who some of my readers may know.

Jan. 2014: Major update to the article state of the trade 2014 including a new page on the organisations validating training courses.

A major update to the list of hyped oils. Made necessary by the huge increase in aromatherapy oil sellers promoting these oils along with outrageous medicinal claims. Some of these suppliers are being recommended by leading aromatherapy 'names'.

Dec. 2013: A major update about aromatherapy blogs and those who run them.

Oct. 2013: At last some activity in the USA against illegal medicinal claims of multi level oil sellers. Some in the aromatherapy trade have realised these people could put everyone out of business. Click here to see details of a petition/complaint sent to the FDA. Also see: aromatherapyunited.wordpress.com/
August 2013: In the book reviews section is a review of the dreadful book on chemistry written by David Stewart - a Young Living supporter who clearly knows next to nothing on the subject and has simply parroted the hype and garbage from that organisation.
April 2013: I have just found out that our book Frankincense & Myrrh is now available in kindle format - use a search engine as it's not available here.
Feb. 2013: Added the archives from the IDMA newsgroup commencing in 1998. Lots of history of the trade here for those interested.
Nov. 2012: Consumer alert. Beware of claims made for oils from this site:
venkatramna-perfumers.com They are selling some extremely dangerous oils such as distilled mustard seed, while making medicinal claims which would harm you if you believed them. This company also do not know the difference between amber oil and ambergris oil. They have started spamming the world with their marketing but their knowledge base is suspect.

Beware of assuming all members of the Natural Perfumers Guild http://naturalperfumers.com/ are credible or honest traders, several are not. http://www.profumo.it they trade in unethical and possibly illegal animal extracts. There is also evidence that some teachers in this group buy and sell synthetic fragrance blends as the real thing. This is mainly due to many of their members not being the experts which their publicity suggests.

Yahoo and other newsgroups: Please beware of assuming that people on these groups are experts in the subjects they give advice on. Some are, but very few. Many of these newsgroups are created just to enable the 'owners' to market their products. Nothing wrong with that in theory, but a lot wrong when people who have no training in medicine, herbs, oils or much else, start giving health advice. I have been horrified at some of the dangerous advice on essential oils and herbs given on some of these groups. Many of these groups are 'moderated' by the owners who edit posts to inhibit freedom of expression, or deter members from

While many Americans seem to think their Constitution gives them freedom of speech, this does not extend to companies, organisations and individuals. Most of these groups are 'private' and the group owners or moderators can censor anything they dislike, or which could expose their friends to probing of their integrity. This allows con artists free reign and stops them being exposed to scrutiny. That is something desperately needed in a trade packed to bursting with such people. It also inhibits an individual or group of people from criticism of inaccurate, misleading, illegal and dangerous information on web sites.

An increasing concern is the growth in pseudo scientific web sites providing misleading safety data on chemicals and the products they occur in. Beware if you find a site that classifies a chemical as "dangerous", but the site does not say in what circumstances and volumes. The fact a chemical may have proven toxic if consumed to excess, does not mean that chemical is always dangerous in any product it is used in.

Quiet a number of these so called "dangerous" chemicals (to dumb scientists)are natural constituents of the plants in our everyday foods, indeed some are considered to have positive health effects such as anti oxidants, anti cancer, etc.

These consumer advice websites often try to declare "green credentials" giving them an air of authority. If someone cannot provide exact information on volumes of a chemical required to cause problems, and in what circumstances of use, then the information they give is all but worthless.

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