The Food and Drug Administration first started under the passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Act (1906). It was in 1930 when we came to know the FDA in its present form, and it mission to protect the public from hazardous products.Where do essential oils fit in the eyes of the FDA?
There are many essential oils used as health aids on the market, which is fine if the company doesn’t market it as a cure. Companies get into trouble when they promise that a product can treat or prevent diseases. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in 1938 to govern products and especially those making “cure” claims that have not been pre-clearance as drugs.
What are products that should be listed as drugs? “Claims that a product will relieve colic, ease pain, relax muscles, treat depression or anxiety, or help you sleep are drug claims. Such claims are sometimes made for products such as soaps, lotions, and massage oils containing “essential oils” and marketed as “aromatherapy.”
The FDA reviews products on a case-by-case basis. dōTERRA International LLC, Young Living, Natural Solutions was warned by the FDA in September against marketing their vitamins, essential oils and products as cures for Ebola without approval. Young Living posted viruses, including Ebola with use of Thieves and Cinnamon Bark. This claim is a no-no, says the FDA.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in 1938 to govern products and especially those making “cure” claims that have not been pre-clearance as drugs.
Marketing Thieves as a cure for viruses, shines the light on all alternative health companies in the future. With the web and social media, the FDA can monitor companies and track marketing tactics or claims, which will make it harder for those with legitimate products to be marketed.