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Good News Regarding Compliance and Thieves OTC Cough Drops

Good News Regarding Compliance and Thieves OTC Cough Drops

Young Living’s First OTC Products

At the Young Living Grand Convention this week, there was some good news in the area of compliance for two YL products:  Cool Azul pain relief cream and Thieves Cough Drops.  This news came from Young Living’s Facebook page for Conduct and Education.  In this blog post, we are going to focus on the Thieves OTC cough drops.

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Thieves Cough Drops

The Thieves Cough Drop are considered over-the-counter drugs, and are labeled and marketed distinct from the Lozenges, which will still be available.  They differ from the lozenges in that they contain natural menthol.  Note these are among the first OTC (over-the-counter) drugs that Young Living has on the market, and Young Living is the first essential oil company to market OTC drugs.

What are OTC Drugs?

OTC, or over-the-counter drugs, have been found safe and appropriate for use by individuals without requiring the supervision of a health care professional, and can be purchased without needing prescription.

What Can We Say about Thieves Cough Drops?

Like any drug, there are very strict rules about ingredients, guidelines, dosage, labeling, and … marketing.  As far as what you can say about the Thieves cough drops, Young Living advises that we stick to what the labeling says about the product.  Here’s the brochure, with everything you need to know about them, and a product summary.  We can say things like they provide cough and sore throat relief, cools nasal passages, relieves coughs, and soothes sore throats.  We can’t say, however, that the cough drops support a healthy respiratory system.


The introduction of OTC products is great news for Young Living and its independent distributors, and keep in mind that the Thieves Lozenges are just one of these OTC products.  When marketing them, our best bet is to stick to what the Young Living labels and brochures have to say about them.

Young Living Essential Oils and Compliance Issues: What You Can Say

Young Living Essential Oils and Compliance Issues: What You Can Say

Essential Oils:  What We Can Say

As discussed in a previous blog post, FDA rulings have affected what Young Living Independent distributors can and cannot say about the uses and applications of essential oils.  In this blog post, we are going to focus on what we can say!

Specific Essential Oils Claims We Can Make

So what kind of claims can we make?  Well, It is okay to make claims regarding age-related conditions, natural body functions, and occasional emotional states because they are not diseases.  We can also make claims backed up by scientific studies, but those studies can’t specifically or directly refer to Young Living or its products.  When referring to scientific studies, we need to make sure we don’t paraphrase, interpret, or selectively cite the study

Essential Oils as Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements can play a role in supporting, affecting, and maintaining overall wellness, the cardiovascular system, joint function, the immune system, the nervous system, and skin wellness.  You’ve probably noticed these phrases appearing in essential oil product literature from Young Living, especially for the Vitality dietary supplement essential oils.  A good guideline on what we can say regarding these oils is the Young Living catalog descriptions for them.  The FDA has different rules for what can be said about dietary supplements as opposed to topical and/or aromatic essential oils.

Essential Oils and Structure Function Claims

When discussing systems of the body keep in mind to avoid making structure-function claims about aromatic and/or topical products.  A structure-function claim is a product claim describing the role of a nutrient or dietary ingredient included in the product and intended to affect the normal structure or function of the human body.

A structure-function claim may only be used only in connection with a dietary supplement product and only if…

  • the claim is truthful and not misleading and
  • the claim is substantiated by adequate scientific research

Essential Oils Claims Regarding Non-Disease Conditions

We can also make claims for non-disease conditions.  These include things like hot flashes, mild mood changes, age-related memory loss, and bloating.  The FDA has no issue with making claims regarding these types of conditions.

Examples of non-disease conditions essential oils

Additional Young Living Compliance Resources

You can find a Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you go through all your social media, blogs, and advertising to make sure that you are in compliance with the Young Living Policies and Procedures.  In addition, there is a Young Living Conduct and Education Department page on Facebook that discusses these types of issues and provides you with an opportunity to ask questions from both fellow distributors and Young Living experts.  Through your Virtual Office you can access suggested product claims.