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R.C. Essential Oil Blend
The R.C. essential oil blend contains several essential oils, namely Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Lavender, Cypress, Spruce, Peppermint, and three different types of Eucalyptus (globulus, radiata, and citriodora). Each one of these powerful ingredients helps to support healthy respiratory function. This proprietary blend of essential oils is trademarked by Young Living. Each bottle of R.C. contains 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils and nothing else — nothing to dilute it, adulterate it, or modify its scent.
Suggested Usage of RC
RC should be diluted as 1:1 with carrier oil if it is going to be applied to the skin, and 1:15 if it is going to be used as part of a massage. Young Living recommends V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex for the carrier oil
According to the Essential Oils Pocket Reference, RC can be used in the following ways:
- Diffuse or humidify
- Rubbed on the chest, back of neck, or over the sinus area
- Used as hot compress
- Add to a steaming bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and the bowl, and inhale the steam – can be combined with Raven or Thieves blends
- Add 4 to 8 drops to a cotton ball and place in air vents
Young Living also recommends these uses:
- Place a few drops in a warm bath or shower
- Apply a few drops to your chest or wrist as you start your day
- Pine has been used since the time of Hippocrates to fight infection and support respiratory function
- One of the main constituents of peppermint essential oil is menthol
- The Romans referred to Marjoram as the “herb of happinesss”
- Eucalyptus globulus trees were planted throughout North Africa to effectively block the spread of malaria
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.
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.
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.
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.
FDA Warning Letter to Young Living
On May 13, 2015, Gary Young wrote a letter to the Young Living family to clear up some issues concerning compliance issue and the FDA regulations involved. In that letter, he highlighted two major problem areas:
- Distributors creating their own products using YL blends and singles, then presenting them as if they were manufactured by YL
- Distributors making what are termed “disease claims,” where essential oils are presented as treating or curing diseases or abnormal functions of the human body (or animals)
Both of these issues had resulted in a warning letter to Young Living from the FDA in 2014. The warning letter focused primarily on the second issue, as did Gary’s letter.
Statements that Attracted FDA Attention The majority of the trouble was caused by 8 independent distributors, and below are some extracts from the FDA letter describing some of the statements that caused concern:
“Viruses (including Ebola) are not match for Young Living Essential Oils”
“Thieves is highly anti-microbial … it could help against Ebola”
“Ebola virus cannot live in the presence of cinnamon bark (this is in Thieves) nor oregano”
“Cancer protection…According to a study . . . Myrtle inhibited prostate and breast cancer cells along with Sandalwood at very low concentrations. Sandalwood essential oil ranked number one for inhibiting growth of breast cancer at 98.1% and Myrtle was at 95.2%.”
“Oils for the Autism Spectrum! . . . Many have found a protocol of essential oils and supplements have helped ease the symptoms of autism-related issues . . .”
“One of the many #YoungLiving New Products the Freedom Sleep & Freedom Release kits. Help 4 Vets that suffer PTSD”
“Thieves oil is a blend of cinnamon, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, and lemon oils that has been shown in university studies to obliterate bacteria and viruses, as well as mold …”
“Peppermint oil has so many more uses … asthma, autism, brain injury … Crohn’s disease … multiple sclerosis, paralysis …”
Young Living Policies and Procedures
These statements not only distressed the FDA but violated Young Living’s Policies and Procedures — specifically Section 5.3.1, product claims. This section of the P&P is shown to the right, and you might note that violation can result in having your sales organization terminated. Don’t think that Young Living doesn’t take these rules seriously!
Young Living’s 25 Hot Words
To help its distributor’s avoid violating policy, Young Living has developed a list of 25 Hot Words, shown below, which are to be avoided on all blog posts, social media posts, etc.
Additional Young Living Compliance Resources
You can also 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.