Someone walked into the health food store the other day, looking for ginger oil to massage her legs. There is a video going around on facebook (I have not seen it), that touts restored circulation of legs by using it.
My response was that I could sell her the ginger oil, but cannot discuss the massage.
A second person walked in looking for the same thing and for the same reason.
I asked the managers in the other stores and found they were also receiving the same requests.
I felt it necessary to put out a memo.
Ginger essential oil is a vasodilator; it dilates or widens the vessels so that circulation may be improved. The problem is what it DOESN’T say. Damage can be done to the legs if the vessels are varicosed, spidered, or weakened in any way. Damage may also be done if the legs are swelled, as swelling may be indication of a heart condition, and sometimes clots are formed in the legs. If vessels are dilated in such conditions, possible clots may become dislodged and travel to heart or brain causing heart attack or stroke.
Never EVER follow health advice from one video. DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Here are some red flags to watch for when you see a video:
1) If a claim uses the word “CURE”, then move on. The body is so complex and if an actual cure were to be found it would be all over the news, and in studies.
2) If the claim says “PREVENTS” without the word “HELPS” in front of it, move on.
3) If the claims say “What your doctor won’t tell you”. Friends, doctors are not evil and sinister. Doctors are not puppets either. True, there are bad actors in EVERY profession, but stop listening to the demonizing of the medical profession. If you or a loved one had a heart attack, you would welcome their expertise.
4) When the phrase “Big Pharma” is used, that does not mean the entire pharmaceutical industry is out to destroy you or take away your right to choose supplements. Once again, there is an industry where dollars rule, but that is not your pharmacist, or those who prescribe, necessarily.
5) If the ad is alarming or shocking, move on. There is a shock value that is huge in the marketing world. It used to be “sex sells” but in the past few decades it is “Shock sells” Don’t be fooled by the shock value.
6) The word “Finally” , meaning, “the product the world has been waiting for” is a clue that it is NOT the product the world has been waiting for.
If a product sounds innovative and may offer a solution, ask someone if they have tried it. Look up reviews. Wait a few months to see if the hype has died down (remember Raspberry Ketones for magical weight loss?).
Remember, the medical field is not the wellness field. The Medical Profession checks for signs and symptoms and treats a crisis AND IS TRAINED TO RESTORE YOU BACK TO A PLACE OF NO SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS. The Wellness Profession helps keep you out of crisis by offering solutions to help you remain in balance.
The problem exists when those in the WELLNESS PROFESSION start marketing the treatment of disease, or when the PATIENT blames one in the MEDICAL PROFESSION for not practicing WELLNESS.
So, before you fall for that claim, check out it out. There is NO Essential OIL that HEALS- There is NO HERB that HEALS – there is NO ORGANIC FOOD that HEALS – there is NO ONE PILL that HEALS.
None. Zero. Zip. Nada.
Healing belongs to God alone.
He chooses to use any path to RESTORE WELLNESS, WHOLENESS, SOUNDNESS IN THE BODY. He may heal miraculously. He may use an oil. He may use an herb. He may use medication.
He may also use friendship.
He may use a word spoken in season.
He may use surgery.
He may use a haircut.
He may use clean water.
He may use exercise.
He may use a combination of many things.
Your job is to listen to Him and be open to what He wants to do and not limit Him.
And to use wisdom. Not everything out there is true. Not everything “works” for all. Let God be God.