Friday Favorites 5

1. It’s just better when everyday things are cute. It’s been really cold here in Kansas City, so a little Ototo Nessie Ladle peeking out of my soup is making me very happy right now. I also love that the ladle is practical–it stands up, so no more ladle sliding down and falling into the pot!

2. I read The New Yorker article How essential oils became the cure for our age of anxiety: Aromatic oils have become big business. But are they medicine or marketing? when it was first published last October, but I wanted to share it here because I’ve seen so many people gushing about essential oils and the company Young Living in the scrapbooking community lately.

The company is making very dangerous claims, is set up as a pyramid scheme, has participated in illegal trafficking, and there is evidence of terrifying medical malpractice from founder Gary Young: “Stirling said he was also alarmed by a video he saw of Young, whose only medical degree is a doctorate in naturopathy from an unaccredited school, performing gallbladder surgery and giving essential oils intravenously at the clinic in Ecuador.”

I love the scent of eucalyptus spearmint for a relaxing bath, but I’m not going to try to convince people it will take the place of a flu shot of cure their cancer.

If you don’t have time for the full article, I recommend at least taking in this snippit:

Representatives of both doTerra and Young Living like to highlight the medical benefits of their products. “There are literally thousands of studies on the benefits of essential oils,” Hill said. In fact, there have been very few large-scale, peer-reviewed studies of essential oils’ use on humans, and their conclusions have been relatively modest. It appears that lavender may improve sleep quality and duration, and that peppermint may reduce symptoms of headache and irritable-bowel syndrome. Many more studies have looked at oils’ impact on cell cultures in a lab, sometimes with encouraging results. Some oils have been shown to have antimicrobial effects, and to work synergistically with antibiotics. But the conclusions reached by scientists are beside the point for many consumers. “I’ll use my wife as an example,” Hill said. “She’s not going to be able to tell you the first thing about chemistry. Put a research paper in front of her—zero interest. And that’s probably how most people are. What’s real to them is the experience they’re having.”
The Food and Drug Administration is charged with preventing sellers of alternative-health products from making unfounded medical claims. Without ample independent testing, companies can’t assert that their products prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure disease. They get around this by relying on abstract words like “vitality” and “balance,” and by talking in vague terms about general body systems or mild issues that don’t rise to the level of disease. Young Living and doTerra have attorneys on staff to insure that product descriptions are within legal bounds.

3. Back to the lighter side of life, Bryers Salted Caramel ice cream is addicting. Add a little hot fudge? Oh my goodness.

4. I’m in home improvement research mode, and one of my favorite resources right now is See Jane Drill. Many DIY videos I’ve watched are light on the information in favor of giving a more polished presentation, but these are focused on actually helping you do things correctly. I’m using the amazing tips in how to caulk a bathtub next.

5. My mom gifted us this Orb mini pendant light for Christmas and it is a fantastic edition to our entryway! I love it from every angle. Here’s to slowly replacing the boob-looking lights in my house this year!

6. I read about the bi-monthly book subscriptions from The Alignist in Poets & Writers this week and I’m very excited about it! The fiction books are deep dives into different regions of the world and are accompanied by information and expert analysis to understand the real-world conditions that the characters face. There is also a subscription that includes ethically sourced items from the region and recipes to help the book come to life. My two greatest loves are literature and sociology (experimenting with food is high up there too), so this seems handmade for me.

What are you loving this week?