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The Bards App


Be and informed consumer! Great tool for making educated decisions about your care and that of your family. 


Quick reference:

  • Oils cautioned or unsafe with children or in pregnancy      with alternative oil suggestions. List of child--safe oils and uses.
  • Dilution guide by age group.
  • Safety summary of doTERRA oils. Although there is a      section just for doTERRA, the majority of the App is not brand specific      and many, many oils not carried by doTERRA are covered and recommended.
  • First aid reference including list of oils cautioned      for those with seizure disorders including alternative oil suggestions.
  • List of phototoxic oils, as well as, dilution      suggestions.
  • Potential and theoretical drug interactions listed by      drug and essential oil.
  • Blending guide by note

 Not an exhaustive list nor universally agreed upon. All data derived from educational materials or linked from credible industry resources with written permission.  This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

Use at your own risk. See terms of use.

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Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you make this App?

Education  and choice. Bottles of essential oil that most people have access to –  from store shelves, Amazon, and MLM reps do not come with directions. To  find those directions people need to know where to find them online,  often going between multiple locations. This is a consolidated,  affordable tool that fits with a busy 21st century life.

Why is doTERRA mentioned and no one else?

90%  of this app is brand neutral. Since doTERRA is one of the largest  companies out there and their bottles do not contain directions, this is  a tool – cross-referenced with broad trade safety standards. It is an  easy introduction to conversations on safety for those who choose to  purchase from doTERRA.

When there are so many free apps out there, why is there a charge?

It  costs to make apps. Many free apps have in app purchases to ultimately  finance the cost of creating the app. The cost is on the back end not  the front end. This app is cheaper than most that I found on  aromatherapy and essential oils and I didn’t find any dedicated to  safety.

Your recommendations are not the same as the one I saw on a Facebook group or meme. Why?

You’d  be hard pressed to find two websites or facebook groups who agree on  all safety issues. There are no absolute safety standards in  aromatherapy. But that doesn’t mean it is a free for all. For instance,  there is disagreement on what age for peppermint, cinnamon or eucalyptus  - but there is consensus on the big things like be careful with  peppermint, cinnamon and eucalyptus. What you have here are my  interpretations from my studies and observations.

I  have just seen some of the safety recommendations. I am pregnant with  little kids and now am scared. Should I throw out all my oils?

That  is up to you. I wouldn’t. You know the piece of paper a pharmacist  gives you with a prescription, small print in a magazine next to a  medicine ad or the quick voice reading all the bad things that could  happen at the end of a medicine commercial?  This is a version of those  but not about drugs rather about essential oils. Do you hear or read  those and them make your own informed decision? Balancing the  information with your own story? The risks of using oils are low.  However, there are some. Specifically, caregivers and pregnant mom's  should have information on documented risks and be able to make their  own decision in their care. There is not a broad body of evidence  showing that oils can cause a negative impact on pregnancy. But there is  some research pointing to risk. Pregnant moms can make their own choice  on whether the research is compelling or not. There is also not a huge  data bank on issues from peppermint and eucalyptus issues with children.  But there is some and again, caregivers should have the information on  the potential risk and be able to make their own decisions for care of  their families. This whole app is about education and personal choice.

Why is this not organized as an alphabetical list of oils and then their risks?

When  given a new oil most people ask, what can this do to help? However,  when faced with differing circumstances the questions look more like: I  am pregnant – what oils aren’t safe? Can I use eucalyptus with my kids?  What pops up in a Facebook feed is a picture of recommendations for  pregnancy or for children. This acts the same way utilizing the way  people ask questions rather than using a traditional dictionary system.

The font is small. Can’t you change this?

I  agree. I am working with the company whose platform I use. It is better  than it was, but I am searching for a solution within the capabilities  of the tools that I have used. Stay tuned.