[Michlib-l] essential oil class at the library

Marsh, Nyama N.Marsh at wfblibrary.org
Tue May 31 16:10:52 EDT 2016

Hello Everyone,

We received the email below, asking to give a class on essential oils. Given that it is a controversial topic for “health” (i.e. some think they can “cure” ailments and others consider it snake oil), I am wondering:

1)    If any of you have had essential oil classes at your library and did you limit how they presented the info?

2)    Do you have any policies about what “health” classes are allowed or not allowed?

3)    Do you get complaints if you don’t allow such a class or complaints if you DO allow them?

FYI, I use essential oils, so I am pro-oil – but I don’t talk about them at work and know the FDA has communicated with Young Living Oils regarding miscommunication of essentials oils’ ability to “cure” or “treat” illnesses. This is a quagmire I went to be very careful about wading into at the public library. http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2014/ucm416023.htm
Thoughts and feedback are appreciated.

Original email:
Hi - I am interested in teaching a class at the library, if you are interested.  I am passionate about educating people on how to use essential oils take care of their families naturally.  I noticed you have a variety of events and classes on the online calendar.  I would love the opportunity to teach some classes on essential oils.  Please let me know if you are interested.

Thank you,

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Nyama Y. Marsh
Library Director
n.marsh at wfblibrary.org<mailto:n.marsh at wfblibrary.org>
414-755-6551 (direct line)

Whitefish Bay Public Library
5420 North Marlborough Drive
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
414-964-4380 (main line)
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