I don't know if anyone has heard of these - quite likely. They seem to be quite popular.
There is a new craze about in my area - Young Living Essential Oils.
I knew from the get-go that this was a New Age pyramid scheme - albeit a "legal" one - because people get sooooo very hyped, blissed, and excited about these oils, and they just have to tell others about them. Your standard New Age "spreading of the word."
The thing is - the oils are lovely. Very high quality. And they work for various health ailments.
The other thing is - they're very pricey. Too pricey, in my mind.
And of course they're pricey. Because they have a big, old pyramid scheme to support. The prices are jacked up just for that reason.
This is one of those things where you sign people up under you, and then you are paid every time they place an order (as long as you have purchased products yourself that month).
Let's just say - the people at the top of this pyramid are making off like absolute bandits. I don't doubt they are all millionaires. Probably multi-millionaires.
But the thing is, for me, even a legal pyramid scheme selling products like this one is not, ultimately, ethical. And for that reason, I've never been able to sign up as a member, even though I do like some of the products. The idea of climbing aboard this particular pyramid (or any pyramid) gives me the heebie jeebies.
This scheme also uses that standard New Age technique where some people are "in the know" and some people aren't. So you have a bunch of mostly ladies who have expendable income at their disposal, who buy these oils and tout them as miraculous cure-alls. It creates this group of yuppie "bohemians" who think they are really onto something.
But the truth is, if a "health solution" involves shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars, it's not a real solution at this time. There are 45 million Americans on food stamps right now. They need help just putting food on their tables. They are not going to have a few hundred to get started on their way up the pyramid. And honestly, neither do I.
If these are such a miracle for health, why are they not more accessible to people of different income levels? Why are these products kept locked up in this pyramid?
Well, because New Age is all about being accessible only to the "true believers," the unenlightened be damned. And the true believers are mostly middle and upper-middle class. People with money.
It's not about helping the people who really need help. It's about creating a Neptunian Band-Aid solution so the middle and upper-middle classes don't have to bother themselves with what's really going on.
Essential oils are lovely, but they've always seemed like a masker to me, treating symptoms rather than the root causes of health disturbance.
And all these yuppie Mamas can look the other way as long as they have their miracle oil supply.
It leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I have to say.