Yeah, that's a pretty common aromatherapist opinion. Not to pick on you, but I've heard that many times before, and have never had any issue with using the oils the way they reccomend.>>>>
I am not sure why I would feel picked on? Unless you are making a sweeping generalization about how all aromathist's paractice? Then maybe I will feel like that.
There are two main camps of aromatherapy. The french modality and the british. I lean heavily toward the French way (like YL does), but I also have studied and used the oils enough on myself, my kids, and in my practice to know that all that YL teaches is not safe. I will be the first to defend raindrop technique, neat application of some oils, etc... but I do believe that like with anything-herbs, homepathics, etc... you need to to know what you are doing. I know many people in the aromatherapy world that act like the oils are poison and it drives me nuts! However, after being with the YL'ers for a long time, have realized they are not perfect either. Yes, if the oils were to get into a babies eyes... especially peppermint, it could cause literal damage if it were not diluted. EO's can penetrate deeply. You have to do what feels comfortable, and sometimes that coems with education and practice. Not to say you don't have that, but just being a YL dist. does not quantify people as experts, and that is really where my beef comes from with them.( not to say you think that way either, I don't know you)
I don't mean to sound harsh at all, I just think there alot of misconceptions, and I deal with them daily. I think EO's applied on the feet and absorbed through to the blood stream do just as much good and more efficiently for pain relief,etc.. in labor. If they are inhaled also, this would be true as they immediately effect the pleasure/pain receptors in the brain. Just my .02.