Thursday, November 13, 2014

Essential Oils: No harm, no foul

I needed to look up something on Facebook that I’d sent to my friend, Shannon.  Scrolling through our private FB messages, something caught my eye.  Shannon and I had had a quick conversation about essential oils a few months ago.  It wasn't a very long convo, or a very detailed one, but one in which I asked if she had heard of the oils.  It went something like this: 

Cat: Have you heard of essential oils?

Shan: No.

Cat:  You might want to check them out. 

Then I sent two images of some oils I liked. 

Shan:  Thank you!

Cat:  Sure :)


I like the oils.  I thought Shannon would too.  No harm, no foul in telling her about them.  It was a simple share and a private one.  

Or so I thought.

That short exchange happened in late August.  It happened right before the FDA sent warning letters to essential oil companies and essential oil bloggers.  Reading that warning surprised a lot of us, including several of my friends who’ve blogged about essential oils. 

Color me absolutely shocked to see this message when I stumbled upon this warning in my FB mailbox last night: 
Peek-a-boo, I see you, FB police.  I guess you see me, too.
Now, I know nothing is private on social media.  People put themselves ‘out there’ when they log onto the internet.  They do that more so than they would if they were having a face-to-face conversation with a person.  I am guilty of that and know that I sometimes say more than I should.  

Now that I know that someone else is reading my "private" FB messages and that those messages have been flagged, I’ll be a little more careful about what I share. 

xo, Cat

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