Dr. Sandra Lee, AKA Dr. Pimple Popper, is amazing to me and a million times more of a respectable doctor than like, non-doctor Dr. Phil. (But what doctor isn’t?) And immensely popular Beauty YouTuber Michelle Phan learned about respect when Sandra had to check her with some medical knowledge. Michelle suggested that burning essential oils could prevent the spread of viruses through immunizing your nostrils–or something. And Dr. Pimple Popper was like, “No, ma’am–that is not in any way scientifically accurate.”
Business Insider says that Michelle posted an Instagram Story stating that burning “antiviral” oils such as “tea tree, lavender, clove bud, lemon, ravensara, and eucalyptus globulus,” would prevent the spread of viruses including the coronavirus. She wrote:
“Our first point of contact for viruses is our nose. If you are burning antiviral essential oils around you this will kill off the virus before it enters your system.”
Dr. Pimple Popper could not stand by and let people think they can stop washing their hands because their house smells like ravensara, so she corrected Michelle on Twitter:
— Dr Pimple Popper (@SandraLeeMD) February 3, 2020
Science agrees with Sandra. While Business Insider says the essential oil industry is rapidly growing, the medical evidence of it it is “flimsy at best”. But Michelle assures us this is medically based, she heard it from her nurse friend who is “into holistic care.”
My friend who’s a nurse and into holistic care shared with her friends and family detailed tips that help boost the immune system. I reshared. My intention wasn’t to mislead, but thank you for enlightening me.
— 𝓜𝓪𝓰𝓲𝓬 (@MichellePhan) February 3, 2020
Surprise, surprise, you shouldn’t get your medical knowledge from a beauty YouTuber who might be getting a check from an essential oil brand. Who’d have thought? Wait! Does this mean that Jenny McCarthy doen’t know anything about vaccines? Mind blown.