I also know that not many (hell, probably not any) aromatherapist can afford the millions of dollars it takes to go through the FDA approval process. Surely there's some sort of better way to figure things out so that qualified aromatherapists can use essential oils in their therapeutic capacities without risk of losing everything. Even though hundreds or thousands of pharmaceuticals go through their rigorous testing process and are put out on the market with a laundry list of side effects, they're still sold and sometimes used indiscriminately. Where's the logic in that? I can't see that the expensive testing resulted in a safer produt.
If I could get myself elected to one of the FDA's advisory committees, I'd fill out their application. It would be an uphill battle, but at least our voices would be heard. Maybe it's actually the rules governing what constitutes a drug and how that's determined that need to be revised, not the language on a label or the claim on a web site. There really is middle ground and it needs to be looked at. Wish I had the answer.