Revise your restrictive policies for herbalists

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Revise your restrictive policies for herbalists

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Etsy's policies are severely restrictive when it comes to listing herbal products. For herbal products in the United States, the standard policy is to provide a disclaimer that the FDA has not evaluated the properties of the herb(s). But since someone purchasing herbal products needs to know what they may be used for—what they have traditionally been used for—it is also standard to provide that information.

Look on your teas, herbal supplements, and essential oils that you purchase from any store. You will be able to get an idea of the uses & properties of the herbs contained in them. You need that information to make decisions about which herbs to purchase and use. BUT ETSY WON'T LET HERBALISTS PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION TO YOU.

That means, as a customer, you will be uninformed and thus unable to make appropriate decisions about the herbal products you're purchasing. And if you are a seller of herbal products on Etsy, you're not able to adequately describe your products.

Please ask Etsy to change its bizarre policies on herbal products!

Etsy's policy is that no medical drug claims can be made about an item. "A medical drug claim makes a correlation between a product and the cure or relief of a health condition or illness." 

Here is a drug claim that's not allowed, for example: "Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata, is believed to relieve high blood pressure & clear the skin."  This claim isn't allowed, even when it comes with a disclaimer. 

Telling how herbs have been used historically is also not allowed. Here's an example: "Aborigines have always used the leaves of tea tree to repel insects, and they bathed in the cleansing waters where the trees grew. Australian soldiers in WWII carried tea tree oil in their first aid kits."

This means that herbal products must be listed & sold on Etsy without any description whatsoever.

A disclaimer should be enough. If it is enough for the hundreds of thousands of retailers across the country that sell to autonomous adults, it should be sufficient for Etsy. 

Please ask Etsy to change its bizarre restrictions for listing herbal products. 

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