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Disclaimer

MONQ©, LLC is a health and wellness lifestyle company and we recommend our products for those interested in leading a holistic life.  However, everyone is different and you may have a different reaction to the ingredients of MONQ blends and adverse reactions can occur.  You are utilizing these products at your own risk.  You should not use MONQ diffusers if you are concerned about a potential adverse reaction.

The information provided to you on this website and on MONQ, LLC’s various social media sites as well as statements and products referred to throughout this site have not been evaluated nor approved of by the FDA. MONQ® is not a medical product, and MONQ is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health condition or concern, consult a physician or your alternative health care provider. Always consult a medical doctor before using any new product, including MONQ personal essential oil diffusers. Be aware that some of the products on this site may interact with medications you may be taking. These devices should not be used as a substitute for your own physician’s advice. You should consult your own physician regarding any issues related to your health. MONQ, LLC takes no liability for misuse of our Products, nor for your reliance on the information on our various websites.

We do not market or sell MONQ Therapeutic Air to children under 18 years old, nor to pregnant or nursing women.

Allergies are rare with MONQ Therapeutic Air but we encourage you to read the list of the ingredients to ensure that you do not have a known sensitivity to any of them. If you are allergic to, intolerant of, or think you are allergic to or intolerant of any of the ingredients, or if you experience an allergic reaction, we encourage you to seek medical care and to discontinue use.  MONQ diffusers should be breathed according to the instructions.  We are cautious about recommending MONQ Therapeutic Air to former smokers, as we don’t know if the use of a device of this nature will increase the urge to return to smoking. Keep these devices out of the reach of children and pets. The small plastic top to the shipping tube can be a choking risk to them.

Our discussion regarding the scientific basis behind aromatherapy is for your information only.  It includes some theories, including those surrounding Forest Bathing and terpenes that, while interesting, have not been proven factually beyond all reasonable doubt, and should be interpreted as such.

Precautions

Essentially all substances, salt and water included, are dangerous, at inappropriate concentrations. The same can be said of the various aromatherapy constituents found within MONQ diffusers.  True allergies can occur with MONQ, and can lead to meaningful health-related issues including anaphylaxis. That being said, the overwhelming majority of issues listed below are dose dependent, and are not likely to be problematic in the extremely low dosages found within MONQ diffusers.

For thousands of years, cultures worldwide have utilized aromatherapy, and aromatherapy is one of the safest forms of ‘therapy,’ for completeness sake we bring to your attention information available in the literature regarding the potential for harm from various aromatic compounds.The risk of an allergic reaction is present with all essential oils, including those used by MONQ. For a comprehensive review of essential oil safety, please consult the authoritative textbook by Robert Tisserand: Essential Oil Safety.

Here is an alphabetical list of the most common complication known to be associated with essential oils. Note, these have not specifically been noted with MONQ:

  • Allspice: May be upsetting to those with irritable bowel syndrome or other problems with digestion.
  • Anise:May interact with estrogen sensitive medications as it has mild estrogenic effects, and should be avoided during pregnancy.
  • Basil:May slow blood clotting and should be discontinued 2 weeks before surgery. Basil may also lower blood pressure and should be avoided while pregnant.
  • Bergamot:May hinder the absorption of certain medications.
    • Bergamot may also affect absorption of potassium which may cause muscle cramping.
  • Bitter Orange: Should not be taken by those with high blood pressure or glaucoma.
    • As bitter orange is a stimulant, it may interact with a variety of anti-depressants, blood pressure medications, heartbeat regulating medication, and other stimulants.
  • Black Pepper: Should not be taken by pregnant women in therapeutic doses.
  • Caraway: May cause drowsiness or nausea.
    • As it has been known to induce menstruation, it should be avoided by pregnant women.
  • Chamomile: May cause vomiting if ingested in very large amounts.
    • Roman chamomile may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others.
  • Cinnamon: Should not be taken by pregnant women in therapeutic doses as it may act as a uterine stimulant.
  • Clary Sage: Should not be used during or after alcohol or other recreational narcotic consumption and may cause headaches when used in large quantities.
  • Copaiba: May cause stomach problems and nausea in large doses.
  • Dill Seed: Should be not be taken by pregnant women in therapeutic doses.
  • Eucalyptus: Should be avoided by people with high blood pressure.
    • Those with asthma and trouble breathing should use eucalyptus with caution.
  • Fennel: Should be avoided during menstruation and in the presence of epilepsy, prostatic hyperplasia and estrogen-dependent tumors.
  • Frankincense:May cause nausea or stomach pain.
    • People with bleeding disorders, taking blood-thinning medications or who are scheduled for surgery should not take Frankincense as it acts as a blood-thinner.
  • Hyssop: Should not be used if you have a history of seizures as it may trigger them or make them worse.
  • Geranium:May have an effect on hormonal balance.
    • Pregnant and nursing women should avoid using it.
  • Ginger:May interfere with blood clotting and should not be taken in conjunction with blood thinning medication.
  • Jasmine: Has been reported to produce migraine headaches and to worsen estrogen-dependent tumors.
  • Kava: Should not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • May cause drowsiness and one should use caution if operating heavy machinery or driving.
    • Do not combine with alcohol.
    • Mild nausea or diarrhea may occur when used in large amounts.
  • Lavender: May accentuate the effects of central nervous system depressants, such as narcotics and alcohol.
  • Lemongrass: Has been reported to aggravate glaucoma and prostatic hyperplasia.
  • Marjoram: Is alleged to lower libido, or put differently, to improve your ability to control your sexual desires.
  • Neroli: Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • May cause drowsiness and one should use caution if operating heavy machinery or driving.
    • Other side effects are possible nausea and headache when used frequently.
  • Oregano: Should be avoided by those with heart conditions or blood disorders.
  • Parsley: May be harmful to the liver in large quantities.
  • Patchouli: May cause dizziness if inhaled for a long period of time.
    • Patchouli can also have a sedative effect in large doses.
  • Peppermint: May cause diarrhea, nausea, and respiratory problems if used in large amounts. It should be avoided by those with gastroesophageal reflux disease and gallbladder problems.
    • As peppermint is a stimulant, it may interfere with sleep if taken in large doses close to one’s bedtime.
  • Rosemary: Has the potential to cause seizures in large doses.
  • Sage: Should not be used in the presence of seizure disorders or high blood pressure.
  • Sandalwood: May cause skin irritation in some people.
    • Sandalwood should be avoided if pregnant.
    • There are very few reports available on sandalwood and related adverse effects.
  • Spearmint: May cause headaches, nausea, and lightheadedness if inhaled for a prolonged period of time.
  • Tarragon: Can interfere with blood clotting and thus should not be used 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Tea Tree: Can cause major side effects if ingested, including nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, muscle weakness and blood cell abnormalities.
  • Thyme: Acts as a uterine stimulant and should, thus, be entirely avoided during pregnancy.
  • Turmeric: Taken in high doses may cause nausea and diarrhea.
    • It may interact with a variety of medications including aspirin, painkillers, blood thinners and others.
    • It should be discontinued at least two weeks prior to any surgery.
    • Pregnant women should avoid taking turmeric.
  • Vanilla: May cause nausea and headaches if the user is exposed to its scent for a long period of time.
    • In severe cases, vanilla may have adverse effects on the nervous system.
  • Ylang Ylang: May cause nausea and headaches.

 

When using MONQ Therapeutic Air with the LED light activated, you are breathing in vapor or mist, not burned products. Within the vapor are a variety of naturally occurring plant extracts from organically grown herbs, spices and other plants from which aromatherapy products have been produced for centuries.  Just as with any new product we encourage you to use judgment and moderation.  We do not recommend using MONQ excessively, and in fact a few very gentle breaths, a few times a day, is our recommended usage level. Furthermore, there is no need to inhale at all, and the proper usage is to bring the aromatic air into your mouth, and out your nose, without inhaling. Take very gentle breaths breathing out through your nose without bringing the air into your lungs.

Please note that while each of the main ingredients in MONQ Therapeutic Air devices has been shown to have certain independent effects when used alone, the final product containing all the ingredients has not been tested, and no specific claims are made for the combination of ingredients in any individual MONQ Therapeutic Air device. Furthermore, many of the specific plants and many of the specific terpenes which have been studied by independent researchers and subsequently referenced in the various articles on this website are not included in any of the current MONQ blends.  The references to the scientific literature is intended to provide background information on the subject of plant based and terpene based health benefits only, and no specific health claim regarding any MONQ blend should be inferred.

While the organic ingredients in our whole plant extracts have been used for thousands of years both in aromatherapy as well as in other forms of medicine, and their safety and health benefits with those uses have been well documented, inhaling through a heated portable diffuser is very recent, and there are always risks with new methods of use.  Please note, the International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend taking Essential Oils internally such as swallowing them, but only inhaling them.

The main ingredient in MONQ Therapeutic Air is high grade certified organic coconut-derived vegetable glycerin.  Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is vaporized by millions of people daily.  It has been considered “Generally Recognized as Safe” category 1, by the FDA since 1975.  Whole plant extracts have been utilized for thousands of years as aromatherapy constituents, and have been very well studied. The inhalation of heated essential oils has been done for centuries, such as by adding them to boiling water over a fire.  However, they have not been heated and breathed directly into the lungs through an electronic device until approximately 10 years ago, and thus there is no long-term experience with vapors of this nature.

It has been noted that when you heat vegetable glycerin it may produce acrolein.   It is believed that breathing concentrated essential oils can be deleterious to your health. Please note that MONQ Therapeutic Air does not contain concentrated essential oils, but rather uses dilute substances, and inhalation is not the proper method of use. If you are concerned about this, don’t use MONQ Therapeutic Air.

People with known upper respiratory illnesses or weaknesses, such as asthma or COPD, should not use MONQ.

Information on this web site is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Information on this web site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice.

Side Effects of MONQs

We would appreciate being notified of any adverse event that occurs to you so we can document them here.  Note that the most frequent side effects are a dry mouth, loose stools and irritation of the throat or eyes.

Dry mouth is usually as a result of the inhaling the vapor of the vegetable glycerin base.  This is a common occurrence with all uses of VG vaporization. Many users find that this feeling of a dry mouth recedes on its own after a relatively short period of time, frequently measuring days or a couple of weeks.  For others, they find that drinking more water can be very effective.

Some upper respiratory irritation may be due to acrolein or other compounds.  If you develop any meaningful upper respiratory irritation, you should discontinue using MONQ Therapeutic Air immediately.  Please note that as the liquid in the device is used up the flavor of the device will change and it may taste bitter, or stale.  This is a clear indication that the useful life of the product is over and that you should discontinue using that specific diffuser.  MONQ Therapeutic Air devices are currently not refillable, but you can recycle them.

Vegetable Glycerin has frequently been used as a suppository to prevent constipation.  You may find that you have a looser stool than usual when first starting with MONQ Therapeutic Air or you may find a bit of nausea or an upset stomach.  In most instances this, like dry mouth, is transitory. While MONQ has not been notified of all of these potential effects, other reported adverse effects from VG are aches, wheezing, swelling of the tongue and gastroenteritis.  Again, should you experience any of these issues, you should discontinue using MONQ Therapeutic Air and seek medical attention should the severity of your condition warrant it.

Reported Side Effects:
We understand that MONQ has been used by more than 250,000 people, and the following lists the side effects which have been reported directly to MONQ via email and/or other methods.  We do not know if any/all of them are related to the usage of MONQ, but there has been a temporal relationship noted by the user.

Between six and twenty-five reports

Dry mouth (frequently short-term and usually relieved by additional water intake)
Throat irritation / sore throat

Between two and five reports

Allergic reaction
Burning or shocking sensation
Coughing
Headache
Increased mucus
Irritation in mouth
Laryngitis
Loose stools
Nausea
Shortness of breath
Sinus issues
Tightness in the lungs
Top cap becoming dislodged
Upset stomach
Vivid Dreams
Wheezing

One report

Cracked skin within nose
Dizziness
Nose bleed
Possibility of a seizure
Ringing in the ears
Spotting while on birth control pills
Swollen eye
Unusual taste in mouth
Vomiting

Liability and Damages

Physical devices similar to those from which our vapors are produced have been known to heat up excessively and/or explode and can cause damage if this happens. The physical device is dangerous if swallowed, inserted into any other body cavity and should not be permitted to be around children. The cap to the shipping/storage tube is small and can be a choking hazard.  MONQ, LLC cannot be held liable for any injuries or damages that occur from any such event, including from the inhalation of the vapors produced by MONQ Therapeutic Air.

MONQ, LLC’s liability to you shall not exceed the amount of money you spent on acquiring MONQ Therapeutic Air and shall, furthermore, not include any liability for any indirect loss, loss of profit, injury or other damages. Any suit brought against MONQ, LLC based upon information on this website or based upon claims of damages from MONQ Therapeutic Air shall be brought in Palm Beach County, Florida and shall be governed under the laws of the State of Florida, United States.

You accept that, as a limited liability entity, MONQ, LLC has an interest in limiting the personal liability of its officers and employees.  You agree that you will not bring any claim personally against MONQ, LLC’s officers, employees, agents or independent contractors in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website or its products.
Without prejudice to the foregoing paragraph, you agree that the limitations of warranties and liability set out in this website disclaimer will protect MONQ, LLC officers, employees, agents, subsidiaries, successors, assigns and sub-contractors as well as MONQ, LLC.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact MONQ.