The 3 Most Important Things You Need to Look At When You Buy Essential Oils

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I recieve lot of questions about different essential oil companies. I get that people want to save the money but everyone needs to know the grade and quality of your essential oil matters how you use it.

Unfortunately, most essential oils on the market are perfume grade that can get away with putting 5% pure oil in the bottle to say pure lavender oil. You should never use these oils topically or internally.

The essential oil industry has very minimal standards and little regulation when it comes to therapeutic grade. It’s usually up to suppliers to self regulate. To see any beneficial results, you have to have unprocessed, genuine, authentic, pure and potent essential oils. Thus, all essential oils need to be tested and certified as such. And the reality is, this means that they will cost more.

If you ever wondered why pure essential oils are expensive, it’s because enormous amounts of plants are needed to produce essential oil. In fact, on the extreme end, it takes 4000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to produce 1 pound of essential oil. Other plants like lavender only take 100 pounds of plant material to produce a pound of essential oil.

Why I pay more for a bottle of essential oil

Sourcing Matters

When it comes to sourcing essential oils, the climate and soil of origin matter. Everything can affect  the chemistry of essential oils especially if a field is sprayed with toxic chemicals, or these chemicals are added to the soil. The distillation process, temperature, and the use of toxic solvents and chemicals for extraction also affect the purity and potency of the essential oil.

Additionally things like climate, growing season, elevation,moisture, soil, pH factor are all extremely important for true therapeutic grade essential oils. To do this, a supplier must sort through dozens of species of a single plant source, from a myriad of geographical locations, to find the right combination of therapeutic compounds. That responsibility is great.

Quality Matters

To be truly therapeutic and superior grade, an essential oil needs to be tested and certified as pure, potent, genuine, and authentic. Each of these terms is important and meaningful in reference to measurements of quality. It is vital to note that although chemists have successfully recreated multiple constituents of plants, they have never replicated a complete essential oil. Why? They simply have not discovered or identified every compound nature produces.

Cost to Grow and Harvest

High pressure, high temperatures, rapid processing, and the use of chemical solvents are often applied during the distillation process so that a greater quantity of oil can be produced at a faster rate. And that’s why some essential oil brands cost less than other.

Some plants are more costly to grow and harvest than others. For instance, Jasmine blossoms must be hand picked. The quality of the crop usually affects the cost of an essential oil. Some growers are much more meticulous about the care they give to their crops, and that time, care and added cost can increase the pricing of the oil.

Low quality essential oil is a waste of money

Low quality or adulterated oils, will provide minimal benefits along with the potential for unwanted side effects. The essential oil quality can be compromised if the plants from which they are derived are grown under the wrong conditions, such as in poor soil, or if pesticides and other chemicals are used on the plants while they are growing. In addition, many essential oils are sensitive to environmental conditions, such as heat, light, and oxygen, which can degrade them during distribution, storage, and while they are sitting on a store shelf.

I always tell people first and foremost to be sure you know the grade and quality of your oil. Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are 60-70 times more potent that dried herbs. In my experience, just 1-2 drops of an essential oil can provide some relief very fast. That literally translates to pennies per drop.

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