How to choose quality essential oils?
You may be thinking: but they are not all of the same quality? And well, is it so important to worry about it?
“You WISH ” as the English speakers would say! And yes, I would love to tell you “if there is no difference”, but that would not be the truth.
In this article, you will discover another way to control the quality of the essential oils you choose. Indeed, this article is meant to be very simple and accessible.
Here, no need for :
All you need is curiosity and common sense.
- why oil purity is important
- the only 2 elements to really consider to certify that your oil is pure
- why the label is absolutely not the monk in this case
- why the mention “100% natural”, or “Organic” is not enough to make your essential oil a quality oil, safe and respectful of the environment
After this little introduction, the question remains: But in fact why bother?
Why is it important to choose quality essential oils?
Pure essential oils or nothing
When it comes to buying essential oils, there are many parameters to consider: price, ease of use, personal preferences and needs, etc. However, when it comes to buying pure essential oils, there are many other factors to consider.
However, when it comes to deciding what type of essential oil to buy, one of the most important things to consider is its level of purity. In fact, let me correct that it is not its LEVEL of purity that you should consider, but simply whether an oil is 100% PURE or NOT.
On Delia’s Essentials, there are no half-measures: either it’s quality or it’s not. I suggest you raise your standards as well and make the same choice. Pure or not pure? Quality or no quality? An oil that is 50% pure is not pure, so it’s garbage. It’s radical, but it’s the best.
Why choose quality essential oils?
If you’ve never used essential oils before, you may be wondering, “Aren’t all essential oils pure and quality? They all come from plants right?”
Unfortunately folks, it’s not as simple as that. And the answer is no.
Here are the reasons why you should stay away from low quality essential oils at all costs:
Harmful and dangerous
Essential oils that are not so pure and of good quality can contain harmful materials: pesticides, heavy metals, water, alcohol, petroleum, and other substances. I let you imagine the damage!
Low quality essential oils make you lose money. To get a result, you will have to use MORE essential oil. With a quality oil, one drop is enough to obtain the desired effects.
Gee, you wanted to use essential oils in an ecological way. Well, you missed it!
Unfortunately, many essential oils labeled organic or 100% natural are only so on the label. Indeed, often the land chosen is not adequate. Worse still, the farmers do not bother to preserve the environmental heritage. For example Boswellia trees. These trees produce the resin from which the age-old Frankincense oil is extracted. These trees have been so overexploited. Without the intervention of some responsible communities, these trees would already be unusable for a long time. Bye-bye incense oil.
Exploitation of women and children
The exploiters, unfortunately, are well named. They exploit the environment, but also the human beings who allow us to access these gifts of nature. The first concerned: countries with weaker economies, women and children.
Thus, getting quality and pure essential oils is not only a matter of luxury. Our health and well-being are at stake. It is also about the well-being of the planet and the other humans involved. It’s a question of responsibility and ethics.
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How do you know if an essential oil is pure and of quality?
Let’s say you’ve now made the choice to purchase pure, quality essential oils. How do you know if the oils you intend to use do indeed meet these criteria?
Let’s look at two things
The first criterion is the SOURCE. Who produces this oil and under what conditions?
The second criterion is the PRODUCT. Is the essential oil safe and effective?
Let’s go into a little more detail.
1-> THE SOURCE: The company that produces the essential oils
It’s a fact that responsible essential oil companies will provide information about their testing measures. They will also be transparent about any processes they use to protect the potency and purity of an essential oil. A responsible company thinks first and foremost about the safety of its consumer.
When looking at your company, ask yourself the following questions:
Procedures for producing quality essential oils :
- How does the company work?
- Is it transparent about its production process?
- How long has it been producing essential oils?
- How is it sourced?
The scientific and research aspect is also a very important aspect. It guarantees the seriousness with which the essential oils are produced.
- Who is the company’s scientific team composed of?
- Does it have the necessary equipment to guarantee the purity of the essential oils?
- Does the company contribute to scientific research in the field of essential oils?
- Does the company collaborate with
- Quality standards
- Does the company have a quality standard according to which it will produce all its oils?
- Does the company carry out tests? If so, which tests and how many?
- Does the company have a traceability system for its oils?
- Do you have the ability to know exactly what is in your bottle of essential oil?
- What are the company’s stated values?
- Who are its partners?
- How do they treat their partners?
- Does it protect the farmers? Especially women and children?
- Are the farmers paid on time?
- Does it work to preserve the environment?
- Does it have the safety of its users at heart?
- How does the company distribute its products?
- Does it focus on educating its users or does it cater only to an elite group?
Be sure, asking these questions is not a trivial matter.
Indeed, the purity, the quality and the efficiency of an essential oil will strongly depend on the following factors
- the production process
- the protective measures taken during production
- the type of soil used
- the time of day when the plants are harvested
Indeed, these elements strongly impact the chemistry of the oil. This means that it also affects its strength, purity, effectiveness and benefits.
Most essential oil producers will have their own methods and processes for producing essential oils. But what you need to remember is that cutting corners to cut costs will have a negative impact on its quality.
Indeed, the result will be felt: chemical properties, aroma, viscosity, color and effectiveness.
2 -> THE PRODUCT: The essential oils produced
Finally, of course, what will make the difference is the final product: the essential oil.
You don’t need to be an expert to recognize a pure oil from a non-pure one.
Asking yourself the following questions can help:
- When I breathe in this oil, do I detect traces of chemicals, which irritate my nose?
- When I breathe it in, do I directly recognize the plant from which it comes?
- Is one drop enough to produce a significant effect?
- If I put a drop on my clothes, does the oil evaporate or does it stain? If it stains your clothing, is your oil not pure?
- Does it cause skin irritation?
Trust your nose to recognize pure, quality essential oils
Test the quality of the essential oil
You’re thinking, okay that’s nice questions, but how do I know without testing the oil? Absolutely! Before you buy any of them, see if the company or its distributors give you the opportunity to test their product. You’ll know for sure. Be assured that your body is your best friend in this case. Your nose will know the difference.
Are you interested in energy and frequencies? Great! The energy and frequency of the oil is also a very good indicator of its purity and quality.
Now I know. This question is on your mind. What about the so-called “organic” or “100% natural” oils? Does that mean my oil is pure, safe, of quality and effective?
Let’s see what other experts have to say.
100% Natural” and “Organic” labels = pure and quality essential oil?
It is important to note that there is currently no international organic label and that the criteria for organic change from country to country, which makes this task very difficult.
This appellation losing more and more meaning, it is more and more difficult to really trust it.
According to several sites consulted on the subject, the site “Passeportsanté”, a French website, provides the following information:
“It is however important to specify that many small quality producers do not have the financial means to offer organic essential oils. They then offer quality products not stamped organic. In addition, some essential oils can never be certified organic because they are picked in the wild and not cultivated. On the other hand, a so-called “wild” plant is not necessarily of good quality (some of them are found along highways, for example).
The mention “100% natural” is not equivalent to a certified organic production. It simply means that the essential oils are neither diluted nor modified. On the other hand, the legislative framework on the term “natural” simply requires that the product contains less than 30% of synthetic molecules. “Source: Passeportsante.com, March 2021
Test the suggested method for choosing quality essential oils
By doing a simple search on any search engine, you will see an incalculable number of sites that sell essential oils.
However, if you take each of these sites and test them according to the 2 criteria mentioned above, you will realize the following: impossible to obtain this information! And yes, they are simply not disclosed.
Pure and high quality essential oils
So, I think you’d like to know what I would recommend, right?
And yes, there are pure, high quality and highly tested essential oils!
I do use pure and high quality essential oils.
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