How Essential Oils Are Made and Why Quality Matters
How to Find the Highest Quality Essential Oils
- Keep in mind that, though price is not always indicative of the quality of an essential oil, vendors who have spent money on testing the quality of oils and who have put the time into finding the right sources for the oils they sell may very well charge you more, unlike vendors who get their oils from the cheapest sources and can then resell them at lower prices.
- For the highest quality, always purchase organic oils. Also, look for 100% pure essential oils that have not been mixed with other oils or altered in another way.
- Purchase oils that are labeled with important information, including the oil’s botanical Latin name, country of origin, and method of extraction. Keep in mind that there are many different forms of certain flowers, such as lavender, chamomile, and many others, so you want to get the Latin name to ensure you are getting the exact essential oil you need for your therapeutic purposes.
- Make sure the oils are bottled properly, including not having any dust on them. Bottles that have sat too long on a shelf will probably contain oils that have become damaged from heat, oxidation, or even from simply being there too long and losing potency over time. In addition, essential oils should be stored in dark glass bottles, so if you receive your oils in clear glass or plastic bottles, be sure to transfer them to preserve them.
- Do not be fooled by misleading terminology, such as “therapeutic grade” or “aromatherapy grade,” because there are no regulating bodies that inspect and analyze these products.
- Terms that tell you an oil is not pure include “perfume oil” and “fragrance oil,” so be sure to stay away from products with these words on their labels.
Finding Brands You Trust
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