I know. I know. There are so many thousands of blogs, websites, books, and pamphlets on natural living and organic diets and what have you. I have over the past months begun a small research on essential oils. I have looked at many things such as the best oils, the best brands, the worst brands, and many other things. I don’t want to endorse any particular brand or company, but I will suggest two or three companies that you can purchase your oils from.
As I am not well versed in the oils and their uses, I am amazed at what I have learned up to this point. I am not a doctor either so I can’t give medical advice. Anything I say should be taken with a grain of salt as far as what to use the oils for. Talk to your healthcare provider if you think using oils may be a good option.
So, why did I get started using essential oils? My story begins with a post on a social media account. A friend of mine said she hadn’t been feeling well. Suffering from either a flu or cold virus. After having taken a bath with Thieves Oil Blend, she said that the water had turned into a grey-ish color. She couldn’t say for sure it was because of the detoxification process, but it sparked my interest. I began researching the oils after that.
I do need to let you know that using essential oils can be expensive, but if you use them wisely, they will pay for themselves in the long run compared to buying outrageously priced medications and toxic cleaning chemicals, both of which contain synthetics and toxins that can have serious side effects.
So what are essential oils? If you already know, please be with me as those who don’t know are just learning.
Nearly every plant has oils in their roots, leaves, flowers, and barks. These oils are essentially the essence of the plants. They are obtained by different methods, but the most commonly used process is steam distillation. This method usually produces the best product. There a some oils that can’t be processed this way so they are cold pressed. Most of the fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits are cold pressed.
After the oils are extracted, they are then tested for quality, bottled and sold. But it’s not that simple. A good company will perform several tests for quality and if it passes each test, it will be sold. If it fails even just one test, it will not be sold.
Now before you purchase your oils, you do need to do some homework. Don’t just go to any store and buy oils if they sell them. You may not be getting a good product. When it comes to the production if essential oils, the FDA had no regulation at this time as for what is considered 100% pure essential oil. A company can make the oil, dilute it with water or alcohol or synthetic fragrance, bottle it, and slap a sticker on it calling it 100% pure, theraputic essential oil.
A genuine 100% pure essential oil will be processed just precisely and will not be diluted with anything. The bottle should be labeled along those signs. It should indicate that it is 100% pure essential oil and it should also indicate it is theraputic. The label is usually an indicator of quality oil, but unless you research the company selling the oil (not the store), you won’t really know. The price of the oil is another good indicator. Because of the amount of labor used to make the oil in add to the amount of plants needed to make just one 5ml bottle, the cost can be upwards of $20.00 for just one bottle.
There is still more to know when you buy that first bottle of oil. Let’s look at the companies out there. Do they know where their crops are coming from? Do they know where the plants came from? Do they know who planted the crops? Do they know if insecticides were used? Do they know when they were harvested and what quality of dirt the crops were planted in?
There is just one company that knows this information and more. As I said before, I am not going to endorse one company over another. I want to inform and you make the decisions based on what you have learned. This company is probably the leading company in essential oils. Young Living has built a reputation of being the cream of the crop. You can also check out how dedicated they are to ensuring quality oils here.
After establishing Young Living in 1994, the Youngs developed more farmland in Utah and Idaho and began cultivating lavender, peppermint, melissa, clary sage, and many other herbs. Fueled by a growing demand for top-quality essential oils, Young Living designed and built the largest, most technologically advanced essential oil distillate in North America. In harmony with the efforts, Young Living developed its groundbreaking Seed to Seal (circle R) process, which preserves the integrity and potency of essential oils through every step of the production process.
Similarly, this company also holds their oils to high standards. Plant Therapy is another great company. While they do not own their own farms, they do work very closely with farms and farmers. Plant Therapy does have a high standard for the oils being produced. They are reasonably priced. Some of their prices are priced lower than others. They have a few excellent gift sets to start off with. For approximately $30.00, you can get a set of 6 oils. One of the things in like about them is that they give back to charity.
Essential oils are composed of many constituents, typically about 100, though it can range from 10-200. Factors that affect the composition, and therefore the quality of an oil, include where the plant was grown (country of origin, latitude, elevation) soil and weather conditions, time of day and time of year of harvest, and various parameters of distillation.
Plant Therapy, like Young Living, also tests their oils for quality. They are tested first by one scientist and rend then sent on to a third party testing facility before being bottled and sold. At this facility, two tests are performed and if necessary, a third. Young Living conducts a series of eight tests that each batch of oil must pass. As mentioned earlier, if a batch fails just one test, it is rejected. Young Living in turn, takes the rejected oils and sprays it back on the crops as natural insect repellant. Toxin free!
Young Living and Plant Therapy are my two favorite companies, but there are many more companies out there. Here is a list of many companies so you can get started researching where to purchase your oils from. Each one is a clickable link.
Edens Garden Essential Oils
Radha Beauty Essential Oils
Majestic Pure Essential Oils
Now Foods (NOW) Essential Oils
ArtNaturals Essential Oils
Healing Solutions Essential Oils
Rocky Mountain Essential Oils
Aura Cacia Essential Oils
Next time, we will look into what essential oils are used for and how to use them. I will then highlight some of the more popular oils and what they can be used for.