The last several years has seen a tremendous amount of change in essential oil use. A general trend to move away from synthetic chemicals back to more natural cleaning and health products have brought essential oils to the forefront and made them more readily available. With the many different essential oils to choose from, and the many brands, both in our stores and over the Internet, choosing a high quality essential oil can seem a daunting task. As a consumer, what should you look for to help guide your choice?
Here are some things to consider when choosing the essential oil company that is right for you.
1. PURITY: Are they 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential oils? Do they treat their plants with pesticides or are all weed-fighting and bug-fighting efforts completed using essential oils? Are they using the 1st distillation of the plant to ensure the EO is retaining all of its therapeutic properties? Are they diluting the pure oil with a chemical solvent or alcohol in order to make the oil go further?
2. TRANSPARENCY: Is the company transparent? Do they own their own farms and allow you to visit those farms? Do they open their doors so you can watch the distillation process?
3. ESSENTIAL OIL TESTING: Does the company conduct their own testing as well as 3rd party testing on the oils? Is the company willing to put product integrity over profit by throwing out hundreds of pounds of essential oil that doesn't meet their rigorous standards as opposed to bottling and selling it?
4. KNOWLEDGE + EXPERIENCE: How long has the company been around? Did the company just get into the business because of the growing popularity of essential oils or do they truly have a passion for helping people?
5. SUSTAINABILITY + GREEN INITIATIVES: Do they sustainably source their botanicals? Do they partner with sources who operate ethically? What green practices do they instill throughout their company?
6. COST: It takes effort to grow, pick, distill and bottle some essential oils is extensive. It takes approximately 22 pounds of rose petals to produce one (5ml) bottle of rose essential oil, which explains the very high cost of pure rose oil. Other oils are easier to produce, but every oil requires a large amount of plant matter to produce a small amount of oil. This means that good quality essential oils will never be cheap. This does not mean that more expensive oils will always be better than less expensive ones, but the old adage, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” definitely applies here. Do not be fooled by discount retailers, big box stores, state fair or bazaar vendors, and others who offer essential oils at very low prices or charge the same price for all of their oils. The comforting thought when investing in true, pure essential oils is that since the oils are so highly concentrated and so little is required for most applications, even an expensive oil like rose can end up being cost effective in the long run.
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