Did you know that there are different grades to essential oils? I didn’t until I started using them.
Did you know that one of the FDA requirements for essential oils says that only 5% of the bottle must actually contain the essential oil? FIVE PERCENT!
This is why you shouldn’t buy oils at a grocery or department store. Chances are that a huge percentage of those bottles contain synthetic fillers and other adulterating chemicals. You want purity in your oils!!
All oils in the world fall into one of four categories:
- Authentic (Grade A) means the oils are 100% pure, with no added synthetics or other species in the bottle.
- Manipulated (Grade B) means the final product has been made to smell more pleasing and less earthy. Some of the heavier molecules have been stripped out, or another species introduced, to enhance the aroma.
- Perfume oils (Grade C) are not pure. They are mixed with synthetics to enhance the aroma. These oils have no therapeutic action. Frequently, solvents are used to extract the plant.
- Synthetic oils (Grade D) are not true oils at all. They smell nothing like the original plant, and are typically labeled as “scented products.” These are synthetic.
Authentic is the only true pure oil.
Synthetic oils are highly diluted–with chemicals! That’s why you want authentic Grade A oils. Before you purchase, check to see if the company grows their own plants, has a Seed to Seal, and controls the entire process—from the farm to the sealed bottle. Pesticides, pollution, previously farmed land; all of it can affect the quality of an oil.
Why would you go the extra step of using an pure organic oil to get away from a chemical—only to use an oil laden with chemicals? It just makes no sense.
Why do some oil companies sell oils more cheaply?
Most essential oils are sold more cheaply because companies cut corners to save money. If you spray your crop with pesticides, you have more crop to distill. If you use a chemical solvent to extract the oil, you pull more out. If you dilute it with a cheaper oil, or a carrier oil, you stretch the oil you have distilled, and can easily sell more cheaply.
You get what you pay for. I have seen bottles of Rose oil for $25-$30 at department stores. It’s a red flag that the oil has been adulterated.
It takes a great deal of work to produce a tiny amount of essential oil!
- 60,000 rose blossoms provide only one ounce of Rose oil, making it one of the most expensive of essential oils.
- Lavender is abundant—220 pounds will provide seven pounds of oil.
- Jasmine flowers must be picked by hand before the sun becomes hot on the very first day they open, thus making it one of the most expensive oils in the world! It takes eight million hand-picked blossoms to produce 2.2 pounds of oil.
- A Sandalwood tree must be 30 years old and 30 feet high before it can be cut down for distillation. Gary Young’s Sandalwood trees must be 90 percent dead before they are harvested.
But a little goes a long way.
Most oils are $10 to $30 a bottle. Depending on oil thickness (viscosity), a 5-ml bottle contains about 90-100 drops, and a 15-mL bottle contains about 200-240 drops. Each application is one to three drops, meaning even a small bottle will get you 45 to 90 applications. Essential oils are a very cost effective product to support your overall health!
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Live healthy, my friends, and remember that age is just a number.