What You Must Know
This is one of the most vital things you must know about essential oils … not all essential oils are created equally. In fact, most of them are worthless to your health and potentially toxic. There are four grades of essential oils:
1.Synthetic and Altered Oils
created in laboratory and lowest grade of oil
2.Natural and “Pure” Oils
may be overly processed so they lose beneficial compounds
most commonly sold type of essential oils
3.Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
steam distilled, containing beneficial compounds
they may or may not have been sprayed with pesticides
therapeutic grade is a first-party designation; i.e. self-certified and not recognized by third parties
4.Certified Organic Essential Oils
the highest grade of essential oils with greatest beneficial properties
free of pesticides and chemicals
third-party certified for purity
Creating true quality essential oils starts with planting high quality plants in nutrient-dense organic soil. Then these herbs or plants must be harvested when their beneficial compounds are most available.
Next, oils should be extracted using steam distillation, CO2 supercritical fluid extraction or cold pressed without using chemicals.
Finally, the oils should be bottled in dark glass containers to protect from oxidation and sunlight.
When purchasing essential oils, always buy certified organic oils whenever possible.