If your oils are not therapeutic grade (and if you got them at a health food store, I can pretty much guarantee you that they, you simply won’t see the results you’re hoping for. The problem is, all too often, these supposedly therapeutic-grade essential oils don’t quite live up to their billing. Sometimes their chemical profile just doesn’t meet an acceptable standard; other times, the chemistry looks good — but only because it has been spiked with a synthetic chemical. Some oils, marketed as therapeutic-grade, are actually totally synthetic.
The quality of essential oils
There is a small percent of oils on the market that are 100% pure and natural, free of synthetic compounds or contaminates (including pesticides), and far exceeding the AFNOR and ISO quality standards. Sadly, even at some “name” essential oil companies, ones that promote their oils as therapeutic-grade and that make statements about how each batch of oil is independently tested, the reality is often quite different. Too often, the oils are minimally tested at in-house labs. This is cost-effective, but doesn’t give you any assurance of quality, beyond your trust for the company.
In order for an essential oil to be 100% pure and natural, should be carefully sourced from qualified and reliable producers. In addition, each batch is thoroughly cross tested at independent labs, using state-of-the art gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectromety (MS), as well as other sophisticated testing, to ensure extract purity, composition, potency and activity. This quality testing ensures that each batch of oil:
- Contains the correct profile of active chemical compounds suitable for use in aromatherapy, and
- doesn’t contain any synthetic constituents or chemical adulterations.
Purity is not the whole story
In producing an oil that is truly therapeutic-grade, it is not enough that the oil is 100% pure. Even though an essential oil is 100% pure, if the right species or part of a plant has not been used, or if the plant has not been grown in the right environment or harvested at the right time, or if it has not been distilled under the right conditions, the natural chemical make-up of the extracted oil will not provide predictable and powerful benefits.
The best oils come from producers who have extensive knowledge of how quality oils are produced. No short-cuts are tolerated, because it’s all about the quality of the end product — and how it works for you. And, while these producers are trusted, each batch of oil is proven in the lab.