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What’s the best way to know if your essential oils are pure? Buy from transparent companies.
We love essential oils because they offer a natural way to support health and well-being. But if your oils aren’t pure, they can have the opposite effect.
Impure oils can cause issues like sensitization, irritation, and even allergies.
Unfortunately, it’s common for people to “cut” or dilute their oils with synthetic ingredients. (This is called “adulterating” the oils.)
That’s why buying from essential oil companies that practice 100% transparency is . . . well . . . essential!
When you’re using essential oils, safety has to come first.
That holds true whether you’re a professional aromatherapist making therapeutic blends for clients, or you’re first learning how to diffuse essential oils in your home.
Making sure your essential oils are 100% pure is a key aspect of safety.
Three Signs an Essential Oil Company is Transparent & their Essential Oils are Pure
They lab test their essential oils—and share the results with you.
As much as you might want to believe you can tell if your essential oils are pure based on the aroma or the energy . . .
It’s impossible to know if your essential oils are pure without lab testing.
The most reliable laboratory testings are called “GC/MS”—which stands for “gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.”
Here’s how it works: A GC/MS test isolates every component that’s present in an essential oil.
The GC/MS report is like an “ingredient list” for what’s in the oil.
Someone who’s practiced in reading GC/MS reports and essential oil chemistry can clearly see if there are any “ingredients” that don’t belong.
For the typical consumer, it’s not practical to GC/MS test all of your essential oils. The tests can be expensive.
But for an aromatherapy company dealing with bulk quantities of essential oil, a single test can be done for an entire batch. That’s very practical (and responsible)!
Providing the GC/MS report to their customers is as easy as uploading it to their website or providing a slip of paper.
There’s no reason not to do it.
Ask for the GC/MS report to know if your essential oils are pure.
What if you don’t know how to read a GC/MS report?
That’s okay—just the knowledge that a company tests their oils and provides the reports is reassuring. If you really feel uncertain, you can find a certified aromatherapist and ask them to help you read the report.
The company works directly with essential oil distillers and practices sustainability.
Essential oil companies should be able to answer specific questions about their oils.
Since there’s no way to know if your essential oils are pure without lab testing . . .
And since adulteration is common . . .
It’s important for any company selling essential oils to know EXACTLY what happens during the production process.
They should be able to answer questions like . . .
How are the plants grown and harvested?
Are the plants certified organic?
If it’s not possible for the land to be certified as organic, are organic practices used . . . and if so, what are those practices?
Are the plants wildcrafted and harvested by hand?
Who is the farmer?
Who is the distiller?
How long have they been farming and distilling?
What is their reputation?
Can you go and visit the farm or the still . . . or both?
Knowing these answers is excellent, but the best way for a company to really rely on their farmers and distillers is to work with them over time, developing relationships based on shared values and trust.
The essential oil company goes out of its way to share information with you.
They want to be sure you know about their production practices, including information like:
Where the essential oil was produced
When the oil was produced
What the oil’s shelf life is
Cautions and contraindications
Their sustainability standards
A reliable company should also educate its customers with information about safety and how to use essential oils effectively, based on the latest research and evidence.
Making sure customers understand issues like safety, dilution ratios, and safe methods of use keeps both the company and their customers safe.
If you have a question about your product or if your essential oils are pure, the company should be ready, willing, and able to answer it.