When it comes to discussing essential oil quality, we must first note that anything can be labeled as therapeutic, even if it is entirely made of synthetic chemicals. It can be difficult to tell the quality of an essential oil, especially if you are new to aromatherapy.
Especially if you have never used essential oils before, it is a good idea to speak with an aromatherapy practitioner. They will help you understand which suppliers to trust, as well as which essential oils to use for different purposes. If you trust your aromatherapy practitioner, you should be able to trust their essential oil suppliers.
The FDA does not regulate essential oils as drugs. Rather, they fall under the category of either Food or Cosmetic, depending on their intended use. This means that anyone can purchase essential oils without needing a prescription.
As we stated earlier, the labels are not regulated. Claims can be made to the Federal Trade Commission about a product’s advertising, but a manufacturer can put essentially anything they want on the label of an “essential oil,” whether or not it actually is one.
When it comes to determining the quality of an essential oil, there are many factors that play a big role:
Since there are no standards of quality control currently in place for essential oils, at least within the United States, you will have to do your own research to find reputable retailers and suppliers. Of course, asking an aromatherapy practitioner is a good place to start. However, since you can’t be around for the growing of plants and processing of an essential oil, it is difficult to be sure whether the essential oil you are thinking of purchasing is, in fact, pure. Here are some important things to consider:
Overall, you will come to understand more about the qualities of different essential oils versus synthetic oils the more you use them. Speaking with an aromatherapy practitioner is a great way to get started. Be sure to keep an open mind and nose, but be sure to only use completely natural essential oils!
At Anjaca, all are essential oils are 100% pure grade with no additive chemicals. We only source our oils from reputable suppliers.
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