How do you know if an essential oil is of good quality?
Essential oils are delicate aromatic liquids, obtained by the distillation or cold pressing of flowers, seeds, leaves, bark or roots of trees, grasses, shrubs and bushes. Alchemists considered essential oils to be the soul of the plant.
The popularity of essential oils is growing rapidly and everyone wants to take advantage of the market. Unfortunately, this means that some companies try to make customers quickly profitable unethically and indiscriminately.
True essential oils are rare. Certain qualities are important to consider in companies and their products when researching to purchase essential oils. Here are some of the things you need to know to find safe, high-quality essential oils.
Essential oils should be undiluted
Although you will dilute most essential oils you purchase in a carrier oil, you should purchase your essential oils neat and confirm that they are not diluted first. If the essential oil you're using is significantly cheaper than other brands, you might want to consider whether it's been diluted or mixed with something else.
Your essential oils must therefore state that they are 100% pure. Unless you intentionally purchased an essential oil blend, the essential oil should be the only ingredient listed.
Check for fancy sounding words and phrases
A company may claim that their product has a number of features, but before you get carried away with fancy words, find out who came up with that designation. Words like "therapeutic" and "Grade A" may sound reassuring, but sometimes a company creates its own designations and catchy brand phrases that mean nothing compared to other brands in the aromatherapy world.
Some oils with these designations may be high quality, but do your research and don't rely on one phrase to give you the information you need.
Information must be easily accessible
It's understandable that not all product information fits on the tiny bottles that most pure essential oils are found in. However, the important information you are looking for should be easily accessible. If not, you have to wonder if the company is trying to hide something.
Essential oils are great for a variety of purposes, but you need to make sure you're using high-quality oils. By knowing what to look for, you can rest assured that the essential oils you are exposing yourself and your family to are high quality oils that will benefit you and improve your health, now and in the future.
At Vogel St-Jérôme, we have Aromaforce essential oils . Aromaforce offers an entire line of 100% pure, natural, undiluted, and botanically certified essential oils. These oils are extracted either by distillation or by expression (a form of cold pressing reserved exclusively for citrus oils.)
These two extraction techniques are considered the most effective in preserving the integrity and characteristics of the oils.