In my previous post, I mentioned that you shouldn’t just use any oil that you come across. This is because not all essential oils are created equal. Of course, you should never use oils labeled as “fragrance oils”, but there are some sellers who claim to have “pure” essential oils. These are often cheaper versions of essential oils that will NOT give the same therapeutic benefits of the true oil and can often smell different.
I’ve seen a lot of essential oils in my local grocery stores and big-box stores that have prices which seem too-good to be true. And if I’ve learned one thing in my life: things that seem to be too good to be true generally are too good to be true.
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So how do you know if you have a real, pure, therapeutic grade essential oil?
I love the research done by Dr. Robert Pappas from Essential Oil University . He has been testing the oils from major stores and online retailers for purity standards and the results are pretty definitive: lots of companies are passing off less than pure, and even fake essential oils.
Here are three things that you should understand when looking for pure, therapeutic essential oils:
1. Know the Chemical Name.
Lots of people claim to sell “therapeutic grade” essential oil – but make sure the chemical name matches first. There are many wonderful uses for the different chemical types, but if you plan to use an oil for a specific reason, make sure you know which oil you want.
Also important to note: the different chemotypes of essential oils often means that those oils are comprised of different chemicals. Those different chemical compositions are what make essential oils great for some things and not-so-great for others.
2. Request GC/MS Data Information
This process produces a GC/MS Data Sheet: a list all of the chemical components which make up any particular oil. Most reputable sellers of essential oils are able to provide this information for each oil and specifically with a batch number and date of harvest.
Aldehydes: Anti-fungal, sedative, anti-inflammatory
Esters: Antispasmodic, calming, skin healing
Ethers: Powerful antispasmodics, anti-infectious
Ketones: Aides circulation, pain-relieving, helps to clear mucus
Monoterpenes: Decongestant , antiseptic, clears the air, increases circulation to affected area
Oxides: Good for the respiratory system, antiviral, analgesic
Phenols: Anti-infectious, stimulating to body systems and immune function
Sesquiterpenes: Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cicatrisant, sedative
Sesquiterpenols: Anti-inflammatory, cooling(*** Please note, these are just the basics. If you want more information, I HIGHLY suggest looking into chemical components further through an accredited program. I did my studies at the Aromahead Institute and would recommend it fully.)