Essential Oils, part 4

Curious now?

We previously talked about some ancient history on Essential Oils, the ancient use of the oils, and how powerful they can be.  In part 4 we will talk about the quality of Essential Oils.

What you should know

In the context of “What you should know”, one of the most vital things you must know about essential oils is not all essential oils are created equally. In fact, most of them are worthless to your health and potentially toxic. There are four grades of essential oils:

1. Synthetic and Altered Oils
• created in laboratory and lowest grade of oil

2. Natural and “Pure” Oils
• may be overly processed so they lose beneficial compounds
• most commonly sold type of essential oils

3. Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
• steam distilled, containing beneficial compounds
• they may or may not have been sprayed with pesticides
• therapeutic grade is a first-party designation; i.e. self-certified and not recognized by third parties

4. Certified Organic Essential Oils
• the highest grade of essential oils with greatest beneficial properties
• free of pesticides and chemicals
• third-party certified for purity

I would think we’d all want to use #4, Certified Organic Essential Oils.  

Creating true quality essential oils starts with planting high quality plants in nutrient-dense organic soil. Then these herbs or plants must be harvested when their beneficial compounds are most available.
Next, oils should be extracted using steam distillation, CO2 supercritical fluid extraction or cold pressed without using chemicals.
Finally, the oils should be bottled in dark glass containers to protect from oxidation and sunlight. When purchasing essential oils, always buy certified organic oils whenever possible.

Conclusion

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This article is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. Readers are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither the publisher nor the author takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person reading or following the information in this book. All readers, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition or supplement program.