Not All Essential Oils Are Created Equal
I walked into Whole Foods last week and decided to check out the essential oils. I picked up a bottle of Frankincense. On the front it said “100% Pure Essential Oil.” Then I flipped it around to the back and it said “20% Frankincense” in tiny print. My first thought was, well how can they call it pure, if it is only 20%?
Unfortunately, there are no industry standards that test for the actual quality and purity of essential oils. The only standard is, that there has to be 10% of the actual oil in a bottle to be labeled 100% pure. That is very misleading. However, that would also explain why that bottle of one of the most expensive essential oils on the planet was only $15.00.What Else Is In Your Oil?
To fill up that other 90% in an untested bottle, you’re going to get a lot of junk.
- Carrier Oil – like almond oil, vegetable oil etc
- Synthetic Oil – a chemical compound made to mimic the natural oil
- Residues of Plant – you might be getting other impurities of the plant, in addition to your oil. Example: Rose oil may come with a little leaf or stem oil as well
- Pesticides – many companies farm out their plants to mono-crop farmers who spray – a lot!
- Toxins – depending on where it was grown, quality of air and chemicals used to distill the oil
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: These can be purchased in dollar stores, body and bath stores, health stores and more. For many years, this has been the highest standard of oils in the market. Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils go through a testing process called Gas Chromatography. Most reputable companies in the Essential Oil industry conduct this test. This test checks and insures that the oil contains the correct compounds; however, it does not determine if the oil contains any impurities, pesticides or other chemicals.
CPTG: Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: This is the highest standard of Essential Oils in the market today. There is only one company on the Market right now that has gone a step further to insure quality. dōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™® Essential Oils are third party tested. The first test is the Gas Chromatography and the second is Mass Spectrometry. The Mass Spectrometry test checks all the compounds in the oil and also checks for pesticides or any other impurities that may be present in the oil. dōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™® Essential Oils are guaranteed to be 100% pure, natural and free of synthetic compounds or contaminates.Why This Matters
Essential Oils claim to have many therapeutic and medicinal benefits. I have experienced them first hand, and you can read about my story here. You want to have the absolute best quality product that the market has to offer so that you can receive the maximum benefits of each oil. Quality matters and purity matters. Most essential oils you buy from the store are going to go rancid after a couple months to a couple years. That is because of all the junk in them. doTERRA essential oils will last a lifetime, and probably many generations beyond.
I now exclusively use doTERRA essential oils because I know that I can trust the product, and receive maximum benefits from an extremely potent oil. Did you know that 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea! That’s what I’m talking about! Before you run out and buy essential oils, make sure to do your research and see if it has that CPTG label and 3rd party testing.
**I am not being paid by doTERRA to write this post. Info obtained from personal experience and Modern Essentials Book. I am an Independent Product Consultant of their product, and do make commission off selling this product. However, I 100% believe in this product and use it everyday for my health. Please read my story here.