What to Look for in an Essential Oil Company

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Ordering from several companies will allow you to find your favorite oils from favorite suppliers. Many people find that they prefer the smell of certain oils from company A and other types of oils from company B. Don’t feel you have to order from only one place! Click here to see a selection of essential oil companies.

Regardless of which companies you purchase your essential oils from, ensure they meet the following guidelines.

FAMILIAR WITH SOURCES

The selling company does not need to be the grower or distiller, but they should know the people that are. Many essential oils are so fantastic because of their native growing area; it’s great to find a company who sources oils from all over the world. Companies should also be able to tell you the date of distillation and batch information.

THIRD PARTY TESTING

Most commonly referring to GC/MS reports, the vendor should be able to provide these for each batch of essential oil sold. This testing is able to separate and identify substances within a sample. (For a simple example, think of water. We view water as a single substance, but it is made up of both hydrogen and oxygen.) For more detailed information on GC/MS, view this article from scientific.org.

Reputable companies will have an independent testing facility (not an in-house branch) complete the analysis.

PROMOTES SAFE USAGE

Safe usage would include application on children and those with compromised health, drug cautions and interactions, as well as their stance on ingestion and dilution.

Children, Seniors & Individuals with Compromised Health:

There are many safe essential oils from which to choose for those under 10 and over 65, as well as those with compromised health. It’s important to know which oils to choose and which oils to avoid.

Drug Cautions & Interactions:

Some essential oils may interact with medications, both mainstream and holistic. Always consult with an aromatherapist before using essential oils if you have been or are currently taking any medications.

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Ingestion:

Casual ingestion should be avoided. This would include adding essential oils to beverages or food, using essential oils as cooking ingredients, or ingesting essential oils in a capsule (DIY pills).

A trained aromatherapy practitioner who is qualified in aromatic medicine can prescribe oral use of essential oils after a thorough and detailed consultation.

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Dilution:

Most essential oils for topical use suggest around 2-3% dilution ratio. This means 100mL of carrier oil can have 20-30 drops of essential oil added. Use a lower dilution rate for sensitive areas of the body, or on children or seniors.