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How to ensure your Essential Oils are Pure and unadulterated

Unfortunately the Essential Oil Industry is unregulated. This means that although it might say on the bottle that the oil is pure it could have as little as 8% Essential Oil ( the minimum requirement of the national food agency) and the rest could be made up of fragrances (most common form of adulteration). Base Oils such as coconut oil, almond oil, grapeseed and even cooking oils. Unfortunately price is key the more expensive the purer the oil in most cases. Although even in the more expensive and well known brands you still may not get what you are expecting. Cheaper oils are use in a lot of cases to add to the oils you think you are buying such as Lavalin being added to Lavender to bring down production costs and Lemon grass being added to or replacing Ylang Ylang which is one of the more expensive oils as it has similar properties.

If you are purchasing oils for their therapeutic properties the only way to ensure you are getting a 100% pure oil is to do your research.

Here is how I research oils when looking for a new supplier. I will just say that I was not always aware of the issue of adulteration and for many years I was using oils in my products that I believed to be pure and advertised them as pure. I was horrified when I realised they were not 100% pure despite being towards the top end price wise. This is when I started researching the industry and I am now use a brand that I am satisfied is 100% pure.

So the first telling element is price unfortunatly. It is impossible to produce and sell a bottle of lavender for example for £5.

The second thing I look at is the company:

Does it disclose clearly where each oil is sourced?

Do partnerships exist between the company, local farmers and harvesters for a mutually beneficial relationship?

Are the plants harvested at peak times to ensure a quality and sustainable product?

Do they have a quality testing system to ensure quality?

Do they give access to these results?

It takes a bit of time but this process is essential if you want to use Essential oils as a natural holistic complimentary/ alternative to pharmaceutical medications.

Already Have Essential Oils at Home

A good way to judge the quality of Essential Oils is to put a single drop between your fingers the oil should dissolve with out leaving a residue. Only a clean scent should be left behind. If there is a residue or the scent gives you a headache then I would use with caution or don’t use at all.

Have any questions? Please comment below or feel free to book a complimentary discovery call I would be more than happy to help you on your essential oil journey.

Heather Ann

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