How to Gauge the Quality of Your Essential Oil
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How to Gauge the Quality of Your Essential Oil

How to Gauge the Quality of Your Essential Oil


When we approach the world of essential oils from a consumer viewpoint, it can be challenging to determine the quality of our preferred products.

Since essential oils come from worldwide producers, companies and suppliers can obtain them from virtually anywhere. Are you going to trust a brand’s word that their growers are 100% following sustainability practices or ethical growing techniques?

We need to verify this information for ourselves to embrace the inner warrior. Although some items can slip through the cracks, the evaluation found in this short guide can usually eliminate the contenders from the pretenders.

Steps to Follow When Evaluating Essential Oils

1. Look on the packaging or the bottle to see if the Latin name of the plant is published there. Most plants have several species, and an ingredient list should offer specifics. If it only says, “lavender essential oil,” you don’t know what it could be.

2. Is the country of origin printed on the packaging? Growing conditions and working standards are different globally. The quality of the essential oils varies dramatically because of this issue. Trying to blend products from various sources might save the producer some cash, but it may not leave you with the benefits you want.

3. Does the company make a statement about purity? If the item isn’t a 100% essential oil, you deserve an explanation of why it is mixed with something else. Some things come in a carrier oil, which should be noted on the package as its delivery system.

4. What is the price of the product? Essential oils are not cheap to create. If you see a severely discounted item, the chances are that it will not meet your purity expectations. Some manufacturers overprice blended selections to take advantage of this step, so don’t rely on the cost alone to determine quality.

5. Does the essential oil smell as it should? If you open the bottle to get a hefty dose of chemicals gracing your nose, ask for a refund immediately. Even blended oils have a particular odor that remains consistent when the ingredients remain pure. Don’t settle for an inferior product if your instinct says that something doesn’t smell right.

6. Is the product certified for organic growth or wildcrafting? Most of the essential oils sold in the United States don’t have this information because the certification status can be inconsistent. If you buy essential oils in Europe, most of them have this data.

What Americans Should Know About Classification

The Food and Drug Administration classifies essential oils as drugs or cosmetics based on its use.

If a company promoted its product as a way to feel pretty, it would be cosmetic. When it serves as a sleep aid, it’d be more likely to receive the other classification. 

Although the FDA sees it as a drug, the other government agencies do not. That means anyone can get them without a prescription.

It is up to us to find the best essential oils in the marketplace. Following these steps can make that happen. 

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