You Paid HOW much for that oil?!?

First off, let me begin by saying that I am thrifty.  I treasure hunt, bargain shop and avoid name brands- except in two areas – running shoes and Essential Oils.

When you find a quality distributer, even at wholesale prices, you can expect to pay up to double the price you would for oils found in grocery and health food stores. Why? Well, for one example, it literally takes hundreds of pounds of rosemary to yield one pound of oil.  Less expensive oils also indicate that they are 100% pure; so what’s the difference?  Here’s the deal.  You are talking about plants and herbs, so you want a healthy plant which means the right climate, soil, seed, cultivation, harvest, etc.  Less expensive oils may be 100% pure, but 100% pure of what exactly? A possibly modified, non-organic seed grown in less than favorable conditions will produce exactly that – a less than favorable oil.  Secondly, a label can claim 100% pure, but it doesn’t have to indicate any synthetic fillers, possible preservatives, theextraction process(which is crucial), or carriers; all of which can alter the quality of the oil and leave little to no therapeutic benefits.  Not only are they not really therapeutic, they can actually produce adverse effects.For example, my partner’s eyes burn and water when I distilla less expensive Lavender oil, but hehad no problem when I used a Young Living brand.  I personally have used a drop of peppermint oil in water as a mouth wash that resulted in a stinging/burning sensation.  With an oil from a reputable source, thiswas not the case; only fresh and minty clean.  (Note that using oils orally is something you should only do if you are comfortable and is not being recommended here.  As with any holistic approach you must educate yourself and follow your own intuition).

If you compare brands, you will notice a difference.  Less expensive oils can smell more perfume-like, commercial, sharp or overpowering, even stale or pungent.  Higher grade oils are more subtle, soft, pleasurable,and you can detect the layers or “notes” within the oil.  If you really want to know if your oil is pure, there is a simple test.  Essential Oils aren’t really “oils” at all, and therefore they do not leave a ring or a stain when they evaporate.   You also need only distill a few drops of a quality oil achieve a desired effect.  Therapeutic grade oils blend beautifully in a quality carrier for topical use. With proper care, your higher grade oils can last for years.

Does this mean you should throw away your oils away?  Of course not.  They can still be used in a mist to deodorize a room ormix in a vinegar/water solution for general household cleaning; but I strongly caution against using them for any aromatherapy purposes (i.e. skin or wound care, stress management, for colds, or to alter or influence moods)These oils simply lack the therapeutic qualities, and as previously mentioned, may even be have unpleasant side effects.   An Aromatherapist can blend a few oils together to suit your needs giving you the most for your dollar.

Start out by gradually adding higher quality oils to your current collection one at a time.  Many reputable suppliers can provide options on how you can purchase oils at wholesale prices.  You can start by adding oil(s) with the therapeutic benefits that are at the top of your priority list, i.e., muscular, sleep aid, relaxation, etc.

So there you have it, I’m not cheap,I’m thrifty and willing to spend the extra dollar when it is a wise investment, particularly for my health and well-being.

By~ Sandra Dodd

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