Finding Real Essential Oils
When you are investing in something as important as essential oils, a product that you are going to use on and around your family, you must know what you are buying. Unfortunately, there is no way to know what you are getting when you buy from sites like Amazon, Ebay, etc.
A Sea of Sellers and Fake Essential Oils
I love Amazon, but it isn't the right place to buy everything. There are a lot of sellers on multi-marketing sites, and some of them are just plain old unethical. Others are clueless of the proper handling of essential oils. When you buy from Amazon, you are taking a chance that:
- your essential oil has been stored improperly, and therefore, compromised;
- your essential oils have been "watered down" with another ingredient and passed off as pure;
- your essential oil will contain a dangerous, synthetic ingredient;
- your essential oil has little to no therapeutic properties;
Even When You Are Buying A Brand Name
First of all, there are few companies who have passed third party testing for authentically pure essential oils across the board. I know, because I research dozens of companies, and pored over third party research papers and lab reports. That includes MLM companies, and most of the oils that you find on health food store shelves.
Even more problematic is that essential oils that were once authentically pure, are often tampered with by greedy sellers. Some fill bottles with entirely different brands and market it as the name brand on the label, while others add product to make the oil go further so that their profit margin is greater.
Price Is a Factor
Essential oils are extremely concentrated. It takes hundreds of pounds of plant material to make just one pound of essential oils. Some plants take more to produce a small amount of oil than others, and some plants are harder to get in bulk than others. Hence the reason that you should expect to pay a reasonable amount for your essential oils, and why you can expect to see a fluctuation in price from one oil to another.
The FDA says that as long as an essential oil contains 5% pure ingredients, it can be labeled 100% Therapeutic Grade. A bottle of peppermint essential oil can contain just 5% peppermint essential oil and 95% something else and still be qualified and labeled as 100% Therapeutic Grade peppermint essential oil.
That is not acceptable for my family, and therefore, I find it equally unacceptable for your family.
Never Take Essential Oils Internally That Were Purchased From Multi-Seller Site
Not every essential oil is safe for internal consumption, and it should be done only under the direction of a certified aromatherapist or physician, and this is why I NEVER recommend the average, self educated, consumer to take essential oils internally, although I know that some do. If you are buying oils from a source that isn't absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, pure 100% essential oil, you are rolling the dice with your health.
At least know what you are buying. When we label our bottles and tell you that they are 100% pure, unadulterated, undiluted essential oils, we mean exactly that and have the testing to back it up. There is nothing in them other than what is on the label. Period!