Essential oils seem to be all the rage these days. Hardly a week goes by that my Facebook feed doesn’t show someone gushing over these amazing plant essences.
Amazing they are, indeed. I’ve used essential oils to treat everything from sore throats to whooping cough. With their pleasing fragrances, they certainly make the most enjoyable treatment that holistic medicine has to offer.
A tremendous amount of hype surrounds the essential oil scene, and I’m not talking about hype regarding their benefits. Multi-level marketing companies go to great lengths to promote their products as the only ones that are pure and medicinally beneficial. Those company’s independent sales consultants, who have invested their energy and finances into promoting the products, are understandably devoted to the brand’s image … and to the message that XYZ’s products are the only ones worth buying.
Where does the truth lie?
Reading Labels to Find Quality Essential Oils
There is no process by which a manufacturer can make their essential oils more concentrated or more powerful than other pure essential oils.In reality, many company produce pure, unadulterated, and potent essentials oils that are effective for theraputic medicinal use. You’ve probably seen the term “theraputic grade” applied to some essential oil products, but in truth, there is no standardized system of grading EOs. While some companies label their products “theraputic grade,” any company that assures their EOs are pure is providing just that – pure essential oils, unadulterated and undiluted – and equal to any product given the fancy theraputic grade label. There is no process by which a manufacturer can make their essential oils more concentrated or more powerful than other pure essential oils.
With that said, some companies do dilute EOs with a carrier oil, such as olive or jojoba oil, so that they can sell the final product for a lower price. Unless you really do want your essential oil in a carrier oil (to use as a massage oil, for instance), then you want to avoid those diluted EOs.
Check labels carefully – look for words like “fragrance” instead of “essential oil.” If you’re unsure about an oil’s purity, contact the company to ask.
I’ve used essential oils from several companies with great medicinal results. In fact, oils from these companies are in my medicine chest right now, and I turn to them whenever we have a need.
- Eden’s Garden
- Ananda Apothecary
- Rocky Mountain Oils (used to be Native American Nutritionals)
- Aromatics International
- NOW Foods
Essential oils from Now Foods were the first ones that I used medicinally, and they make up the bulk of my EO stash. I typically buy them from Amazon, and they consistently have the lowest prices on most oils. Some people may feel this means their oils are a lower quality, but I vehemently disagree.
Why I Know Quality Essential Oils
Five years ago, three of my children and I had whooping cough – a most miserable, painful, and consuming cough. It was a blend of essential oils from Now Foods that brought us relief when absolutely nothing else could.
On NOW’s website, I found an interesting paragraph regarding the price difference between NOW and other brands:
NOW’s founder Elwood Richard said it best when he was asked why NOW’s prices are so much lower than our competitors. “The question shouldn’t be why are our prices so low, but rather, why do our competitors price their products so high?” We use the same quality essential oils as other companies; we just choose to price our essential oils with the best interests of the consumer in mind. By not marking up our essential oils like perfumes, as many competitors do, we can offer essential oils of comparable quality at a lower price.
Some of the companies I listed above offer exclusively organic essential oils, while some offer organic and conventional. Most of what is in my collection right now is not organic because I bought them before I learned how important organic medicines truly are. In the future, I’ll likely buy only organic oils unless our budget makes it completely impossible.
In my opinion and experience, there is no need to pay exorbitant prices for essential oils. Many reputable companies offer pure, high quality EOs at affordable costs. I’ve shared a few companies with which I have experience, but I’m sure there are many more that offer affordable quality EOs.
Which brand of essential oils do you prefer?
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