Everywhere I turn lately, it appears Essential Oils are all the rage, and they are a huge money maker. In addition, whenever I sign-up for an aromatherapy webinar people from all over the world are in attendance, looking for solutions and remedies to support their mind, body and spirit well-being.
As a certified aromatherapist and trainer, this topic comes to me voiced as concerns from those who are purchasing ‘essential oils’ without having any knowledge of how to ascertain when a product is ‘authentic’.
The task of ascertaining “authenticity” in this product is formidable because, given the circumstances in today’s USA market, these oils are not regulated by the USDA unless they are ‘certified organic’. (https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/labeling)
So what is the difference? Essential Oils are acquired from plants, by various distilling methods. In addition, essentials oils are known to have the added impact of therapeutic benefits, which can be useful in enhancing your mind, body, and spirit when used properly and safely. When you are purchasing essential oils look for the ‘botanical‘ name along with the common name. For example: Lavender (common name), has the botanical name Lavandula angustifolia
♦ Choose reputable sellers when purchasing essential oils. Initially, you can explore purchasing certified organic essential oils so that you can become acquainted with how an authentic oil smells versus a fragrance oil.
♦ Nowadays, it is easy to find free classes as an introduction to essential oils. Learn some of the safety methods. A good place to look for information is the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy – https://naha.org/
The sources below have descriptions on what to look for, when purchasing essential oils. Take a look when you find an opportunity.