Is Your Essential Oil Authentic?

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)

As starter conclusions in this formidable task about “authenticity” in essential oils  is that these oils are not synthetically produced.

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 Aromatherapyhttps://naha.org/

The sources below have descriptions on what to look for,  when purchasing essential oils. Take a look when you find an opportunity.

  Guidelines
https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety

https://www.essentialoilhaven.com/best-essential-oil-brands/

https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/essential-oils-big-benefits-small-bottles

Essential oils are certainly worth exploring. Choose to be knowledgeable before you delve into this complicated market.  Be careful out there. 

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