Essential oil purity myths–debunked! – whole new mom c gastronomie

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It seems that everyone and his brother (or sister) is using essential oils–and even more confusing is that pretty much every day there is a new essential oils company in the marketplace. And each of those companies is telling you that they are THE BEST! THE PUREST! The ONLY quality oil out here.

It’s confusing enough trying to figure out how to use essential oils and of course you need to keep in mind essential oils safety issues like do essential oils expire and whether or not essential oils are a scam, but one thing is for sure. If you are going to use essential oils, you want them to be pure. No thanks to toxic synthetics and cheap fillers in my oils.

The ingredient list should have one item, and one item only: 100% pure oil. Well, first of all, if we’re talking about single oils, that can be true, but an oil blend will have a number of oils in there. I know that’s not the point that this company was making, but it is true.

It’s not even crucial that you buy organic essential oils to avoid pesticides. I will go into this at a more at a future date, but you do not have to get Certified Organic Essential Oils in order to have pure essential oils. It’s just not true.

There are some advantages to buying organic essential oils in some cases, but purity is not necessarily one of them. There are companies that have tested organic essential oils and found them not to be pure. And I have verification of that in my inbox. GMO-FREE = PURE

So when a company states that they are therapeutic grade, or clinical grade, or whatever certification acronym they decide to put on their essential oils bottle, that certification is just that. Their own designation. Nothing more and nothing less.

Something else that is all over the internet is that you can easily test your essential oils at home by putting a drop of the oil on a plain piece of white paper, letting the essential oil sit for several hours and observing. The story goes that if it disappears slowly and doesn’t leave a ring, then the oil is likely pure.

First of all, some oils are heavier and will leave residue. Furthermore, adulteration isn’t typically done by adding carrier oils any longer — these companies are getting smart. They are adding things that wouldn’t be picked up by such a simple test.

Yes, some oils will not freeze in a typical household freezer, but all liquids will freeze at some temperature. There are some oils that will freeze in a household freezer, some will freeze in the refrigerator, and some are solid even at room temperature. The issue is the components of the essential oils which will crystalize at different temperatures depending on the amount of that component in the essential oil.

The menthol in peppermint can range from 30-50%. Mint oil that has menthol content in the upper 40s (getting close to 50%) can crystalize in a household freezer, while cheap 33% menthol Indian peppermint, like the one that the MLM reps are saying is the good peppermint, can’t crystalize because its so inferior in its menthol content that it would take a much lower temperature to solidify.

First of all, oil smells should vary by batch. The aroma of an essential oil should vary somewhat depending on the time of year, water, soil, etc. In fact, consistent smell could be an indication of impure essential oils as some companies add substances to their essential oils to make the scent consistent across batches.

Well, for the most part this is true. However, there are some oils that are exceptions to this. Those exceptions are heavy and richly colored oils like sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli and German Chamomile. So this is partially true, but not always. THE DISSOLVE IN WATER TEST

Well, newsflash–neither do vegetable or other carrier oils that might be added to an essential oil to extend its volume. That being said, most adulteration isn’t done with carrier oils any longer. The alteration is more sophisticated now. These adulterated oils will not dissolve either.

The Supplement Label means that the oils are GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the government. Doesn’t mean that that is what is in the bottle, though. Essential oils that a company recommends for ingestion should have the supplement label on the bottle, but labels aren’t regulated unless complaints or injury reports cause the FDA to intervene (and sometimes they intervene for other reasons like this raid on a raw milk farm or when the FDA shut down a probiotic company for making claims). Conclusion

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