3 Myths about Essential Oils… (and the Facts)
While traveling across the U.S., Canada and Brazil this last year, hosting classes, we’ve met a lot of wonderful people and listened to the questions they have about essential oils. Unfortunately there are a lot of myths about essential oils. To help you understand the differences in quality of oils as well as the differences in the companies that sell oils, we wanted to share both the myths and the facts.
MYTH 1: All Essential Oils are Pure
This is a myth because essential oils are like any other product you can buy in that there are low quality and high quality versions. Quality can vary dramatically from one brand to another. Most people have no idea that something labeled 100% pure essential oil can literally contain a very small percentage of essential oil. The rest of the liquid in the bottle could be a low-cost filler like fragrance oil. This is alarming! There is very little government regulation of the essential oil industry and distillers and thecompanies they sell to can cut corners to save money. This means that you could purchase a product which has been compromised with cheap fillers or additives giving you very little or no medicinal/therapeutic value.
MYTH 2: All Essential Oil Companies Sell the Same Kind of Oils
This is absolutely false. To ensure that quality levels are high, there are several companies that have adopted controls to make sure the liquid in their bottles is actually 100% pure oil.
These companies, like doTERRA Essential Oils, are doing this by contracting with third party companies/chemists who conduct tests on the oil after it is distilled. These tests include checking for additives, extraneous plant material and pollutants such as pesticides. In addition, these chemists conduct separate tests to measure the quality of the chemical constituents (see Myth 3 below for why this is important).
doTERRA has gone to great lengths in quality control to make sure the oils are not compromised whatsoever. Unfortunately, there are many companies who have taken advantage of the popularity of essential oils by selling mediocre products.
There was a very telling report published a few months back by Consumers Advocate where eleven essential oil company’s oils were tested. The oils were tested without any of the company’s having knowledge of the tests. 8 of the 11 company’s oils came back adulterated…compromised. It was a shock to many and the repercussions are still being felt. If you’re going to purchase an essential oil, you want to make sure that it’s pure….AND that it is high quality (Myth #3).
MYTH 3: All Essential Oils are the Same Quality
Actually, there are many factors that come into play that impact quality because oils are extracted directly from plants. Proper sourcing and great care during harvesting and distillation will greatly impact the potency and strength of the “chemical constituents” of each plant. This is something the average consumer is not aware of, yet makes all the difference in how effective an essential oil can be.
For example, the geographic region where the plant is grown, the weather conditions, the altitude, the soil, the timing of the harvest of the plant and the methods of distillation will all influence quality. When we visited Guatemala to participate in the harvesting and distillation of cardamom essential oil for doTERRA, it was a very eye opening experience. For decades, middle men called “coyotes” would come to that remote region of Guatemala and expect farmers to harvest and dry the cardamom pods on demand. Because these middle men were looking to make money quickly, the harvest would usually occur before the plant was mature and consequently the chemical constituents were not at their peak potency. This reduced the quality, effectiveness and value of the oil.
DoTERRA recognized this issue in Guatemala and created co-ops with the farmers to cut out the middle men. This insured that the cardamom crop could be harvested at the perfect time to maximize the effectiveness of the oil, not to mention the farmers are paid a higher price and sell directly to doTERRA.
We know that quality essential oils can have a profound impact on emotional and physical health. Hopefully you have found this article helpful in determining the difference between essential oil myths and facts. Let us know your experience with essential oils. Visit our site with more info on the right essential oils and where to find details about which oils are best for the different ailments. http://truempoweredlife.com/
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