No Really What Are You Smelling? 3 Ways To Know You Have The Right Oil For You
Chances are at least one of your friends have mentioned how essential oils have helped them find support for an every day thing….
Could be tummy trouble, difficultly relaxing, sleeping or even occasional clogged airways.
So you start researching and and reading up on ALL the brands out there!
“Oh My!” you say, “there is a lot to this”
Yes! Yes there is –
Does it Smell good – Simple right! Smell is important. Many of us can TELL immediately that the petroleum based scented wall plug in or the candle shop candle is full of fragrances. Perhaps the scent of this item was based on an essential oil log ago, but then some lab got a hold of the process and tried to pull out the main chemical constituent in order to bring that item to market. Mass production does not mean quality. In fact many report headaches, dizziness, migraine from smelling this stuff. If it does not smell good, don’t use it. When you purchase a 100% pure essential oil, you are looking for the synergistic properties of that plant extracted as an essential oil. This is where you get your therapeutic value.
Is it therapeutic – When I first started looking for oils to offer in our then tiny gift shop, I looked for a grade of essential oil that was labeled “therapeutic”, “100 % Pure”. This label was touted in my massage training as the best way to identify that the bottle was pure. We don’t want additives in our oils. Additives are often used to bring the price down on that individual bottle. Additives may save you a few dollars but additives CAN introduce toxicity. As a certified therapeutic aromatherapist, with years of client success stories, I can confirm that therapeutic value is important. Therapeutic value makes a difference to the treatment. When your essential research indicates that X oil is good for y condition you need every property of a pure oil for that oil to be effective. Purity and potency is key!
Purity + Potency = Quality – Looks like a simple math equation right! As I work with clients wanting to use essential oils therapeutically, I have found that some brands just did not deliver the results for my clients. As I became certified, I also learned that NOT ALL oil companies did extensive 3rd party testing. Some companies do a little testing. Some won’t, claiming that they know the farmer and the distiller. Sweet! All good, but serious aromatherapists know that changes in the climate, pesticides in adjacent fields, time to the distillery, part of the plant distilled all impact chemistry and this is what impacts therapeutic value. 3rd party testing is going to:
- Ensure that the product was not made in a lab (wintergreen oils is super easy to fool most lab tests).
- Ensure that the chemistry supports all the historical use models (this is where therapeutic value is intended not as a sales tool – no testing = empty promises).
- Ensure that no chemicals were add during distillation/extraction process to get a better yield.
Have a question about which essential oil is best for you? Elizabeth loves to get your e-mails and does schedule privately for aromatherapy consults. You can reach her at [email protected]
Remember 3 these three criteria when choosing an oil: Does it smell good, is it therapeutic grade, was it tested.