Top 5 things to look for when buying Essential Oils

Common question:  How do I know I am buying a good essential oil?   

I hear this question all the time, so let's do this:

  1. VARIED PRICING - All essential oils are not created equal and they do not cost the same.  If you go to the store and find oils that are all priced the same, STEER CLEAR!  The cost of the oil should be driven by the amount of raw materials needed in order to make the oil.  Rose Essential Oil is one of the most expensive oils.  Why?  Because it takes 22 pounds of rose petals to make a 5ml bottle!  I laugh when I go to the local pharmacy and I see a display that has Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint all priced at $5 a bottle.  You can can they sell those things at $5?  They are either using synthetic oil, which means you will get ZERO therapeutic value out of it, or they are diluting the oil with other things.  We call that "adulterated".  No thank you.
  2. BOTTLES MATTER - Clear glass bottles are a no-no.  If a manufacturer is willing to bottle their "liquid gold" in a clear glass bottle, then you know the oil is not pure.  Amber glass or cobalt blue bottles are where it's at; they protect the oil from sunlight, thus preserving the efficacy of the oil.
  3. NO PLASTIC - Speaking of glass bottles, DO NOT buy anything in a plastic bottle.  If the oils are pure, they will be bottled in glass rather than plastic.  Pure essential oils, if bottled in plastic, will deteriorate the plastic and contaminate the oil.  
  4. TESTING - Research the manufacturer to determine if they have their oils GC-MS tested by a 3rd party.  Those manufacturers take their oils seriously, so you can too!
  5. KNOW YOUR SOURCE - A reputable manufacturer is transparent about their farms, process, and testing.  If you can't get answers to your questions, move on.

So...there you go!  How's that for a road map?  ;)