“For effective therapeutic use, it is vital that only pure essential oils are used for aromatherapy. Do not fall into the trap of buying cheaper, impure oils. Often they do not work effectively on a therapeutic level and there may be bodily reactions to the additives Unscrupulous suppliers will sometimes dilute a pure essential oil in a carrier base and pass it off as a pure essential essence. For this reason, it is advisable that you purchase from a reputable company.” From the book – “AROMATHERAPY for scentual awareness”: Judith White & Karen Day
At the time the book was written, there was no need to discuss organic because they were all organic. I put these quotes from Authors for the purpose of informing, because at ESSCENTUAL, we believe that tried and true, that the wisdom, knowledge, and experience of professionally trained aromatherapists is invaluable.
What are these different grades of oils?
The term “therapeutic grade” is exactly what? It is a “term” there honestly isn’t any such standard. All essential oils that are pure are the exact same. If you purchase pure lemon essential oil from someone in America and then purchase pure lemon oil from someone in Australia, they are the same. They are identical because they are pure. They followed the same procedure for picking, distilling and storing. Neither is purer than the other. They are the same. So when you see “therapeutic grade” understand that it is a marketing tactic, a trick to make you believe you are buying a superior product. There is “Therapeutic use
One of the things to look out for synthetic oils, these are made in labs. These are generally used for fragrance, such as sprays you use in your home, plugins in your home, many candle fragrances are synthetic oils, unless otherwise stated.
What is pure and how will you know?
Pure is all the essence from the flowering tops, root, tree, leaf, petal, the gum, Herb, the peel of the fruit, the crushed seed. It’s scent when opened will strong. Some dubious manufacturers may add a carrier oil to the essence. This will weaken the pure oil, and in remembering that once an essential oil is mixed with a carrier oil, its shelf life is less. It may be very hard to tell if the carrier oil added is slight. I would be suspect of essential oil if it felt too smooth. They are usually quite strong in scent and not overly oily depending of course on the oil but the oil isn’t overly smooth or extremely oily. Different carrier oils have different properties too, jojoba is silky and wheat feels oily to me. It would be very difficult, if not impossible to tell by feel. You may know by scent. If you suspect it, have it tested or purchase another brand of the same oil and see if there is a fragrance difference.