Not all oils are created equal
In the United States, there is no rating system for essential oils. The closest we get is an FDA requirement that in order to label a bottle of essential “pure” or “therapeutic grade,” the contents of the bottle must contain at least 5 percent essential oil!
All oils in the world fall into one of 4 categories: Grade A, Grade B, Grade C, and Grade D.
Grade A is therapeutic, made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temperatures.
Grade B oils are food grade, but may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical extenders, or carrier oils.
Grade C oils are perfume oils that often contain adulterating chemicals. They usually use solvents, for example, hexane, to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents can be cancerous, and are in many store bought oils. They may also be diluted 80-95 percent with alcohol.
Grade D is called “floral water,” which is aromatic only and is usually a byproduct of Grade A distillation. After all the oil is pulled out, the leftover trash water is sold to companies which will fill 5 percent of the bottle with this “leftover trash water,” fill the rest with carriers, and label it “pure.”
Grade A is the only true pure oil. Grade D would be like walking into your fridge, taking a glass of orange juice and diluting it 95 percent before you drank it! It wouldn’t have the full benefits of orange juice. That’s why you want Grade A oils. Before you purchase, check to see if the company grows their own plants, owns their own fields, and controls the entire process from Seed to Seal- from the farm to the sealed bottle. Pesticides, pollution, previously farm land – all of it can affect the quality of an oil. Why would you go the extra step of using an oil to get away from chemical- and then use an oil laden with chemicals? It makes no sense.
Why do Oils Company sell oils more cheaply?
To save money. If you spray your crop with pesticides, you have more crop to distill. If you use a chemical solvent to extract the oil, you pull more out. If you dilute it with cheaper oil or a carrier oil, your stretch the oil you have distilled. Most essential oils are sold more cheaply because companies cut corners.
- Sarah Harnisch