Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008
There are a great number of variables that influence the actual essential oil you carefully use for the well-being of you, your family, and friends. For example, a 15 ml bottle of essential oil was extracted and distilled or compressed from 30 to 300 pounds of plant matter. Of utmost importance to you is:
- Where and how was that plant grown?
- What were the soil conditions?
- What were the water conditions during the growing season?
- Were there any insecticides, pesticides, or herbicides used?
- Is it truly organic?
- When and how was the material harvested?
- Was it the right season?
- The correct maturity of the plant?
- The optimum time of day?
- What about the processing?
- Were proper cleaning and preparation made with the equipment?
- Were the correct parts of the plant used in the distillation process?
- Were temperatures maintained at proper levels?
- What about packaging and distribution?
- Were there clean and viable containers used during the process and for gathering?
- Was there any cutting (adding other similar and hard-to-detect less expensive oils) done to lower the cost of the oil?
These and other questions are very important to each of as we use essential oils and their derivative products. It would be impossible for any one of us to answer all these question. Fortunately, the company we have chosen to source all of our essential oils from is making it their business to answer the questions for each of us. They use the most modern Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy testing through a third party to assure us that testing standards will meet or exceed ISO and AFNOR standards thereby guaranteeing their oils being pure enough to ingest.