Since posting about the beginning of my journey with essential oils I have received several emails asking about what makes a good essential oil. Are all oils created equally? What’s the difference between the essential oil you can buy at the grocery store versus that from a line like doTERRA. Or is there even a difference?
Below is the label from one of my favorite oils, peppermint. I love to use peppermint topically when I have a headache or need a pick me up. I also like to add it to my water or tea. This is the NOW brand that I recently saw at HEB. It clearly states that this oil should not come in contact with skin or be taken internally. This is not a therapeutic oil…so what does that mean exactly?
From the little reading I have done on the subject this is what I have learned.
What to look for in a therapeutic essential oil:
- A high quality oil. High quality oils are produced from plants that are grown in their natural habitats (indigenous), usually organic, cultivated properly, and extracted properly (low pressure and low temperature). All of these factors play a role in the potency of an oil.
- A pure oil, nothing added or taken away. Many companies dilute their oils or synthetically reproduced their fragrance.
Many of the oils you find at the grocery or health food store are for aromatic use only. Usually this means they have been created in a lab or are heavily diluted. Most of these oils cannot be used for therapeutic purposes; therefore, they cannot be taken internally or applied topically and are best left for diffusing.
Oils from companies like doTERRA (this is the brand I have used, but there are other reputable companies) promise that they have the purest oils from plant to the bottle. Many of these companies do extensive testing to ensure their oils are safe to use for therapeutic purposes (i.e. internally and topically).
The bottom line: read labels carefully before you apply or ingest an essential oil…you get what you pay for.
If you have more questions about essential oils and their uses contact The Texas Oil Mama, Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org, I know she will be happy to help you out!