28 November 2008

How long do essential oils keep before they lose their healing qualities? Having invested hard-earned money in your essential oils, it certainly makes sense to look after them properly to ensure their therapeutic properties are not weakened or lost unnecessarily. Can anything be done at all to extend the life of your oils?

A few suppliers list a shelf life for each of their essential oils or provide guidelines on the expected shelf life of their oils. Though difficult and not always accurate, this can prove helpful to those new to using essential oils. It is especially helpful when suppliers base it upon their knowledge of when the essential oil was actually distilled and how long they have had the oil in their inventory prior to sale.

You should Note the Date You Buy Each Essential Oil. Of course we don't know the date that an essential oil was first distilled, but still we can keep tabs on the age of your oils by writing down your date of purchase on the oil bottle's label.

Bear in mind that many oils can originate on the other side of the world and may have already taken 3 months to reach a distributor. Such oils may well have passed through the hands of several traders before finally arriving at your suppliers premises. The storage conditions used by everyone in the supply chain will have a major influence upon the condition of the oil before you have even purchased it.

The easiest way to extend the life of your essential oils is to simply store them away properly after using them. Essential oils do not like extreme or repeated changes in temperature, and ideally they should be stored in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight and other sources of variation in temperature.

Never leave essential oils in a place where the sun will shine directly on them such as on a window shelf in the bathroom, for example. Over a period of weeks this will dramatically speed up the natural process of deterioration due to them continually heating up and cooling down. Leaving your oils out in the sun like this can halve their life expectancy.

See the Essential Oil Chain Reaction article for more information.

See the Essential Oils storage article for more information.

Choose your source of supply carefully and then take good care of your oils. You Oils will be last longer.


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