17 November 2008

Essential Oil has more function than just for relaxation. It has clinical health benefits which can alleviate health problems. How we choose the right essential oil that available on market? Don’t take the wrong essential oil, because only “Top Grade” Essential Oil has therapeutic benefits. Synthetic oil doesn’t have therapeutic benefits, Essential oil which the grade has been decline (sometimes called pure essential oil) also doesn’t have therapeutic benefits. Poor quality oils (oils that have been distilled from poor crops, have been handled improperly, are old, etc.) or adulterated oils (oils that have chemicals or other oils added to them) lack the therapeutic benefit of good quality oils.

Essential oils are readily available at aromatherapy stores, via companies in websites, mail order, or a health food, but but the quality can be vary whether it’s local or not. And always remember this, price charge is not necessarily an indication of the quality. To obtain the optimal therapeutic benefit of the products that you use, it is important to pay attention to ingredient and product labeling, product descriptions and marketing claims.

More expensive the prize of essential oil, higher the grade and quality.

Here A guide for you to buy Essential oil
  1. Watch out for claimed label “Pure Essential Oil”
    Pure essential oils can be distilled from poor quality crops. This poor quality caused by mishandled by supplier, inappropriate storing place which can damage the oils, store’s shelves for years, accidentally mixed during bottling. So, don’t get too exciting first by the claimed label “pure”.
  2. Watch out for words such as “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil”
    “Fragance oil” can indicate that it’s not a pure single essential oil. This may has been mix with a combination of essential oil and chemical ingredients. You need to watch out for these vendors who inaccurately use the alternative medicine term aromatherapy for their own sales gain.
  3. Package is important.
    Packaging of Essential Oils can determine the quality and shelf life of the essential oils them self. Always remember this :
    • Avoid oils that are sold in clear glass bottles! Clear glass can allow light to damage the essential oils. Buy, oil that that are stored in amber (brown) or other dark colored glass bottles. Aluminum bottle is acceptable if the inside of the bottle is lined. Sealed bottle is best.
    • Don’t buy essential oils in plastic bottles or bottle that have rubber eyedropper bulb ! Essential oil can dissolve plastic and rubber as result the dissolved plastic and rubber will contaminate the oil.
    • Watch for the dust on the top of the bottles! This is an indication that the oils have been sitting around. As time passes, many oils lose their therapeutic properties, and diminish their aroma.
    Be sure they have tester bottles of the EOs so that you can sample the oils.
  4. Seek out supplier that can give you few a sample to try, check for the certificate if its necessary, better if they give a detailed information for the oil that they sell with confidence. The goal is to find out if this is a vendor that you are pleased with without wasting your money on large orders that you might not be happy with. Some vendors do need to charge a small fee for providing samples, and this should not reflect poorly on the vendor.
  5. Watch out for the prize! Each of essential oil has different prize. If the supplier gives all essential oils with the same prize, you should be careful with fake oil. For example: Jasmine, Neroli and Rose, cost more than geranium and Ylang Ylang. A good quality patchouli usually costs more than eucalyptus. The basic citrus oils such as grapefruit, lemon and sweet orange oils are some of the least expensive oils.
  6. Be concerned about the essential oil’s botanical (Latin name), country of origin and method of extraction. Sometimes the one of essential oil has multiple varieties, such as Bay, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, and other. Each of this varieties has different therapeutic properties. The country of origin for oils is also important because the climate and soil conditions can affect the resulting properties of the oil. Is that rose oil steam distilled or is it an absolute? Method of extraction also necessary thing to know.
  7. Find out if you want the organic essential oil.
  8. Be cautious if you buy oils from supplier at street fairs, craft shows, festivals or other limited-time events. Some vendors at these events may know their customers have no recourse against them after the event is over.
  9. Be careful when buying essential oils from companies that primarily sell to the food & beverage or perfumery industries. The oils sold by these sources may be redistilled to remove or add specific constituents (natural chemicals found in the oils). These re-distillations or adulterations may harm the therapeutic use of the oils. If desiring to buy from such a vendor, inquire first to ask about their methods.

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