17 November 2008

Organic essential oils are distilled or extracted from plants that have been grown without the use of pesticides. This Organic Essential Oil usually has been certified by an authorised regulatory agent such as ECOCERT, Nature et Progres, Qualite-France SA, Agrobio or the Soil Association. Organic essential oils may be superior to non-organic oils.

The term 'Organic' is defined by Law, and within the European Union organic farming it is governed by the European Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 and means that farmers must abide by a strict set of rules. Organic status is only awarded to producers.

Today, many aromatherapists and common people prefer to use organic essential oils in their clinical treatments because they believe they have more healing power and vitality than conventional essential oils. Since it takes a great deal of plant material to create even a small amount of essential oil, it certainly makes sense that oils distilled from non-organic plants may have pesticides in them, since they have far-reaching effects for both the environment, and our bodies. Some say that pesticides do not appear in the oils and thus it doesn’t matter.

Suppliers that sell organic essential oils may be sourcing their oils more carefully for not only oils that are grown in compliance with organic farming principles but may also be more carefully sourcing their oils for therapeutic quality and aroma Do expect to pay more for oils distilled from organic plants since it does cost a lot more to grow crops via organic means.

Organic Status
To be certified as organic :
  • Farm has been register with an organic certification organisation and enter a 2 year conversion period. (3 years for perennial crops). This time is to allow all traces of chemical pesticides and fungicides.
  • To drain from the land and allow the soil to become more fertile whilst also allowing the farmer to adapt his farm management practices.
  • During this period there are regular inspections from the certifying body to ensure that all the necessary steps to conversion have been correctly employed. Only after the inspector is satisfied that the farmer has complied with all of the regulations is an organic certificate issued.
  • The farmer is then legally allowed to claim the crops grown on his land are 'certified organic'. Annual inspections will continue to be made to ensure that standards are upheld.

Organic essential oils are required to meet the following strict criteria before being purchased:

  • All crops botanically authenticated
  • No chemical fertilizers
  • No chemical insecticides or fungicides were used
  • Weeds were controlled by hand weeding
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