After three years of study and research surrounding essential oil companies I have selected one consistent performer that I choose to use personally and that I recommend to my clients and customers. There are a number of reasons why.
Quality. At Plant Therapy every batch of essential oil is GC-MS tested. The results of these tests are posted on the Plant Therapy website for consumers to review. Simply select the oil you would like. Scroll down below the product details and click on the “Test Reports” header in the Description Box. There you will find a list of GC-MS tests. The latest, for the current batch being sold is at the bottom of the list.
When you open the reports you will see the batch number, essential oil name and botanical name, as well as the country where the plant materials originated. Next there is a listing of the primary plant constituents that were identified during testing. Then there are comments from Robert Tisserand regarding the quality and aroma of the oil and about the constituents found during testing. Robert Tisserand is likely the most well-known scientific researcher on essential oils. He has been in the business over 40 years and literally “written the book” on essential oil safety. His involvement weighed heavily in my decision to select Plant Therapy essential oils for my natural health office.
Following this there is a signed third party Certificate of Analysis of the GC profile. This includes the date, plant identifiers, other data, and conclusion. The conclusion is important because it tells us whether adulterants, contaminants, or if the essential oil has been diluted. Following this information will be pages listing every identifiable plant constituent along with some graphs that will likely not be of interest to the general consumer, but are inspiring reading for essential oil chemistry geeks.
Price. This is a very important topic because it can tell you a lot about the company that sells the product. Quality oils that can be used therapeutically do not have to have an extremely high price point. Neither are they cheap. Pricing should be based upon the ability to source, rarity or commonality of the product, plant parts used, as well as the difficulty involved in extracting the oil.
For example, spearmint, one of my favorite aromas, is also one of the least expensive oils. This is because spearmint is easy to grow in many locations, its aerial parts contain a lot of volatile oils, and it is also easy to distill.
On-the-other-hand, rose absolute essential oil is quite expensive for a very small amount. This is because the oil is only extracted from the flowers. If you find this essential oil ‘on the cheap’, look closely. It is likely to be diluted (which is not necessarily a bad thing) or it could even be an adulteration.
Did you know that it takes 60,000 rose petals
to make only one ounce of essential oil?
Blends. I personally love the information given for each oil that lists other essential oils that blend well with my selection. That makes it easier to select additional oils that combine well for diffusing and using in formulas.
Other things to look for when purchasing essential oils. Binomial name…
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