How to Choose Essential Oil Brands
If you are making your own essential oils (which must of us aren’t), you know what is going into your oils. You know how it is being extracted. You know where your herbs are sourced from. You know what the extraction method is. You know what solvents are used. You know everything, and that creates the best feelings toward your extraction. Much like home cooked meals from raw ingredients. The pride is immeasurable. What about the majority of us who do not have the equipment or time to perform such extractions? I guess it’s time to go shopping! I’m going to tell you how to choose essential oil brands with ease.
In the essential oil market, there are two categories of oils that come to mind. ingestible and external use only. Essential oils, herbs, and natural remedies are constantly under a foggy and unavoidable level of scrutiny. This type of judgement remains because the natural world can only be regulated so much, though, some try their damnedest (Monsanto is most people’s first thought). Regulations are meant to keep people safe, so don’t get me wrong here, but fear and misunderstanding perpetuates a misplaced oversight. It will take time to balance the litigations between herbalists and law makers. Until then, we must take care to understand the differences in essential oil companies that sell ingestible and not to be ingested essential oils.
Know what you want to use the oil for
Knowing why you want essentials oils is key to choosing the brands you’ll be working with. You may just decide to go with the best of the best and then you can use your oils for everything, but oils prices can vary greatly and if you need to be smart with costs then this isn’t your best option. Oils are created, much like everything else, with different levels of quality. Generally, this is intended to target different income levels as one price does not fit all, but there is one more major factor when it comes to essential oils. Going back to my previous comments about regulations on the herbal industry, essentials oils can be created for ingestion or external use only. The confusion comes in when oils are created to internal use standards but must be/or just are labeled for external use only. Essential oil companies must meet labeling and liability regulations. If an oil company states an oil can be ingested, they cover some liability for this claim. This naturally means the oil will be more costly for consumers. Also, a company may simply choose to not be liable. This distinction can make a big difference in cost. Why purchase higher priced, ingestible oils when lower priced, but just as quality, oils are perfect for aroma therapy or cleaning supplies. Simply put, decide if the oils will be ingested or not.
Check for ingestion instructions
You’ve decided that your oils will or will not be ingested. Now to choose an oil brand that will meet your requirements. This one is real easy. Look on the label. If there are instructions for ingestion, this brand is a good candidate for that very use. If there are no instructions for ingestion, the label will likely have a suggested external use and that’ll be it. Some oil labels will make it clear the product is for external use only. If the label does not indicate either way, you should save this oil for external use. If an oil is ingestible it is safest if paired with directions for use. A detailed label for how to use an oil is imperative to being safe and ensuring the proper use of an oil has not been forgotten or confused with that of another oil. Essential oils have a potential for being dangerous if used improperly, so the instructions for use need to be specific.
Find reviews on Amazon
If you have your eye on a brand at this point, it’s time to see what others think of it. Unless you know a big handful of people who have used the brand you are thinking of trying, you’ll need to go online and read some reviews. The best way to do this is by going to Amazon and search the brand and look across all of the products from many different sellers. You should see a pretty common theme of good reviews across the board. Just like any other products you can buy, things go wrong. Take time to understand no oil products are perfect. Some oils will spoil quicker than others. Vials might break. Or the batch in general was bad and you are catching it before anyone else (this error should be extremely rare, btw). Point is, things happen. Just ask the company or seller how they handle these issues before purchasing.
Try a less expensive and familiar oil to test the brand
If you are eyeing that 100% rose essential oil, especially from a brand like Young Living, you are likely gagging on the price point. That is totally normal. They aren’t price gauging. It just happens to require a lot of rose to create that oil at that quality. Test the brand before buying something that makes you feel queasy at the thought. Orange or Sweet Orange essential oil is a perfect way to test the brand. Orange is familiar to all of us and very inexpensive to purchase from even the highest quality oil producers. Purchase the smallest bottle of orange essential oil so you can test if for all of your purposes. Crack open the bottle and smell it. Close your eyes and take it in. The aroma should be everything you expect when peeling open a fresh juicy orange. It should be amazing! If you are not a fan of orange, just pick another oil that you know you’ll like and is inexpensive. In general, citrus oils are less than 15$ for 0.5 oz vials.
Picking a brand of essential oil is just that easy. The next easiest way is asking people you know if they have experienced these oils before and if they have a favorite brand. Most people using oils will be thrilled to introduce you and you can just sample theirs. You wont have to shop long. Essential oils are so amazing that if the product is good, it will nearly hit you in the face with awesomeness! Now you know how to choose essential oil brands. Go well and enjoy the journey of seeking essential oils.
Below are a few brands that I like.
Young Living Orange Essential Oil (not an affiliate link)
Plant Therapy Orange Sweet Essential Oil | 100% Pure, Undiluted, Natural Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Grade | 10 milliliter (⅓ ounce) (affiliate link)
Young Living is know for it’s high quality. I think most of us has heard of Young Living and know someone who is a distributor. Plant Therapy has been perfect for my aroma therapies and they haven’t failed me yet. I will advise that if you want the most excellent blends, Young Living is beyond any others that I’ve tried.
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