WARNING: Ask Your Essential Oil Company These Questions Before You Jump In ?>

WARNING: Ask Your Essential Oil Company These Questions Before You Jump In

When looking for the right essential oils company to use, it is important to consider some factors. This is a short list of items to consider, and each one individually should give you pause if answered incorrectly.


  1. Do they provide complete distill or first distill oils? The real question would be: Do they personally distill each oil the way it is supposed to be distilled, for the highest levels of medicinal grade constituents? Some oils need to be distilled as a complete distill while others should be a first or second distill. This means that the most volatile constituents, those which boil and are released first are what make up the final product. As an oil goes through a longer distillation process, the less volatile constituents will be released into the final essential oil mass. These less volatile constituents are less therapeutic and many times unnecessary. It allows the company to have a larger mass of oil to sell thus making it less expensive to produce. The main question is a tough one because no company is going to honestly tell you if they don’t distill an oil properly. The other questions will help you determine if they should be considered in your regimen.


  1. Do they distill their oils using solvents? If so, which ones? Some oils, such as Jasmine must be extracted using chemicals because that is the only way it can be extracted.


  1. Do they distill their own oils or purchase from 3rd parties? Most companies buy from 3rd parties. Very few companies distills their own. It may be worth your time finding out how tested of the final oil is done. I recommend using a company that uses only the highest standards based on the French standard, not the American, which is very different.


  1. Do they bottle their own oils? Most companies will bottle their own oils, however the oils themselves are purchased pre-distilled and are shipped via large containers. You may want to ask questions 5-11 to find out more about the ways in which your company ensures quality.


  1. Do they own their own farms? There are very few companies that own their own farms. Several companies co-op with farms and some have full control. If they do not own their own farms, what controls do they have in place to ensure quality?


  1. Do they provide the seeds to the farmers? A best practice would be to use seeds from the last year’s harvest choosing only the choicest seeds from the plants that tested at the best constituents. Most companies will use hybrids or GMO seeds for higher yields and stronger, more durable plants. This is a very important question to ask.


  1. Do they know what pesticides are being used? All farms should be using essential oils as their pesticides. Most do not because they cannot control the farm they buy from or the surrounding farms.


  1. Do they know if the ground is organic? Most companies will say it is organic if it has been 4-7 years. It must have been organic for a minimum of 50 years to be considered truly organic. I realize this may seem unrealistic however this is the true organic standard. Part of the issue with organic standards is that they are standards. Not above standard. Another thing to consider is a farm can have organic land and practices yet use non-organic seeds (GMOs or other modified seeds). The product could still be labeled organic even though the DNA makeup of the plant material is not good.


  1. Do they discard any mistakes or are they resold to other companies? Again, this may also seem unrealistic, but ethically speaking all mistakes should be either dumped or used as pesticide or cleaning agents around the farms. Sadly, most distilleries sell to the highest bidder or simply sells them and waits for enough people to complain and then they recall it. I realize business is business however there are some companies who do not resell sub-par oils.


  1. Can anyone visit the farm to see how the oils are made and take a tour? The majority of companies do not have access to any farms that they purchase from simply because they are using a broker. There are a few companies that have access to the farms but they would not be open to the public to tour. Interestingly there is one company that owns farms all across the world that you can readily tour any of their farms. It is quite a thing to be seen and they will answer any question you have.


  1. Are the distillation drums cone-shaped or dome-shaped at the top? Cone shaped is better, most use dome. Other companies usually do not know this information, so ask if there are any photos of their distilleries on the walls in their corporate headquarters or in any of their marketing materials.


  1. Do they test each essential oil batch for purity? Most will say yes, however it usually means they got a certificate of analysis from a broker. Find a company that tests every batch of oil for purity and specific constituent levels using above-standard testing. The best standard would be to use either the Central Service Laboratory or the Albert Vielle Laboratory, which are both AFNOR (Association French Normalization Organization Regulation) certified labs and then are fully analyzed by a specially trained chemist on the interpretation of the gas chromatography chart.


  1. Is testing done in-house only or do they also do 3rd party testing? Some companies mask their own in-house testing facility with a name other than their company name so it looks like it is 3rd party. Ask and they will tell you. Find a company that uses a true 3rd party testing through the Central Service Lab, the Albert Vielle Lab, or another comparable laboratory.


  1. Can they provide you with a Certificate of Analysis? It is almost impossible to get these from any company because it is proprietary information. When you tour some farms and distilleries you can see actual certificates from recent batches.


  1. Do they have any trained aromatologists on staff? There are less than 200 trained “nose” people, who have such sensitive senses of smells that they can tell if there is anything wrong with an oil. Find out if your company has one or more of these people on staff.


  1. Do they test their oils side-by-side with oils from other companies? This is extremely expensive and I know of very few companies that actually do this consistently if at all.


  1. Do they test for when the peak harvest time is and harvest at that time? This is so important. Oddly, because most companies are not involved in the distillation process, they also do not care about the harvest process. Harvesting time is so important and makes a major difference in the constituents that end up in the final essential oil.


  1. Do they ever have to recall their oils? This happens more than you would think. When e a million dollar mistake is made, it is something hard to swallow, so most companies will wait until enough people complain before they recall an item. It is important to go with a company that ensures that bad product doesn’t go to customers in the first place. Young Living has dumped oil back into the earth when the constituents do not meet their standards.


  1. Do they recommend to NOT ingest their oils? If they are non-consumable, this is a giveaway that there are some contaminations or fillers in their oils.


  1. How many single, non-blend essential oils do they carry? A good essential oil company who is truly invested in the industry will carry upward of 80-100 or more essential oils singles.


  1. What sustainable practices are in place for their global footprint? Do they use only sustainable methods of farming and are they conscious of the global impact in terms of the human and carbon footprint they leave?

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