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Essential Oils ~ Is there a Difference?

TOTAL HEALTH Nutrition Center Supplement Facts

 Essential Oils ~ Is there a difference?     Jan 2017

           The Essential Oil Marketplace is a very confusing area to differentiate the products within the literature, which all is carefully written to present a positive view of the items for sale.  ‘Word-speak’ (our term for saying something without really saying it) is alive & well in the brochures, so we looked at every spectrum of the marketplace.  Let’s start with all of the labels you may find in your research of product literature or perusal of marketing materials:

       Therapeutic Grade – This term was originally created by a certain Multi-Level Marketing company to infer a higher quality to their products.  It is now used by several companies that want to indicate how they feel about their product.  There is no universally recognized set of protocols’, practices or standards that comprise “therapeutic grade”, much less a third party independent assayer to make the certification.

       Aromatherapy Grade – Same circumstance as ‘therapeutic’.  There is no set standard for this and no independent lab to certify.  These certifications have been given to these companies by themselves.  Kind of a “Wolf’s Union”, where the wolves agree to certify themselves as good ‘shepherds’ (and you know they have the best interests of the sheep in mind).

       Wildcrafted – This label implies that the ingredients were harvested in a ‘wild’ environment and not cultivated on farms via mass productions.  (Hence, they should be free from the usual contaminants found around these operations.)   If you have ever collected anything in the ‘wild’, you probably didn’t stumble upon a whole field.  Instead you probably found one, went a little further and found another.  Then you went for an hour before you were lucky enough to find some more.  Not the type of process that likely leads to the collection of the mass quantities needed for commercial production.  (Example ~ It takes 256 pounds of Peppermint leaves to make 1 pound of Peppermint Oil.  We say > CAUTION.)

       Organic – If I grow an herb in my backyard and I never spray an herbicide on it, can I call it ‘Organic’?  Sure, I can claim that, but can I back it up?  Maybe.  I could say it’s organic, but that doesn’t consider the purity of the water flowing under the garden or about the cleanness of the air that passes over the plants day and night.  Now many of the items/herbs that are grown and harvested are in themselves natural herbicides.  In many regions of the world where herbs are grown and harvested, these areas are known for their remoteness.  Their use of the term organic may only imply that they are not part of a mass production farming system that relies heavily on ‘enhancing’ the products.

           But in the US, we have the ‘USDA Organic Standards for Food and Farming‘ to fall back on with a variety of standards:

  • If it is stated that it is ‘100 Percent Organic’, then it must show an ingredient list, the name and address of handlers and ALL ingredients must be certified organic as well (excluding water and salt).
  • If it states that it is ‘Organic’, then it must contain at least 95-99% organic ingredients (by weight).  It must also show a list of ingredients, both organic and non-organic as well as the name of the certifier.
  • There is also a level called ‘Made with Organic Ingredients’.  These must contain 70-94% organic ingredients.  These must list up to three ingredients on the container and may not bear the ‘Organic’ symbol.

           The interesting thing is the list of synthetic substances that are allowed in organic crop production.  It is over 3 pages long and contains things like: ethanol, isopropanol, calcium hypochlorite, hydrogen peroxide, soap-based algicide / demossers, soap-based herbicides and the list goes on.  Now many of these items can only be used to clean transportation, production and packaging areas and are probably very safe in their application.  But they are there.  The list of items NOT ALLOWED in organic farming is composed of nine items (less than half a page) ~ Strange but True!

        What is Pure quality – Most of the production of essential oils is used in other industries, such as pesticides for organic farming.  Therefore, the Essential Oils that we are looking at for consumption or aroma therapy are a small percentage and must be Pure. This “Pure” label is to indicate that it is indeed 100% the indicated essential oil, with no fillers or contaminants.  These Essential Oils have been tested through ‘Gas Chromatography’ and ‘Mass Spectrometry’ and are then certified.  In this type of post-production testing, you know that there have been no contaminants added in the collection, transportation, production and packaging of the oil.  You do not have this assurance in any other claim!

           With this in mind Total Health Nutrition Center chose to look for Essential Oils that bore this ‘Pure’ label and were processed and handled by only the most industry-recognized quality-conscious companies.  We then looked at companies, we focused on who could maintain this quality and had the production & distribution capacities to ensure the most reasonable price for us and our customers.

           Our selection was…       NOW Products!  Known for years as one of the finest supplement suppliers, NOW is now changing the Essential Oils category from the domain of uncontrolled Multi-Level-Marketers, to the respectable forefront of wellness.

           In choosing which Essential Oils to stock, we have selected the most commonly used oils which are:

  • Lavender Oil – Soothing, normalizing, balancing 
  • Peppermint Oil – Revitalizing, invigorating, cooling
  • Tea Tree Oil – Cleansing, purifying, renewing    
  • Eucalyptus Oil – For Aromatherapy use
  • Peaceful Sleep Oil – Calming, relaxing, soothing 
  • Clear the Air Oil – Purifying, cleansing, refreshing
  • Frankincense Oil – Relaxing, focusing, centering
  • Nature’s Shield Oil Blend – Freshening, energizing (Compare to “Thieves” @ half the price)

           If you don’t see your favorite Essential Oil listed above, we can usually order it to be here the next day!  With our addition of NOW Products, we have access to over 70 Essential Oils, from ‘Anise’ to ‘Ylang  Ylang’!  They each come in a dark glass 1 oz. bottle (which is 3 times the usual quantity) and you are going to love the prices, which range from $7.99 to $24.99!  

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