Your best bet is to seek facts not from the companies selling the product but from aromatherapist, who rely on medical science to understand how essential oils interact with our bodies. Oils sold under different brands are surprisingly similar. Aromatherapy companies cannot afford the huge number of farms and plantations needed to provide a selection of essential oils. They may own, or more likely contract with a few farms, but most of them probably buy oils from less than a handful of large distributors. While majority of oils come from the same source, they do differ depending on quality.
This makes determining quality tricky. So far, no goverment or independent organization certifies essential oils. Terms like pure, therapeutic, aromatherapy quality, ecofriendly, and sustainable are not U.S. standards but instead are definitions created by each company to describe its oils and products. USP food-grade oils are approved for use in commercial foods. However, many oils not carrying this designation are equally pure.
Where do Essential Oils Come From?
Essential oils are extracted from plants in several ways. Most often, it is via steam distillation. Boiling water inside a distiller creates steam that forces its way through plants suspended above it, picking up essential oils. As this oil-laden steam is rapidly cooled, the oil separates from water, resulting in a very pure essential oils. An expensive process mostly reserved for high-end, delicate oils that are ruined by high heat during distillation, such as jasmine (jasminum officinale) extracts, essential oils with toxic solvents that are then removed. The resulting oils are called “absolutes”. A newer method using unheated carbon dioxide (C02) may replace solvent-extraction. Citrus oil is derived from the peel, which can be pressed. Unlike the previous techniques, this also presses out pesticides used on the plant.
The vast difference inessential oil depends on how difficult the plant is to grow and collect, the oil yield and shelf life, and supply and demand. No wonder an ounce of rose oil goes for nearly $1000. considering cultivation is labor-intesive, flowers are handpicked, and it can take 60 roses for just one drop.
Are There Waning Signs Of Too Much Essential Oil Exposure?
Everyone reacts differently to essential oils. If you get dizzy or headache after using them, you have had enough aromatherapy for the day. To determine how much essential oil is safe, consider that it takes a whopping 15 pounds of rosemary or thyme to make an ounce of essential oil. That means one drop equals the amount of essential oil in 5-8 cups of herb tea! A safe daily adult dose is 1-2 drops of essential oil diluted into a carrier and applied externally. The number of drops depends on the safety of that oil and the health of the person using it. Children weighting around 75 pounds and a pregnant women Should get half a dose and small children a quarter dose. Herb teas are often the best choice for babies.
I got my first oils and started using immunity blend in a diffuser at night. It claims that I won’t get sick with a cold or the flu. So we will see. I got it from purelycraftedoils.com, at first you pay shipping and if you keep it they charge you the full price and every month you get the oil and also a roll on oil bottle it’s a 10ml size and the bottle of oil for the diffuser is 15ml and I got a diffuser at Walmart for $23. so not bad to start. So if I don’t get sick this month they have a new customer.