Essential oils are derived from plant structures. Hallowed and hailed as healers, mood setters, gourmet accoutrements and glorious scents, essential oils have been slated for external application, ingestion, inhaled as well as mixed with a montage of various other essential and non-essential oils, minerals and herbs for innumerable concoctions, potions and even tinctures.
There are only two essential oils that can be applied to the skin without being diluted, lavender oil and tea tree oil. All the rest of the essential oils have to be diluted to prevent skin burn from direct application. One of the “hottest” of the essential oils is oregano oil even though oregano essential oil is probably the best of all the essential oils for immune support.
Essential oils that are too potent for pure undiluted application to the skin are usually diluted so that the essential oils can be used safely and pleasantly. Due to the recent surge in essential oil consumption, most consumers assume all essential oils are presented the same… NOT! Most essential oils sold as lavender oil are in fact lavendin oil, a cheaper substitute for the real lavender essential oil. Most essential oils are sold as a “blend”, not with other essential oils but with what is known in the industry as a carrier oil that will “tone down” the essential oil so that it will not burn the skin. Carrier oils such as olive oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil are a few of the oils used to dilute essential oils. ALL carrier oils have a shelf life before they “go rancid” or spoil. Therefore reputable companies will clearly label blended, mixed, diluted essential oils as such and print an expiration date on the label. For the consumer that doesn’t want to be bothered with mixing their own essential oils, this is a great option. On the other hand, essential oils that are not labeled as to their purity, and sold as just “essential oil” having no expiration date, leaves the buyer with a time sensitive product that has been adulterated, when the label leads you to believe you bought pure essential oil with no expiration date needed.
Most Pure Essential oils are usually distilled and have a shelf life of many years.
Essential oil buyers are becoming more sophisticated, desiring 100% pure essential oils of the highest concentrations of natural constituent chemicals that will yield the most benefits for aromatherapy, medicinal and therapeutic uses. 100% pure essential oils last longer than a blend and the buyer can control what carrier oil is used and how much is used thereby insuring that the pure essential oil can be used without fear of going rancid because of a carrier oil.
Pure essential oils MUST be labeled by SPECIFIC plant specie name, such as “100% Pure Lavendulus Angustifolia, lavender oil”. When the bottler places the exact name of the plant that the essential oil was derived from and states that it is 100% pure, then the “Truth in Advertising Laws” insure you are getting exactly what is printed on the label… the BEST unblended, pure essential oil that has performed throughout history as claimed!
When you decide to buy essential oils, research the plant it comes from and buy only the best from the Company that is willing to state clearly what is in the bottle. Be aware that you will not be able to buy 100% pure essential oils by the ounce (30 ml) for $1.99. Most 100% pure essential oils are 2 to 3 times more costly than blended oils, however when you mix 3 drops of 100% pure essential oil with 20 drops of olive oil, you will find out that your pure essential oil will cost you much less than if you had bought the “blend” already mixed.
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