I absolutely love essential oils, and I am thrilled to see more and more people discover how they can help them care for their family’s wellness. On the flip side, I witness more and more essential oils being marketed that really have no quality guarantee, and this is a problem.
For essential oils to benefit your family with abundant health, they have to be truly natural organic and pesticide free — and unfortunately an organic seal on the label, or “pure” on the label is not the same as a guaranteed commitment from the company making them to provide the very best for you and your family’s health.
I am passionate about this because now more than ever we are learning how pesticides get into so many products we use every day, and how they impact our overall wellness.
Essential Oils: A Marketing Trend
Just because a drug store or nature store sells them doesn’t make them good or safe for you, same applies for furniture stores, perfume stores and home decor stores. Bottom-line is, as long as it’s becoming a more popular and widely used tool, more companies will want to try to earn extra income from you by selling something labeled as an essential oil in their store.
It’s simple marketing and commerce.
Why Choosing A Reputable Reliable Essential Oils Source Matters
It’s so easy to give it no thought, but you could be allowing dangerous chemicals into your home for your baby, toddler, daughter and husband to inhale every single day. Consider that inhaled essential oils can enter the brain, liver and other organs in under 5 seconds — this alone is motivation to stop and consider the source.
It’s really up to you as the one choosing to spend your hard earned money to research first and choose a trusted source of truly natural essential oils that are free of pesticides and other toxins for your home.
Recently a biochemist and fellow essential oils educator Doug Corrigan explained some important differences between essential oils from companies truly dedicated to quality and purity and those just looking to market you the next popular trend for more gains.
I’ve copied his post at the end of this article for your consideration. I encourage you, if you are considering using essential oils, to carefully educate yourself on the process behind the brands available.
Young Living Seed to Seal Guarantee Essential Oils
There is a handful of essential oils brands I would use, trust and recommend, the primary one is Young Living, the main reason is that as a customer you can always see the process that goes on in the farms. In addition to that they offer a Seed to Seal Guarantee. Below is a short video explaining this guarantee.
Does the company you buy from offer anything like it? If not, you may be using essential oils that are bringing pesticides and other toxins into your home and body.
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Did you know that pesticides and plasticizers are found in essential oils?
by Doug Corrigan, Biochemist
In the graphic below, I list out the pesticides that are used routinely in the perfume industry. It’s important to realize that the fragrance, cosmetics, and flavoring industry is absolutely huge – and that there is no distinction between the supply chain for many branded and unbranded essential oils and these other products. The use of pesticides on crops is the mainstay of agricultural production.
Now here is an important fact that I want you to fully understand. Since most pesticides are extremely toxic, there are standards defined as the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for each pesticide…….BUT THESE ONLY APPLY AND ARE ENFORCEABLE FOR PRODUCTS THAT ARE INTENDED FOR HUMAN OR ANIMAL CONSUMPTION. There are no MRL regulations for natural extracts for the fragrance industry. Essential Oils fall under the jurisdiction of fragrances, unless, of course, they are intended for human or animal consumption. Now look at the label of most essential oils, especially the cheap ones you find at the retail outlets online and in the store. What does the label say? “NOT INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.” It’s a fragrance, so the sky is the limit when it comes to pesticide concentration.
Now, on to the next very important fact. The very act of cold pressing, hydro-distillation, steam distillation, or solvent extraction concentrates the pesticide residue of the plant into the essential oil fraction. Perfumes are diluted 1,000 – 10,000:1 in a solvent like ethanol, so MRLs are really of no concern, but essential oils are not diluted. There have been cases reported where the pesticides are concentrated 250-fold from the plant when it is extracted into the essential oil.
In the graphic below, I show you a table of pesticides that have been detected in various citrus oils (bergamot, mandarin, lemon, etc.), and the journal references where you can find this information. Both organochlorine and organophosphate pesticides have been detected. The toxicity profile of these pesticides includes endocrine disruption and mutagenesis.
Now, if you’re using an essential oil, I would venture to guess that you are the type of person that cares about your health. Just think – here you are trying to become healthier by using essential oils and you may be accomplishing just the opposite if you’re not certain about the methods that are used to grow the plants used for your essential oil.
What about plasticizers? They’ve been found in essential oils as well, as detailed in the table in the graphic below. You may ask, “How in the world did they get in there?” Plasticizers are small molecules that are used in plastic materials to soften them and make them more flexible. Well, if plastic materials are used either in the tubing, containers, or in the distillation or extraction equipment, the essential oils extract the plasticizers when they come in contact with the plastic. In fact, essential oils are very good at extracting these compounds. Plastic is cheaper than stainless steel or glass. And the less reputable essential oil producers use plastics in their distillation and extraction equipment, and in the storage and transport of essential oils. Remember, the perfume industry doesn’t really care about these molecules because they are not regulated if it is not intended for human consumption. And if your company doesn’t control and/or pay attention to the extraction process, then they probably have no clue whether plastics were used at any point along the chain, and frankly, they don’t care. Why should they?
Well, just so you know – there is at least one company that I know that does care. They take special care to only grow plants on farms that don’t use artificially synthesized pesticides. In fact, they make sure that the soil hasn’t been exposed to pesticides for a great number of years before they grow plants in the field. Secondly, this company never uses plastics in the production process, but only materials that will not introduce harmful impurities into the final product.
If the company you buy oils from doesn’t own or control the entire process, I would say that there is a good chance that you are applying pesticides and plasticizers to your body in concentrated form. That should concern you. I know this concerns you by virtue of the fact that you care enough about your health to use essential oils.