Altered Oils, Manipulation & Their Dangers

Cornelia MikolashWhat You Should Know About Essential Oils

Most people believe that when they buy an oil that is labeled as “100% pure” they are getting a PURE, genuine essential oil. 

This is far from true most of the time. Not all essential oils are created equal and unfortunately one can have a pure oil and still NOT have a therapeutic quality oil because of the lack of care or concern given during the cultivation, harvesting and distillation of the plant.

Producing therapeutic grade essential oils is as much an art as it is a science. It has been reported that companies are allowed to label their oils “100% pure” as long as it contains at least 5% of the “actual oil” alleged to be in the bottle! 

So that bottle you see at your local grocery or health food store, or even from apothecary shops and essential oil companies labeled “100% pure” means NOTHING!

Adulterated and mislabeled essential oils present dangers
Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD.,  world renowned author of several books in the field of aromatherapy (my favorite of his books:  The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils ) estimates that 95% of the essential oils produced in the world are adulterated or reconstituted. This means they are not pure, not genuine, and not authentic.

He states:
“There is endless ingenuity when it comes to adulterating essential oils. Adulterants are not always synthetic, many adulterants are of botanical origin hence natural, yet they still offset the balance of the authentic oil.”

This means, at best, they may be only partially natural and have lesser quality oils or chemicals mixed in, or worse, they may be totally man-made synthetic versions of the real thing. In either case, it affects the balance or action of the resulting oil in a negative way.
Oils produced in this manner may contain some of the therapeutic value but they are much more prone to produce an allergic reaction, irritation, and/or undesirable or toxic side effects.

Most of the oils on the market are manufactured for the perfume industry with no thought given to preserving any “therapeutic” quality.
  • They are distilled at the same temperature, at the same pressure, and for the same amount of time. 
  • They are considered “perfume”, or “aromatherapy” quality, or “fourth & fifth quality” oils and are NOT meant to be used internally, and sometimes not even topically! 
Don’t believe me… check the label on your bottle of essential oil, or the next time you’re at your health food store, check to see if somewhere on the label it states “DO NOT INGEST”, or “DO NOT APPLY TOPICALLY”. 

This includes oils found at your local grocery store, in health food stores, in aromatherapy shops, and even from some of our so-called competitors. 

These pictures are taken at a local grocery store to show you some of the signs and labels for the essential oils being sold there.

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