- Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the never-ending stack of essential oils in the wellness aisle?
- I'm sharing some tips and tricks on how to identify quality essential oil products
- It all starts with a careful examination of labels...
Have you ever gone into a grocery or pharmacy store, browsed through the wellness aisle and felt overwhelmed by the never-ending stack of little auburn bottles carrying concentrated potions holding rumors of healing a myriad of ailments? That’s me every time I peruse through the essential oil selections!
Thinking about adding essential oils to your wellness cabinet for skincare and health can be overwhelming because there are so many options and plant ingredients to choose from. How do you know which essential oil brands are quality? At first glance it is very difficult to know.
The FDA does not give a stamp of approval on essential oils because they do not regulate. However, the FDA does opine on essential oil marketing. As I’ve adopted essential oils to my wellness practice, I’ve had to learn some tips and tricks on how to identify the tried and tested essential oils hiding in the haystack of potentially false branding and advertisement claims.
I begin with looking for the ‘Hundred’ mark. Does the product say that it has 100% pure essential oils? Sometimes fragrances, which are made from chemicals, can seem to pass off as essential oils. But don’t be fooled by this! Some essential oils will blend fragrances or other synthetics to make a special blend. These blends are not 100% pure essential oils. This is why selecting more pure oils and fewer blends is a great place to start when looking for quality.
Additionally, quality can be better recognized through close examination of the labels. Most companies that have a valuable product will be more transparent in their labeling. There are four things I try to look for in an essential oil label.
- Common Name (i.e. Frankincense)
- Latin Name (i.e.Boswellia sacra)
- Place of Origin (i.e. Arabian Peninsula)
- How it was Grown (i.e. organic, wild-crafted)
The process of making essential oils requires high volume of each plant when extracting the oils through a distillation process. Most quality brands will clearly outline what their distillation process is (e.g., steam or cold-pressed) and will also provide information on their third-party testing and verification process.
Looking for transparency and open communication from the brand is a sure bet that you will be taking home a product of high caliber. Testing out customer service and asking questions can be another practical way to vet the authenticity of the company.
Being on a self-care and holistic health journey keeps you humble, because we are constantly asking questions! There is so much to learn in the natural world and the knowledge is beckoning us to glean with honor and respect.