------BRAND----- While teaching my classes, or at the market, and even while chatting with friends I get asked the same question, "What Essential Oils do you use?" This simple question makes me smile, confuses me, frustrates me, makes me even angry at times. While I always include all the characteristics of ALL my ingredients on the label, no one asks what BRAND my Olive oil, or Coconut Oil, or Vitamins... I am a firm believer that ALL PURE ORGANIC 100% UNDILUTED ESSENTIAL OILS are good (and this is the kind of Essential Oils I am using in ALL my products)! I have also learned that the Essential Oil market is a crazy business that is both corrupted, dishonest and overpriced. There are wars, law-suits, false claims, marketing against another company (we are better because they are doing this and that) and so on. I wish to be no part of this and do not disclose the brand of the essential oils I am using. I am not supporting any marketed brand' I am not a distributor; I do not promote any brand, nor do I sell any other brand. I will note, that in my practice (personal and business) I have used such brands, as Young Living, doTerra, Aura Casia, Eden's Garden, Mountain Rose, Plant Therapy, and many other. Due to my natural curiosity, enthusiasm and creativity (and also having connections/friends/family abroad), I have contacted several international small distilling companies that are now my suppliers of Pure Organic 100% Undiluted Essential Oils. The standards of certification are different than those used in USA.
I have done much research on Essential Oils and its safety, and what i have found to be the most objective information that I personally agree with is outlined in the following article: http://mountainroseblog.com/8-things-you-should-know-about-essential-oil-facts/
The author makes very important points and i would like to outline a few:
-----THERAPEUTIC GRADE----- I am going to make this clear - it does not exist. Never did. It is a branded phrase, a trademark, a selling hook. When first starting out, many beginning aromatherapy enthusiasts look for oils that are Therapeutic Grade. This distinction, however, is not an industry standard and is not endorsed or regulated by any government agency. It is purely a marketing claim. You can learn more about this issue by visiting: AromaWeb and National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.
-----ARE THEY SAFE TO DIGEST?----- Well…I am going to ask, WHY? Why would someone not seeking a medical treatment use the oils internally? There is a lot of evidence ranging from the Ancient Egypt mummification practices of preserving the body, Bible quotes of using the oils, to the modern scientific study of healing benefits of oils when taken internally. While I can understand the one's will to encapsulate some oil and take it internally as a medicine, I totally do not support or understand the "cooking with the Essential Oil" activity. There is so much misinformation out there about whether or not essential oils are safe to use internally! Along with the international aromatherapy community, we say that you should never use essential oils internally without the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner. While there are some essential oils that can be used safely, this is the safer path to take, especially without skilled supervision. Essential oils can be incredibly caustic, causing burns or irritating the mucous lining of your digestive tract. Many people have asked me about using lemon oil in their water or a few drops of peppermint oil in their tea. I always say, why not use a squeeze of fresh lemon juice instead or make a cup of peppermint tea with nature's perfect dosage of aromatics? I have seen lemon essential oil eat through rubber. One cup of peppermint tea can be a strong remedy by itself. Plant medicine is already very effective when used as gentle support for your body's own natural healing processes – more and stronger is not always better or more helpful. Remember, these aromatics must be detoxed by the liver and kidneys. However, if you are looking for something a bit more potent than tea, tinctures are a great option for internal use – not essential oils. These Oils are highly concentrated aromatics enter through our olfactory system and the skin, leading directly to the brain and our bloodstream. This allows the plant properties to cause therapeutic changes both emotionally and physiologically within our bodies. Great, right? Yes, but, essential oils also have to be detoxed by our liver and kidneys, and some plant aromatics are hard to process. Even using larger amounts of "safe" essential oils can be harmful to certain populations like children, people with compromised liver or kidney health, animals, and pregnant women. We highly recommend seeking the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner in these cases.
-----HOW TO CHOOSE THE OIL?----- First, you want to be sure that the essential oils are pure aromatic plant oils without diluents. Some essential oils on the market are cut with a carrier or diluted with lesser quality products.
Next, to be certain that you are purchasing the right ingredient, look for the botanical Latin name on the product label. For example, Peppermint (Mentha piperita), should be listed clearly.
Purchase oils that are certified organic or are sourced from a supplier you trust. Because essential oils are so concentrated, that means that pesticides and other toxins can be concentrated in the oil as well.
Keep in mind that some essential oils are made from wild-harvested plants or plants cultivated without chemicals, so they may lack the organic certification.
Avoid buying anything with the term “Fragrance Oils”as these are often synthetically produced and are not true botanical essential oils.