Are you seeing more talk about essential oils lately?
I have and it’s probably because essential oils can be used for so many things.
For instance, just yesterday I sprayed an oil mixture on some stink bugs (hoping they will leave my peaches alone), dabbed lavender oil on a burn (I was careless in the kitchen), and I added lemon oil to a dryer ball.
The uses are endless and since essential oils are easily accessible I can see why so many people are using them.
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There Are Important Things You Need To Know About The Essential Oils You Buy
When you decide to buy essential oils, it’s imperative to know what you’re buying.
I’ve used many different brands over the last few years.
When it comes to which ones I will use in my home and near my family I’ve been careful to buy brands that I’ve researched and felt were safe.
I am not an essential oil expert but I’ve learned some things to look for when trying new brands.
I realize it’s tempting to buy cheap oils especially if you are on a budget but oftentimes those oils aren’t the purest and they may not work like you need them to.
Likewise, just because an essential oil is expensive doesn’t mean it’s the only safe brand.
Please note: The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. These are simply things that have worked for me personally or my friends.
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Nine Things To Consider When You Buy Essential Oils
Due to the lack of regulation in the essential oils industry, you’ll want to know what to look for, what questions to ask, and why these things are important.
1. Find Out Where The Oil Manufactured
Knowing where the manufacturer is located, and the local laws surrounding the standards of the place is a good way to ensure that your product is made properly.
Does the company use safe practices, pay a fair wage, and use the right techniques for extraction to create a high-quality product?
2. Watch For Safety Claims
The term “therapeutic grade” is often used to describe essential oils.
Typically these oils are considered safe but because essential oils are not regulated the term has no legal meaning, so anyone can say it.
Some other claims that use words like “grade” or “certified” in their description are potentially misleading.
3. Learn How The Oils Are Tested
Look for companies that tell you how they test their oils.
Their website should describe their procedure for testing their oils and how they evaluate purity.
If the company doesn’t list it on their website don’t buy it.
I personally wouldn’t buy an essential oil at Walmart or Target unless it is a brand I’ve already researched online.
4. Check For Proper Packaging
Most good companies use dark amber glass or blue glass to bottle their essential oils.
Note that even in this type of packaging some oils may lose their potency and shelf life varies.
The best rule of thumb is to use your essential oils within a year of purchase.
Tip: Write the date on the bottle when you get it. It doesn’t mean you must throw it out after a year but it is good to keep track.
Use your freshest oils in your skincare or for immune support and older oils in your garden to get rid of bugs.
5. Ensure Labels Are Accurate
One way to ensure that the manufacturer knows what they’re doing is with proper labeling.
The information should be detailed.
Not just the name of the oil but the botanical name (Latin name) and the country of origin.
The information is vital because you can then look up the growing practices of that country.
If you wish to research specific essential oils this is a popular book on Amazon with over 2566 reviews.
6. Understand Their Extraction Method
You also want to know how the company extracts the essential oils.
When you’re using oils for a treatment, you want to ensure they use the purest, least potentially contaminating way of creating them.
7. Avoid Buying Oils With Additives
Pure essential oils should not have any additives.
Do not buy essential oils with additives such as vegetable oil or witch hazel.
It’s okay to buy creams and lotions made with essential oils, of course, but that is not the same thing as buying a pure essential oil.
8. Is The Price Comparable To Other Brands
When comparing the same oil if one brand is considerably cheaper than other brands then it’s probably not the real thing.
There is a general range of prices for each type of oil.
For example, if a bottle of Frankincense is under $10 it’s probably not the real thing.
On the other hand, quality Lemon oil could be $10 per bottle.
9. Buy Smaller Quantities When You Can
Because essential oils do not last a long time, and because you use so little at a time, always buy it in smaller quantities.
The only time you might buy larger quantities would be for instance if you were using the oil in your garden to get rid of bugs.
You will go through it faster than if you are just using it for headaches.
Essential Oil Brands I Buy
There are 3 brands of essential oils that I typically buy and each for different reasons.
Simply Earth Essential Oils
Simply Earth has pure oils but what I like the most about them is their Subscription Box. It’s awesome getting a new box each month with 4 essential oils and recipes. It’s perfect for essential oil beginners they also send you a big bonus box with accessories like bottles and blank inhalers. Read my Simply Earth reviews
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Amazon has a huge selection of oils and if you do your research you can find quality oils. I’ve put the brands I trust in my shop.
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Isagenix Essence Essential Oils
Isagenix doesn’t have a wide variety of oils but I use their oils for things like breath freshener and lemon water because their oils are food-grade.
I already purchase their cleanse support supplements and protein shakes so it’s convenient to buy their essential oils.
There is no minimum and the wholesale membership is FREE so if you want food-grade oils this is who I trust.
Follow those tips above will help you pick quality oils for your family.
Buying the right type of essential oils, and using them the right way, will give you the confidence that your essential oils will work when you need them too.
More Essential Oil Buying Tips
Dr. Axe’s videos are very informative. If you are new to essential oils this is a good overview.