Using Essential Oils Safely

It is key to be an educated consumer

Know Your Oil

Essential oils’ therapeutic properties, how it will impact our bodies and minds, are determined by their chemical composition so it is vitally important to know and understand which chemical components make up your essential oil and be able to evaluate if you have a true, unadulterated oil that has not been changed or had anything added to it.

Essential oils bought and sold commercially or used therapeutically should be analyzed using GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry).  This analysis will provide a list of the chemical components present in the oil as well as the percentages of each component.  Consumers should also expect to have access to these reports.

Each chemical component has general therapeutic properties, but can vary depending on the unique chemical makeup of the plant and its essential oil.  Note-The chemistry of oils will change from batch to batch depending on the growing conditions (e.g. weather, soil, rain, etc.), time of harvest and storage.

Reading Labels

  • Identity of plant source – Latin name & common name
  • Product Identity – Expiration date or date of manufacture, batch number, lot or code, extraction process (if unadulterated essential oil)
  • Usage instructions (i.e. how to use or how often)
  • Usage cautions (i.e. external use only)