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Are your Oils "Therapeutic Grade"?

This is a question that we are asked on almost a daily basis. To answer that question, first you must define what is meant by “therapeutic grade essential oils.” What does it really mean? There is no organization that oversees therapeutic quality so the definition is really up for grabs. It can be what you make it. This is the reason that we do not make the claim that our oils are “therapeutic grade” since, in North America, the term is meaningless, and often used as just marketing hype. Any vendor can claim that their oils are “therapeutic grade” since there is no regulated definition of the term.

We do know that a commonly agreed upon definition of “therapeutic grade” (not a legal definition, but often used by knowledgeable members of the trade) includes that the oil be from a named species, single crop, single distillation, ie, not a mixture of aromatics from various areas, perhaps even various years, hopefully (but not always) either organically grown or knowledgeably and ethically wildcrafted. And we know that our oils fit this definition.

In our opinion and experience, the correct term should be “aromatherapy grade” since aromatherapy requires only the finest of essential oils. It is very common practice in our industry for botanical matter from different countries or even different years to be blended for distilling, or the oils from different areas or different years to be blended. We believe that aromatherapy grade oils should be distilled from one harvest. The oils should be offered as they come from the still, with no components increased or removed to meet an arbitrary profile.

For the consumer, finding oils labeled “organic” or “certified organic” does not automatically extend to being therapeutic because 95% of all essential oils produced by “certified organic” distillers are still for the flavour and food products industry, still distilled under high pressure, and still not therapeutic-grade oils. Many of the larger “certified organic” distilleries have the flavour and food industries as their largest customers, who are not concerned about therapy. An oil may well be grown organically, but poorly distilled. This will give you a certified organic, mediocre essential oil. Not something we will knowingly put our label on.



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