How to know the truth about essential oils
Essential oils are the craze these days. Almost everyone you talk to is using essential oils and now even large retail chains are selling essential oils. So how do you know which oils are the best? How do you know what essential oils are pure? I am going to tell you 5 facts about essential oils to help you determine what to look for in purity.
Fact one essential oil grades
There is no governing body that grades or certifies production or quality of, nor sets a standard for grading essential oils. Therapeutic grade oils is a marketing campaign, a very good one, but just a marketing ploy. There is one essential oil company that has coined the phrase “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade”, it is just a marketing tool. When you are looking at essential oils don’t be fooled by certifications or grades.
Fact two ISO certified essential oils
The ISO, International Organization for Standardization, was established in 1947 to certify universally accepted standards for individual essential oils. They provide the specifications for industry norms for essential oils so that each batch of oils is similar in flavor or fragrance. They do not set a grading system of quality. They simply set the specifications so that each essential oil is the same in 2015 as it was in 1947. When an essential oil is ISO certified it simply means that it has been distilled to their specifications but it in no way reflects the quality of that essential oil.
Fact three AFNOR certified essential oils
The AFNOR is simply the French branch of the ISO. It again is just setting specifications for norms with essential oils. It does not set a quality standard but is used in order to set the highest purity and quality available but there is not a rating system.
Fact four GRAS certified essential oils
The final fact that I am going to mention is the GRAS certification. This stands for Generally Recognized as Safe. It is FDA premarket and approval for food additive use certificate. It is for those essential oils that are used in food and are deemed safe to use. There is a list with the FDA on these approved oils. Remember, not all essential oils are approved for internal use and should be used with great caution if they are not on this list. If you are going to ingest essential oils for more than the use in food then you need to consult with your doctor for their recommendation. Not all essential oils are GRAS rated and can reach toxic levels.