I was recently speaking with a colleague of mine who is also an Acupuncturist. After hearing me explain various reasons why essential oils are amazing, wonderful for your health, blah blah.. she was still concerned because her own acupuncturist had told her not to ‘mess with them.’ In fact, even after our talk, she was even afraid to order them. I was shocked by this statement because never in my life had I heard such a thing, especially after becoming involved heavily, as I have been, in aromatherapy and using Young Living Essential Oils. Then, I stopped myself from replying in a negative way. Of course ! Not many people use THERAPEUTIC GRADE essential oils in their practices or at home,or even know what that phrase means.
Most essential oils you can purchase at your nearest health food store are fragrance grade, NOT THERAPEUTIC, at all. They smell good, like grandma’s apple pie smells good. But so does perfume. Would you drink it? Put it on your children & pets? No. Most people have no idea what the difference is. And that’s okay! Just know if the price is cheap, cheap, cheap for the product you are buying, you can bet its not real. The healthcare & beauty product industry is a multi-billion dollar arena. The FDA does not regulate any personal hygiene products, cosmetics, etc. So ,really, companies can put whatever types of fillers & chemicals in their products and none of us would know the difference. Our skin, being our largest organ, ‘feeds.’ Feeds what…did you just say feeds?! Yes! Our body’s skin eats! You don’t put on your skin what you wouldn’t put in your mouth! Or let in build up in your Liver or lymphatic system! Young Living is actually working on changing this, so that there are standards for purity in the essential oil industry
That being said, most essential oils and their products are only really required to have 5% of the actual plant substance in the bottle. What is the other 95% you say? Synthetics, perfumes, byproducts, chemicals…ew…. It can smell like Lavender, but only actually contain 5% lavender in the bottle! Or have other products that make it smell more ‘lavndery.’ Companies do this because the products is cheaper to produce & they figure most people don’t know the difference anyway. If you find Frankincense Essential Oil in the health food store that is $5 you can bet your butt its not real!! To call something an essential oil, 100% pure,etc. there needs to be a certain percentage of compounds. Even if it was synthesized in a lab to meet those compound requirements, it can still be called 100% pure…crazy huh!?
Young Living is the world leader in therapeutic grade essential oils and essential oil medicine. They have a process called “seed to seal” that ensures the quality of the seedling, planting process on rich non-toxic soil, correct harvesting, and distillation is 100% pure, organic, and most importantly scientifically accurate to get the most healing properties out of each drop. They grow, distill, and manufacture THEIR OWN oils.. they are not just brokers . They are one of the only Essential Oil companies in the world that will let their distributors & customers visit their farms & distilleries to see the whole process in action.
Anyways, that’s my spiel on that. Being a healthcare practitioner, I use them confidently on complete strangers, patients, and my own family knowing that they will heal not harm. Contact me if you want more information on this or how to order essential oils, I’d love to help you get the healing power of essential oils into your home!