Where to Buy Essential Oils: 4 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy

Essential oils are powerful substances and should be used with caution, especially in the brands you choose to purchase. So how do you know where to buy essential oils? There are many, many companies marketing and selling essential oils today - some good, a few great, and a some not so great. No matter where you choose to purchase your oils, there are a few things you should consider. Let's take a look at what you need to know before you make that step.

Essential oils are powerful substances and should be used with caution, especially in the brands you choose to purchase. So how do you know where to buy essential oils? There are many, many companies marketing and selling essential oils today - some good, a few great, and a some not so great. No matter where you choose to purchase your oils, there are a few things you should consider. Let's take a look at what you need to know before you make that step.

Do your homework before you decide where to buy your essential oils! 

There are different types of essential oils - oils that are used as perfuming or flavoring agents (these are NOT the kinds you want to be using - unless you're making perfume) to 'therapeutic' grade. But there are no governmental regulations about what can be put on those bottle labels. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it does mean that you'll have to do your homework and purchase your oils from a reputable company.

Most of the essential oils manufactured today are distilled and processed for other products & uses (like cosmetics, foods & perfumes) - these are the kinds that you don't want to use for your everyday health needs. The market for pure, unadulterated essential oils is a quite small in comparison so it can be difficult to know where to buy essential oils.

The essential oils sold at your local stores are probably from that first list - lower quality or perfume grade oils that are not going to give you any therapeutic benefits. Even if the bottle says 100% pure - that doesn't mean it's all pure essential oil (it might just contain 1% oil and 99% filler).


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4 Things to Look For

You want to find a brand that doesn't use synthetic fillers or adulterated oils and sources their plant materials properly. There are a few things you can consider when finding a reputable company and deciding where to buy essential oils.

Sourcing

The first thing to consider is where the essential oil company sources their materials. Do they control their own farms or buy from local growers? Neither is better than the other. 

The most important thing to consider is where the plants are grown. Plants that grow in their country of origin (instead of those that are farmed in other locations) will provide a higher quality oil.

Growing and Harvesting

Growing conditions are also a very important aspect of finding quality essential oils. Sustainable growing practices and organic, chemical-free conditions are optimal. 

If essential oils are to be used for medicinal reasons, you want to be sure that you are using the best plant material for your oils. 

Distillation

The distillation process is an important step in producing superior essential oils. Temperature, pressure, and equipment all have an impact on the quality of the oil produced. 

Look for a company that controls the process or is at least closely working with their distiller.

Testing

Testing is one of the more important aspects of finding quality essential oils. Every batch of oil should be tested. Check the company website for testing information - it should be freely shared.

If a company does not perform standard tests on their oils, find a new company. 

Where to Buy Essential Oils Online

Instead of purchasing that oil at your local grocery store, take a look at the reputable companies available and find one that fits your needs. My favorite places to buy essential oils online (affiliate links, BTW!):

Rocky Mountain Oils -- it’s one of my favorite brands. They focus on aromatic and topical usage (even putting codes right on their labels so you’ll know exactly how to use your oils at a glance). One of my favorite features is their transparent testing practices. You can type the batch number found on the bottom of each bottle into a page on their website and view the GC/MS test for that oil. Be sure to check out their roll-on oils and blends (pre-diluted and ready to use!).

Plant Therapy -- it’s another great brand. Robert Tisserand, a well-known figure in the Aromatherapy world, joined their team and helped to create a line of safe essential oil blends for children. They also sell Hydrosols (the aromatic remains after the steam-distillation process) which work well for children and pets - and they are a great complement to your healthy living arsenal.


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Tonia L

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