Essential oils and their benefits have reached a growing number of consumers over the last number of decades, and there’s no decline in sight. You can buy essential oil over the internet, through a regular supplier in your neighbourhood, at a health food store, or even at some grocery stores. There certainly isn’t any issue with availability! There may be, however, an issue with quality if you’re buying the cheapest oil that you can find.
The price of good oil
Why should you spend the money for a pure essential oil over one that’s been diluted or adulterated? Can you substitute your favorite essential oil for far less expensive fragrance oil? The truth is, depending on what you’re using the oils for, a cheaper brand or even fragrance oil can sometimes work just as well, but the applications for which this is true are very limited. For example, if you’re looking for something to make your home smell nice, and simply want some oil to add to your diffuser without needing any of the associated benefits that an oil can provide, you’re probably fine to choose an oil that is diluted with water or some other safe product. Keep in mind, however, that the fragrance oil or cheap essential oil may have chemicals or other ingredients that aren’t beneficial to your health or the health of your family.
Pure vs Diluted
A pure essential oil contains just that; the oil. There is no dilution, there are no chemicals and if it’s good quality oil, it also has organic or other certifications showing that the plants that were used in the making of the oil come from reputable and safe sources. Remember that any fertilizers or herbicides used on the plants will make their way in some concentration into your oil. Non pure oil can harbour a whole host of other ingredients that in no way lead to improving your well-being or helping to alleviate symptoms you may be suffering. In fact, some of the ingredients may cause negative side effects. A diffuser allows tiny particles of oil to be sent out into your home environment, and if you haven’t been buying pure oil, all of the ingredients that go together to make your oil will also be dispersed for your family to breathe in.
In much the same way, if you’re buying essential oils to supplement your diet, to help with a good quality sleep, as a support to your immune system, to cure what ails you or for use in home recipes for grooming and as part of your beauty routine, it pays to know exactly what is in them. Only a pure and natural essential oil will give you only the positive health benefits that you are looking for in the first place. If you don’t know what is in the oil, you could be applying harmful chemicals to your skin or in your food or drink. A cheap oil or fragrance oil doesn’t contain the same properties that natural oil does. Even if cheaper oil contains only the oil and no other additions or dilutions, it’s possible that the way the oil was processed eliminated a lot of the positive properties it would otherwise have. Just remember; if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Processing your essential oil
It takes a vast amount of plant product to make a very small amount of oil, and the process by which the oil is derived is precise and can be pain staking. For example, it takes around 250 pounds of rose blossoms to produce a single ounce of rose oil! This is one reason that rose oil comes at so dear a cost. Although some oils are cheaper to produce, as a rule it takes a lot of plant matter to make a very small amount of oil. Keep in mind that investing in high quality oils may turn out to be cheaper in the long run. When you buy a true, pure essential oil, the oil that you’re using is highly concentrated and it will last you a long time. Each recipe, blend or dose uses only a few drops at a time, and goes a long way. If you’re using cheaper oil, it’s likely that your few drops contain a very small percentage of actual oil, and you’ll have to use far more of it to attempt to gain the same effects of better quality oil.
Those who specialize in essential oils are far more likely to provide their customers with pure essential oil. It pays to ask questions and seek out information so that you can make the best purchase possible.
This article was written by Nina Wells from The Steam Shower Store. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.