October 26, 2010
There are many generic brands available on the market today, from food and clothing to personal beauty and health care products. Many of these generic products are just as effective as the real thing, so why bother with purchasing a higher quality product? When it comes to Essential Oils, the difference between highly tested and proven therapeutic grade oils and a generic version can mean a huge difference in your results.
A woman who considered herself to be fairly educated in matters of essential oils once burned herself with scalding hot water while cooking. Knowing that lavender was a great way to heal and quickly diminish the pain of a burn, she quickly grabbed the bottle of lavender she kept in her home and applied it directly to the skin. The results were not as she had hoped; rather than help with the burning, the lavender oil seemed to actually intensify the burn and the pain. After such a bad experience, she was thoroughly disappointed, angry, and convinced that lavender oil was useless as a burn and pain
What she later found out is that her “lavender” was not truly Lavender Oil, but rather a severely diluted form common in the United States called Lavandin. It is a hybrid lavender that is chemically very different from pure Lavandula angustifolia (what we would categorize as therapeutic-grade Lavender oil). Lavandin contains high levels of camphor (up to 12-18%) and can, itself, burn the skin. By applying
adulterated oil to her skin, she had in fact worsened the burn and extended the healing time. In contrast, true Lavender Oil contains virtually NO camphor and has burn-healing agents not found in Lavandin.
Frankincense is another example of commonly adulterated oil. The frankincense resin that is sold in Somalia costs between $30,000 and $35,000 per ton. A great deal of time – 12 hours or more – is required to properly steam-distill this essential oil from the resin, making the oil fairly expensive. Frankincense oil that sells for $25 per ounce or less is cheaply distilled with gum resins, alcohol, or other solvents, leaving the essential oil laden with harmful chemicals. Sadly, these low-end oils tend to cause rashes, burns, and other irritations and leave people disillusioned with the powerful healing potential of
If you are interested in learning more about Essentials Oils and, more specifically, about the difference between pure oils, diluted oils, and what it means for your oils to be certified by the Association French Normalization Organization Regulation (AFNOR) or ISO certified, contact Your Life Wisdom at 800.366.6308 or visit us online at www.ylwisdom.com. The Essential Oil Desk Reference is available for home use or, you can choose the more mobile versions and ask for the Pocket Reference Book or the
Quick Reference table, perfect for your kitchen or home office.
(Image by Itineranttrader – Wikipedia.org, 2009)