I’d rather have a single drop of genuine essential oil than a 55-gallon drum of junk product” ~ Dr. Daniel Penoel. A world renowned medical Aromatherapy expert, Dr Daniel Penoel is one of the pioneers of the therapeutic uses of essential oils, the cornerstone of his practice since 1977.
I couldn’t agree more with Dr. Penoel. Many essential oils are labeled “100% pure” or even “Therapeutic Grade”, a standard that was introduced by Young Living, but many, probably most do not meet those standards. In order for a manufacturer to put “100% pure” on their label there only needs to be 5% of essential oil in the bottle. Only 5%! So it makes you wonder what’s in the rest of the bottle? Hopefully a pure carrier oil, like almond, but who knows? The oils that you can buy in your local health food store are most likely diluted or adulterated, so your best bet is to find a supplier that you can trust.
Knowing what is labeled on the bottle and what is in the bottle is really the first step in knowing what to look for in an essential oil. The next questions you will want to ask are where did it come from and how was it distilled? Young Living is the only essential oil company that owns and operates its own farms & distilleries. The chemical makeup of essential oils are complex and the many healing benefits are vast which is why YL checks each and every batch of oil. It does not matter if it came from its own farms or from another source, Young Living tests every oil with a GC, a gas chromatography,and a MS, a mass spectrometry. A GC test is the only test that can identify chemical additives. It also can identify at what level the chemical constituents are to be found in that oil. YL has its own standard, higher than the industry, of what are acceptable levels for each oil, if an oil does not meet or exceed those standards than it is rejected. About 80% of oils sent to YL are rejected and the supplier will then go and sell them to another company in the marketplace. If an oil that YL produces does not meet its standards that oil is dumped. How many other suppliers would do the same?
There are some that compare essential oils to fine wine. I remember the first time I had a really fine wine. Wow! What a difference in taste and texture. I knew this was not an ordinary wine. Quality really does makes a difference. A good wine may have a nice aroma and may be good enough to drink but it will not have the complexity of a fine wine. One that was handled from the beginning to the end with care and with knowledge on how to best coax the more complex flavors out. We may not all appreciate a fine wine or even want to pay for one, but essential oils are different in that these oils affect our wellbeing. They affect how we feel on a physical, emotional, and even spiritual level and I would only have the best oil rather than a good enough oil. If you want an essential oil that is safe and effective than it must be a pure oil.
Here is a short video from Young Living on the Seed to Seal standard.