Both essential oils and fragrances have their uses and drawbacks. Synthetic products can be cheaper to produce and more convenient (for example, polyester fabric) but may have drawbacks such as added chemicals and environmental hazard. Natural products might be better quality (for example, wool) but harder to obtain in large quantities and not as palatable to the consumer.
Aromatherapy essential oils are naturally occurring substances found in different parts of plants - the blossom, fruit, leaf, stem, bark, wood or resin. Through a complicated and often expensive process of steam distillation or solvent extraction, both hydrosol and essential oils are produced. Each essential oil is comprised of between 50 to 500 different naturally occurring chemicals, which can have both positive and negative effects. For example, cinnamon essential oil is known for its antiseptic and astringent properties yet it is highly irritating to the skin and caution must be taken when using.
In aromatherapy, pure essential oils are used in a way to positively affect physical, emotional and mental health. They enter the body through the skin (via massage or bath) or the olfactory system (via a diffuser or humidifier). Essential oils may be used to enhance mood, to relieve symptoms such as pain, fatigue or inflammation, or be used to kill germs.
What Are Fragrance Oils?
Fragrance oils, aromatic oils, or perfume oils, as they are sometimes called, are manufactured scents. They are artificially created fragrances and they contain artificial substances. They are specifically designed to mimic the scent of a natural product (such as coffee fragrance oil) or are created to invoke a feeling (for example “spring rain”). The range of scents is enormous and fragrance oils are quite inexpensive.
Fragrance oils are used primarily in the manufacture of perfumes, cosmetics and flavorings. They are also used by soap and candle makers to enhance the smell of their product. While some essential oils can also be used by soap and candle makers, they are not as commonly used for these purposes due to cost and a more complex blending procedure.
How to Buy Essential Oils
Essential oils have the power to transform us. They can heal wounds, bring mental clarity and emotional balance. But how do you ensure the essential oil you’re buying is pure?
Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile oils that can be extracted from aromatic plants.
Their use dates back to ancient times, and their wide variety of therapeutic, medicinal and culinary uses has ensured their continued popularity. About 700 different kinds of plants contain useful essential oils, and you can find the best of these right here on our website.In fact, the variety can be a bit bewildering, and because many pounds of plant material are required to extract an ounce of essential oil, the prices can be overwhelming, too. Our free downloadable PDF buyer's product guide can help you get the best quality and value.
Let the Label Be Your Guide to the Good Oil
Different essential oils have different uses, so your first step should always be to determine which one will best suit your needs. You can research the uses of essential oils in our free downloadable PDF family treatment guide. Depending on your needs, you may find that more than one kind of oil is suitable. If you don't have a clear reason for choosing one over the other, ask one of our practioners for guidance.
Learn about the oil you want to purchase.
Knowledge is power, and the more you can learn about the product, the better value you will be able to get. Essential oils vary in quality depending on which parts of the plants are included--lavender oil, for example can be made with lavender flowers and stalks or just with the flowers, the latter being of higher quality--the method of extraction (steam distilled is usually better than water distilled), country or region of origin, and time of harvest. Mackay Body Rejuvenation Centre has researched essential oils from all over the world and only provide the most comprehensive and trusted source for it's selection of 100% pure essential oils.
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CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade
dōTERRA®’S CPTG CERTIFIED PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS are 100% pure, natural, aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants. They do not contain fillers or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities and are free of contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.
As important as it is to keep contaminants out of our oils, assuring the presence of their active compounds, at the right levels, is necessary to guarantee safety and effectiveness. Many oils claim to be therapeutic grade, and some may be pure, but few are subjected to rigorous testing standards for chemical composition. dōTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure both extract purity and composition potency of each batch.
dōTERRA works closely with a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to select botanicals of the correct species, grown in the ideal environments and carefully harvested at the right time. The aromatic compounds of the plants are skillfully extracted by experienced distillers and subjected to chemical analysis to ensure purity and composition. dōTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils represent the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today.
Using Essential Oils Safely
dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils can be used safely by your family for a variety of wellness applications. However, there are several safety guidelines that you should follow when using essential oils and essential oil products.
It is important to remember that therapeutic-grade essential oils are highly-concentrated plant extracts and should be used with reasonable care. Consulting with someone who has experience with essential oils will make your first experience with essential oils more enjoyable and rewarding. As you learn how to use essential oils through personal experience, share your knowledge with others in a safe and responsible way and encourage others to do the same.