Our purpose is to Discover, Educate and Help Others. The goal of this section is to increase awareness and enable you to begin removing toxic chemicals from your home that you use on a daily basis. Every oil you use is one chemical you are not.
Not all essential oils are created equal. There are four different levels.
Level 1 or Grade A: These are therapeutic, made from organically grown plants and distilled at low temps.
Level 2 or Grade B: These are food grade, but may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical extenders or carrier oils.
Level 3 or Grade C: These are perfume oils that often contain adulterating chemicals. They usually are solvents, for example, hexane, to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents can be cancerous, and are in many store bought oils. They may also be diluted 80-95% with alcohol.
Level 4 or Grade D: These are called "Floral Water", which is aromatic only and is usually a byproduct of Level 1 distillation. After all the oil is pulled out, the leftover trash water is sold to companies which fill 5% of the bottle with this "leftover trash water", fill the rest with carriers and label it "Pure".
Since current FDA Regulations state that as long as the bottle of oil you are selling contains 5% of the oil, you can fill it with anything and still label it as "100% Pure". This is extremely important to remember due to the fact that oils, when applied topically, or on your skin, will get into the blood stream in under 20 seconds. That means everything in that bottle, 5% oil and whatever they choose to fill it with, will be in your blood stream that fast.
Why do oils companies sell oils more cheaply? To save money. If you spray your crop with pesticides, you will have more crop to distill. If you use a chemical solvent to extract the oil, you pull more out. If you dilute it with a cheaper oil or carrier oil, you stretch the oil you have distilled. Most essential oils are sold more cheaply because companies cut corners.
Obligatory Disclaimer: The information contained within is intended for informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult a physician.