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What makes an Essential Oil therapeutic grade? Here's a great article from Mountain Rose herbs that esplains it all. thanks Destmasters!
Because I've had a lot of folks ask me this question and I've also seen folks use some essential oils in their products only to break out and have some type of reaction, I wanted to post this article I copied from Mountain Rose Herbs. It's a few years old but the information is still valid. The difference is that when this article was written, it was extremely difficult to find therapeutic grade essential oils. It's still not the "norm" and many, many of the "larger" brands of EOs are NOT therapeutic grade, but it is easier to find than it was when the article was written.

Hope this helps someone and answers questions.

What makes an essential oil therapeutic grade?

You know that essential oils are distilled from plants and that they have powerful healing properties.
You know that they are used by massage therapists, for aromatherapy, and even cooking!

But did you know that only 2 percent of essential oils sold in the United States are true Therapeutic Grade?

Standards have been developed by the Association French Normalization Organization Regulation and adopted by the International Standards Organization to distinguish true Therapeutic Grade essential oils from inferior oils merely used for fragrance. This is a growing concern as demand for essential oils increases due to health-conscious consumers desiring to ward off today's stressful lifestyles--thus diminishing the supply.
True Therapeutic essential oils are immune-system stimulating, anti-viral, anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-tumoral and even anti-fungal.

Gas Chromatography Purity Testing

Gas chromatography is the scientific method employed to differentiate imposters from the real McCoys. It measures whether basic components of an essential oil occur in a precise percentage. If only two primary constituents do not meet precise percentages, the oil cannot be AFNOR or ISO certified--although the oil may qualify as Grade A. Gas chromatography can also identify oils that have been synthetically manipulated. At Mountain Rose Herbs, we go the extra mile and request the use of a 50-meter column during gas chromatography testing. Most U.S. labs utilize a 30-meter column, which is adequate for vitamins or minerals--but is certainly not adequate for the chemical complexity of essential oils. An oil's purity can be affected by myriad environmental factors: geographical region, altitude, climate, soil, growing conditions and harvest method and season. Even the time of day the plant is harvested can affect the oil's purity! Producing genuine Therapeutic Grade essential oils is indeed a fine art. We do painstaking research at Mountain Rose Herbs, insisting on knowing harvest location, methods utilized to extract the oils, and data reports assuring the oil's character.

Proper Steam Distillation

The distillation method also affects an essential oil's purity--and Therapeutic Grade oils mandate preserving as many of the plant's compounds as possible. Therapeutic Grade essential oils must only be distilled in stainless steel cooking chambers at lowest possible pressure and lowest possible temperature. Extremely high temperature and high pressure, or contact with chemically reactive metals such as copper or aluminum can quickly destroy delicate compounds. At Mountain Rose Herbs, we even insist on knowing how the vats are cleaned!
Every essential oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade. The essential oils we stock are obtained by steam distillation of the plant's volatile oils. And our oils are derived from the first distillation--never the second, third or fourth! The only exception to this rule is our Lavender 40/42, which is a blend of many different lavenders; and absolutes, which are extracted by alcohol. These oils may not suitable for therapeutic aromatherapy, however they are deliciously intoxicating as a fragrance or perfume.

No Additives

The primary components of 98 percent of all essential oils in the market are synthetic. They should not be used for therapeutic applications, and they potentially carry risks. Only pure essential oils should be used for therapeutic purposes. At best, synthetic oils may not produce desired therapeutic results--at worst, they could possibly be toxic.
Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils are 100% pure, natural plant oils. They are free of added water, alcohol, carriers or other diluents. No chemical solvents are added during distillation, and nothing is added to the oil after distillation. A very large selection of oils offered through Mountain Rose Herbs are certified organic through Oregon Tilth Certified Organic. Although organic certification is an intensely painstaking process that a few of our suppliers are still striving to attain, any oils we stock that are not yet certified organic are guaranteed to be free of pesticide and chemical residues. Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils are wholly suitable for aromatherapy, cosmetics, cooking and body application.

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~Babies & Children~
Essential oil use:Children respond very well to LOW Dosages of essential oils especially for anger and irritability.When using essential oils with children, please remember their skin is very delicate. When adding EO's to a bath be sure to blend the correct # of drops with about 16 oz of water, or milk~ shake well, then add this mixture to the bath water. Use only those oils safe for children.
A few are Lavender, Chammomile, Geranium and Rose. **Use 1/2 the usual dosage when diffusing EO's in a child's room. **The number of drops of essential oils used should vary in direct proportion to body weight, taking into account the age of the person as well as mental and physical health. The very old should use the same number of drops as children and babies half the amount of children.

bathtime~ Lavender and Roman Chamomile are good choices for small children. (It is best to add the essential oils to some milk or liquid soap before adding to the tub.)
Use 1-3 total drops per bath

drawers~Scent children's drawers containing nighttime clothing with Lavender and Chamomile essential oils applied to cotton balls.
Works for Moms too! Sweet Dreams!

aromatherapy & babies place 2 drops of essential oil Lavender on a tissue and keep it nearby when you are feeding him or her. He will come to associate the aroma with love and comfort. Use this scent at night to help him sleep. When you leave the child with a sitter the aroma will comfort and reassure him. ;)

tantrums~ Roman Chammomile is soothing for tantrums and will also promote a good nights sleep. Put 1 drop on the pillow at bedtime. Used in the bath they can be blended with liquid soap to help them disperse.

happy, calming atmosphere~ Sweet Orange-The Oil of Happiness Warm and sunny, excellent for depression, stress, tension, frustration and anxiety.
Orange helps to lift the spirits and promote joy.
A great scent for children.When planning a children's party choose the Sweet orange to use in a diffuser or oil lamp. They are happy yet calming scents that all children love.

stuffy nose~Eucalyptus Smithi is the only Eucalyptus EO that should be used on children. Eucalyptus Globulus which is the most common is usually rectified and is NOT suitable for children. A top note in aromatherapy, this oil is said to be helpful for chest infections, to facilitate breathing. It is also an effective analgesic. At the first sign of a stuffy nose place 1 drop of Eucalyptus on the corner of your pillow. This can sometimes even stop a cold from coming on.
**For young children use Eucalyptus Smithi

coughs & colds~Under the bed place a bowl of boiling water to which you have added 3 drops of Eucalyptus Smithi Oil. The steam will rise releasing the molecules into the room.

~Pregnancy Cautions~

Oils to avoid during pregnancy:

Clary Sage
Pennyroyal Peppermint

Oils to avoid in first trimester:
Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Melissa, Rose

Oils SAFE during 2nd & 3rd trimester of pregnancy:

- chamomile
- lavender
- tangerine
- grapefruit
- orange
- geranium
- rose
- ylang ylang

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Essential Oil (or as we call them EO) Properties, Usage, and Safety!
Essential Oils are very powerful substances, and I want us all to be safe. There is just so much more to these oils than their wonderful fragrances. I want us all to get the most out of our homemade creations! I hope these links will prove useful in all of your concocting adventures!
Amni visnaga: antihistamine, antispasmodic
Basil: antiseptic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, may stimulate hair growth, adrenal stimulant, calming, improves mental fatigue.
Bay Laurel: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, diuretic, antibacterial, digestive, stomachic.
Benzoin: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, euphoric, warming.
Birch: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic.
Black Pepper: anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, analgesic, good for blood circulation.
Celery: antioxidative, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, nervine, sedative.
Chamomile, German, CO2: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-allergenic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, digestive, fungicidal, nerve sedative.
Chamomile, Roman: antispasmodic, respiratory distress, analgesic, antiseptic, digestive, nerve sedative.
Clary Sage: anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant, nervine, sedative, tonic, helps balance hormones.
Cedar, Atlas: antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, sedative insecticide, tonic, good for respiratory issues, grounding, anxiety, catarrh, hair loss.
Clove Bud: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, stimulating, antirheumatic, analgesic, stimulates immune system.
Cypress: antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, restorative, anti-infectious.
Eucalyptus: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic, expectorant, antiviral, increases circulation, antifungal, antibacterial.
Fennel: digestive, anti-nausea, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, good for bruises.
Frankincense: antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, sedative, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, immune stimulant, calming, elevating to mind, slows and deepens breathing.
Geranium: antifungal, analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, antibacterial, uplifting and balances emotions.
Grapefruit: antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, stimulant, tonic.
Helichrysum: antispasmodic, expectorant, anticoagulant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, tissue regeneration, helps with addiction issues.
Juniper: antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, anti-toxic, antiarthritic, circulatory stimulant.
Lavender: analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant, deodorant, restorative, sedative, relieves nervous tension and irritability. Mother Nature's medicine chest!
Litsea cubeba: antiseptic, insecticidal, sedative, stomachic, disinfectant.
Marjoram: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, helps mental exhaustion, sedative.
Melissa: antidepressant, antihistaminic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, insect repellent, nervine, sedative, stomachic, tonic.
Myrrh: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, revitalizing, sedative, heals mouth sores, good for respiratory, immune stimulant.
Neroli: antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal.
Oregano: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, stimulant, tonic.
Peppermint: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, antifungal, digestive, invigorating.
Patchouli: antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, deodorant, nervine, good for skin, stress, and nervous exhaustion.
Rose: antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic.
Rosemary: analgesic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic, restorative, stimulant, tonic, may stimulate hair growth.
Rosewood: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, tones skin.
Sandalwood: antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, tonic, decongestant, insecticide, antifungal, calming, harmonizing, good for skin conditions, nerve pain.
Seaweed: There has not been much study done on seaweed as an essential oil, but Dr. Bruce Berkowsky recommends it for those who are dealing with issues of addiction or are in recovery and who may feel rootless and need a rock to cling to. He likes it combined with cedar wood (for structure) to give protection, stability and security. For myself, it makes me feel very balanced, centered, and grounded. It also tends to make me breathe deeply, the same way that I do when I stand barefoot in the sand at the seashore.
Spearmint: antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, nervine, stimulant, tonic, good for fatigue, nervous strain, stress, takes one back to uncomplicated childhood.
Spruce: anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant, immune system stimulant, antimicrobial, mentally invigorating, grounding, strengthen nervous system.
Tanacetum annum: anti-inflammatory, antihistamine.
Tarragon: antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, mental stimulant, immune system stimulant.
Tea Tree: antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, expectorant, immune stimulant, antiparasitic, anti-infectious, decongestant.
Thyme: antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, immune stimulant, tonic.
Ylang Ylang: aphrodisiac, antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiseptic, euphoric, hormone regulator, sedative, tonic.

Here are some of our favorite online stores that carry good Essential Oils:

Here is a list of Must Have Essential Oils to Keep around the house:

Tea tree oil: anti-microbial agent, respiratory aid (great for cleaners, laundry and the first aid kit)

Lavender oil: calming, pain relieving, respiratory aid

Orange Oil (sweet, or regular): Invigorating, natural solvent/degreaser. A must have for cleaners/laundry/aromatherapy

Peppermint oil: Pain relieving, invigorating, respiratory aid, pest detourant (spiders and mice) An absolute must for the first aid kit, bath, and aromatherapy

Eucalyptus oil: Respiratory /congestion aid, invigorating

Lemon Oil: Invigorating, antiseptic, natural solvent/ degreaser

Specific Aromatherapy Applications

Pain: Often applied through massage oils, lotions, liniments, or compresses, essential oils reduce pain by different mechanisms:

Numbing: Some oils - such as clove , frankincense, chamomile, lavender, and lemongrass - dull pain by numbing nerve endings,

Anti-inflammatory: chamomile, geranium, juniper, lavender, marjoram, myrrh, rose, and tea tree diminish pain through anti-inflammatory actions.

Heat: Some oils – e.g., as bay laurel, bay rum, black pepper, cinnamon, clove bud, ginger, juniper, peppermint, and thyme - relieve pain by producing heat and increasing circulation.

Brain: Some oils - such as frankincense, ginger, and lemongrass - interfere with the brain’s processing of pain signals.

Neurotransmitters: Oils such as birch (containing aspirin-like compounds), cayenne, and ginger hinder the production of neurotransmitters that carry pain messages from nerve endings to the central nervous system.

Relaxation: Using chamomile, clary sage, lavender, lemon, lemon eucalyptus, lemon verbena, marjoram, melissa (lemon balm), myrtle, and petitgrain (a citrus-related plant) may help relieve pain through relaxation.

Insomnia: Sleep-promoting oils - including bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, lavender, melissa, mandarin, neroli (orange blossom), rose, sandalwood, and tangerine - can be inhaled, rubbed on the skin with massage oil or lotion, or used in bath water.

Headaches: When inhaled, a variety of oils - including lavender, melissa, peppermint, basil, chamomile, lemongrass and marjoram - can relieve headaches of different origins.

Stress: Some oils - including bergamot, chamomile, lavender, lemon melissa, marjoram, neroli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, and valerian – relieve stress (even slowing brain waves).

Depression: Antidepressant qualities are found in some oils such as angelica, bergamot, cardamom, chamomile cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, lavender, lemon verbena, lemon, melissa, orange, neroli, petitgrain, rose, and ylang-ylang (a tropical Asian tree).

Stimulation: Many oils - including angelica, basil, benzoin (from a southeast Asian tree), black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, cypress, ginger, jasmine, peppermint, rosemary, and sage - will stimulate and keep you alert.

High Blood Pressure: Oils have been shown to lower blood pressure, including neroli, orange, melissa, tangerine, rose, ylang ylang, geranium, and clary sage.

Bacterial Infections: Oils isolated from bay laurel, cinnamon, clove bud, garlic, oregano, savory, and thyme are powerful antibacterial agents (albeit potential skin irritants). More gentle antibacterial oils include bay rum, benzoin, cardamom, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, myrrh, myrtle, pine rose, sage, and tea tree.

These oils can treat infections of the skin, bladder, bowel, ear, gum, sinus, skin, and throat. The nature of the infection will determine whether the oils are inhaled or rubbed on the skin.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be treated with baths, sitzbaths, and massages using certain essential oils. For example, a massage oil containing niaouli, cajeput (both a type of tea tree oil) or sandalwood can be rubbed into the abdomen and kidney region of the lower back.

Cuts and wounds can be treated with sprays or salves that contain essential oils isolated from eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, tea tree, or basil.

Viral Infections: Often ingredients in cough drops and cold and flu medications, many oils also have antiviral properties. These oils include bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon bark, clove bud, eucalyptus, garlic, geranium, holy basil, juniper, lavender, melissa, lemongrass, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, oregano, rose, rosemary sage, tea tree, and thyme.

In conclusion, get well with smell!

Resources: For more information, consult the following: Aromatherapy: A Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils by V. G. Cooksley, Prentice Hall (1996); Aromatherapy: The A-Z Guide to Healing with Essential Oils by S. R. Masline and B. Close, Dell Publishing (1997); and Aromatherapy for Dummies, K. Keville, IDG Books

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