Choosing Your Brand Carefully: Price, Quality, Labeling, and Safety
What's the Difference?
You might be wondering the difference between Young Living Essential Oils and the oils found in your local health food stores. We cannot attest to what is sold by other companies, and on this site, we are only talking about Young Living Essential Oils.
When I first got interested in essential oils, I honestly thought that all of the different brands were the same, and I focused on the price (I wanted to save the most money possible). I went out and bought a bottle of lavender from my local grocery store to use for my family. Once I started doing the research, however, I was a little horrified at some of what I was discovering about claims and practices of other companies in creating their oils. By the way, that old bottle that I bought at the grocery store… it is no longer in our home.
The vast majority of other essential oils are extracted using high heat, high pressure, and chemical solvents. Although the final product may still contain the aroma of the plant, these harsh processing methods destroy the therapeutic qualities of the oils. Using lesser-quality oils for therapeutic purposes is never recommended and can give adverse reactions to the intended purpose.
Another problem is that there are currently no standards when it comes to labeling a bottle of essential oil. If a bottle of oil contains just 5% essential oil, by law it can be labeled as 100% Pure Essential Oil!
If an oil bottle label says “Topical,” “For External Use Only,” “Do not take internally,” or “Do not ingest,” then that’s your red flag that it’s been adulterated and is not safe. Understand that if you go out to a garden and pick a peppermint leaf off of the plant, it is safe to eat. If the peppermint oil was 100% pure as it says it is, then you should be able to ingest it.
Do not be fooled! There IS a difference between a $6 Lavender bottle and a $23.50 (wholesale cost) Young Living bottle of Lavender. Especially if that bottle is a low price, it has more than likely been mass produced very cheaply, with very little attention to the way it was processed. In a cheap bottle of oil, the therapeutic compounds have been destroyed by the heat, pressure, and/or chemical solvents.
Do you know that sweet or pleasant smell when you first open a peppermint candy cane? That’s not the actual peppermint… it’s the things that are added to it. Likewise, when you open a bottle of peppermint oil, you should not immediately smell a sweet smell. If you do, something has been added to it.
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