Essential Oil

An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing volatile aromatic compounds that are derived directly from plant matter. In order for an oil to be a true essential oil, it must be isolated by physical means only, such as steam distillation, or expression. An oil that is extracted with solvents is not a true essential oil (such as Vanilla), and often still contains some of those solvents in the finished product (often alcohol).

The oil is essential, in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance - the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. Today, most essential oils are distilled. Raw plant material, consisting of the flowers, leaves, roots, bark, wood, seeds, or peel are placed into the distillation equipment. As it is heated, steam passes through the plant material which vaporizes its volatile compounds. These vapors flow through a coil where they condense back to liquid. Some essential oils require a great deal of plant matter that needs to be harvested under specific conditions which leads to a very high cost. For example, it takes about 10,000 lbs of roses to create one pound of rose essential oil, which could cost about $1,000 per ounce.

  1. Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils - Buyer Beware

    Bay Berry Bliss essential oils

    I am often asked if our essential oils are therapeutic grade. This term is often used to describe essential oils with the intent to differentiate pure, high quality essential oils from others of lesser quality or that may be diluted. The problem is, there is no regulation for the term “therapeutic grade” and for that reason it is meaningless. No government agency or generally accepted organization “grades” or “certifies” essential oils as “therapeutic grade”, “medicinal grade”, or “aromatherapy grade” in the United States. Anyone can put those words on their essential oil label that may or may not even be 100% pure essential oils. This terminology has been adopted by many as a clever marketing term in an attempt to differentiate their company from the many others who sell essential oils. It’s important to keep in mind

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  2. What is an Essential Oil?

    What is an Essential Oil?

    image of a small, clear glass vial with rose essential oil

    Essential oils have many different uses, but first lets cover what an essential oil is. An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing volatile aromatic compounds from plants. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance or the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.

    Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often using steam. They could also be extracted with solvents or by mechanical pressing. Uses of essential oils include: perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products. We do not recommend using essential oils directly on your skin, or ingesting them. To use them on your skin we recommend

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