Sunday, March 13, 2016

How to tell a fake essential oil

So any of you that are in the oil business probably have seen or heard about a major company being tested and coming back with a synthetic adulteration.  So with that being said here are some more information on what has happened...

The oil in question is cinnamon bark.  I will not name the company on here as we have noticed that lots of people have been attacked for doing so.  There was even a group on facebook taken down.  If you would like to know a company name i will share in private.

1st test on one batch was done by EOU and showed synthetics added.  For those that are on my facebook know I will post his post very frequently.  I trust this website and education from him.

2nd test was done by another lab on a different batch. This one is highly adulterated by a cheaper oil . . . one that has it's own safety guidelines and contains a considerable level of coumarin.

Because of that second test, I feel like everyone needs to do their research on the oils they are using.   You cannot use an oil safely if you don't even know you're using it!

There are MORE tests being done by still another lab. PLEASE contact me if you'd like to read the testing and comments for yourself. I will direct you to the group they're posted in, but be forewarned: drama is not normal in this group but it's been very dramatic due to these results. BE INFORMED!

Be SAFE, Be healthy, Use your oils WISELY!

I can say that before i signed on with dōTERRA I did a lot of research.  I have also used other brands of oils before as well.  My personal choice is dōTERRA , but I also educate.  I will educate anyone on safe use of oils no matter what brand you use.  I believe if you are making the effort to use oils in your house that is the best thing you could do for your family no matter the brand!!  

Now I can say I have come across some oils I have recommended that people not use.  One of them actually melted plastic in a diffuser.  I was diffusing the same kind of oil in the same diffuser at the same time and had no issues whatsoever.   

Another issue is the supplier you buy your oils from.   You can by oils through Amazon and other sellers online but you can not trust that the oils are pure.  Here are photos to attest as to why.  
This is a new, sealed cap you can screw onto a bottle and make it a new sealed bottle of oil

Notice the cap on the left, YL on the lid means Young Living

Same bottles as above picture.  That is a Young living cap on a doTERRA bottle

There use to be a you tube video that showed how this was done and explained it better, but it was taken down.  She showed how if you leave just a few drops of the oil in the bottom of the bottle and added a carrier oil like coconut oil and recapped it smelled just like the oil itself and some people are none the wiser.  They are getting a highly diluted oil instead of a concentrated oil.  

Here are some tips to help you do your research and find the company that is best for you:

Cost:  While high cost doesn’t signify high quality, it’s smart to be wary of an essential oil with a super-low price tag. Essential oils are almost inevitably pricey: It can take a roomful of plant material to fill just one bottle of essential oil, and if the botanical is scarce, it further drives up cost.

The Name:  Make sure the plant’s Latin name is listed on the label or, if you’re shopping online, the webpage. If only the common name is listed (for example, "lavender essential oil") you might be shelling out for a lower-cost hybrid. And if it doesn’t specify that it’s an essential oil, it isn’t. "Lavender oil" is nothing more than perfumed oil; it may or may not contain material from the plant, and won’t have the same therapeutic properties as "lavender essential oil."  

The Container:  All essentials must be stored in glass containers, because the oil’s strong chemical compounds break down and react with plastic. What’s more, glass should be dark blue or amber to protect the oil from degrading ultraviolet radiation. Take note of the temperature, too. Bottles should be kept in a cool place, since heat messes with the oil’s chemical composition. 

The Feel:  Place a drop of a vegetable, nut, or seed oil on the pad of one index finger, and place a drop of the essential oil on the other. Rub the oils with your thumbs, noting the differences (or similarities) between the feel of each. True essential oils have a little slip, but for the most part, they shouldn’t feel thick or greasy. Heavy, richly colored essential oils, like sandalwood, vetiver, German chamomile, and patchouli, are exceptions.

How it Pours:  When you unscrew an essential oil’s cap, ideally it will be sealed with an orifice reducer—a plug that controls how many drops come out at once. This is helpful for dosage, yes, but it also prolongs the shelf life of oxidation-prone oils by limiting their exposure to air at all times. It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t have one, but do watch out for any essential oils with built-in dropper pipettes. The little tubes are typically made of plastic or rubber, which can both break down and release synthetic impurities into the oil.

I hope that this article helps you on your journey to finding the best essential oil for your family.  Like I said I prefer dōTERRA, but will educate anyone who uses essential oils.  I believe that if you are using an oil, no matter the brand, you are making your family healthier and I want you to do it safely.  

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