Essential Oils: Theraputic grade vs. Synthetic

Y’all know there are skeptics out there that will say essential oils are not safe to ingest or use at all…but before you roll your eyes at them, they do have some credibility. Not all oils are safe. It’s a true statement.  There is a reason that I put “I stand behind Young Living’s essential oils exclusivley” in every one of my posts…and now I am going to tell you why.

grades of essential oils

There are 4 grades of essential oils that I am going to talk about, and you can only reap the health benefits from pure, Grade A, therapeutic grade oils.

First let’s talk about what it means to be a therapeutic grade oil.

Every oil you can purchase from Young Living, is therapeutic grade. What this means is that the oils are highly concentrated and have life-enhancing properties. Therapeutic grade oils are easily evaporated at room temperature, and come from plants grown all over the world. And to all of those who think essential oils are just a “trend”, I hear you, they do seem super trendy right now, but essential oils have been revered for centuries for their restorative properties to the body, mind, and spirit. I mean baby Jesus got gifts of frankincense and myrrh and that was like forever ago right?! So the trend argument really does not work with me. Honestly it’s exciting that essential oils are trending right now because it’s waking people up about exploring natural, safe alternatives to heal their bodies, instead of constantly relying on medications. Every drop of therapeutic grade oils contain hundreds of organic particles and and other natural elements, and because they are so pure,  a couple drops on your skin is enough to penetrate and get into your bloodstream.

There are 4 grades of essential oils

Grade A : pure, therapeutic quality, made from organically grown plants, distilled at the correct temperature, time, and pressure, and harvested at the right season.

Grade B: food grade, contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, extenders, and carrier oils.

Grade C: perfume grade, contains the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils. Contain solvents which are used to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest.

Floral Water : a byproduct of the distillation process and can be very high quality only if it comes from a Grade A distillation process.

So how do you know what grade of oil you are buying? This is where it gets tricky. Of course perfume grade oils are not going to advertise themselves as being cheap oils with dangerous filers in them so you have to do your research. They will say something alarming on the label that should be a red flag. The label will say something like, “not safe to ingest” and then you know that it is not pure or therapeutic grade. Also, do not be fooled by bottles that say “pure” on them. This means nothing as only about 5% of the oil has to be pure for them to print the word pure on the bottle.

So what I am trying to say is… if you think you can go on Amazon and purchase lavender for super cheap because you don’t want to invest in Young Living, you are misinformed. If you purchase a bottle of lavender essential oil that costs 5$ I can GUARANTEE you it is not pure, therapeutic grade. There is no possible way. What you are buying is a synthetic, fragrance oil that is merely a duplication of the “signature” aroma of a pure botanical. Basically a chemical made in a lab, that is designed to mimic the smell of the plant it comes from. Unfortunately the complex chemical components of the oil are missing in synthetic oils, and not only will this oil be damaging to use on your body, you will not reap any health benefits from it. It’s smarter to just buy the lavender that you know is pure (for 23.50$ with your distributor discount!), instead of literally spending money to damage your health.

Another thing to know about purchasing, even Young Living, oils on Amazon, is that they could have been tampered with. Meaning someone could have bought them and diluted them with carrier oils, and sealed them back up to sell to you for a profit. Seriously. People be cray.

This article from a chemist, really explains a lot about why our family chose to buy only from Young Living. I really encourage you to give it a read!