What is in your Pure Essential Oils?

My bottle says 100% Pure Essential Oil; this is what most will say.  But, what does 100% Pure or Therapeutic Grade mean when it comes to Essential Oils?  Essential oils and other natural remedies are considered health products by the FDA and are not regulated in regards to standard of quality.  Because of this, anyone can slap a label on bottle and label 100% Pure Essential Oil without regard to what is actually being put in the bottle.  Because of this, it is very important to research and know what you are really getting.  

I bought a set of essential oils from Walmart - 4 oils for about $8. They say they are essential oil blends but what is really scary is that the box has in big, bold letter "CAUTION: Flammable - see back panel". Why are these essential oils flammable? This Peppermint is a mix of Coconut Oil and Mentha Piperita, the $1 bottle from Target lists the following ingredients on their bottle "Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Mentha Piperita", doTERRA's bottle lists only Mentha Piperita. The other difference is that the Walmart oil and the Target oil state the following "This is not food. Do not eat." and "Not intended for internal use"; the doTERRA bottle has a Supplemental Facts label which means that it can be taken internally. I am thankful that I can pick up any bottle of essential oil that I have and go to and enter the lot number from my bottle and I can see the testing reports for that particular bottle and I can see who the chemist was the did the testing and wrote the report.  I love doTERRA's transparency in their testing.  In their drive for the best oils on the market - purity, potency and efficacy - they have developed and utilize a testing process that insures that the oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG).

The person buying essential oils is most often a Mom who is looking for alternative ways to support her family's physical and emotional health. When they buy these cheap essential oils they will likely have a bad experience - either the product does not work as they were told it would or there is a bad reaction. This is due to the synthetic fragrance they are getting in these cheap oils, not to mention all the other things in them, as listed on the Target Peppermint Oil package. And did you know that these synthetic fragrances are a known human carcinogen? Yes, they cause cancer in humans. I want everyone who tries an essential oil to have a good experience and this is why I educate people on essential oils and the importance of purity, potency and efficacy.

The old saying "You get what you pay for" is so true. Think about it, when you are looking for a contractor to do home repair or remodeling, you look for the one that is the best - a great reputation. You wouldn't hire a plumber to do your electrical work, would you? When you purchase the $1 bottle of peppermint from Target you are "hiring" a stationary company to provide you with essential oils. And the essential oils from Walmart are manufactured by magazine and home goods company. They are certainly not experts in essential oils.

Please when looking to purchase essential oils, do your research and know what you are buying. Also, make sure you have a good educator to help you learn the oils, their uses and the proper precautions (like diluting for sensitive skin or your precious kiddos). We use our essential oils to help support our physical and emotional health. Our precious foster, adopted and biological children all love the oils and benefit from them greatly. Our 7 year old uses his own roller bottle custom blend of essential oils and a quality carrier oils every night before bed - it supports his cognitive functioning, his emotional wellbeing, his immune system and sleep habits. I would love to work with you, simply email me at and I will help you with your oiling journey.

Be blessed and be a blessing -

the Naturopathic Mama

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