According to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, “As far as adulteration is concerned, producers and distributors of essential oils are frequently painted as “the bad guys”, but it should be pointed out that their oil customers frequently demand oils below the market price while still wanting to be told that they are authentic. . . . . the aroma industry is dominated by a handful of large and powerful international houses whose corporate buyers often attempt to drive raw material prices to impossibly low levels, not allowing workable profits to be made. This sets the scene for unethical practices.” (1)
Here are the most common ways essential oils are adulterated:
Rapeseed or mineral oil may be added to dilute the essential oil without affecting its aroma. Potentially dangerous chemicals such as Benzyl alcohol, known to cause gasping and increase the death rate of infants, or phthalates, known endocrine disrupters that can also cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities, are among the long laundry list of chemicals routinely added to essential oils to water them down and get a cheaper product to the consumer.
An Example: Odorless solvents propylene glycol, DEP, or DOP are often added to lavender oils sold in the United States. Diethylphthalate or dipropylene glycol are frequently added to frankincense as extenders.
A report by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy states that “blending in cheaper oils to meet a customers’ target purchasing price, or to make additional profit for the producer, is commonplace in the oil trade.” (2)
Did you know? — Much of the lavender oil sold in America is actually the hybrid called lavandin, it will produce 1 pound of oil from 35 pounds of plant material while it takes 170 to 250 pounds of plant to produce 1 pound of true lavender essential oil. While lavandin has some similar constituents to true lavender oil, it is missing several of true lavender’s components that give it many of its therapeutic properties. Lavandin is also high in camphor, which can burn the skin.
Like adding MORE water to your nearly empty pitcher of tea to appear to have MORE tea! Water was already one of the main ingredients, so why should it make a difference to add more water, right?? Wrong! On top of that it is MISLEADING!
Example: Synthetic linalyl acetate is frequently added to lavendin to pass as lavender. Rectified ho oil, eucalyptus & white camphor oil fractions, as well as Spanish sage oil are often added to lavender oil to water it down.The purity of essential oils is vital to not only their effectiveness, but their safety as well. Essential oils are rich in molecules that help carry oxygen, nutrients, and other substances through the cell membranes. Combine essential oils with impure or toxic substances, and they will take those poisons right into every cell of your body.
Not only that, but unsuspecting consumers may apply such oils as lavender or frankincense to wounds, burns, or rashes only to find that the supposedly pure essential oil makes the problem worse because it contains added chemicals and components that are irritating to the skin.
Consumers may purchase essential oils for the purpose of treating allergies, depression, or cancer. Instead of experiencing the health benefits of the essential oil, they may instead be poisoning themselves unknowingly, or decide that essential oils don’t work because they tried using inferior essential oils for therapeutic purposes.
1. Bargain prices — $9.00 for 1/2 oz. of “pure, organic” lavender oil, $25.00 for “pure” frankincense.
2. Warning labels that say the product is “for external use only”, “not for internal use”, or recommend that you always dilute the essential oil before applying topically.
3. You get your essential oils at a health food store or a website that sells soap-making and candle-making supplies.
Gosh I love chia seeds! Some of the Health benefits:
Better Digestive Elimination
Improved Joint Flexability
Of course I advice to buy ORGANIC! Go to your local health food store to purchase a bag or two of chia seeds. They usually cost about $10 a bag. For me, a small bag lasts about 2 weeks (but I use it for myself and my 2 kids, and when I can get my husband to take them!)
Are YOU bathing with the ENEMY of your HEALTH?
While you are bathing your sweet little baby, did you know that poisons could be
soaking into his skin? Or poisons are being inhaled by her? Potientially CANCEROUS poisons are in most of our bathing products. You wanted your babies skin to be soft, or her hair to be tangle free, and in exchange you gave them a higher chance of cancer. Without even KNOWING it!
We are misinformed as a nation folks! You MUST do your OWN research! Do not take MY word for it, study for yourself. Protect your children and yourself. Defend your health.
Read your labels and buy only the best products that are FREE of these things!
Of course, Young Living Essential Oils sells bath products that are SAFE! They have lotions, creams, shampoo's, conditioners, soaps, cleaners, toothpaste and deodorant.
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If you must buy from a local store, try a health food store or other natural store. Do not be tricked by marketing that says "Natural" on the bottle. Always read the labels and remember these terms and abbreviations.
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine)
These two chemicals are often used in cosmetics to regulate the pH, and utilized with numerous fatty acids to change acid to salt (stearate), which then develops into the base for a cleaner. DEA is a chemical that functions as a wetting agent in shampoos, lotions, creams and other cosmetics. It is used mostly because it supplies a rich lather in shampoos and maintains a positive consistency in lotions and creams. By itself, DEA is not harmful, but while hanging around on a store shelf or in your bathroom cabinet at home, DEA may react with other ingredients in the cosmetic recipe to form a particularly potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA). NDEA is promptly absorbed via the skin and has been connected with stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder cancers. These chemicals have previously been restricted in Europe.
According to Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, acute inhalation exposure to DEA in humans may result in irritation of the nose and throat, and dermal exposure may result in irritation of the skin. He also stated that animal studies have shown that dermal exposure to DEA may burn skin, and eye contact with the chemical may impair vision. In addition, more animal studies have reported testicular degeneration and reduced sperm motility and count from oral exposure to DEA.