Many people rely on pure essential oils for their healing properties. Distilled from plants that are rich in nutrients, these oils can be used for cooking, aromatherapy and massages. Essential oils are believed to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungi, anti-infection and anti-microbial properties. With the increase in the number of consumers who encounter stress daily or would like to make their health and well being a priority, there has been a huge demand for it. With so many demands, however, supplies sometimes fall short.
According to a study, there are only 2% of essential oils, considered to have real therapeutic grade. The Association French Normalization Organization Regulation has developed this grading system and the International Standards Organization is also currently following it. These are two groups that do studies and research in order to determine which oils are of high grade and which are inferior and can only be used for making perfumes and colognes. Essential oils are considered of high quality if they are made using certain standards and methods that preserves its powerful, organic healing properties.
Absence of Additives
Studies show that most essential oils in the market are actually synthetic and can bring risk instead of therapeutic effects. Pure essential oils do not come with water or alcohol components as well as chemical solvents, pesticides and residue.
Essential oils are extracted by distillation, which preserves the herbs' compounds. A proper steam distillation method is involved and use of stainless steel ware is required. The herb is distilled under low heat and low temperature. Using high temperature or pressure, or the wrong kind of cooking ware can destroy the herb's compounds and thus, it won't pass the high-grade standards. Gas Chromatography Purity Test To determine which essential oil is of true grade, a gas chromatography test must be undertaken. The test comes with sheets with either 50 or 30 columns that enumerate the compounds of each plant and identify which of these are synthetic. The oil's properties may be affected by its surrounding conditions, such as weather changes, or the harvest method, or soil condition while the herb was still being planted. However, if the test finds two components in the oil that is not of the right percentage, it will not be certified. The ISO usually makes the certification of pure essential oils.
Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils
are wholly suitable for aromatherapy, cosmetics, cooking and body application.
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