Organic or Pure Essential Oils?
October 26, 201418 Comments
- 100 Percent Organic: must show an ingredient list, the name and address of the handlers (bottler, importer, manufacturer, packer, processor, importer etc. of the finished product and the name or seal of the organic certifier. All ingredients must be certified organic too (exceptions: water and salt).
- Organic: must contain at least 95% organic ingredients. The label must show an ingredient list that identifies the organic as well as the non-organic ingredients and the name of the organic certifier. Any non-organic ingredients must be approved for use in an organic product by the USDA (exceptions: water and salt). (Carrageenan ring a bell? Once a no-no in organic products is now allowed).
"The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries."
So here's my bottom line...
When you choose a pure line of essential oils you're indeed getting a superior organic product, even more so than the local "organic" line sold in your favorite health food store. How? This level of a therapeutic quality essential oil undergoes a final testing process via Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), checking for pesticides, fungus/disease, solvents and any other impurities. The AH HA moment? All plant material sourced must be of an organic origin first and foremost in order to pass the stringent tests. But remember, organic doesn't always mean pure, not anymore, residue chemicals can travel and permeate the ground or infiltrate water systems. For my money, I'll stick with an organic plant source AND the assurance of a pure end result thru additional GC/MS testing.
I hope this helps in understanding the difference between organic and pure essential oils, it certainly can be confusing out there!