Many companies selling essential oils are running around claiming to have 100% pure oils. Notice the word “claiming,” because there’s truly no way to prove this statement. You see, “pure” means free of pesticides, chemical/commercial fertilizer or fillers such as carrier oils, water, and other substances used to dilute the oils, which is usually done for the purpose of reducing oil prices and to yield larger profits.
And the only way to validate “pure” is if the essential oil is organically certified. If it’s not, you really have no idea what you’re getting. Now, I already know what you’re asking: “What’s the big deal about ‘organic certified?’ Why can’t I just buy ‘organic?”
Here’s the answer:
“100% pure” has become a phrase that many companies toss around like confetti. In fact, any company can say their products are “pure” without as much as a call, review or authorization from federal agencies or state and local advertising watchdogs.
However, a company can’t even think about slapping “USDA organic” or “ECOCERT” (the European organic certification equivalent to the USDA) on their products unless they are in the true definition of the word, ‘organic’. Now, they could try, but most won’t because if they do they’ll get hit with a hefty $11,000 fine with penalties.
In the United States, the USDA’s National Organic Program is the only organization that defines what’s considered standard when it comes to “organic” labeling and conducts organic certifications to validate producers of organic foods and other organic agricultural products.
Not to go too deep, but here’s the inside scoop on the production standards companies must follow to qualify for the organic certification:
-Avoid the use of synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, food additives), irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge.
-Avoid the use of genetically modified (GMO) seeds.
-Use farmland that has been free from prohibited chemical inputs for a number of years (minimum 3 or more).
-Maintain detailed written production and sales records (audit trail).
-Keep strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products.
-Undergo periodic on-site inspections.
Currently, only the USDA can guarantee the NO USE of GMO seeds, chemical pesticides, and fertilizers; that means NONE of the products you purchase including essential oils without the USDA Organic logo on them are really pure and natural regardless of what those labels claim. Now that we dropped a ton of organic wisdom on you, let’s get back to the quality of your essential oils and how you can reap all the health benefits for less… But first, let’s answer this burning question …
Why choose organic essential oils instead of those that are labeled “100% pure”?
Because buying an organic essential oil frees you from the worry of rubbing or inhaling toxic pesticides and harmful chemicals. To sum it up: the name “100% Pure” on a label for a non-organic essential oil simply won’t give you the best therapeutic results because that's just an empty claim that can't be proved by the companies who make that claim on their labels or advertising.
So how can you be sure you’re getting the purest essential oils money can buy? Buy essential oils that have the logo USDA Organic on the bottle.