Have Your Essential Oils Been Tested?

Essential oil testingOur regular readers are used to me banging on and on about the importance of purity when it comes to essential oils, and why analytical testing with GC/MS is the only scientific way to truly establish the provenance of an oil. So it is really nice to feature an aromatherapy article where an experienced aromatherapist is singing the same tune . . .

This article is by clinical aromatherapist Liz Fulcher, and is really intended for therapists – although anyone who is interested in essential oils should find it interesting.  It explains the basics of GC/MS analysis and also clarifies the difference between a GC/MS report and an essential oil Material Safety Data Sheet.


Are Your Essential Oils GC/MS Tested?

Do you work with essential oils? Are you making therapeutic blends for yourself, your family or clients? Are you interested in getting the best healing results from your blends? Of course you are!

Now let me ask this…

Do you know the exact chemical components of the essential oils you’re using? Do these phrases mean anything to you?

  • Oxide-rich essential oils are superb for treating respiratory problems.
  • Essential oils with a high percentage of Sesquiterpenes are more stable and have a longer shelf-life.
  • Oregano essential oil contains between 61-84% Carvacrol, and therefore must be used with caution.
  • Aldehyde-rich essential oils can be irritating to the skin and should be used in a low dilution.

Read the full article Are Your Essential Oils GC/MS Tested?

Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2012. Written by . Are Your Essential Oils GC-MS Tested, Copyright © 2012 Liz Fulcher

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