Information offered by Young Living to learn more about the quality of essential oils that Nidore Essentia fully shares:
Are there different degrees of purity in an essential oil?
Of course. You should buy pure essential oils, and within what we call the therapeutic grade essential oils segment. The more purity in the oil, the better the results.
Are all pure essential oils “therapeutic grade”?
No! One thing is them being pure, but them being from the therapeutic grade oil segment is completely different.
This commercial consideration of “therapeutic grade” is given because the factors that influence the quality of the oil are taken into account: plant growth, environmental temperature, humidity level, time and method of collection, collecting a plant at the right time and distill it correctly.
For example, the case of peppermint essential oil: in order to be in the commercial segment of therapeutic grade the menthol content must be 47%. If the summer is wet and rainy, the menthol will be approximately 24%, but the oil will still be pure, but it simply cannot be offered for sale within the therapeutic grade oil segment.
If the label or the advertisement of an oil says it is a “Therapeutic Grade Oil” can I trust it?
Anyone can put anything on the label and then market it. There are currently no therapeutic regulations on essential oils in the United States on essential oils.
The perfume and flavor industry, the largest buyer of essential oils in the world, uses guidelines called AFNOR * developed in Europe. But essential oils have hundreds of compounds, so most of the compounds have not yet been taken into account in their standards. Having the EFQM or other AFNOR certificate does not guarantee that it can be commercially included as a Therapeutic Grade Oil.
That is why very high standards have been developed in Young Living to produce only essential oils that are in the commercial segment of “therapeutic grade oils”.
So, if an oil matches the AFNOR standard, will it be therapeutic grade?
Not always. It is not enough to trust their standards for this, because the parameters of the AFNOR standard vary widely from low to very high and the low range is below Young Living’s therapeutic-grade oil segment.
If an oil is labeled “organic,” is it guaranteed to be so?
Not necessarily! More thorough controls of the planting process are needed in some cases.
An oil produced from plants grown on an organic farm does not guarantee the lack of contaminations on farms. The different chemicals used on them can be easily spread through the air, contaminating the organic crops. Even though the labels could say “organic” because they belong to an organic farm, the environment is not necessarily organic.
Can geographical location make a difference in the quality of essential oils?
Of course! You have to know where the oils come from. The climate, microclimate, temperature range, altitude, rain and nutrient levels of a farm’s soil influence the quality of essential oils.
For example, lavender grown at low altitudes will produce low levels of linalyl acetate and low amount of esters and that does not allow it to be in the commercial range of Therapeutic Grade Oil.
Can different distillation practices change the quality of the oil?
Yes, distillation is important.
Our distillation of lavender to produce its essential oil takes more than 1 hour.
Young Living knows, after distilling plants on the five continents of the world above and below the equator, that most of the time the therapeutic molecules are some of the last molecules that come out, and it can take 1½ to 3 hours longer to obtain those molecules.
For example, in its distillery in Spain, it uses total agitation for at least 12 hours to produce incense essential oil. In Salalah, Oman, we use partial agitation and distill incense for 16 hours.
Incensol acetate, which is a very important compound found in the incense resin, only appears after 11 hours of distillation with stirring and 15 hours without stirring.
Can essential oils of purity and quality be tested?
Essential oils can be tested to determine their purity and quality with a system called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, which is done through an instrument that identifies the substances that make them up by testing them.
The oils are analyzed according to their properties and compounds and identify their quality and whether they are real or synthetic. An oil can never be guaranteed as 100% pure, and included in the commercial segment of therapeutic grade, unless it has been analyzed in a GC-MC instrument. All Young Living essential oils undergo this analysis.