- While there is no real meaning for the term "therapeutic grade", I use it to mean that my oils are pure essential oils to be used for healing purposes as opposed to a perfume grade essential oil. To give you an idea of the difference, perfume grade oils are distilled for scent only. This means a lavender oil may be distilled for 15 minutes, enough to get a scent profile that is acceptable for perfumery. For therapeutic or healing purposes it may be distilled an hour and a half. This ensures all the consitutents are present in the oil and the healing potency of the oil is achieved. The FDA does not certify or regulate essential oils.
Are your oils Organic?
- Yes and NO. Some oils I offer are Certified Organic (CO) where the scent and quality of the oil meet the high standard I have set. Yet many confuse "organic" to mean grown without pesticides and that organic is more "natural". That is just not true. Wildcrafted is "picked or grown in its natural environment", without pesticides and in the most natural habitat for plants. I personally will choose Wildcrafted almost EVERY time over Certified Organic oils. I find I prefer the closest to nature option and that is wildcrafted.
To be "Certified Organic" a farm (not the crop itself) must adhere to the standards required to meet the CO qualifications. That means they can use pesticides on the "approved list". Plus only food grade plants can be "certified organic", since the certification rules are governed by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture).
Because a farm holds the certification, that doesn't mean their oil is superior to a wildcrafted oil or even a non-certified, but organically grown oil. There are many facets involved in the distillation process and you may find a better QUALITY essential oil without the Certified Organic classification. I will choose the best essential oils I can get, be it CO or WILDCRAFTED. I would love to be able to offer superior quality non-certified organically grown oils to my customers, but the public believes that essential oils must be certified organic to be of good quality. Thus I acquiesce and offer CO or Wildcrafted (my preference). However, be aware that there are many small farms offering superior quality non-certified organically grown essential oils where the farms do not hold an organic certification due to the high cost of becoming certified.
Can I take them internally?
Can you? Sure you CAN, but the better question is SHOULD YOU? Aromatherapy is called "AROMA"therapy for a reason. Because it works in conjunction with your olfactory senses through the limbic system of the brain to influence behavior, mood, emotional, and physical responses. When you take essential oils internally, you bypass this important mechanism for aromatherapy.
When inhaled or absorbed through the skin, there is a slower response rate then when ingested. Ingesting essential oils, as they do not mix with water, means everything passes quickly undiluted and at a rapid rate all at once through the digestive system to the liver and kidneys. There are people who years after ingesting essential oils on a regular basis are plagued with esophagus and stomach ailments. If you have any liver or kidney function issues, the essential oils can cause toxicity or liver & kidney damage and even failure. So can you take them internally? Yes, you can, but do so at your own risk. Just understand that you can gain as much if not more benefits by using them externally instead.