Since ancient times, essential oils have been used all over the world for health and cosmetic purposes. Because there are many kinds of oils, it can seem confusing for the uninitiated, leaving people wondering which products are worth buying. Here are 5 tips to help you choose the right essential oils company.
1. Evaluate Your Uses of the Oil
Think about how you intend to use essential oils. Is it for health purposes? Oils can be used for a variety of things like helping skin issues, purifying, respiratory relief,and more. Is it for the aromatic purposes? Oils have strong, natural smells that not only make a home smell great, but they can also help with relaxation, providing relief from dark emotions like anger, anxious feelings or sadness. The aromatic properties can also help you sleep better at night.
Many perfumes, soaps, moisturizers and natural cleaners contain essential oils, and you can even use them in recipes as either a replacement for olive oil or to add additional flavoring, like adding a drop or two of peppermint to your favorite brownie recipe to create a more mint brownie taste.
2. Choose Your Ideal Oils
Request samples from different companies you’re considering purchasing from, and make a list of your favorites. The most popular oils are lavender, tea tree, lemon and peppermint, and each of these have a wide variety of uses, but even lesser known oils, like bergamot, citrus, and lemongrass are useful. Find which oils work best for you.
3. Evaluate the Product Quality
Not every essential oil is created equal, and neither is every essential oil company. For the best results, no matter your purpose for using oils, you’ll want pure, high-quality products.
Determining the quality of products is not necessarily simple. Customer reviews can be helpful because many customers are able to tell low quality from high. You can also check websites because a company that sells high-quality oils will likely mention their credential on their website.
4. Research Prices
Prices vary wildly between essential oils companies. This isn't just from oil to oil, but even the same oil, like peppermint, can cost anywhere from $5 to $30, depending on the company. Many companies dilute their oils in water to sell bigger bottles, so if you're looking for pure, undiluted oils, be prepared to spend a little extra for a smaller bottle. Low-priced oils are usually low in quality.
5. Pay Attention to Warnings
Do not assume that all oils are safe to ingest or even apply on the skin, even diluted. The FDA requests labels be placed on oils, listing ingredients, usage directions and any warnings. Make sure you follow these warnings because even if you think an oil should be safe to ingest diluted, some companies add ingredients into their oils that make doing so dangerous. Be wary of oils found online or in store that don’t have usage directions.
Essential oils are designed to aid the body and the mind. The prices, product selections and quality manufacturing levels are different with each company. It's necessary that you review the different oils and companies before making any purchases to find the best fit for you.
Claire Stewart is a freelance writer and blogger focused on writing about health, travel, essential oils, and business among other topics. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors in Women's Studies and currently lives in Seattle with her goldfish, Merlin.
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