Buying essential oils just a few years ago used to be a hit or miss type experience. However, the public are getting educated in what to look for and the inferior quality of oils can be recognised by the discerning consumer.
Although there are no international standards for grading essential oils, there are definite differences in the quality of essential oils available. The oils that we will discuss in this course are considered as therapeutic quality. Our definition of that term is that these oils are undiluted, not "stretched" with other chemicals and come from distillers that practice safe and ethical processing. To help ensure that this is the quality of essential oils that you buy look for the following clues:
The Latin name for the plant from which the oil was derived is on the bottle
There is a tester available for you to sample the oil.
There is someone knowledgeable available to advise you of the safety of the oil
That the country of origin is on the bottle
That there is contact information about the supplier available on the bottle
That they are bottle in light proof containers (amber, blue or violet bottles)
That they have tamper-proof closures with a dropper insert to prevent accidental spills
All oils are not the same price. A bottle of rose oil may easily sell at 10 times the price of a bottle of orange. If all oils are the same price you know that something is wrong.