Therapeutic Grade Oils
Some essential oils available on the market are used in flavours and fragrances and the taste and the aroma respectively are the most important considerations. For the food and perfume industries essential oils may need to be adjusted or changed to suit the need of the purchaser or vendor, Penny Price do not supply this grade of essential oil as therapeutic essential oils come from living plants and possess a living synergy. Synthetic materials, which look and smell the same as an essential oil, cannot replicate this synergy.
Farming methods employed for growing therapeutic essential oil producing plants for aromatherapy should be free of pesticides, artificial fertiliser, located away from main roads and grown in countries with suitable weather conditions. Many factors influence the growth – the amount of sun and rain, the soil condition, the height above sea level. The nearer the sun, the cleaner the air and the more energy is absorbed by the plant.
Often non-therapeutic essential oils are redistilled because they need to be “standardised”. They are also often clarified or rectified. This, while being the norm for perfumery, interferes with the “whole oil” and can also interfere with the properties of the oil. Oils used for aromatherapy treatments should be whole and unadulterated as this reduces the possibility of skin reactions or side effects.