WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING ESSENTIAL OILS

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IN CHOOSING HIGH QUALITY ESSENTIAL OILS, THERE ARE PLENTY OF COMPANIES TO TRUST, AND OTHERS MAYBE NOT SO MUCH. AS WITH ANYTHING, TRUSTING YOUR INTUITION AND GUT FEELING IS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO. IF A COMPANY ISN'T BEING TRANSPARENT ABOUT THEIR PRACTICES, OR PERHAPS ISN'T SOURCING SUSTAINABLY, IT MAY BE TIME TO FIND A NEW BRAND. 

RED FLAGS
-WORDS LIKE "FRAGRANCE & PERFUME" TYPICALLY MEAN THERE ARE CHEMICALS INVOLVED AND THE SOURCE IS NOT ENTIRELY PLANT-BASED
-WORDS LIKE "NATURAL & PURE" GENERALLY MEAN NOTHING. JUST AS WITH FOOD PACKAGING,  BUYING "ORGANIC" VS "NATURAL" WILL ENSURE BETTER QUALITY AS WELL AS SAFETY FOR YOUR BODY
-"THERAPEUTIC GRADE" IS NOT A TERM REGULATED BY ANY ORGANIZATION. COMPANIES USE THIS TERM TO MEAN WHATEVER THEY WANT IT TO MEAN. (AND CHARGE MORE FOR IT)
-IF PRICING SEEMS TOO LOW OR TOO HIGH, CALL THE COMPANY AND ASK WHY... IT IS NORMAL FOR A BOTTLE OF ROSE OTTO OIL TO COST MUCH MORE THAN A BOTTLE OF ROSEWOOD, AS THOUSANDS MORE ROSES ARE HARVESTED FOR THE ROSE OTTO THAN ROSEWOOD. IF A PRICE SEEMS TOO LOW, CHECK TO SEE IF IT COMES DILUTED IN A CARRIER OIL.
-MULTI-LEVEL MARKETS CAN SUCK YOU IN QUICKLY...MAKE SURE YOU TRUST THEIR METHODS BEFORE BUYING INTO OVERLY PRICED OILS

GOOD SIGNS
-ORGANIC/ UNSPRAYED/ WILDCRAFTED
-SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES (WHERE ARE THEY SOURCING THE CROPS/PLANTS FOR THEIR OILS AND HOW?)
-THE COMPANY IS TRANSPARENT AND HONEST ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS AND HOW THEY ARE TAKEN CARE OF
-DETAILS ARE THOROUGHLY PROVIDED ON WEBSITE
-MEMBERS OF THE NAHA (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR HOLISTIC AROMATHERAPY) 
-PHONE NUMBER IS PROVIDED TO CALL WITH QUESTIONS
-THE COMPANY IS WILLING TO PROVIDE SAMPLES
-FULL BOTANICAL PLANT NAME IS LISTED ON THE PACKAGING (FOR EXAMPLE: THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT TYPES OF BASIL, EACH ONE SMELLING ENTIRELY DIFFERENTLY. IF THE BOTTLE JUST SAYS "BASIL" CHANCES ARE THEY AREN'T SURE WHICH VARIETY OF BASIL IT IS EITHER)
-DARK GLASS BOTTLES (NO PLASTIC OR CLEAR GLASS)
-PRICING IS FAIR
-DETAILED INFORMATION IS PROVIDED ON USEAGE 

QUESTIONS TO ASK ESSENTIAL OIL COMPANIES

-WHERE DO THE PLANTS COME FROM?
-HOW/WHERE ARE THE PLANTS GROWN?
-HOW ARE THE CROPS/LAND TREATED?
-HOW ARE EMPLOYEES/FARMERS TREATED?
-DO THEY USE ORGANIC METHODS?
-WHAT SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES DO YOU HAVE IN PLACE?