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Learn More About The Essential Oils You're Using

If you're looking to essential oils for help, I think it's fair to assume that you care about your body, your health and the products you use on it, so an understanding of the essential oils you're using is valuable. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to managing our health and well-being, and I value transparency; so, I'm shedding a little light on the differences between oils, the link between quality and price and why quality is so crucial for essential oils.

Just like us, they're all different…

You may have noticed that the price of the same-sized bottle of essential oils can vary greatly depending on which oil you choose. Even in my own Return To You range, the cost varies from £8.50 - £20 for different blends. So why is this? 

Well, essentially it comes down to production, accessibility and quality. However, it's important that I highlight from the off, that low price does not always mean poor quality or low medicinal value.

Preparing essential oil blends

For context, Peppermint oil is mear pennies compared to Rose Otto oil, due to the ease of production, the process used and the amount of raw plant needed to yield the oil. Across the wide range of essential oils scents available, you'll experience a variety of price points, but ensure that that is due to the value of that quality oil and not the brand you're purchasing from. 

The bad…

There are brands out there that will charge a high price for a low-quality and non-certified organic essential oil, which horrifies me! I've found a well-known essential oils brand operating a 'referral model', selling 5ml of Rose Essential Oil for three times the price of many companies - and it's not a certified organic oil! Plus, companies claiming that they offer some of the proven best quality essential oils, but measured on a scale that they have created, means that the buyer can be easily misled into purchasing a poor quality essential oil for a high price.

Why is using a lower-quality essential oil not ok?  Well, apart from ripping off the customer by charging a higher price, even the competitively priced, low-quality oils should be avoided! Many of the lower-quality oils and blends include chemicals and additives that could have an ineffective or even negative impact on your health when used in aromatherapy or inhaled.  And when we're looking to these blends and oils to aid us in healing or well-being, that's not acceptable in my opinion.

Laura blending essential oils

The Good…

Once you know, you're good to go! I've shared a few pointers to look out for lower down when buying essential oils, so that you can make your informed decisions. As I mentioned earlier, knowledge is power when it comes to our health and well-being. 

The need for the quality I have highlighted has medicinal benefits; Chinese medicine demands quality to apply the powerful healing and therapeutic effects desired to balance and restore the body.

I pride myself in using the purest organic essential oils in the world, from a reputable company based here in the UK and that share my ethos.

"Our ethos is simple - the purer the quality of the oil, the stronger the therapeutic and healing effect.". Having a reliable and reputable supplier is so important to me; certified organic and nothing but the plant itself. My work and calling is based in helping women to remedy and support their health, so quality truly matters.

With my blends, you will find honest pricing for the best quality available, with the whole process of blending, bottling and labelling all done by me, so your not only supporting your health but a small independent practitioner who genuinely cares for you and your health.

What to look for: 

While some oils may cost a little more, when using the highest quality, organic essential oils, you will find that a little goes a long way. When you have an essential oil of high quality, it should always smell like the plant that it comes from, there are many many low-quality, mass-produced essential oils on the market which have added preservatives for a longer shelf life, and you'll often find that they bare only a mild resemblance to the natural aroma.

  • Look at the bottle, the ingredients in your essential oils should be 100% derived from the plant itself, or plants if you're using a blend.

  • Smell it. Does it smell like the plant? Be it rose, rosemary, or peppermint, use your nose and trust it. Does it smell a little artificial or not quite like the plant?

  • Look for the use of the Latin names used in the ingredient list, and avoid anything which lists a 'fragrance' or similar rather than the Latin named essential oil. 

  • The bottle should be dark glass to preserve the quality of the oil. UV light can damage pure essential oils, impacting scent and effectiveness; dark bottles help to prevent this.

UK blended essential oils you can trust…

You can find my range of oils here, and you can learn more about my journey to creating these blends for women with love and passion here.

Return To You Essential Oils Blends

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