What it takes to be a therapeutic grade oil

May 24, 2018

When using essential oils, especially for healing or relaxation, it is vital to use a high grade therapeutic oil to avoid the potential of side effects caused from harmful toxins, chemicals, and even other types oil remnants. Using a therapeutic grade oil will save you time and money in the long run as you will be getting a more potent oil which will require less oil to be used and a better result. Give your body, mind and spirit the very best chance to heal itself by using the best and not creating twice the work and an uphill battle due to oils which may contain toxins & chemicals. 


* This is a complied list from several different resources. 


What is takes to be therapeutic grade oil- 


 Single oils contain hundreds of naturally occurring chemical constituents. Oil Blends contain thousands. All of these constituents are affected by the entire process from seed to final bottled product. For an essential oil to be truly therapeutic grade, all of the following must be considered.

  1. Organic: The seeds, and ultimately the plant, from which the oil was produced. They must be organic, and exceed the USDA standards of organic.

  2. Soil Conditions: acidic versus alkaline. Each plant has different requirements. Find out what the distillers knowledge is about growing and harvesting plants for essentials oils. Fertilizers must be organic.

  3. Pure Water: If the plants are watered, the water must be pure and free chlorine, fluoride and other harmful chemicals. Pure minerals rich water is best. Also applies to water used for distillation process.

  4. Geographic Region: affects the chemical prosperities of the plants.  Climates, altitude, harvest season and weather conditions. Most essential oils are so sentitive that the quality of the oil is affected by being harvested at its peak and the temperature and time of day are often critical.

  5. Harvest: Oils must be harvested and distilled in a precise and timely manner.

  6. Temperature: All oils have a specific temperature range that they must be distilled at. Too hot will destroy the molecules. To cool may leave behind important constituents and may make the oil caustic.

  7. Distiller: The type of distiller used. Glass and special stainless steel are best, as they will not leach in to the oil. Avoid soft metals such as copper, aluminum, etc.

  8. Time: The amount of time the oil is distilled. Oils each have different requirements.

  9. Tested: Each batch of oil should be tested by a gas chromatography method that is adequate to show that all of the hundreds of important constituents are present.

  10. Storage: Oils must be bottled in colored glass bottles away from heat and oxygen.


Investigate the background of all companies claiming to provide pure essential oils. What the label says often does not match what is inside.


I use and sell Young Living Oils in my healing practice because they meet or exceed all of these requirements. 


True Essence Holistic Healing

Brynna Lyon- Certified Energy Therapist & Intuitive Life Coach 



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