When I first started using essential oils for my DIY projects it was primarily for scent purposes and I figured all essential oils were pretty much the same.
My Experiences With Store-Bought Oils, Specifically Lavender
They are not all equal. And more often than not, you get what you pay for. Sure, health food store essential oils are much less expensive, but at what cost?
- Do your own research.
- Read testimonials.
- Connect with other people who use essential oils and find out what works for them.
- Do you know exactly where the oil comes from?
- Does the company share where the product and/or plant comes from?
- How is the plant grown?
- How is it distilled?
- Can anyone go to the company's farm and see it for themselves?
- Does the company conduct several sample distillations to get the highest amount of therapeutic qualities from their plants?
- Are the oils safe to put on the skin neat (undiluted)?
- What exactly does the label say on the front AND the back?
- Are there ANY toxic warnings that come with the oils?
- Any other warnings on the label?
- Is there an expiration date?
If you can't find answers to these questions (or any other that you think of), dig deeper and do more research.
Six months ago I hardly used oils at all. That's a pretty big change!
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