From the Reference Guide: Pure, Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils

This is a great post about essential oils and the science behind them. Reblogged from abundant health. Enjoy!

Abundant Health Blog

Have you ever wondered why essential oils vary so much in price or what the difference is between the many brands of oils? Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils” but don’t know what it really means. The Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Alan and Connie Higley includes a section about what pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils are and why it is important to make sure you use high quality oils.

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What are PURE, THERAPEUTIC-GRADE essential oils?

Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants (including their respective parts such as seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruit, etc.). One of the factors that determines the purity and therapeutic value of an oil is its chemical constituents. These constituents can be affected by a vast number of variables, including the following: the part(s) of the plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer…

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