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Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health. Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response. Their properties can be anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-tumoral.

Undiluted essential oils suitable for aromatherapy are termed therapeutic grade. The market for essential oils is dominated by the food, perfume, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries so most oils on the market are synthetic or partially synthetic which alters the healing properties of their beneficial chemical compounds.

How do you know if you’re buying therapeutic grade oils? Labels can be confusing to consumers. Many of them state ‘Pure Tea Tree Oil’, for example, but it only has to contain 5% of that oil to be termed, ‘pure’. Another example is ‘food grade’, meaning suitable for ingestion by the FCC. For instance, lemongrass essential oil must contain 75% aldehyde to meet the FCC profile for that oil, but that aldehyde can come from a chemical refinery instead of from lemongrass. To say that FCC oils are "food grade", then, makes them seem natural when, in fact, they are not necessarily so. That is why most bottles of essential oils have the disclaimer, ‘For topical use only. Do not ingest.’

Aromatherapists have little choice but to buy the best of whatever oils are available. The leader in this field is Young Living Essential Oils (www.youngliving.com) and is why I am a Distributor (#1241635) of their oils. Their testing standards are very stringent and they have the highest level of integrity on the market. Most of their oils are considered from ‘seed to seal’ (watch video). That is, they know the purity of the seed, the soil it’s planted in (chemical free), critical harvest times, distillation processes and third party testing results.