4 Grades of Essential Oils – how they differ and why you need to know the difference

• Grade A essential oils are pure therapeutic quality and are usually made from organically grown plants distilled at the proper temperatures using steam distillation. This the category that all of Young Living’s essential oils and essential oil-enhanced products are in.

• Grade B essential oils are food grade; they may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical/synthetic extenders, or carrier oils. With all those unnecessary toxins. I find it hard to imagine how these can be approved as ‘food grade’. If I ruled the world, it would be a completely different place!

• Grade C oils are perfume grade and may contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils. They also usually contain solvents which are used to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents are normally cancerous. This is what’s in the store bought perfumes and other scented products.

And yes, these chemicals and inferior ingredients are in the products sold in natural food stores, don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the words “natural” and organic” any longer! That industry is NOT what it was 20 or 30 years ago.

For those who know what pure essential oils are suppose to smell like, anything other than the top quality literally stinks – you Young Living readers out there, you know precisely what I’m saying. And this is why Young Living “is” the standard setter in the essential oil industry. You can’t get standards any higher than what we have.

• Floral Water is a byproduct of the distillation process, a very high quality if it comes from a Grade A distillation process. Accordingly it is of very low quality if it comes from poor quality raw materials and/or poor distillation processes. It is usually found in skin and hair products. This too is a quality of product that I disapprove of for obvious reasons.

Purity DOES make a difference in essential oils and other things

I’m not sure if this has become common knowledge but the Organic industry ain’t what it used to be. I’ve been buying organic everything for the past 30 years. In the late 1990’s I began noticing a big difference – NOT a better difference! I have since discovered that the USDA now controls what constitutes organic. Of course, this goes hand-in-hand with the pressures of the controlling megga companies, names which all of us know and grew up with.

Take a look at “who” now “owns” your favorite natural and organic brands.

Of the more than 75,000 chemicals registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, only a fraction have gone through complete testing to find out whether they might cause problems for human health. Many that are produced in enormous quantities have never been tested at all.

Usually, it takes dramatic episodes of workplace injuries or wildlife poisonings, combined with rigorous scientific proof of harm and public outcry, before the government will act to restrict or ban any chemical. And that is no accident.

The current regulatory system allows synthetic chemicals into our lives unless one is proven beyond doubt to be dangerous. Read more about this at Bill Moyers, PBS, Trade Secrets.

Skin Deep pairs ingredients in nearly 25,000 products against 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases, making it the largest integrated data resource of its kind. Why did a small nonprofit take on such a big project? Because the FDA doesn’t require companies to test their own products for safety.

Every time we go out there and purchase foods or products that are not what we are led to believe they are, or through ignorance, it is directly contributing to support that industry. I will not buy any product that I know does not have the highest quality of essential oil or ingredients.

Every time we buy foods and products that are not local or made in the US or from “Direct Sellers”, 70% of the money spent “leaves” the community. These are just some of the larger reasons why our physical and financial health are on the brink of disaster.

Learn more about making the switch from poisonous products to safe solutions.

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