Test #1 - The Freeze Test
Test #2 - The Filler Test
Take a piece of cotton rag typing or drawing paper and drop one drop of the same type of oil, like Lavender, from a few different brands. Make sure they are all of the same listed species, such as Lavender angustifolia. Draw a pencil circle around each drop after each drop has fully infiltrated the paper and label it with the brand name or leave the bottle at the top of each drop.
If you use the pencil mark method of labeling, be careful that your pencil mark does not come into contact with the oil drop. Check the paper often. If it dries within the hour and leaves no residual mark, then it is laced with an alcohol as filler. If it takes a while to dry but then leaves a slight stain, then it is laced with carrier oil as a filler. If it takes around 4 hours to dry and leaves no residue whatsoever, then it is most likely pure. However, this is not a definitive test on purity, as some chemicals will dry clear too. It is really just a test to give out if there is alcohol or carrier oil used as fillers.
Test #3 - The Personal Usage Test
Find something you love to use essential oils for. It may be something simple, like helping support your airways from possible histamine responses. It may be that you want some joint support to help ease symptoms of inflammation. Find the one that is something your body will feel instantly.
One idea is to apply a drop of peppermint to one side of your neck and apply a drop of another brand of peppermint to the other side of your neck and time how long you feel the cooling sensation on your neck. The longer it lasts, the more effective that oil is.
20 Questions to call and ask an essential oil company:
#2. Do they distill their oils using solvents? If so, which ones?
#3. Do they distill their own oils or purchase from third parties?
#4. Do they bottle their own oils?
#5. Do they own their own farms?
#6. Do they provide the seeds to the farmers?
#7. Do they know what pesticides are being used?
#8. Do they know if the ground is organic?
#9. Do they discard any mistakes or are they resold to other companies?
#10. Can you visit the farm to see how the oils are made and take a tour?
#11. Are the distillation drums cone shaped or dome-shaped at the top?
#12. Do they test each essential oil batch for purity?
#13. Is testing done in-house only or do they also do third-party testing?
#14. Do they have any trained aromatologists on staff?
#15. Do they test their oils side by side with oils from other companies?
#16. Do they test for when the peak harvest Time is?
#17. Do they ever have to recall their oils?
#18. Do they recommend to NOT ingest their oils?
#19. How many single, non blend essential oils do they carry?
#20. What sustainable practices are in place for their global footprint?
If you do not understand why these questions are ones you should ask, I highly recommend reading the book I linked above or this book by Dr. Doug Corrigan: "Innoilvation - The Science of Producing Powerful & Safe Essential Oils".
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