The Truth About Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

  • How do you know if an essential oil is of therapeutic grade?
  • What makes an essential oil therapeutic grade?
  • What’s the difference between regular essential oil and therapeutic grade essential oil?


If you have been asking these questions, you’re not alone. A lot of people who buy essential oils have been asking these questions too.


Essential oils were historically used in aromatherapy by aromatherapy practitioners. Aromatherapy basics involved the inhalation and external application of essential oils to relieve stress, rejuvenate, and generate feelings of peace and well-being.


As aromatherapy grew in popularity, people started buying essential oils for home use. Their popularity also meant that multilevel marketing (MLM) companies have taken the process of retailing essential oils one step further by creating a term – “therapeutic grade” – to differentiate their essential oils.


Their marketing has become so successful that everyone now searches for therapeutic grade essential oil even though most people have no idea what it actually means!


It becomes tricky when “therapeutic grade” is presumed to represent quality or excellence.


The truth is that “therapeutic grade” is just a meaningless, made-up claim to help MLM companies sell their products. It sounds impressive though as if it were an award or best-of certification given by a neutral certification organization to the essential oil producer with the best quality products.


Unfortunately, there is no independent organization that certifies essential oils as therapeutic grade. Do a quick search online for this term and you will find many articles that debunk “therapeutic grade essential oils”.


“Therapeutic grade” also doesn’t mean food-grade, ingestible, or safe to be taken internally. It doesn’t mean that it is purer than other essential oils. Therapeutic means something that helps to heal or make you feel better. It originates from the Greek word ‘therapeutikos’ meaning “to attend” or “to treat”. In this manner, all essential oils are therapeutic!


When you are buying essential oils, look for retailers who sell 100% pure and natural essential oils. The oil should be extracted from a single botanical species, not mixed or adulterated with any other substance, and free from contaminants, pesticides, and synthetics.


If you are in doubt about the purity or quality of the essential oils in the marketplace and sometimes even the oil blotter test may not be fully accurate, get your supply from a reputable, honest seller.

Sometimes small companies could be more forthright in helping you clear your doubts. They should be able to show you batch-specific information or Material Safety Data Sheets if needed.


Another way to find a reputable seller is this – can you find their phone number or email on their website? You should be able to call or email them if you have questions.


The next time you are shopping for essential oils, look for products that are labeled 100% pure and natural and retailers that you can trust and talk to. The rest and especially words such as “therapeutic grade” are just marketing gimmicks.


Contact us if you have any questions about essential oils and we would be happy to help you.

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