Let's pretend that you’re looking for Rose Essential Oil. You only need a tiny vial of it for your diffuser. You decide that 5 ml will do. Would you rather pay $15 or $199?
When you are shopping for essential oils, you might notice some oils are very expensive. Why is this? Is it costly to manufacture them? Are the companies overpricing essential oils? What is the truth?
Are there great deals on essential oils? Are the cheap bargains actually real essential oils? Are they really 100% Pure and Undiluted as the sellers claim?
Let’s take a look at Rose Essential Oil. Rose oil is one of the most popular essential oils there is. People love the smell of roses.
And they should. It’s one of the best smells on this beautiful planet. So the essence of these flowers is highly desirable.
And that great demand combined with the difficulty and the cost of producing TRUE 100% Pure Rose Essential Oil gives the temptation for dishonest people to make untrue claims on their products.
It also tempts people who want to save money to buy those fake products.
Let’s look at some examples of the wildly different prices you can find for supposedly 100% Pure Rose Essential Oil.
Here are some screen captures of Rose Essential Oil prices from several different websites. First let’s look at how much it costs for 1 fluid ounce. FYI 30 ml is about the same as 1 oz.
What about a smaller quantity? Here are a few prices for 5 ml which is 0.17 ounces (not even a half and ounce!)
Do you see the difference in the wholesale price and the retail price in the oil above? Essential oils are being marketed extensively using Multi-level Marketing or Network Marketing.
These forms of marketing add extra to the prices of the oils in order to pay commissions to the independent distributors of the products.
It’s time for a reality check. How is REAL Rose Essential Oil manufactured and why is it so expensive?
There is not very much rose oil in a rose petal. Even in an entire rose, there is not very much oil. Here’s a shocking fact: it takes ALL of the petals from 30 to 50 roses to produce a SINGLE DROP of “Rose Otto Essential Oil!” (source: https://www.aromaweb.com/articles/essential-oil-yields.asp)
To make a 5 ml bottle of REAL 100% PURE ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL it takes about 10,000 roses! (source: https://michelesorganics.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/5-amazing-things-you-may-not-know-about-rose-essential-oil/)
To make a 1 ounce bottle would take 60,000 roses! NOT rose petals – ROSES! How much do you pay for a dozen roses at the florist? How much do you think 60,000 roses would cost? That’s just the cost of the roses.
Now let’s talk about harvesting and distilling.
Harvesting of the flowers is done by hand in the morning before sunrise and material is distilled the same day. The flowers need to be distilled in a very complicated and expensive process using big machines.
I won’t get into all the excruciating details here, but you get the point. There is a lot of expense to produce just 1 ounce of real rose essential oil.
So back to the question of the price of real rose essential oil. Do you really think you can get 5 ml of 100% pure, real rose essential oil for $15? Or do you think the people selling that might be lying to you?
Let me share something with you from Wikipedia on the subject.
“Adulteration - It takes a large amount of rose petals to distill a small amount of essential oil. Depending on extraction method and plant species, the typical yield can be approximately 1:3,000.
To mitigate the cost, some dishonest dealers will dilute rose oil with geranium or palmarosa essential oils, both of which are rich in geraniol, the main constituent of rose oil.
Some of these "rose oils" are up to 90% geranium or palmarosa to 10% rose.”
I might be wrong, but I’ll bet those bargain priced oils are not using pure oils.
And this brings up the subject of dilution of rose oil.
Pure rose oil is WAY too strong. You wouldn’t like it. It needs to be diluted. There are honest companies out there who sell diluted rose oil and let you know.
Here’s a company that is selling rose oil that is 3% rose oil mixed with carrier oils. Even though it is only 3% rose oil, it is still very expensive. And at 3% it is still able to be diluted even more.
Those extremely cheap oils probably don’t contain very much real rose oil at all. I’d wager they contain one drop, if any.
This kind of thing is going on with just about all the different kinds of essential oils, not just rose oil. If you can find any kind of essential oil for $2.99 that claims to be “100% pure, unfiltered, undiluted… chances are they’re lying to you.
At PeacefulOils.com, we know about blending the right way. We know how to mix essential oils with carrier oils so that you get the right smells at the right strength for the right purposes.
We use real oils from reputable suppliers. We mix them with love and skill. We sell them at fair and reasonable prices without inflating the prices for MLM or Network Marketing purposes.
We want you to trust us to be your provider of essential oils and related products. To earn your trust, we know we need to provide superior products at fair prices.
You need to be happy and we need to stay in business. We value your feedback on our products to know how we’re doing and how we can improve.
We rely on your help to get the word out and spread our message of quality and fair prices in the world of essential oils.
So please, tell us when you love something. Let us know when you see something we can make better.
And please share, share share!
Share on social media and in person. Help us get the word out about PeacefulOils.com!
Together we can make this beautiful planet an even more sweet-smelling and peaceful place!
People claim essential oils work to help all kinds of health issues. It seems there are oils or blends of oils for almost any and every disease or malady or problem anyone could have.
Essential oils are powerful. But do they work?
What do people say? What do scientists say? What do doctors say? What do alternative health practitioners say? What do your friends and family say? What do YOU think?
According to Brent A. Bauer, M.D. in an article on the Mayo Clinic website,
“Studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:
Relief from anxiety and depression
Improved quality of life, Improved sleep.”
Brent A. Bauer, M.D.
"Research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy — the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants — is limited. However, some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:
Dr. Bauer also states:
"Many essential oils have been shown to be safe when used as directed. However, essential oils used in aromatherapy aren't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
When oils are applied to the skin, side effects may include allergic reactions, skin irritation and sun sensitivity.
In addition, further research is needed to determine how essential oils might affect children and how the oils might affect women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, as well as how the oils might interact with medications and other treatments."
You can read the entire article here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/aromatherapy/faq-20058566
The popular website WebMD has an article describing one woman’s bad experience with essential oils along with other stories and precautions.
Here's the link: https://www.webmd.com/beauty/news/20180813/essential-oils-promise-help-but-beware-the-risks
However, even this article which has a generally negative tone, admits that essential oils work. The article states:
"One recent study of 300 patients found that those who breathed a mixture of ginger, spearmint, peppermint, and cardamom had much less nausea after surgery.
Other research shows that lavender oil can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and inhaling lemongrass aroma before a stressful event can prevent anxiety.
Studies also show that tea tree and oregano oils can fight microbes, making them popular treatments for dandruff and toe fungus. Others can be used as an anti-inflammatory."
The article concludes (and even the woman who had a bad experience agrees) that essential oils are worth the risk. Here’s what they say:
"With all the risks involved, are they still worth a try? Absolutely, say doctors, aromatherapists, and even Haluka -- who has just published a book, The Unspoken Truth About Essential Oils: Lessons Learned, Wisdom Gained.
Her advice: Study up on the different oils, their risks and benefits; consult with a licensed aromatherapist, not just a distributor for a company; and always read the fine print on the bottle or pamphlet about how to use them."
A wonderful resource run by Doctors from St. Louis Children’s Hospital who are also “Moms” is ChildrensMD.org.
An article about essential oils on their website states:
"Do essential oils really work, or are they just over-priced fragrant quackery? I would have assumed the latter, until I got an invitation to an essential oils party from a friend who is a Harvard educated lawyer.
A shop-at-home party for alternative medications was the least likely place I’d expect to find her, let alone me. And so I hit the evidenced based research, expecting to prove her wrong. Here’s what I found."
"Essential oils have passed the test of antiquity—they have been used medicinally since the beginning of recorded history. Frankincense, an essential oil, is believed to have been a gift of the Magi. It’s difficult to call them a passing fad.
Why then, haven’t essential oils been integrated into western medicine? Modern medical literature includes limited research on their efficacy, but since 2000 there have been a growing number of research studies on essential oils popping up in traditional medical journals, with 1045 PubMed listed articles in 2013."
"If you’ve ever used Vick’s Vaporub you already believe in essential oils. Vicks is a mix of essential oils suspended in petroleum jelly, although some of these oils may be made synthetically by the Vicks company (they don’t specify)."
"An essential oil is concentrated plant oil with a distinct smell, such as oil of clove, mint, lavender, or citrus. They are not essential for health– the term “essential” means “essence-of”.
They are used in perfumes, soap, lotions, incense, household cleaning products, and to add flavor to food and drink. You probably already use them everyday."
"Educated, intelligent people are tired of yielding to doctors and bureaucrats when it comes to their healthcare decisions. Alternative medications are a welcomed relief… especially if they work, or at least seem like they work.
Essential oils have returned to American medicine, and I suspect they are here to stay."
Are there scientific studies on the effectiveness of essential oils? Yes. But the science is limited.
A quick search online will reveal many articles and studies but with so many (hundreds) kinds of essential oils as well as so many (thousands) kinds of health, wellness and beauty issues – the science just hasn’t gotten around to studying all the millions of possibilities yet.
But research is being done.
"Although essential oils have been used therapeutically for centuries, there is little published research on many of them.
However, this is beginning to change as more scientific studies on essential oils are conducted around the world."
"Clinical studies are currently underway in Europe, Australia, Japan, India, the United States, and Canada. Many of these studies describe the remarkable healing properties of various oils."
So what does the scientific research that has already been done conclude?
Again, according to the University of Minnesota:
"Research studies on essential oils show positive effects for a variety of health concerns including infections, pain, anxiety, depression, tumors, premenstrual syndrome, nausea, and many others."
As we have shown, even doctors, scientists and people who have had bad experiences say that essential oils do work. They caution to use them with proper guidance and expertness.
And of course, women who are pregnant or nursing should always be EXTRA cautious.
But the bottom line is essential oils work.
Essential Oils help with a myriad of problems people have.
They are the amazing essence of the beautiful plants God has given us.
We humans would be wise to use these gifts with skill and gratitude.
Why is blending essential oils a good thing to do? The answer can be summed up with one word: Synergy.
Synergy is when you combine two or more things together and get a result that is greater than if you just added them. It's like adding one plus one and getting five instead of two.
You use synergy every day when you eat anything that has been prepared using a recipe.
What is a recipe? It's a list of ingredients with instructions on how to mix them together. But it's more than that. It also tells you the quantities of the ingredients to use.
For example: a simple recipe for making bread has the ingredients water, flour, salt, and yeast. Easy! But if you have too much salt, or too much water, or not enough yeast, you won't get bread. It will be something you wouldn't want to eat at all. To get good bread, you need the right ingredients in the right amounts, mixed the right way and expertly cooked. When it's done right, yum! The smell of warm, freshly-baked bread right out of the over is wonderful!
And the taste is so amazing as you bite the soft buttery slice. Ahhh...synergy is delicious!
Think of all the recipes in the world! Think of all the people who have used their creativity, experimenting in their kitchens until they came up with delicious combinations of ingredients we all enjoy. It's really amazing.
With essential oils we have very similar synergetic benefits. you can get wonderful essential oil synergies if you have the right ingredients in the right quantities to make an essential oil blend for a specific purpose.
And we are so lucky that so many people over hundreds and perhaps thousands of years have gone before us experimenting. They have tinkered and tried all kinds of oils in all kinds of quantities and mixtures to remedy all sorts of health problems and beauty and wellness issues.
When we mix two or more essential oils into a blend we create a product that is different than any of the ingredients by themselves.
And blends (done right) can increase the efficacy of the individual oils.
One example is chamomile and lavender. Chamomile essential oil is an anti-inflammatory oil. It is wonderful by itself. But if you mix lavender essential oil with the chamomile in the correct ratio, the anti-inflammatory action of the chamomile oil is dramatically improved.
If you mix lavender essential oil with the chamomile in the correct ratio, the anti-inflammatory action of the chamomile oil is dramatically improved.
Mixing essential oils gives you blends that are powerful and supremely beneficial for your health, your attractiveness, as well as your emotional and mental wellness.
The critical thing to remember about essential oil blends is that the ratios need to be correct. Remember the bread recipe? You can't have too much or not enough of any one ingredient. Essential oil blends are like recipes. You have to prepare them the right way.
Another important thing to know is that sometimes, certain essential oils are so powerful that you only need a TINY amount in a blend. Depending on the ingredient, you might only need one drop! But that little drop could pack a powerful punch and cause a wonderful synergistic effect!
The PURE or THERAPEUTIC STRENGTH oils need to be diluted with a CARRIER OIL.
And when coconut oil is converted into Fractionated Coconut oil, you get an all natural, unscented oil that lasts for years and years without chemical preservatives. At PeacefulOils.com, if a formula requires a Carrier Oil for proper blending, we use fractionated coconut oil as the carrier oil for all our blends. Otherwise, our blends and oils are 100% Pure.
We use the best essential oil blend recipes.
Our Expert Blends are prepared with skill and love.
Just for you... 🙂