There are so many essential oils being marketed today do not qualify as being "quality" oils, so it is important to know where your oils are coming from and to purchase from trusted companies.  Contrary to what you likely will find on an internet search, there actually are no "grades" of essential oils. Terms like "certified therapeutic grade" or "certified pure therapeutic grade" are individual company specific marketing terms.  Also, there is not a recognized governing body or entity that has a universal standard of what qualifies these grades.  Thankfully, there are some great resources available that provide reliable information to assist in choosing what essential oils to use and to help you choose where to purchase.

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Pure Quality Essential Oils are: 

-100% Natural - With no added artificial ingredients or chemicals.


-Quality Tested - Subjected to strict mass spectrometry and gas chromatography testing to ensure exact composition and activity.

-Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds.

-Essential oils are the volatile, aromatic oils obtained by steam or hydrodistillation of botanicals.

-Most essential oils are primarily composed of terpenes and their oxygenated derivatives. Different parts of the plants can be used to obtain essential oils, including the flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, stems, bark, wood, etc.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in their Vocabulary of Natural Materials (ISO/D1S9235.2) defines an essential oil as a product made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical processing of citrus rinds or by dry distillation of natural materials. Following the distillation, the essential oil is physically separated from the water phase.


Throughout history, essential oils have been used in many cultures for their wellness benefits. Modern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

Widespread acceptance of essential oils, both within and without the scientific community, has led many to choose this more natural approach to addressing common wellness concerns. Essential oils are being recognized for their many natural benefits and play a leading role in positive health choices. My family uses essential oils as a positive support to a healthy diet and lifestyle.


Other aromatic, plant-derived oils, which technically aren’t essential oils because they are solvent extracted, include Absolutes (hexane followed by ethanol extraction), CO2’s (liquid carbon dioxide used as the solvent) and Phytols or Florosols (fluoro-hydrocarbon solvent).  

For a good explanation of what are CO2 extracts, see these articles from Essential Oil University. What are CO2 Extracts? and Notes on Essential Oils.


Unlike perfumed or fragrance oils, essential oils are not artificial, and as a result, they are used in aromatherapy for their natural and therapeutic benefits.  Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, either inhaled, topically applied, or in unusual cases ingested, for the purpose of improving health.