Ask the Expert: Essential Oils

Ask the Expert
Jill Weida
Certified Aromatherapist/Young Living Independent Distributor
Ignite Your Wellness
(570) 222-9269

Essential oils are the subtle, volatile liquids that are distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes and seeds. Unfortunately, not all essential oils are created equal. Most of the essential oils on the market have been weakened or diluted through a variety of processes. Many people think when they buy any oil that is labeled as “pure” they are getting a good oil — which is not always the case. This month, certified aromatherapist and Young Living independent distributor Jill Weida, explains the four levels of therapeutic oils.

  1. Pure: This means the oil was not diluted with a lesser quality essential oil. “Pure” does not mean it does not have chemicals added to it. In the United States, all you need is five percent of essential oil in the bottle in order to label it as 100 percent pure.


  1. Natural: This means the oil was not altered with vegetable oils, propylene glycol, SD Alcohol 40 or other chemicals.


  1. Complete: These oils have not been rectified or purified. Essential oils are often redistilled to make a small amount of oil go further. They can make more profit that way.


  1. Genuine or Grade A: Great care is taken at every step of the process when creating a Grade A oil. These oils have been created by using seeds and organic soil that has never had chemicals put on it. Chemicals are never used on the plants in the field. They are distilled by steam at low pressure and low temperature in upright containers and no chemicals are ever used in the process.