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Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

Updated on January 18, 2017

What is a Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil?

Aromatherapy use essential oils and their therapeutic properties to provide healing and revitalization to the body. However, people readily think that all types of essential oils are of the same quality and therefore produce the same results. If you want to get the highest quality oil to produce quality results, then you need a therapeutic grade essential oil.

Success using aromatherapy is not just about the treatment method. You could be following the right procedures and still not reap the benefits desired simply because you are using the wrong type of oil. It is achieved by proper distillation of a plant material to add up to its inherent therapeutical benefits. Essential oils that are produced synthetically cannot offer the same spectrum of results offered by therapeutic grade oils.

Quality of Oil

Aromatherapy is initially intended to provide a wide range of health benefits. Aside from that, it also revitalizes your senses and overall health system to improve the overall quality of life. Hence, quality of oil is an important aspect in aromatherapy. This is the most basic distinction of therapeutic grade essential oils over other types of essential oils in the market.

Most essential oils in the market are created for cosmetic or fragrant purposes. So, pay close attention when buying aromatherapy products off the market and avoid purchasing these types of essential oils. Aside from the quality of the oil produced, therapeutic grade essential oils also produce a deeper aroma for a more intense kind of relief.

Important properties of therapeutic grade essential oils is that it is kinetically active. This refers to the oil frequency, which is a key concept in determining the effectiveness of essential oils. If the essential oil you use is kinetically active, it awakens your inner senses to restore body functions and produce balance.

Therapeutic vs Organic Oil

Organic oils indeed superior than non-organic oils. It basically refers to essential oils extracted from plant materials that were grown without using pesticides or some other chemicals to boost produce. However, as the demands and therapeutic needs of consumers change, many are realizing that therapeutic grade types of essential oils make a wiser choice.

When making therapeutic grade oils, the aromatic compounds of the plant material are preserved to keep fragile elements from being destroyed. These elements are essential in producing the health and therapeutic benefits offered by essential oils. There are several considerations made when preparing therapeutic grade oils to ensure that chemical constituents remain intact.

This therefore explains why therapeutic grades are more expensive than the synthetic type of essential oils. The reason for this is the intricacy of the process involved just to ensure that you are able to produce and maintain the purity and quality of the oil. Therefore, beware of commercial essential oil products that claim to be therapeutic grade but comes at a cheap price.

How To Make Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil

In order for an essential oil to create the effect on the body, it is important to maintain the chemical constituents of the oil and achieve the ideal ratio. Hence, preservation of basic aromatic compounds contained in the oil material is of essential.

Hence, you really should pay attention to the processes involved. In order to achieve the desired quality of oil, it might take a certain amount of knowledge or understanding of the type of oil used. Then, invest some time and effort during the extraction so you can get the highest possible quality of oil. This is crucial in the succeeding steps of oil production.

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Importance of Plant Variety

If you want to produce high quality essential oils, then this is the most basic area of focus. You need to allot enough time for specie selection when gathering plant materials to be used in extracting essential oils. Choose only cultivars that can produce the best quality essential oils.

You also need to inquire about the cultivation methods for that specific plant variety, which you will learn more about in a bit. Some varieties of the same plant material have naturally the required chemical constituent needed for a good quality oil. The chemical constituent is the most vital element in an oil's therapeutic capability.

Cultivation Methods

The growing methods and conditions are two vital aspects involved upon cultivation to produce high quality essential oils. Ideally, you must grow plants in a naturally healthy land that does not utilize chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, and other harmful substances in order to improve the quantity of produce.

When plant materials are exposed to agrochemicals, it oftentimes result in reactions on the essential oil during the distillation process. As a result, the essential oil produced can contain toxic compounds that is harmful to use in aromatherapy. In some cases, oil-soluble pesticides mix with the essential oil. Imagine the reactions or damage it can cause when the essential oil solution is topically applied.

To produce therapeutic grade essential oils, you need to improve the growth condition of the plant material to the following:

*it must be free from any sources of pollutions such as factories, interstates, nuclear plants, etc.

*you must pre-condition the soil by applying with trace minerals, organic bio-solids, and enzymes

*provide proper watershed or water reservoir on your crops or plant materials

Harvesting Process

Here are important notes to consider when harvesting plant to produce therapeutic grade essential oils:

*Harvest at the ideal time. This will ensure that the plant has produced optimal chemical constituent to produce the effect on your body.

*Determine the ideal time of day to do the harvesting. Most plant materials produce more essential oils when harvested in the morning as compared in the afternoon.

*Consider the amount of dew present on the leaves of the plant.

*For distillers, harvesting on-site can often produce better quality oils since it reduces the amount of exposure to several pollutants.

Extraction Process

There are several methods of extracting essential oils from plant materials, with steam distillation being the most common. Make sure to use the proper equipment and properly follow the step-by-step procedure to retain the essential oil quality.

Factors that can affect quality of the essential oil include:

*temperature during distillation

*length of time during distillation

*pressure used in distillation

*chemical composition of equipments used

*amount of plant materials distilled

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