A - E
Essential Oils - Why does quality matter?
If one looks at herbal medicine products out in the marketplace in Australia, we see almost exclusively products that are listed with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and are guaranteed in their quality. That is, the products are analysed and then guaranteed to contain what they claim to contain. If one is to expect real therapeutic outcomes from a herbal medicine – or any therapeutic product, we must be assured that we are using a real product – one that is backed up by expert testing and audited independently. Hence, this is exactly what we should demand when we wish to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of pure essential oils.
However, the whole plethora of ‘Aromatherapy’ products available throughout the world does present a different picture. Many of the products available to the public are ‘life style’ products that use the concept of ‘Aromatherapy’. There is no particular therapeutic claim being made, even though it is often implied. The ingredients contained may be simply “commercial” adulterated essential oils or synthetic fragrance compounds. This is simply the reality of consumer products that exploit the popular ‘feel good’ idea of Aromatherapy.More to the point, however, are the availability of so-called “essential oils” from companies that are happy to promote their products as “100% pure & natural Aromatherapy oils”to unsuspecting complementary therapists and health care professionals, along with the general public. Even though these essential oils are “guaranteed” to be pure, we have seen that many of these oils are in fact adulterated.