The Part of Essential Oil Processing That Matters Most

Sara Jo PoffUncategorized

I notice a lot of people saying that their essential oils are from botanicals that are “wildcrafted,” and “organic.” Unfortunately, that means nothing if the most important part of making essential oils is not right.

The part of the process I am referring to is distillation. Improper distillation methods used to cut costs can take perfectly beautiful and therapeutic plant matter and throw away some or even all of its therapeutic benefits. And unfortunately, this is incredibly common in essential oil production. Check out some examples:

lavender distilled


And another:

cypress distillation


Aside from the distillation specifications for time, pounds of pressure, and temperature, there are other factors to consider as well. Starting at 4:45 into this video, Gary Young explains how distilleries use chemicals in their water tank to protect the tubes from damage caused by the minerals in the water. When Gary Young was faced with this situation, he pursued and implemented other methods of removing the minerals so that chemicals were not used in this part of the process either. It is more expensive so most, if not all, other companies will choose to use the chemical method instead.

Another example is how Young Living, seeing the entire process themselves, ensures that the essential oils are only exposed to glass and stainless steel. This helps prevent contamination with toxins from undesirable metals, plastic, or other things.

These are just a few of many examples on why proper distillation is an incredibly important part of the process to produce essential oils and why Young Living’s Seed to Seal commitment ensures that we are actually getting therapeutic benefits from our essential oils without any contamination!

So next time you are investigating the quality of essential oils, ask questions about the distillation process! If you aren’t using Young Living’s oils, ask your company how they distill their lavender, how they distill their cypress, and what they use in the water tank for their boiler to reduce the minerals! If they don’t know the answers or if these things aren’t done right, please feel free to click “Order Now” to get started with Young Living’s essential oils!

“Wildcrafted” and “organic” are still great, but there are issues with those as well. For instance, “organic” plants can still be treated with chemicals that may alter the therapeutic benefits of an oil. Additionally, essential oils cannot be certified as organic, only the plants, so that doesn’t ensure that they are distilled without chemicals. Stay tuned for a full post on the problems with “organic” when it comes to essential oils.

Blessings of good health,

~Sara Jo Poff

Holistic Health Practitioner

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