MYTH #1: Therapeutic Grade essential oil – it is an internal standard developed by companies which are not regulated.
MYTH #2: Only pure essential oil can be ingested – pure essential oils are food grade but are in a highly concentrated form which is 75 – 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs. Hence essential oil is not recommended for ingestion as some of the oils may have the capacity to cause serious damage if ingested. We do have customers who chose to use our oils internally. However, we recommend it only be done with great respect for the power of essential oils, under the direction of someone who is qualified in the internal use of essential oils and someone who truly understands the chemical makeup of each individual oil, and NOT on a daily basis.
MYTH #3: Pure essential oil can last forever – oil may seem to last for a long time but in reality, every produce has a shelf life especially oil that has no preservatives and can degrade due to oxidation. The best before date is normally between 2 to 5 years with a few exceptions. Carrier oil would normally go rancid faster than the essential oil. The recommendation is to use within 2 years as the oxidation will decrease its therapeutic benefit.
Proper storage can help your oil last longer. Make sure your bottle caps are tightly shut. Always store your oil in a cool (recommended below 25 Celsius) and dark place when not in use to prevent them from going rancid. You will know when an oil has gone off just by smelling it. You definitely can tell the difference! A dark amber glass bottle is the preferred storage method. However, carrier oil or diluted essential oil can be stored in a PET bottle.
MYTH #4: When you don’t like the smell of an oil, it means your body needs the oil – our body generally has the ability to tell if we should stay away or need something. It is normal to react to a foreign smell but after a while, our body will learn to adjust to the smell. So give your body some time to accept and not to force it. For example, while lavender is considered a calming oil, but if someone has a sad memory attached to the smell then the therapeutic benefit will generally not work for that person.
MYTH #5: Pure essential oil should smell like essential oil from Company A – the smell of essential oils can differ slightly for different batches, even if it came from the same origin and grower. As with all the grown plants, changes in weather patterns, temperature, and soil conditions can greatly affect the crop, and in the oil extracted. There are no guarantees that different batches will smell exactly the same.