Essential oils were among the items sold when the first Neal’s Yard Remedies store opened in London way back in 1981. Now it seems like every other direct sales company is adding essential oils to their line of products. So how do you really know what you are getting when you purchase essential oils?
When I joined Neal’s Yard Remedies back in November of 2014, I wasn’t really sure what an essential oil was. Through my training I learned that products can be scented with synthetic fragrance, which can negatively impact health by disrupting hormones, causing cancer, birth defects, and neurological disorders. Natural fragrances including essential oils, can positively impact health when used properly by increasing feelings of well-being, reducing stress, cleansing the air of impurities, balancing hormones, increasing focus and energy and more.
Unfortunately universal independent standards for quality do not exist in the US. Descriptions such as “certified therapeutic grade” can lead you to believe they have been approved by an outside agency, such as the FDA, when it can simply be a company trademark.
What you can look for on the bottle is the common and latin name, country of origin, part of the plant used, whether it was organically or wild harvested, how it was extracted and the batch number. Whenever possible, Neal’s Yard Remedies essential oils are certified organic by the UK’s Soil Association, a well respected independent organization certifying the strict conditions a crop is grown under. Wherever possible they’re wild-crafted and grown in their natural habitat. In addition to this, NYR actively supports fair trade and the ethical, sustainable sourcing of ingredients. In the coming months you can look forward to additional essential oils being added to the current list. Neal’s Yard Remedies has been in the essential oil business for over 35 years, long before the current fascination. They have strong relationships with suppliers, and buy the entire crop from many of them. Not many companies have the experience in the essential oil business that Neal’s Yard Remedies has. You can check out the line of essential oils Neal’s Yard Remedies offers here.
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