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5 Reasons: Organic Essential Oils


Choosing the best essential oil to meet your needs requires knowledge about the differences between organic and non-organic essential oils. This is a major issue that can determine if a remedy will be effective.  Any certified organic essential oil will be suitable for therapeutic uses as well as less irritating, safer with children and pregnancy, and better for the Earth. There are many explanations for these statements and I will lay them out here as simply as possible.

Organic farming does not use chemical insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and post-production preservatives. Organic certifications like Ecocert and USDA Organic are highly regulated and it can take farms 4-10 years to get the facilities and soil up to standard. With these regulations, the product is tracked from seed to consumer to assure the consumer that the product is free of non-organic materials. The flip side is non-organic or conventional farming uses chemicals to achieve the desired result. Some farms are conventional, but grow organically, however, when standing in the store the organic seal is the only way to be certain.

Choosing organic or non-organic essential oil is even more important than with other types of plant products for 5 REASONS: 

1. Essential Oils Are Concentrated
 Every drop of essential oil are extracted from hundreds of pounds of plant material.

2. Absolutely Clean, No Harmful Chemicals
Essential oils are extracted through steam distillation which uses pressurized steam to separate the essential oil. This process will also concentrate any compound on or in the plant that is under a certain molecular weight. Many fertilizers and industrial chemicals are below this weight and will be concentrated in the final product along with the essential oils. Many of these chemicals are irritating to the human body and are known carcinogens. The presence of these chemicals limits the therapeutic effectiveness and reduces the safety of the essential oil.

3. Know What You’re Getting
Some non-organic essential oils show signs of adulteration, synthetic compounds, and additives. In the worse cases the “essential oil” may not contain any plant material at all. Cutting edge agro-technology is researching GMO (genetically modified) essential oils like “super-lavender” and “super-peppermint”. Organic standards assure the consumer that what they are buying is natural, chemical free and derived from plants.

4. Better Quality & More Effective
Essential oils are the immune system of the plant and naturally repel bugs, pests, and infections. They also help to resist competing plants, boost fertility, and preserve the plant after harvest. The chemicals used in conventional agriculture do these things for the plant using insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and preservatives. These conventionally treated plants do not need to produce a robust essential oil because the chemicals do it for them. Therefore, organically grown plants produce stronger and more effective essential oils because they are growing in natural conditions that encourage essential oil production.

5. Save the Earth
Organics are better for the environment. It requires a whole field of plants to produce a few liters of most essential oils. Therefore, a bottle of essential oil represents a large amount of land mass and may contain thousands of plants. When buying organic you know that the soil and seed used to create the essential oil are free of chemicals or genetic manipulation. Essential oils are the best way to put money toward organic farming because each bottle of essential oil purchased represents a significant amount of organic land mass. Organic farming produces less pollution, regenerates the soil, and is better for the health of the farmers, water, and animals in the region relative to conventional methods.    

In conclusion, certified organic essential oils are superior for many reasons most importantly they are safer and more effective for therapeutic use. Non-organics are cheaper (in many cases), however, the cost reduction comes with a price to human and planetary health.

article by | NATHAN ROSE
I am in love with my work sharing the joys of plants and herbs. Assisting others to help themselves with simple, safe, and effective remedies is my passion. Ultimately, I intend to help humanity expand their consciousness and to do my part to heal the Earth. I am a specialist in holistic health, a writer, and an artist. I have extensive training and have practiced as a holistic health practitioner for 10 years as a certified advanced level aromatherapist, licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor, and herbalist.

Better Together: Blending Essential Oils and Organic Virgin Plant Oils

While Virgin Plant Oils are absolutely amazing on their own, adding Essential Oils is the perfect way to aromatize and naturally enhances both. Here are some ideas to get you started aromatizing your Plant Oils:
The possibilities are truly endless. These combinations are super gentle and safe, and a great place to begin. For each, blend a quarter sized amount of Plant Oil with 3-5 drops of Essential Oil in palms, rub palms together, and massage in until absorbed.

We enjoy these blends best right before bed; especially the Saint John’s Wort, as it is mildly photosensitizing.

Happy Blending.

Expert Spotlight

Meet Sophie Nicolas

We were so grateful, impressed, and charmed after speaking to Sophie Nicolas that we simply couldn't wait to share her with you! Her depth of knowledge, thoughtfulness, and passion for Aromatherapy and Holistic Wellness is apparent and contagious!

Sophie was born, grew up and was trained in France in the French Medical Aromatherapy Method. In France and other parts of European Pharmacy, herbs and essential oils go hand in hand. Please join us in welcoming Sophie Nicolas as our first Expert Spotlight. Thank you Sophie Nicolas!

Sophie Nicolas
Doctor Of Pharmacy PhD
Scientific Aromatherapy 

1. When and how did your journey into Essential Oil and Wellness begin?

My name is Sophie, I am French and from France. I lived all my life in Lyon, the city of the father of Aromatherapy, René Maurice Gattefossé and also the Doctor Valnet! I am so proud to be from there!

I am a Doctor of Pharmacy, which I earned in France. I have worked in a
pharmacy in France for over 16 years in the position of Deputy Head Pharmacist, and I have successfully established the Pranarôm essential oils product line there.

I have always been passionate about phytotherapy, botanicals, essential oils, natural and plant-based products, and how they can maintain and improve my patients’s health and quality of life. My olfactory sense is very keen. I chose my job because of my passion and my fascination with health, medicine, pharmacology and wellbeing, but also because I always loved the smell of a French pharmacy (the scent of herbal and medicinal products). I became very interested in aromatherapy 8 years ago as a totally natural approach to medicine when I was chosen to be the Pharmacy Manager at Pranarôm. I was responsible for implementing the full line of essential oils and unique products of Pranarôm.

2. Who or what has been the most influential to you in the formation of your own practice?

I am very thankful for everyone who shared their knowledge of French Scientific Aromatherapy with me: the Pranarôm team, Doctors Goëb, Pesoni, and Baudoux.It was a great experience for me and a real success in my career. I learned a lot about this wonderful world of aromatherapy and well-being.

My family and I arrived in the US 3 years ago, and I didn’t know anything about the usage of EO in US. I was very delighted and excited to discover the American Aromatherapy approach. I really like the holistic approach and the dermal application in creating unique synergies. In order to continue my Aromatherapy exploration and extend my knowledge I am taking classes in NYIOA and The School of Aromatic studies (to be a certified Aromatherapist and learn more about the botanical body care products).I am also very grateful to have the opportunity to work with the people at Veriditas. Their work and depth of knowledge are admirable and amazing.

3. What is your favorite testimonial from a client, customer, or friend?

This happened to my friend from the US ... The first day of the year, after a New Year’s Eve party with all of his friends at his house, my friend decided to help her wife in cleaning champagne glasses. Unfortunately, he broke a glass and he cut his finger. He didn’t want to go to the hospital for that, and the Urgent Care was closed at this time. He called me and we decided to clean the wound properly with water and soap. Then we proceeded to a properly disinfect with Povidone- Iodine solution and place some steri-strips skin closures on the wound to help it close. We protected it with a sterile compress and a band-aid. 48 hours later, we removed the strips and the wound was clean and nice but the healing was slow. I decided to make him a salve to promote wound healing and repair and disinfect the wound.

I created a salve in a 10% dilution with the synergy of 3 powerful EO’s : Tea Tree, Lavender and Helichrysum. My friend has been very surprised by the salve benefits and the speed of the healing. After a few weeks using the salve we observed vast improvement in the healing process.

I have many amazing experiences in my daily Aromatic experience in France. I have observed a powerful effect of EO in the respiratory system. 

My Top 3 EOs are:
Ravintsara, with its antiviral effect
Eucalyptus radiata, for its mucolytic, antiviral, antibacterial properties
Cypress, for its calming action on the cough

I am also a "fan" of this amazing finished product from Pranarom:
Aromaforce. It is a very useful product and can be very helpful during the winter season for curative and preventative benefits. Made of Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata, Lavandin super, Niaouli, Rosmarinus, Ravinstara, Peppermint, Tea tree and Clove essential oils. This blend is amazing in diffusion, dermal application, inhalation, and very helpful for all the winter diseases. In France we can also use the EO ingestion, oral route. It is very effective but needs to be advised by a professional.

4. What EO was your gateway Essential Oil -- the one that started it all?

Sadly, I suffer from hereditary migraine, like my father and my grandmother. Before knowing EO’s, I was taking a lot of medicine : Triptan, codeine, etc…but since I started using EO’s I have seen a really positive effect on my health because I can take less medicine; only Tylenol and Advil when it is necessary. My safe oil is Peppermint. I created a magic blend roll on to calm my migraines with Peppermint, Wintergreen, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, and Lavender in a 20% dilution roll on.

In my family life with my 3 daughters (8, 13 and 15), we use EO blends every day for their little acheys. I created a few «Rescue Blends »: 
« Stomach Pain », « Help Mummy I Can’t Sleep », « Muscle Soreness », « Acne Lotion », « I Have A Cold » and more… 

I am very satisfied by the power of EO’s but I always recommend to take professional advice before using any EO.These products are certainly natural but they are very potent. Using EO’s without advice and knowledge may have negative effects on your health, in particular with kids, asthmatics, epileptic people and in pregnancy.

5. What is your favorite Veriditas by Pranarom product to use in your daily life?

The Rose Regenerative is my favorite. It has a powerful effect on my skin. I have a daily routine. Every morning I spray Rose Otto Hydrosol by Veriditas, then I use few drops of Argan Oil with 1 drop of Rose Regenerative. For evenings I created an oil cream with Rose Regenerative in a 1% dilution. It rejuvenates my old and stressed skin! I really enjoy this product!

My favorite blend to start my day is Sweet Orange by Veriditas - Clary Sage by Veriditas, and Lavender by Veriditas in a diffuser. I like the way it makes me feel: happy, relaxed, content, and it makes me ready to start a great day!