What to Ask? - Chemical vs. Medical Grade Essential Oils
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
My name is Cedric, and I am one of the founders of eResonance. When I started my journey into Essential Oils, I knew little about them. I knew they were extracted from plants and used in different domains.
When I stepped into this journey of eResonance and supporting individuals with stress, panic, and anxiety, I realized there was a whole new world for me to discover. A world free from toxins and additives. A world that directly affects the nervous system and supports relaxation and calm. From the benefit for the brain and body to the precautions and technical usage, there was so much for me to discover. Hence, I wanted to write a bit about this and share with you what I have learned as of today.
There are many essential oils on the market today; however, even if tagged as organic or natural, it does not mean that they are without danger or even necessarily truly pure or organic.
Before going further into detail, I would like to give some definitions to help you better understand the market and words used in relation to essential oils.
MSDS “Material Safety Data Sheet”: The MSDS lists the hazardous ingredients of a product, its physical and chemical characteristics (e.g., flammability, explosive properties), its effect on human health, the chemicals with which it can adversely react, handling precautions, the types of measures that can be used to control exposure, emergency and first aid procedures, and methods to contain a spill. When new regulatory information, such as exposure limits or further health effects information becomes available, the MSDS must be updated to reflect it. If you are unsure of the oil and quality, you can ALWAYS request this datasheet to be better informed. All suppliers must have it.
What is IFRA : The IFRA “International Fragrance Association” publishes a set of standards regarding fragrance and essential oils used in body care products. The main objective of IFRA is to ensure safety for all people using fragrance and essential oil in body care. IFRA is only for recommendations, but it is not mandatory.
Therapeutic grade: This wording appeared in the late 90s. There is no such word in the market of essential oils. Indeed, there is little study to prove the benefit of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. In addition, to use any essential oil with therapeutic benefits, a company has to hold a medical license for medical-grade essential oils. Therefore they are selling medical grade essential oils. Otherwise, it is chemical grade.
Conclusion: Therapeutic grade is only a marketing word to convince customers of the well-being and benefits of their product unless they hold this medical license.
What you can and should ask about :
All companies selling essential oil should be capable of providing their license, MSDS, organic certifications, or other information related to every batch of essential oils used in their products. Each batch is unique, and this is reflected in the batch number. In order to ensure the quality of the products, do not hesitate to request this information. Companies who are truly organic and certified will be more than happy to share this information, as they like we want to help educate and support individuals to be in charge of what quality of oil they choose to use in their homes and with their loved ones.