Quality of Essential Oils: Extenders, Adulterants, Diluents…Oh My!

When practicing aromatherapy, every Registered Aromatherapist (RA) should be working with the best oils to achieve the desired therapeutic effects. Learning to assess the quality of an essential oil is much like developing a “nose” with which to enjoy fine a wine and distinguish the complexities in the flavor. The aromatherapist’s “nose” is one of […]

Quality of Essential Oils: I say Lavender, You Say Lavandin…Is it the same?

For this reason, it is very important to identify the oil specifically by Latin name as L. intermedia has its own therapeutic uses and must not be interchanged with L. angustifolia. Camphor is a ketone known to have a stimulating effect. In addition, 1,8 cineole (eucalyptol) also has a stimulating effect. Since lavender’s reputation is primarily that […]