Do you work with essential oils?   Are you making therapeutic blends for yourself, your family or clients?  

Are you interested in getting the best healing results from your blends? Of course you are!

Now let me ask this…

Do you know the exact chemical components of the essential oils you’re using?

Do these phrases mean anything to you? 

  • Oxide-rich essential oils are superb for treating respiratory problems.
  • Essential oils with a high percentage of Sesquiterpenes are more stable and have a longer shelf-life.
  • Oregano essential oil contains between 61-84% Carvacrol, and therefore must be used with caution.
  • Aldehyde-rich essential oils can be irritating to the skin and should be used in a low dilution.
  • Essential Oils with a high percentage of monoterpenes are highly lipophilic and therefore penetrate the tissues of the body easily (penetration enhancers).

No?  Then it’s time to raise the bar on your aromatherapy practice!

If you are serious about your work as an aromatherapist and want to use essential oils for their maximum therapeutic benefit, I strongly suggest you learn what they are made of.   The only way you can know what they are made of is through GC/MS analysis of the essential oil. 

What does GC/MS Testing Mean?
GC/MS stands for Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry.Gas Chromatography (GC) is a method of separating the volatile compounds in essential oils into individual components.  The Gas Chromatography (GS) (pictured below) is a computer that produces a linear graph that charts individual components.

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Mass Spectrometry (MS) identifies each of these components and their percentages. This process can also tell us if the essential oil has been adulterated.   All the main components and some of the trace components will be listed on these reports.

The precise breakdown of the chemical components in an individual oil is SO important!  Why?  Because the therapeutic benefits and safety issues of an essential oils are determined by their chemical composition.  This process is vital for medicinal blending and quality assurance!

You can expect to pay a little more for essential oil that have been batch-specific tested, but it is money well spent when you want purity and the best results possible from your blends.

GC/MS Sheets in the Aromatic Wisdom Institute Classroom
In the classroom at Aromatic Wisdom Institute, my students use only essential oils that are batch-specific GC/MS tested.  In fact, our ACP (Aromatherapy Certification Program) is based on blending from the chemical component perspective so my students can create the most effective formulas for the best results.

NOTE: GC/MS is Not the Same as MSDS

Please note that the information you receive on a GS/MS analysis report is NOT the same as that given on an MSDS sheet.  Many essential oil distributors will offer you their Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) which is fine, but it does not give the chemical breakdown of the oil.  An MSDS sheet  is intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with that substance in a safe manner, and includes information such as melting point, toxicity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill-handling procedures.

 

 

 

 

Now go and call the person who sells you your essential oils and inquire if their oils are batch-specific GC/MS tested! 

Then leave a comment below and tell me about that call!

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