I have been interested in Aromatherapy for close to 30 years, I thought I might share some of my knowledge with others.

How do you know your Oil is REAL?

You go to the local chain store and see a bottle of Lavender on the shelf. Why is it $4.00, you think you are being ripped off by whomever or where ever you bought your last bottle of Lavender from. But the real story might be just the opposite.  There are several clues you need to look for on the packaging before you make that jump:

Approximately three pounds of lavender flowers are required to produce just 15mL of Lavender essential oil. per DoTerra Website

One quick search found this from one the big names in Essential Oil.

NOTE: Young Living Bottles do not have a GC/MS Certification on them, but they have been GC/MS Certified and are happy to provide the information upon request. They also have a Seed to Seal program going above and beyond, you can check it out at Seed to Seal.

  • Look for the GC/MS certification. What is this? They are machines used to tell what the chemical components of the oil are. They can also be used on blood and urine to determine the chemical components of them. Real Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) has two main key components, they are linalool and linalyl acetate. If the GC/MS certification is not printed on the packaged there is no proof what you are buying.
  • Look at the Latin Name, if it is not on the packaging it is not real. Real Lavender is (Lavendula Angustifolia).

If you want Lavender because of its uses, then you want real Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia). The Chemical Components are what make it work, not the name.

  • Research on Linalol(Linalool) shows:
    –  Immune Support
    –  Calming for Sleep
    –  Airborne Antimicrobial
    –  Reduces Swelling
    –  Antispasmodic (Could Reduce Coughing)
    –  Calms Aches & Pains
    –  Reduces Anxiety
  • Research on Linalyl Acetate shows:
    –  Immune Support
    –  Calming for Sleep
    –  Airborne Antimicrobial
    –  Reduces Swelling
    –  Antispasmodic (Could Reduce Coughing)
    –  Calms Aches & Pains

Wow, did you notice how the chemical components of Lavender do so many of the same things? When you mix these components together you create an amazing Synergy called Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia).

I have searched and I cannot find dried Lavender flowers for less than $15 a pound. The math tells me 3 pounds of dried Lavender flowers would be $45. Fresh starts a $30 a pound. Math tells me there is no way the $4.00 bottle can be real, even before I look for the Latin name or the GC/MS Certification.

So when you are looking at the bottle of Lavender in the chain store and thinking I can save some money and buy this for $4.00 and help me sleep, if there is not a GC/MS Certification there might not be any Linalol or Linalyl Acetate and you may not get your restful night’s sleep.

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