FAQ – Essential Oils
Q. Why is there a need for the standardization of essential oils?
Second: there are unscrupulous organizations that reverse engineer their oils thus making them synthetic. Others adulterate essential oils with fillers that cannot be smelled and often the actual percentage of the real oil is very small. All these practices and possibly many others give a bad name to the essential oil industry.
When a consumer buys an essential oil based on research they read, but the real oil has been tampered with, which of course the label gives no indication that there are other ingredients other than the pure oil, then, according to the consumer the oil didn’t deliver the results according to the research findings, so the user says the oil doesn’t work or still worse the consumer finds side effects that according to validated research don’t exist.
It is then the conflict arises in a consumers mind.
If this happens enough and consumers complain enough the damage to the entire industry could have devastating results with the FDA. Given these very real circumstances, a need for a standard becomes obvious. All people want to feel safe in consuming an essential oil they think will benefit them.
AIRASE is not a consumer advocacy group nor can we be according to our 501(c)(3) charitable status but we are an organization with a mission to standardize essential oils. We will continue to gather and compile the research facts that will lead to standardization.
Only truth in the industry will bear out the facts and give essential oils the attention and respect they deserve in the alternative world of medicine.
Q. Is there a standard for essential oils?
A. A regulatory agency for the standarization of essential oils does not exist. The purpose of AIRASE is to fund research which will help create the standard for essential oils.
Q. What are essential oils?
A. Essential oils are highly-concentrated plant extracts (sometimes called the blood of the plant) that benefit both the plant itself and various other forms of life that depend on the plant to exist. The oils are generally steam distilled from leaves, flowers, stalks, roots, resin or bark and have the ability, through the skin, olfactory senses, ingestion or intravenous means, to interact with various body systems to enhance the body’s innate ability to achieve physical and mental well-being.
Q. How are essential oils used?
A. There are several ways essential oils can be used to create health and well-being. One way is to topically apply essential oils, which is commonly known in the world as the English method. The English always recommend that essential oils be applied diluted rather than neat.
The Germans subscribe to the use of essential oils only through the method of inhalation. The third way of usage is the French method. They believe and use both of the above methods. In addition, the French use ingestion as a method for healing.
Other techniques used around the world include injection and intravenous methods, which are not accepted practices in the US and Canada.
Q. Who uses essential oils?
A. There is a wide spectrum of essential oil users around the world, which includes people from all walks of life and all professions.
Q. Do medical doctors use essential oils in treatment?
A. Yes. There are many professionals including medical doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, aromatherapists, psychiatrists, massage therapists, dentists, and nurses, just to name a few, who use essential oils for the benefit of their patients. They have learned through research or personal experience the healing benefits of essential oils. As a result, many more in these professions are now beginning to accept the reality that essential oils truly have a place in the world for healing the ailments of mankind.