What Makes an Oil “Good”?
This is a question that comes up often and it’s an important one. Whether we’re working with individuals, medical professionals, or businesses how to tell if an oil is “good” seems to be on everyone’s mind.
When we think of “good” oil, three words come to mind:
Pure. Potent. Powerful.
The aromatic experience should be a positive one and aromatherapy should add to your life. When essential oils are Pure, Potent and Powerful – that’s almost a guarantee. However, not the case when low quality oil enters the scene. “Bad” oil may simply not work or even leave you feeling worse.
As aromatherapy grows in popularity, so does the range of quality. On one hand you might find inexpensive oil that is poorly produced or worse, not pure because it has been mixed with synthetic adulterants. One the other hand you may run into overpriced hype from companies seeking to take advantage of their consumer.
At AromaWell our promise is to provide the most valuable essential oils of the highest quality while also aiding you in developing your own “Aromatic Intuition”. We will always source from sustainable producers that understand what it means to create something Pure, Potent and Powerful. Here’s what we expect from the oils we source:
From the “Soil to the Oil” the aromatic plant is not exposed to anything that would alter its purity. You know it’s good because we promise the following:
- The plant starts its life in healthy soil and clean conditions absent from pesticides and herbicides
- The same plant reaches its fate as an essential oil free from any aromatic synthetics or other adulterants added during or after distillation.
- Many of our oils have been produced organically
- Some of our best oils are actually sourced from plants grown the wild
- All plants are from sustainable sources – no bad karma
- Our essential oils are lab tested to be certain they do not contain any contaminants and only pure essential oil goes into our bottles, period.
The aroma owns its character and it packs a punch. You know it’s good because you can smell it. Expert production leads to potency. Plants are grown in native geographical regions, during the proper season and under the ideal climate conditions. Once the plant matter is ready, the art of distillation becomes paramount. The result is a potent aroma consistent with the personality of the plant. Some variation in aroma is expected from season to season but a level of consistency should also be established from a particular variety. One of the best ways to know if an oil is “good” is to get to know it. The trained nose will know. Ours does and eventually yours will, too.
A good essential oil has a soul with a purpose to evoke positivity and healing for those experiencing it. You know it’s good because you can feel it. Powerful oil has something to share like a wise, old sage. Often referred to as the immune system of the plant, quality essential oil has medicinal properties that support it throughout its life by defending it from pests, bacteria, viruses and help it thrive by attracting pollinators.
The degree of power an essential oil may hold is connected to the plant’s genetics and journey through life. In fact, this is why we love to source essential oils from wild grown plants. A plant’s ability to successfully adapt to the environment in which it grows yields the experience and strength to develop strong genetics naturally. The resulting oil produces powerful properties our bodies can benefit from also. You will know they are powerful because they deliver on their promise. They work and it shows.
Finding good oil doesn’t have to be overwhelming. While other companies simply tell you their oil is good, you should learn how to know for yourself. AromaWell’s goal is to establish trust and help you develop your own “Aromatic Intuition”. This way each time you crack open the bottle – you know it’s good.
Remember the 3 P’s and your Aromatic Intuition will grow.
Good oil should be Pure, Potent and Powerful. Next time you smell an oil ask yourself: Does it smell like it came from the earth? Does it make you feel good? Does it impart a little bit of magic? Does it work? If you can confidently answer with a yes then you have a good oil.
Sleep – it is essential. We’ve all experienced a night of bad sleep that left us feeling fatigued and crabby the next day. That is because sleep is crucial for our mental and cognitive health. The REM stage in particular is responsible for processing stress and emotions. When we we sleep our organs also perform vital functions and our cells regenerate. The liver and kidneys are active around 3 a.m. conducting important metabolic functions, removing toxins from our body. These essential functions support a strong immune system. Yes, sleep is a big deal.
Since it is paramount to our existence, a lack of or poor quality sleep can quickly lead to problems. Chronic sleep challenges are directly connected to chronic disease because the body is unable to perform vital tasks. Those who suffer from long-term sleep challenges are at much higher risk for memory problems, mental health issues, heart attacks and disease, stroke, COPD, cancer, arthritis, kidney disease and diabetes.
Fortunately, the science is settled on aromatherapy and sleep. Just look at this list of research supporting the use of essential oils as a gentle and effective way to promote better rest!
A systematic review of the effect of inhaled essential oils on sleep
Quantitative human studies on the effect of inhaled essential oils published between 1990 and 2012 were reviewed. A majority of the findings revealed a positive effect of essential oils on sleep.
An olfactory stimulus modifies nighttime sleep in young men and women
Aromatherapy intervention increased deep/slow wave sleep in men and women and all subjects reported feeling more energetic in the morning. Lavender serves as a practical way to promote deep sleep in young people.
Effect of Inhaled Lavender and Sleep Hygiene on Self-Reported Sleep Issues: A Randomized Controlled Trial
College students with self-reported sleep issues received lavender and found improved sleep quality and waking feeling more refreshed.
The sleep-enhancing effect of valerian inhalation and sleep-shortening effect of lemon inhalation
Valerian inhalation had a noticeable impact on sleep.
The Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home
Lavender oil was applied to pillows at night for one week. Aromatherapy was found to improve sleep onset, quality and duration in the elderly population.
New approaches to health and well‐being for dementia day‐care clients, family carers and day‐care staff
A gentle hand treatment was administered to the elderly using three essential oils. Benefits included increased alertness, sleeping at night, reduced levels of agitation and withdrawal and wandering.
Effects of aromatherapy on sleep quality and anxiety of patients
Patients received 2% essential oil via inhalation for 15 days. Lavender essential oil increased quality of sleep and reduced level of anxiety in patients with coronary artery disease.
A single-blinded, randomized pilot study evaluating the aroma of Lavandula augustifolia as a treatment for mild insomnia
Outcomes, according to the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index, favored lavender essential oil diffusion for insomnia.
Effects of lavender aroma on sleep quality in healthy Japanese students
Results showed nighttime exposure to lavender relieves sleepiness upon awakening in healthy students.
Lavender Fragrance Essential Oil and the Quality of Sleep in Postpartum Women
This is clinical trial regarding the effects of aromatherapy on sleep quality in women during postpartum period. It was determined that aromatherapy improves the quality of sleep in postpartum women.
Effect of aromatherapy on the quality of sleep in ischemic heart disease patients hospitalized in intensive care units of heart hospitals of the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Quality of sleep in ischemic heart disease patients was significantly improved after aromatherapy and the study concluded using aromatherapy can improve the quality of their sleep and health.
Trial of Essential Oils to Improve Sleep for Patients in Cardiac Rehabilitation
Patients received a blend of lavender, bergamot and ylang-ylang on a cotton ball for 5 nights. Sleep quality was significantly better than placebo.
The Effect of Aromatherapy on Insomnia and Other Common Symptoms Among Patients With Acute Leukemia
Aromatherapy is a good intervention for improving insomnia, lack of appetite, depression, anxiety, and well-being experienced by patients with acute leukemia.
Comparison of the effect of lavender and bitter orange on sleep quality in postmenopausal women: A triple-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial
Bitter orange and lavender had a substantial positive effect on the sleep scores of postmenopausal women when compared to the control group.
Aromatherapy: The Effect of Lavender on Anxiety and Sleep Quality in Patients Treated With Chemotherapy
Lavender produced an improvement in sleep for chemotherapy patients according to the Pittsburgh Quality Sleep Index.
Effect of aromatherapy via inhalation on the sleep quality and fatigue level in people undergoing hemodialysis
A mixture of sweet orange and lavender essential oil improved sleep quality and decreased fatigue in hemodialysis patients.