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Traced from Plant to Bottle

There are only a handful of companies in the world that can trace their essential oils from plant to bottle. This means knowing the location where the plant or seedling was grown, when and how the plant material was harvested, and how the distillation of plant material was performed. Most large companies, and even some small ones, cannot trace the path their essential oils have taken. This is because traders and brokers exchange essential oils a number of times. They loose track of where the essential oils have been, and under what conditions they have been stored.

This is not the case with our oils. We are able to trace all of our essential oils from plant to bottle because of quality control . Mr. Jain spends the greater portion of each year supporting and working with the people who supply our Company's rawmaterials all over the India. His twenty-Three plus year reputation in the therapeutic essential oil industry make him, the leader. Mr. Jain is respected in the essential oil industry not only for his integrity, but also because he is well acquainted with the standards and concepts in both the flavor and fragrance sector and the increasingly exclusive therapeutic oil industry.

What's the Issue With Chemotyped Essential Oils?

When an essential oil is tested and found naturally to have one or more main 'key constituents' that are higher, or lower than normal, it is identified as a chemotyped essential oil. Aromatherapists and phyto-therapists refer to the properties found in essential oils as constituents. Chemists speak of them as 'chemicals'. Hence, the word developed by chemists, 'chemotyped'.

Naturally grown chemotyped essential oils are rare and in short supply. When true chemotypes are available, they can command higher prices. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with a naturally occurring chemotyped essential oil, and they can be therapeutic in nature. However, the real question is, are chemotyped oil superior in any way? And here, lies the debate.

The Law of All or Nothing

For the last 25 years, the dark cloud that has loomed over the practice of aromatherapy is the lack of reliable scientific evidence regarding the viability of plants and plant essences to fight disease

Since the advent of synthetic medications, the emphasis of medical therapy has been on chemically active medicinal ingredients that combat infectious disease. The central idea is that every disease-causing organism has a chemical enemy, which will destroy that disease. Chemists classify anti-microbial agents according to their active ingredients. In other words, laboratory analysis seeks to test medication for the one principle active ingredient or chemical.

Some scientists believe the same has to be true for essential oils. The one active 'chemical' in an oil makes it more beneficial. The scientists are entitled to their belief, but I have yet to see any scientific data that a chemotyped oil has greater efficacy than a whole, unaltered, genuine, therapeutic, single species essential oil.

In fact, since 1972, a team of French medical doctors has been working with whole, genuine essential oils, the same type that our company uses, in both laboratory and clinical studies. They have found that the complete composition of an essential oil rather than one single constituent makes the oil effective. In fact, their work overwhelming concludes that the chemotyped oils are not better than a single species, whole, complete essential oil. If you would like to learn more about this subject, read The ABC's of Phyto-therapy or The Aromatherapy Education Institute's Course Manual. .

Be Aware - There Is More

There is a valid and very real concern with promoting chemotyped essential oils. There is almost no way, except with an expert , you can tell if the essential oil is a true chemotyped oil or if it has been tampered with, even a little. Essential oils can easily be created to appear as chemotyped. You can do it naturally, or you can do it synthetically, but the point is, you can do it. For example, you can add a geranial to a single specie rose geranium, or thymol to thyme.

If an essential oil has an odd profile, it can be labeled a chemotyped oil. People will try to sell it as something unique, unusual, and more beneficial, ….. for more money. I believe you can understand why a quality control expert is absolutely necessary.

After having said all of this, you may be surprised to learn that our company does insist on one chemotyped essential oil in its line. Our Basil Oil is grown specifically to have a naturally occurring low menthyl charvicrol level. This makes it not only prized oil, but also a very safe basil essential oil to use. Safety is always first and foremost in our mind where we are concerned, so we have always insisted on this oil.

We have not marketed our Basil linalool as a chemotyped oil, nor have increased the price. We have quietly offered this oil only to provide you the safest basil possible, and we guarantee that this oil grew naturally and was not altered in any way.

I have always been opposed to marketing chemotyped essential oils as superior, except when one is needed for safety. I continue to support the law of all or nothing.

Moving Forward in 2002

As true, single species, therapeutic essential oils become more difficult to find, you will see many new marketing ideas emerge, just as we have with chemotyped essential oils. Do not be misled or misinformed

Our commitment to you is that we will always stay on the scientific cutting edge, yet maintain truth and integrity. We will make strong statements regarding the quality of our essential oils, but we will be able to back up our statements. Our quality is a benchmark in the India where essential oils are concerned


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