Why Organic ?

organic vs. non-organic vs. wild crafted essential oils

in an article written by elizabeth golden that appeared in massage magazine, february issue 2009

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There is so much information available to us from many different sources that it can be overwhelming and sometimes unclear regarding the simple differences among essential oils available today. Organic vs. Non-organic vs. Wild Crafted. What is the difference? and what is the best choice from an ecological, sustainable, people-friendly and planet-friendly point of view?

 

Wild Crafted 

Wild crafted essential oils come from plants that are not farmed or sprayed with any kind of pesticide. They are plants that are wild, native and organic by their own nature. simply said, they are plants gathered from the wild! they are harvested in a sound, ethical and sustainable manner without the use of chemicals. this means that respect is given to the plant and only certain parts of the plant are used like the leaves or flowers etc. if a whole plant is taken, it is replaced with seeds to grow a new vital plant. many of these plants produce essential oils.

Did you know that many of the essential oils that are wild crafted come from different parts of the world? here are some examples of the most popular or widely used of the wild crafted essential oils and their origin:

australia- eucalyptus, tea tree, sandalwood, anise, buddha wood and cypress leaf.
india- basil, sandalwood, nutmeg, palmarosa
madagascar- ravensara, ylang-ylang
france- rosemary, lavender, spearmint, tarragon, thyme, vetiver, clary sage
brazil- rosewood
canada- white sage, ginger, spruce
italy- tangerine, clary sage, mandarin
nepal- spikenard
asia- cananga, cardamom, bay laurel
algeria- cedarwood atlas from the atlas mountains
sri lanka- cinnamon leaf, citronella, lemon grass
indonesia- clove, patchouli
egypt- sweet marjoram, anise
far east- neroli, orange
northeast africa- frankincense
russia- pine needle
morocco- chamomile
mediterranean- rosemary, thyme, lavender
turkey- oregano
spain- spike lavender, thyme and sage

Most native wild crafted essential oils can be found in small distillers or by artisan distillers that specialize in pure high grade therapeutic essential oils. These are the essential oils that are used by aromatherapists.

Rose oil vibrates at the highest level of all essential oils.

Wild crafted essential oils, like organic and conventional essential oils, do change from season to season and you can expect a different type of crop each year, only a fragrance developed in a lab using chemicals is the same all the time.

Did you know that a wild plant such as lavender may be growing in one area of France and have another plant just 2 feet away from it of the same variety but be totally different? The reason is because the plant may be pollinated differently or maybe a part of the plant had to defend itself from some type of a fungus and therefore has a much stronger immune system. therefore, essential oil properties can vary even if they are from the same area or same plant when grown in the wild.mother nature is ever changing.

Essential oils are usually added to some type of base oil, lotion or gel. The following examples are wild crafted oils from the rain forest that are used for healthy skin care: acai, andiroba, brazil nut, copaiba, annatto, buriti and passion fruit oil. These are all sustainable in the rain forest and the amount used is controlled and monitored.

Organic Essential Oils

Organic essential oils are grown on a farm. The farmers that grow organic plants are certified and operate by a standard which translates into no harmful pesticides, fertilizers or GMO plants (genetically modified organisms) being used to enhance growth. Organic plants are stronger plants because they have to maintain their own immune system and integrity. They are not dependent on chemicals to make them stronger or grow faster.

The farmers that grow organic plants take an interest in their quality of production and are usually a smaller farm, more of what we would call today a boutique farm or an artisan farm. Wild crafted essential oils and organic plants are provided with the best possible environment and as a result the plants are stronger, purer and provide a therapeutic grade of essential oils. these farmers cultivate highly prized plants and receive more money due to their purity and distinction. it is a win, win for everyone involved.

Not only do these farmers provide a wonderful product but they do not contribute to the polluting of our environment. they do not use pesticides, synthetics or other harmful ingredients that may run into our water supply compromising our eco system or aquatic life. the farmers that produce organic crops are more conscious about the world we live in and support holistic management of the earth.

Non-Organic Essential Oils

Non-organic essential oils or essential oils know as “conventional” are grown using pesticides. In other words, they are grown on a farm that uses pesticides as a means to control the life of the plant. It is the farmer’s way to make sure their crops will survive elements such as bugs, bacteria and other living organisms that may threaten a plants life. Chemicals can help increase the size or rate of growth of the plant. they are not healthy for human consumption and they are not beneficial for our health. In fact they contribute to over loading our body unnecessarily with chemicals and toxins. they add excess strain on our organs and metabolism in order to process a “foreign substance” that the body does not recognize.

When chemicals are added to plants, they degenerate and adulterate the plant and its healing ability. These oils cannot be therapeutic, especially the less expensive oils.

Most essential oils sold worldwide are usually sold as “industrial grade oils”. This means that they are conventional oils sold to large industrial companies. These large industrial companies provide suppliers with oils that are used for flavoring food and making perfumes. These oils are not capable of offering any therapeutic quality.

The information provided in this article is for you to decide what you want for yourself. Remember, what you put on your body goes into your body. It is like food so be mindful of how you want to care for it. Your body is an amazing biological system much more highly perfected than any technology available on the planet. We have lost touch with the innate healing ability of our own bodies. Your body can heal itself with the right diet, rest and use of vital plants from the earth. Choose wisely and do not compromise on quality. Do your own research. love your body! it is your temple!

Glossary of essential oils The essential oils listed below can be used in skin care products. They are known to have healing properties and are not used exclusively for skin care. If you would like to purchase some of our essential oil blends, please go to our Products pages.

ESSENTIAL OIL SKIN CARE EMOTIONAL ATTRIBUTES
balsam peru promotes healthy growth of skin tissue do not use if you are pregnant
basil used in perfume bases stimulates the mind
benzoin good as a preservative for cosmetics and lotions grounding
bergamot good for acne and should not be used for sensitive skin, phototoxic uplifting and relaxing
black pepper good for blood circulation on skin warming and stimulating, good for massage blended with other essential oils
carrot relieves skin irritation and is rich in vitamin a do not use when pregnant
cedarwood atlas good for oily skin a very sacred ancient tree, grounding
chamomile, roman used in perfumes and body care products for thousands of years soothing and relaxing
champaca oil good in a massage oil or perfume, very sweet uplifting and euphoric
clary sage rejuvenates skin cells, good for mature skin and acne grounding and relaxation, do not use while pregnant
clove antiseptic and anti-fungal helps stimulate the mind
coriander warming for massage and helps with skin impurities stimulant
cypress good for use in massage for circulation uplifting, stimulating and relaxing
eucalyptus effective in the treatment of acne and has anti-inflammatory properties refreshing
fennel use after your bath with a carrier oil to scrub away dead skin cells; helps cellulite, heals bruises stimulant do not use while pregnant
frankincense good for acne and wrinkles sacred oil used in ceremonies very grounding and relaxing
geranium, rose good for oily or dry skin, aging, wrinkled or older skin uplifting and stimulates the mind
grapefruit stimulates skin so it will look healthier relieves anxiety
helichrysum effective with skin regeneration & acne, non-irritating stimulating
honeysuckle wonderful for a sweet perfume soothing and relaxing
hyssop oil for wounds, sores and eczema emotional stress
inula oil for skin rashes sedative
jasmine dry sensitive skin, rejuvenate aging or mature skin uplifting aphrodisiac
lavender wound healing, soothing, antiseptic and good for burns calming and relaxing
lemon oily skin, good for bruises uplifting
lemongrass very strong and must be diluted. good for oily hair and skin do not use while pregnant
mandarin very gentle for skin care or massage. can be used on babies and the elderly relaxing and uplifting
marjoram good for bruises, burns and inflammation & sports massage good for stress and grief
myrrh revitalizing aging skin sacred oil used in ceremony grounding and relaxing
neroli for dry and sensitive skin used for grief, very uplifting and balancing
oakmoss used in perfumery as a fixative do not use if pregnant
orange good for oily skin, do not go into the sun refreshing and uplifting
palmarosa cellular regeneration, good for mature skin stimulating and soothing
patchouli rejuvenate, restore and invigorate mature skin grounding and uplifting, mind stimulating
peppermint skin cleanser refreshing, cooling, soothing and calming
petigrain refreshing to the skin, don’t go into the sun uplifting and refreshing to the senses
ravensare good skin tonic & used for acne good for stress
rose nourishing for mature skin, good for all skin types relaxing, uplifting & has the highest vibration of all the essential oils
rosemary good for massage and wound cleaning refreshing and stimulating
sandalwood soothing, moisturizing & beneficial for dry chapped skin. good for all skin types sacred oil, relaxing, stimulating & grounding
spikenard a very precious oil used for skin irritation and mature skin relaxing and calming
tea tree use externally for deep wounds, scratches, sunburn and insect bites it’s great in a first aid kit, use undiluted, except on sensitive skin stimulating
thyme skin cleansing & good to use in a massage to help with circulation uplifting, do not use while pregnant and always dilute this oil, its very strong
tuberose used in perfumery aphrodisiac & strengthens the emotions
vanilla used in perfumery & food warming, soothing & an aphrodisiac
verbena, lemon cleansing & good for acne refreshing, calming and soothing
vetiver used as a fixative in perfumes and good for mature skin comforting and calming
violet good for all forms of skin irritation, extremely expensive soothing and comforting
yarrow used for rashes, wound healing & scars relaxing and calming
ylang-ylang good for massage, dry & mature skin aphrodisiac, uplifting and soothing

It is important to have a good understanding about essential oil uses & methods, etc. do not use undiluted essential oils on your skin. Always use a carrier oil, cream or lotion base. Checkout the range of carrier oils available at Nature’s Body Shop product page.

If you are pregnant, check with a certified aromatherapist before using any essential oils. Most essential oils are not to be used during pregnancy; they include, and are not limited to balsam peru, basil, carrot, clary sage, clove, cinnamon, fennel, hyssop, juniper, lemongrass, marjoram, myrrh, oakmoss, peppermint, rosemary, sage and thyme.

Oils that make your skin more susceptible to sunburn – are called phototoxic.  Here are a few examples: cinnamon, expressed lemon, lemon verbena, expressed bergamot, expressed lime and expressed orange.  Some people may be sensitive to oils that are not listed here so be mindful, everyone is unique.  It is recommended that after using these essential oils, you must stay out of the sun for 2-3 hours.

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