If your most beloved, tried-and-true oil fails one of these tests, it may not be the oil's fault!But if an oil that seems iffy to you for other reasons fails these tests, it may be worth questioning it further.
Most essential oils shouldn't leave any mark at all.
Dense, viscous oils like patchouli, vetiver, etc., may leave stains, as will some cold-pressed (citrus) oils.
(2) Put a few drops of your oil in a clear glass vial, add a little water and shake. If the mix is cloudy or milky-looking after it's had time to settle, there may be alcohol or some other adulterant in the oil. If it's cloudy before you put any water in, that's not a good sign either.
By Sherill Pociecha, Dyndelf Aromatics One of the (many!
) eternal questions in aromatherapy is, “How do I know the essential oils I'm buying are good quality?
” The first step in the answer to that is, “Work with good suppliers,” which is the subject of Part One of this article.
The next phase is checking out the oils once you get them home.
I'm writing this to offer newcomers to aromatherapy some guidance.
There are, of course, more elaborate, more thorough, and more expensive ways to check the purity and/or quality of an essential oil, but here I'm just describing some simple techniques we can try in the comfort of our own homes.
The main thing to remember about all these tests is that none of them is sure-fire—and that's a two-way deal.
Some adulterated oils may pass the “tests” with flying colors; some perfectly good oils may fail them.