PURE Frequently asked Questions for Essential Oils


What is an essential oil? Essential oils are simply a concentrated form of the oils found naturally in the flowers, leaves, bark, stems, seeds, and other parts of plants. When the oils are extracted, they maintain the characteristic fragrance, or essence, of that plant and have been used for thousands of years by cultures all over the world for their pleasant and sometimes powerful fragrances and properties. Are Melaleuca PURE Essential Oils “therapeutic grade”? If “therapeutic grade” or “certified therapeutic grade” were industry-recognized certifications for grading essential oil quality, PURE Essential Oils would qualify as such. However, they are nothing more than made-up marketing terms used by some essential oil companies. “Therapeutic grade” and “certified therapeutic grade” testing standards are defined by the very companies who invented the terms – they have no actual certification value. In fact, you’ll find inconsistent definitions for these made-up terms. In some instances, “therapeutic grade” includes two quality tests, while other sources reference as many as seven tests. There is currently no governing body that certifies the production and quality of essential oils nor a standard system for grading them, and we believe it is deceitful to use language that would imply that there is. Without a central certification body, we turn to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR) for reputable quality specifications available for many essential oils. When an ISO or AFNOR standard is not available, we compare our oils to historical testing data from essential oils experts to ensure PURE Essential Oils are always the highest purity and quality oil available. What testing does Melaleuca conduct to ensure that its PURE Essential Oils are the best quality? PURE Essential Oils are the highest quality oils available. Each one is 100% pure oil extracted directly from the botanical plant source and is guaranteed to contain NO synthetics or impurities. They meet stringent quality specifications and are put through a battery of quality tests:  GCMS testing (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry)  Chirality testing  Heavy metal/pesticide/herbicide testing  Organoleptic testing  Optical rotation and refractive index testing  Specific gravity testing  Microbial testing Are Melaleuca PURE Essential Oils food grade? There are a number of essential oils that are permitted to be used as food flavorings, including the majority of Melaleuca’s PURE Essential Oils . The FDA maintains a list of essential oils and natural extracts that are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in foods, in a very small amount, for flavoring only. A similar food flavoring list is also maintained by The Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA). However, a food grade (GRAS or FEMA) designation is NOT intended to be, nor should it be used as, a standard or justification for using essential oils internally for therapeutic purposes. The FDA states the following regarding GRAS listed substances: “The quantity of a substance added to food should not exceed the amount reasonably required to accomplish its intended physical, nutritional, or other technical effect in food.”


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