PURE ESSENTIAL OILS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are Melaleuca PURE Essential Oils food grade? There are a number of essential oils that are permitted to be used as food flavourings, including the majority of Melaleuca’s PURE Essential Oils . The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a list of essential oils and natural extracts that are “generally recognised as safe” (GRAS) for use in foods, in a very small amount, for flavouring only. A similar food flavouring list is also maintained by The Flavour & 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. Should essential oils be ingested? The internal use of essential oils should only be administered under the supervision of a health-care practitioner. All PURE Essential Oils are labelled for external use only. This recommendation is in no way a reflection on the quality of Melaleuca’s PURE Essential Oils . Instead, it follows the guidance of professional aromatherapy organisations and independent industry experts who specialise in essential oil safety. There are very few companies that make the dangerous claim that straight essential oils should be ingested. The practice of casually recommending oil ingestion is careless and irresponsible. Essential oils contain a variety of highly concentrated, powerful constituents that, when used improperly, can lead to injury and long-term negative health effects. Does Melaleuca grow its own plants to make PURE Essential Oils? Just like we have done for the last 30 years, we carefully choose our partners based on a strict set of guidelines to guarantee that you are getting the best quality oil available and that the farmers are using sustainable and ethical farming practices. How are PURE Essential Oils extracted? The method of extraction varies from oil to oil, depending on the part of the plant that was used to obtain the oil. The majority of PURE Essential Oils are steam distilled and citrus oils are cold pressed. You can see the specific method of extraction for a particular oil by visiting that oil’s product detail page at eu.melaleuca.com . Are PURE Essential Oils organic? Melaleuca partners with farmers who use sustainable and ethical farming practices to grow the plants needed to obtain PURE Essential Oils . Each oil is guaranteed to be free of pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals. Organic certifications are granted by government agencies. Many of Melaleuca’s PURE Essential Oils are extracted from plants grown in countries where organic certifications are not available.
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- recognised 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 certifying the production and quality of essential oils nor is there a standard system for grading them. 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 Standardisation (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 some of 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
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