Organic & Certification Scam Transparency
Modern farming practices clear large acres of forest and include all types of toxic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified plants, and so forth. These harmful conditions are found in our environment and in our health care products too. Most people believe that purchasing organic means avoiding harmful toxins, sadly this is not the case.
The organic programs allow approved toxic chemicals to be used on farms and liberties are allowed for other chemicals to be added to essential oils and herbal supplements.
In the United States companies can legally label their products as 100% Pure and Organic when they contain up to 97% fillers and chemicals. Consumers think they are getting a better value when in fact quite the opposite is true.
The large health food chain supplied organic essential oil brands are not exempt. Our product research and development testing of their oils show that they contain as much as 75% propylene glycol as well as other toxic fragrances. This means they simply cost more, for less product, because of dilution.
The USDA organic certification of a product is not without its loop holes. With very little funding, it is quite legal and simple for a company to have USDA Certifications and USDA Organic labeling on toxic and potentially harmful products. All that needs to happen is a for a shell corporation to purchase the products direct from a supplier. That shell company can then invoice a non certified or toxic product as “organic” to their parent company. That parent company can then take those invoices to a USDA Certification company and pay the certification fee. They are then legally able to label their products as Organic.
Anyone wanting to be a part of Natural Healing, should look into the farming and organic certification practices of the country where the plants are farmed. There are a great many gaming for profit at the consumers expense. A person can certainly notice where the farms are located. If you notice a certified organic farm located right near a poor air quality attainment metropolis, remember that all the ambient pollution in the air and local water sources is entering into those plants naturally.
It may be difficult to know where the exact farms are located due to purchasing agreements being only between suppliers and wholesalers, however, the internet is making this issue more transparent via news articles and social media. A simple search on the use of bio-solids/sewage sludge on farm land as fertilizer can prove to be very enlightening. Such fertilization method contains numerous pollutants, hormones, and cancer causing toxins but still fall under the USDA organic certification. With a little bit of research, a consumer can find this information.
Quote: “I have been involved in many upper level meetings for quite a few different essential oils companies. The company employees/representatives would talk about how their highest quality therapeutic essential oils were the best even though they knew, and I knew, that they were regularly selling low quality and adulterated oils. The plants grown on their farms were also conventionally grown and distilled for oil volume rather than therapeutic oil quality.” – Pahamy, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Woman
Quality produced from traditional, non-toxic farming practices far exceeds the government issued paper organic program. It is always wise to purchase herbal supplements or essential oils, from a supplier that is concerned about true quality and how the plants are grown. We have found over the years that small farmers have a tendency to take better care for the soil and plants and we feel it is because they are more dependent upon the earth to provide a living.
Testing claims and Quality Certifications are also another problem instigated by the essential oil companies. The last decade has brought about many changes with “experts” pushing to bring in accountability and quality standards. Now this sounds like a very good thing, but in reality they are just adding another layer of information to sort through and still ultimately selling low quality, potentially harmful products for top dollar.
Example: Most all USA peppermint is distilled quickly to maximize the oil volume and profits for the company. They further increase their profit margins by mixing the USA peppermint with lower cost peppermint from Asia until a proper chemistry is reached according to their certification standards. By having their adulterated poor quality oil certified, the seller then creates a greater profit margin by charging a higher price for their “100% Pure Therapeutic Essential Oils”.
The experts are well versed in adding synthetic or natural additives to their essential oils from years of experience adding synthetics to perfume grade oils. It is quite easy to discover some unnatural adulterants like propylene-glycol, however it is next to impossible to find other natural plant based adulterations. The industry has advanced to using already natural-occurring chemicals and are mixing those into their essential oils. Some essential oil companies fully justify and think it is an approved practice to compound two or more essential oils from different, distillations, farms, or even countries.
Example: By taking two lavender oils that would not pass the experts certification protocols, they can produce a mixed oil that meets all certifications. Some companies have taken a poor quality Asian lavender and combined it with an extremely, abnormally high quality lavender from Bulgaria. The results of the mixture can then conform to all their Therapeutic Essential Oil certifications and so they sell it for top dollar.
Quote: “Many years ago I wanted to find out more about how the large distilling companies worked. I contacted one company that distilled many thousands of tons of organic essential oils each year. They explained to me their farming practices and distilling operations. I quickly found their organic essential oils were being produced by the government regulations and they used “approved” toxic chemicals on their herbs. They even made great claims about the large chemistry lab that was attached to the facility and how it did all testing on their oils to ensure quality. I told them we were only looking for the highest quality most medicinal oils, and they had to be absolutely pure and free from toxins and additions. The company’s response to this was, ‘Our lab is wonderful. Send us the specifications you would like in the oils and we will make them for you. They will pass any certifications as pure.
– Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
Too many of the independent essential oils laboratories are too close to their suppliers. Some test labs are getting paid for their testing and profit share. Because of this, we have seen independent testers endorsing specific essential oils companies even when they know their oils are altered.
Quote: “I was given an opportunity to provide a price quote to a company that wanted forty-four pounds of high quality rose oil. Due to the high cost of rose, I actually provided two quotes with all the testing, organic certificates, and samples. One quote was for my highest quality Therapeutic Rose Oil that came that came from a private distiller and the other was for what I called standard Therapeutic Rose Oil from the government-run distiller. A couple of weeks later I did a follow-up visit and found out that the company purchased their rose oil from one of the “experts”. When I inquired as to why I did not get the sale, I was told that the expert gave them a better price on the “world’s best quality rose oil”. This quite surprised me, because I know what the “world’s best quality rose oil” actually costs and I did not think that anyone could undercut my pricing. I asked to smell their newly purchased oil, and when I took a whiff of the expert’s oil, I could easily tell the “expert” did not supply them with the best quality, but with the standard Therapeutic Rose Oil.
I then had the person I was working with smell the oil they just purchased and then smell the two samples I provided. They quickly determined that indeed, the oil the expert supplied smelled like the standard quality oil I had quoted for them. It was after they compared the chemical analysis that all their suspicions were absolutely confirmed. Sadly, because this company went with the “expert’s” assurances about his quality being the world’s best, they lost over $10,000 by purchasing the hyped up oil.” – Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man.
Quote: “When working with a new company that wanted to “take over the Therapeutic Essential Oils industry”, I provided two lavender samples along with the proper GC/MS testing and certificates. One lavender sample was from a private certified organic farm in Bulgaria and the other was from a small private farm in France that grew the lavender organically but did not have a certificate on the farm. Both lavenders were Therapeutic Essential Oils but the certified organic lavender was slightly higher in quality and cost about twenty percent more.
Because of the cost, the company went with saving some money and just purchased one hundred and ten pounds of the less expensive oil. When viewing their website a month later, I found the company was bragging about how they had purchased the absolute best lavender in the world and provided the edited (contact information blacked out) certificates and testing for their customers to view. This company, which claimed to be honest and consciousness about the quality of their products for their customers, was using the information from the Bulgarian Lavender that I gave them to assist them in selling the less expensive lower quality French Lavender to their customers.” – Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
Quote: “A decade ago, I worked with a gentleman who produced the finest Jasmine oil in the world. Because of his limited supply, he stopped selling to new customers. One particular year, his harvest was reduced considerably so he told all his current customers that he would only allow one kilogram of oil to be sold per customer. A couple of months later, I was reviewing our competition’s marketing information and was quite shocked to see them bragging about the one hundred kilograms of the world’s finest Jasmine oil they had purchased. When we contacted them, they sent us the biochemical testing that showed the oil to be exactly the same as what I had just purchased.
Understandably, I was quite upset with our supplier because I thought he was allowing our competition to gain an advantage by purchasing more oil. The supplier was contacted and told how upset I was for just being allowed to purchase one kilogram of oil when he sold one hundred kilograms of oil to our competition. The supplier just laughed and said, “No, I only sold them one kilo. What they do with their oil when they get it is their business.” After reviewing their Jasmine, it was discovered that they indeed took one kilogram of pure Jasmine oil and turned it into one hundred kilograms of something else. Again, just like numerous other experts and companies that have all the right testing, certifications, and claims to purity, they failed the quality and adulteration test.” – Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
I Am Essential Oils is resolve to deal only with the farms that build trust. As people use our oils and supplements we are confidence that they will see our quality and therapeutic properties far outshine our competitors. It is always good to perform your own biochemical testing on the essential oils to make sure there are no toxic chemicals or adulterants, however the customer should be aware of the marketing claims and outright scams that are truly going on in the unregulated testing of this industry.
Experts and Adulteration Transparency
The essential oil and natural supplement industries are both multi-billion dollar a year industries. Sadly the majority of products produced for these industries are low quality and thinned for profit. However, transparency exists and can be read in market (export) and retail sales reports. So many essential oil companies say their lavender oils come from France. How is it possible for France to export more 100% pure French lavender oil each year than they actually grow? One French lavender expert is quoted as saying, “I believe 99% of the lavender sold in America has been adulterated.”
Thinning products without anyone even being able to detect it, is where the experts really capitalize on making greater profits. When a supplier starts hiring chemists, it starts to look out of place for a company that is claiming absolute purity. Another world expert said, “If we did not extend the oils, the costs would be too prohibitive.”
Unfortunately too many essential oil experts are regularly adding natural, synthetic, and harmful adulterants to what they call therapeutic essential oils and the company is still marketing them as pure. Their intention is to increase their profit margin and fill inventory rather than to supply product value to the consumer. The family healer is advised to use oils and other products that are free from additives. Below are quotes from lead purchasers on how they were able to steer clear of those adulterating within the industry.
Quote: “I discovered a large distiller selling oils that were marketed as 100% Pure and Natural but were really adulterated. In their email correspondence to me they said, ‘. . . This process is very unique and is not used by other suppliers, they (the other suppliers) just prepare a . . . synthetic fragrance mixture and put 2% to 10% of pure oil based on the target price they want to offer. So our natural identical oils are 100% pure and natural but not 100% extracted from same species.’
Simply put this large distiller said that instead of mixing 90 to 98 percent synthetic chemical fragrance in with their essential oils, they do it better by mixing in natural chemicals and selling them as 100% pure and natural.” – Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
Quote: “I was contacted by a person from one of the large essential oil distilling companies. They were inquiring if I had an interest in purchasing oils from them. The sales expert answered my questions about their distilling facility and then I asked him about supplying me with pure lavender essential oil. (When checking out a company I normally always start out with their lavender oil.) He told me that they could supply pure lavender oil. I asked him for the botanical name of the lavender and pricing. He stated that their best lavender for the price was on 100% Pure Lavandula angustifolia 40/42. He then stated his price, which was 1/5 the cost of oil I get directly from the farms I work with.
Even though 40/42 is an adulterated Lavender, I was quite shocked that he was still claiming his oil was 100% pure. Trying to obtain more information from him I said, ‘Wow, that’s quite a good price. How can you sell it for that?’ He then explained that they use only 5% natural oil and the rest is synthetic to make the required chemical structure for having the high quality pure therapeutic lavender oil. He further explained that the oil would test as 100% pure and pass any certifications we required. Because the laws legally allowed him to call an oil 100% pure and since the oil would also pass any testing as pure, their company was selling the adulterated oil under the name of 100% Pure Lavandula angustifolia 40/42.
Lavender sold on the market as 40/42 is referring to the Linalool and Linalyl acetate percentages in the lavender. There is a lot of claim about Lavender 40/42 not being adulterated lavender. Erroneously they are suggesting that it is a blend of different lavender crops. In all cases I have found this to be false and simply marketing claims. There are many experts laboratories that create the Lavender 40/42. The Lavender that is commercially sold as Lavender 40/42 is around 3% pure lavender and the rest synthetic. The reason they put in at least 3% pure lavender is because legally they can market the lavender as 100% pure and natural at that percentage, and that is what they do! If an essential oil company is selling a Lavender 40/42, it is a key indicator that they are not above supplying adulterated products across the board.”
– Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
Quote: “In 1998, when I first started looking at purchasing large amounts of Therapeutic Essential Oils for my family and friends, I wanted to make sure I was receiving the finest, most natural quality available. I contacted the “Leading Expert” for large bulk quantities of Therapeutic Essential Oils here in the United States and was given the assurances that I would only be supplied with the purest and highest quality available. Upon receiving his assurances, I purchased a large amount of Wild Eucalyptus globulus.
When the oil arrived I smelled it, and from my knowledge of the industry, I was happy to discover that the eucalyptus smelled exactly like the high quality oil I had been used to using for nearly a decade. (I had been purchasing from another “World’s Leading Expert”.) Regardless of the fact that the oil smelled and acted the same, I pulled a sample and sent it to Europe for analysis by one of the leading biochemists for the essential oil industry. The testing came back stating there were no chemical additives or pesticides detected, but the oil had been heated up too high during or after the distillation to “burn off” some of the more undesirable smells.
My surprise about the adulteration of burning off undesirable chemicals was compounded when the supplying expert was consulted to discuss the shocking test results. The expert responded along the lines of, “Everyone does it. The oil is pure, but that is what we do to make it smell better.“
Frustrated about this alteration, I was determined to educate myself about the Therapeutic Essential Oils industry. Over the next year, I scrutinized the ‘world leading experts’ finest quality oils in pursuit of transparency. I concluded that, indeed, it was the habit of the leading experts to alter, adulterate, compound, and otherwise generally do things that I, or people looking for absolute purity, would not want done with their oils.” – Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
Quote: “In 1997, I worked for a company that claimed to be the largest therapeutic essential oils supplier in the world. This company sold many millions of dollars of essential oils every month. They love to use the marketing claim stating they grow the highest quality, organic, therapeutic grade essential oils and supply them to their customers. When people confronted their company about the organic certificates for their farms, they stated it was their practice to not provide organic certificates or soil testing results to their customers.
Interestingly enough, I discovered they could not provide the certificates, because in spite of their claims, they were not an organic farm. I even found out during the next year that their farm had over 100 truckloads of potentially harmful bio-solids (sewage sludge) spread over it.
When a friend did extensive testing of all their Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, she discovered they often sold poor quality and adulterated single oils, and in a majority of cases they had added “smell enhancers” (synthetic fragrances or natural aroma chemicals) to their essential oil blends to make them more desirable.” – Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
Quote: “A few years ago, we reviewed a new large company that claimed to sell only Therapeutic Essential Oils. This company claimed to have the highest, purest quality oils and the strictest moral ethics from their employees. After a few tests, we discovered that they were mostly selling advertised pure oils, but in almost all cases, it was the lower quality food grade or fragrance grade quality. When we confronted them with the evidence of our discovery, they refused to answer any more of our emails. To us, that did not seem to resonate well about their claim of strict moral ethics.” – Pahamy, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Woman
A very simple way to verify that a supplier sells unadulterated oils is if their peppermint oil has a sharp, crisp, candy cane like fragrance. If so, that oil is most likely low quality food grade peppermint or its been highly adulterated for smell. I Am Essential Oils finds the highest therapeutic peppermint distilled at the small farms under the more costly and time consuming method of no added pressure. High quality peppermint oil with unsurpassed therapeutic properties should have very noticeable herby undertones when inhaled.
The alternative health industry is rampant with claims, misinformation, inferior products, and adulteration. Because of this it can be a arduous task to locate a reliable supplier. I Am Essential Oils’ dedication to quality and purity is paramount. Our plants are grown in the wild or by traditional organic sustainable means. The herbs and essential oils are extracted properly and remain in their natural state for the highest medicinal value. In the essential oil industry, it is not common to know the difference between standard oils and true therapeutic oils so we share these key indicators to assist you to see past the distractions of a simple claim.
More than Chemistry
Since the 17th century a drive to see and replicate the chemistry behind nature has lead to a more scientific approach to health. Nonetheless, the decreasing efficacy of synthetic remedies, their undesirable side effects and unregulated contradictions has turned humanity to re-include nature. Learning from nature is vital but to regulate away from it is not.
Example: A herb grown with toxic fertilizers, pesticides, unhappy workers, and on contaminated soil may still produce an essential oil that passes chemical tests. But knowing all the growing factors, would you still consider this oil to be of good quality?
Now imagine an essential oil that produces a chemistry outside its normal recognized high quality standard. This herb was grown by a family during a drought that loves and takes care of their soil and uses traditional sustainable farming practices. Would you consider this oil to be of poor quality? Natural Healers know there is a lot more to quality than just chemistry.
Over the centuries many have seen the powerful healing attributes that herbs and essential oils have. I Am Essential Oils calls this healing energy within plant life, “Creator Life Energy” and it is associated with every herb and essential oil. It is becoming more and more apparent today as well. This energy goes beyond the scientific electromagnetic, rotational, or quantum energy that scientists are familiar with. The Creator’s life Energy is a healing property that is completely different and currently only discerned on a spiritual level.
Everything in the Universe has its own unique Creator’s Life Energy healing signature. The way a herb is grown, the people involved in the process, and how it is processed can have a profound effect on the plant.
An article called “The Sacred Heart of Aromatherapy” by Karyn Grant, LMT can assist in illustrating the healing energy profound effects.
Scientists that understand quantum physicist know there is a lot more going on in the Universe than just what appears to be happening. Their recent findings over the last century, is now beginning to validate what natural healers have know for many millennia. A new field of “Energy Medicine” is quickly materializing to assist people with greater health.
Dr. Masaru Emoto’s was involved in research on how “negative” and “positive” words affect water crystals. Words associated with the positive produced light beautiful crystals whereas negative words produced the opposite result. Sadly the energy of medicinal plants can also be altered or manipulated. Artificial frequencies can be placed upon labels, bottles and the product itself. Some companies make it a policy to impregnate an artificial frequency upon their products. Understanding that products can be energetically manipulated is important to understand true quality. Any healer should clear any unnatural energy frequencies from their product they purchase before use.
Many Therapeutic Essential Oils, which are considered inferior in their chemical constituents, far outshine in their healing abilities of others that are chemical test shown as superior. Numerous Natural Practitioners have witnessed this occurrence.
Quote: “Plants and oils that are treated with love are charged with a greater Creator’s Life Energy. I have found their overall healing properties are greatly enhanced. When two Therapeutic Essential Oils are distilled the same way, grown in the same region, and have almost the same chemical makeup, I have found the plants grown on the small family farm perform better. They have the higher vibration of the Creator’s Life Energy over the plants grown on large industrialized farm.” – Pahamy, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Woman
Quote: “Early on in my walk with essential oils, I worked for a company that would routinely ‘energize’ their oils through a machine they had in their lab. When I asked about this, they said they were just enhancing the already wonderful healing properties of the essential oils. Sadly, I soon discovered this was not the case. They were using inferior essential oils, and then infusing energies into the oils so they would test higher in therapeutic value by the Energy Healers. I considered this artificial spiritual energy adulteration.” – Pahamy, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Woman
Quote: “There are many ways to clear the products and it’s not about a specific method but rather about finding a way that resonates with you and your belief systems. A simple method that works for just about everyone is to move into a calm space while holding the product in your hands. Once you are in that calming mindset, envision pure white light descending on you and the product and resonating out from you. Sit with that picture and feeling for a few moments. This should clear any unwanted energetic residue.” – Pahamy, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Woman
Quote: “The healing abilities of an herb or essential oil goes beyond their chemical makeup. Plant energies are more like a symphony playing rather than just a solo instrument. To specifically categorize an essential oil under a specific frequency is not the best way to understand them. They more accurately resonate up and down over a specific range.” – Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
Smell and Quality
Oils grown under different conditions will produce differences in their chemistry, energy, and smells. When a natural healer becomes acquainted with different harvest of the same plant, they will soon realize that the healing therapeutic quality is not associated with smell. As previously discussed, sharp, crisp, candy cane smelling peppermint is not as therapeutic as the peppermint with its herby undertones.
The therapeutic essential oils market is relatively a small percentage of the overall essential oil industry. Most all distillers extract the essential oils for the food, aromatherapy and perfume industry rather than for their therapeutic use. Extracting an oil to maximize its healing properties requires more understanding, energy, and care than for those other industries.
Quote: “When I teach a seminar, I want to educate people to understand that quality and smell are two different things. For example, I will pass around two bottles; one marked ‘A’ and one marked ‘B’. I have pure rose oil in one bottle and a 3% Rose with a carrier oil blend in the other. I then have people vote on which oil they think smells the nicest. About eighty to ninety percent of the people in the class choose the one blended with 97% carrier oil as the fragrance they like the best.” – Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
Essential oils will also change as they age. An oil that is freshly distilled will sometimes take a half a year or longer to settle into a nice fragrance. Keep in mind that as a basic rule, the oils that are freshly distilled will not smell as nice as oils that have been aged a little even though they generally have the same therapeutic value.
Many customers choose an oil by the smell rather than its therapeutic value. This leads the experts to enhance their oil smells through adulteration with sweet smelling synthetic chemicals. For example, many customers do not like the harsher smell of a Wild Lavender, even though in many cases it is a better oil for healing purposes.
Quote: “When I was working for what some call the world leader of therapeutic grade essential oils, I was saddened to discover that they would routinely add synthetic aromas to their essential oil blends to make them smell nicer. This company would still proclaim and advertise that they did not dilute, cut, nor adulterate their therapeutic oils.” – Man Found Standing, Natural Practitioner and Medicine Man
I Am Essential Oils is dedicated to providing the highest quality therapeutic oils. By working with the small farms and having the oils distilled for their therapeutic value, we preserve the natural chemistry and the Creator’s Life Energy in every bottle including its natural smell.