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Essential Oil Test for Purity – Today’s 10 Minute Eco-Action

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lavender aromatherapyI receive a number of emails asking me how to find pure essential oils; specifically, oils that haven’t been diluted with petroleum-based solvents. Avoiding solvent-based essential oils is important for your health because the solvents are very neurotoxic and can affect your concentration and mood.

To test for purity, place a drop of your oil on a piece of blotting paper. Pure oils will not leave a residue after evaporation, while those that contain petroleum products will.

For more about using essential oils in the home, see our eBook Natural Home Scents. For more about using essential oils in a detox bath, see the eBook Homemade Detox Baths. For more about using essential oils in the bath in general, see the eBook Beauty and the Bath.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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  • Essential oils should not replace proper health care.
    Essential oils as implied by the term “Aromatherapy”, have a powerful effect
    through our sense of smell. Essential oils are the fragrant and therapeutic
    essences distilled from herbs, flowers, leaves and bark. Essential oils have
    been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used
    correctly and safely.

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  • Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue

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