How to Choose a High Quality Essential Oil

Essential oils are great for a variety of purposes, but you need to make sure you are using high quality oils.
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How to Choose a High-Quality Essential Oil.



One of the most important qualities you should look for when checking out essential oils is to make sure the plants are grown organically. Products that are “USDA Organic” have been certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Due to the high concentration, the plants used to make essential oils must be grown without synthetic pesticides and herbicides. Click To Tweet




Although you will dilute most essential oils in a carrier oil, you should buy your essential oils pure and confirm that they are not diluted beforehand.

If the essential oil you are using is significantly cheaper than other brands, you may want to question whether it has been diluted or mixed with something else.

Your essential oils should state that they are 100% pure. Click To Tweet

Unless you intentionally bought an essential oil mixture, the essential oil should be the only ingredient on the list.


Latin Name


Your essential oil should be labeled using its Latin name. Essential oils may come from several species and you need to know which one you are buying.

Some may state the simple name on the front of the package, but it should include the species in the ingredients list.


Country of Origin


Essential oils should clearly state where the oil was grown.

If it is grown in a different country than it is being sold in, it should indicate who has certified it as organic.

Customers have the right to know where their products originate from. When companies are not making this clearly known they should be pressured to make necessary changes.


Double Check Fancy-Sounding Words and Phrases


A company may claim that its product is a number of things. However, before you get pulled in by fancy words, find out what governing body made the designation.

Do your research and don’t rely on a phrase to give you the information you need.


Information Should Be Easily Obtainable


It makes sense that all information about a product may not fit onto the tiny bottles that most pure essential oils come in. However, the important information that you seek should be easily accessible. If it is not, you should question whether the company is trying to hide something.

Essential oils are great for a variety of purposes, but you need to make sure you are using high-quality oils. By knowing what to look for, you can be reassured that the essential oils will benefit you and boost your health, both now and in the future.

As you try essential oils you will certainly find favorites. here are 20 different oils that are very popular.

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Naturally Yours,

Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy

28 thoughts on “How to Choose a High Quality Essential Oil”

  1. Melanie williams

    This is perfectly timed and there are some good tips here for sure, as I am looking for oils, but want good quality ones x

  2. Essential oils are one of the talk of the town nowadays. Thank you for the information. This is indeed a great read especially to those who really want to start getting their essential oils.

    1. Undiluted oils seem to always be more fragrant. Organic verse non-organic in regards to fragrance may not make as much of a difference but I still prefer organic.

  3. Thank you for these tips. I buy my essential oils from a friend who also gives educational webinars on how to choose essential oils. I think she’s included most of these tips in her talks.

  4. This is really useful. I have just bought essential oils in the past but I only assumed they were of good quality. I will go and double-check the ones I have to see if they are

    Thanks for the information!

  5. There really is a difference between high quality and mediocre. The lesser qualities all have the same tinged smell to them and the high qualities smell true to their names.

  6. I love essential oils it helps me to relax and reduce my stress great to read about the high qualities I will take note this thanks a lot!

  7. This all sound so familiar to me. I have been in the beard oil industry for a year and I had to research all these topics. This brings back memories haha. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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About The Author

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in Mindset, Stress Management, Emotional Health and the Brain-Gut Connection to it all.

During Elise's 30+ years of experience she has been honored to work closely with health and wellness pioneers such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. John Gray, and several others.

Dr. Ho holds multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.