Essential Oils: Why I choose Mountain Rose Herbs + An Exciting Giveaway!
Essential oils have taken the world by storm over the past several years, in fact, I'm willing to bet each of you know at least one person who is an essential oil Independent Distributor.
I love essential oils and use them daily, whether it's Peppermint for a headache, Lavendar to calm, or a combo to make my own disinfectant or a clean version of Vicks Vapo Rub, the possibilities are endless! We do, however, need to be selective of who we buy from. Since essential oils are highly concentrated, the purity of the plants and process are of utmost value.
I have discussed my concerns with some multi-level marketing oils particularly when the distributors/consultantspass themselves off as an expert even if they have received little to no training. This is particularly dangerous when it comes to medicinal properties, like essential oils, because of the high risk of adverse reactions.
Use of essential oils (EOs) should be approached with thoughtfulness, precaution and research - never at just the word of a distributor or the company they represent. Oils should never be applied neat or ingested without the supervision or go-ahead from a qualified healthcare practitioner. Purchase and use of an essential oil safety book is highly recommended - I don't even know why I put this book away, I get it out daily!
The safety book is kind of like a text book, so if you want to start out simple, easy but still get a TON of great info, check out Essential Oils Every Day by Hope Gillerman, whose oil blends I use regularly!
- They have one of the largest selections of certified organic oils. Many other brands state this isn't important, which we will address in the interview below, but remember how concentrated this oils are - which means the pesticide/insecticide levels are just as concentrated in conventional oils
- They are selling pure, unadulturated essential oils, not fragrance oils, as some may so cleverly market to those unsuspecting consumers
- MRH doesn't claim their oils to be therapeutic grade or certified therapeutic grade, since those are merely marketing terms, not real grades.
- They state the method of extraction for each oil and explain the differences between Steam Distilled and Cold Pressed.
- Quality reports and certifications are available when requested
- For most oils, you can select from several sizing options like 1/8 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz and 16 oz. Most essential oil companies offer one size and it's important to recognize the consumer need for specific oils in different sizes
- I find MRH to be one of the more affordable and accurately priced company who sells essential oils. Take for example the highly effective Frankincense Oil which will cost you $25.75 for 1/2 oz from MRH. It costs between $69.75 and $73.50 for the same amount of Frankincense from the leading two MLM essential oil companies.
- The company is a leader in environmental activism and sustainability practices. From campaigning for GMO-labeling, working with certified organic farmers to becoming a zero-waste company
- Return Policy
- MRH has a no-hassle return policy with essential oils - you can even return open EO bottles if they are smaller than 8 oz.
I spoke with Mountain Rose Herbs at length to share more detailed information about their company and the importance of trust and purity within this industry. Check out the Q&A below!
Q&A with Mountain Rose Herbs
What is the importance of sourcing organic (or wild-crafted) oils where available? Several big name brands who do not sell certified organic oils claim they choose not to become USDA certified because the organic label isn't specific to essential oils so there are no specific quality composition set in place by the FDA. What is your take on this?
We specialize in sourcing high quality organic products. Organic farming practices are crucial for sustaining the health of the earth, water, and our communities. Because essential oils are so concentrated through the distillation process, pesticides and other toxins can be concentrated in the oil as well. This is what makes choosing certified organic or ethically wild harvested essential oils so important - especially if you are using them therapeutically.
There is claim oils can cheat the MS/GC tests. What is your take and how do you ensure your oils are truly pure and unadulterated?
We agree that GC/MS tests are not the only method for verifying an essential oil’s quality. We do refer to GC/MS tests when reviewing and receiving our essential oils, but we also take other factors into consideration including organoleptic testing, organic and fair trade certifications, and whether the distiller is someone with a good reputation and is established in the industry.
Are you able to provide 3rd party testing certifications, where applicable, to anyone who asks?
We perform organoleptic testing in-house and have GC/MS analysis available for most of our oils. These reports come from either our suppliers or third party labs that we use. Available reports and Certificates of Analysis can be requested through our QC department.
What is the importance of using oils sourced from their indigenous area?
There are many plants that only grow in very specific ecosystems. Certain cultures around the world hold rich knowledge of these plants and a deep history of distilling to create beautiful oils from that region. Some of the most magnificent spice oils like cinnamon and black pepper come from the Middle East and India. Leafy herbs such as rosemary originate from Europe. Cultivation of other plants like lavender and peppermint has become very popular, so you can find good quality essential oils being produced all over the world. Interestingly, their aromas will vary slightly, so personal preference does come into consideration when sourcing these types of oils.
Oxidation in oils can occur, affecting oil efficacy or, in some cases, respiratory irritation. How do you ensure your oils are not oxidized and what can customers do to maintain the integrity of their oils?
Oxidation can occur at different rates depending on the oil. Citrus oils can oxidize quickly, even within a year if not used in that time. Keeping the lid closed tightly when not using the oil is key. Purchasing small amounts of oil that you know you are going to use in a timely manner will also help prevent oxidation. Another thing to keep in mind is the empty space in the bottle, or how much air is in the container as you are storing the oils. Transferring to a smaller bottle when about half-full is a good idea. Thankfully, oxidized oils are not a lost cause since they can still be used to make home cleaning products. However, they should be avoided for therapeutic use or skin contact.
There are so many essential oil companies to choose from it can be overwhelming. What sets you apart from the rest?
It really comes down to transparency and trust. Asking questions is key. As herbalists and plant people ourselves, we understand the importance of using high quality botanical products for our health. We offer essential oils that are pure aromatic extracts and carry one of the largest selections of certified organics oils on the market. We work with reputable distillers we know and trust, always keeping sustainability at the heart of our practices. Being completely transparent in all that we do and building relationships with our farmers, distillers, and customers is always our goal.
These answers were provided by Mountain Rose Herb's Products Manager and Certified Aromatherapist Christine Guerts
This collection of organic essential oils is designed to introduce you to the art of aromatherapy. The Classic Sampler Set includes a selection of versatile essential oils that can be used to create body care recipes, diffuser blends, massage oils, salves, natural cleaning formulas, and so much more. Distilled or cold-pressed from organic botanicals, these essential oils are pure and undiluted.
Each sampler set comes with storage tips for your essential oils, basic blending and dilution tips, two droppers for counting and measuring, and detailed essential oil descriptions including aroma notes, suggested uses, and blending ideas.
The Classic Essential Oil Sampler Set includes 8 different 1/8th ounce (1 dram) bottles:
- Organic Atlas Cedarwood essential oil ( Cedrus atlantica )
- Organic Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
- Organic Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens)
- Organic Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Organic Peppermint essential oil (Mentha pipertia)
- Organic Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Organic Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
- Organic Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
General: Essential oils are very concentrated and highly volatile. Never use them undiluted, in the eyes or on mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a licensed practitioner. Keep away from children and pets. If applying to your skin, perform a patch test first.
A big thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for speaking with Suzi and I and offering this generous kit to one of our readers!