As the popularity of essential oils grows, so too does our knowledge of what constitutes quality. With the wealth of available essential oil products out there, it is never surprising when we receive inquiries regarding how to determine quality. Consumers are becoming more and more aware of standards and ingredients they should watch out for as essential oil quality indicators and how to be sure the oils they are using are the best.
As our most popular brand of essential oil, we receive a significant number of inquiries regarding tea tree oil, so we wanted to take an opportunity to discuss just how important tea tree essential oil quality is and how to judge it.
Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The concentration of the Terpine-4-oL component in the oil has a strong correlation to the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil, and thus it should be something you look at when determining quality. The highest quality tea tree oil will meet or exceed the European Pharmacopeia and ISO standards. To be most effective and safe, your tea tree needs to be high quality.
Another good indication of quality is the amount of 1-8 cineole in the oil. This has been associated with skin irritations and so a very low limit for it, as well as the content of p-cymene, should be set. High p-cymene in a tea tree oil is a strong indication that the TTO has degraded. A limit significantly lower than the upper limit in both the European and ISO standard ensures a product is of the highest quality at release and remains so until the end of its shelf life.
When searching for quality, with tea tree oil or any other essential oil, be sure to look for oils that are 100% pure. Additionally, be sure that oils are tested for purity to ensure they’ve not been altered or standardized.
Also, make sure the oils are packaged in dark amber glass bottles. This ensure the oil’s properties remain intact. Most essential oils oxidize quickly when exposed to light, causing them to lose their medicinal components, so the amber glass is important. Furthermore, the solvent properties of some oils like tea tree and eucalyptus can break down plastic packaging which would leach the resin into the oil.
At Thursday Plantation, we strive to provide only the highest quality essential oils. Our entire process – from start to finish – has been refined to ensure that our oils remain pure and to the highest standards. We go above and beyond regulatory standards, offering only the best.
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