We do not offer what we feel can be unnecessarily expensive and sometimes exorbitantly priced 'organic' essential oils.
We do however offer some of the highest quality, and purest natural fixed oils and essential oils available, always fresh, free from adulteration, pesticide residues and preservatives, synthetic additives and erroneous ingredients obtained from other oils.
If you have grown herbs, you have probably seen that in most conditions, herbs can grow healthy and strong without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers. In part, this is because herbs contain naturally high quantities of volatile chemicals that pests dislike. The rich aroma of an herb is the smell of these natural chemicals evaporating off of the plant. So, there is less reason to use chemicals when farming many herbs, because it would only raise the cost of producing them.
The overall value of "organic" essential oils has been somewhat inflated. Many essential oil herbs are grown organically with no certification, and some are from sources that can't readily be certified (i.e. Cedarwood oil is extracted from the heartwood of a tree that is many years old, it is very difficult to prove that the land was not chemically treated over a time span of several decades.) Knowing where an oil comes from may give insight into the product's purity. Third world countries grow naturally, but are not certified easily. Oils that are derived from wild crafted crops are grown without any chemicals, yet because they are grown wild, they are extremely difficult to get certified. The location that crops are grown is considered and sometimes it's not possible to provide a land history. A wild-crafted herb that was harvested from the roadside wild couldn't be considered organic (because they can pick up the lead and pollution from the cars that pass by).
A farmed herb has a greater chance of having consistent growing conditions, and more consistent levels of the herbs active components.
WHAT DOES THE TERM "ORGANIC" MEAN?
Ideally, the term "organic" can be defined as; "Grown and produced without the use of manufactured chemicals, and with methods that promote a healthy eco-system." The application of the term has evolved through time as we've re-discovered the value of traditional and eco-aware methods.
In many countries "organic" still has no legal definition. An astonishingly large number of items marked "organic" have no certification at all. To fill the void, organisations have formed that offer independent "third party" certification.
HOW CAN I TELL IF AN ITEM IS CERTIFIED AS ORGANIC?
The rigorous standards of certification programs have provided us with a way to determine if an item is certified as organic according to commonly accepted terms. Look for "Certified Organic" and the name of the state or third party agency that provided the certification.
If no agency name is present and the merchant cannot supply the name of the certifying agency, the product may not be organic.
WHY AREN'T ALL NATURAL PRODUCTS "CERTIFIED ORGANIC"?
To acquire certification, the cost and effort is great. Land history, plant operations, production materials and processes all have to be verified and approved by the certifying agency's auditor. Each year the inspections must be repeated to renew the certification. The expense prevents many small businesses that produce organic items from being able to acquire certification.
IS CERTIFICATION ACCURATE?
Certification programs vary some in the details of the auditing process and in their definition of "organic". The standards vary more greatly from one country to the next. There are common guidelines that most trusted agencies adhere to. For example, because land is often re-used, certifying agencies require a minimum number of years that the soil has been free of chemical treatment. Certification is accurate in that a product must meet the minimum guidelines set out by that certifying agency.