What Is Pure Therapeutic Grade?

For the average person, it is difficult to distinguish between a high quality, greater grade essential oil and one that has been “drawn-out” or contains other unnatural elements. Most of us can’t tell the difference as our noses are just not trained – but this doesn’t mean we can’t learn. A lot of people have wondered how to differentiate between essential oils, aromatherapy oils, aromatic oils, and pure organic therapeutic grade oils. It is unsurprising that TV commercials and beauty magazines are constantly promoting aroma-sprays, aroma-candles and other kinds of aromatic products. Numerous shops offer aromatherapy products as well as essential oils, but very few can claim that their product is prepared with pure organic therapeutic grade oils.

Before we go any further, it is important to understand what therapeutic grade really means. One of the key factors that makes an oil therapeutic grade is the type and quantity of chemical components it has. Examples of these are sesquiterpenes, sclareol, terpenes, camphor, linalyl acetate, limonene, carvacrol, linalol, and thymol, to name but a few that you will come across when you learn about oils. Remember, the more of these chemical components in an oil the better because they complement each other.

Aromatic oils & Essential Oils

Simple aromatic oils are almost always made of artificial fragrances and synthetic substances, which were chemically made. All of these type of “oils” will likely make your living space smell nice for a couple of hours, but could also affect your respiratory system – putting you at risk of developing allergic reaction (which is totally not worth it). This goes for all “aromatic” products out there – commercial air-fresheners, perfumes, incense sticks, candles among others unless their label states that they contain only pure essential oils.

Regrettably, even aromatherapy oils or essential oils can occasionally be tainted. It is done in order to cut production cost and ensure manufacturers makes good profits. Thus, always be careful if someone wants to sell you a bottle of essential oils, clary sage, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and jasmine, at a very low cost. Pure aromatherapy oils (especially the ones mentioned) are quite expensive.


Pure organic therapeutic grade essential oils mean that these oils were prepared with organic herbal plant portions and refined with the aid of hot water steam or CO2 and nothing else. When you come across a label of a product stating something like “ocean mist” – it is very doubtful that this has been extracted from a tree, herb, or plant. Steer clear of this, as it is certainly a chemical ingredient.

There are a quite a number of things to know when purchasing essential oils: it must come in dark glass bottle (brown, green or blue), and the label must include the Latin name of the plant the oil was extracted from and the country of origin in which it was harvested.

Pure organic therapeutic grade essential oils will mostly be sold by companies who are extensively involved with aromatherapy, are prepared to give any required documentation, and have a certified aroma therapist to assist you select all the right essential oils for any health concern.