In his book, “The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy” Salvatore Battaglia estimates that only 5% of all essential oils are produced specifically for the aromatherapy market. And the folks at Amrita tell us that the vast majority of essential oils are grown and produced for the food, perfume or pharmaceutical industries.
Unfortunately, these industries focus more on a stable, predictable yield than the botanical purity of their oils. So how do you know you’re getting a quality product? Here are some things to look for: