Getting Started with Essential Oils

Purity Testing (GC/MS)

What is GC/MS testing?

Gas Chromatography (GC) is a method of separating the volatile compounds in essential oils into individual components and produces a linear graph that charts these components. Mass Spectrometry (MS) identifies each of these components and their percentages. This process is used to identify any adulteration of the essential oil tested. The precise breakdown of the chemical components in individual oils given to us by GC/MS reports are important as the therapeutic benefits and safety issues of essential oils are, in large part, determined by their chemical makeup.

Purity is essential for potency and safety

In order for essential oils to have a therapeutic effect we believe they must be pure plant extracts. Adulterated oils or perfume oils will not offer therapeutic effects and may in fact cause allergies, headaches and chemical sensitivities.

All our essential oils are fully tested

At Aromatics International every batch of oil purchased from a distiller or distributor is tested with GC/MS. Once an essential oil is tested, we format the chemical constituents into chemical families for therapeutic blending purposes. All the main components and some of the trace components will be listed on these reports. The chemical family information on Aromatics International is written for the oils sold on this website and is specific for each batch of oil we buy. You can see each essential oil’s GC/MS report by going to the essential oil’s page and clicking on GC/MS report.

We have collected wonderful essential oil recipes over the last several years. We are excited to share them with you! We will continue to add recipes that we have come to appreciate.

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