When last I left you (Essential Oils Part 4) I was about to embark on the explanation of E.O.B.B.D. or as it is better known:
Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined
To simplify, there are basically two kinds of Essential Oils:
- Recreational: This type of essential oil is what we normally see available in health food stores and such, it is mainly used for aromatherapy and when you purchase these oils, you are purchasing oils of unknown origin or quality. NOT to be used internally.
- Therapeutic: To be classified as a therapeutic (of or relating to the healing of disease) oil, or better said, as an oil used as a healing mechanism for the body, it has to meet a much more rigorous quality standard which includes seven stages of certification:
- Botanical definition
- Confirmation of producing organ
- Extraction method
- Anti-pollution control
- Phsyico-chemical analysis
- Physical analysis
- Biochemical analysis
Again, to simplify … to qualify for an E.O.B.B.D. certification, the oil must be able to be traced back to the field and distiller from which it was produced, and the exact chemical makeup must be known.
When we narrow the playing field to the standards that are reached by being E.O.B.B.D. certified, we have very few players.
In addition to the EOBBD certification, the oils have to go through another strict standard in which the analysis gathered by the E.O.B.B.D. is compared to other specially prepared reference standards, and this is done by skilled experts (usually Ph.D. Pharmacists), and it is their job to make sure that the E.O.B.B.D. standards are being met.
Whew, this scientific stuff boggles my mind. Anyway, onward…
The type of oils I have chosen to incorporate into my coaching model are Be Young Essential Oils. Why? They meet the strict standards of the E.O.B.B.D. and they are all tested by independent laboratories, not Be Young. Third party testing assures me that the results are accurate and unadulterated.
You have GOT to be careful of companies out there claiming E.O.B.B.D. standards, yet have internal testing. That is a no no. More on that in a future article.
So the next question in this series naturally becomes, why did I choose Be Young Essential Oils? Stay tuned for Part 6 …
Question of the Day:
Do you know what gas chromatography is? No fair looking it up in Google. ::giggle::