Before I got myself so involved into the world of aromatherapy, I bought a lot of different brands of essential oils and could not figure out which essential oils are pure and natural.
I did not even understand Latin names and their purpose. For e.g. if I want to buy a bottle of Lavender essential oils, I just looked at the name “Lavender” and then bought it.
There are so many studies and research of aromatherapy that we need to buy the good quality oils to give us the benefits we desire. We need to take note that in order to keep the vitality of the essential oils, follow these 3 methods:
Store the oils in closed, dark, amber glass bottles
Keep the caps tightly on your oils when you are not using them and store them in cool, dark place, preferably in a refrigerator.
Oxygen, Sunlight and Heat speed up the oxidation which is a process that breaks down your essential oils. When essential oils are stored cold, their shelf lives improve. Shelf lives are based on the oils’ chemistry.
What are the shelf lives?
Typically, citrus oils like Sweet Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot or Grapefruit last about 2 years, while the other oils like Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, just to name a few, can last from ranging of 5 to 8 years. Their shelf lives also depend on how you store them.
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