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Lotus Touch Massage Oils

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

1. Are Lotus touch essential oils 100% certified organic?

No, not all Lotus Touch Oils are Certified Organic.  We have a limited range of certified organic oils.   If you search for item 246 0175 on our website you will see the entire range.

2. What testing do the oils undergo? Is every batch tested before bottled and sold?
What specific organizations are they tested under? (AFNOR, EC, ISO)

Our oils are tested olfactorily and visually first and then sent off for Gas Chromatography testing. We have a specialist consultant essential oil chemist responsible for interpreting the results (the most difficult part of the process). All our oils are GC tested by the producers, so we are effectively doing a double check. We are very consistent with the producers that we use and have worked with them for a long time. We like to GC test every batch but many of our suppliers have only one stock for the year and we draw from it, so we are judicious in adding the extra cost in repeating the analysis of the same oil. Our specifications surpass all those of AFNOR, EU and ISO.

3. Are any of the Lotus touch essential oils diluted with chemical and/or synthetic additives?

No, none of the Lotus Touch oils are diluted with chemicals or additives. However, some of the oils, like Neroli, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Rose, etc. are diluted with 100% pure jojoba carrier oil to make them more affordable and easier to use.

The History of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Extraction of essential oil has been used for the purpose of making perfumes and for the benefit that herbal aromas have on an individual’s mood.

Herbs themselves have been used throughout time to heal, or used symbolically and ritualistically. In fact, many modern medicines originated from herbs. For example, the use of willow bark dates back to 400 B.C. when it was used for fever or inflammatory conditions. The useful ingredient in willow bark is salicin, which was extracted and used to create Bayer aspirin in 1900. The biblical account of wise men baring frankincense and myrrh at the birth of Jesus Christ signifies the importance given to herbs during that time period. It is important, however, to distinguish between the medicinal properties of herbs and the therapeutic qualities of their essential oils.

The Purpose of Extraction of Essential Oil

The effect of an herb is the result of all it’s pharmacological components, which interact with one another. The distillation of an essential oil is the extraction of the volatile oil from the herb, separating that oil from other important components of the plant and altering it’s medicinal qualities. At the same time, this extraction also concentrates the oil making it less safe to ingest and more potent than the herb in it’s natural state.

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