There are a lot of things to consider when buying essential oils and aromatherapy products.  The market is loaded with doubtful items that might harm you.

Different aromatherapy products vary on purity depending on the production method used by their manufacturers.  You need to be equipped with important information regarding these products before you decide to purchase them.

It can help to ensure that you are getting the authentic essential oils that carry your desired or expected therapeutic action.

1. Identify your need.

Before you buy any aromatherapy product, you need to identify what you really need.  You should determine your purpose for buying it.  Are you going to use it to heal a particular ailment or you just intend to use it as a candle diffuser at home?

It is best to seek the advice of an aromatherapy practitioner before buying essential oils.  This can help to ensure that that you know what to buy based on your need.

2. Identify sources.

Aromatherapy products are available in health shops, herb stores, drug stores, cosmetic shops and supermarkets.  They are even sold online nowadays.

If you intend to use your essential oil for therapeutic purposes, don’t buy them from supermarkets and cosmetic shops.  These stores sell impure oils which are diluted with other chemical ingredients.

You should buy therapeutic essential oils from herb stores and health food stores.  They are known as reliable outlets of pure aromatherapy products.

3. Identify their containers.

Essential oils are sensitive to light and they can become contaminated when contained in plastic.

Pure essential oils are sold in dark-colored glass bottles to preserve their purity and potency.  Avoid buying essential oils in plastic bottles or other containers with rubber dropper tops as they may be contaminated.

4. Check the label.

By checking the label, you can be confident that you are buying the right aromatherapy product that you want.

When you buy essential oils, always check for the label that says “100% Essential Oil” or “Pure Essential Oil.”

Never go for bottles that carry markings like “Perfume Oil,” “Fragrance Oil,” “Botanical Essence,” or “Natural Oil.”  These products could be mixed with synthetic chemicals which can lessen their therapeutic effects.

Another way of determining the purity of essential oils is to find the botanical name of the oil together with its common name in the label.  Most of these oils are also packed with brochures that contain information about their country of origin, instructions for use and method of extraction.

5. Check the price.

The countries of origin, methods and costs of production, and availability and supply are just a few factors that can affect the individual costs of different essential oils.  These should make the price of a particular essential oil different from the others.

But if you can see different essential oils with uniform price, you should be doubtful as it is a sign that those oils are fake or synthetic imitations.