What is the difference between ‘natural’ versus ‘synthetic’? An artificial fragrance is to duplicate the scent of the flower and not that of the essential oil. As an Aromatherapist I have to emphasise that the synthetic fragrance does not have any of the therapeutic qualities of the essential oil.
The following text summarises the way I, as an Aromatherapist, feel about using essential oils:
‘Why natural oils? Why not anything that smells nice whether it is natural or synthetic? The answer is simply that synthetic or inorganic substances do not contain any ‘life force’; they are not dynamic….Everything is made of chemicals, but organic substances like essential oils have a structure, which only Mother Nature can put together. They have a life force, an additional impulse which can only be found in living things’ (Tisserand, 1977)
Adulteration of essential oils is the process of adding natural or synthetic compounds to ‘stretch’ an essential oil or to adjust its fragrance or color. Please note that adulteration is often suspected to be the culprit that causes sensitivity and allergic reactions that people experience from essential oils. The ingredients used in adulteration could have potential irritant qualities or other toxic effects.
In holistic Aromatherapy my main focus is to practice using essential oils derived from nature, rather than man made synthetics. Hence, the oils I practice on and sell are 100% pure and natural organic essential oils. What is ‘organic’? I hear you ask. Organic or ‘organic farming’ means farming in a way which cares for the environment, without relying upon synthetic chemicals or other unnatural approaches.
By choosing organic essential oils you can avoid numerous synthetic chemicals and neurotoxins entering the bloodstream which can lead to health problems. Organic ingredients in products are not tested on animals. Organic essential oils are free from petrochemical ingredients, synthetic colours/fragrances/parfums and any harsh chemicals such as benzene and hexane.