New info (to me, at least) about essential oils

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Posted by Lauren  on February 25, 2002 at 00:14:29:

I was talking to my supplier today and I learned something that you
may already know but I didn't, so I thought I'd share it.
I already sell Eucalyptus Globulus 80-85, and I was considering among
other things getting some Lavender 40-42, and it occurred to me that
I wasn't sure what the numbers meant specifically. Apparently, oils
will vary in chemical content depending on the season, amount of
rainfall, and even time of day the herb is picked. What these
numbered oils are is a blend of the same sort of oil from different
harvests to make sure the effective chemicals are at the same level
in every bottle. This was originally done for aromatherapy stuff but
it works for us, too. The chemical in each case is different. For
the Eucalyptus, it's cineol. For the Lavender, it's lineol. It
seems to me that 40 percent useful is not enough, so I'm still
looking, but it's good to be able to ask for this sort of thing in
the future.


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