Lavender that Burns
Beware of a health danger the industry does not want you to know! It’s called: Adulterated Oils!
Today much of the lavender oil sold in America is a hybrid called lavandin, grown and distilled in China, Russia, France, and Tasmania. It is brought into France, cut with synthetic linalyl acetate to improve the fragrance; propylene glycol, DEP, or DOP (solvents that have no smell and increase the volume) [known carcinogens – editor’s note] are then added and it is sold in the United States as lavender oil.
Often lavandin is heated to evaporate the camphor and then is adulterated with synthetic linalyl acetate. Most consumers don’t know the difference, and are happy to buy it for $7 to $10 per half ounce in health food stores, beauty salons, etc. This is one of the reasons it is important to know about the integrity of the company or vendor from which you purchase your essential oils. Our Guarantee Buy Therapeutic-Grade Lavender Oil here.
Where are these “essential oils” coming from?
In France, production of true lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) dropped from 87 tons in 1967 to only 12 tons in 1998. During this same period the demand for lavender oil grew over 100 percent. So where did essential oil marketers obtain enough lavender to meet demand? They probably used a combination of synthetic and adulterated oils. There are huge chemical companies on the east coast of the U.S. that specialize in the duplication of every essential oil that exists. For every kilogram of pure essential oil that is produced, it is estimated there are between 10 and 100 kilograms of synthetic oil created.
Some statistics show that one company — Proctor & Gamble — uses twice as much essential oil as is produced in the entire world. From where are these so called “essential oils” coming?
Lavender that Burns?
Adulterated and mislabeled essential oils present dangers for consumers. One woman who had heard of the ability of lavender oil to heal burns used lavender oil from a local health food store when she spilled boiling water on her arm. But the pain intensified and the burn worsened, so she later complained that lavender oil was worthless for healing burns.
When her “lavender” oil was analyzed, it was found to be lavandin, a hybrid lavender that is chemically very different from pure Lavandula angustifolia. Lavandin contains high levels of camphor (12-18 percent) and can itself burn the skin. In contrast, true lavender contains virtually no camphor and has burn-healing agents not found in lavandin. Meet the real heroes! Buy Therapeutic-Grade Lavender Oil here.
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