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Now Foods Essential Oil

Blends - Support For Health, Beauty, Mood, 1 Fl. Oz. Ea.

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Please Note: Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm CT. All orders received before 2pm CT will be processed & shipped within 1-2 business days.* Average transit times are 2-7 business days to the contiguous 48 United States and the District of Columbia. (*Does not apply to holidays or special orders.) Your Healthy friend since 1962 NOW Essential Oil Blends – 1 fl. oz. The Best Natural Aromatherapy The use of natural essential oils for aromatherapy is an ancient and time-honored tradition that’s been enhancing moods and lifting spirits for thousands of years. Essential oils are liquid plant essences that are genuine reflections of the botanicals from which they’re born. What are essential oils? Essential oils are the naturally occurring, volatile oils obtained by steam distillation or cold pressing (expression), having the characteristic aroma of the plant part from which it was derived. These pure oils are "neat", meaning they have not been processed, diluted or manipulated in any way with solvents or other additives. Although a particular species of plant harvested and distilled for its essential oil during a particular growing season in a specific region may produce a fragrance that differs from the same species grown in a different region, many of the main chemical markers and physical specifications may be very similar. NOW's citrus fruit essential oils are 100% cold pressed. Our other essential oils are typically 100% steam distilled. Essential Oil FAQs Are your oils watered down or diluted in any way? No, both our pure and natural essential oils and our certified organic essential oils are never diluted or watered down in any way. We do offer a variety of essential oil blends, some of which are combined with carrier oils such as jojoba, but these blends are manufactured specifically as blends and are clearly labeled as such to avoid any confusion. Are NOW essential oils pure or do they have anything added to them? All of our pure essential oils are labeled as such. We also sell clearly labeled oil blends that are formulated with essential oils or “absolute” extracts with another oil as a base; usually pure jojoba oil. Natural essential oils by their very nature will vary slightly from season to season. We allow nature to take its course and do not add isolated compounds to the oil to try to standardize the naturally occurring variations of a particular oil. We take both the organoleptic (sight, smell, and taste) and chemical properties into account when selecting and testing NOW essential oils. Do essential oils have a grading system to tell me which is better? There is no official grading system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or Therapeutic grade. All NOW pure essential oils are accurately labeled as such and are the highest purity and quality available. Are your oils synthetic? With the exception of one of our jasmine oil blends, which is clearly labeled as synthetic, all NOW Solutions essential oils are naturally derived. Pure, natural jasmine oil is hard to source and very expensive even at wholesale, which translates to exorbitant retail pricing. Synthetic jasmine is much less expensive and its aroma is equivalent to that of pure jasmine, which is why we offer this option to our customers. We also carry a pure jasmine absolute blended with carrier oil as a natural alternative. Are your essential oils non-GMO? Yes. There is no commercial crop today that is both genetically engineered and used to make essential oils. Are NOW essential oils cruelty free? Yes. Our essential oils are vegan and we do not do any animal testing on any of our products. Do NOW essential oils contain alcohol? Only the essential oils labeled as absolutes (Jasmine & Rose) are alcohol extracted, all other NOW oils are either steam distilled or cold pressed without solvents. Are NOW essential oils therapeutic grade? “Therapeutic grade” is simply a marketing claim with no real independent meaning or value, and no credible third-party standards. However, the quality standards for authentication of essential oils have been long established by authoritative references. Our quality control team tests essential oils to the specifications published in The Essential Oils by Ernest Guenther, as well as Fenaroli's Handbook of Flavor Ingredients by George A. Burdock. These are the same standards used by major European distillers that are the primary suppliers of these oils to our industry. Are Essential Oils only for aromatherapy? NOW ® Essential Oils are highly concentrated plant and botanical extracts intended for aromatherapeutic use. Because these extracts are highly concentrated and potent, we recommend consulting with a trained professional or referencing other reputable resources for recommended dilutions before using essential oils for any purpose other than aromatherapy. Infants, children, and pets may be highly sensitive to essential oils, even when used as directed in a diffuser. Always diffuse essential oils in well-ventilated areas, especially in the presence of children, pregnant/nursing women, pets, or individuals with respiratory or other medical conditions. Can Essential Oils be used topically? Some essential oils can be highly irritating to the skin, and direct skin contact with essential oils should be avoided. Do not use any undiluted essential oil directly on the skin, especially the skin of infants, children or pets, unless directed by a healthcare practitioner. My family and I have been using an essential oil topically on our feet. Is this OK since your bottle says "Not for Topical use"? No, we advise against it. Skin irritation is possible with some essential oils, including Cassia or Cinnamon. Though many people do use our oils in a variety of ways, due to the powerful nature of steam distilled pure essential oils we label these products with cautions and suggest that you follow them and, as needed, consult an aromatherapist or health professional for proper use. There are also many good reference books on using essential oils safely. These pure oils are of the highest quality, undiluted and unadulterated. They are appropriate for any use where these concentrated oils are indicated, either for aromatherapy or with significant dilution per an appropriate recipe for aromatherapy or massage oil blends, in accordance with our label claims and cautions. Food Grade FAQs NOW ® essential oil products are intended solely for use as aromatherapy products; they’re not intended for internal use. Many of our essential oils are clearly labeled “Not for internal use” due to the fact that they’re highly concentrated, and for other safety considerations. Are any of your essential oils food grade? FDA regulations state that natural product labeling, including all website claims as well as product label content, cannot legally suggest that a product intended for topical or aromatherapeutic use be taken internally without labeling the product as food. NOW Solutions closely adheres to all federal regulations. If some of your essential oils are food-grade, why aren’t they labeled for internal use? Although some of our essential oils do qualify as food-grade, federal regulations state that a food or dietary supplement intended for ingestion must bear Nutrition Facts (food) or Supplement Facts (supplements), plus all appropriate serving information for that declared use. Since our oils are intended for aromatherapy, we’ve chosen not to market our essential oils for internal use, so we cannot recommend using them internally, and we can’t label them for any use other than aromatherapy. Certain essential oils can be used in foods, but typically in amounts so small that they can’t be conveniently measured using common household measuring devices. In addition, because essential oils are highly concentrated, they’re extremely potent and could increase the risk of injury to consumers when not used as directed, even if food grade. And some essential oils are not safe to consume internally at all, no matter how small the amount. Are your essential oils considered GRAS (generally regarded as safe)? Some of our essential oils do qualify for GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status through the FDA. However, even these products are not labeled or marketed for ingestion or use in foods for the reasons outlined above. The safety of our customers comes first, and FDA labeling regulations are in place specifically to protect consumers. This is why we don’t market our essential oils for ingestion, and we caution against using these highly concentrated oils internally. Even though we choose not to market our oils as food-grade of for internal use, rest assured that our essential oils are manufactured and tested to be of the highest quality and purity available. These pure essential oils are produced only by natural extraction methods, with no solvents or diluents used, and are thoroughly tested and labeled appropriately for aromatherapy use. Extraction Process FAQs What is an absolute essential oil and what is the extraction process? Absolute essential oils are similar to their pure distilled and cold-pressed counterparts, but for various reasons the extraction process is more involved and requires the use of chemical solvents that are removed later in the production process. NOW Solutions offers two absolutes, Rose and Jasmine, which are extracted with solvents and clearly listed as such on our product labels. These two absolutes are produced by using the solvents hexane and ethanol in sequence, which are then actively reclaimed and removed via a stripping distillation process that leaves the essential oil portion intact. All absolutes are prepared by first extracting the oil from the plant matter using the solvent hexane. This solvent is then evaporated and removed via a stripping distillation process to typically less than one part per million (ppm) remaining, producing what is called a concrete . This concrete is a combination of the plant’s essential oil as well as co-extracted plant waxes. The essential oil is separated from the concrete by ethanol, leaving behind the plant waxes. The ethanol is then actively removed from the remaining material in a second evaporation process, separating the essential oil portion, which is now called an “absolute.” Residual ethanol is typically less than 1 ppm in the absolute material. Though the solvents are reclaimed by distillation, these absolute oils are not actually re-distilled because the essential oil portions are left intact and not torn apart into constituents during the distillation process. We only offer these two absolute oils due to the rarity and high cost of obtaining steam-distilled rose or jasmine essential oils, which would be many times the price of our absolute products. Steam Distillation and Cold Pressing Essential Oils are mixtures of aromatic chemicals present in plant material such as leaves, buds, flowers, fruit, bark, root, or wood, and are comprised of various natural compounds including terpenes, acids, aldehydes, alcohols, esters, and ketones. Nearly all essential oils are obtained using physical extraction methods, with most essential oils obtained through two processes; steam distillation of plant materials, and cold pressing of fruit peels. Very few of today’s natural essential oils are obtained using chemical solvent extractions, which are termed either “concretes” or “absolutes” and are identified as such on the label. This discussion will center on the physical processes of steam distillation and cold pressing. Steam distillation is a three-step process comprised of the following: The plant material is placed on a screen in a steam still. Steam from a boiler is introduced under the screen where the plant material is held. The steam vaporizes the essential oil in the plant material. Both steam and oil vapor rise to a condenser. The steam and oil are condensed to a liquid, and fed to a receiving vessel. The essential oil rises to the top of the liquid in the receiving vessel. It is separated from the condensed steam liquid (water or hydrosols). The water may be returned to the boiler and reboiled into steam. Cold Pressing is a four-step process comprised of the following: The whole fruit is scarified, which means the peel or rind is mechanically pierced to open the sacs containing the essential oil. The whole fruit is then pressed, which squeezes out the juice and oil. The oil and juice, which contains the peel and other fruit solids, are centrifuged to separate the liquids and solids. The oil liquid layer is then separated from the juice liquid layer. Further physical processing of either the steam distilled or cold pressed essential oils, such as filtering, winterizing, or distillation, may follow to clarify or rectify them by removing any debris, waxes, etc. No chemical solvents In no instance is the use of chemical solvents permitted for products labeled as pure essential oils, nor are any chemical additives permitted to enhance (adulterate) the oils. Most NOW ® essential oils are produced utilizing steam distillation or cold pressing with no additional ingredients. We also sell a few essential oil blends, which are clearly labeled as diluted with additional oils Quality & Safety At NOW ® Essential Oils we’re big fans of botanical extracts and their unique benefits for health and well-being, but these highly concentrated essences require robust testing and analysis to ensure their safety and identity. What are NOW's criteria for testing essential oils? Our Quality Assurance and Quality Control departments adhere to specifications used by the Essential Oils and Flavor Industry and published in The Essential Oils by Guenther, as well as Fenaroli's Handbook of Flavor Ingredients. These texts, as well as other sources of scientific information, detail specific physical and chemical properties of a particular oil. A partial list of the components that we analyze include Specific Gravity, Refractive Index, Optical Rotation, Flash Point, Infrared Absorption (as published in FCC), Ultraviolet/Visible Spectroscopy (UV/Vis) for pigment detection, Solubility, Taste/Odor, Color/Appearance, Heavy Metals, and Predominant Active Chemical Components. Our in-house laboratory is staffed by highly qualified chemists and technicians. It employs state-of-the-art analytical equipment that allows us to perform highly specialized analyses, such as Gas Chromatography and Infrared Spectrometry. We use our own analysis results to confirm specification sheet reports and certificates of analyses received from 3rd party outside laboratories and vendors. As always, when it comes to Essential Oils, individual practitioners and consumers will decide for themselves which variety of a flower or leaf produces the essential oil that best suits their particular need. With NOW pure essential oils, you can be assured that you have the real thing. NOW Foods is committed to offering the purest and most potent natural Essential Oils available. Does NOW Solutions test essential oils for purity? Yes, our identity and purity testing program consists of four individual analytical tests - gas chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, refractive index, and specific gravity. The vast majority of testing is done in-house, but we do utilize third party testing when necessary. Do you test your essential oils for heavy metals? Heavy metals are not typically found in distilled oils because these metals are generally not volatile enough to be concentrated by the distillation process. For cold-pressed oils such as citrus, NOW does perform routine heavy metal testing, but this not a common industry practice. Do you test your oils for pesticides? There is substantial literature on pesticide residues in essential oils. Because many of the botanicals used for essential oil production are very aromatic and weedy, they tend to naturally repel insects; many are even “companion plants” that are planted with crops for the purpose of repelling insects. Only pesticide residues that are hydrophilic, thermostable, and volatile can be carried over into an essential oil during distillation. Few pesticides possess these characteristics, so pesticide levels found in distilled oils are typically insignificant. In one large database, out of 73,541 analytical results on distilled essential oils, only 0.55% had positive results for pesticide detection. "Family owned since 1968, NOW has been a leader in the natural products industry. Even when healthy foods and natural supplements weren't mainstream, we've never wavered from our mission - to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives. " - Elwood Richard, Founder of NOW Foods *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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