Before we talk about essential oils, let’s talk about wine. I don’t drink wine any more, I have never liked it, and now don’t drink any alcohol, but I do know that wine comes in a huge range of qualities (and prices), flavours, brands, etc. You can get your cheap plonk, Lambrusco for £2.50 from Tesco, or your Chateau Margaux, which will set you back 6-figures! And in fact now, the much-maligned Lambrusco is making a comeback and you can get some more upmarket, better quality Lambrusco, did you know that? Let’s look into that a little tiny bit before going back to essential oils.
Lambrusco. Extremely high yields, huge industrial-level production, has led to it being so widely available, that the majority of people regard it as poor quality, cheap and, to wine connoisseurs, even ‘nasty’. Vines grown closely together, with lots of grapes near each other lowers the quality of the wine. I have no idea why. But it does. However, producers of Lambrusco are changing their extraction methods, and adding in some aging processes to make the wine more upmarket and a better quality. Oh and Lambrusco is made in the Emilia-Romagna area in Italy. Why is it not made anywhere else? Because it is the climate, soil, elevation, and a whole other host of reasons that means that the vine species used to grow the grapes to make the wine that makes it unique to that region, much like it is only the Champagne region of France that can produce what we know as champagne.
Let’s get back to essential oils – 10 Factors of EO Quality
OK so we have looked at wine, and some of the factors that can affect the quality of wine, and also the huge difference in quality, availability and price of it too. Now, keep that thought in your head when we now talk about essential oils. Where they come from matters. How they are extracted matters. How they are grown matters. And this is why you get a huge variety of oils, aromas, prices, qualities, just like you can get with wine. We will now explore 10 factors now that can determine the quality of essential oils. Some of these are controllable factors, and some of them are non-controllable factors. OK, here goes.