Confused about Essential Oils?
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Here at PURA D’OR, we love essential oils, but we realize they can be bewildering to beginners. Since we’re fans of aromatherapy and its benefits, we love answering questions to help spread the word. Please see below and get your questions answered!

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are chemical compounds derived from plants. The term “essential” comes from the Latin essentia or “essence.” Essential oils are the aromatic chemical compounds that characterize a plant and form its essence. These compounds are usually extracted via steam distillation or via cold pressing.

What can essential oils do for you?

Essential oils can help you in many ways. They can help bring you into harmony with nature. They can help access long-dimmed joyful memories. They can help calm your mind and lift your mood. They can also be used as household cleansers and air purifiers. A great way to use essential oils is to spread their scent through the air via an oil diffuser. When you inhale a plant’s scent through essential oils and the scent affects you positively, you are benefiting from a form of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic purposes. For centuries, ancient cultures used aromatic plants to heal various concerns. When you consider the importance of senses like sight, hearing, touch, and taste, you’ll realize your sense of smell is also very impactful. Scents can influence your emotions through the brain's limbic system. They can calm your mind and lift your mood. Essential oils can be truly beneficial from a psychological and emotional standpoint. They’re also good for more concrete practical uses like room cleansing!

Why is it important to choose oils that are ethically sourced?

At PURA D'OR, we aim to live in harmony with Mother Nature. Our intent is to care for her as she cares for us. If she provides us with plants, this supply must be replenished, not just for ourselves and our customers, but for future generations. We believe in the power of oils as a source of good, and that starts with good, sustainable sourcing.

How does PURA D’OR ensure that its oils are sourced ethically?

PURA D’OR only uses sustainably-sourced, ethically-harvested, unmanipulated essential oils in our products. These oils are sourced from farms and distilleries that pay their workers fairly and treat their crops with love and care. It takes time to find and build relationships with this type of artisan supplier. In addition, it is optimal to source oils from plants that are native to the regions in which they are grown. PURA D’OR cares enough to go the extra (many!) miles. We have sourced from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North America and South America.

We also work with specialists who help direct our sourcing protocols. Our Professional Aromatherapist, Mikki Anderson, is an Aromatherapy graduate of the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and a professional member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists, as well as the Alliance of International Aromatherapists. She teaches Aromatherapy at the college level.

Mikki has sourced oils for us in several countries on two continents. She says her mission is to provide PURA D’OR’s customers with “authentic, non-manipulated, pure and unadulterated organic essential oils.” All of us at PURA D’OR take pride in offering our customers these pure essential oils. Not to mention, we use them ourselves!

Rest assured, your oils are pure and authentic. We do not standardize our oils, which means we don’t add chemical components to them. Some companies standardize oils as a way of meeting the public’s expectation that the oils will smell precisely the same from year to year. With non-standardized oils, each batch varies slightly in scent due to changing conditions in the weather or soil. The variations in scent result from natural causes. So, by welcoming slight differences, you are getting each plant’s unique essence the way nature intended!

At PURA D’OR, we believe in protecting Mother Nature. She provides us with beneficial plants and aromatic oils and it is up to us to ensure we source them ethically and sustainably. This way, they will be available for future generations to enjoy!

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