The title of this discussion can be misleading I know. But it is just so on purpose. As we will be discussing two actual meanings of the sources of Essential Oils. The first will be Sourcing from the source, the actual farms, etc. The second will be suppliers that are essentially the middle man or the importer or gathering place, ie; the wholesaler. Part #2 will deal with the oils at the supplier level and even the retail level.
#1-Sourcing from the geographical locations. I seriously doubt the many of you know the world of essential oils is really going through a massive change. One of the primary changes is the actual plants, no matter the geographic location. What I mean here is that it is quickly becoming a point in legitimate aromatherapy, that many oils are moving to the endangered listing. When and as this happens, many of these oils will be hard to get or impossible to get. During the past decade or two or more, oil here and there become "obsolete" if you will, and would no longer be available. But of recent times, this "obsolete" has become massive. At the present moment, there are well over a dozen essential oils that are actively in the act of being placed on that list. With more being mentioned that will likely be moved to that list within the near future. Part of this has to do with the demand for essential oils and part with a host of other legitimate reasons, such as a limited number of original sources for a particular oil and in some cases, only one source for that oil and the source dries up. But for the most part, it is when demand outstrips the sustainable supply and over-harvesting takes place and the whole supply for that particular oil crashes. This is what is primarily happening at the present time. However, when you look over the lists of these oils that are likely going to no be available before long, one will note that most of them are from plants that take multiple years to grow and develop. Trees are one example. So oils from trees, for example, are being moved to endangered/not going to be available before long status. Oils from plants that can be grown and harvested such as annuals, look like they will be ample in supply for the foreseeable future.
Another example along these lines is the various geographical locations where the same species of plants are grown. Some plants of the same species are grown in a number of locations around the world. Take Lavender for example. While there are no real dangers of Lavender being placed on that list, you will have a wide variance in the aromas from those various locations from where Lavender is grown. But the chemical properties will many times be more similar than dissimilar. So with Lavender, you may just have to get used to a variance in the aromas, but not the chemical properties. It would depend on what you are doing with the Lavender. If the aroma is vitally important, then you might experience some mental stress shifts. If you are working only from the chemical properties side, then perhaps not a big deal, but still some changes in approaches and applications. Now with the other oils, such as the tree oils, some but not all trees, and one tree oil is Frankincense, for example, will be getting moved to that list. While some Frankincense might be available, it will be very expensive and in limited offerings. So some different oils will have to be worked into the formulas to make up for that issue. basically, some formulas will have to be reformulated with other oils or will have to make up a substitute Frankincense. Maybe some of you may know of the oil, Rosewood. That oil is no longer available. What the whole aromatherapy industry has done is that all of the suppliers have come up with a Rosewood Blend. It is pretty close to the original in most of the different supplier's Rosewood Blends that I have tried. I have made my own Rosewood Blend up and it is about the same as the others. The cost is about the same, so.. depends on how much I need and what types of time pressures I am up against as to which way I will go. But back to Frankincense, I can make a "fake" Frankincense, but I really don't feel like that is being ethical or honest. I do know that some companies will make a "fake" Frankincense by using a cheap Frank oil then add in another oil, it only takes 1 oil to do that and end up with a really good Frankincense, at least if you use Aroma as you quality identifier. lol. Don't tell anyone but that is what is referred to as "Adulteration"... same thing. But we do have an excellent replacement for Frankincense, so all is well there, at least for me anyway. That one is the Pinion Pine. The GS/MS won't come up as exactly the same as Frankincense, but it has the same end result. In any of the blends I have used it in, it makes for a much better blend than with Frankincense. I like it as single much better as well, especially when it comes to clinical level blends.
Another factor is that many times some oils are produced only in one geographical area by a number of different growers or harvesters. One of these examples is, Ravensara. Note I said Ravensara, not Ravintsara. These 2 oils are produced in the same area but are vastly different despite the similarities in the names. Right now you really can't buy Ravensara on the open markets. There are various stories as to why this condition exists, but the most logical one is that when the C-19 issue hit, one particular company went in and bought up every drop of the Ravensara out there. While this is a logical oil to use on C-19, they might be having an oversupply in their "reserves" for a long while. While Ravensara is an oil to use for respiratory issues, one must keep in mind that as we have moved from the early stages of this "disease" we have discovered that treating it as a stand-alone virus does not work. There is a strong bacterium element in it and thus must be treated beyond a virus alone. We have a couple of blends that we developed years ago that appears to be working within the arena that C-19 needs to be treated. So as soon as the new harvest is produced, hopefully, we will once again have access to that particular oil. As I recall off of the top of my head, either one of those blends does not use Ravnesara. So working with C-19 and like issues have various and several options.
As I close this part 1 up, I would like to spell out an analogy to help some see this oil thing in another way. Since I mentioned this C-19 thing, one must remember that issues like this have to be treated from a different perspective than just a simple virus or a simple bacteria issue. So a number of things need to be included in a protocol. But with this stuff the most important thing that a person has to remember is this, if you contract a virus or for that matter a bacterial disease, it is there for a reason. The reason is this; in nature, a cleanup crew is called in anytime there is a defective organism. The virus or bacteria is there to break down the diseased tissue and return it to natural elements and recycled. I don't mean to sound cruel or uncaring, but that is a simple truth. Usually, these diseases are based around nutritional deficiencies or they can be from defective DNA/RNA programming or environmental sources. In any case, we do things such as use things like oils, or medicines for example to halt that breakdown until we can .get some kind of lasting remedial action going on. So when you look at it from that perspective it makes for a clearer picture of what we can work with to solve some of these issues. So in the case of this part, we look at various plants for solutions. I feel like it is just as important to look at the soil and see how it works with similar issues, as we can learn a lot there as well. This is why I stress the importance of understanding the health of the donor plant in assessing the quality of an oil and then how than transfers to your healing journey. I will tie up loose ends in part 2 and go into more detail then.
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