The Organic Witch
Certified Aromatherapist

Frequently Asked Questions



Q: Are your essential oils "therapeutic grade"? 

Yes, our oils are safe for all therapeutic purposes! What is important to understand when asking this question is that no governmental agency or generally accepted organization "grades" or "certifies" essential oils as "therapeutic grade," "medicinal grade," or "aromatherapy grade" in the U.S. There is no formally approved grading standard used consistently throughout the essential oil industry. MLM companies have coined this term to make it seem as though they have better oils than other companies. This is simply not true. Companies that use such phrases as “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade”, are using TRADEMARKED PHRASES. This means that the reason each of these companies claims that “no other company can say that they have therapeutic grade oils”, is because their company has trademarked the WORDS, not because there is any difference or superiority in their oils.

Do your own research, decide for yourself. Other sources of information on this subject:

NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) http://www.naha.org/

AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists) http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/ .

http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/therapeuticgradeessentialoils.asp

http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/which-essential-oil-companies-should-you-buy-from-my-surprising-findings-on-my-quest-to-find-the-best/

http://www.cropwatch.org/Therapeutic%20Grade%20Essential%20Oils%20corrected.pdf


Q: 
What is the difference between the essential oil "grades"? 

Organic - pure, undiluted, essential oils suitable for all applications; medicinal, aromatherapy, topical, cosmetics, skin care, candles, soap, incense, potpourri, magic, etc. Grown, harvested, and processed by organic and sustainable means... this means good for you and Mother Earth! We always suggest using organic oils over the others whenever possible.

Non-Organic – pure, undiluted essential oils suitable for all applications, but not grown, harvested, or processed organically. Our Organic and Non-Organic oils are both considered "pure & therapeutic".

Absolutes - suitable for all applications, except should never be taken internally due to the method of distillation. Most absolutes are extracted by solvent means and traces of the solvent can be left behind, even after the oil has been "washed". This method is the only way to obtain essential oils from certain fragile substances (e.g. - jasmine). Co2 extraction can also be used, but is a much more costly and time-consuming method.

Cosmetic Grade - suitable for some applications, not pure essential oils. Medicinal and aromatherapy use not recommended as they are partially steam distilled and partially formulated in the lab for prolonged scent. Considered safe by the FDA for skin, cosmetics, candles, soap, incense, potpourri, etc. We do not carry any Cosmetic Grade oils at this time.

Fragrance Oils - are NOT essential oils. Suitable for very specific applications. Not for medicinal use as they are completely synthesized in the lab. Considered safe by the FDA for skin, cosmetics, candles, soap, incense, and potpourri. Used exclusively for scent. We do not carry any Fragrance oils at this time. 

Commercial Grade – not recommended for skin or aromatherapy applications. Considered safe by the FDA for cleaning products, candles, incense, potpourri, etc., but we do not ever recommend them. We do not carry any commercial grade oils at this time.

Q: Are your Essential Oils edible? 

For legal and liability reasons we are not allowed to give advice on internal uses. As a Certified Aromatherapist the insurance we carry does not cover internal application or even the suggestion of it. The FDA strictly regulates what a company can and cannot “prescribe” to their customers, especially when internal uses are being suggested -- they tend to frown on it unless you are an MD! Having said that, we have many customers who have told us that they use our oils internally -- my family and I also use them in this manner for many different ailments. We personally always stick to the organic oils whenever available.

** Important Note: within the product pages you may see information such as "Food grade: yes or no". This information is only included if we have paperwork from the distiller that specifically states that the oil is food grade. Although 99% of PURE Essential Oils are "food grade", we cannot state it on the website unless we have the paperwork to back it up. Any food grade information included in no way indicates our approval or suggestion that the oil be consumed/ingested.

Q: Do you have a storefront?  

A: We are exclusively an online business at the moment.

Q: What size products do you carry?  

A: We carry oils in 1ml to 3Lbs! Not all oils are available in all sizes.

Q: Do you have a Wholesale program?  

Wholesale Discount Rates:
~ $150.00-$200.00 purchase - 5% off
~ $200.01-$350.00 purchase - 10% off
~ $350.01-$500.00 purchase - 15% off
~ $500.01 and up - 20% off
You must be invoiced to receive the discounts, they do not automatically apply at checkout.

Items included in the wholesale program:
~All Essential Oils, 4ml, 10ml, 15ml & 30ml.
~Carrier Oils, 30ml & 60ml.
~Hydrosols, 30ml & 60ml.
~Lotions, 2oz & 4oz.
~Magical Oils, 15ml & 30ml.
~Massage Butters, 2oz & 4oz.
~Synergistic Blends, 15ml & 30ml.
~Tea Blends in Keepsake Tins

Bulk-size oils are not included in this program, due to their already extremely discounted pricing. Cannot be combined with any other discounts (e.g. - "Buy 3 Get 1 FREE" special).

Custom labeling is available for FREE with an initial purchase of $250.00 or more. After the labels have been produced you are welcome to request them with purchases of $150.00 or more. Purchases that total less than $150.00 will arrive with TOW labels and marketing materials.

Q: Can I resell your products? 

Discounts for resellers are higher than the wholesale discounts. All products arrive at your store with The Organic Witch (TOW) labels and marketing materials. Proof of operational website and/or physical storefront are required for Reseller Discounts. Please see our Reseller Information page for discount information.
 
Q: What are the safety concerns when using essential oils? 

Essential oils are highly concentrated they can irritate the skin when used neat, or undiluted. Therefore, they are normally diluted with a carrier oil for topical application. Phototoxic reactions may occur with citrus peel oils such as lemon or lime. Also, many essential oils have chemical components that are sensitizers, meaning that after a number of uses they can cause reactions on the skin, and more so in the rest of the body. Some of the chemical allergies can be caused by pesticides, if the original plants are cultivated without organic means. Some oils can be toxic to some domestic animals, with cats being particularly prone.

As with any bio-active substance, an essential oil that may be safe for the general public could still pose hazards for pregnant and lactating women.

While some advocate the ingestion of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, licensed aromatherapy professionals do not recommend self-prescription due the highly toxic nature of some essential oil. Some very common oils like Eucalyptus are extremely toxic when taken internally. Doses as low as one teaspoon have been reported to cause clinically significant symptoms and severe poisoning can occur after ingestion of merely 4 to 5 ml. A few reported cases of toxic reactions like liver damage and seizures have occurred after ingestion of sage, hyssop, thuja, and cedar. Accidental ingestion may happen when oils are not kept out of reach of children.

Oils both ingested and applied to the skin can potentially have negative interaction with conventional medicine. For example, the topical use of methyl salicylate heavy oils like Sweet Birch and Wintergreen may cause hemorrhaging in users taking the anticoagulant Warfarin.

Please see our "Essential Oil Safety" page for more information.