Debra Lynn Dadd

Where to find essential oils & how to make recipes with them


There are lots of products made with essential oils, but what about making my own products? I've found some books to help me get started, but I don't want to buy my oils from just any supplier on the web. Do you have any companies to recommend? What I should I look for to make sure I get the quality I need for making anything from beauty treatments to household cleaning products? I know I should find oils that are therapeutic grade for making treatments to go on my skin, but are these food grade, too?

If you know of any books or websites on how to make your own natural remedies & recipes that you would recommend I'd appreciate that, too. And the sources don't have to include just essential oils as ingredients-- I'd love to learn all the "grandmother's recipes" like what to mix with avocado to put on my hair!

POSTED BY DIANA S. :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 04/24/2007 5:44 AM


Readers? What is your experience with this?

Debra :-)


The best essential oils I have found are from Young Living. These are therapeutic grade essential oils that you can inhale, ingest and put on your skin safely. I have been using them for a year and they are wonderful.

I use them for everything-look at the website for the single oils and the blends. My favorites are Thieves, lavender, lemon, peace&calming and purification. There are many uses and I also use them when cooking - you can also check for recipes. Enjoy!

POSTED BY DEB C :: NEW JERSEY USA :: 04/25/2007 6:43 AM

I owned a health food store for 10 years. The best essential oils I found that were pure and affordable are produced by Wyndmere Naturals, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's the only line I carried in my store. You'll never find any chemical undertones in their products. Their website is: Hope this is helpful.


My favorite supplier is Mountain Rose Herbs ( They have just about everything for making your own products and pretty good prices. There site also has a ton of information about each ingredient and the uses of.


I have a really great book called "The Naturally Clean Home: 100 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Non-Toxic Cleansers". It has a lot of great recipes using vinegar, baking soda, borax, lemon juice, essential oils, etc.

I recommend Auracacia brand for essential oils which you can buy at Whatever you can find at your local health food store should be great too. Lavender essential oil, my personal favorite, is a great oil to start out with. For starters, it is moderately priced (some oils are really expensive). It is also antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antiseptic, and antiviral so you really get your moneys worth!

I also have a book called "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy". It is comprehensive covering apothecary, baby care, animal care, gardens, beauty, cooking, and much more!
Have fun experimenting!

POSTED BY LAURA :: FLORIDA USA :: 04/25/2007 7:26 AM

As a registered aromatherapist (R.A.), my favorite suppliers include Nature's Gift (, Anatolian Treasures (, and Sunrose Aromatics ( They all carry high quality essential oils (EO's) and recommend safe usage, unlike some suppliers. Beware of essential oils touted as "therapeutic grade" - there really is no such certification. It is basically a term made up by a certain MLM company (Young Living), who I would never purchase from. They advocate *very* unsafe usage of essential oils. Despite what they say, essential oils should not be used "neat" (directly on the skin without being diluted) and should never be used on or around cats (which lack a liver enzyme necessary to detox EO's). People have suffered from severe burns or have been sensitized for life from this bad information, and I know of a number of cases where cats have gotten extremely sick or died from misguided owners who used the oils on these pets.

There are certainly some essentials oils that are higher quality than others; higher quality oils should be used for therapeutic reasons (such as for the treatments you mentioned for your skin), whereas lower quality oils (which may be great-smelling but lack higher quantities of certain chemical constiuents which are behind the oil's therapeutic properties) are fine for cleaning products, etc., where scent is the main purpose for the oils. Good quality EO's would also be food grade, *assuming* they are oils that can be safely consumed. I use organic lemon EO in recipes, for instance. I always prefer organic (or wild) EO's when possible. Many quality suppliers perform GC/MS testing on their oils (this makes sure there is a spike where there should be a spike in a chemical constituent).

As for websites with recipes using essential oils and other natural ingredients, check out . It has a lot of great recipes from soap to lotion to lip balm; I highly recommend it.

POSTED BY LISA :: MINNESOTA USA :: 05/01/2007 2:30 PM

I've recently gotten into making personal care products from my family like soaps and lotions. Essential oils (EOs) are frequently used in these. I have purchased EOs from

There is also an online forum connected with this site. It's easy to find if you go to their homepage. I am a part of the forum and find it very informative and helpful if I need help with making soaps, lotions, cosmetics etc. There are some very knowledgable people on the forum. Some are dedicated to making natural products while others are not, so you just kind of have to weed through the info for yourself.

New Directions does not recommend ANY of their products for internal use. I'm assuming that this is because their products are not food grade. However, I have found their products to be very good quality for making cleaning and personal care poducts. And as a plus, they are the cheapest source for EOs that I have found so far. Most sources I have read say EOs are not for internal use. Remember it takes thousands of plants sometimes to produce one ounce of EO. Now that is very concentrated and if you think of it this way it makes sense that they should not be used internally.

Have Fun making your own products!!!! It can be very addicting :)


I feel I must comment to Lisa's entry. Therapeutic Grade is NOT a term made up by Young Living. Young Living is a reputable company with wonderful products. I have attended EO training classes and have been using their oils for a while and have never experienced an adverse effect.

One of the most reliable indicators of essential oil quality is AFNOR-Assoc of French Normalization Organization Regulation or ISO-International Standards Org which set standards for therapeutic grade essential oils. This standard is stringent and differentiates true therapeutic grade essential oils from similar oils with inferior chemistry.

Young Living single oils are graded and meet the AFNOR standards and say so on the label (blends are not included). Therapeutic effects can only be achieved using oils which meet the AFNOR standards. There are currently no standards in the US-only the Eurpopean communities have controls and standards regarding botanical extracts.

Many essential oils on the market are adulterated - mixed with other filler oils and chemicals and are not therapeutic grade. You may be paying less but are not getting what you paid for.

It is also not true that all oils should be diluted before applying to the skin. The consumer needs to be aware before applying anything topically. Some oils like citrus and spice oils may cause skin irritation on sensitive people.

Young Living provides a comprehensive guide on how to use different oils with every order. I would suggest that anyone interested in EO refer to the Essential Oil Desk Reference (Essential Science Publishing)which provides a comprehensive guide to EO chemistry, application on humans and animals etc.

POSTED BY DEB C :: NJ USA :: 05/04/2007 5:11 PM

Anyone out there who can help end all my confusion on mixing,storing and using essential oils properly in home-made cleaning products will be a Godsend! All the literature I've read says to store 100%essential oils in dark glass bottles for long shelf life and potency, however, all the cleaning product recipes I've found on-line and in books ( Clean House,Clean Planet)recommend storing the products with the oils mixed in, into plastic type spray bottles?!? I know plastic bottles are made from petroleum based products, so I would think it would defeat the purpose of trying to stay non-toxic. I am thinking of creating my own non-toxic, aromatherapeutic,cleaning products to use in my housecleaning business but am not sure if I should use glass containers, which pose a hazard themselves, or if plastic sprayers are ok. Please lend some much needed advice or refrences.
Thanks and God Bless 2Cor.:14-17


From what I know, healing and effectiveness of the essential oils even if they were produced organically and/or wildcrafted still greatly depends on when they were manufactured. All EO should have a due date printed on the bottle, usually it's about 2 years but some oils naturally stronger and have a longer shelf life. After that they loose their magic powers. Sadly in the US there no regulations to address this and company do not print their manufacturing or due dates, so there are no way to tell how old this EO is. So, I think in many cases it is a waste of money unless you want just a nice smell form it.

The only company I personally trust when I want to use EO for the healing and skin care is - Jurilique, from Australia. Not sure though where you can get them in the USA. All the best!

POSTED BY VP :: OHIO USA :: 08/07/2008 8:14 AM

I have the same question as Dee...the EOs break down the plastic containers and I've gone through lots. I did see some bottles at Whole Foods and Vitamin Cottage that are the dark blue and are plastic...what is the difference?

POSTED BY SUSAN :: COLORADO, USA :: 08/07/2008 8:29 AM

I bought some organic EOs from Mountain Rose Herbs, though I must say I'm also looking for ways to use them. I bought them to mix them with distilled water for my baby cloth wipes. I wonder if I can also use this mix for cleaning my baby face.

Regarding Young Living, I also found some information in the web. But I didn't like to buy it in a multilevel way. So, I did a further research and found an article saying it is a fraud... I really don't know if this information is reliable since I ended up there my research since I decided to buy from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Still, here is the link. It could be great if anyone knows more about it. Hope it is not true, otherwise it will be really awful they are selling products and jeopardizing people's health.

POSTED BY ALE :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 05/18/2009 8:30 AM

In reference to the Quackwatch link. Young Living is a very good company. I have been usine their products for over 6 years and have met many people who have been using them even longer. Here is a rebuttal to the Quackwatch from Young Living:

Alternative and complementary medicine are on everyone's radar screen. Not only are more Americans visiting alternative practitioners than primary care physicians, but the U.S. government's National Institutes of Health organized the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to find ways to integrate alternative medicine into conventional medicine.

The downside to the explosion of knowledge about nutrition, natural alternatives, and increased health is that detractors are springing up determined to halt choice in healthcare.

Organizations like Stephen Barrett's Quackwatch and Robert Baratz's National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) have seemingly bottomless pockets to attack natural health proponents with lengthy articles on their websites and through expensive lawsuits. Stephen Barrett solicits reader donations on his website. He no longer practices psychiatry. How is he funding his expensive lawsuits?

Because you can't patent nature (and thereby profit from it), pharmaceutical companies apparently are threatened by the rise of natural medicine and people seeking improved health through nutrition and the use of essential oils. Some even believe they may be the deep pockets behind these front organizations. D. Gary Young and his company, Young Living Essential Oils, have come under attack on the Internet. A lengthy article on Barrett's website has rumors, gossip, and innuendo presented as if they were fact.

Gary Young is not the only natural health proponent whose integrity is being questioned. Several hundred people have made the list on Stephen Barrett's Quackwatch site with articles assailing their beliefs and their personal lives. Others who Stephen Barrett has gone after are Andrew Weil, M.D., Julian Whitaker, M.D., Ralph Moss, Ph.D., Gary Null, Ph.D., Earl Mindell, R.Ph., and Bernie Siegel, M.D. Even the late Dr. Linus Pauling has become a target.

Please click here to see an article that explains in detail who these “quackwatchers” are, why they are attacking the leaders of the natural health movement, and why it is vital that people listen with discernment to their voices. The disinformation about Gary Young and Young Living Essential Oils is refuted and the truth is documented.

A person's right to determine what type of healthcare they choose is a valuable freedom that no one, including Stephen Barrett, has the right to endanger. Freedom is costly to uphold. If you are seeking answers, we urge you to become informed by reading this important document.

I have met Gary Young personally and have been to trainings and conferences and have been able to make decisions based on personal experience not Internet rumor. I hope that helps clear up this confusion.

As far as not liking MLM. MLM is no different than a realty broker. It is leveraging. A broker hires real estate agents to work for them and they make a % of what the agent makes. Same for a YL distibutor. We enroll people so they can save money on products and sell if them if they choose and we make a % off their orders.


Please visit this link to listen to the MP3 to learn which oils to choose.

Young Living is not only setting the standard for Essential oils they are recreating an industry that has been over run by bastardizations of the terms "PURE", "ORGANIC" and "THERAPEUTIC".

I have been using Young Living for over 3 years now. But I did my homework. I called many of the "Organic" producers that have been named in this post and they couldn't give me a direct answer when I ask them where and how their oils are being distilled, how close the farms are to Industrial plants or highways/freeways, if they have ever visited the distillery plants. And you also need to understand how hard it is to properly distill oils let alone achieve a therapeutic grade oil. Young Living has been traveling all over the world sourcing different farms and distillers that can meet the standards of "Therapeutic". Young Living is the only company in the US to randomly send oils to France for AFNOR approval and own their own GC machine and over $250,000 worth of testing equipment at the plant. Gary and Young Living has hiked days into the Ecuadorian Jungles and has found unidentified species of plants and is distilling them to find amazing properties.

I can see how MLM may turn people off, but the industry has produced some of the best products on the market. Look at NUSKIN. Pioneer in Skin Care products.

I would say whether you are an Aromatherapist or a beginner, just spend the money for one bottle of your favorite oil and you do the taste test if you will and make a personal decision. You will find that YL oils are tremendous.

Young Living Oils are being used and tested in Beth Israel Hospital in NYC for both application and Aromatherapy and are being diffused to prevent MRSA. If that's not proof enough, what is.



You now have one other option for 100% pure, USDA certified organic essential oils.

This verifies the quality of the oil, a third party organic certification.

Miessence just launched a new line of 25, 100% pure, USDA certified
organic essential oils.

That being said, there are a lot of good oils in the marketplace as have been mentioned previously.

If you would like more information you can find it here.



I took a look at your web link and it states:

Never take essential oils internally.
Do not swallow them. If they are accidentally swallowed, drink plenty of milk and consult your doctor.

This tells me they are not the quality of Young Living. Yes, they may be "certified organic" and that is great, but that only says the plants they come from are organic. As was mentioned in the previous post, the terms "PURE", "ORGANIC" and "THERAPEUTIC" don't necessarily mean what they used to.

Does this company get any AFNOR testing? Do they do GC testing on the oils? Do you know how the oils are handled from seed to seal?

I disagree that a 3rd party organic certification verifies the quality of the oil.

I always say buy your favorite essential oil and then compare to the same oil of Young Living. There is a huge difference!


USDA Organic is only within the United States. There isn't a standard outside the United States. Because something is Organic does not mean that there are dangerous impurities in the oil.

POSTED BY SR :: NEW YORK USA :: 07/28/2009 9:18 AM

VP, Ohio...regarding the fact that EOs are unregulated here in the US, so we REALLY want to give the government another way/excuse to butt their noses into our businesses? At the rate the FDA approves things that are already in common use in other countries around the world, it would take years to see anything and then it would cost the earth! LOL! Which would also discourage companies from submitting things for approval as the process is so costly and lengthy.

Can we please derail the discussion about YL products? I've heard both sides of it and people do their own research on it instead of dragging it in here.

My personal experience has been with Wyndmere and Aura Cacia...liked the latter, didn't care for the lavender or lemon that I got from the first. Personal experience and reading/recommendations and research over the years.

But wherever you go, pennyroyal should not be used by pregnant women or applied neat to the skin. I think that one is universally accepted ;D

Ladies, proceed.

POSTED BY SUSAN :: COLORADO USA :: 07/28/2009 9:59 AM

one more thing I forgot to mention, a third party certification verifies an organic claim, that is what USDA and ACO do.

this is not the company telling you the product is organic, it's a third party independent verification of an organic claim and there are standards.

While there is no doubt that USDA is constantly under barrage to lower their organic standards, they are still some of the highest organic standards in the world.

they are defined standards, not something a company is making up.

ACO is actually a bit better standard but there is no point in going down that path.

so yes, you do know about the plant from seed to finish because that is what is required to meet the third party certification standard.

each ingredient must have a paper trail back to it's seed source so that when the certifier comes to the manufacturing plant (which also has to be certified) to check, there must be a paper trail for each ingredient that verifies it's organic origin. this is done for each ingredient that is used in a certified organic product.

this is a large commitment for any company, especially one that uses 100s of botanical ingredients.


Personally, I feel pointless to get into a discussion about what product is the best, I still believe there are more than one option (as evidenced here with the various posts) and it does take some due diligence to figure it trying the product.

No company can claim that their products will work for everyone, that's just not the case.

In regards to USDA certified organic, whomever made the comment that this is not regulated outside the US, that's actually not true.

Miessence essential oils come from all over the world, they bottled at the Miessence manufacturing plant, which is certified organic and they manufacture products that are both Australian Certified Organic & USDA certified organic.

if the oils are 100% pure & certified organic, they are not contaminated, with dangerous impurities.

good luck in your quest for the right oil for you.


Quintessence Aromatics is a very high-quality line of organic and therapeutic-grade essential oils. Based in Idaho. :)

POSTED BY KATIE :: MINNESOTA USA :: 07/29/2009 6:51 AM


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