The US Department of Agriculture’s (USD) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) implemented organic regulations in 2002. The US organic sector has tripled in size since then. Retail sales now exceed $43 billion and there are more than 22,000 certified organic farms. Strong consumer demand outpaces supply, providing market opportunities within the organic sector.
Certified organic essential oils are not only free of pesticides. Organic production improves biodiversity, biological cycles and microbe-rich soils.
The “certified organic” material for essential oils?
The USDA’s main concern before certifying a product as “organic” is whether illegal substances, such as pesticides, were used during agricultural production. It is worth considering the use of pesticides and other “illegal substances” during the production of the plants used to produce essential oils, as trace amounts of pesticides could get into the essential oils even after distillation or cold pressing. .
For essential oils, the “certified organic” label not only indicates that the plants used have been produced using natural and sustainable methods, but it is also a sign of the purity of the essential oil. When an essential oil is labeled organic, you can ensure that no harmful substances were used during production and therefore there is no risk of such substances getting into your essential oil. You already know that essential oil is pure essential oil.
Organic vs Certified Organic
When it comes to organic products, labeling can be misleading! Despite claims about organic products containing only all-natural ingredients, this is often not true. Some companies create hype about their “organic” products when, in fact, a large percentage of chemicals are still used to produce them. They simply benefit from the name association because it can add perceived value to their products. Anyone can print the words “organic” on a label. Therefore, it is better to do some research on the product before being blindly convinced that it is, in fact, an organic product based on name alone.
On the contrary, in the United States there are official entities that validate a product as certified organic. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) serves to provide educational materials, programs, and services to help farmers and businesses achieve organic certification. Its manual includes rules and regulations for the production, handling and labeling of products. Any product labeled as USDA Certified Organic meets these standards, including prohibited practices, and follows a list of allowed and prohibited substances.
What does organic mean?
Each of our organic oils is certified by ECOCERT ICO, an inspection and certification body fully accredited by the National Organic Program (NOP). And they have very strict rules.
What are essential oils and are essential oils harmful to the environment?
Essential oils were once considered the very essence of the plants from which they are extracted. This is where the name comes from. They are extracted through processes such as distillation, cold pressing, or solvent distillation, and different parts of plants (or trees) are used, including leaves, bark, roots, flowers, fruits, resin, and the seeds.
We love using these extracts in our homemade disinfecting wipes, where they serve as a fragrance, or as an additional disinfectant in my favorite non-toxic homemade hand sanitizer recipe (that really works). You can even find them in eco-friendly beauty products like natural face serums and eco-friendly makeup.