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Organic or Wild Essential Oils? Which is Better?

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All Oshadhi essential oils are classified according to their cultivation. You'll find the following categories:

  • Wild
  • Certified organic
  • Certified organic wild
  • Conventional

You may not fully understand the difference and wonder if it is really worth getting 'organic'. Here is a video in which Malte explains the different energy associated with wild-growing plants.

I'd like to add one thing to this.

75% of all trees that grow in Australia are Eucalypts. Occasionally they may be planted but mostly Australian Eucalyptus oil will be from wild-growing trees.

The oil from these trees is, we can say, as nature intended. Some of these oils are certified organic wild, and some are wild. The 'certified organic' means just what it says: that somebody has certified it. It doesn't mean that it is 'better' than the wild one. If you are an Australian distiller, you may be able to sell all the beautiful Eucalyptus oil that you produce anyway, and you may not have the inclination to get involved in the cost and paperwork required for certification (which doesn't have any bearing on the quality of the oil anyway).

My tendency is therefore to advise people, where there is a choice, to go for the 'wild' option unless you require the certification for marketing purposes, etc. They normally represent the best value for money.

The different types of essential oil cultivation:

Certified Organic [cert org] - No use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides. Distillation usually under low pressure. No overheating. Slow distillation in order to preserve the maximum number of active components in the essential oil which contribute to its special aromatic effect and healing power. If an oil is distilled too quickly (high pressure, high temperature), many of these precious elements are lost.

Certified organic wild [cert org wild] - Essential oils derived from wild-grown plants, harvested and distilled according to certified organic regulations. Production does not differ from certified organic essential oils.

Wild-grown [wild] - These essential oils stem from wild-growing plants. They may be produced in larger quantities (e.g. Eucalyptus, Tea-tree, Siberian pine, etc.) but have not undergone chemical treatment.

Conventional farming [Conventional] - As with certified organic no use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides. Distillation usually under low pressure. No overheating, usually slow distillation. The farmer is not a member of one of the controlling organizations, but planting, harvesting and distilling are performed according to the old traditional methods without any use of chemical substances. Because of our close personal contact with these farmers we are able to monitor their work and feel confident that no chemicals are used in the cultivation of plants and manufacturing of their essential oils.