~ Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Tests (GC/MS) ~
by KG Stiles, LMT, CAT, CBP, RBT
Aromatherapy is Nature’s Medicine in its purest and most essential form. Aromatic Oils are the very soul of a plant. Even a drop or two can produce significant results for your body, mind and spirit. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed.
However, for an essential to produce its purported therapeutic results it must be a pure and unadulterated plant extract. Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) tests are the gold standard for purity of essential oils. The precise breakdown of the phyto-chemical components in any single pure essential oil given by these reports are important for discerning an essential oil’s therapeutic properties, actions and effects.
Also any safety concerns for a particular essential oil are primarily determined by the chemical compounds revealed in a test report.
The best way to assure the purity and quality of each batch of pure essential oil is by knowing the growing and distillation source and testing each essential oil with the advanced modern technology of GC/MS tests. To ensure purity every batch of pure essential oil purchased must be tested.
Gas Chromatography (GC) is the method used for separating the volatile phyto-chemical compounds of an essential oil into its individual components and produces a linear graph that charts an essential oils specific chemical profile.
Mass Spectrometry (MS) identifies each chemical component and the percentage of each phyto-chemical in an oil. This process of testing is used to identify if there is any adulteration of an essential oil. Adulterated oils and perfume or synthetic fragrance oils will not stimulate therapeutic effects through the body’s natural receptor process and may in fact cause allergies, headaches and chemical sensitivities.
Gas Chromatography Machine
Gold Standard for Purity
Analyzes Essential Oils for Chemical Constituents to help determine Quality
Graph Showing Test Results
Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy/Flame Ionization Detection
Supplied by Applied Essential Oils Research
Please note: PurePlant Essentials are Certified Organic, or organically grown and GC/MS analyzed for quality assurance. Testing every batch of oil purchased using GC/Ms technology assures purity and gives the exact chemical breakdown of the oil making certain the precious phyto-chemicals for therapeutic results are present. This process of analysis is vital for medicinal blending and for quality assurance. All oils must meet strict odor and analytical requirements. If an essential oil earns the PurePlant Essentials label, you can be sure it is pure and of the highest quality.