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We are often asked if our oils are therapeutic. This term is used loosely in today’s world of essential oils and is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. That is why we want to explain the difference to you so that you can make the best choices for yourself, your family and your customers.

To define each of the terms, therapeutic and aroma-therapy, let’s look at each term closely.

The term therapeutic is generally related to two processes: 1. the treatment of disease or disorders meant to use curative or medicinal methods and 2. the beneficial effects of essential oils on the mind or body.

In the second sense, what we are truly referring to are aroma-therapeutic oils. These oils are used in many settings including medical facilities, spas, treatment centers and the like.

Technically, if an oil is sold ‘therapeutically’ or ‘for internal use’, it must be re-distilled a second time. This process of re-distillation classifies these oils as food or flavor-grade oils, according to the FDA.

Aroma-therapeutic oils, on the other hand, are not used for ingesting. The FDA specifically claims that these oils can not and should not be used for ingestion. If they are used that way, anyone claiming this will be in violation of FDA regulations.

This is one very important reason why we never make claim to medical cures of our organic essential oils, nor do we recommend ingestion of aroma-therapeutic oils.

Another important aspect to note here is that, if the oils are re-distilled, as in food-grade oils, they would not be truly therapeutic or aroma-therapeutic at all. They would just be flavors for food.

At Mooseberry, we do offer a re-distilled version of our home-grown (USA) peppermint and also our Euclayptus home-grown (USA) varietal. Please contact us if you wish to try these oils.

Organic Essential Oils

At Mooseberry, we offer oils that are distilled using an organic distillation process. This means there are absolutely no chemical toxins like pesticides or GMOs used in this process.

Again, an oil labeled as therapeutic-grade is referring to food-grade and even if an oil is organic or organic-certified, that does not in and of itself, make it therapeutic or food-grade.

The Quality of our Oils

At Mooseberry, we ensure the quality of our oils by first knowing and understanding the source of the plants used in the process. We then look at the agriculture of the farm and the sustainable practices used on the farm. Thirdly, our relationships with the sustainable farmers we meet is primary. In this way, we can properly assess how the oils are made and stand behind these processes.

Aroma-Therapeutic Oils

Our distillers and distillation processes are often very close to home. We employ certified wild-crafters at Mooseberry that are personally involved in the process of making local essential oils whenever possible. That is because many of the indigenous plants in New York State produce some of the best quality essential oils on the market. For example, peppermint, spearmint, sage, basil, thyme, rosemary, lemongrass and lavender are all organically grown locally.

In addition to the process of making the oils, we take total body, mind and spirit seriously at Mooseberry. We know that many of our clients are physicians, RNs, spa owners, holistic healers and the like. That is why temperature, timing, extraction and distillation of the whole plant is very important. Instead of blending varietals, we try to stay with one strain of plant at a time. In this way, we can measure quality and feel confident that we are treating you with the best oils we can.


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