“When you want essential oils, how do you choose between oils from organically grown and wildcrafted plants?”
The top two concerns when you are choosing essential oils are purity and potency. How do you know that you are getting the best essential oils, if you have two kinds to choose from: those made from wildcrafted herbs, and those made with organically grown herbs?
For some people, it really is a matter of preference – and it depends on which essential oils you want. For some kinds of essential oils (rose, for instance), it is important to know the country or region of origin, as well as whether it is wildcrafted or organically grown. Most people know that the best rose essential oils come from a region in Bulgaria; the roses may or may not be grown organically, and they almost certainly will not be wildcrafted.
The main difference between wildcrafted herbs or flowers and organically grown is that wildcrafted herbs generally are not grown under commercial conditions and, therefore, not subject to the chemicals and fertilizers that agricultural companies might apply to the soil or crop. So they will usually already be free of objectionable substances, which is one of the main reasons you would seek organic essential oils – for their purity.
As for the potency, some people feel that wildcrafted herbs and flowers may be more potent than their organically grown counterparts. That may or may not be true. Until widespread laboratory analyses are conducted to reveal scientific differences in compounds, you must compare the results of both kinds, to select what feels right to you.
The differences can often be simply in what you prefer: the pristine conditions of a plant grown entirely in Nature, with no assistance from humankind – or plants grown under careful organic or biodynamic standards, that ensure proper health and well-being of both the plant and the humans or animals who will ultimately benefit. Most of the time, both essential oils made from wildcrafted herbs and organic essential oils will give you the results you want – with none of the unwanted properties from commercially grown/chemically treated herbs or plants. After all, total well being is one of the reasons people turn to essential oils in the first place.
Another way to look at this situation is that sometimes you can use both oils made from wildcrafted herbs and organic essential oils. For instance, in making the Sacred Spaces Energy Clearing™ Liquid Smudge (made under consultation with traditional Native Americans and prepared in a sacred way), both wildcrafted and organically grown herbs and plants are selected for the specific properties required for each formula’s purpose. The flower essences made from these plants are then blended, using a sacred process of prayer, intention, and Reiki energy.
When we make formulas with fragrance, the formula is stronger because of the careful way the ingredients are chosen, and in the way the essential oils and organic grain alcohol base are blended and prepared.
From long term experience with the Sacred Spaces Energy Clearing™ as well as with both flower essences and essential oils, I would say that both wildcrafted and organic essential oils have merit and should be considered for any of your aromatherapy needs. Look first to what you want the oils to do for you, and how they will be used; then look for which kinds of oils will offer you the very best results for the purpose you have in mind.
You may find that organic essential oils are stronger and smell quite different than the synthetic versions with which you may be more familiar. People who are highly sensitive to fragrances can sometimes tolerate organic essential oils, particularly if they are blended with an organic carrier and diluted to a tolerance level.
For those who are super sensitive, however, you’d want to stick with the fragrance-free versions that we offer in the Sacred Spaces Energetic Essences line. You will be able to clear the enery in your space and in your aura with no challenges. For many people, this is a huge relief and blessing.
Whatever your energy clearing needs, we have something for you. Go try one or more of them today!