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In this post: Not all essential oils are created equal. Here’s an explanation of the different grades of essential oils, how to use them and the top essential oils for beginners to try.

Did you know that not all essential oils are created equal? I am going to share the different grades of essential oils below to help you know what you are buying and what to look for in an essential oil, next time you buy some. Plus I’ll share the top essential oils for beginners to try.

The quality of essential oils varies widely, and if you use them for their properties you need to make sure you are buying a higher grade and quality of the oil. There are tons of supplies and companies that sell essential oils now, so it can be hard to know is this the right company to buy from. Essential oils have been taking over the world and everyone is trying to dip their hand into selling them. There are four different grades of essential oils, I will go over with you.

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3 Different Grades of Essential Oils

Grade A

This is the therapeutic quality, that uses only organic plants and flowers, that is then distilled at the correct temperatures, so they are pure essential oils. These oils are great for consuming for health benefits, diffusing, inhaling, and more. This top grade is safe to mix with carrier oils and apply to your skin and more.

Grade B

This grade can contain synthetics, anywhere from carrier oils, pesticides, etc. These essential oils are considered food grade.

Grade C

More perfume style oils that also contain synthetics, carrier oils, and other items. This grade is more just for the fragrance aspect of it. You will find this in body washes, shampoos, and more.

Why Do Therapeutic Grade Oils Cost So Much More

One thing I have seen over and over again is people buying lesser grades because the therapeutic grade of oil cost a lot more. To make therapeutic grade oils takes time and a lot of materials. You are paying for the quality of the essential oil, and if you are ingesting it or using for therapeutic reasons, you want to ensure it will have benefits for you.

It takes less time and materials to make a synthetic essential oil, and so the cost factor can be a lot lower. When the oil has the therapeutic benefits you are wanting to take away from the oil, you have to realize you are paying for all the work that went into making that one bottle of your oil.

Different Ways To Use Therapeutic Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years, and they don’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon. When you use therapeutic grade essential oils you can benefit from their antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and even antimicrobial. They offer healing properties and in some homes, they are used as a natural medicine that has no side effects. Once you start using essential oils you might find that you can’t stop. From DIY beauty, reducing the appearance of scars, tackling a sore throat, purifying the air, and so much more. These bottles of oils will wow you at all they can do.


This is one of the most popular ways to use essential oils is to diffuse the oils. You can buy a bunch of different variety of diffusers. I always recommend the cool mist diffusers, as they don’t heat the oil like some diffusers. The reason why that is good is that it maintains the benefits out of the oils when it diffuses in the air. People use oils in a variety or one on its own to purify air, boost your mood, reduce anxiety, add fragrance to a room, and the list truly goes on forever. Diffusing is popular for so many reasons, I diffuse oils every single day. I have diffusers in different rooms of the home.

Homemade Cleaner

You can make tons of cleaners to an all-purpose cleaner to tackle all areas of your home. Select essential oils can kill bacteria just like store-bought cleaners, and you don’t have those harsh chemicals. You can find tons of different recipes for cleaners to get your home sparkling and smelling like new. Clean your tub, toilet, get that grout sparkling, clean your kid’s toys, and so much more. You truly have an endless amount of options.

Health Benefits

Many people use essential oils for health benefits. From helping relieving a sore throat, earache, headache, and much more. Different essential oils can be used to aid in pain relief, neuropathy, inflammation, to name a few. By mixing a few oils together and pairing with a carrier oil (helps dilute the oil as they can be harsh alone on the skin) you can receive similar benefits to taking OTC medicines. Many even use essential oils for anti-aging and giving your skin that youthful glow. My favorite go-to essential oil blend is Thieves. But since it can be a bit pricey, here’s a way to make your own.

And Much More

There are hundreds of ways you can utilize your essential oils in your everyday life. From spraying peppermint oil around baseboards and windows to steer away from any spiders to using lemon essential oil to clean your produce. You truly can find so many amazing ways to use these high-grade oils in your life.

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13 Top Essential Oils for Beginners

If you are thinking where to start, I have some top essential oils for beginners that might be a perfect fit for you, that have tons of ways you can use them in your home.

These are very popular and you can use the brand that you feel most comfortable with. There are a handful of brands that offer the therapeutic grade. Each brand might have a little different name to some oils, but you can compare brands to find their specialty oil, like Thieves is a Young Living name but Rocky Mountain Oils has their oil that is similar and has the same benefits. I have used a handful of brands and I have found over time you can smell the pureness when you compare a cheaper version to a higher grade. It smells more crisp and clear, and I really notice it when I diffuse the oils. I tend to buy a lot of my oils from Amazon, just for the sheer convenience. I like Sun Organic, Now Foods and Plant Therapy brands best on Amazon. Regardless of the brand, I do make sure to check the customer reviews before buying.

I hope this has helped to let you know the different kinds of essential oils and why therapeutic essential oils is the route to go.

What’s next?

Do you want to use essential oils in your home more, but feel like there’s so much info out there? 

Check out The Complete Guide to Using Essential Oils in Your Home packed with everything you need to know to – without the overwhelm.

Includes: which grades of essential oils to use, which ones to avoid for pets and babies and the top 13 essential oils that are perfect for beginners. Plus, recipes and tips for making your own home remedies, soaps, scrubs and cleaners and more. 

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  1. I love essential oils, and use them regularly in my diffusers around the house. I am quite intolerant to fragrances and have found the only thing I can use in our home are the oils, anything else and I can’t breathe.

  2. Hi Shannon, may I make a link to this article on my IG? since I like the way you explain EO Grade. I use EO everyday now, diffuse it, apply it and it’s just doing great for our family wellness. I’ll check your other post as well. Easy to read and understand. Thank you.

  3. Thank you so much for the information it will be helpful as I start my journey of learning about this fascinating study. Again thank you.