The organic market is growing in leaps and bounds every year. Check out your local supermarket to see how many of the current products on the shelves are certified organic as compared to just a few years ago. We all know that these shops stock products that are in demand, so the fact that these items have shifted from being offered exclusively in health food stores to being more widely available, is because more and more people want them.
That being said, as people are concerned with what we put into our bodies, logic dictates that we might also be mindful in terms of what we put into the air we breathe and what we apply to our skin.
The USDA organic regulations describe organic agriculture as, "The application of a set of cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that support the cycling of on-farm resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. These include maintaining or enhancing soil and water quality; conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife; and avoiding use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering”, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). It goes on to say,
“Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances”.
Organic Certification is earned through best practices in farming without the use of dangerous, synthetic, chemical fertilizers/herbicides/pesticides. But it doesn't begin and end there. In order for a company to state on their label that an Essential Oil Synergy is Certified Organic, each individual Essential Oil in the blend needs to be tested, approved and Certified Organic at their place of origin-each individual plant at the farm on which it is grown, each essential oil at the distillery or manufacturer, both by reputable certifying bodies.
Then these individual oils need to be blended together and bottled through a stringent Certified Organic process, by a Certified Organic manufacturer. Both of these certifications also need to be verified and approved. Approval is earned through very high quality standards with checks being performed regularly to ensure standards are being met and upheld at every level.
Some of the certifying bodies include, USDA Organic in the United States; EcoCert E.U. in Europe; and the Soil Association in England and the United Kingdom.
Approvals and Certifications at every level are thorough, time consuming and cost money for the farmers, manufacturers and company owners, to be certain that what is being labeled certified organic material, truly is just that, Certified Organic.