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Essential Oil Adulteration part 2

Another common adulteration is blending with less expensive, lower quality oils. Cinnamon bark, for example, is often mixed with cassia. Cassia is much cheaper, while sharing a similar composition to cinnamon (though inferior therapeutically), which tempts some to mix the cheap cassia oil with the expensive cinnamon bark to maximize profits. Testing with GC/MS and careful […]

Essential Oil Adulteration – Part 1

What is Adulteration? Essential oil adulteration is when the oil that has been distilled or expressed is changed in some way, either by adding substance or taking them away. Adulterants can be anything from a non-volatile carrier oil, to cheap synthetic chemical fragrances, or anything in between.  As competition in the essential oil heats up, […]

Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is popular because it’s fresh, cooling, and remarkably beneficial. Peppermint has several therapeutic properties: antibacterial, antifungal, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, diuretic, and immunostimulant. The ability of Peppermint to simultaneously uplift and soothe is absolutely remarkable. We love Peppermint essential oil, so we decided to put together a short list of […]

Alzheimer’s and Essential Oils

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. In 2014, about 1 in 9 Americans aged 65 and older developed Alzheimer’s, and the estimated cost of care in 2014 was 200 billion, with an additional 200 billion dollars’ worth of unpaid care given by families. With America’s aging population, predictions are that these percentages […]

The ‘Secret Sauce’ of Sourcing Oils

How Environmental Factors Affect Oil Quality The production of essential oils in plants is a reaction and adaptation to environmental circumstances. Because of this, environmental factors such as elevation, climate, soil health, water abundance and temperature can impact the health, vitality and essential oil production by medicinal plants. These variables, among others like harvest time […]

Are Davina oils organic?

Davina focuses on purity, potency, and quality, rather than organic status. We understand that simply because an oil is organic, does not necessarily mean it has the highest quality, nor does it mean that an oil has the most therapeutic value. Actually, whether an oil is organic, has nothing to do with efficacy, quality, or […]

Are Davina’s oils therapeutic grade?

Yes, our oils are therapeutic grade in that they are 100% pure, unadulterated and of the highest quality. ‘Therapeutic grade’ is sometimes used as a marketing effort to make it seem like oils have been ‘graded’ by a governing body that uses standardized quality parameters to issue a grade or a certification for oils. There […]

Can Davina oils be used internally?

The internal use question is one we get often because the use of essential oils (EOs) for self-medication is becoming more mainstream. While we are pleased that many lives are being blessed by the knowledge and use of EOs, it is important that people have a good foundation for the proper use of their EOs. […]