Problem: Essential Oil Industrialization
History repeats itself. In other words, it shows us what lies ahead. To assist in understanding what is happening in the Essential Oils and Herbal Supplement industries, we will use the fast food industry as an example. What often starts as a good idea can go viral and end up hurting a lot of people in the long run. I Am Essential Oils is committed to learn from other industries, to look at the past to learn from it and to create a better result and circumvent future problems in our own industry. Many years ago the fast food industry started as a great way to get good clean food to the community very quickly. It has since moved into adulteration in farming and nutrition. Unsuspecting consumers are now paying a much higher long term price than they can even imagine only to get this quick non-food. The fast food industry has even contributed to major environmental problems due to food growing practices that do not sustain the land and animal farming practices and that increase disease. Fast foods though highly regulated, are now highly adulterated and use high fructose corn syrup and toxic preserving chemicals that have devastating long term health effects on consumers.
The therapeutic essential oil industry is in its infancy compared to the fast food industry’s globalization. However, there are many similarities in how both are handling their growing pains. Plants have been used for centuries for improved health. The recent development of therapeutic essential oil mass bottling and marketing manufacturers however, has resulted in the world’s natural plant environment getting over tapped on a few plant species and some of the same trends as have faced the fast food world.
Essential oils are being aggressively marketed to the point that ethics are being disregarded in order to meet quotas and consistency. A couple of essential oil plants are already on the endangered species list in a few countries. Species of Frankincense, Rosewood, and Sandalwood are on the IUCN list of threatened species. Consumer demand continues to grow beyond 8% per year globally. This drive to financially capitalize on the growing demand has led to the majority of essential oils produced and sold to be of low quality and/or adulterated. Toxic farming practices are being introduced and is hurting the environment. Toxic chemicals are being added to the essential oils which cause even more health problems down the road.
Essential oil and herbal supplement retailers are buying and funding farm infrastructure all over the world to increase plant acreage and distillation yield. Growing more plants to meet the demand is good, however most all their farms fail to create sustainable and ethical farming practices. This lack of sustainable farming and care for the environment is already being discussed in some areas of the Scientific community as an upcoming major worldwide disaster.
So what are trends showing us? Just like the fast food market, unsuspecting users continue to spend their hard earned money with retailers that are creating environmental and health hazards at the expense to the planet and its inhabitants. Retailers continue to make their products more and more synthetic in order to meet demand. It is only by educating the masses and having them making more healthy choices with their purchases can health problems and worldwide disaster be prevented. I Am Essential Oils is dedicated to only providing true therapeutic oils and herbal supplements and work in harmony with nature as well as providing transparent information on how to find true quality and value. The long term well-being of our customers and our planet is our way of doing business.