Buying essential oils is an investment for your home and family. So many people look at the price of essential oils and end up going to their health food store and buying them for cheaper. However, I caution you against this because, like we learned in previous blog posts, not all essential oils are pure and undiluted. I can only strongly recommed buying pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.
Here are a few things you should know about storing your essential oils:
- Essential oils can last up to as long as you do if stored properly (citrus oils are about 3 years because they are so aromatic and light). Hopefully, that thought will help you mitigate the cost involved in purchasing quality essential oils. Because essential oils are so concentrated, and you are using such a minimal amount at a time, they will last you a long, long time.
- Keep your essential oils out of direct sunlight. This will help to preserve their potency.
- If you are making a homemade blend using essential oils, store the blend in a dark (if possible) glass bottle to preserve its potency. Never store essential oils in plastic unless they are highly diluted like with cleaning products.
- Keep the lid on the bottle very tightly sealed. The biggest enemy to the oils, by far, is oxygen. Keeping low amount of airspace in the bottle is crucial to preservation for long periods.
Note: Essential oils that contain synthetics or that are diluted with a filler will not last long before going rancid, which is toxic. My first stash of oils I purchased online ended up sitting on my shelf for 2 1/2 years because I was using doTERRA. When I finally pulled them out, most of them had turned colors and become rancid. So much for trying to save money. I ended up throwing them all out AND they were all labeled 100% pure! Go figure!
And as a little bonus, here is a great video with an essential oil tip: