September 27, 2018
In 1940, Lord Northbourne, an English agriculturist and author, coined the term “organic farming”, although many practiced organic farming long before then. Since then, people have come to identify organic farming as growing foods and plants without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. In the last few decades, the demand for organic products has continually increased, particularly in more recent years, and this demand has expanded beyond food to include products for beauty, cleaning, health, and more.
Today, when you walk through the grocery store or seek out organic products, you may notice that the prices are noticeably higher for items that have the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) seal of approval. The same is no different in the essential oil industry.
Some may argue that the price difference between organic and conventional products is logical, considering it is out of the norm to grow plants without traditional or even expected pesticides and fertilizers. While this is certainly a major factor in deciding the cost of organic products, there is so much more that goes into organic farming. In reality, the cost of organic products, including organic essential oils, is higher than conventional products for many reasons, including:
There are several reasons why organic farming, and thus its products, costs more than conventional farming, many of which we listed above. When it comes to essential oils, obtaining a USDA-certified organic oil simply means that the oil came from plants that were grown on farms that are certified by the USDA and follow the practices discussed above, as well as others.
Certified organic oils are not necessarily of a higher quality than non-organic oils. In fact, our team at Rocky Mountain Oils works hard to ensure that all of our oils, both certified organic and not, come from farms that use sustainable and organic practices. All of our oils also undergo the same GC/MS and pesticide testing to make sure they are free of any contaminants.
While the quality of certified organic oils and non-organic oils are the same, the cost is different. Organic oils cost more for the same reasons that organic foods cost more: they come from certified organic farms that cost more to support, produce smaller amounts of crops, and are required to abide by strict USDA guidelines.
When you choose to use or eat organic products, you are choosing so much more than a healthier, cleaner product; you are choosing to care for the earth. At Rocky Mountain Oils, we believe in taking care of Mother Earth the way she takes care of us, and we are dedicated to maintaining sustainable practices across the board for all of our oils and farming sources. And when you choose organic essential oils, you can join us and farmers across the world in our efforts to sustain and protect the environment.
How, you ask? Organic farming uses a variety of sustainable practices that help protect the earth around us. Some of the ways that organic farming does this is by:
These are just a few of the ways that organic farming and choosing organic products can help care for the planet. The plants and oils that we get are a gift, and it is well worth the cost of getting them when it means that we are doing our part to sustain and protect the earth from which they come.
Currently, we are pleased to offer 10 USDA-certified organic essential oils: Organic Tea Tree, Organic Peppermint, Organic Orange, Organic Lemon, Organic Lavender, Organic Frankincense, Organic Oregano, Organic Eucalyptus, Organic Grapefruit, and Organic Turmeric.