Are All Essential Oils Created Equal? + win The Essential Oils Handbook

Guest post and giveaway from Lea Harris, from Nurishing Treasures:

A month ago in my Essential Oils 101 post I told you I wanted to test the quality of essential oils companies to see if we really need to fork over lots of cash – or if the less-expensive brand at the health food store would do the trick. I will be sending the same oil, frankincense, from 5 different essential oil companies (Young Living, doTERRA, Mountain Rose Herbs, Aura Cacia, and Essential Vitality) to a chemist and have him run them through his GC/MS, reporting back to me the constituents in the oils. I will be sending them to him un-marked brand-wise (they will be marked #1 – #5) so he won’t even know which brands are which. We will discover if they are all basically the same, or if you really do get what you pay for.

In that same post I asked for your support in raising $1,000 to cover the $200 that the chemist charges per sample, and I have been overwhelmed by your generosity! Thank you so much to all who have sent donations! If you would like to donate, you may send PayPal funds (Personal, Gift, please, so no fees are removed) to All donors are listed here and I will include your website if you add it to the “notes” section when you send your donation. A $25+ donation will get your website listed on the top of this page, and $40+ will get you bolded as well. Thank you so much!

This is the giveaway I promised the members of the Learning About Essential Oils Facebook group I would do when we reached the halfway point – a point we passed on Friday. Today all of you will have a chance to win The Essential Oils Handbook. I recently purchased this book, and it’s one of my favorites.

This giveaway is co-hosted by the following:

Stacy @ A Delightful Home

Sara @ Your Thriving Family

Krissa @ More Than Mundane

Jaime @ Slightly Steady

Kathy @ Teaching Good Things

Sara @ A Mama Story

Pamela @ Traditional and Natural

Kristen @ Smithspirations

AlinaJoy @ Good Old Days Farm

Laurie @ Common Sense Homesteading

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Tracy E.

I would like to win because I need to learn more about essential oils. My favorite brand is Heritage Essential Oils and I find their website very helpful. But, I love having a book at my fingertips to look things up!

Marilyn Watkins

I would love to learn more about the essential oils. I’m always looking for ways to help my family become healthier.


I would love to learn even more about essential oils. I know some about a few of the basics (tea tree, lavender, lemon), but I want to know more and I am interested in learning about different brands as well.

Deb Meyers

i would love to win.

It is very interesting how much I trust your assessment of these oils –chemist: great idea!– because of your generous lifestyle and the story I’ve watched you live through this blog. Thank you for providing this service.

Deb Meyers


I love essential oils and am just starting to use them again. So it would be nice to have an updated reference book.

(by the way, I am not sure I put the right email down in the email to match raffelcopter. It might be a mrs.pear email address on raffelcopter)

Billie Ruth Bingham

I am wanting to learn all I can about essential oils. Thanks for offering this information. It is very useful.


We have just begun using essential oils and I want to learn more! I put frankincense and eucalyptus on my husband this morning as he appears to have some sinus issues 🙁 I want to rely on simple oils ultimately created by God, not traditional medications created by man. Thanks for the opportunity! Love your blog, and those new littles that God has entrusted you with!

Kim F.

I having been wanting to learn more about essential oils for quite some time but have not had the time to research before putting the information to use. This would be a wonderful resource to have! Thanks for the opportunity.

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