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Azhdaya Ravenwolf
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by Annie B. Bond May 27, 1999

Essential oils, used for everything from insect repellents

to aromatherapy and fragrance, are very strong and need to

be used with care, but they can cause environmental health

problems if the brand doesn’t provide pure oils. Some oils

have petroleum-based solvents added, which can be very toxic.

Petroleum-based solvents are often long-lasting in the

environment, are stored in our fat, and are a source of

volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that negatively affect

indoor air quality . . .

Do an easy blotting paper test to see if your oils are pure.

Put a few sample drops of your oils on a blotting paper. Pure

essential oils will not leave any residue once they have

evaporated, whereas petroleum solvents will.

February 9, 2010 at 5:41 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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