Good quality aromatherapy oils have many health benefits. On the other hand, if the oil you use for aromatherapy is poor quality because of having been distilled from low-grade crops, or has been sitting around for too long, you will not get these health benefits.

In addition, if the aromatherapy oil has had chemicals or other non-essential ingredients added to it, the aromatherapy experience will not have the health benefits you were looking for. Even worse, there might be harmful side effects in this case.

So how do you find the best aromatherapy products, including aromatherapy oils? Here are 3 tips to help you sort out the best aromatherapy products from those second-rate imitations.

Tip#1: A Rose by Any Other Name...Is Not a Rose!

Yes, when it comes to aromatherapy products, the exact wording is important. An essential oil is not just any old oil with a nice smell. So if you see a bottle that's labelled "fragrance oil" or something similar, be aware that this is not a single essential oil, and it lacks the purity of the genuine product. Unfortunately many vendors will label a product "aromatherapy oil" when it really does not qualify. It's a bit like people calling themselves "nurses" when they do not have a certification in nursing! The word aromatherapy has become overused and misused. So do check that what you are purchasing is in fact really an aromatherapy oil and not a cheap imitation.

Tip#2: The Packaging Matters

Look for aromatherapy oils that are packaged in dark colored glass bottles. Why? Because plastic bottles allow the quality of the essential oil to deteriorate rapidly. Also, essential oils are strong little beasties and they can actually dissolve plastic! Do you really want to be rubbing dissolved plastic into your skin? No! If you are purchasing essential oils in larger sizes, you may find that even reputable vendors use plastic or aluminum. You can then transfer the oil into smaller glass containers that are colored, for your convenience and to help preserve the purity of the essential oils. On the same note, you should not purchase essential oils in containers that come with rubber eyedroppers, since just like plastic, the rubber can dissolve.

Tip#3: You Get What You Pay For

Good vendors of pure essential oils will not necessarily charge you expensive prices. However, they should price their oils differently from one another. This is because the ingredients of essential oils are vastly dissimilar and so the price should vary. If the prices do not vary – if the oils are all the same price – this is a red flag that perhaps the oils are not truly aromatherapy oils, but simply fragrant or artificially scented oils. So, an essential oil does not have to be expensive, but a single company's jasmine aromatherapy oil should be more expensive than their ylang ylang essential oil.