- 2,000 pounds of lavender flowers = one gallon of lavender oil.
- 2,000 pounds of oranges = 10 gallons of orange oil.
- 5.5 million roses = 1 liter of rose oil. (That’s 30 rosebuds in each drop of rose oil.)
With the above numbers in mind, take a moment to consider the land mass represented in our tiny glass bottles. This is one of the reasons we speak so passionately about the importance of organic farming. As we harvest and consume this highly concentrated plant life we need to protect and sustain the source. The practice of organic farming considers our fragile environment and keeps organic plant life in its most natural state, from the farm to your home pharmacy.
We are proud to be certified by ECOCERT ICO, an independent , environmentally conscious, international company that tests everything from the soil to the bottle. We disclose our sources and methods in a world where that kind of information is often concealed – such is the quality of our products. This organic distinction is not only looking out for the planet, it’s also looking out for us. When harvested and produced organically, plants have the ability to play a vital role in our physical well-being.
Potency and Safety
If left to grow organically, plants produce essential oils that have strong anti-microbial properties made by the plants’ immune system to ward off pests, bacteria and viruses. These same essential oils that protect the plant can also be used to make our bodies healthier. For example, we use Lavender because the essential oil contains naturally high levels of linalyl acetate, which kills harmful bacteria and promotes the growth of healthy new cells.
If plants are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, however, they will not produce the same robust essential oils because these man-made additives are doing the job for them. When it comes time for harvest, you will have a weaker plant that, when distilled, lacks the potent aroma and healing properties of a natural one. Instead you’re left with a conventional oil that’s full of concentrated pesticides and herbicides – one that is flat-out unsafe for ingestion or topical use.
When an essential oil is labeled “organic,” this certification ensures that the plants were farmed, harvested, distilled and distributed according to organic methods. Following organic farming methods ensures that oils are free of pesticides, synthetics and adulterants.
*All essential oils at Veriditas by Pranarom are NOP certified and certified organic through the French certification agency ECOCERT.