Myth #1: Essential oil purity = Essential oil "quality":
Essential oils are prepared in different batch and geographic regions, hence their chemical profiles can either slightly or greatly vary from each other. The different distillation processes that are employed for extracting them can also effect the chemical balance of essential oil. But it doesn't means that one ginger essential oil can better address your issue than the ginger essential oil of different region, it doesn't has any relationship with the purity. This also doesn't means that one has higher quality than another, it just that the chemical properties of first ginger essential oil are better suiting your body than the other one.
Myth #2: "Therapeutic grade" essential oils are the best, or "therapeutic grade" oils do not exist:
It is myth, there is no such body which classifies essential oils on grounds of their grades. This grading is just done by the essential oil retailers just to make their products stand out of the competition, it is just a marketing gimmicks. Hence, the term grade is totally irrelevant, the quality or usefulness of essential oil is examined on the basis of its chemistry and all the pure essential oils carry excellent therapeutic ability.
Myth #3: Essential oils last forever and they get better with time:
Essential oils always have a shelf life of around one to six years, it depends on the oil and its exposures to light, air, and warmth.
Myth #4: Essential oils are mentioned in the holy book Bible and were used in Ancient Egypt:
This fact that is true that Aromatic oils are mentioned in the Bible and were used in the Ancient Egypt, but till the date there are no solid evidences of the fact that people have used true essential oils. The oils that are mentioned in Bible and called to be founded in pyramids are usually infused herbal oils, mostly the olive oil. Today's popular Distilled essential oils have not came from ancient time, they are a recent creation.
Myth #5: When you apply essential oil and you get rashes or redness on your skin it means your skin is detoxing:
No, this is false and a very dangerous myth. When someone gets redness or rashes on the skin after applying essential oil, it is just an indication that skin is negatively responsing to it. In such cases, it is recommended to immediately stop using that essential oil or dilute it much more before using it again.
Myth #6: Your body indicates you about its needs related to a particular essential oil by making you like or dislike its smell:
It is a myth, smell has no relationship with the requirement of an essential oil to body, you may or may not like the smell of essential oil that might prove very beneficial to you.
Myth #7: Essential oils that are cannot freeze, if they are getting freeze, it means they are impure:
Every liquid reacts to the cold temperature at some time so does essential oils. If the essential oils that you have bought has frozen down, leave it at room temperature to get normal naturally and then use it. Never heat essential oil to the same into a liquid state.
Myth #8: The order in which you blend oils affects how the blend smells and its final chemistry:
This is simply not true. The blending order does not affect the final product either for aroma or chemical profile.
Myth #9: When on the packaging of an essential oil, it is mentioned that"Not for internal use" or "For external use only", does it means that it is not that pure or lower quality:
Such comments share no relation with the quality that it is good or bad.
Myth #10: Essential oils or herbs of the same plant gives equal result on the body:
Not every time it happens, there are chances that safety concerns may vary from one another. For example cinnamon leaf and cinnamon bark are of the same plant but their end result on body are different from each other, because the former one has cinnamaldehyde, whereas the latter one carries eugenol as its basic constituent.
Myth #11: Finest essential oils are those that come from the "first pressing" or "first distillation" process:
The matter of plant matter is not distilled all the times as it does not work in the that manner. In case of ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), only one distillation method is employed, though there are several types of methods that are employed on different collections of the oil during distillation.
Myth #12: Essential oil of Frankincense carries boswellic acids:
There is not boswellic acid molecules in the frankincense essential oil as molecules are too large to come out to come out from the distillation process.
Myth #13: Essential oils carry minerals, vitamins and hormones:
No it doesn't carry any such mineral, vitamins and hormones.
Myth #14: Essential oils are natural, hence safe to be used:
Essential oils are NATURAL for lead and came from natural sources of water but this does not make them safe to use.
Myth #15 -Quality of Oil is determined by its purity:
When it comes to marketing, most of the companies of essential oil market claim that their oils are "100 percent pure but the truth is that it is just a marketing tactic to attract new buyers. By purity, it means that the naturally extracted oil has not been tampered or modified. The word quality is basically used as a subjective term, it surely can be influenced by several variables.
Myth #16: It is safe to put essential oils directly in a hot bath:
Essential oils can be used in bath but only after emulsifying. So, if you want to use naturally extracted essential oil in bath, emulsify it prior to use. And for emulsifying, it is suggested to mix the essential oil with sesame oil or milk. When essential oils are added in bath tub or bucket without emulsifying, they won't disperse but float on the water and directly react with the skin. Further, when oil combines with the water & heat in this manner, there are high chances of it getting dermatoxicity.
Myth #17: Essential oils that are real & without additives do not freeze as they are free from water:
Essential oils like other liquid freeze when kept in the low temperature, water doesn't has any relationship with it.
Myth #18: Essential Oils Can Never Harm Us.
Although essential oils are natural, but, still some essential oils can harm you if not taken in the right quantity and in the proper way. So always be careful while using essential oils and follow the usage guidelines very carefully to avoid any harm.
Myth #19: Inhaling Essential Oils is Safe.
No. Not all oils are safe to inhale. There are some oils which can harm you badly if inhaled or inhaled in more than limit. So always follow the proper guidelines regarding the oil carefully before using it.