Essential Oils – Are They Really Pure?

Here is a short (casual) video shot after having dinner with friends when someone asked me about labels that say “pure essential oils” which really aren’t pure.  That means that there may be some pure essential oil in the bottle but the entire contents of the bottle is not all pure essential oil.  They are obvious carriers/extenders/chemicals added to fill the volume of the bottle if the label states the warnings I talk about on this short video.  Be informed and be conscious of what you are buying and using especially if you are using the oils topically, inhaling them or using them with a child, elderly person or someone who is dealing with a health challenge!  Here is a link to the ones I have used for the past 17+ years:

Yours in health,

Dr. Elena 😉



  1. mary blyth says:

    you are having too much fun with this media!! and we are all learning a lot:) you are an inspiration!!

  2. Donna Phelan says:

    Elena, I love your videos. They are very informative. You have such a soothing voice to listen to:-)

  3. Dr. Elena says:

    Thanks for the feedback and comments, Mary and Donna! Yes, I am learning my way around doing all of this and looking forward to posting more info and videos. 😉

  4. Hubert says:

    Aromatherapy is considered to be one of the very best methods of relaxing and of making your body feel better than ever! More than a way of inducing a total relaxation state to your body, aromatherapy also has positive functions on your mind and spirit. It is one of the best methods used in order to decrease tension and develop continuously positive thinking and good images upon life and everything around you. When the notion of aromatherapy was first introduced, it was meant to refer to natural products, like tea for instance, which can be also used for its calming effects, including its smell.

    • Dr. Elena says:

      Hubert, the oils I have found to be the best and the most therapeutic (after decades of being an aromatherapist!) are able to be used internally as well as topically. You can find out more about them here:

  5. Mckinley says:

    A lot of so called aromatherapy candles out on the marketplace today contain paraffin wax which is really a byproduct of the crude oil process and fragrance oils that are chemically derived. Some major manufacturers have paraffin wax, combined with natural scents. Some have natural waxes combined with chemical derived synthetic scents. My notion of a natural “aromatherapy candle” is 1 that is all natural. So, what are natural scents? They are essential oils.

    • Dr. Elena says:

      Yes, Mckinley, there are many candles on the market being touted as “natural aromatherapy candles”. Being an intelligent and educated consumer will help you get a really natural candle! Soy or palm wax and natural essential oils (NOT fragrance oils), with cotton wicks are the natural candles. If you have ever used a candle that leaves a black soot on the wall near it you are using a petroleum based wax candle and it may even have lead in the wick. So, be educated, be healthy, be well and enjoy natural aromatherapy candles. I like using beeswax candles and an essential oil diffuser (for the scent) and here is a link to where to get the diffusers I like to use:
      Just go into the above site and click on the left side under “Products” and once on that page, look at Diffusers. I like the ones with the glass nebulizer tubes.
      Remember…never use heat with pure essential oils! Applying heat to a pure oil alters and reduces it’s therapeutic benefits. The diffusers I use and suggest make the oil into a very fine mist, no heat is used, and the oil once dispersed as microfine particles, stays suspended in the air to purify the environment or be inhaled to benefit every cell in the body!

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  7. Anonymous says:

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    I really like reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You understand, and many individuals are searching for the info you provide. You can help them greatly!

    • Aliou says:

      I really appreciate what you’re saying here and love also your meditation on your website (which I received when I entered my email address). When I first started meditating (years ago) it was like this ritual that had to be done “just so”. So naturally I couldn’t keep it up. I have found that the freer a person is, the more they can dispense with the rules and just do it (connect that is) any old way they like. I now find props an encumbrance! It’s like trying to plan a Romantic Dinner in advance. I think that only happens most successfully in the movies. Thank you for your simplicity ~ highlighting the importance of Simplicity and just investing in ourselves to make the connection…whether through a simple meditation or using essential oils to facilitate meditation and enhance our lives. Thanks!

      • Dr. Elena says:

        Thanks for your comments, Aliou! Keep meditating and keeping it simple! 😉

  8. Clara says:

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    BTW, outstanding!

  9. Jerrold says:

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  10. Ernie says:

    Perfect subject material…been wondering about this and wanting to know which ones to buy. Thanks. Really enjoyed this!

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  12. Garnett says:

    Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation. Steam distillation is often used. Other processes include expression or solvent extraction. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products. In my experience, only the ones used by Dr. Elena ( can be used internally.

    • Dr. Elena says:

      Thanks for your comment, Garnett. It is surprising how many supposedly “pure” essential oils are sold as pure, but are not pure. This occurs even in high quality health food stores and with name brands we have come to trust. If an essential oil like peppermint, lemon or orange says on the label “not for internal use”, you can bet that there are “extenders” in the bottle to fill up the bottle. What is in the bottle may be 100% pure oil, BUT (and this is the important point), the entire bottle is not filled with that 100% per oil…so 100% of the bottle is NOT 100% pure essential oil. Get it? That is how the companies get away with their labeling. So be aware of what you are buying…get only 100% pure and 100% of the liquid in the bottle must be 100% essential oil. 😉

  13. Charles says:

    Essential oils are used in a variety of ways, and include aromatherapy massage – where the oil is absorbed through the skin and vaporization where the essential oil molecules enter the bloodstream via the lungs. Essential oils are also used medicinally and taken internally, but this must NOT be undertaken by the layperson, but should only be done under the treatment and direction of a qualified medical practitioner like Dr. Elena.

    • Dr. Elena says:

      The skin is a great way to absorb PURE essential oils. But be aware of any product that looks pure, is even labeled pure, but in small letters says “not to be applied directly to the skin”. That means there are chemical extenders in that “pure oil”. I trust Young Living, have used the products for over 17 years and use them topically and internally. Contact me to get some for yourself or go to and get them at cost. If you have specific questions, I am happy to answer them!

      Thanks for your comment, Charles! 😉

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