So you heard about ‘this thing’ called the GC/MS report.
It will tell you all sorts of ‘secrets’ about your essential oil(s).
Now you’ve got GC/MS reports for all your essential oils, and to your devastation, it is a long list of ‘Klingon’ words with some percentages. The horror.
But you stay cool.
You don’t raise an eyebrow.
Because you don’t want to give away that actually YOU DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT THIS IS TELLING YOU OR HOW IT WILL HELP YOU.
Now, armed youth your newfound professionalism, you recommend to your friends/clients/buyers to get their hands on this golden piece of encrypted information only Da Vinci could unravel.
Yes, sure. Today, you can find some great articles on what GC/MS is.
BTW, if you want to understand more on that subject, I highly recommend you read a really informative and well-written blog post from Laboratoire Phytochemia written by Hubert Marceau called ‘Quality Control 101, Part II. How to read a GC report’
Simple and useful facts about GC/MS
Additionally, you can find numerous hardcore facts about GC/MS reports and instantly appear more qualified. Below is some simple and useful information you can implement on this subject. Although, I am sure you know this already, let’s start from the beginning:
- Gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectrometry (MS) are two instrumental methods of scientific analysis. Used at the same time, a GC-MS instrument will separate out the individual components of a mixture. In this scenario, the chemical components of your essential oil.
- This brings me to our next point. Those weird ‘Klingon’ words are names of the chemical components (some people refer to them as constituents) that make up the essential oil. They tell you what your essential oil is composed of. So, the list of chemical components within your essential oil.
- The percentages beside them tell you how much of each of the components is present. So, out of 100% that represents your entire essential oil, how much percent of a particular single chemical component is present. Such as 1,8 cineole, linalool, limonene, etc.
JOKE OF THE DAY – Essential oils are chemical-free
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MAJOR TIP: Please note, that essential oils contain chemicals because they are 100% made up of chemical components. This is a major misunderstanding in some circles. So please, if you know anyone claiming that their essential oils or/and products are CHEMICAL FREE, respectfully share this information with them.
We are all in the ‘dark ages’ in some area. There is no need to embarrass anyone. Thank you.
Simple or serious
Now, take a step in the contemporary direction and discover how you can start to make sense of this.
And more importantly, make it valuable and relevant to your daily aromatherapy practice.
#1 – Your safety recommendations are closely related to your chemical composition.
You know this but let’s elaborate a bit more so you can educate others about it.
Some chemical components such as 1,8 cineole, camphor, citral, eugenol, methyl chavicol, methyl salicylate, thujone …. will greatly (sometimes completely) influence how you apply your essential oil(s) safely. Please don’t take this lightly. Essential oils cover a large spectrum of circumstances to look out for:
- form being potentially carcinogenic,
- cause CNS and breathing problems in young children,
- cause skin sensitization and phototoxicity,
- to drug interaction, reproductive hormone modulation, and possibly inhibit blood clotting,
- just to name a few.
So, please, get to know what is in your essential oils and ALL of their ‘power’ and potential. Simple and serious.
Got it? Good.
Now, go on and inform everyone about it.
#2 – Your chemical composition brings a wide range of useful and beneficial properties.
On the bright side, these same and many other more chemical components within your essential oil bring a wide range of useful and beneficial properties as well. Such as:
- and the list goes on and on.
Are you ready for even better news?
We can easily capture very specific helpful details such as which exact bacteria or virus it was tested on. And FYI we provide all this info for you with just one easy click in Dropsmith!
#3 – Chemical classification.
Now, some schools and essential oil companies today attempt to make the GC/MS report look less scary by putting the chemical components into classifications. Typically, they are classified by
their molecular size (that is the mono-, sesqui- bit)
and functional groups (Hydrocarbons, Alcohols, Aldehydes, Ketones, Esters, etc. )
At Dropsmith we give you both and also provide colorful visual models
to make it easy to understand and follow. Nice & pretty but always clear & professional.
#4 – What’s next?
OK. So you can find all of the above explained in different ways, styles, and languages. But I want to show you more.
I want to share my journey and discoveries with you.
Watch the video to see what I mean.
Do you dare to distinguish yourself and discover the depths of your essential oils?
You make sure you get your hands on the GC/MS’s of your favorite essential oils because you know it is important.
You got them. Yes?
Now take a look at it again. Can you now see the ‘hidden power’?
Are you excited?
Is your lightbulb blinking?
I sure hope it is, and I have plenty of more to share with you. I want to share my journey and discoveries with you.
Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014) Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
Quality Control 101, Part II. How to read a GC report (October 2015) by Hubert Marceau, Laboratoire Phytochemia (https://phytochemia.com/en/2015/10/15/quality-control-101-part-ii-how-to-read-a-gc-report/)