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    Default FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    I have been searching the web for FOOD GRADE spearmint oil and tea tree oil. The results are for what I believe is NOT food grade. Anyone know of a source(s) for small quantities (8 oz. or less)?

    Phil

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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    I have been pleased with my purchases here:
    http://www.100pureessentialoils.com/Tea-Tree-Oil.html

    As far as "food grade", I don't see that phrase at their site. I didn't buy tea tree oil, but I did buy lemongrass, spearmint and thyme oils.
    Graham
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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    Quote Originally Posted by philip.devos View Post
    I have been searching the web for FOOD GRADE spearmint oil
    Phil
    Young Living oils are food grade when specified. www.youngliving.com. Spearmint is ingestible. Cost is $14.14 for a 5ml bottle. Plus shipping and tax. Find a Young Living consultant near you to get it direct. If you cannot find one, pm me and I'll do my best to help. I very much appreciate this company's commitment to both customers and their farmers. It's worth seeking out someone - they've got a HUGE assortment of oils.

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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    www.lorannoils.com sells food grade oils. If you call them they even are aware of beekeepers buying their products and can help you. Also wolf creek apiaries sells them on their web site. They are $9 a bottle I believe and are great to work with.

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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    Apparently there really isn't an official "Food Grade" in essential oils.

    I went to the FDA at http://http://www.accessdata.fda.gov....cfm?fr=182.20

    and this is what I found:
    [Code of Federal Regulations]
    [Title 21, Volume 3]
    [Revised as of April 1, 2013]
    [CITE: 21CFR182.20]



    TITLE 21--FOOD AND DRUGS
    CHAPTER I--FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
    SUBCHAPTER B--FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED)

    PART 182 -- SUBSTANCES GENERALLY RECOGNIZED AS SAFE

    Subpart A--General Provisions
    Sec. 182.20 Essential oils, oleoresins (solvent-free), and natural extractives (including distillates).

    Essential oils, oleoresins (solvent-free), and natural extractives (including distillates) that are generally recognized as safe for their intended use, within the meaning of section 409 of the Act, are as follows:
    and a list follows that includes Lemongrass, Spearmint, Tea (but not Wintergreen)--the most commonly used EOs in beekeeping.

    This seems to indicate that if they are on the list, they are safe to use as directed.

    If anyone has any links that show something different, I'd welcome the information.

    HTH

    Rusty

    edited to add that Wintergreen is NOT on the list, so I edited above.
    Last edited by Rusty Hills Farm; 10-30-2013 at 07:11 PM.
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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    Rusty - thanks for doing the research, I've bookmarked it.
    Graham
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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    If you have someone to share the purchase with Lebermuth is very affordable. If you place the order through Eve, you won't be charged the fee for not placing a minimum order. Just tell her that you're a beekeeper.
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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    here a link on essential oil and there 4 grades and the difference

    http://aromatherapy4u.wordpress.com/...he-difference/

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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    I get most of my oils from www.chemistrystore.com,,my wife gets her soap making stuff too.

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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    My understanding is that tea tree oil is poisonous. Therefore there would be no "food grade" version of it...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    I was wondering if someone could help me on this question.
    I just bought these 2 Pure Essential Oil Lemongrass & Spearmint
    100% Pure and Natural, Undiluted
    http://www.wfmed.com/lemongrass-choice-up-to-32oz/
    My question is on the lemongrass, it has a note on the top of the bottle saying "For external use only, keep away from children"
    For external use only, can the bees can still consume this without issues?
    Now the Spearmint doesn't have that warning on it, neither has them listed aromatherapy so just making sure before using on the girls... Both from WFmed
    Thanks

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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    >For external use only, can the bees can still consume this without issues?

    Other than killing off the protective bacteria that live in their gut. That would be the only issue IF it is diluted enough.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: FOOD GRADE essential oils source

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    >For external use only, can the bees can still consume this without issues?

    Other than killing off the protective bacteria that live in their gut. That would be the only issue IF it is diluted enough.
    Thank you for your respose
    this is what the compamy I bought the oil from has said to me

    "Hello,
    We sell our essential oils and carrier oils for aromatherapy and massage purposes. They are 100% pure and natural, with no chemical additives or processes used in their distillation. While they may have a wealth other possible uses, because of the purposes we sell these products for we can neither advocate their internal or non-standard use, nor can we give any form of medical advice. Please consult a qualified medical practitioner or do appropriate research before using essential oils and carrier oils.

    Thank you for your understanding."

    any input would be appreciated
    Herb

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