And last but certainly not least lets talk about how to take care of your oils!
It’s important to note that an essential oil may keep it’s fragrance for many many years… even up to 20 years. But just because the fragrance may keep intact the medicinal value of the essential oil itself has long past. Citrus based oils can often be identified as spoiled as the oil can go rancid. It loses it’s clear sea through quality, it will even smell a bit rancid.
Maximizing Your Essential Oils Shelf Life
The easiest and best way to keep your oils alive and kicking for as possible is by simply keeping them in a nice cool, dark place. Be careful to:
- Expose your oils to direct sunlight
- Tighten the cap very tightly after use
- Keep them in overly warm places
Any 3 of those things can hurt your oils life span.
Extending Your Essential Oils Shelf Life
If you are willing, putting your oils in your refrigerator can double their shelf life! Though a word of caution that you especially make sure your lids are on tight unless you want to risk your fridge smelling like your oils! Which isn’t always a bad thing!
How Long do Oils Last Anyway?
Generally the rule of thumb is oils keep their healing potential from 6 months to 3 years. Some oils can live up to 5 years but we do not agree with that. We believe that citrus based oils like lemon grass, lemon, tangerine, etc. usually last around 6 months and steam distilled (vast majority) based oils last 1-2 years.