Portland, OR — The Essential Oil Company, a fixture in the Sellwood neighborhood, is now certified as an Organic Handler by Oregon Tilth of Salem.

According to the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), in the U.S. alone, retail sales of health and wellness products reached $102.8 billion in 2007. Meaning, source-conscious consumers are buying increased amounts of organic, high-quality products to support a more healthful well-being.

Topping the NMI’s list of sales are functional and fortified foods and beverages at $38.6 billion sold in 2007; vitamins, minerals, herbal, and dietary supplements came in at $21.7 billion; organic foods and beverages $19 billion; natural foods and beverage $14.1 billion; and personal care $7.8 billion. NMI has predicted that the market will continue to grow and expects to record total sales of $170 by 2012.

Certified organic essential oils are important ingredients for foods, beverages, and personal care products. Easy access to high-quality ingredients makes The Essential Oil Company a fixture in Sellwood, where neighbors value independent and locally-owned businesses. But you don’t have to be a local to feel good about purchasing from The Essential Oil Company—owner Robert Seidel is more than willing to ship, and offers several shipping incentives on the home page of his website, www.essentialoil.com.

The Essential Oil Company has been importing and distributing quality essential oils since 1977, and is the best source for pure aromatherapy grade essential oils, massage and fragrance oils, and personal care. All products are cruelty-free.

The Essential Oil Company has plans to expand its selection of certified organic raw materials, including new certified organic essential oils, butters, and vegetable oils from around the world. For more information or to speak with Seidel directly, call 800.729.5912. For the novice distiller and the curious, Seidel also updates a distiller’s blog located at http://guerilla-distiller.blogspot.com/.