Ok, we're not really going to talk about mice, just about herbs and essential oils. Both herbs and oils have many things in common. For example, they are both made from plant materials. Gee, aren't you glad you read this to tell you that? :-)
Anyway, Enchanted Works offers many different types of herbs and oils. Wherever possible, we ensure that what we sell is labelled appropriately on our website. Examples of terms we use are the following:
Organic: When we mark an herb or oil as "organic" it is certified as such by the appropriate state authority. Lots of people call their products "organic" but ask whether or not they are certified organic.
Wildcrafted: These are herbs havested from the wild. Ask whether or not these wildcrafted herbs have been ethically collected. If the herbs are on the "at risk" list from the United Plant Savers, AND they are listed as "wildcrafted" think twice before purchase. "At risk" plants should be cultivated specifically and not taken from the wild.
There are other questions to ask about your herbs and the oils made from them. Find out whether or not they were sprayed with ethylene oxide or other chemicals. Find out if they were irradiated. Make sure no pesticides or herbacides were used besides natural ones.
You may find that herbs and oils that meet all of these standards costs a bit more than herbs that don't. However, sometimes it costs a bit more to get the best product and to protect the Earth. Its worth it.