1. First thing first, Essential Oils are natural. They come from the oil sacks within the roots, wood, the leaves, the stems, the flowers, seeds, barks, berries, and the peels. They are a mix of volatile organic compounds that contribute to the fragrance and well being of the plant. These Essential Oils are made up of many compound constituents that serve similar benefits in the plants as they do in humans when multiplied and concentrated. In plants, Essential Oils offer protection and immune responses to bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other parasitic pests. They restore the wounds and physical damage to plants, they maintain and support the plants metabolism, they protect from the sun and other elements, and their fragrances are used to communicate to insects and plants of the same genus. For humans, these specific oils are extracted and become very potent due to their concentration. In one 5 ml bottle (about the size of your tumb) of Rose oil, there is the oil from 10,000 Roses, and it takes 27 square feet of lavender just to fill one 15 ml bottle.
2. They’re effective, Essential Oils, because they reach and address your issue on a cellular level. Many modern medicines tend to fixate on symptoms, instead of addressing the root cause, which usually results in the future return of symptoms or spawn of new ones and it can become a bit of a vicious cycle. Essential Oils address the root cause by penetrating the oily envelope around our cells and assisting the body in healing itself. Many medicines, like antibiotics for example, are water based and made in a lab, so it makes all too much sense that it wouldn’t be as effective (and also not as safe) trying to address your issues at a cellular level. Essential oils conquer the parasites while promoting overall health and wellness in your body.
3. Essential oils are safe! But not all forms of Essential Oils should you be using in your daily wellness routine. We encounter essential oils in many forms in our modern lives:
-Synthetic Oils (Fragrances) are what we find in colognes, household cleaners, laundry detergents, air fresheners, and are usually made in labs with petroleum and many other dangerous (often toxic) chemicals. Toxic solvents must be added to make their synthetic fragrances dissipate into the air, and make the airborne fragrance molecules become sticky so they will cling to clothing, hair, furniture, and skin. This causes the smell to persist for a prolonged times . You get a longer lasting effect but of unhealthy chemicals.
– Food Grade oils we encounter as well: lemon bars from the grocery store, garlic infused cooking oils. You’d think there was some sort of regulation in these “food grade” oils but the truth is that the FDA does not regulate them at all because essential oils have been deemed “Generally Regarded as Safe” by them and can be implemented without any testing, scientific basis, or accountability behind them.
-Therapeutic Grade oils are similar in that they have little to no regulation or accountability behind them. In 2008, Doterra founders looked around at the Essential Oil market and were dissappointed with the lack of regulation. People could use pesticides and still label themselves therapuetic grade, and many companies sourced important oils like Lavender and Frankinscense in their back yards to save money and make higher profits. We often use the pineapple comparison as an example as to why this is important. When a pineapple is grown anywhere other than Hawaii it just tastes different, and when I crop is grown anywhere outside of it’s originating area, it adapts to the climate, soil, and farming techniques, therefore compromising the precious chemical compounds that make Essential Oils so effective.
So DoTerra decided to establish their own regulation standard and aimed higher than any oil company had before. They created a standard of organic, potent, purity called “CPTG” or “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.” They ensured proper methods of growing, harvesting, and distilling which is crucial to purity. They also put their oils through extensive testing, and third party testing. So these oils are being tested immediately after the distillation process checking for consistent chemical makeup before even being sent to Doterra facilities, a second round of testing is done to make sure what was distilled and tested was exactly what they received. Lastly, they go through a third round of testing and each of these tests verifies that the essential oil is free of contaminants and unexpected alterations during production.
The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality protocol includes the following tests:
Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
Heavy metal testing