If you twist or pinch a lemon peel with your fingers, you’ll see a fine mist spray from the surface of the rind and into the air. Lemon essential oil, as well as other citrus oils like bergamot, grapefruit, and lime, are made from cold-pressing many, many rinds. The bottled product smells like liquid sunshine.
Other oils are extracted from the flowers, stems, roots, bark, and seeds of plants, and in the case of dōTERRA oils, are steam distilled at a low temperature to preserve their chemistry and aroma. Essential oils are 50-70 times stronger than the plants themselves, so you only need a little amount at a time.
One drop of dōTERRA peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea!
We already find essential oils in many household products today (toothpaste, lotion, candles, muscle rubs), and their prevalence is growing; however, it’s important to tune in to quality when it comes to such a concentrated product.
If you’re skeptical about using essential oils in, on, and around your body, then kudos. Being wary about that kind of stuff is a good thing. Taking a product you know nothing about and ingesting it or putting it on your skin should be ridiculous, right?
But, we do this all the time. We eat foods with ingredients we cannot pronounce, we enjoy artificially flavored drinks, light candles in our homes, put perfumes and synthetic fragrances onto our skin, ready to be absorbed by our thyroid and adrenal glands, etc. It took us a while to research and choose the right essential oils and sources, but over time we've learned how beneficial plant oils are and believe they're an awesome asset. See our "How to" page for natural solutions and fun DIY.
As it's important to keep a skeptic's mind about what we ingest and apply, we're going to share what we've learned throughout our site–ranging from research to our own personal experiences–and hope to hear from you as well.
We want to make this very clear upfront… not all essential oils are created equal. Just like the supplement industry, there are little to no standards on who can create them, where they are created, and where the ingredients come from. As with anything, pay attention to how the product was produced, and make sure it's not cut with synthetic additives. Since essential oils are an extremely concentrated product (and thus contaminants would be magnified), we made sure to find a source that we could trust. Click here for money-saving tips.
After a lot of research, we chose dōTERRA–a company that produces oils from sustainably and indigenously grown plants.
An essential oil that isn’t pure means you run the risk of putting germs, heavy metals, or adulterants onto or into your body, which can provoke irritation, adverse effects, or even sickness.
–Doterra, on oil quality
Keep reading to learn more about dōTERRA's sustainable growers and rigorous testing practices. If you're familiar with essential oils and are already interested, you can buy products now at retail prices, but we find that it pays to learn where the discounts are (25%+ off) as well as tips we use to earn free products.
dōTERRA relies on the expertise of botanists, chemists and wellness practitioners to ensure that their oils are harvested, distilled, tested, and distributed safely.
dōTERRA works with farmers and distillers in over 40 countries to provide essential oils to customers around the world. dōTERRA values the wealth of expertise local growers and producers have when it comes to the plants that provide essential oils.
The simple fact remains that you cannot replace the knowledge of these growers and distillers—many of whom have worked their different crops for generations.
–Doterra, on sourcing
There's so much more to talk about in terms of the power of plants and essential oils (as well as dōTERRA as a company), so look out for upcoming blog posts and free webinars.
As mentioned before, you can buy products at retail prices, but we find that it pays to learn about the wholesale prices (25%+ off) and tips to earn freebie oils.
We are proud to have dōTERRA's seal of approval as a certified site. Their endorsement means they view our content as responsible and accurate, and they also keep us updated on any upcoming important info to share, so stay tuned!