Let me explain. dōTERRA has made the commitment to source its essential oils from artisans who grow aromatic crops in the indigenous soils of their land. This allows dōTERRA to not only offer the world’s finest essential oils, but to also impact the economy in a positive way on a global scale. .
Plants grown in traditional or indigenous environments yield better results because the natural elements specific to that region promote a more therapeutic profile of the aromatic compounds produced by the plant. For example, dōTERRA’s Lavender essential oil is indigenous to the Provence region of France. The high altitudes at which lavender is grown results in the plant having higher ester and sesquiterpene alcohol content, thereby increasing its therapeutic benefits. Although lavender grows readily in the US, the therapeutic values are not as beneficial.
Another example is dōTERRA Lemon essential oil, which is indigenous to Sicily. The rich soil conditions, the salty, humid air from the Mediterranean Sea and rocky, mountainous terrain all contribute toward the sweet lemons that have made this region so famous for its citrus production. Although lemon oil can be acquired from the US, Argentina, or other regions for a much lower price, dōTERRA is committed to sourcing its oils from indigenous regions that produce the highest quality essential oils.
dōTERRA’s essential oils are trademarked as “CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™”. What does this term mean, and what evidence is there to prove the efficacy and purity of your oils?
A: dōTERRA’s essential oils are trademarked and registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™. This term means that our essential oils will always maintain the highest quality standard in therapeutic grade essential oils for purity and efficacy. dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils are 100% pure, free of fillers or artificial contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.
In order to assure the purity of our oils and the presence of their active compounds, we subject our oils to rigorous testing standards for chemical composition. dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils are cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure both extract purity and composition potency of each batch. Each dōTERRA product is guaranteed to exceed customer satisfaction and performance expectations. We encourage you to try our products and judge for yourself. See, smell, and feel the difference of the purity and potency of CPTG essential oils. More reading here.
Are dōTERRA’s essential oils organic?
dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils exceed industry standards. Because organic certification varies from country to country, province to province, and in the US, from state to state, it is not currently possible to acquire all oils under certified organic status. However, through the GC/MS analysis process (gas chromatography and mass spectrometry), dōTERRA is able to determine if any chemical residue exists in the essential oil, e.g. pesticides, herbicides, extenders, and solvents. With this rigorous analysis process, dōTERRA is able to ensure that all CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils offered are absolutely pure as nature intended and a step above organic. More reading here.
Why do your essential oils smell so much better than other essential oils on the market that claim to be therapeutic grade?
A: Aroma is an excellent indication of true purity. A 100% pure essential oil will elicit powerful emotional responses and will not be overbearing in any one note. Many people have described dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils as “sweet” or “extremely pleasing fragrances”. This is because when plants are grown in a region in which it is indigenous, with proper nutritive soil conditions, air quality, weather/moisture, are harvested at the right time and carefully distilled, the essential oil extract will be pure and of the highest quality, thus having a fragrance that exceeds that of oils that have been diluted or synthetically produced. Unfortunately, there are many essential oils on the market that claim to be “therapeutic grade”, “100% pure”, or “100% natural” that do not follow strict standards for purity and potency. The best way for you to know the quality and value of any product is to experience it for yourself.
Do you grow your own plants and own your own farms?
A: We have found that a primary key to superior essential oil quality is the location in which the plant is grown. For this reason, we carefully source our essential oils from all over the world, rather than from a few locations that are not native habitats for the plants. For example, our Lavender is grown in the high altitudes of France, our Lemon comes from Italy, and our Frankincense is sourced from Oman. Because our management team is trusted and respected by global producers, we are able to secure precious crops for essential oil production from preferred suppliers.
But what is the environmental impact of dōTERRA’s sourcing methods?
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The environment plays a key role in the potency or therapeutic value of the plant. Growing season, elevation, climate, moisture, soil, terrain, and pH all factor into the quality or potency of the essential oil produced. When doTERRA sources an essential oil, we look for areas where plants are grown in a sustainable way. Besides supplying oils for years to come, sustainable plants minimize maintenance needs and use of resources.
While growing sustainable plants is a wonderful safeguard against soil erosion, poor farming and harvesting practices can exacerbate any soil issues. We use our Co-Impact Sourcing™ approach to encourage healthy farming and harvesting practices by working directly with our growers. For example, our Vetiver distillation partners in Haiti make a concerted effort to teach and train our partner growers and grower cooperatives to implement and use responsible practices. One of the key strategies to mitigate soil erosion is the planting and harvesting of Vetiver roots in narrow banded intervals along sloped fields. These bands create natural barriers every few meters to minimize the size and speed of possible soil slides. Other strategies include intercropping (a practice of growing two or more crops in close proximity), building terraces, leaving roots in the ground longer, and not harvesting during or before the rainy season. Here’s a video about sourcing Vetiver from Haiti.
Reusing waste is something in which Mother Nature is expert. Through our Co-Impact Sourcing approach, we work with nature in the essential oil production process. For example, our Ylang Ylang distiller partners in Madagascar use dead trees foraged from the forest floor. Also, the waste material from the distillation process is added to compost. Composting is a common practice in our partners’ production operations throughout the world.
Another example of reusing what would otherwise be waste is how we source dōTERRA Arborvitae oil. Rather than cut down old-growth trees, we have partnered with a distiller that sources the by-product sawdust from a lumber operation certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council for its sustainable forestry practices. After distillation, the sawdust remnants are dried and sent to paper mills.
One of the exciting challenges of Co-Impact Sourcing is finding creative ways to recycle what would otherwise be waste. In Guatemala, our Cardamom partner turns spent cardamom pods, after distillation, into a source of energy. The cardamom pods are fed into a biogas digester, which naturally breaks down the biomass and produces methane gas as a byproduct. This methane gas is used to run their biogas boiler, which then feeds the steam into the distillation process for dōTERRA Cardamom essential oil. This method actually produces enough energy that the excess is uploaded to the national grid for other users in Guatemala to benefit from this green energy source.
With every new oil we produce, dōTERRA will continue to prioritize stewardship over the Earth and conscientious responsibility regarding her resources. Here’s a video on dōTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing.
I love dōTERRA’s products, but am hesitant to become involved in direct sales. If I decide to join, are there opportunities for me to learn more about the products and to learn how to build my own business with dōTERRA?
A: dōTERRA recognizes that as essential oils are becoming more mainstream, there is a greater need for education. dōTERRA provides exceptional educational opportunities for all people interested in learning how CPTG oils can be used as a self-care wellness alternative. These events are offered throughout the year from one of the leading essential oil experts, Dr. David K. Hill, as well as other guest presenters. In addition, we offer training workshops, webinars, and business-building tools to help you embrace the business prospect and become successful in your efforts to distribute our products through person-to-person contact and globally through personalized websites.