Transparency

dōTERRA is the only essential oil company out there that is completely transparent about what is in their bottles.

Their Source to You website allows you to read the Quality Report associated with each individual bottle that you purchase, and fully understand where your oils are coming from. This is the standard that you should hold every company to.

Because of the way dōTERRA essential oils are sourced, they are actually above organic grade in quality. That process and standard are described here:

 

It is really easy to put something in a bottle and market it as being natural (and by association, “safe”). But next time you pick up a bottle of essential oil, read the ingredient label. If there is only one ingredient — ‘pure’ essential oil– do you know what pure means? You have no indication of where the plant came from, how it was grown, or what it may have been exposed to during the manufacturing process. In our toxic world, this matters, and there is reason why many essential oil brands say, “not for internal use.”

The quality control at dōTERRA is second to none. They’ve created an internal standard called Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® (CPTG), verified by third party labs. So yes, the name is a trademark, but the standard is real and concrete. I know I am getting and recommending the purest product on the market. And the cool thing about that? The product works. 

 

CO-IMPACT SOURCING

Every time I talk about the co-impact sourcing model, my heart beats a little bit faster. I was lucky enough to travel to Nepal with dōTERRA in May 2019, to experience this model of business firsthand, and I can assure you that dōTERRA is walking their talk.

Why should you care if your Wintergreen comes from Nepal, or your Lemons come from Italy, or if your Frankincense comes from Somalia, or if your Eucalyptus comes from Australia? Because sourcing plants from their native environment results in therapeutic grade (i.e. effective) oil. In my study of botanical medicine, one of the key things I’ve learned  is that plants are made of hundreds, if not thousands of components, all designed to protect the plant from danger and disease. Soil, sun, temperature and plant maturity all impact how these components are expressed.

Now, think about what we are asking the essential oils to do for us. We are asking them to mimic what they do for the plant: to protect us, and fight disease.  Lavender grown in my backyard  in Toronto is not going to have the same constituents as lavender grown in it’s native France, where the environment is ideal for optimal lavender development.

But what about plants that are native to countries facing economic and environmental hardships, such as Somalia (frankincense), Guatemala (cardamom), Madagascar (ylang ylang), and Haiti (vetiver)? As a bit of a global nomad, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to travel the world, and I’ve seen what it looks like when corporations go in to developing countries and exploit the people and land for profits. Thankfully, we are finally waking up to this, and using our money to speak. More and more emphasis is being placed on the importance of growing/buying local, and as a general rule, I totally agree with this! As noted above, I truly believe that essential oils are the most therapeutic if the plant is sourced from it’s native environment, but regardless of what company you decide to choose for your oils, as these gems become more and more popular, sustainability of the plants becomes super important.

dōTERRA is addressing all of this with their co-impact sourcing model, which is described in this short video. 

 

To see how Wintergreen is sourced in Nepal:

To see how Vetiver is sourced in Haiti:

 

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH:

Source to you explains the scientific quality control behind dōTERRA products, but there are also thousands of independently conducted scientific studies on the benefits of pure essential oils for health. dōTERRAhas a whole website devoted to the topic. 

 

EMBRACED BY MODERN MEDICINE:

Check out this video of the dōTERRA medical advisory board, which includes a board certified surgeon; ear, nose and throat specialist; dentist; anaesthesiologist; family physician; pediatrician; and gynecologist. Recently, dōTERRA added board certified Veterinarians to the mix! Yes, dōTERRA oils are safe to use with your furry friends.

An integral part of our mission at dōTERRA is to bring together healthcare professionals of traditional and alternative medicine to encourage further study and application of therapeutic-grade essential oils in modern healthcare practices. Are you a health care professional? Check this out, or message me for more details, because I am part of this initiative!