What is an essential oil?
Essential oils are naturally occurring oils that are derived from plants and can be identified by their strong aromatic qualities. Dating back to ancient times, aromatic plants have been the basis for numerous herbal and botanical remedies in many cultures and are the root of today’s modern medicine.
For thousands of years, essential oils have been used in religious observances, ceremonies, food preparation, as perfumes and in beauty-enhancing rituals. Thought to promote spiritual and physical wellbeing, the use of essential oils can be traced back to ancient Egypt, India and China.
Pure essential oils have an extensive range of applications to promote physical and emotional wellness. Our quality essential oils are safe for the whole family and can be used:
- Applied topically
- Ingested internally (Selected food grade oils only)
dōTERRA combines natural botanical elements with modern day science to produce essential oils with the highest purity levels available, making some suitable for food preparation and safe to be ingested internally.
Help improve emotional health and well-being using dōTERRA’s essential oils. By using ultrasonic diffusers the chemical and physical properties of an essential oil allows for it to move through the air quickly. This, combined with its calming qualities makes it perfect for aromatherapy.
Choosing from a range of single and proprietary blends, these pure essential oils can be used aromatically to uplift and energize or calm and relax the mind and body. Depending on your desired effect, these naturally fragrant essential oils can stimulate deep emotional responses to help you in your day to day life.
Topical applications of dōTERRA’s essential oils can have a localized effect on the body. Whether you choose to add a few drops to a warm bath, make a hot or cold compress, or apply directly to various points on the body, pure essential oils offer numerous benefits that target the specific area of application whilst providing whole body support.
As the most potent method of application, essential oils offer concentrated effects to the body when consumed. A selection of dōTERRA’s pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils can be safely added to water, put in a capsule or have a drop applied under the tongue. Promote internal health and whole body well-being naturally with these powerful and effective essential oils.
How it’s made
The volatile aromatic compounds that make up an essential oil are derived from various parts of plants such as the seeds, stems, barks, flowers, and roots. In order to isolate the essential oils from plant matter, there are two methods of extraction that can be used.
In the distillation process, steam from boiling water passes through the plant material which then carries the volatile aromatic compounds from the plant into a tube. The steam in the collection tube is cooled and condensed into water. The oil then separates itself from the water and the essential oil is collected.
Expression is a method that is used to extract oils from the rind of fruit. This process is used to produce a number of dōTERRA’s citrus oils.
During expression, the fruit is grazed against sharp cylinders that scrape open microscopic sacs, containing essential oils, on the surface of the fruit’s rind. Once these sacs have been grazed open, water is sprayed over the fruit and the essential oil and water mixture is passed through a filter that eliminates any pieces of the fruit’s rind. The water is then separated from the oil and the citrus oil is collected.
Thanks to modern day science and dōTERRA’s advanced testing methods, essential oils by dōTERRA undergo rigorous testing to ensure the highest quality oils are produced each and every time.
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