Essential Oil Quality: Why Does It Matter?
Essential oil quality is a really big deal. Here’s something that gets me REALLY fired up. 🔥 And not just because I sell doTERRA… but because I have personally experienced the doTERRA difference.
Using other brands of essential oils can even be dangerous for you and your family. I trust doTERRA. I don’t trust other companies that DON’T source their essential oils in the same ethical and purity focused way. Or in the case of big box retailers you may be purchasing from, aren’t even selling a PURE oil, but a synthetic fake – a fake oil that is NOT healthy for your body.
ALL essential oil advice, tips, and resources on this page are intended to be used with doTERRA oils. Period. And I happen to know a super awesome consultant who’ll help you get your own bottle if you don’t already have someone. 😉
What are Certified Pure Grade Essential Oils (CPTG)?
Certified pure essential oils are both tested AND sourced properly. The certified pure process may vary for different companies, but the doTERRA is very transparent about their testing and sourcing practices. I did not find that same transparency in other companies I looked into. As you can imagine, this was a really big point for me!
doTERRA actually tests the essential oils with at least five different forms of testing. On every single batch. No other essential oil company in my research even came close. This is a very important point to me as a Mom with young children. We diffuse these oils constantly, put them on our skin, and as an adult I do occasionally ingest them for myself as needed (not the kids). For these reasons, essential oil purity matters to me.
A WORD ON FRAGRANCE GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS:
On this website, I am only referring to a certified pure grade essential oil, which has almost nothing in common with a fragrance oil. Fragrance oils can contain synthetics (most do!) and little to no plant material. Fragrance oils are just as the name implies, to smell good. No other reason to use these. A certified pure essential oil is strictly plant material. That is a VERY big difference between fragrance and certified pure. It would actually be a dangerous practice to use fragrance essential oils in the same way as the usage outline for certified pure essential oils.
FOOD GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS:
I am also not talking about food grade essential oils on this website. While food grade may be considered safe to ingest, a food grade oil will not have the same wellness benefit as a certified pure essential oil. Food grade essential oils may possibly contain contaminants. Anything from pesticide residues, other plant materials mixed in during the harvesting process, or even lead from the soil could be present in a merely food grade oil! Can we just say…. ummm… Ewww??
SOURCING: THE OTHER KEY POINT
Do you know where your essential oils come from? This is really important.
Sourcing means where does the essential oil company buy their essential oils from? There are a couple different ways companies can source their oils. But first, let’s step back a minute, and talk about barbecue.
TEXAS BARBECUE AND PROPERLY SOURCED ESSENTIAL OILS:
Um, yes…. you did read that right. Texas barbecue. To this day, this is the clearest way I can explain essential oil sourcing. I’m from Pennsylvania, and when I was first married to my husband, we lived in Texas for three months. I don’t know about you, but once I tried Texan barbecue, there simply was no going back. Pennsylvanians don’t have a clue about barbeque. And we don’t have the native beef, either, which is a key point with the flavor. (Not bashing Pennsylvania, which has its own redeeming qualities.) We hit a LOT of barbecue places in Texas, and they all had superior barbecue in common. We literally didn’t find a bad barbecue restaurant in Texas, because they possibly don’t exist.
So here’s your essential oil analogy. There are simply parts of the world that excel at certain things. You don’t argue it, because it just is. Texas for barbecue. France for lavender essential oil. Italy for your citrus essential oils. Frankincense from Oman. And so on. You just can’t find a substitute for the quality of properly sourced essential oils. You can’t grow in your backyard what nature placed in a different part of the world and get that exact quality. It might grow, yes. But it will not have the same high quality chemical constituents as the properly sourced plant. Both science and experience agree with me on this point. Once you’ve experienced the quality of the oils from my favorite company, you literally don’t look back.
So that’s sourcing in a nutshell. Yes, I still miss the barbecue…
AN ESSENTIAL OIL QUALITY GUARANTEE IS WHY I CHOOSE TO STICK WITH ONE COMPANY:
Essential oil quality is the primary reason that I picked one exclusive essential oil company to shop from for myself and my own family. That company is doTERRA! 📣
I am confident in the safety and purity of the essential oils I purchase from this company. After three years, I know from personal experience that I can trust them to always have the best quality oils.
Are Your doTERRA Oils, REALLY doTERRA Oils?
Last… be sure you are buying from a trusted doTERRA essential oils consultant. Straight from the source… doTERRA themselves:
“The Dangers of Buying from Different Sources
Unfortunately, the world of online shopping has made getting verified product difficult unless you know it comes directly from someone you trust. Many online sellers claim to be selling oils from doTERRA, but the following problems persist:
It’s relatively easy for unverified sellers to take off the cap and ring of a bottle and either dilute or replace the oil entirely. They then put on a new cap and seal and sell it for profit.
There is no way to tell where exactly the oil is coming from. doTERRA works with committed growing partners all over the world in order to get the best plants. We rely on the expertise of local farmers and harvesters, and help support the sustainable harvesting and growth of every plant. But, when an oil is tampered with, you no longer know what is in your bottle.
You can’t determine what conditions the bottle sat in before it was shipped. In the cool doTERRA warehouse, each oil is carefully packaged and kept from extreme conditions.
No guarantee exists for oils purchased through other sources online. Using an oil that comes from uncertain origins could be potentially dangerous for you or your family’s health. Buying only from someone you know or online directly from doTERRA itself is the only way to make sure you’re getting the quality you are used to and need.”
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