What’s an essential oil?

Do you have a lemon (or any citrus fruit) at home right now? Go grab one. Dig into the peel + pay attention to the burst of fragrant oil that you see + smell coming off the peel. That’s an essential oil!

Essential oils are natural, highly concentrated compounds found in the roots, bark, seeds, flowers, or other areas of a plant. They’re tiny organic molecules that are dedicated to keeping the plant healthy, helping it heal from infection + physical injury, warding off predators, and attracting pollinators for reproductive purposes.

Essential oils are so powerful – 1 drop of peppermint essential oil = 28 cups of peppermint tea!

How are they used?

You can use pure therapeutic grade essential oils three ways:


Essential oils, when diffused or inhaled, can be very stimulating, calming, or soothing; diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air.


Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and many can be safely applied topically when used in conjunction with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil.


Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. It’s important that your oils are approved for internal use!

How do I select them?

This is the most important question of them all! There are a ton of “essential oils” out there. I use “” because so many of the brands out there are full of additives + impurities. 

purity (aka: get what you pay for)

The more pure the essential oil, the more powerful the results. Many essential oils available to purchase (even at health food stores!) are not pure. Often, they contain fillers or other elements that dilute and alter the purity. In order to guarantee that the oils you use are pure, doTERRA and a team of highly skilled professionals formulated a successful testing procedure that qualifies doTERRA oils as uniquely pure and free of contaminants. This quality protocol is called CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.®


For an essential oil to obtain a strong potency, the plant it originates from must be grown in the right environment. When plants are grown in optimal soil, temperature, and climate, they produce a higher quality of potency in the essential oil. 

To maintain this level of potency, doTERRA networks with experienced farmers around the world that intimately know how to grow plants in their native environment. This process is called sourcing. The sourcing process ensures that plants are taken care of properly and harvested at the proper stage by growers who have generations of harvesting knowledge. Once the plants reach their prime, they are then gathered and carefully distilled by artisans, making oils that are potent, consistent, and pure. 


doTERRA’s process of sourcing is intended to provide powerful essential oils as well as create an industry that uplifts and instills hope in farming communities around the world. This process is called Co-Impact Sourcing.® 

dōTERRA sources essential oils from over 40 different countries, more than half of which are considered developing countries. Through our Co-Impact Sourcing® initiatives around the world, we are able to help ensure the long-term supply of our oils while giving back in an impactful and sustainable way. By prioritizing socially and environmentally responsible practices through these initiatives, as well as linking community-benefiting projects funded through our dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™, dōTERRA is in a unique position to help improve the livelihoods of our partners growing, harvesting, and distilling dōTERRA CPTG® essential oils.

I need these in my life. Where can I get them?

Look no further – I’ve got you

Know what you want and ready to order? Here are the details to place your order!

Not sure what to order? Schedule a free call with me + we’ll talk about your health concerns + the oils that would be right for you.

Interested in teaching about essential oils?

I’d love to chat with you about joining my incredible team of women! Schedule a free call with me + we’ll get to know each other, I’ll tell you about my team + see if it’s the right fit.