Scientifically speaking, an essential oil (EO) is a naturally occurring volatile aromatic compound found in the bark, stems, leaves, seeds, and flowers of plants. If properly extracted, essential oils can fulfill your and your family’s needs in a variety of safe and natural ways from improving emotional and physical health, to food preparation, beauty remedies, and offer alternative means of cleaning your home.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of quality assurance standards in the industry, many essential oils available to purchase are not pure. Often, they contain fillers or other elements that dilute and alter the purity, thus diminishing the healthful qualities of the oil. In order to guarantee that the oils you use are pure, dōTERRA and a team of highly skilled professionals formulated a successful testing procedure that qualifies dōTERRA oils as uniquely pure and free of contaminants. This quality protocol is called CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. During this process, each batch of oils is subjected to extensive and rigorous testing that ensures product purity, potency, and consistency.
Another crucial element in providing a quality essential oil is guaranteeing that there is maximum potency. 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, dōTERRA networks with experienced farmers around the world that intimately know how to grow plants in their native environment. 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.
What is Cō-Impact Sourcing?
With over 100 essential oils in its product line, dōTERRA sources its oils from over 40 countries —more than half of which could be considered developing countries. To ensure that small scale farmers and harvesters in disadvantaged areas are treated ethically, dōTERRA has introduced an initiative called Cō-Impact Sourcing.
Cō-Impact Sourcing seeks to develop long-term, mutually beneficial supplier partnerships while creating sustainable jobs and providing reliable income in underdeveloped areas. dōTERRA is committed to the ethical treatment of its suppliers by providing on-time payments at fair prices. Growers and harvesters are encouraged to form cooperative groups to share collective benefits and bargaining power while improving skills and capacity.
Additionally, the Healing Hands Foundation, dōTERRA’s charitable organization, provides funding and resources to create community-based, social-impact projects to improve lives in the larger communities where oils are sourced. Past projects include building or sponsoring existing medical clinics, installing drinking water and irrigation systems, building schools, and providing other educational resources such as vocational training programs.