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WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
Even with pure essential oils the composition of the oil can vary depending on the time of day, season, geographic location, method and duration of distillation, year grown, and the weather, making every step of the production process a critical determinant of the overall quality of the essential oil product.
Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.
When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.
Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.
While there is a science to the distillation of essential oils, it is also an art. Distillers not only rely on years of experience, they also employ modern technologies and techniques.
The more pure the essential oil, the more powerful the results. 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, 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.®
During the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade process, each batch of oils is subjected to extensive and rigorous testing that ensures the purity, potency, and consistency of the essential oils. Because quality oils can empower individuals and families, doTERRA makes it their priority to provide you with the purest and most effective oils possible. With each doTERRA product, you can be confident that you are receiving the highest quality essential oils, and that our effective standard testing methods are created with you and your loved ones in mind.
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.
How you serve others when you use doTERRA Essential Oils
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.®
In the heat-soaked lands of Haiti, tens of thousands of small scale farmers work diligently to provide food for themselves and their families. However, these local artisans are often paid inconsistently or unfairly for their work and are forced to live a life of poverty.
By bringing the doTERRA Vetiver initiative to Haiti, doTERRA was able to grow Vetiver in its optimal environment and provide these skilled farmers with a sustainable stream of income for their hard work in the vetiver fields. doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing is helping these local artisans provide for their families, obtain sustainable jobs, and have hope in their futures. Haiti is just one of the many Co-Impact Sourcing communities that doTERRA is helping worldwide.
HOW DO I USE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFELY?
Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
THE POWER OF AROMA
Our sense of smell is the frontline modality by which we experience the world around us; however, many people may underestimate its significance. By comparison, humans have a weaker sense of smell than many animals, which must use smell for sustaining basic life functions (tracking food, identifying a mate, etc.). Although your nose may not be as acute as that of a bloodhound, you can still detect thousands of varieties of odors in infinitesimal quantities.
Only in recent years have researchers begun to unlock the complexities that make up the sense of smell and, in turn, have reported that smell sensitivity is actually much more significant than previously predicted. In fact, our sense of smell is directly linked to our physical and mental health profiles. The Aroma of Essential Oils When it comes to essential oils, their powerfully fragrant aromas are the first thing we notice as we unscrew the bottle cap.
By definition, essential oils are a rich mixture of volatile aromatic compounds. Because of their volatility, aroma is actually an intrinsic feature to essential oils, or in other words, essential oils are their aroma. Aroma in a “chemical” sense means that individual compounds (in this case, essential oil constituents) are able to interact with olfactory (smell) receptors in the nose.
Not every type of compound elicits an aroma, because the compounds have to be very small and readily evaporate into the air. Essential oil compounds meet both of these criteria and are able to quickly and easily bind to smell receptors in the nose. The chemistry of essential oils varies widely from oil to oil, which explains why essential oils possess such widely different aromas, and thus, affect us in different ways.
How Scent Affects Us
One of the most well-studied areas of aroma research is the effect of smell on emotions and mood. For example, there is convincing evidence demonstrating that simply inhaling the aroma of an essential oil is effective for calming nervous or anxious feelings in a variety of settings. The smell receptors located on the upper surface of the nasal cavity make direct links with the limbic system of the brain, an area that governs the body’s emotional responses. This close connection between aroma and emotion becomes obvious in our everyday life as certain odors trigger memories or specific feelings.
Some aromas directly impact mood (for example calming, balancing, or invigorating), while others trigger memories of a specific experience, often one tied to a strong emotion. Intriguing new research has also helped us recognize that the benefits of aroma extend far beyond just emotional regulation.
In addition to influencing the limbic region of the brain, olfactory centers are also intricately linked with the hypothalamus, an area of the brain more familiarly nicknamed the “visceral control center” because it controls physiologic functions throughout the body. The hypothalamus exerts its powerful influence by interacting directly with the pituitary gland, or “master gland,” a small gland located in the brain.
The pituitary gland secretes hormones involved in the regulation of blood pressure, hunger and thirst signals, thyroid function, sleep cycles, production of sexual hormones, and memory, among other things. Because of the direct link of the olfactory system to this area of the brain, aroma is capable of interacting directly with the hypothalamus, influencing neurochemistry throughout the body, and, in turn, potentiating powerful health outcomes.
Give Me the Oils! Please…
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These oils will change your life in almost every way. Don’t believe me? I’ve had the privilege of hearing from hundreds of families who have transformed their lives, one drop at a time over the past year.
The aromatic compounds in these bottles bring a restoration to the body. Healthy never smelled so good!
These oils are typically integrated after years of eating whole foods and living a physically, spiritually and emotionally fit lifestyle. And the sooner you integrate them, the deeper you’ll go in every area! If you’re ready to join our team and gain access to our secret community of oilers and receive a FREE essential oils book (I consider this the Bible for Oilers!), go to my.doterra.com/LiveGutHealthy to signup.
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