Self Care. Solutions. Survival.

So, what are essential oils?

Well. I’m glad you asked.

When you smell the scent of a plant – such as rosemary, jasmine or lavender – you are actually inhaling the molecules that plant produces to strengthen and protect it.

Plants produce essential oils as their defence mechanism, and the oils from different plants each have their own unique groups of compounds. Or as I like to call them, superpowers! Using these superwpowers gives humans access to a massive range of beneficial healing properties for body and mind – making essential oils (in my opinion) the best holistic health tool there is.

doTERRA essential oils are distilled from plants with the utmost quality in mind. This can vary with time of day or part of the plant which is harvested, time of year, geographic location and weather at the time of harvesting, plus the method and duration of distillation.

The oils can be used aromatically, topically – and in the case of doTERRA – internally, to provide you with solutions to everyday health challenges.

For more information on what an essential oil is please watch this:

Quality

doTERRA essential oils are the best oils there are.

I did all the research before I signed up, as well as smell tested doTERRA against other brands. As any good journalist would.

This is what I know:

doTERRA made a commitment to producing oils of a quality there has never been before, at its launch in 2008. It is one of only three brands worldwide that actually tests their oils for quality at all.

(I know!)

Of these three companies testing their oils, doTERRA performs 11 additional tests over the other two.

In an unregulated industry, there are plenty of crap oils containing synthetic ingredients, and there is no one stopping their manufacturers from labelling them ‘100% Pure’.

Basically, you can never really be sure what you are getting.

So in order to let its customers know that they are genuinely receiving 100% pure essential oil in every bottle, doTERRA developed its own quality standard called Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.

The day I was lucky enough to attend doTERRA’s 2017 Australian convention, they were talking all about the science behind the oils. I’m not going to lie to you, a lot of the technical stuff went over my head, but I was so impressed by their transparency. I came away absolutely reassured that quality is the very currency of this brand.

They set out to produce the finest quality oils the world has ever seen, and they make themselves accountable for the purity of their products every step of the way.

Without this they would not be doTERRA, and they would not be where they are today.

For scientific studies on essential oils please visit http://www.aromaticscience.com/

Find out all about doTERRA’s ethics and quality standards – and look up your individual bottles of oil using their serial number – on doTERRA’s website sourcetoyou.com

 

I believe that people can change their lives, circumstances and nothing short of themselves as people through working on their health in a holistic way.

Ethics

doTERRA sources its oils from the indigenous location where the crops grow best wherever possible. Many of its crops come from developing countries, and doTERRA works with the communities there to make sure they are sourcing in a sustainable way.

From the doTERRA website:

“Co-Impact Sourcing is an initiative that seeks to develop long-term, mutually beneficial supplier partnerships while creating sustainable jobs and providing reliable income in underdeveloped areas. doTERRA 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.”

doTERRA also developed a non-profit arm called the Healing Hands Foundation, set up to reach out and serve communities in need. Partnering with other organisations (such as Mentors International, Days for Girls and Operation Underground Railroad), the foundation works to free lives of disease and poverty, and empower communities with the tools to become self reliant.

doTERRA supports its co-impact sourcing communities with the Healing Hands Foundation. Breaking the cycle of poverty, teaching skills and building and providing resources are important to this company, and that is why I am proud to be aligned with it.

Hopefully one day I’ll get to see this work first hand.

Effectiveness

The proof is in the pudding with this. You can only try the oils for yourself and see how you go.

Personally, I have found they work profoundly and amazingly well for my family – and have enabled me to entirely change the way we cope with our health challenges and live our lives.

We no longer have to run to the doctor for every minor ailment, we have plenty of ways of dealing with things at home.

We manage our moods and our sleep and our gut health with them.

They positively impact our emotions and our relationships.

The uses are too many to mention here. Needless to say, the impact in our lives has been enormous. Lifechanging.

To buy essential oils click here.

Safety

doTERRA essential oils are extremely potent and must be used with caution and the correct dilution rates for the individual they are to be used upon.

But they are also the purest oils on the plant and therefore are safe to be used on everyone, including children and babies.

There is much contradictory information all over the internet about the ‘rules’ of using essential oils.

Personally, I follow doTERRA’s recommended safety guidelines and ignore everything else. There have never been oils of this quality before, so I use safety guidelines appropriate to these specific oils.

I also have my trusted books: Modern Essentials and the Essential Life and I always refer back to them.

Please watch this safety video:

And have a look at the doTERRA safety page

 

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