ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL
Essential oils can be considered the immune system of Mother Nature. They are the aromatic compounds in seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants and play key roles in reproductive, protective, and regenerative processes. Exquisitely fragrant they also carry innumerable therapeutic benefits, working with our bodies to address issues and root causes on a cellular level.
THE HISTORY OF THERAPEUTIC PLANT USE
used plant extracts for health, cosmetics, and religious purposes
Hippocrates the father of modern health used plants with his patients.
Frankincense and Myrrh given to the Christ Child
Jean Valnet used oils on soldiers
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Not all essential oils are created equal. Basically there are four categories:
Synthetic oils: the most common, used in fragrance perfumes, cleaners and air fresheners. People often have sensitivities to these and can have dangerous side effects from this toxic exposure.
Food Grade oils: comply to the FDA's GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) standard. They are used as flavorings but generally have no therapeutic benefits.
Generic Therapeutic Grade oils: are the kind found in specialty health stores and can have some therapeutic benefits. There is no regulatory standards on "therapeutic grade", so even if they are labeled as containing "organic" essential oils, they can still be chemically processed in distillation or diluted.
The company that we use and trust is renowned as the highest quality essential oils on the market and has set a new standard for purity with:
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG): Beyond organic, verified pure, free of fillers, pesticides, and foreign contaminants, this company tests through a 3rd party every liter of their essential oils with Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, FTIR Scan, Microbial Testing, Organoleptic Testing, Chirality Testing, Isotopic Analysis, and Heavy Metal Testing, to ensure that the oils are more reliable, safe, pure, and potent.
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 most common method of extracting essential oils is a low-heat steam distillation process. In this process, pressurized steam is circulated through plant material.
The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected. To ensure the highest quality oil extract with the correct chemical composition, the temperature and pressure must be closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected.