What are essential oils?

What are essential oils?

If you have ever walked through the forest or walked through an herb garden and reached out and touched the leaves of the plant material and smelled the aroma on your fingers, you have ruptured the essential oil sacs and experienced essential oils.

What our senses perceive as fragrances or scents are actually “volatile” aromatic compounds, tiny organic molecules that serve a variety of protective, reproductive, and regenerative purposes. 

Essential oils are found in all parts of the plants…the leaves, roots, stems, bark, seeds, flowers, etc. In the plant world, these volatile aromatic compounds help ward off unfriendly pests, attract friendly herbivores and insects, and even help the plant heal from infection and physical injury. 

There are over 3000 identified varieties of aromatic compounds, each with its own unique and functional chemical constituents that provide different aromas and benefits to the plants. From the petals of a flower, to the leaves of a plant, the rind of a fruit, or the resin of a tree…these volatile aromatic compounds are all around us. The fragrance of a flower, the smell of an orange, or the scent of a pine tree…all serve specific purposes vital to a plant’s survival.

Distilled directly from their plant sources, essential oils are multifaceted agents that have seemingly endless applications to our health and can be used aromatically, topically, or internally.

Ensuring the maximum potency and beneficial properties of an essential oil are the result of maintaining the delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in that essential oil, all of which can vary depending on the time of day or part of the plant which is harvested, the time of the year or life cycle when harvested, the geographic location and weather where the plant was grown or the method and even the duration of distillation.

Certainly the purity and potency of what’s in the bottle matters here. Not all essential oils are created equal! And a recent study at Roseman University shed some light on this very subject. Dr. Tim Le’s data suggest that “human cells know the difference between a naturally sourced oil and an adulterated or synthetically constructed oil and that this difference can be detected using the cell’s own physiology”… representing a “biochemical lie detector test, a physiological polygraph.” 

This study proved what I had already experienced with essential oils. I have been using essential oils for more than 30 years. And before I found dōTERRA, my experience with essential oils was that sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn’t. I have been exposed to dozens of brands of essential oils from around the world. But it wasn’t until I found dōTERRA in April 2010 that I experienced therapeutic consistency. 

For that reason it is vital that essential oils come from a trusted source committed to not only producing unadulterated essential oils but to adhering to the strictest production protocols. There are no wasted efforts in nature, neither should there be in the healthcare you provide for yourself and those you love. 

It’s been my personal experience that dōTERRA has the most pure, the most potent, the most trusted and the most tested essential oils on the market and this is the only brand I now use and the only brand that I endorse.

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