dōTERRA Essential Oils
Essential oils are aromatic compounds (hence the ‘compound’ in 'The Calm Compound') that are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. The essential oils are basically the immune system of the plant.
Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, and protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
Long story short
She invented these compounds to protect plants and make them feel better when they are sick or under environmental pressure. So, as you can see, essential oils are much more than just throwing them in the diffuser to make your house smell fab (although, that is an added bonus!).
You may already know about the 'typical' essential oil uses (I only know of them because my Nan was constantly telling me to put Tea Tree on my pimples when I was younger... cue eyeroll...):
Tea Tree: knee scrapes
Lemon: in your water
Lavender: sleepy vibes
But what you might not know is that I use Lavender when my skin is a little pink and I’ve not checked the weather, Tea Tree is in my bathroom spray because I have a complete mould phobia, and Lemon will help get rid of any Picasso permanent marker drawings on your nice white walls.
What might also surprise you, is that not only is Oregano what makes “mum's spaghetti” your all-time favourite meal, but it is what I turn to when I feel like I’ve been run over, my mould phobia is at an all-time high, or if I’m needing a toxic energy cleanse. Tell me, would you put your current surface spray (you know the one I'm talking about) in your spaghetti sauce? Didn't think so.
But, as always, there is a small disclaimer (sorry, it's the lawyer coming out in me!). Do not go to the health food store, buy some Oregano essential oil from any ole brand and put it in your spaghetti. I align myself with dōTERRA essential oils because they are the purest in the world and are of the highest quality. I don't know about you, but I'm not that keen to ingest synthetic compounds, #justsayin. If you'd like to know more about why I choose dōTERRA click here
How are essential oils extracted?
dōTERRA essential oils are usually extracted via a low-heat steam distillation process in which the steam is circulated through plant material, liberating the essential oils into 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 very closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure won’t allow the oil to release while too much can cause the oil’s composition and potency to be affected. It certainly is an art form and to put this into perspective, it takes up to 10,000 roses to distill a 5ml bottle of dōTERRA’s rose essential oil!
Essential oils, particularly citrus oils, can also be extracted through a process called ‘expression’. This process involves the oil being extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. dōTERRA uses expression to extract all of its citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit, from the rind.