What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the highly volatile, natural aromatic compounds found in seeds, tree bark or even whole plants like peppermint, where the flowers and leaves are used to extract the oil. They’re not a new ‘fad’. The Egyptians used them thousands of years ago and they still play an important part in many cultures around the world.
What makes dōTERRA different?
In a nutshell, it’s to do with the purity and potency of their essential oils and supplements. Watch the short video (on the right) to find out more.
The essential oil industry is not regulated, so there are no assurances that a bottle labelled 100% pure essential oil is what it says – 100% pure.
dōTERRA means ‘Gifts of the Earth’. It’s a 15 year-old global company that’s passionate about providing pure essential oils and whole-food supplements without fillers or any artificial ingredients.
dōTERRA conduct more than 60 tests on their oils to ensure their purity and the results can be obtained through their Source to you barcodes.
My journey into using dōTERRA Essential Oils
As a child, we didn’t use essential oils as a family. The nearest we got was buying soap containing Norfolk lavender essential oil when we went on holiday. It wasn’t until I was a teenager buying Body Shop products that I first got came across ‘natural’ products.
Following my nose, I used brands that smelt nice like Decléor. Then I moved onto paraben-free shampoos, shower gels and body lotions when I was pregnant and concerned about passing toxic chemicals onto my unborn baby. I was also a fan of the Bach remedies, but again, I didn’t know how they worked.
Now decades later, essential oils are so widely available. You can find them online and in supermarkets, health food shops and high street pharmacies. My first essential oil was lavender, which I used to help me sleep. I really didn’t know what else to use oils for! Like many people, I just used them for their scent, not realising they can be used for so much more.
More than just a scent
So three years ago I took the plunge and bought my first set of essential oils (the dōTERRA Family Essentials kit). Now I had ten essential oils and lots of questions! How do I use them? How much do I use? What can this oil do for me? I love learning so I dived right in, taking part in oils studies, listening to workshop and continuing education classes to educate myself and hear other people’s experiences. I also listened to doctors and professionals who use these oils to support their own health and wellbeing. There’s so much knowledge out there and a lot of friendly, supportive people who love using essential oils!
In 2020 I decided to sell essential oils as a business. I became a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate and started sharing essential oils with people looking for natural health solutions. I’d seen first-hand how well the essential oils and supplements work for me and my family. Essential oils also felt like the perfect companion to my nature connection walks, which I’d had to put on hold during the pandemic. It’s been a very rewarding journey so far. I’ve met some amazing people who continue to inspire me with their own wonderful oil ‘experiences’. If you’d like to know, please get in touch.
The other day I found the old medicines we used to turn to: Calpol and ibuprofen for high temperatures, Savlon and creams for fungal infections and verracas. They’ve all been abandoned and are out of date!