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Essential Oil - Basics


What exactly are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural extracts from the seeds, stems, roots, flowers, bark and other parts of plants that are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs.

How are essential oils used and what for?
They have been used for many different reasons historically, in a variety of wellness applications. The Egyptians used essential oils extensively to support their health, beauty treatment and food preparation. The Greeks also used essential oils for therapeutic massage and aromatherapy, while the Romans used them to promote health and personal hygiene. We are currently using them from A-Z in personal choices for enhancing and maintaining health and for supporting a wellness lifestyle, both physically and emotionally.

How do I know what essential oils I need?
There are many resources to learn about the different uses of individual essential oils, including online forums, others’ experiences, and guides. Each oil can support multiple health objectives, so we encourage you to just get them in you, on you or around you!

What are all the different ways I can apply and use essential oils?
doTerra essential oils can be applied or used in 3 different ways:

  • Topically (on or near the affected location),
  • Aromatically (diffused or by inhaling the scents), and
  • Internally (drops in the mouth, in drinking water or capsules)

How often should I use essential oils?
It varies depending on the situation. Only one or two applications may be sufficient to support you in reaching your goal. You may consider multiple applications each day. There are many people and resources available to help guide you in your use of the oils.

Should I dilute essential oils? If so, how?
Diluting is not usually necessary, except in the case of “hot” oils, such as Oregano, Cinnamon, protective blend, Cassia, etc. In that case, we recommend applying them to the bottom of the feet or diluting them with a carrier oil such as as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil. * For children, the elderly or sensitive it may be a good idea to dilute the oils generally.

How do I care for the oils?
Good rules of thumb are to keep them stored in a cool, dark place and to keep the caps on when not in use.

Can I put several oils on at once?
Yes. When applying several oils, it’s best to layer them one at a time rather than combining them.

What is the best way to take oils internally?
With most therapeutic grade essential oils, you can simply place a drop in your mouth, either directly or with your finger or in a drink. For “hot” oils, or if you don’t like the taste, you can put a few drops in a capsule and take it like a vitamin.

How do you know what is the best way to apply an oil, is there one application the works for all oils?
There is not one single application that is best for every oil, as each oil and blend has its own recommended uses. Through experience and by tapping into the many educational resources, you can find the best practices for applying each oil in different situations.

What should I expect when using essential oils?
Again, it depends on the situation. Essential oils are an important part of a wellness lifestyle. Sometimes a difference is felt immediately, while other issues take more time for any effects to be felt. At a minimum, you can trust that by applying doTerra essential oils and other supplements, you are supporting your overall health and wellness objectives.

How do I know when an oil is for the emotional side or the physical side?
Studies have shown significant connections between our emotional and physical health. Each oil, therefore, can help with both emotional and physical concerns. Consult the wealth of educational resources to discover the many emotional and physical application for essential oils.

What is the difference between single oils and blends?
A single oil is just that: one 100% therapeutic grade essential oil, such as Lavender, Peppermint or Lemon. Oil blends are careful mixtures of multiple 100% pure essential oils, blended to maximize the benefits of the oils. For example, Serenity Blend is a mixture of Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood.

There are other ingredients in some doTerra products – ie: massage blend. Where can I find info on ALL product contents (not just the oils included in the product)?
Go to the company’s tool website, which has descriptions about every oil and oil blend as well as spa, skin care, wellness products and more.

What does LRP mean and how does it benefit me?
“LRP” stands for Loyalty Rewards Program. It is the way to get the best value for your money. With your wholesale account, you already received 25% off any oil or supplement purchase. When you place a qualifying LRP order each month, receive between 10-30% of your purchase back in LRP Points to redeem for additional products!

Essential Oil - Safety


How safe are essential oils?
The company’s oils are very safe to use in moderation. However, do not put them in your eyes, nose, ears, armpits or sensitive areas.  If you do accidentally get oils in any of those areas, irritation can be reduced by applying fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected areas.

Should I talk to my doctor about using essential oils?
It is recommended that you speak with your doctor about any questions related to your health. However, most doTerra essential oils are safe to use for most people.

Should I take any safety precautions when using essential oils?
As essential oils are very potent, it is recommended to use moderate amounts in each application. Avoid getting oils in your eyes, nose, ears, armpits or sensitive areas. And maintain the oils’ efficacy by keeping them stored in cool, dry places.

Will the oils interfere with my prescription medicine?
Essential oils are designed to support the body’s overall health. However, it is recommended that you consult your doctor when combining the use of essential oils with prescription medicine.

Are essential oils safe to use during pregnancy?
As stated before, essential oils are designed to support the body’s overall health, and many pregnant women have successfully used essential oils during pregnancy. Some oils should not be used during pregnancy, or only during certain stages. For example, Clary Sage should not be used until a pregnant woman is ready to deliver. Consult your doctor with any questions.

Can anyone do the aroma therapy Technique? And can you mess it up or hurt someone?
Yes, you can absolutely learn to do the aroma therapy Technique (ATT) for your family or friends by watching the video that comes with the kit; however, we strongly recommend that you become ATT certified to master the correct application and technique. There are over 25 years of experience and studies reflected in the ATT, so it is recommended that you follow the steps and principle outlined in the certification to maximize the benefits.

Are the oils safe and effective to use for house cleaning?
Yes, pure essential oils are very effective for cleaning the home. For example, protective blend and lemon are great cleansers.

Essential Oil - Science


Is there any real science behind essential oils?
Yes, there has been extensive research done with essential oils. A great resource is

Are there different grades of essential oils? What is the doTerra difference?
Yes, there are many grades of essential oils. doTerra essential oils are 100% Therapeutic Grade, which is even more stringent a classification than organic. No other brand of essential oils requires such rigorous testing and quality standards as doTerra.

Synthetic: perfumes, candles, etc.
GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe): food flavorings
Therapeutic Grade – the most common in the essential oil industry but lacking clear quality standards.

How potent are the essential oils?
100% essential oils are very potent – approximately 50-70 times more potent than herbs. For example, one drop of Peppermint oil is equivalent to more than 24 cups of peppermint tea.

What is the source of the essential oils?
doTerra essential oils are sourced from plants grown in their indigenous habitats, which makes them stronger and more potent. The plants are then skilfully distilled into 100% essential oils so as to provide the greatest benefit. Potency is better because of habitat, purity comes from the rigorous testing from 3rd party laboratories.