What is an Essential Oil

peppermint dropWhat are essential oils?  Most people are familiar with herbs and the role they play in promoting health in our bodies. Herbs have been used since the beginning of time as medicine. Well, essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. So in the simplest form essential oils are like herbs on steroids. Seriously though, it takes 28 cups of peppermint tea to equal the power of one drop of doTERRA’s peppermint oil.

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Below is a picture of a magnified peppermint leaf. You can see the oils sacs. If you have ever rubbed a peppermint leave and smelled its aroma, it is because you broke these essential oil sacs.  In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.maginified peppermint leaf with essential oil

Okay, so you want a more scientific explanation, no problem. Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

Try this at home: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oils.

In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

dōTERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize dōTERRA’s superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade essential oils.

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