Essential Oils seem to be everywhere lately, and the choices can be overwhelming. If you are new to the idea of essential oils, you will be wondering which oils to use for which purposes, which brand to go with, and how to use them. Even if you've been using essential oils for years, but haven't experienced doTERRA oils, there is a learning curve as you discover that the purest, highest grade of therapeutic oils can be used as natural medicine. It's a game changer. On this page you will learn what sets doTERRA apart from other brands, how to use essential oils, and how to bring these amazing oils into your home at the lowest price. First, let's start with the basics.
You can also watch the video version of my Intro to Oils class. (38 minutes long)
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They protect the plant from predators and decay, functioning as the immune system of the plant. Used aromatically, the powerful fragrances can lift one's mood, calm the senses, and elicit powerful emotional responses. However, essential oils are not simply for aromatherapy. They can be natural solutions to support our health and well-being in so many ways. When we use essential oils, our bodies recognize them as a natural substance. They have a way of "nudging" our bodies to naturally return to a state of health when we match the right oil to the right ailment. Compared to pharmaceutical medicines with side effects, all you get with essential oils are side benefits. Most oils have multiple effects that work on different systems in our bodies simultaneously. You can search "essential oils" on PubMed for thousands of studies or look at doTERRA's own Science blog to find out more about how essential oils work. What's important to be aware of however, is that there is currently no governing body overseeing the quality of essential oils. That means it's "buyer beware" and you have to do your own research to find out which brand to trust. Let's discover what sets doTERRA apart.
The doTERRA Difference
You might be thinking, "Aren't all essential oil brands pretty much the same?" The short answer: NO! A bottle in a health food store (for example) labelled "100% pure" could contain a small percentage of essential oil and the rest may be fillers and possibly even synthetic materials. Or, the plant used to obtain the oil may not have been grown under the right conditions, harvested and distilled correctly, or tested using high standards for quality.
Responsible Sourcing: doTERRA sources their oils from all around the world, finding the location where each plant grows optimally, in its native environment, for the highest therapeutic value. doTERRA ensures that only the best seeds, soil, equipment and growing conditions are used in the production process. The right soil and nutrients, climate, timing and growing methods make all the difference in the quality of the plant, and consequently the oil. DoTERRA partners with highly skilled local farmers and harvesters, who understand the native plants and maintain the highest standards every step of the way to produce pure, potent and safe essential oils. This method not only ensures the highest quality essential oils, but it provides jobs and improves local economies. Through doTERRA's Co-Impact Sourcing model, entire communities are being supported. Responsible sourcing also ensures that plants are not over-harvested, and are sustainable. Together with doTERRA's Healing Hands Foundation, which provides housing, hospitals, water supply systems, or whatever a community is in need of, doTERRA is fulfilling its goal to improve the lives of families, communities, and the world--one drop at a time. It's a beautiful thing! I am honoured to align myself with a company of such integrity and high ethical standards. After growing and harvesting, the oils are obtained from the plants via steam distillation or expression (for citrus oils). Getting all of these steps just right is critical in obtaining high quality oils.
Scientific Testing & Transparency: doTERRA sets the highest standard for quality in the industry. They created the CPTG - Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade testing process. Rigorous testing and protocols ensure that doTERRA oils do not contain added fillers or harmful contaminants and the highest levels of therapeutic constituents are maintained. DoTERRA has state of the art scientific labs to perform numerous tests such as Gas Chromotography/Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). They also submit their oils for Third Party Testing and provide complete test results for every batch of oil. Each bottle has a code on the bottom. This code can be entered on the website sourcetoyou.com. Enter the number and a complete set of test results will appear. (It's also a beautiful website and a great resource for learning more about doTERRA). This transparency sets doTERRA apart and goes a long way to reassuring people who use these oils that they are getting the best product, each and every time. It also means that doTERRA oils can be trusted for use in medical research and partnerships with healthcare facilities. This is the future of healthcare!
The 3 Ways to Use Essential Oils
Using the oils aromatically is a great way to uplift mood, create a sense of calmness, improve respiratory function, and cleanse the air to make your home smell amazing (without harmful chemicals!). You can put a drop of oil on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and cup them over your nose. Inhale deeply and the benefits will impact you immediately. Another great way is to use a diffuser. That way, everyone in the room gets the benefits. It's very empowering to be able to impact the health and mood of the household! Try Peppermint and Wild Orange for uplifting energy, On Guard to promote immunity, or Lavender and Frankincense for deep relaxation. The possibilities are endless. (Contact me for a list of my favourite diffuser blends)
Another way to get the benefits of essential oils is to apply them to your skin. In most cases you will want to use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. Using a carrier oil extends the life of your oils, helps the oils pass through your skin efficiently and deeply, and reduces skin sensitivity. Some oils can be applied neat (no dilution). Try lavender for a bug bite, bee sting or burn. Instant relief. Topical use is very effective for pain. Use Deep Blue on sore muscles or before or after a strenuous workout. Applying essential oils with a carrier oil to the bottoms of one's feet is very effective (and a great method to use on children). Lavender to help you sleep, On Guard to boost immunity, or Breathe (Easy Air in Canada) for better respiration, are just a few examples. You can add Frankincense to your favourite facial oil to reduce the appearance of lines and skin imperfections, or try Melaleuca (Tea Tree) for blemishes or minor cuts.
Internal use is not the way most people start with essential oils, and certainly not recommended for most other brands, but with doTERRA, if an oil is labelled as safe for internal use, you can feel safe in doing so, provided you follow sensible guidelines. For instance, hotter oils such as Oregano should be put in an empty capsule and not consumed straight up. Try adding 1 - 2 drops in your water (try lemon, peppermint, or Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend); or a cup of tea (On Guard to boost immunity, Digest Zen for digestive support), or try them in recipes. I love adding a drop of lemon to homemade salad dressing or in marinades. Peppermint brownies anyone? . . . Now if you really want to support your health in a proactive way, you could take Frankincense and/or Copaiba internally either sublingually (under the tongue) or in a capsule. We can discuss those protocols if you connect with me or become a Wholesale Customer.
Essential Oil Safety
- When using an essential oil for the first time, it's a good idea to dilute it with a carrier oil to see how it reacts with your skin. Use one drop of essential oil in 5 drops of carrier oil.
- Some oils are powerful and "hot" and should always be diluted. These include Oregano, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass and Thyme
- 1 - 2 drops. doTERRA's oils are potent and 1 - 2 drops are all you need at a time. After 20 minutes or so, if the desired effect is not achieved, you can try another drop. Essential Oils are metabolized quickly by the body.
- Don't apply essential oils on or near the inside of the nose, inner ear, the eyes, broken skin, or other sensitive areas.
- If you do find that your skin turns red, itches or burns, wipe the area with a cloth and apply a carrier oil. Adding water will make it worse (good to know)
- Some essential oils are photosensitive, which means your skin will burn more easily. Avoid sun tanning or tanning beds for 12 hours after applying any citrus oil to your skin.
- Children are more sensitive than adults. Internal use is not recommended. Topical use is fine with a carrier oil (more carrier oil than you would for an adult) and the safest place to apply is the bottoms of the feet. For babies under 2 years, start with aromatic use. Heavy dilution (1 drop in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil) for the bottoms of the feet with Lavender or Roman Chamomile is safe (and makes for a very calm baby)
- Keep your oils out of direct sunlight, with the caps on tight.
How to Purchase doTERRA Essential Oils
Are you ready to get started with doTERRA? The smartest way is to start as a Wholesale Customer. You will receive 25% off the retail cost of everything doTERRA sells, plus you'll receive ongoing support and additional free resources as part of my team. You can purchase a wholesale membership for $35 (US) / $42 (CDN) and then add items to your cart at the wholesale rate of 25% off retail. Or, you can purchase an enrolment kit, and the wholesale membership fee will be waived. This is definitely the better value. Look through the enrolment kits below to find the right one for you, then follow the directions at the bottom of the page to purchase at the Wholesale Customer rate (wholesale prices are shown). If you're not sure which kit is for you, get in touch. I'd be happy to guide you..
Listed below are the three most popular kits, in both the U.S. and Canadian version. To see all the U.S. Enrolment Kit options, click here. To see all the Canadian Enrolment kit options, click here. International versions of the kits are almost identical to those shown for U.S. & Canada. You can select your country when ordering. Make sure you come back to this page when you're ready to purchase and follow the ordering instructions below the kits.
The Natural Solutions Kit (U.S.) Kit Price $550 USD
This kit is for the person who is ready to overhaul their health and their home with natural solutions. You get all the foundational tools for a healthy lifestyle, including the complete package of Lifelong Vitality Supplements. Here's what you get with this kit:
Essential Oils: 15ml bottles: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, On Guard, Frankincense, Melaleuca, Wild Orange, Balance, DigestZen, AromaTouch, Serenity, Breathe. 10ml roller bottle: PastTense On Guard Collection: Toothpaste, Beadlets, Hand Wash w/2 dispensers, Sanitizer Spray, Softgels.
Other Products: doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack, TerraZyme, Deep Blue Rub, Fractionated Coconuit Oil, Lumo Diffuser, Wooden box, Breathe Vapor Stick, Correct-X, PB Assist+, doTERRA Salon Essentials Shampoo and Conditioner, the doTERRA Essentials Booklet.
Nature's Family Wellness Kit (Canada) Kit Price $600 CDN
Everything you need for a complete lifestyle makeover. This kit does not come with the Lifelong Vitality supplements. A little tip for my Canadian friends: you can purchase the US kit from Canada. It is a better value unless you would prefer not to have the supplements. Here's what comes in this kit:
Essential Oils: 10ml bottles: Deep Blue Touch*, Easy Air Touch, Lavender, On Guard Touch, Past Tense, Tea Tree Touch *Touch means Roller Bottle. 15ml bottles: AromaTouch, Balance, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, OnGuard, Peppermint, Wild Orange, ZenGest. doTERRA On Guard Collection: Cleaner Concentrate, Hand Wash w/2 Dispensers, Toothpaste Other Products: Cloud Diffuser, Fractionated Coconut Oil, doTERRA Shampoo & Conditioner, Wooden Box, doTERRA Essentials booklet
Home Essentials Kit (U.S.) Kit Price $275 USD
An exceptional value, this kit comes with the top 10 oils to address the vast majority of health concerns and a great diffuser. Important to note when comparing kits is that this kit has the full size 15ml bottles for all the oils (except Deep Blue which is always 5ml). Here's what you get with this popular kit:
Essential Oils: 15ml bottles: Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Oregano, Peppermint, Breathe, DigestZen, On Guard. 5 ml bottle: Deep Blue.
Other Products: Petal Diffuser, the doTERRA Essentials Booklet
Home Essentials Collection Kit (Canada) Kit Price $330 CDN
This is identical to the U.S. version of the kit above. This kit is exceptional value and is the kit that I started with. It now also comes with a beautiful 122 page guide book that shows you everything you need to know about all the oils and how to use them. I'll point out that with this kit, you get 3 times the oils (15ml compared to 5ml) as the Family Essentials Kit, for less than twice the price of the smaller kit. Here's what you get with this popular kit:
Essential Oils: 15ml bottles: Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Oregano, Peppermint, EasyAir, ZenGest, On Guard. 5 ml bottle: Deep Blue.
Other Products: Petal Diffuser, the doTERRA Essentials Booklet
Family Essentials Kit (U.S.) Kit Price $150 US
An introduction to essential oils in a cost saving kit. Contains the smaller 5ml bottles and Beadlets of On Guard and Peppermint for easy and safe internal use. Note that there is no diffuser with this kit. Here is what you will get with this starter kit:
Essential Oils: 5ml bottles: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue, Breathe, DigestZen, On Guard
Other Products: Peppermint Beadlets, On Guard Beadlets, the doTERRA Essentials Booklet
Family Essentials + Smart & Sassy Kit (Canada) Kit Price $185 CDN
This introductory kit contains the smaller 5ml size of the top 10 oils, plus a 15ml bottle of "Smart & Sassy" (called Slim & Sassy in the U.S.). This is doTERRA's metabolic blend which can help kick sugar cravings and just might be your secret weapon for maintaining a healthy weight. It's also delicious. Note that this kit does not come with a diffuser. Here's what you will get with this kit:
Essential Oils: 5ml bottles: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue, Easy Air, ZenGest, On Guard
Other Products: 15ml bottle Smart & Sassy (called Slim & Sassy in the U.S.), the doTERRA Essentials booklet.
Ready to get these oils into your home?
If you know what kit you want to get started with, or you wish to select your own oils and pay for the membership fee, follow these instructions:
- Go to https://www.mydoterra.com/essentialoilhealthandmore
- Click on "Join & Save" from the menu
- Click "Join doTERRA"
- Select your language and country
- Fill in your basic information
- Select either Wholesale Customer (if you just want to purchase and use doTERRA) or Wellness Advocate. That option would be if you may want to share the oils with others to earn commissions which will cover the cost of your purchases and/or create an income. Both options have the same perks, and you can upgrade your account at any time.
- Referral information. It should have my number in there, but if not, enter 4820698 and VERIFY.
- Select your enrolment kit. All of doTERRA's kits have the membership fee waived. OR, you can purchase a membership and select the products you want.
- Add any other items to your cart. I recommend adding the fractionated coconut oil to the smaller kits (this is the "carrier oil" we keep referring to).
- Review your order (Canadians, make sure you have selected the ENGLISH enrolment kit), fill in your shipping and billing details and place the order.
Congratulations! Your order will arrive in about 5 business days. A week or two after you receive your kit, I'll be in touch so we can go over how to use the oils and I can answer any questions you have. I will also send you some very helpful resources and free bonuses. Can't wait to meet you!