Doterra quality of their essential oils has never been in doubt because their goal was to create a standard comparable to organic oils, but why?
Most of us understand the basic concept of organic food. We mainly consider it better food than food grown with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. I personal buy organic food because I think is tastes better and it is better for my family and the planet. So you would logically believe that organic essential oils would also be better?
However, in reality organic essential oils are not always the best. How do I know this? Determining the quality of oils is done by a test called GCMS , gas chromatography and mass spectometry. These machines test oils for quality but the main problem is that organic oils many times do not qualify to a premium standard using these tests.
Why organic oils can not achieve the best quality standard?
Firstly we need to understand the basics of what essential oils are. Plants and herbs under stress produce the best quality oils meaning essential oils cultivated in the wild tend to test to a higher standard for this reason. While the organic methods, the plants are not under stressed and they maybe happy plants but happy plants don’t produce quality oils. Each plant that produces essential oils as a natural by-product are made to help itself combat against attack, disease, damage, or severe weather conditions. There is no time for recovery so they consistently product high quality oils. While on the other hand organic oils are happy and content plants and not under any stress, hence they do not need to make high quality essential oil, because the plant does not need it.
Doterra testing protocol is globally considered as high standard alternative to organic essential oils
Doterra quality is defined by the purity of their essential oils by using the proper methods of growing, harvesting, and distilling the oils to maintain the purity of the oils. Without these scientific analysis poor production and synthetic essential oils can be offer to the public as high quality oils while in reality they are not.
The high Doterra quality standard is called Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is considered to be the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today.
For an oil to pass the Doterra testing method and gain a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade standard is must be:
- Pure and natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants
- Free from fillers or artificial ingredients; no dilution of active qualities
- Free of contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues
- Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition
- Cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure exact purity and composition potency
- Sourced by a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to ensure correct species, growth in ideal environments, and that raw plant materials were carefully harvested at the right time
What is the Doterra testing process?
Historically, Gas Chromatography was sufficient to identify individual components in an essential oil. However, as more sophisticated methods for developing synthetic essential oil products formed, further validation methods were needed. Over time, additional testing methods such as Mass Spectroscopy, Chiral Analysis, FTIR Scan, Carbon Isotope Analysis and others have been developed to more accurately identify each individual essential oil constituent.
What are the Doterra quality criteria?
- Validation of Quality
- Organoleptic Testing
- Microbial Testing
- Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometr
y Analysis (GC/MS)
- Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
Heavy Metal Testing
For more details about the Doterra testing process – Click here
In conclusion, are Doterra oils organic ? well no, they are in fact better that organic, I believe that Doterra products are of such a high standard they have gone beyond the normal standards and maintaining that quality right through the process.