What's Determines Potency?
Another crucial element in providing a quality essential oil is guaranteeing that there is maximum potency.
Where the essential oil is sourced matters. Plants grown in their native environment produce a higher quality potency. The growing season, elevation, climate, moisture, and soil all play an important role.
While the temptation for a company as large as dōTERRA may be to buy large plots of land and mass produce oils, instead they’ve chosen to develop sourcing partnerships with experienced farmers all around the world who have generations of harvesting knowledge.
Preserving a Plant's Chemistry
Once an aromatic plant has been properly harvested, it's transported to a distillery. Extracting essential oil is an extremely delicate process. If done improperly, distillation can dramatically alter or destroy a plant’s aromatic compounds. If distillation is completed with customized care, the resulting essential oil retains a strong chemical profile that will provide therapeutic benefits to its users.
dōTERRA partners with expert distillers who apply custom pressures and temperatures to extract each essential oil—ensuring the most potent and beneficial chemical profile.
Making an Impact by Using dōTERRA Essential Oils
dōTERRA’s process of sourcing is intended to provide powerful essential oils as well as create an industry that uplifts and instills hope in farming communities around the world. This process is called Co-Impact Sourcing®.
By purchasing from dōTERRA, you're not only receiving an extraordinary product, you also become a part of the Co-Impact Sourcing® movement that is blessing and changing lives around the world.
In addition to supplying the highest quality essential oils, dōTERRA is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of farmers, harvesters, and distillers who contribute to dōTERRA’s oil production.
dōTERRA sources its oils from over 40 countries—more than half of which are considered developing countries. The Co-Impact Sourcing® initiative ensures that small scale farmers and harvesters in disadvantaged areas are treated ethically.
Co-Impact Sourcing® is an initiative that seeks to develop long-term, mutually beneficial supplier partnerships while creating sustainable jobs and providing reliable income in underdeveloped areas. dōTERRA is committed to the ethical treatment of its suppliers by providing on-time payments at fair prices. Growers and harvesters are encouraged to form cooperative groups to share collective benefits and bargaining power while improving skills and capacity.
These extensive sourcing partnerships with artisans who champion the best seeds, soil, growing environments and distilleries empower dōTERRA to produce exclusive, proprietary oils and blends that preserve the purity and potency of each plant.
Ninety-six percent of dōTERRA single oils and oil blends are exclusive, ensuring that essential oil users receive a product that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Some of dōTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing® Initiatives
Brazil’s Amazon: Copaiba
Bulgaria: Lavender and Melissa
Kenya: Ginger, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme
Madagascar: Ylang Ylang
Nepal: Wintergreen and Spikenard
New Zealand: Douglas Fir
DAY 5: HEALTHY RECIPES - MUFFINS
My daughter is the inspiration for this post. For the last couple of months, she’s been making healthy muffins every Sunday to have for breakfast before school during the week. She’s played around with a few recipes, some better than others, but this one, courtesy of ViaNutrition is a favorite in the weekly rotation. We added a healthy “frosting” to go with them too. I’ve been eating them for snacks in the afternoon - an easy grab that keeps me away from the crackers, chips and chocolate!
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (we used gluten-free oat flour)
- ¼ cup almond meal
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1¼ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon (or 2 drops cinnamon essential oil)
- 3 small overripe bananas, mashed
- 1 heaping cup grated zucchini (don’t squeeze water out)
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs + more for topping
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease muffin tin/line with liners and set aside. Place dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, stirring until combined. Place bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Add zucchini, almond milk, and vanilla. Pour half of dry mixture into wet mixture stirring just until combined. Repeat with the rest of the dry mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill sprayed muffin tin evenly with batter. Top each muffin with additional chocolate chips. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, or until set.
In a blender or food processor, mix 2 Tbsp of coconut oil, ¼ Cup fresh raspberries, 1 tsp raw honey and 1 drop lemon essential oil (optional).
DAY 4: STRESS
Anyone else relate to this picture??????
We all get stressed from time to time, but unfortunately, a lot of us feel like that most of the time.The stress response is actually beneficial when coping with serious situations (fight or flight). BUT, it’s supposed to turn off and go back to normal afterwards. When our stress levels stay elevated for long periods of time, it really takes a toll on our health - irritability, anxiety, headaches and insomnia are just the tip of the iceberg.
When we’re stressed, all systems in the body are affected. We experience increased heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, a flood of hormones, faster/shallower breathing, higher blood sugar levels for extra energy, muscle tension, a temporary pause on our reproductive system, and a boost to the immune system.
Like I said, great when it’s short-term, but imagine what goes on in our bodies when it doesn’t turn off? ?? Chronic stress is the source for so many issues: risk of stroke or heart attack, respiratory issues, type 2 diabetes, overeating, heartburn, acid reflux and other digestive issues, muscle tension, reproductive issues and a weakened immune system.
Using essential oils daily can be so effective in keeping our emotions and stress levels in check. There is tons of research showing how certain essential oils can alter our cellular communication in the brain, helping to reduce anxious feelings and promote a calming effect. These are some of my favorite “starter kit” oils and blends plus a couple of great add-ons to have on hand throughout the day. Diffuse them, make up multiple rollerballs for easy access (purse, bedroom, kitchen, etc.) or use certain ones internally.
Lavender, Balance, Frankincense, AromaTouch, Wild Orange, Serenity and Copaiba
Use equal drops for diffusers and rollerballs.
- Essential Calm: Lavender + Frankincense
- Chill: Balance + Wild Orange
- Tension: AromaTouch + Frankincense or Copaiba
- I Need A Moment: Balance + Serenity
- I Can Do This: Wild Orange + Frankincense
- Wind Down: Serenity + Copaiba
A drop of Frankincense or Copaiba under the tongue to immediately take the edge off or for use on a daily basis to help keep major mood swings as bay.