Purity CPTG Site

What's in Your Bottle of Essential Oil?

Most essential oil companies say their oil is “100% Pure”, but that is simply not true.

“80% of commercially available “pure” essential oils are adulterated in some way." - Aromatic Plant Research Center (APRC)

Some might wonder, “Does it really matter if I use pure essential oils or not?” It turns out, when it comes to using essential oils, purity is possibly the most important attribute. When an essential oil isn’t pure, it has the potential to expose the body to germs, adulterants, or other undesirable things like heavy metals. If an essential oil contains contaminants, it can lead to unwanted effects like irritation and even sickness.

Along with shielding the body from adverse effects, using pure essential oils also allows you to get the maximum benefit that the oil has to offer. If an essential oil is pure and free from contaminants, it will be safe to use (with appropriate application methods), and will provide the desired benefits. Not only do pure essential oils give you peace of mind that your body will be protected from unwanted additives, but you will also find the oils to be more effective.

Before you purchase an essential oil, do some of your own research to see what kind of testing methods the company uses to ensure purity. By educating yourself, you’ll be able to protect your family by using only pure, potent and effective essential oils.

The dōTERRA Commitment

dōTERRA has partnered with various farmers and distilleries around the world and is involved throughout the entire production process to guarantee that no unwanted substances are added. They also created the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) testing standard; so that you can be assured you're receiving the highest quality, purest essential oil in the world.

The CPTG process certifies that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their essential oils and ensures consistency from batch to batch. dōTERRA even goes a step further, putting their products and packaging through a battery of tests to ensure a long and effective shelf-life. Utilizing its own facilities, as well as trusted third-party labs, dōTERRA essential oils undergo testing that far exceeds the industry standard to ensure that customers receive the highest quality oil, every time.

On average dōTERRA runs over 175 analyses on the life of a single oil, more than any company in the industry. They are so confident that their oils are pure, you can check the quality of your single essential oil bottle on their website sourcetoyou.com.



Potency Sourcing Site

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
Guatemala: Cardamom
Haiti: Vetiver
Hawaii: Sandalwood
Kenya: Ginger, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme
Madagascar: Ylang Ylang
Nepal: Wintergreen and Spikenard
New Zealand: Douglas Fir
Somalia: Frankincense


Day 5: Healthy Recipes


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!


  • 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).