FAQ

MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

How do I learn to use essential oils?
All of the oils are antiviral and antiseptic, some are just more effective on certain ailments than others. There are many resources available to guide you including:

  1. The dōTERRA Essential Oils Pocket Guide
  2. dōTERRA trainings (yes, even on YouTube.com)
  3. Other experienced oil users, including Studio Laurent Aromatherapy
  4. Educational books, websites, etc. (there are many)

How often can I apply the oils?
There is really no set rule for how often to apply the oils. You have to make a mental shift from how we view using western medicine. For many of the things you will use the oils for, a couple of times a day is probably adequate to see results. However, other problems may require more frequent application.

How do I know where to apply the oils?
The sole of the foot is a good place to start. Applying oils to the feet helps absorb into the system better than almost anywhere else. However, often it is better to apply to the area that is affected. For example, if you have digestion problems, apply the oils to the stomach, for a headache, apply the oils on the temple and hairline, for minor scrapes and cuts apply the right oil directly to the injured area. Keep oils away from eyes and ear canals.

What combinations of oils are good to diffuse together, how do I know which oils to diffuse together?
The more you use the oils, the more comfortable you will be with which oils make good combinations. There isn’t really a bad choice. Start with combining a peppermint with a lemon or another citrus oil. As you evaluate the results you are hoping for, combine oils that will help you get the overall results. If someone has a cold, you may want to try Breathe or Eucalyptus, if you need a more calming environment, use the Calming blend. As a general rule, when you are diffusing a blend, do not mix it with other oils.

Is it safe to use oils while taking other over the counter cold medicines?
You may find that the oils are actually more effective than many of the OTC medicines, and may not need to use your OTC medicines.

Can I overdose on the oils, like I can with medicines? How do I know if I am using too much, or applying too often?
Moderation in all things is a true principle. While the vast majority of essential oils can be used freely, there are a few that contain compounds that could be toxic at higher dosages (Wintergreen, Idaho Tansy, Hyssop would be examples).

Do essential oils have an expiration date?
dōTERRA essential oils have a lifetime shelf life if cap is sealed. Once opened essential oils will eventually loose some of the therapeutic properties over time due to exposure and oxidation to the outside air, however, dōTERRA essential oils unlike nearly all oils on the market will hold its integrity for life if the container has not yet been opened. Great for emergencies and storage!

Are there any side effects with dōTERRA essential oils?
There are no side effects with these essential oils.

Are the oils safe to use on my children? Are they safe to use if I am pregnant?
There are some of the oils that you need to use with extra precautions on children or if you are pregnant. Consult the Quick Reference Guide for a list of oils you may want to avoid.

Do I have to dilute the oils before applying them topically?
Dilution is not required for most people. However, each person’s skin is different, and each person’s tolerance or sensitivity to the oils will vary. Some oils are very mild, like lavender, and can be applied without dilution on most people. However, lemongrass and oregano will probably require some dilution. Start out by diluting the oils, or by applying a small amount to the wrist. If it begins burning, apply a carrier oil to help dilute it. Dilution is a good practice for young children.

When applying multiple oils, do I need to wait between applying each oil, or can I apply one immediately after the other one?
You do not need to wait between application of the different oils, they can be applied immediately on top of each other.

What is a diffuser and how does it work?
dōTERRA’s exclusive essential oil diffuser uses highly efficient real time ultrasonic atomization technology to effectively diffuse our essential oils into the air. The essential oils are atomized into minute ion particles and active oxygen anions, which are more easily absorbed by the human body than conventional thermal diffusers.

The dōTERRA Lotus diffuser uses modern air purification technologies such as nano- silver filtration, cold catalyst filtration, active carbon filtration, electrostatic filtration, and so on. This ensures that the active ingredients in our essential oils are completely discharged allowing it to naturally release the full efficacy of the oils aroma-therapeutic effect. The atomized moisture contained in the mist also helps skin retain its moisture and is especially suited for air conditioned rooms and dry environments.

What is the difference between DōTerra Essential Oils and Health Food or other retail store brands?
dōTERRA provides Certified Therapeutic GradeTM (CTGTM) essential oils. Most essential oils found in health food stores are not Therapeutic Grade. There are four grades of essential oils – 1) Grade A essential oils are pure therapeutic quality (highest grade) and are usually made from naturally (often organically) grown plants distilled at the proper temperatures using steam distillation. This is the category that all of dōTERRA’s essential oils and essential oil-enhanced products are in. Gas Chronometer and Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) testing standards will be used to “Certify” the highest quality standards in the industry, meeting or exceeding ISO and AFNOR standards.

The other categories of essential oils (for reference) are as follows: 2) Grade B essential oils are food grade; they may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical/synthetic extenders, or carrier oils. 3) Grade C oils are perfume grade and may contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils. They also usually contain solvents which are used to gain a higher yield of oil. 4) Floral Water is a byproduct of the distillation process and can be very high quality if it comes from a Grade A distillation process. Accordingly it is of very low quality if it comes from poor quality raw materials and/or poor distillation processes.

dōTERRA’s essential oils are trademarked as “CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™”. What does this term mean, and what evidence is there to prove the efficacy and purity of your oils?
dōTERRA’s essential oils are trademarked and registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™. This term means that our essential oils will always maintain the highest quality standard in therapeutic grade essential oils for purity and efficacy. dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils are 100% pure, free of fillers or artificial contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.

In order to assure the purity of our oils and the presence of their active compounds, we subject our oils to rigorous testing standards for chemical composition. dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils are cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure both extract purity and composition potency of each batch. Each dōTERRA product is guaranteed to exceed customer satisfaction and performance expectations. We encourage you to try our products and judge for yourself. See, smell, and feel the difference of the purity and potency of CPTG essential oils.

Why do your essential oils smell so much better than other essential oils on the market that claim to be therapeutic grade?
Aroma is an excellent indication of true purity. A 100% pure essential oil will elicit powerful emotional responses and will not be overbearing in any one note. Many people have described dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils as “sweet” or “extremely pleasing fragrances”. This is because when plants are grown in a region in which it is indigenous, with proper nutritive soil conditions, air quality, weather/moisture, are harvested at the right time and carefully distilled, the essential oil extract will be pure and of the highest quality, thus having a fragrance that exceeds that of oils that have been diluted or synthetically produced. Unfortunately, there are many essential oils on the market that claim to be “therapeutic grade”, “100% pure”, or “100% natural” that do not follow strict standards for purity and potency. The best way for a consumer to know the quality and value of any product is to experience it for themselves.

Are dōTERRA’s essential oils organic?
dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils exceed industry standards. Because organic certification varies from country to country, province to province, and in the US, from state to state, it is not currently possible to acquire all oils under certified organic status. However, through the GC/MS analysis process, we are able to determine if any chemical residue exists in the essential oil, e.g., pesticides, herbicides, extenders, and solvents. With this rigorous analysis process, we are able to ensure that all CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils offered by dōTERRA are absolutely pure as nature intended and a step above organic.

I love dōTERRA’s products, but am hesitant to become involved in direct sales. If I decide to join, are there opportunities for me to learn more about the products and to learn how to build my own business with dōTERRA?
dōTERRA recognizes that as essential oils are becoming more mainstream, there is a greater need for education. dōTERRA provides exceptional educational opportunities for all people interested in learning how CPTG oils can be used as a self-care wellness alternative. These events are offered throughout the year from one of the leading essential oil experts, Dr. David K. Hill, as well as other guest presenters. In addition, we offer training workshops, webinars, and business-building tools to help you embrace the business prospect and become successful in your efforts to distribute our products through person-to-person contact and globally through personalized web shopping sites.

 

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