Making Room for Essential Oils

The culture of medicine is changing to help individuals make more insightful decisions regarding their own health. Read our blog post by Dr. Brannick Riggs to see how we can all make room for essential oils in our own healthcare.

What an exciting time to be involved with essential oils and modern medicine! The culture of medicine is changing. Traditionally, this has been a paternalistic culture, where a patient goes to the doctor and is told what to do. This model is episodic and reactive. It has been called “the hero approach, where the physician is the only source of knowledge, education, and decision making and everyone else is there to support the physician.” (Building a Team Based Medical Practice,” Medical Economics, Sept. 10, 2013). The culture is now moving toward a patient-centered, team approach focused on the health of a patient.

The culture of medicine is changing to help individuals make more insightful decisions regarding their own health. Read our blog post by Dr. Brannick Riggs to see how we can all make room for essential oils in our own healthcare.

The team may consist of a counselor, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, a physician, a health coach, a Wellness Advocate, etc., all surrounding the patient. This structure places the patient as the leader of the team of people interested in maintaining and treating his or her health. The responsibility now rests on the patient- its rightful place. For decades,  physicians shouldered the lion’s share of responsibility for their patients’ health with limited success. But patients and doctors and discovering a better way.

Options to Choose

So why is this exciting? As patients and consumers of health care, we can decide for ourselves what advice we will take and from whom. We can decide what prescriptions we will fill from our doctor’s office and what alternatives we would like to explore. As we take advice from each member of our team, we can assimilate that information and decide what we will and will not do. This does not mean that we become like irresponsible children and begin to think that some members of our team have no value. Rather, it means that we weigh advice and research options, leading us to make insightful decisions regarding our own health.

Essential oils are an obvious part of those choices. My own experience with essential oils started as many of yours did.  My wife and I were enjoy watching movies with our five children. One night she had her head on my chest and could hear my heart beating in a irregular rhythm. This greatly concerned her. I promised that I would have one of my colleagues thoroughly look into this symptom and make sure that that was not going to be a problem for me. After going through several episodes of testing, I was diagnosed with a common irregularity which, thankfully, would not shorten my life. My wife had been doing her own research and suggested one night that I apply Ylang Ylang oil to my chest and feet before we watched a movie together. I was amazed at how quickly I felt my heart assume a normal rhythm  and maintain that for 6-8 hours. I knew then that these oils had the power to alter the physiology of the body. There are times when seeing a physician is the appropriate choice, but often we can maintain our health with educated application, inhalation, or consumption of these amazing gifts of the Earth.

Education about our bodies and essential oils can help us determine which choice is right in which circumstance. I also firmly believe that we all have the gift of intuition when it comes to our body.

Role of Essential Oils

As a family medicine physician, I am grateful to have more to offer my patients than just pharmaceuticals. I have found essential oils to be effective for their health and wellness. Education in essential oils has led me to recommend them to patients with increasing frequency. As I study dōTERRA essential oils and blends and avail myself of the ever increasing volume of literature about them, I am continually amazed at the properties possessed by these plants. The depth and breadth of the chemistry within a single oil is mind-blowing! We have just uncovered the tip of the iceberg in understanding what these oils have the ability to give us.

I am often asked by my colleagues in medicine why I feel comfortable recommending therapies that come from plants. As I have begun looking into natural health, I have found many plant-derived medicines that are commonly used. Most physicians prescribe medications such as Colchicine for gout, Digoxin for congestive heart failure, and Scopolamine patches for sea or motion sickness. All of these are plant-derived compounds. The list of prescription medications that come from plats in long and varied. Therefore, most practitioners of traditional western medicine are already prescribing plant-derived medications on a daily basis. The gap is not as wide as we may have imagined and, as physicians, we need to take that small step of utilizing all the resources available to us, including essential oils. I am confident in the standards that dōTERRA has established and am anxious to learn more about the research and application of essential oils.

Dr. Brannick Riggs has been practicing medicine for 13 years. In 2001, he graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson while receiving some of his training in complementary and alternative medicine. He specializes in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He currently practices in Utah and enjoys using the oils in his home and integrating them into his practice to bless the lives of his patients. Dr. Riggs is partnering with dōTERRA in an effort to provide volunteer service with essential oils and hospice. 


The Art of Selecting Therapeutic Essential Oils

The Art of Selecting Therapeutic Essential Oils

by Emily Wright, Executive Vice President, Leadership Development

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dōTERRA came to life in 2008 in order to set a higher standard for essential oil purity and potency.  Our CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality standard requires precise care and effort to protect what nature has created so beautifully.  This commitment to quality correlates directly to the life-enhancing benefits we have come to expect from dōTERRA essential oils.

Where the oil is sourced is essential. The composition of the plant will vary greatly based on the location, climate, and environment. After performing a series of testing, dōTERRA discovered that where the plant is grown is a primary factor in determining the therapeutic quality of the essential oil.  That’s what makes dōTERRA stand out. dōTERRA has carefully selected farmers who have mastered their art in locations where plants have been grown traditionally for many years.

Potency Begins With the Seed    

dōTERRA understands that potency begins with the seed. The proper seed variety (species) and even chemotype for particular plants must be carefully selected so that the distinct molecular profile of the aromatic compounds produced by the plant can be achieved. For example, there are many different plant varieties and chemotypes for rosemary. The chemotype depicts the level of particular compounds within the oil composition which will determine specific health benefits. dōTERRA chose to offer Rosmarinus officinalis,chemotype 1,8 cineol because we appreciate the benefits this specific composition offers for respiratory support as well as mental clarity. It’s important that you know your plants and what types of benefits they offer.

Harvesting the Right Part of the Plant

The environment plays a key role in the potency or therapeutic value of the plant. Growing season, elevation, climate, moisture, soil, terrain, and pH all factor into the quality or potency of the essential oil produced.  It is also essential that the right part of the plant be harvested. The aromatic compounds from the leaves of the plant will differ from what is produced in the flowers. For example, we only use the yellow flowering tops of the Helichrysum italicum plant wild-crafted from Corsica for the most dependable therapeutic benefits, but many producers will harvest the leaves and stalks as well to increase the oil yield of this delicate crop thereby increasing their profitability.  This completely changes the composition of the essential oil.

Where Essential Oils are Sourced Matters

dōTERRA has made the commitment to source our essential oils from artisans who grow aromatic crops in the indigenous soils of their land and follow our stringent growing and harvesting quality standards. This allows dōTERRA to not only offer the world’s finest essential oils, but to also impact the economy in a positive way on a global scale. Isn’t it wonderful to know that the bottle of essential oil you are using today is not only benefiting you but also the person who so carefully grew it for your benefit?

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Plants grown in traditional or indigenous environments yield better results because the natural elements specific to that region promote a more therapeutic profile of the aromatic compounds produced by the plant. For example, dōTERRA’s Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is indigenous to the Provence region of France. The high altitudes at which lavender is grown results in the plant having higher ester and sesquiterpene alcohol content, thereby increasing its therapeutic benefits. You simply cannot duplicate the rocky soil and Mediterrean growing conditions that are specific to this region anywhere else.  Although lavender grows readily in the United States, the therapeutic values are not as beneficial because the growing conditions that exist in its native land cannot be duplicated.  Where your oils are sourced matters.

Another example is dōTERRA Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil, which is indigenous to Sicily. The rich soil conditions, the salty, humid air from the Mediterranean Sea and rocky, mountainous terrain all contribute toward the sweet lemons that have made this region so famous for its citrus production.  There is a saying in Sicily that, “lemons aren’t real unless they are Sicilian.”

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Although lemon oil can be acquired from the US, Argentina, or other regions for a much lower price, dōTERRA is committed to sourcing our oils from indigenous regions that produce the highest quality essential oils.  It’s not about price for us, it’s about results!

Producing essential oils that meet the dōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade standard is a skill requiring years of experience. It takes the work of a dedicated artisan at each step, from growing and harvesting to fine-tuning the distillation process, dōTERRA only partners with the best.

About the Author: Emily’s hands-on experience and understanding of global sourcing of oils and quality assurance practices has allowed dōTERRA the ability to offer nature’s purest essences, sourced from the most pristine regions around the globe.



New DoTERRA Life / Gaia Life Oils FB Page

Hey DoTERRA Life Fans…

We’ve changed our name from DoTERRA Life to Gaia Life Oils.

Check out our new FB page by clicking the pic

Sorry for all the confusion folks!

This is the new FB page… Originally it was DoTERRA LIfe.. then changed to Doterra Life by IPC… and now changed to Gaia Life Oils… I’m praying this will be the last change… thank you for all your support through the updates!

Have a blessed day & Happy Oiling!


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A Whiff of Rosemary Gives Your Brain a Boost

Can A Whiff of Rosemary Gives Your Brain a Boost?

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By Andrew Winner

Could the smell of rosemary enhance your time on a crossword puzzle? It’s possible, according to a new study.

Researchers noted the surprising appearance of a component of rosemary oil in the bloodstream, leading to new ideas about how rosemary aroma can be used therapeutically. The results will be published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, a journal published by SAGE Publications.

Rosemary has a long history as a traditional remedy with such widespread uses as a hair rinse and a cat repellent. When steamed, some say it can treat bronchitis and other forms of congestion, while the link between rosemary and improved cognitive function has long been established.

Dr. Mark Moss, who devised and wrote the study, was interested in rosemary’s fragrant aroma, which has long been cherished by chefs and bakers. Could the 1,8-cineole, a constituent part of rosemary oil, be detected in the bloodstream after exposure to just the aroma?

“We were not surprised by the improvement in cognitive performance following exposure to rosemary aroma as this has been demonstrated previously,” Moss wrote in an e-mail. “What excited us was the demonstration that performance was linked to plasma levels of 1,8-cineole following exposure.”

In the study, a cohort of 20 subjects were exposed to varying levels of the aroma, then given a battery of cognitive tests and mood assessments. Not surprisingly, the cognitive performance of the subjects increased, with a corresponding mood increase of lesser magnitude. However, the real surprise came when the blood tests were processed.

The results showed absorption of 1,8-coneole into the bloodstream, meaning the natural compound was absorbed through the nose and into the blood plasma. For Moss, this means there is a more traditional biochemical explanation for the increased cognitive performances previously demonstrated.

“This compound is present in rosemary but has not previously been demonstrated to be absorbed into blood plasma in humans,” Moss added. “It is our view that the aroma therefore acts like a therapeutic drug, rather than any effects being a result of the more sensory properties of the aroma.”

Moss reminds that it’s easy to forget how many of our therapeutic drugs are the result of plant science. His team will continue to investigate the therapeutic benefits of several common plants, including peppermint and lavender. An upcoming study with rosemary will aim to determine whether 1,8-cineole, when ingested orally, can survive the rigors of the gastrointestinal system to be similarly absorbed into the bloodstream.

The potential benefits of the research are extremely wide-ranging.

“Plants are very complex organisms and contain many different active compounds and these vary in concentration from plant to plant and even within the same plant over the course of a day,” Moss notes.  “The accumulation of knowledge regarding possible impacts of plant aromas and extracts could potentially lead to an identification of the best combination to promote specific effects.”

“At its grandest conclusion might be the development of plant-based drugs that might extend mental capacity into old age through pharmacological challenge to decline,” Moss concludes.

I love that modern medicine is realizing the power behind plants & nature!


Essential Science: A Scientists Mission To Bring Essential Oils Research To The Masses

A Scientists Mission To Bring Essential Oils Research To The Masses

by Nicole Stevens,

(article from doTERRA Living Magazine, Spring 2012)

My research with essential oils began completely by accident. I had just started a Master’s Degree program at Brigham Young University, and my original thesis plan was a study of medicinal plants of Oman. The project was even going to include travel to the Middle East to collect specimens and talk to shamans. I began learning Arabic, got a passport, packed my bags and waited excitedly. The trip was scheduled for Sept. 14, 2001. But then, on that fateful September 11, the whole world changed.

So did my thesis project. My program advisor told me about something that had been waiting on the back burner for some time – a study of the natural plant extracts called essential oils that were suspected to have activity against cancer cells in vitro. I jumped at the idea. My dream has always been to delve into cancer research.

What a joy it was to discover that essential oils not only had remarkable anti-cancer activities, but they made the whole lab smell delightful!

After completing my Master’s thesis in which I screened seventy essential oils and several oil blends against five different cancer cell lines, I yearned to continue studying these amazing compounds. As a researcher at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, I looked at whether essential oils might fulfill another role in the fight against cancer, paired with a strong dose of light energy. At the University of Utah, I found that doTERRA’s essential oils showed impressive antimicrobial potency as well,even when extremely diluted.

If my experience has shown me one thing, its that scientists have barely uncovered the top of the iceberg when it comes to essential oils. Their potential for promoting health, fighting disease, and enhancing life is incredible. The challenge is, how do we spread the word? How do be bring true science to the masses?

I think “SCIENCE” (that nebulous, sexy, fear-inducing, eye-glazing notion) is rather like dietary fiber. Everyone knows we need it, and they like the idea of it, but its just so darn indigestible! Anyone can find an article on PubMed, but you would probably need a dictionary and a degree in molecular biology just to slog your way through it.

There is a disconnect between the exciting scientific research currently happening and how accessible it is for regular people who would love to understand and apply it. That’s where doTERRA’s Scientific Advisory Board comes in.

When Dr. David Hill approached me several years ago with the idea of a Scientific Advisory Board, I was stunned. There would be experts in the field of medicine, science and analysis, colleagues who could coordinate their own research and being to distill down the mountain of other research results available; perhaps digest some of the scientific jargon into everyday language and brainstorm about all the projects we’d like to do. Yes please, sign me up!

I’m very pleased to be a member of doTERRA’s current Scientific Advisory Board. Although our group is new and still discovering its potential, I believe it is truly revolutionary. We want to apply science to a field of study that, for too long, had been considered ‘homeopatic mumbo jumbo”. Many modern Americans prefer their FDA-approved synthetic drugs without even realizing there may be natural alternatives with scientifically proven benefits.

Perhaps we area at the brink of a mighty wave of change, a fusion of our ‘enlightened’ Western medicine with centuries-old traditional medicine. More people are experiencing for themselves how essential oils work. The members of the Scientific Advisory Board hope to add even more relevance by dabbling in the why.

I plan to continue my own research with essential oils, which includes a project that explores how essential oils affect enzymatic activity. There are several references in current scientific literature about the ability of certain essential oils to increase beneficial enzymatic activity, and I hope to obtain results on how doTERRA’s oils compare.

Scientists, petri dishes, and test tubes all over the world are providing thrilling evidence to support what essential oils users have known for years – that these complex, beautiful plant products really work. And hopefully, with greater scientific understanding comes a greater acceptance of essential oils as legitimate, highly useful players in medical practice.


Nicole Stevens is a member of doTERRA’s Scientific Advisory Board. She has a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University and has spent much of her career working to develop the credibility and scientific understanding behind essential oils. Nicole has worked with the UNLV Cancer Research Center to study a procedure that uses targeted photosensitizing chemicals and specific wavelengths of light to destroy cancer calls, and she has also worked with the University of Utah to further study the efficacy of essential oils in eliminating microbial pathogens.


Exploring Clinical Applications of Essential Oils

Home, Field, Clinic, or Operating Room:

Exploring  Clinical Applications of Essential Oils

-by Dr. Paul Winterton, MD

“The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils procured and distributed by doTERRA are the only essential oils that I’m comfortable prescribing as a physician trained in the western medical tradition.”

We have all experienced join pain and muscle aches, regardless of our age and activity level. The causes range from simple aches following exercise to debilitating pain from a serious accident, surgery or chronic illness.

Alleviating these symptoms and treating the source of pain is sometimes a challenge for the practicing orthopedic surgeon. In addition to desiring confirmation of a particular diagnosis and treatment plan, patients following a slip and fall, or with chronic bone and joint illness are often desperate for relief from pain and stiffness.

Essential oils, have become a frontline therapeutic modality for me in my practice. Their powerful anti-inflammatory effects can be utilized in many athletic and clinical settings. Whether at the finish line of a marathon, in the clinic seeing patients for injuries, or conducting preoperative evaluations and postoperative follow-up, essential oils are a mainstay of treatment in my orthopedic practice.

When patients arrive at my clinic, they are immediately introduced to oils as they inhale the ultrasonically diffused aromatic compounds in my lobby and every exam room. The antiviral and antiseptic properties of essential oils have been demonstrated in many laboratories and provide excellent cold, flu and infection prevention for my patients and employees. In the exam room, every patient is a given a therapeutic warm, moist towel compress with essential oils, followed by an application of anti-inflammatory rub on the area of tenderness of post-operative incision site. I also recommend capsules of essential oils to take internally.

In the locker room or on the field, I instruct the chiropractic physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers in application of anti-inflammatory essential oil rubs. They have also utilized ultrasonic (Phonophoresis) and electronic (Iontophoresis) devices during massage to improve penetration, absorption, and distribution of the essential oils. The symptomatic relief has been wonderful for my patients, and certainly reflects well on me as their physician.

Finally, patients can treat themselves and their families with essential oils as they become acquainted and comfortable with their topical, aromatic, and internal applications. Use of essential oils in the home, in tandem with healthy lifestyles, can be a powerful preventive measure for avoiding unnecessary trips to the emergency room or clinic.

The CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) oils procured and distributed by doTERRA are the only essential oils that I’m comfortable prescribing as a physician trained in western medical tradition. Every product has been harvested from its unique environment, meticulously processed and analyzed for its therapeutic purity and potency. This is extremely important to me as a physician. We trust manufacturers for traditional, FDA approved, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, that every pill in the bottle has the same concentration of medicine. Likewise, ever time a patient leaves my clinic with a sample of oil, I need to know that the purity and potency is the same in every bottle.

I look forward to working more closely with my musculoskeletal colleagues regarding the clinical applications of essential oils, and hope to expand their use at home, on the field, in the clinic, and in the operating room.

Paul W. Winterton is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, and a member of doTERRA’s Scientific Advisory Board. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and completed his Orthopedic Surgical Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1998. Following residency, he completed two fellowshops at The Institute For Bone and Joint Disorders in should and knee reconstructive surgery/sports medicine,  as well as foot and ankle reconstruction in Phoenix, Arizona.

Currently, Dr. Winterton serves on the Board of Councilors for The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  He is a strong proponent of the practical use of essential oils and dietary supplements in the home, as well as in the traditional western medical clinical setting, particularly with regard to bone and joint well being.



Doterra Founder David Stirling explains break with Young Living

Doterra Founder David Stirling

 The doTera company executives are focused on Doterra and it’s mission focusing on the qualities of their products, rather than purported shortcomings of any specific company.
Young Living is an essential oils company that does over $100 Million in sales annually. They are well known. In fact, when you Google search essential oils, they are your first hit.

David Stirling, Emily Wright, Gregory Cook, and Rob Young have years of experience with Essential oils and Young Living.

In the rare event one of the executive mentions Young Living , it is always in a positive way. They mention how they respect Gary Young and how he was instrumental in paving the way for essential oils in the United States.
I personally have seen great results of Doterra product. Doterra has attracted top level executives and distributors worldwide.
Despite the fact, there has been a lot of rumors and speculations online.
Four executives of Young Living Essential oils start an essential company of their own.
Critics question the executives motives or ethic.
David Stirling clears up the air officially with the following email in August 2010

Dave Stirling President of Doterra

The following is a copy of the email:

Please forgive this intrusion into your email, we hope it will not need to happen again.  However, we cannot allow continued disparagement of our company and its leaders.  We previously requested moderators of internet groups to post this response to unfair statements made regarding doTERRA, but they have made it clear they have no intention to do so. The following is a response from David Stirling to those ongoing negative and false statements.

August 31, 2010

Call it weakness if you wish, but for some reason the rhetoric expressed in recent email exchanges (especially by some who I feel know better) has hit a chord in me.  So I’m going to break a three year silence and respond in part to the more serious allegations.  This response will not be sufficient for those most loyal to Gary and his mission, nor for those most loyal to the distributorships they have worked so hard to build….but for those desiring a clearer perspective; I hope this may serve in your search for understanding.

As the Chairman of Young Living’s Executive Committee and its lead manager for four years, there is of course much information and knowledge to which I am privy.  I have no desire to damage YL in any way or to say anything that might be embarrassing to anyone there.  Life is too short to stir up those sort of emotions.  As one of the executives on the YL team used to say concerning people’s reputations (a man for whom I still have a lot of respect), “It is an awfully thin pancake that has only one side.”  We have allowed others to define us for the past two years, with information that has often been unkind and unfair.  While I suppose all of us may be guilty of trying to share things in a way that will put us in the best light, my hope and desire here is to simply share some of the other side of the story in a straightforward, simple, and personal manner.

First, for my part, I did not leave YL to start a competing essential oil company.  In fact, the thought had never occurred to me.  My entire heart and soul were with YL and its distributors and I had no other desire than for the success of the company and those distributors who were working so hard to help make that success happen.  Two months before I was fired, I went down to Ecuador to meet with the owners for a few days.  Certain views and ideology were shared with me, with the desire they be integrated as a part of the company’s mission going forward.  Some of these were contrary to what I felt I could support or even be associated with, to which I expressed my concerns.  I knew as I left that my time with YL would be short, and it was.  Not long after my departure from YL, a few former YL associates including myself, Dr. David Hill, Emily Wright, and Greg Cook came together and discussed the need the world has for a better way of sharing essential oil healing.  I will only say that we all felt strongly that it was the right thing to do, and were compelled to move forward.

We believed that if we could provide a new standard for pure essential oils, and educate people unfamiliar with natural medicines; we could disperse some of the enmity existing between the allopathic and natural medicine worlds.  Unfortunately, assertions have been made that we (the founders) stole formulas or other proprietary information when leaving YL.  I have also heard claims from some that doTERRA supplies inferior oils or dilutes or extends them with some sort of carrier.  Of course, the fastest way to resolve this question is to simply remove the cap and try them.  Frankly, we were confident that through the use of real research, combined with experience, we could equal or improve on any formulation.  Having said that, I would like to state very clearly that there were never any formulas copied or used in any way from YL.  Nor was there anything ever done in our departure that could be seen as illegal or dishonest.  We value our personal integrity far beyond any success or advantage that might be achieved by such actions.  ALL of our formulas are original, and we believe, improved.

While we had many YL distributor friends who likely would have joined doTERRA in our early days, we were very careful to not approach them.  Nor were we then or are we now in possession of any distributor lists.  That would be illegal.  I am proud to say that almost all of our leaders who built doTERRA in the first two years were new to essential oils, and did what they did because they discovered the power of the oils and that they work in an almost miraculous manner.

The part of the email that was primary in spurring my response today, painted doTERRA’s founders as a bunch of hustling salesmen, caring little about the oils, in it only for themselves.  This is so far from the truth that I’m tempted to go through person by person just to share their backgrounds, credentials, and wide respect with which they are held in their professions and communities.  I myself have nine children and we are heavy users of the essential oils.  In fact, my wife and I owe a deep debt to d?TERRA’s Frankincense oil, which played an important role in helping to control seizures in our youngest child when nothing else seemed to work.

When the doTERRA management was forming, two things were of greatest importance.  First, the members of the team had to be completely trustworthy and honest.  Second, they had to be the best at their job, in terms of skill and judgment.  When these two things are in place, you can move very fast, as it is no longer necessary to “check” someone’s work or worry that their intentions may be less than completely honest.  When we decided to go forward with doTERRA, funding immediately became a front and center issue.  There was no shortage of people/groups willing to support our endeavor, but because we felt the need to preserve the integrity of doTERRA’s mission and the essential oils, in the end we decided to see if we could fund it ourselves.  This resulted in the founders leveraging every bit of equity they had in their homes or any other asset.  It also meant that they received no income from doTERRA for the first 13 months, and far less than they were accustomed to earning after that!  For all, this was a significant sacrifice and for some it represented a very real trial of faith.  Something like this is unheard of in today’s business environment.  It served to forge a united team that is 100% committed to the purpose for which doTERRA was formed.  It is also something which gives me a tremendous sense of pride for this team.

If you were to visit doTERRA’s headquarters in Orem Utah, you would experience an environment of high energy, love and respect, with a sense that employees really love doing what they’re doing.  We have a great time because we love and respect the people with whom we are doing this.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

In starting doTERRA there was nothing more important to us than the purity and medicinal quality of our oils.  This is the primary reason for our success thus far and simply will not be compromised in any way.  Of course we know the primary brokers that YL and others obtain their oils from.  We have chosen to use none of them, and likely never will.  Our oils are sourced from all over the world.  We pay more (some significantly so) because we require a higher grade.  d?TERRA also puts our oils through an unequaled quality assurance process, ensuring medicinal grade as well as their being free from other contaminants.

Please know that there is absolutely nothing more important to us than the quality of our oils, without which the expected results simply cannot be obtained.

Again, my desire in writing this is not to paint YL or any other EO company in a poor light.  I would be the first to acknowledge and give credit to Gary Young for his role in introducing the US to the medicinal use of essential oils over the last 15 years.  There have been others as well like Penoel, Schnaubelt and Tisserand.  I would also include Dr David Stuart and Dr David Hill, who have worked tirelessly in this effort and are tremendous educators.

Perhaps an important point to make, is that doTERRA is not about a single person’s mission or story.  The essential oils have a mission of their own that is larger than any man or individual.  We see doTERRA as being something of a steward in helping to bring about the mission the essential oils have in doing good for the peoples of this earth.  You will not see any executive member of doTERRA emerge as an iconic figure.  When it comes to doTERRA, you will also never see any improper or overt references to deity or faith healing from the stage.  Please do not misunderstand.  Each member of our team has a deep and abiding faith in God, which like many of you influences everything that they do.  We are simply committed to sharing the oils in a manner that can be understood and accepted by your typical mainstream (western medicine raised) person.

doTERRA’s mission is not to compete with or try to destroy other essential oil companies.  Our vision is to become a very large multinational company, partnering with hospitals and research universities all over the world.  These efforts are already well underway with offices opened in Taiwan and the United Kingdom.  There are also significant efforts and exciting progress happening in Australia, Japan, and Latin America.  It is so gratifying to see many distributors finding great success, some of whom have worked hard in other companies with only marginal results.  In fact, last month doTERRA broke five new Diamonds alone, bringing the total to 12 so far this year!  doTERRA is growing at unprecedented rates, largely because the world is ready for a company focused on its mission of a mainstream approach to essential oils.  I do not mean to sound overly confident or presumptuous, but our expectations and plans are for doTERRA to continue to double in size every 3 to 4 months.  Our 25,000 distributors are part of this mission to bring about a wellness revolution, bringing essential oils out of relative obscurity and onto the world stage for the purpose of benefiting more people than could otherwise be achieved.

In conclusion, I hope that we can always be respectful of one another’s businesses, products and reputations.  If a Gary Young or another EO leader has made a difference in your life and you feel a loyalty to them, then please do not change that.  Relationships take time to build and can be lost in a moment.  When such relationships are mutually edifying, they are worthy of our efforts and should not be sacrificed.  I apologize for the length of this email response.  My hope is simply to provide some information that might serve to soften some hearts and perhaps even change some opinions out there regarding doTERRA.  I will now return to my relatively quiet position on these issues and allow people to form whatever opinions they may.

David Stirling

President and CEO

doTERRA International LLC


DoTerra Essential Oils Featured On The News

doTERRA Featured on Fox News 17 in Nashville TN 5.28.11:

Showing how a hospital is using it to improve mood & smell of the emergency room:


Disinfectant Overkill: How Essential Oils Can Help

Report Warns Against Overuse of Household Disinfectants and Suggests Essential Oils as Alternatives

( author: Lisa Wade McCormick) The report by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) — titled “Disinfectant Overkill: How Too Clean May Be Hazardous to Our Health” — cites more than 40 scientific studies that illustrate the health risks associated with chemicals found in kitchen cleaners, handy wipes, and other common cleaning products.

Companies are working hard to convince consumers, and especially moms, that they need to regularly disinfect every surface in their homes to protect their families from illness, she added. But that’s  simply not true and it may not be healthy.

A spokesman for the makers of household and industrial cleaners, however, says the industries products are safe when used as directed and calls it an extraordinary stretch to link the disinfectants to various health problems.

In its study, WVE assessed the potential health risks of five classes of disinfectants or antimicrobial chemicals

WVE’s report also outlines several “green” alternatives to cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals, including the essential oils of thyme, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, and oregano.

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