Swine Flu and other Infectious Risks by Dr. David Hill

This is an article written by Dr. David Hill from doTERRA regarding methods for keeping yourself clear of infectious diseases. 

Swine Flu and other Infectious Risks

Unfortunately, germs and our exposure to them are a regular occurrence. As resistance and new strains continue to develop, we are at an increasing risk for serious infection.

I realize that there are many discussion threads regarding the potential dangers concerning the swine flu and other infectious health risks. There is much in the way of scientific medical research which demonstrates the efficacy of essential oils against a variety of pathogenic germs. Naturally occurring compound groups such as alcohols, phenols and aldehydes are often identified as being the most beneficial. I feel confident that it is a reasonable and responsible approach to use essential oils daily in a model of prevention and for resolution of symptoms in the cases of exposure.

In general, reducing our exposure and enhancing immune protection is our best defense. I suggest using dōTERRA essential oils in the following way:

1. Establish the daily routine of applying doTERRA’s OnGuard blend on the bottom of feet (for yourself as well as family members) both morning and night, which creates long-lasting and consistent protection.

2. Diffuse doTERRA essential oils in your home routinely throughout the day. On Guard and your favorite citrus oil combined is a potent and uplifting aroma.

3. Drink plenty of water. Adding a few drops of your favorite citrus oil will enhance your body’s natural defenses.

4. Viruses and bacteria are found in staggering numbers on surfaces. Use essential oils to thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces you and your family come in contact with. A mixture of Wild Orange, On Guard, and Thyme is especially potent. Diluting the mixture with water in a small glass spray bottle can easily be used anywhere, anytime. Simply spray and wipe for germ-free surfaces on the go.

5. Wash and wipe your hands using essential oils. Adding essential oils to your favorite soap increases effectiveness.

6. Use essential oils in combination to enhance their germ fighting benefits. The essential oils of On Guard (dōTERRA’s natural defense blend), Oregano, and Thyme are a critical part of your family’s protection plan. At the onset of any infection this combination used internally by capsule ingestion or on the bottom of the feet can offer quick relief and elimination.

7. Maintain the basis of personal health through appropriate supplementation. Using dōTERRA Lifelong Wellness pack has immune sustaining benefits for your entire family. With an ORAC score of nearly 6000 per serving, every cell in your body is fortified.

Using CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils is a safe and consistent approach to safeguarding individual and family health.

Yours in Health,

Dr. David Hill

Chief Medical Officer Chairman Scientific Advisor Committee



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.


What is the AromaTouch Technique?

Doterra Essential Oil Blend…

Massage Blend

dōTERRA®’s proprietary massage blend combines the therapeutic benefits of oils well-known to relax muscles, calm tension, soothe irritated tissue, increase circulation, smooth and tone. AromaTouch® combines our CPTG® essential oils of basil, grapefruit, cypress, marjoram, peppermint, and lavender in a perfectly relaxing blend which adds many important benefits to various massage techniques. For topical use


AromaTouch was developed for several world-class spas.

I’ve found it to be very effective at stopping restless leg syndrome and twitching muscles.


Basil: Antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Aids in relaxing spastic muscles, especially those that can cause migraines and headaches.

Cypress: Antiseptic, anti-infectious, lymphatic decongestant, mucolytic, relaxing and refreshing. May help improve respiratory issues, muscle cramps, and lung circulation.

Grapefruit: Sedative and calming properties. May help with stress and fatigue.

Lavender: Analgesic and antispasmodic properties. May help with sore muscles, sprains and headaches.

Marjoram: Relaxing and calming properties.  May help with sprains, spasms, migraines, headaches, bruises, and sore muscles.

Peppermint: Anti-inflammatory, cooling, soothing. May reduce fevers, vomiting, candida, nausea, and is a respiratory strengthener.



Optimal if applied on location for muscle use. Can be diluted with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil

What is the AromaTouch Technique?

dōTERRA’s AromaTouch Technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body.

The AromaTouch™ Technique improves well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors and by supporting healthy autonomic function. The technique is simple and intuitive using dōTERRA®’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils for an unparalleled grounding experience.

The AromaTouch Technique includes four primary steps designed to minimize systemic stressors to autonomic balance. Each step includes the application of two essential oils or essential oil blends specifically formulated to support healthy emotional and physiological functions for wellbeing. The technique requires 40 minutes per application, and multiple applications can be serviced with one set of dōTERRA’s essential oils.


Step One: Stress Management (Balance & Calm) The AromaTouch™ Technique begins with dōTERRA®’s Balance Grounding Blend of spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy followed by Lavender to support calming, de-stressing, and relaxation.

Step Two: Immune Support (Cleanse & Strengthen) After establishing a state of calm and tranquility, Melaleuca Essential Oil is applied as a cleanser and detoxifier, followed by an application of dōTERRA®’s On Guard™ Protective Blend of pure therapeutic-grade wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils that stimulates and supports the body’s own external and internal defensive immune functions.

Step Three: Inflammatory Response (Stimulate & Soothe) Step three begins with application of Aroma Touch™ Massage blend of basil, grapefruit, cypress, majoram, peppermint, and lavender to help stimulate blood flow to surface tissues, followed by a comforting application of Deep Blue® Soothing Blend of wintergreen, peppermint, blue tansy, German chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus to help support a healthy inflammatory response in the body.

Step Four: Homeostasis (Invigorate & Center) The final step of the technique includes an invigorating application of pure Wild Orange and Peppermint essential oils that refresh, rejuvenate, and center the body, mind, and spirit in strength and serenity.


AromaTouch™ Technique Kit

Increase the benefits you experience with CPTG® Essential Oils by incorporating the AromaTouch™ Technique into your healthy lifestyle philosophy. This kit contains 5 ml bottles of the 8 CPTG oils used in the AromaTouch Technique (Balance, Lavender, Melaleuca, OnGuard™, Aroma Touch™, Deep Blue®, Wild Orange & Peppermint), as well as the AromaTouch overview booklet and presentation box.

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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



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