It's kind of strange to admit, but I never liked essential oils until I was introduced to therapeutic-quality. The oils that I'd tried didn't work for me. On top of that I didn't have a keen enough sense of smell to enjoy them for the sake of scent alone. At the time that this all changed it had been ten years since the birth of my first child.
I had still not recovered my pre-pregnancy energy, I suffered from chronic aching in my hip, and struggled to stay motivated during through grey Oregon winters. I felt like something was seriously wrong with my health but, despite all of the time and money I spent on wellness, no one could tell me what it was. Then a friend convinced me to try essential some oils that were really different. I was skeptical but eventually put the first drop of this praised essential oil my hip before sleeping. By morning the problem had completely disappeared. For good. That was it. I was sold. My chronic health issues improved by about 75% after six-months of infusing my home and life with therapeutic-quality essential oils. A year later, I threw away all of the adrenal support herbs and supplements that I'd accumulated in past few years because my health was the best it had been in ten years.
I'm not alone in this experience. Essential oils are not only making a come-back, but are more potent, more researched, and more integrative than ever before. But what are therapeutic-quality essential oils and how are they different?
First consider that in the United States most essential oils are extracted for the benefit of scent alone, not for therapeutic use. In order to create a therapeutic-quality essential oil a plant's constituents, of which there are sometimes hundreds, must be present and in tact. This is not as simple as it sounds since each stage in production needs to be carefully considered.
Sadly, fraudulent practices are common to the essential oil industry.
Because creating a therapeutic-quality essential oil is such a specialized and labor intensive process, many growers and companies take short cuts in order to compete in the marketplace or earn more money for an inferior product.
Here are some real examples of industry practice adulteration from chemist Dr. Brian Lawrence, shared by Laura Jacobs.
The chirality test is one of the best tools for regulating quality because it calls out fraud that other tests do not recognize. You can run a GCMS scan on an essential oil and see 200 chemical constituents. Then, if you want to fake it you can take the top 30 and copy them to reproduce a replica of the plant- but obviously there are many constituents missing that are going to change the natural oil. When you have a molecule of the real oil, it will split as the pink hands below; when you have a fake oil, it will split as the green hands. The vast majority of essential oil companies do not test chirality.
Why do therapeutic-quality oils work so well?
If one drop of Grapefruit essential oil was evenly shared between the trillions of cells in the body, then 6.1 million essential oil molecules would be present in each cell. This is possible because essential oils are very small molecules and they are lipids. These two qualities enable them to act in ways that no other herbal compound or pharmaceutical can.
Essential oils have the ability to cross through biological barriers to affect us deeply and on every level.
When you put an inferior, synthetic or otherwise adulterated essential oil on your skin or use it to flavor your food, your body must work to eliminate that oil. Nearly all essential oils, even ones made from organically grown plants, are either created for scent or take short cuts in the production that compromise their level of purity and potency; therefore they are not capable of the same profound health shifts that people experience with therapeutic-quality essential oils.
Therapeutic-quality essential oils are different and can be used differently. Here are some things that you can do with our oils that you cannot do with your standard, organic grocery store oils:
What is CPTG Certification?
CPTG, or Certified Pure Therapeutic-Grade, is a certification for quality that was created by DoTERRA for self-regulation because there is no industry standard in the essential oil industry. Each oil is third-party tested to ensure quality. The standard of quality required by CPTG is the highest in the essential oil industry, higher even than the standard for Organic labeling.
The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality protocol includes the following tests:
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We offer DoTERRA brand essential oils because they are the number one essential oil company in the world, and not by accident. Their intention is to create the highest quality essential oils available and revolutionize health care by excelling above all others at each of the steps I've outlined above.
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Stephanie Pearson is a published writer and certified clinical herbalist who has worked with herbal medicine for over 20 years. She has been in practice as a functional nutritionist and essential oil educator for Daily Nectar since 2009.