I've written a little bit about why the brand of essential oil you use matters. In Part One, we discussed a little bit about the broad ideas of quality and trust.
In this post, we'll get a little more specific and will venture into the fascinating world of indigenous plants and why their use should matter to you.
"Indigenous plants" means that doTERRA uses oils garnered from plants that are grown in the region where that have grown for many (sometimes hundreds, if not thousands of) years. In a nutshell, doTERRA's scientists have learned that:
Potency begins with the (right) seed
The proper seed variety and even chemotype for particular plants is carefully selected so that the distinct molecular profile of the aromatic compounds produced by the plant is achieved.
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. doTERRA chose to offer Rosmarinus officinalis, chemotype 1,8 cineol because we appreciate the benefits this specific composition offers for respiratory support.
... and continues with harvesting the right part of the plant
The environment plays a key role in the therapeutic value of the plant. Growing season, elevation, climate, moisture, soil, terrain, and pH all factor into the potency of the essential oil produced. It is also essential that the right part of the plant be harvested. For example, the aromatic compounds from the leaves of the plant will differ from what is produced in the flowers.
Example: We only use the yellow flowering tops of the Helichrysum italicum plant wild-crafted from Corsica for the most dependable benefits. But many producers will harvest the leaves and stalks as well to increase the oil yield of this delicate crop. They will often dilute this oil with cheaper essential oils or synthetics (despite what their labels say!). This increases their profitability, but radically changes the composition and therapeutic value of this precious essential oil.
... then ultimately is proven by results
Right region + right plant + proper harvesting = superior oils and better results
Plants grown in 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.
Example: Our fabulous Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is indigenous to the Provence region of France and to Bulgaria. 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 Mediterranean 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.
Years of experience + knowledge + commitment to excellence =
the most potent and pure essential oils possible
Producing essential oils that meet our standards 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, We partner only with the best.
Part Three - here.
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