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My Review of doTERRA Essential Oils (and how much of a difference does quality really make?)
Posted By Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home On January 17, 2013 @ 3:40 am In Living healthy,Natural Remedies,Reviews | 101 Comments
Written by Stephanie Langford, Creator of Keeper of the Home
Although I am in love with using natural remedies, including herbs and essential oils, I have remained skeptical about just how much of a difference the particular brand of oils that you use really makes. Perhaps you, like me, have heard what you deem to be "hype" about this brand or that one, and wonder if it's there's really anything to it or if it makes no difference.
If I'm being honest, that's how I felt every time someone commented or emailed and told me about doTERRA oils and how amazing they were. I'd secretly roll my eyes and think "here we go again".
I have to go eat a slice of pie now. Humble pie.
For the past two months or so, I have been testing out a number of doTERRA oils, both Singles and Blends, through Modern Wellness . Christy from Modern Wellness asked me back in October whether I would consider reviewing some oils, and I decided to give in and said yes. She asked me for some of the health concerns or needs for our family, and then sent a wonderful package full of oils in the mail.
At this point, I got a little bit excited. See, I've been falling in love with essential oils over the past two years, as much as a skeptic as I was that these particular ones were any different, I do enjoy experimenting with them and learning how we can better use them for our health and well being.
She also sent me an amazing essential oil reference book, Modern Essentials , which lists every single oil and every blend carried by doTERRA, with detailed instructions on how to use them, as well as a section in the back with all sorts of illnesses, ailments, mood and behavior struggles, etc. and then numerous ideas for various oils that could be used in each situation. This book was invaluable to me, both in delving into my review of these oils, and also in becoming more experienced in using essential oils in general.
This is where we get to the frustrating area of hot debate, unknown answers, differing points of view, hype, and all that fun stuff.
First of all, I'll state that this is a sponsored review, by Christy of Modern Wellness , who is a doTERRA rep. The primary focus of this post is to review the products that she sent me. I also want to say that as far as reps go, she is the first one that I chose to work with, because I really liked how she approached me, her completely non-pushy attitude, how much she wanted to share good information to help people, and she's just been a pleasure to work with overall (thanks, Christy!). If you're going to buy doTERRA, I highly recommend doing it through Christy.
I do know that because I have readers that like to analyze and dig into the details as much as I do, I can't just let it go without addressing some of these questions as well as best as I can.
I am nowhere near an essential oil expert, but just a wife and mom that seeks out alternative natural remedies for my family. I do the best research I can with the limited time that I have. Some of you will disagree with me on some of these points, and some of you will wish I had provided more detailed/scientific answers, and I'll apologize in advance for that, but this is my basic understanding of the issue as a non-expert, so just take it all with a grain of salt.
From my limited reading, I understand that for an essential oil to be pure, it should:
For a bit more reading on essential oil purity, Adrienne of Whole New Mom has been exploring the whole issue and this post (and the whole essential oil series) takes a closer look at the processes  and the darker side of the industry.
It's important to note that as with many natural health alternatives, there is no one governing standard or certification process for essential oils. doTERRA says it themselves  on their website. There is AFNOR in France, which sets standards and regulations, but it is NOT a regulatory body .
Which means, everyone creates their own standards, tries to show how their processes are better than everyone else's, and in the end, it's difficult to know exactly what's what. Honestly, in many regards, I'm as confused as the rest of you. Do the best research you can into the process, try the oils for yourself, and go with your gut on the ones that seem pure and effective for you.
Again, this is up for debate. If you're using 100% pure oils, not cheap ones that may have chemical residues or unwanted filler ingredients, then my feeling is that it is probably fine. doTERRA specifically states that theirs are safe to ingest because of the purity, and I would personally apply that safety to any brand that is actually a pure oil as well.
That said, I personally think that we're a bit too quick to take things internally, especially essential oils. I do use them in a few things, like my toothpaste recipe  (which we spit out), and very occasionally a drop or two that we drink in water, and sometimes Oil of Oregano under the tongue. Other than that, I don't like taking something so strong internally. You can get excellent results using them topically, or sometimes in the air (through something like a nebulizer - I love mine!).
Again, I don't know for sure. I've used some cheaper brands over the years with limited success, but I mostly bought them for the scents or for cleaning purposes. As I've begun to use them more medicinally, I've preferred to find ones that are higher quality. Sometimes it requires trial and error.
I think it's possible that some cheaper brands could still offer medicinal qualities and good results, but I do know for sure that I've seen real results from the higher quality oils I've tried. I was particularly happy with some of the results that I had with doTERRA oils, and it would be interesting to try to mimic those results using something else.
I love essential oils and I do believe that they work. I've used them so many times over the past few years and have been very impressed with some of the results. For muscle pain and soreness, for headaches, for tummy troubles and constipation, for nerves and balancing moods and relaxation, for healing infections . I can say that from my experience, essential oils are a valuable part of my natural medicine cabinet .
I personally really like Mountain Rose Herbs oils, which I have just begun buying. I also like Saje oils (these might only be available in Canada), but they're also pricey. Aromaforce sources their oils from native plants and is pure (again, Canadian company, but possibly available elsewhere). I've also heard many good things about Aura Cacia and Heritage.
I do think it's worth it to check into the doTERRA Wholesale Membership option  through Modern Wellness. You could contact Christy through her website  or Facebook page  to get a better idea of how the benefits work and what the discounts would be like.
I didn't know if I would notice a difference with doTERRA and I went into this skeptical, but I honestly was impressed by them. I really, genuinely liked them and found them to be effective. In my books, that's enough for me to warrant a bit of extra research and to consider some higher costs, since I regularly use essential oils for our family's health needs.
I also wanted to mention that when you buy oils through a rep , you're more likely to get a high level of support. That's worth something, because most of you aren't essential oil experts (just as I'm not). Oh sure, we can google it and research it on our own, but we all know that there is a ton of unreliable information out there, mixed in with the trustworthy sources.
I appreciate how Christy shares helpful information on the Modern Wellness blog , website  and Facebook page , and how she offers free webinars  to further teach about the uses of essential oils. You aren't likely to get that kind of help and information from most oil sources, and so that's something to consider.
Also, I know that many of you are chomping at the bit to turn this into an EO brand debate. I'm all right with a few carefully worded comments sharing your opinions, but please, let's keep it civil. I've seen such awful, nasty comments on this topic (it's shocking, really!), and I just don't care for that at all. We're all adults, so let's have a conversation like adults.
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 doTERRA says it themselves: http://www.doterra.com/us/essentialGrades.php
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 my toothpaste recipe: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/10/homemade-clay-toothpaste.html
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 my natural medicine cabinet: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/02/how-i-stock-my-natural-medicine-cabinet.html
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