Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008
There are a great number of variables that influence the actual essential oil you receive in the 15 ml bottle that contains about 300 drops of oil that you will carefully use for the well-being of you, your family, and friends. That 15ml was extracted and distilled from 30 to 300 pounds of plant matter. Of utmost importance to you is:
Where and how was that plant grown? What were the soil conditions? What were the water conditions during the growing season? Were there any insecticides, pesticides, or herbicides used? Is it truly organic?
When and how was the material harvested? Was it the right season? The correct maturity of the plant? The optimum time of day?
What about the processing? Were proper cleaning and preparation made with the equipment? Were the correct parts of the plant used in the distillation process? Were temperatures maintained at proper levels? Were the clean and viable containers used during the process and for gathering?
What about packaging and distribution? Were the clean and viable containers used during the process and for gathering? Was there any cutting (adding other similar and hard-to-detect less expensive oils) done to lower the cost of the oil?
These and other questions are very important to each of as we use essential oils and their derivative products. Unfortunately it would be impossible for any one of us to answer all these question. Fortunately the Company dōTerra is making it their business to answer the questions for each of us. The first two items in dōTerra’s Mission Statement are that they will see that we, as their customers, receive the best-sourced and best-processed essential oils in the world. Then they will use the most modern Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy testing through a third part to assure us that testing standards will meet or exceeding ISO and AFNOR standards. As a pledge of this quality they will label these products with their trade marked seal of Certified Pure Therapeutic GradeTM.
DoTerra’s products, as explained above, stand alone as Certified Pure Therapeutic GradeTM . Below this in guaranteed purity in the industry of these grades of products.
Grade A essential oils are pure therapeutic quality (highest grade) and are usually made from naturally (often organically) grown plants distilled at the proper temperatures using steam distillation. This is the category that all of DōTerra's essential oils and essential oil-enhanced products start from. Beyond this they are tested and cerfified as described above.
Grade B essential oils are food grade; they may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical/synthetic extenders, or carrier oils.
Grade C oils are perfume grade and may contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils. They also usually contain solvents which are used to gain a higher yield of oil.
Floral Water is a byproduct of the distillation process and can be very high quality if it comes from a Grade A distillation process. Accordingly it is of very low quality if it comes from poor quality raw materials and/or poor distillation processes.
Certified Pure Therapeutic GradeTM is the label you will see on dōTerra Essential Oils. Of lesser-guaranteed purity will be those with labels such as “Pure Essential Oil or “Pure Therapeutic Grade”.
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NOTE: The advice shared in this site has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. As members offer or look for answers, kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not used to "treat" medical problems.