You have heard about them, everyone is starting to use them, you know they smell ah-mazing...but what are they?
Aside from pure magic, essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds that are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant.

Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

Extracting essential oils from plans is done through a process called distillation, most commonly distillation by steam or water. After distillation, the result is a highly concentrated portion of essential oil, which will contain the true essence of the plant that it came from. This essence is what provides the aromatic and therapeutic benefits found within the plant. 

Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date, and it’s estimated that 10% of the plant kingdom produces essential oils. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families and within species to species.

Even with pure essential oils the composition of the oil can vary depending on the time of day, season, geographic location, method and duration of distillation, year grown, and the weather, making every step of the production process a critical determinant of the overall quality of the essential oil product.

What benefits do pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils provide?
Essential oils embody the regenerating, protective, and
immune-strengthening properties of plants. 

Essential oils are composed of hundreds of different compounds known as phytochemicals –– plant-based, naturally occurring chemicals. These constituents are both small in molecular size and are also lipid soluble, allowing many to easily and quickly penetrate the skin.

When an essential oil is Pure Therapeutic Grade [link to why dōTERRA CPTG section, it has the potential to affect every cell of the body within 20 
minutes and then be metabolized like other nutrients.

How they can support your body:

Promote relaxation
Support healthy immune function
Calm tension and nerves
Uplift mood
Help reduce occasional stomach upset
Support muscle and joint function
Increase positive feelings
Help decrease stress
Protect against environmental and seasonal threats
Improve appearance of the skin
Provide antioxidants
Maintain healthy circulation
Repel insects
Promote healthy digestion
Purify the body’s systems
Support healthy respiratory function
Soothe skin irritations

As volatile compounds, essential oils expel gas when exposed to the air. This is why you can smell the oil so quickly after removing the gap. Such 
unique properties make essential oils ideal for applications including aromatherapy – using these compounds from plants to help maintain a
healthy mind and body – as well as other applications. The type of volatile aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s 
aroma and the benefits it offers.

The health of humans is a complex combination of body, mind and spirit. Essential oils can help to support physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being 
– either independently or all three simultaneously. They can be used as single oils or in unique blends, depending on your desired benefit and 
experience.

Essential oils from dōTERRA are the highest quality oils available to consumers worldwide. If you’re new to oils or dōTERRA, we invite you to learn 
more about the 
dōTERRA difference.