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When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing a gentle, carefully distilled essential oil made from plants that have been harvested by skilled cultivators at the right time so that they have the best possible composition and effect.
Every doTERRA essential oil is carefully tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. The experienced user will recognize the higher quality standard that makes doTERRA essential oils naturally safe and the therapeutic effectiveness of the oils.
Distilling essential oils is not only a science but an art too. Distillers use modern technology and technology, but also have years of experience.
The most common method of producing essential oils is steam distillation, in which essential oil is obtained from plant material under pressure and with the least possible heat. The essential oil is converted into steam. When the steam mixture cools, the oil is separated from the water. The oil can be extracted in this way. To ensure the highest possible quality and the correct chemical composition of the oil, temperature and pressure must be strictly monitored. If there is too little heat or too little pressure, the oil is not released from the plant; if the heat or pressure is too high, this affects the composition and the effect of the oil.
Steam distillation is the most common method by which aromatic compounds (essential oils) are extracted from a plant. During the distillation process, steam is passed through the plant material. The combination of hot steam and gentle pressure let the essential oil escape from microscopic protective bags. The vapor mixture then flows through a condenser and cools down. Two layers are created: one made of oil, one made of water. The essential oil rises to the top, separates from the hydrosol (flower water) and is collected.
In the case of steam distillation, the temperature is usually between 60 and 100 ° Celsius. Since different plants require different pressure, different temperature or duration of the distillation, with this method the pressure, the temperature and the duration can be adapted to the respective plant in order to obtain the purest possible oil.
In contrast to distillation, no heat is used in pressing, usually also known as cold pressing. In this process, oil is extracted from the plant material using mechanical pressure. doTERRA uses this technique with citrus oils that are extracted from the peel, such as wild orange, lemon, lime, bergamot and grapefruit.
Also with cold pressing, the level of pressure, the temperature, duration and the time and type of harvest are of immense importance. If the distillation process is not carried out with the utmost care, the aromatic compounds can be destroyed or changed and thus affect the quality of the essential oil. The result is a product that has little in common with the intended goal and should not be used as a wellness or health product. For this reason, the best distillers only distill a select few plants. In this way, knowledge and experience are concentrated and the correspondence of the chemical composition of the oil from the plant with the distilled oil from the plant material can be better ensured.