Safety Information

Aromatherapy, or the practice of using plant materials—such as essential oils—to improve overall wellbeing, has long been studied for its ability to enhance feelings of relaxation, encouragement, excitement, focus, and well-being. Using essential oils aromatically, through diffusion, is a safe and effective way for people of all ages to enjoy the benefits of essential oils when appropriate levels are used in well-ventilated areas.

We encourage common sense when it comes to the use of diffusers with essential oils in public places such as meetings spaces, restaurants and cafes, schools, hospitals and so on. While there is no issue with safety, personal preference differs. Individuals wishing to use products in these public environments should consider relevant policies, consult with management and the relevant local communities or stakeholders.

For over a decade dōTERRA has understood that essential oils, when properly sourced from optimal regions and thoroughly tested for the highest-levels of purity and quality, are the Earth’s gift to humanity. With this gift, comes great responsibility to respect the power of each element.

The health and well-being of individuals and families using essential oils is most beneficial when proper usage guidelines are followed. dōTERRA’s team of trained scientists and medical professionals utilise available toxicology data, relevant scientific compendia, and the highest industry standards to best determine the uses of these products. Safety guidelines include safe usage and handling directions. These specify the recommended dosage, dilution and how the product is best used. Details on safe usage can be found on the product labels for dōTERRA oils, and can be accessed on our website (insert link here). We always recommend our products are used under adult supervision.

Consistent with Australian and New Zealand regulations, dōTERRA does not recommend its essential oils for internal medicinal use.

Although extremely rare, reactions to essential oils occasionally arise. If a reaction occurs, it is important that the individual discontinue use of essential oils and consult with a physician. We are very pleased that dōTERRA’s rate of adverse reactions is approximately .01 percent. dōTERRA labels its products to help customers avoid any potential issues, no matter how rare, and provides education and training on our website, in printed materials, and through in-person events.

Oils For Food Flavour

Certain flavours have a rich culinary history and some essential oils can be used as food flavours. When you sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh herbs to your pasta, you are actually consuming some aromatic essential oil compounds. These uses are safe when oils are used in appropriate quantities, in accordance with product labels.

Essential oils contribute many flavouring and aromatic properties to foods. However when used for food flavourings, essential oils should be added in very limited amounts due to their concentration and potency.

Essential oils are highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. It is recommended that 1-2 drops is ideal to flavour food.

dōTERRA essential oils for food flavouring meet the requirements of the Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code for food additives.

Effective Ways to Flavour Food

  • Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices.
  • Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount.
  • For more potent oils, it may be better to add these by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops.
  • Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks.
  • Add a small amount of food flavour to yoghurt.

More information can be found at the following link:  

How Do I Use Essential Oils Safely?


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