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doTERRA AromaTouch Study


Another study produced by doTERRA researchers is fresh off the press. The new study, a clinical pilot trial published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine and Therapy, investigated the benefits of the AromaTouch® Technique. The AromaTouch Technique is a unique essential oil application method developed by Dr. David Hill, doTERRA founding executive and Chairman of Scientific Operations. The technique is an essential oil application that combines a moderate touch procedure with eight of doTERRA’s most powerful oils and blends. Read more about the AromaTouch Technique.

Although a fair amount of research shows the benefits of touch and other research supports the benefits of essential oils applied topically, little research exists on the combination of the two. In addition, no prior research had investigated the benefits of the doTERRA AromaTouch Technique specifically. The AromaTouch Technique was designed to promote homeostasis and relaxation, reduce stress and support overall well-being. In this study, the researchers put the AromaTouch Technique to the test.

Experimental Design

To get an idea of both the short-term and long-term benefits of the technique, the researchers evaluated the effects on the body immediately after volunteers received just one technique, and they also measured the lasting effects on the body when the technique was administered regularly for an extended period of time. In addition, two groups were used in the experiment. The treatment group received the AromaTouch Technique exactly as described in the protocol developed by Dr. David Hill. A control group was comprised of individuals who received the AromaTouch Technique with every condition the same, except that Fractionated Coconut Oil was used in place of the eight essential oils normally used in the technique. See Figure 1 below for a schematic diagram of the experimental design.

The researchers measured heart rate, blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, and took saliva samples, which were analyzed for cortisol (a stress hormone) and other biomarkers of health. Volunteers also filled out a subjective questionnaire that indicated their current state of mind.


Both groups experienced decreases in heart rate, mean arterial pressure, diastolic blood pressure, stress scores, and salivary levels of cortisol immediately after the first AromaTouch Technique. But overall, the changes were more pronounced in the group that received the AromaTouch Technique with the essential oils. Although the study comprised a small sample size, the differences over the long-term did achieve statistical significance.


These results suggest that the AromaTouch Technique is an excellent way to immediately reduce feelings of stress and promote relaxation. When administered regularly, it is also effective at promoting sustained results in the body over the long term. This research study provides strong evidence supporting the benefits of the AromaTouch Technique. If you’d like to see the study results in greater detail, you can access the full-text study for free on the publisher’s website, since the Journal of Integrative Medicine and Therapy is open-access. 


doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary, experimental studies and further research is needed to gain a greater understanding of the findings. Essential oils may have drug interactions, patient contraindications, or adverse effects that cannot be evaluated using experimental research results alone. If you are interested in using essential oils for any health concern, consult with your healthcare provider first. 

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