Lime Essential Oil
Lime essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of Key lime fruits and is sourced in Brazil. It’s a hybrid citrus that can be successfully grown in most areas where there’s no winter frost. While all varieties of lime share similar properties, Key limes are highly desired for their strong, robust flavor and zesty fragrance, which stems from a higher acidity compared to other limes.
Lime essential oil is refreshing and energizing in both aroma and taste. The citrusy aroma can be diffused to help freshen the air. It’s also an effective natural surface cleaner.
Litsea Essential Oil
For hundreds of years, litsea has been used by the indigenous people of Taiwan in traditional health practices. It’s known as mountain pepper in Mandarin. The source plant for Litsea oil is a tree. It bears pale, lemon-scented flowers and small fruits that look like peppers—hence the nickname.
Cassia Essential Oil
A close relative to Cinnamon Bark, Cassia essential oil has a strong, spicy aroma that can be used in small quantities to transform any essential oil blend. Cassia has been used for thousands of years thanks to its many benefits. It’s one of the few essential oils mentioned in the Old Testament, noted for its unmistakable fragrance and calming, welcoming aromatic properties.
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil is derived from a lemon-scented blue gum eucalyptus plant native to northern Australia. The essential oil is known for its refreshing aroma that helps create an invigorating environment. Lemon Eucalyptus oil is high in cleansing citronellal and citronellol, making it ideal for cleansing surfaces. Along with its topical cleansing benefits, Lemon Eucalyptus oil can be used to clear and refresh the air.
Despite its name, Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil isn’t a citrus oil. Like Lemon Myrtle and Lemongrass essential oils, it simply has a lemony aroma.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
With roughly 250 species, Melaleuca trees are most typically found in Australia. Tea Tree essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of Melaleuca trees, which have a strong aroma when rubbed. Steam distillation involves steam and pressure, which release chemical components from the plant—pulling out the essential oil.
Tea Tree essential oil has over 90 different compounds and limitless applications. Historically, the Bundjalung Aboriginal people from the coast of New South Wales would apply the leaves directly to their skin for a cooling effect. Over time, the knowledge of tea tree’s numerous benefits spread worldwide, leading to its popular use today.
Arborvitae Essential Oil
The majestic arborvitae tree—also known as the western redcedar, Thuja plicata, and the tree of life—is native to Canada and the Northwest US. Arborvitae essential oil captures the tree’s methyl thujate–rich chemical profile, providing a warm and earthy aroma that’s ideal for meditation. It’s also an effective cleaner for both the skin and household surfaces.
Though it’s called a redcedar, arborvitae actually comes from the cypress family. Arborvitae trees can grow up to 230 feet tall. Some trees can live well over a thousand years, with the oldest having survived for 1,460 years. Arborvitae repel insects, including termites.
Native Americans have used arborvitae trees for generations. Historically, the wood was applied to vessels, totem poles, and homes. The roots and bark could be used to make other items like baskets, rope, and twine. The western redcedar was ideal for these kinds of projects because of its chemical makeup and ability to repel insects, minimizing damage and maximizing preservation.
Arborvitae essential oil is produced from steam-distilled wood. doTERRA responsibly sources Arborvitae oil by distilling discarded wood from the lumber industry to ensure no trees are unnecessarily harvested for production.
Kochii Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Kochii eucalyptus (scientifically known as Eucalyptus kochii) is a captivating plant native to the semi-arid regions of western Australia. Historically, this plant has been a beacon of natural resilience and beauty, thriving in the challenging Australian landscape. It’s known for having a tall, striking stature and distinctive, refreshing aroma that emanates from its leaves. The indigenous communities of Australia have long revered eucalyptus trees for their wellness and practical uses, using them in various traditional solutions and daily life.
The essential oil derived from this eucalyptus plant is highly valued for its unique composition and potent benefits. This Eucalyptus essential oil is renowned for its exceptionally high 1,8-Cineole content—a compound known for its purifying and invigorating properties. The refreshing and cleansing attributes make it a popular choice in household cleaning products and personal care items, as well as for creating a soothing ambiance.
Cilantro Essential Oil
Cilantro is an annual herb with small, green, feathery leaves. It also produces pale pink or white flowers that blossom in clusters. The plant can grow up to 20 inches high. Cilantro is planted every two to three weeks starting in late spring. It’s harvested about a month after. The essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves.
Cilantro must be grown carefully. While it needs plenty of sunlight, too much heat will cause the plant to bolt. Bolting happens when the ground exceeds a certain temperature, and the plant grows so rapidly that it’s no longer harvestable and won’t produce the proper essential oil profile.
The culinary uses and benefits of cilantro have been documented for centuries. When diffused, Cilantro oil is particularly effective at clearing the air and eliminating unpleasant smells, leaving behind a light, herbal scent. Linalool and trans-2-Decenal, the two main components of Cilantro essential oil, may have surface-cleansing properties.
Lavandin Essential Oil
The lavandin plant—a natural hybrid of true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia)—is a marvel of the botanical world. It’s cherished for its robustness and aromatic intensity. Originating from the sun-drenched landscapes of the Mediterranean, lavandin carries the legacy of its parent plants, blending the soothing, floral notes of true lavender with the invigorating, camphor-like scent of spike lavender. Historically, lavandin was part of folk solutions because of its calming and cleaning qualities, and it was often found in sachets to scent linens.
Today, Lavandin essential oil—obtained from the steam-distilled flowering tops of the plant—is celebrated for its rich, floral, and slightly more herbaceous aroma compared to true Lavender essential oil. Lavadin oil is widely appreciated for its soothing aroma, making it a popular choice in household and personal care products.
Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil
Lemon myrtle trees are native to Australia, originating from the subtropical and tropical east coast about 50–800 meters above sea level. Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders have long used lemon myrtle for various everyday purposes.
Lemon myrtle trees are medium-sized with dark green, lance-shaped leaves, which remain on the tree year-round. From summer to autumn, creamy white flowers grow in clusters at the ends of branches.
Lemon Myrtle essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of the tree. The leaves can be harvested year-round, but it’s best to avoid doing so during the wet season. After harvesting, the leaves are distilled immediately to ensure the highest quality essential oil.
Citral is the main chemical component in Lemon Myrtle essential oil, which is known for its cleansing properties. Lemon Myrtle oil can be used to cleanse the skin and household surfaces or freshen the air. Sweet, lemony, and slightly herbal, the aroma of Lemon Myrtle essential oil is simultaneously soothing and uplifting.