- Provides a grounding aroma
- Promotes a tranquil atmosphere helpful for meditation
- Soothes minor skin irritations
- Supports the skin’s natural hydration
The Gran Chaco Forest in Paraguay is the second largest forest in Latin America and among the most rapidly deforested areas in the world. Currently, more than 1,000 kilograms of Guaiacwood essential oil is produced and exported from El Chaco each year, primarily for the fragrance and perfume industries. Although Paraguay has officially established regulations and policies to protect El Chaco from deforestation, enforcement is lacking.
doTERRA carefully chose a Guaiacwood sourcing partner who was committed to protecting El Chaco. Our partner is currently the only company in the area that has received the highest levels of certification from the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT). Our partner has spent many years developing a first-of-its-kind ethical and sustainable Guaiacwood sourcing operation, and we are eager to support their efforts.
Guaiacwood harvesting can last days, or even weeks, at a time, requiring harvesters to live on site in extremely remote areas of the El Chaco Forest. Prior to our sourcing partner’s involvement in the area, these harvesters had little access to food, drank unclean water, and had no access to proper shelter while on site. To help support the harvesters’ health and ensure safety, our sourcing partner built them climate-controlled living quarters from reclaimed shipping containers that include refrigeration, rain-water collection systems, and washing machines. Our partners also increased harvesters’ pay to accommodate travel costs and began providing safety best-practices training.
Eight hours away by car, in the community where the Guaiacwood distillation facility stands, nonprofit organization Fundacion Paraguaya has established the El Cerrito agricultural school. This boarding school helps local teenagers develop trade and agricultural product development skills. Both our sourcing partner and doTERRA Healing Hands have committed to financially support this school to help promote self-reliance in the area.
We believe the best way to protect a forest is to make it productive. By sourcing and selling Guaiacwood essential oil, doTERRA is making Paraguay's El Chaco Forest profitable, protecting the trees from being cut down to make space for other money-generating businesses such as cattle grazing.
The unusual soil and climate combination in El Chaco has created unique biodiversity, meaning it’s the only place in the world where Guaiacwood trees can grow. Because Guaiacwood is an endangered species, our sourcing partner has been working diligently since 2018 to develop a sustainable forest management plan for it. By 2022, they had purchased more than 12,000 acres in El Chaco and divided each into 20 subplots. Only one plot per acre is harvested for essential oil each year, allowing it to then rest for 20 years before being revisited. This careful coppicing is helping El Chaco remain vibrant, productive, and protected from deforestation.
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Behind the Bottle: Guaiacwood Essential Oil
Follow us to the Gran Chaco Forest in Paraguay, where doTERRA sources one of the most unique essential oils: Guaiacwood. Our CPTG® Guaiacwood essential oil is sustainably and ethically sourced from Paraguay. Working with our sourcing partner, we’re changing the future of the at-risk Gran Chaco Forest—one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.
Aromatic use: Add three to four drops to the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. See additional cautions below.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Diver deeper into the uses and benefits of Guaiacwood. Learn how to use it in your life, as well as where it comes from.
Learn about where Guaiacwood is sourced including the forest it belongs to, the people who make it happen, and why the oil is so unique among wood oils.
The Guaiacwood sourcing area is the location of our first Power of One project. Learn more about what Power of One means and how you can support the project below.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.