Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Essential oils have been used for over a thousand years, but we are just scratching the surface of their potential. In the past, knowledge of essential oils was solely based off anecdotal experience. However, scientific research of essential oils has increased exponentially. In the last decade, there have been more studies published about essential oils than in the last 500 years combined.
Each bottle of essential oil contains a unique blend of chemical constituents. These compounds are volatile and organic, meaning they quickly evaporate and their chemical structures are primarily composed of carbon atoms. Constituents can produce therapeutic effects through their interaction with cellular targets. Some constituents can attach to receptors located on the outside of a cell to influence changes within it, while others can readily pass through the cellular membrane and bind to enzymes, proteins, and even DNA. Understanding how essential oils induce therapeutic effects through chemical interactions can lead to a renewed sense of confidence in their use and inspire new opportunities for application in daily life.
Learning the science behind essential oils will allow you to better understand why essential oils work and how to use them more effectively in everyday life. Essential oil science can also be a powerful tool for growing your business. As you invest time into learning from the resources on this site, you’ll be able to cite reliable sources to validate the essential oil information you present and distinguish yourself as a knowledgeable essential oil leader.
doTERRA is equipping the leaders of the global essential oil community with the tools they need to continue sharing the latest scientific developments and information about essential oils. But we don’t expect everyone to be scientists. Our team at doTERRA Science works diligently to provide you with information and resources designed for everyday use. All you need is your passion for essential oils and the desire to continue learning. Among the many resources doTERRA has for learning about essential oil science, the Science Blog is a great place to start.
doTERRA scientists are ever hard at work conducting clinical and experimental scientific research, discovering more evidence of the efficacy of the most tested and trusted essential oils. doTERRA scientists have published peer-reviewed studies on twenty-two single oils, three oil blends, and four supplements, with more studies currently in the works.
doTERRA’s Medical Advisory Board is composed of board certified physicians from around the world who are leaders in integrative healthcare. Their experience with essential oil usage in their various specialties is a valuable contribution to doTERRA’s mission of educating individuals on the value of essential oils as an alternative method of care and wellness.
doTERRA has worked with over 100 different organizations to do research and implement essential oils into their facilities, including universities, hospitals, VA medical centers, hospices and care centers, and more. Thanks to our independent research partners and in-house scientists, doTERRA essential oils have been studied in relation to: