Shortcuts for Understanding Science: Considerations

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As the public becomes more interested in essential oils, scientists are investigating their therapeutic potential by exploring options for personal health and wellness. Looking toward the future, the body of essential oil research is rapidly growing. With this expansion of knowledge comes an opportunity to fortify your own understanding of essential oils. doTERRA® Science strives to keep you informed on the latest research news. In this series, we’ll give you some tools that will help you navigate the world of essential oil science.

Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) Regulations

At doTERRA Science, we abide by the regulations that are established for our products by the FDA. doTERRA does not market essential oil products as drugs. Instead, we choose to focus on statements about the structure and function of the body, as opposed to statements about disease. Anything that has been published by our corporate team, whether in print or on the web, has been through an extensive review process to ensure that it is compliant with our guidelines.

Scientific Research


Scientific research allows experts to evaluate the effects of substances like essential oils in any context that they choose to study them. However, regardless of the conclusions made from scientists about essential oils, our team will not directly make pharmaceutical or disease-related claims about doTERRA products. Nonetheless, it may be important for anyone who is passionate about the field of essential oils to know how to access and understand scientific literature for their own personal education and growth.


While scientific literature may seem intimidating, the following articles are designed to help you navigate scientific documents purposefully and efficiently. But before you can dive into scientific literature, it’s helpful to understand the process that scientists use to produce and publish research studies. Let’s begin with the scientific method.

Shortcuts for Understanding Science
Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Scientific Method
  3. Finding Scientific Literature
  4. Understanding Scientific Literature
  5. Peer Review

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