I get asked a lot if doTERRA essential oils are safe. What are the warnings that essential oils aren’t safe motivated by?
According to chemist, aromatherapist and author Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, “Most warnings [about essential oil usage] are derived from industry-funded dermatological tests with limited relevance for aromatherapy.” These studies don’t really apply to our world, but apply to dermatological use on the skin.
Further, when tests are done they often take out just one component of the essential oil and test that without considering the perfect balance that exists in nature.
Consider the source of the myth – there is a constant stream of misinformation coming from many sources like the media, doctors, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, legislators, aromatherapists and poor research. Think about the people I just mentioned. All these people stand to lose by the over 1 million doTERRA users.
doTERRA uses research, partnership with medicine and the latest cutting-edge science. Some resources you can search to find out for yourself if you’re not convinced about the safety of pure essential oils are:
Are doTERRA Essential Oils FDA Approved?
How this really happens is the FDA sets standards and makes a list of “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) products for internal use. This is not a statement of quality. Impure products are actually legal. The FDA does not “approve” any one company’s products. So doTERRA’s essential oils are not FDA approved. How this works is that doTERRA labels according to FDA standards.
We label exactly according to the GRAS list. We don’t have exclusive access to this list but we’re one of the only essential oil companies that label our products according to this list. Why is that? Well, because so many of the other companies don’t want you to know that they have added fillers like, say turpentine, in their oils. So if you see a warning on a essential oil label that says not to take it internally, run. Because it probably means there are additives that are not approved for internal use but even if you put it on topically, your body with absorb those synthetic fillers.
Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends, depending on user experience and desired benefit. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.
- Do a patch test on the skin
- Dilute with a carrier oil for topical and internal use
- The feet are the safest part of the body
- Avoid eyes, mouth and other sensitive areas of the body
- Remember that less more often is more effective
What Sets doTERRA Apart from It’s Competitors When it Comes to Safety?
- Responsibly label oils according to FDA GRAS standards
- Responsibly NOT claiming to treat, cure or heal any disease, illness or otherwise
- Providing what is legally permissable by way of literature and online training
- Guiding consumers in supporting optimal wellness and basic structure and function of the body with appropriate labeling and support materials and tools