Where are Doterra’s oils sourced?
DoTERRA’s oils are sourced from all over the world. These locations have the soil, climate and growing conditions to produce the highest potency therapeutic plants and essential oils, as a result of complex chemical testing. (click here to see the tests doTERRA performs on every back)
To meet the growing demand of essential oils, doTERRA is actively looking for alternate sources for oils. This includes testing growing plants in different regions of the world with similar conditions. That way, if there is a natural disaster or bad growing season in one area of the world, we may still have access to that oil in the same therapeutic potency.
DoTERRA has the most intelligent and respectful sourcing methods in the industry due to their testing and sourcing initiatives.
*Please see details below for most up-to-date sourcing locations
Does doTERRA own their own farms?
No, and that is a GOOD thing. DoTERRA seeks out farmers growing plants whose chemical make-up is what they desire for full therapeutic benefits (those plants often grow natively in that area). In many cases the growers have been growing their crop for generations. These farmers are experts at what they do and doTERRA comes alongside them to support them, learn from them, improve where they can, pay them generously and change their lives all while getting us the best possibly essential oils. With this model doTERRA is obligated only to find the most therapeutic oils, wherever in the world that might be. Approximately 75% of doTERRA’s oils are sourced exclusively to them.
What is doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing?
Co-impact Sourcing means doTERRA not only sources the product from the location where they are getting the best chemical properties in the oil, but they also work hard to create additional impacts to local infrastructure, schools, hospitals, jobs, co-ops, etc. About 2/3 of the countries doTERRA sources from are third-world countries therefore doTERRA has a lot of opportunities to change the world through working with them. Learn more about Co-Impact sourcing from this video:
What about sustainability?
This isn’t so much a DoTERRA issue as it is a world-wide issue. As populations grow, the strain on the environment exists. Whether people are using synthetic products or natural products, that strain will exist. The solution to the problem won’t be to use less natural products . Natural products with a focus on sourcing and production practices like doTERRA has are actually going to encourage a lighter burden on environmental resources, while we figure out how to manage finite resources in a growing population. DoTERRA is very proactive about sustainability and they work years into the future so we will have all we need for a very long time.
Why are doTERRA’s oils not certified organic?
“Our CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® testing standard requires that our oil extracts be both free of other foreign materials, which is one of the main reasons for people seeking organic botanicals, and it tests for certain compounds at certain levels so that our oils meet the performance criteria for each lot of oil. If an oil fails the test, specifically pesticides, there is no secondary process for removing the pesticides or foreign matter. The oils failing the test would simply be rejected. Other than the careful distillation of the oils from the plant material, there is no other processing that takes place. They are aromatic extracts, nothing added, and nothing removed—they either meet our standard or they don’t.”
From co-owner and Vice-Presdient, Emily Wright:
“Many of doTERRA’s essential oils are certified organic, others are ECOCERT, and some do not have any certification. The reason for this is because we source from so many developing countries. The certification requirements and availability differs from country to country. Some countries don’t even have a certification offering.
For example, it costs $2,500 for a grower to receive organic certification in Madagascar. This certification lasts two years. Most of the time, an inspector never even visits the farm to verify that they are, in fact, growing organically. The fee is what matters here. However, most of the growers in this impoverished country cannot afford the certification, although they are all growing by the same standards. Pesticides and herbicides are not used.
The reason doTERRA has chosen not to print “certified organic” or “ECOCERT” on our labels is because each lot has different certifications. Some of our Ylang Ylang may come in with organic certification and another lot may not have the certification. These two lots meet the very same quality standards. They go through the same battery of tests and are both certified not to contain pesticides, herbicides, fillers, synthetics, or added natural compounds. There is no difference in the quality or purity. One producer simply paid a fee to be certified organic and another did not.
When we say that our oils are better than organic, it is because we have the ability to see even the smallest component in each lot of oil. If there is anything contained in the essential oil that was not naturally produced by nature in the plant with nothing added, it is rejected. That’s what I love about our Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade process. We work with the best analytical scientists in the world–nothing gets past them!”
From what countries are doTERRA’s oils sourced?
(check out some of these amazing videos to really catch the vision and heart of what doTERRA does!):
Bulgaria – Melissa, Juniper Berry
Bulgaria – Rose (Limited)
Greece (Crete) – Cypress
France – Lavender
France – Helichrsyum (Corsica)
Italy – Lemon & Bergamot – VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlEai508pmo
Germany – Thyme
Austria – White Fir
Hungary – Marjoram
Turkey – Oregano
China – Cassia, Wintergreen (In Deep Blue)
Nepal – Wintergreen – VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f8hSCXIu5s
India – Black Pepper and Sandalwood
India – Lemongrass – VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aMDLdYoXaM
India – Jasmine (Limited) – VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_2fjsgr72s
Indonesia – Cinnamon & Patchouli
Madagascar – Ginger
Madagascar – Ylang-Ylang – VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Te-oQSJ3Iw
Madagascar – Clove
Morocco – Rosemary
Ethiopia – Myrhh
Somalia – Frankincense
Egypt – Sweet Fennel
Mauritius – Geranium
North America & the Caribbean
USA – Basil, Cilantro, Coriander, Pink Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile
USA – Peppermint (Washington) – VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8cRcpWJboI
USA – Hawaiian Sandalwood (Hawaii) – VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSqWUbPUR4U
Dominican Republic – Wild Orange
Haiti – Vetiver – VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFYFgNSxYxk
Canada- Arborvitae – VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmvuQ7cplGo
Canada – Birch (Limited)
Guatemala – Cardomom
Lime – Brazil
Australia Australia – Eucalyptus Radiata
Australia – Melaleuca alternifora
New Zealand: Douglas Fir VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Te-oQSJ3Iw
I hope this helps give you a good picture of the world-wide beautiful effect that doTERRA has through their sourcing practices, specifically Co-Impact sourcing. We are proud to work with and use doTERRA essential oils!
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