Updated: Aug 28, 2019
I have read several blog articles and op-ed pieces recently that say it doesn’t matter if your essential oil is sourced from some far reaching corner of the globe, a sacred jungle or from a corporate farm. The thought being the quality of the oil is just as good regardless of these sources. If you go to the jungle for your oil or buy it through a direct marketing person, you are just overpaying for no good reason.
I think everyone is entitled to their opinion and we all must make decisions that are right for our family but I want to talk through some questions I had when I read these articles.
Are You Sure It Doesn’t Matter?
To put this into perspective, let me ask it this way. What would you choose if the price was the same from these two options… would you rather:
Give you child a medication that is generic and you have no background of how it was made, where it came from or what it went through to get to you. They tell you it will work though.
Give your child a medicine that could be demonstrated clearly to you where it came, how it was made, that it was individually tested to be safe and was pure.
As a mom to my growing boy, I know which I would choose. You bet it matters what I give myself and my family. It absolutely without exception needs to be safe, pure and tested. Plus I’m paying for it and if price is the same I’ll take “the good stuff” please and thank you.
While essential oil prices widely vary between brands, and we have to make budget conscious decisions, if you have the choice don’t skimp when it comes your health.
Are You Sure All Sources are Equal?
With so many essential oil brands on the market right now, where these oils are derived from and produced also greatly differs company to company. Some contain only manufactured scent and chemical ingredients, others are a mix of real plants and chemicals and some are pure plant.
The doTERRA oils are sourced globally from primarily individual family farms; some of those locations are in fact third world countries where farming is still done by hand. What each bottle says on the label is all that you will find in the bottle. The environment and soil used to grow plants used to make doTERRA oils must be proven clean of pesticides and chemicals for at least the past 10 years. The money earned on doTERRA oils goes to these family farms in those third world countries. If you have a chance to pay it forward and help a family in that way why wouldn’t you? In all of my comparing of different essential oil companies, none are giving it back to this extend and breadth.
But alas I digress and the question really should be, would you rather:
Purchase a product and have the proceeds go to executives, shareholders and commercial manufacturers
Purchase a product and have the proceeds go to every day families that you can directly improve the lives of
I believe sourcing does matter. It says a lot about a company that intentionally seeks out average families to produce their products for them and wants to pay them well for doing that work. I also think it says a lot about us as consumers in how we can no longer ignore where our consumables come from or what’s in them. We have to do more than talk about giving more, helping others and cleaning up our planet.
In a day and age where there are more food safety recalls than any other type of safety recalls, why wouldn’t you care where your natural health items are coming from? We live in the most polluted, pesticide filled environments of mankind. There has to be more to solving that problem than just tossing things in a recycle bin at your home. There in fact needs to be a major shift in how we manufacture, produce and consume everything we use every day. That can happen in a real way through looking at the oils you can get through doTERRA. Yes the lifecycle of your essential oils greatly matters to you and every touch point that oil made on its journey to you.
Are You Sure It Costs More?
Late last year I did a side-by-side comparison of prices between Young Living and doTERRA. I went through both companies entire product catalog and found that only 5 essential oil from doTERRA were more than Young Living. In all other cases Young Living was more! (NOTE: doTERRA did have some price changes and I have not updated this comparison yet but plan to) Read it here:
When it comes to other brands such as NOW, Plant Therapy, Rocky Mountain and others my best advice would be to do your homework – thoroughly! Look past the price tag and dig into the product you’ll be using. We have to be savvy users and make sure what we’re buying is actually a good product from reputable companies.
My favorite example is looking at the instructions provided by many of the essential oil brands that say do not use internally. If all that is in the bottle is Peppermint for instance, you can use Peppermint internally so what is resulting in the warning label? By the way, doTERRA oils are all clearly labeled which are able to be consumed internally, Peppermint being one of them.
Are You Sure Direct Marketing Companies are Just Scams?
When it comes to purchasing from a direct marketing distributor, such as me who sells doTERRA products, does that really matter in the end? Do you honestly in your heart believe all network companies are just scams?
Here’s the truth, every single thing you purchase from shoes to food to your sofa have come from a distributor, usually in the form of a big box store or online retailer. Purchasing from someone who personally has their own business to distribute goods is no different at all expect you are purchasing from an individually and likely to have a much higher level of service. We are all stuck in a “pyramid scheme” when we go to work every day if you think about it.
Yes I have heard the horror stories of direct marketing people just pushing for sales and wanting you to also become a distributor. How is that different than going on a car lot and having every sales person there clamor for your attention? Find a person you enjoy working with and don’t miss out on excellent products available through direct marketing just because you came across a pushy sales person.
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I think it’s time we got real about what we buy, where it comes from and what we are consuming every day and in every way of our lives. If you’re wanting better health and a better planet that really does start with each of us taking control of our own time and money and getting savvy about what we’re spending those things on but that’s just my humble opinion.
If you have question about the information I described in this post please reach out. I’m happy to answer questions and you are never under any obligation to purchase or sell doTERRA by asking me something.
If you would like to check out doTERRA’s natural products and oils, please feel free to check out my website or email me.
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