Headquartered in a state-of-the-art facility in Pleasant Grove, Utah, doterra continues to work toward its vision of providing all families around the world with the health-promoting benefits of essential oils. Essential oils are basically plant extracts. They are made by steaming or pressing various parts of a plant (flowers, bark, leaves, or fruits) to capture the compounds that produce the fragrance. It may take several kilos of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil.
In addition to creating aroma, essential oils also perform other functions in plants. This May, a doTERRA representative named Lara taught an Essential Oils 101 class at a barbecue restaurant in Waco, Texas. With this model, doTERRA is forced only to find the most therapeutic oils, wherever they are in the world. Young Living and doTERRA have lawyers on staff to ensure that product descriptions are within legal limits.
That year, Young Living sued doTERRA for three hundred and fifty million dollars, alleging, among other things, that the company's founders had stolen trade secrets and stole Young Living distributors. doTERRA oils are sourced from around the world, where soil, climate and growing conditions produce therapeutic plants and essential oils of the highest potency, as determined by complex chemical testing. Note that most reactions were reported from the use of antimicrobial mixtures such as Thieves (Young Living) and On Guard (doTERRA) and other mixtures containing several oils. To meet the growing demand for essential oils, doTERRA is actively seeking alternative sources of oils, including testing growing plants in different regions of the world with similar conditions.
It takes more than a million rose petals to make an ounce of rose oil, which doTERRA says is good for the complexion. There are many oils on the Australian market that are just as good, if not better quality, than those sold by doTERRA and Young Living. Both doTERRA and Young Living encourage consumers to drink certain oils, a position that is controversial even among alternative health professionals. While there are cheaper oils, Walmart sells a kit of sixteen “therapeutic-grade essential oils” for thirty dollars, Young Living and doTERRA have built their brands on the claim that they sell completely pure, naturally derived oils.