With more than 140 source oils in its product line, doterra sources its oils from more than 45 countries, more than half of which could be considered developing countries. With more than 100 essential oils on the market, doTERRA sources its oils in 40 countries. Of those countries, 23 are developing countries that do not enjoy many of the basic services that we so often take for granted. In these cases, and in many cases in developed countries, the need for doTERRA essential oils is lifting communities out of poverty and desperate need.
This initiative is called Co-Impact Sourcing. Frankincense essential oil comes from the resin, or sap, of Boswellia trees. Combine harvesters often make shallow cuts in the bark, allowing resin to seep out. The resin is left for approximately two weeks to crystallize into “tears” that are then scraped and collected, repeating this process for several weeks throughout the harvest season and then the trees are allowed to rest.
Prior to distillation, resin tears are carefully cleaned and sorted by size and color to obtain a quality rating, a job traditionally done by women. doTERRA generously donates to cover all of the foundation's administrative costs, so that 100% of all donations are go directly to aid. I hope this helps to get a good picture of the beautiful global effect doTERRA has through its sourcing practices, specifically Co-Impact sourcing. The Co-Impact Sourcing initiative in Nepal enables doTERRA to source high-quality wintergreen oil while increasing economic opportunities for rural collectors.
In addition to scientific research and academic partnerships, doTERRA is working to change the healthcare landscape. These farmers are experts in what they do and doTERRA is with them to support them, learn from them, improve where they can, pay them generously and change their lives while giving us the best essential oils possible. By collaborating with many of the world's leading universities and independent facilities, doTERRA is at the forefront of clinical research on essential oils. For example, doTERRA has contributed to the construction of warehouses built along the mountains where resins are collected.
Each batch of doTERRA essential oils goes through a rigorous testing process that goes far beyond what would be considered “good enough”. In addition, two schools that the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation had previously built served as relief centers for these communities during the crisis. doTERRA is actively investigating how to best support the reforestation of Boswellia papyrifera trees and is developing a propagation program and a training in sustainable harvesting to revitalize the incense tree population in Ethiopia. In addition to the thousands of jobs supported through incense collection activities, doTERRA helps implement social impact projects to improve quality of life and basic livelihoods in harvest areas, as well as provide schools and other life skills with the support of the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation.
The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation (HHF) has helped the leaders of several clans and patrilineal groups in Uurwayne, Somaliland, who came together to provide education for their children. doTERRA is committed to providing only the highest quality essential oils to every household in the world.