Essential Oils FAQ


What are Essential Oils?

  • Essential Oils are oils made from plants. Simply put, they are the result of distilling leaves, flowers, peels, seeds, and tree bark. Essential oils are very concentrated (it takes a large amount of plant matter to make a single drop of essential oil). Just to put that in perspective, to create a 5ml bottle of rose oil it would take over 10,000 roses!
  • Humans have been using essential oils to promote physical and mental health for centuries. Depending on the type of oil, they can be used topically, ingested, and used in diffusers.

Why doTERRA?

  • doTERRA oils are pure and powerful and subject to the CPTF Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Process(CPTG), in which each batch of oils are rigorously ensure purity, potency, and consistency. They’re the only brand of essential oils that I use with Chi, and the only ones I’ll use for myself!

Are essential oils safe for dogs?

  • Not only are they safe, but essential oils can be of enormous benefit to our canine friends. From stress reduction to enhancing emotional wellbeing and holistically alleviating physical ailments, essential oils are a must-have for your holistic doggy first aid.
  • Many oils can support the various body systems of your animals. When using oils topically or internally with pets, be sure to consult with your veterinarian first. Always dilute oils down to 1–2 percent prior to application (100 drops of a carrier oil for every one drop of essential oil). I prefer using Fractionated Coconut Oil as a carrier oil but there are many others. Dilute even more for animals that are less than 10 lbs/5 kg.
  • While not all essential oils are suitable for dogs (dogs don’t tend to like minty scents, for example), with a little research and creativity, you’ll be able to find various oils and even oil blends to help your pup feel their best.

Are there any essential oils I shouldn’t use with my pet?

  • Yes, some oils are contraindicated for used in pets, including peppermint, clove, wintergreen, thyme, and some citrus oils (especially for cats!). Different types of animals have different needs and tolerances when it comes to essential oils, so it’s important to do your research.
  • It’s important to keep our pets in mind as we use essential oils in our homes. Dogs and cats in particular have 200–300 million olfactory receptors (humans have only 5–6 million). Their sense of smell is very sensitive, so when you are diffusing, be sure to use a water-based diffuser like the Lumo® diffuser, and only diffuse 4–5 drops at a time in an open area where your pet can leave the room if desired.

Does it matter which brand of oil I buy?

  • Absolutely! You get what you pay for when it comes to essential oils. Making them is a long, time-consuming process, and it takes a lot of plant material to make only an ounce or so of oil. Buying cheap or diluted oils won’t cut it and could even exacerbate the issues you’re trying to remedy. That’s why it’s important to be sure you’re purchasing therapeutic, pure oils.

Is it worth it to buy essential oils wholesale?

It is! Especially if you’re purchasing oils on a regular basis or want to try a few different types. doTERRA has special perks for members who purchase wholesale, including prices 25 percent below retail.

Where Can I purchase Essential oils for myself and my pet?

If you have further questions please read our blog post, Essential Oils by doTerra for Our Furry Friends!

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