The Plant Perspective understanding essential oils

What follows will help you gain a better understanding of essential oils and what goes into making the bottle you so enjoy. Essential oils are naturally produced by plants in low amounts to serve a host of beneficial functions. Oils attract herbivores that help the plant reproduce; they also ward off unfriendly pests, fight off environmental threats, and even allow the plant to heal itself if physically injured. When looking at the plant as a whole, they are composed of a small amount of essential oil—on average, just 1–5 percent of a plant’s total composition.

Acquiring even just one bottle of essential oil requires an incredibly large amount of plant material.

For example:

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Approximately three pounds of lavender flowers are required to produce just 15mL of lavender essential oil.

It requires about 242,000 rose petals to distill approximately 5 mL of rose oil.
 

It requires 6,000 pounds of melissa plant to distill just a single pound of melissa essential oil. That equals around 63 pounds of melissa per 5mL bottle.

Nearly 3,000 lemons are needed to distill just over 2 pounds of lemon essential oil. This equals about 50 lemons per 15mL bottle.

When bottled for human use, essential oils are highly concentrated. For this reason, it is important to be aware that using essential oils is very different from using the whole plant material and only a small amount is necessary to induce a powerful benefit.

Quality has a Price

Understanding the numbers above will help answer the question about essential oils and price. High quality essential oils such as those produced by doTERRA contain only 100% quality tested therapeutic grade essential oil derived from the highest quality plants. No fillers, chemicals or perfumes are used. These can unfortunately be found in lower priced and lower quality oils available in stores.

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Make sure to use only the best quality essential oils. Find out how to buy doTERRA essential oils and start enjoying the best therapeutic grade essential oils.

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