When you hear the word “volatile,” you may think it holds a negative connotation; however, in the case of essential oils, volatility refers to a substance’s ability to change its state quickly. The chemical makeup of volatile aromatic compounds in essential oils allow them to disperse quickly through the air. This is why you can instantly smell the potent aroma of an essential oil from the moment you open the bottle — even
from a distance.
As volatile aromatic compounds move quickly through the air, the essential oil user will experience the scent when the com-pounds interact directly with the brain’s olfactory sensors. (You’ll learn more about how essential oils interact with the brain in chapters two and three).
With over 3,000 types of volatile aromatic compounds discovered so far, it is important to note that these compounds greatly determine the benefit, aroma, and nature of each essential oil. Because of unique chemical makeup, each essential oil will vary from species to species, and even from plant to plant.
Essential oil use throughout history
While some view essential oils as a new trend, the use of plant extracts and plant-based products is deeply rooted in traditions of the past. Ancient civilizations used plants for things like aromatherapy, personal care, health care practices, religious ceremonies, beauty treatments, and food preparation. The infographic below shows that essential oil use is not a fad, but rather a long-time tradition started centuries ago in civilizations all over the world.
Egypt: Egyptians used plant-based products in beauty treatments, food preparations, burial rituals, and religious ceremonies.
Greece: In ancient Greece, men like Homer and Hippocrates explored the aromatic uses of plants, building on discoveries made by early Egyptians.
Rome: Ancient Romans often used plant extracts for massage, perfume, and scented baths.
Iran: In medieval times, people in the region of Iran often used and traded spices or resins for perfumery and maintaining health.
India: Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic healing system native to India, has developed over the span of 5,000 years and includes the use of aromatic and plant compounds.
China: For centuries, traditional Chinese practices have included the use of plant materials to promote wellness.
France: Rene Gattefosse, a French chemist, is credited as the first to coin the phrase “aromatherapy” as he studied and researched essential oils thoroughly in the 19th century.
HOW YOUR dōTERRA ORDER Changes Lives
In addition to supplying the highest quality essential oils, dōTERRA is committed to making a positive difference in the world, especially in the regions that contribute to dōTERRA’s oil production – most of which can be considered developing countries. The Co-Impact sourcing program, the Healing Hands Foundation, and the Source to You program are just a few of the ways this great company shows it’s devotion to making the world a better place for everyone.
The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation seeks to bring healing and hope to the world, for lives free of disease and poverty, and to ultimately empower impoverished communities with the tools needed to become self-reliant. dōTERRA aspired to serve people and communities with the resources they had. Initially, this meant donating to charities, fundraisers, and community projects, but it eventually grew to be much more. The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation was created in June 2012 as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The foundation is one of the ways dōTERRA reaches out and serves communities in need. They do this by partnering with organizations and dōTERRA Wellness Advocates to offer hope to millions around the world. Through the foundation’s efforts, lives are freed of disease and poverty, and communities are empowered with the tools needed to become self-reliant.
We know and love our essential oils, but often we are disconnect-ed from everything that happened before they arrived at our door! dōTERRA’s Source To You website is an incredible resource that demystifies essential oil production through education about each stage of the process. It ensures that you know the level of care and attention that went into the oils you use and trust for your family’s health. With Source To You, you can learn about growing, distillation, the scientific testing dōTERRA uses to ensure purity and potency, and our medical advisory board.
There is also a wonderful feature that makes Source To You unique. You can actually find the test re-sults from your individual bottle of oil! Simply enter the batch number from the bottom of the bottle into the sourcetoyou.com site, under “Quality Reports”. You will then be able to view the test results of that oil and read a highlight about that oil’s uses and benefits.