The Doterra Difference

In 2008, the founders of dōTERRA set out on a mission to make pure, potent, high quality essential oils that would be easy to use and even easier to share with the world. Since then, thousands of individuals, families, and communities have experienced the life-changing power of essential oils by incorporating the use of dōTERRA products into their everyday lives. With the goal of changing families, communities, and the world one drop of oil at a time, dōTERRA has put great effort into carefully planning each step of the essential oil production process. From the planting of seeds to the delivery of essential oils at your doorstep, dōTERRA ensures that every measure is taken to bring you responsibly sourced, thoroughly tested, high quality essential oil products.


How to Use 

You will soon learn that there are hundreds of ways to use dōTERRA® essential oils, including relaxation, personal hygiene, household cleaning, cooking, and more. Every oil has at least one of three application methods: Aromatic, Topical, or Internal . Throughout this guide, you will find that each oil is labeled with one or more of these three methods using the letters A, T, and I. Here is a simple reference guide to help you safely and effectively use the oils in your kit. Aromatically, the essential oil can be diffused or inhaled directly for a stimulating aromatic experience. Using oils aromatically can help improve mood and purify the air of unwanted odors. Topically, the essential oil is easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied by itself, with other topical oils, or with carrier oils. Internally, the essential oil can also be used to support a variety of health benefits. These internal oils can be used as dietary supplements by placing them inside a veggie capsule or adding them to drinks.


dōTERRA pure essential oils are very potent. Whether you are applying oils topically, consuming them internally, or using them aromatically, remember that a little goes a long way. Always follow dōTERRA’s usage recommendations. These recommendations can be found in the current Product Guide and on doterra.com.

■ When using an essential oil topically for the first time, it’s a good idea to dilute with carrier oil to see how the oil reacts with your skin. Start with one drop of essential oil and five drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil. You can personalize this ratio with time and experience.

■ Some essential oils are very powerful, and should always be diluted with a carrier like dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil before putting them on your skin. These oils include: Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Geranium, Lemongrass, Oregano, and Thyme. These are known as hot oils. When trying these for the first time, consider a dilution ratio of one drop of essential oil to 10 drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

■ Some essential oils cause photosensitivity, which may cause you to sunburn more easily. It’s best to stay out of UV light (sunlight or tanning beds) for at least 12 hours after applying them to your skin. These oils include: AromaTouch,® Bergamot, dōTERRA Breathe,® dōTERRA Cheer,® Citrus Bliss,® Elevation,® dōTERRA Forgive,® Grapefruit, InTune,® Lemon, Lime, dōTERRA Motivate,® dōTERRA On Guard®, Purify, Slim & Sassy,® Wild Orange, and Zendocrine.®

■ Essential oils are generally safe to apply anywhere on your skin, but there are certain areas that should be avoided. Don’t apply oils on or near the inside of the nose, the inner ear, the eyes, broken skin, or other sensitive areas.

■ If your skin begins to turn red, itch, or burn after applying an oil, remove the oil from the skin by gently wiping the area with a soft cloth, then alternate between adding a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil and gently wiping the area.

■ When consuming essential oils internally, a drop or two is all you need at one time. You can add oil directly to water or another liquid, or place oil in an empty capsule and swallow.

■ Children are generally more sensitive to essential oils than adults. It’s best to dilute an essential oil before applying it topically on a child, and to start with the feet for application. For babies under two years of age, aromatic application through a diffuser is a good place to start.

■ Because dōTERRA oils are so powerful, ensure that they are only used under adult supervision. dōTERRA recommends that you keep your oils in a high, out-of-reach place. Store oils with the included orifice reducer in the bottle and the lid tightly closed.

■ If you have any questions about using essential oils for your particular needs, talk to your qualified healthcare provider.