While others in the essential oil industry cut corners during the planting, growing, and harvesting process, or even try to “extend” pure oils by adding less expensive ingredients, doTERRA is uncompromisingly selective.
In order to work with committed partners and to ensure the best growing conditions, doTERRA sources essential oils from across the globe. With an ever-expanding product line that includes over 100 different essential oils sourced from over 40 nations, doTERRA truly offers Earth’s best gifts.
Spikenard is native to high altitudes in the sub-alpine and alpine regions of the Himalayan mountains. Historically, Spikenard has been used to uplift mood, promote relaxation, support healthy cardiovascular function, and to promote smooth, healthy skin. doTERRA supports income streams for harvesters and partner distillers as well as supports needed rural community development projects.
Petitgrain essential oil is derived from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree, which has a long history of use in traditional health practices. By sourcing Petitgrain from Paraguay, doTERRA supports rural community development projects, provides diversified income streams for producers, and contributes positively to the biodiversity challenges facing the country.
While the temptation for a company as large as doTERRA may be to buy large plots of land and mass produce oils, doTERRA places great value on the expert knowledge of local farmers—many of whom have nurtured essential oil plants for generations. doTERRA recruits their expertise into a Global Botanical Network and, in so doing, responsibly supports thousands of jobs around the world.
doTERRA’s extensive sourcing partnerships empower doTERRA to produce exclusive, proprietary oils and blends that preserve the purity and potency of each plant. Eighty-four percent of doTERRA single oils and oil blends are exclusive, ensuring that essential oil users receive a product that is truly unique and unrivaled.
Through doTERRA’s Global Botanical Network of farmers and essential oil producers, doTERRA has leveraged the experience of skilled partners around the world to create the optimal supply chain for production, distillation, and distribution, enabling doTERRA to supply these essential oils directly to you and your loved ones.
We go to the ends of the earth to source the best quality oils, but before we enter into partnerships, we ensure that growers adhere to our strict Sourcing Guiding Principles.
We then rigorously monitor and audit all partners to verify that they are adhering to our Sourcing Guiding Principles criteria.
When doTERRA looks for sourcing partnerships, we deliberately choose locations where we can improve the individual, social, economic, and environmental well-being, while producing the highest quality essential oils.
As many of our essential oils grow best in developing countries, doTERRA is in a unique position to build and support ethical supply chains that benefit rural communities in need.
Oftentimes, experienced essential oil farmers, harvesters, growers, and distillers in underdeveloped areas are paid unfairly or taken advantage of, limiting their ability to escape poverty. Co-Impact Sourcing provides the tools needed to help lift these families and communities out of poverty and promote economic development. doTERRA adheres to additional Sourcing Guiding Principles when working in developing nations.
doTERRA sources Wintergreen essential oil from the remotest regions of the Himalayan foothills of Nepal where growing conditions are optimal.
doTERRA is committed to ensuring sustainable harvesting practices are used, and in communities where wintergreen is wild-harvested, our partners have formed Forest Community User Groups to collectively own and oversee forest areas.
Harvesting Spikenard can be extremely labor intensive and difficult as the harvesters must climb the hills of the Himalayas to reach the best Spikenard.
The harvesters will only take part of the plant, and then must re-plant its remains in order to sustain the growth of Spikenard in this Northeast Region of Nepal. This initiative is expanding our impact in Nepal.
One of the biggest struggles ylang ylang growers and harvesters face is receiving fair treatment, particularly when dealing with middlemen.
Through the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing partnership with distillers and harvesters on the island of Nosy Be, those who are working to produce Ylang ylang essential oil can receive proper compensation for their efforts.
doTERRA launched a Co-Impact Sourcing Initiative in the Haitian commune of Les Cayes. This Co-Impact Sourcing Initiative aims to solve the issue of disorganization among farmers, by forming cooperatives.
Petitgrain oil has been a part of the Paraguayan heritage for centuries due to the abundance of rain and land to grow it on.
Previously, there was a low demand for Petitgrain, but doTERRA’s interest in it has sparked an interest amongst farmers and re-ignited their desire to get involved in the Petitgrain industry again.
Most of the world’s supply of cardamom is grown for the spice market, with only one percent of cardamom distilled for its essential oil.
The market is so unstable and saturated with middlemen that farmers have a hard time making enough money to be able to sustain quality cardamom production.