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, dōTERRA is uncompromisingly selective.
In order to work with committed partners and to ensure the best growing conditions, dōTERRA 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, dōTERRA truly offers Earth’s best gifts.
The wintergreen plant requires highly specific soil conditions, a cool, elevated climate, and abundant shade.
Nepal and China are the only regions where wintergreen plants can be harvested in the wild. In order to produce genuine wintergreen essential oil, doTERRA sources the essential oil directly from producers in Nepal where the highest quality wintergreen thrives.
Bergamot, a unique citrus fruit, grows best in acidic soil and humid, ocean air.
Accordingly, doTERRA sources Bergamot essential oil from Reggio di Calabria, Italy, where bergamot trees flourish. The result is essential oil unmatched in quality.
While the temptation for a company as large as dōTERRA may be to buy large plots of land and mass produce oils, dōTERRA places great value on the expert knowledge of local farmers—many of whom have nurtured essential oil plants for generations. dōTERRA recruits their expertise into a Global Botanical Network and, in so doing, responsibly supports thousands of jobs around the world.
Through dōTERRA’s Global Botanical Network of farmers and essential oil producers, dōTERRA has leveraged the experience of skilled partners around the world to create the optimal supply chain for production, distillation, and distribution, enabling dōTERRA 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 dōTERRA 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, dōTERRA 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. dōTERRA adheres to additional Sourcing Guiding Principles when working in developing nations.
dōTERRA sources Wintergreen essential oil from the remotest regions of the Himalayan foothills of Nepal where growing conditions are optimal.
dōTERRA 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 dōTERRA 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.
dōTERRA 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 dōTERRA’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.