What is “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade?”

If you’re like me, you like the facts. No pie-in-the-sky, hope-and-a-prayer, wish-on-a-star malarkey. Just the facts. No friend of a friend who swears to be true. The facts. Well, wish granted.

FACT #1: dōTERRA is a Science Company

Yes, dōTERRA is the largest essential oil company in the world. And yes, dōTERRA produces the world’s purest and safest essential oils. However, beyond that, dōTERRA is a science company- specializing in the chemistry science of producing Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils. Why does this matter?!

(For later: If you want some *serious* science-based reading, get your glasses on and read THIS)

cptg1Essential oils are not well regulated in the market. In fact, based on chemistry analysis of the top 5 largest EO companies alone, essential oils you’ll find anywhere else are spiked, adulterated or chemically altered to mimic the purity only dōTERRA has. And yet, almost all of them tout themselves as “pure” – and people believe it. #sadface

What makes this important is that essential oils are very effective, in general- for better or for worse. They WILL affect your body, mind and emotions, your cells, your brain, your skin… But what you’re putting on and in your body, if it’s not truly pure, and proven to be so, can harm or even kill you. (!!) Oh yes. It happens.

Check out dōTERRA’s Oil Properties Wheel for more chemistry on how oils affect your body:


FACT #2: CPTG® set the standard no one else has met

The term “CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®” sounds technical, official, and impressive; and it is. Without an accepted standard for essential oil quality anywhere in the market, dōTERRA created its own standard- the most stringent in the industry, to certify that there are no added fillers, no synthetic ingredients, and no contaminants in their essential oils that would reduce their efficacy.

dōTERRA is very, very transparent about their methods, chemistry and research, which I LOVE, and you will too. It’s all available for you to study up on.

cptg5With no official controlling entity, dōTERRA has confirmed its dedication to honesty by developing an industry-first testing protocol which verifies that each bottle’s contents actually match the purity and quality claims made on the label. With dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils, you can be certain that every product is safe and effective, and will be for the entirety of its shelf-life.

dōTERRA even goes a step further- putting all their products and the packaging through a battery of tests to ensure a long and effective shelf-life. Utilizing its own facilities, as well as trusted third-party labs, each batch of dōTERRA essential oils goes through the extensive three-step CPTG process before it is made available for sale to ensure that the product you receive is of the highest quality, every time.


The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality protocol includes the following tests:

  • Organoleptic testing
  • Microbial testing
  • Gas chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Chirality testing
  • Isotopic analysis
  • Heavy metal testing

(You can read the full breakdown and explanations of these tests, HERE)

Watch this video for more information:

FACT #3: dōTERRA can be the only right choice

Let’s talk genesis- the plants that make your essential oils come from somewhere. They are planted as seeds, in soil, and they grow in the sunshine and breath in the air of their environment. Stop right there.

While some other companies have their own farms (Note: MOST do NOT have their own and have NO actual control over anything they produce), what they will not tell you is this: Their plants start life at a deficit. For example, here in Utah, where another well-known essential oil company grows their Lavender plants, we have the the third worst air quality in the entire United States. (Don’t believe me? Just ask the American Lung Association) So, there is no distillation process in the world that will change the crappy DNA of the plants that make your essential oils.


Additionally, the chemical analysis of the therapeutic properties that all plants produce shows this: A plant naturally produces a significantly higher level of its therapeutic properties when grown in its original, indigenous environment.

doTERRA has farms all around the world, for this very reason with trained personnel, following doTERRA’s protocols. Plants are kept in their natural environment and therefore produce a higher concentration of therapeutic properties- making them immediately superior to anything 1) transplanted and 2) grown in a filthy environment. Ew. Just ew.


FACT #4: CPTG® is BETTER than “Organic”

Many essential oil companies tout their oils as “Organic” and, indeed, this is an FDA-defined designation. However, please note this, forever and understand it, for everything you buy and put on your body or into your moutorganic.jpgh: “Organic” does NOT mean ‘pure’ – it doesn’t. NOPE. Does NOT.

Because doTERRA is committed to keeping their plants in the indigenous environment from which they came, they have deliberately bypassed the “Organic” designation because that term means very different things in each country.

dōTERRA’s essential oils are BEYOND organic- and that means your essential oils are truly pure, verified as pure, tested for purity every step of the way and safe- THIS is EXACTLY why you CAN ingest dōTERRA’s essential oils and you *cannot* ingest oils from anyone else.

organic2If fact, do the “Ingestion Test”– If you don’t currently use dōTERRA’s essential oils, check the label on your oils. If it says “not for internal use”- THEY ARE NOT PURE. It doesn’t matter what the label says – they’re lying, and they’re allowed to lie, by law because “purity” is a vaguely-defined perimeter. They can tell you it’s pure AND tell you not to ingest it (because it’s NOT actually pure) and now their butts are covered by in law in case you are gravely injured or you die. Yep.

Only dōTERRA’s are safe to take internally. That’s IT, friends. If you’re going to take your life into your hands, go sky diving. Don’t go out in a blaze of glory from a reaction to your “pure”, “organic” essential oils….geez.

Internal use of essential oils, when used properly (you really need to get educated, or you will hurt yourself or someone you love) – are POWERFUL, and AMAZING. They are LIFE-CHANGING.

If someone tells you not to ingest your oils, toss those ticking time bombs and get doTERRA’s. 

(Also read this: Essential Oils: Pricey or Priceless?)

Be blessed, friends!

#familyfreedom   #livewellness


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