About Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used throughout history across all civilisations and cultures to heal our bodies, flavour our food and lift our emotional and spiritual states.

Essential oils are literally the immune system of the plant; they are the plant’s natural defence from disease, predators and weather. When we humans use essential oils, we are using the plant’s defence system to our benefit.

The oils primarily originate from herbs, flowers and trees and are found in the leaves, bark, resin, roots, flower petals and rind of the plant.

Most oils are extracted from the plant via the method of steam distillation, although cold compression is used for citrus oils.

The oils used and recommended by Shizen Yoga are DōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils. DōTERRA means ‘Gift of the Earth’ and Shizen Yoga believes that these oils are the safest, purest essential oils available in the world today. DōTERRA essential oils are pure aromatic extracts, contain no artificial ingredients and every litre of oil is third party tested to be free of contaminants, such as pesticides or other chemical residues. Their purity goes beyond organic.

DōTERRA oils may be used aromatically, topically or internally*. The reason we can take certain oils internally is related to how pure these oils are (Shizen Yoga does not recommend the internal consumption of any other brand of oils- only DōTERRA).

There is an abundance of scientifically validated resources available if you are seeking more information on these incredible oils. Please visit the Resources section.

*NB: Not all oils are safe for internal use- always read the bottle first. Also take special care with children or if pregnant/breastfeeding.