“Why Don’t You Just Distill Your Own?” Essential Oils and Permaculture

Some things you ought to know about us: We’re avid gardeners and DIY enthusiasts. I pride myself on my wardrobe being almost entirely second-hand. My husband is permaculture-certified, and I’m trained as a Texas Master Naturalist. Despite being hopeless foodies, we’re not big on consumer culture!

That said, a question I get asked a lot is,

“Why don’t you just distill your own essential oils? You grow many of the plants already. Why buy essential oils from a flashy MLM company like dōTERRA?”

I think people must assume that because we are into DIY, sustainability, and lowering our consumer impact, that buying lovely little bottles from dōTERRA doesn’t fit in with our values. Continue reading

Essential Oil Ethics: Are they Sustainable?

Is it Irresponsible to use Essential Oils?? Hardly. 

Occasionally I’ll hear someone on a rant about how ALL corporations are evil – and ANY essential oils being marketed today are unethical to purchase and use.

They say that essential oil production is exploitative – little more than greenwashed consumerism! Continue reading