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Intro to Essential Oil Chemistry: Part 1

doTERRA has billiantly organized the essential oils into a visual they call the “Essential Oil Chemistry Wheel”

You can see it here.

The first wheel gives information on oils high in monoterpenes (oils that have a 10-carbon backbone). One side of the monoterpene wheel describes oils with lifting properties, and the other side presents oils with leveling properties.

The second wheel contains information about oils high in sesquiterpenes (oils that have a 15-carbon backbone) on one side, with a legend on the opposite side.

In each of the chemistry wheels, the oils are further organized by functional group, with the top one or two chemical constituents listed under each oil. There will be more info on the different chemical constituents as we learn together.

That’s it! You learned a thing today! Hooray!