Organic Living In A Modern World


What is the definition of Organic Living? I thought I was somewhat organic, but truly how organic are you? I found out I was not as organic as I thought I was.

There are some different definitions of “Organic.” The definition we are most familiar with refers to our food.

Young redhead girl sniffing flowers in a field

Organic: of or relating to food grown or raised without synthetic fertilizations, pesticides or hormones; organic eggs, organic vegetables, organic chicken or beef, etc.

However, there is another definition that is more all encompassing.

Organic: simple, healthful and close to nature, as in an “organic lifestyle.”

I like that definition—close to nature, simple, and healthy.

What are we paying for when we pay premium prices for “Organic?”

It is actually impossible to calculate and guarantee that anything in the market is truly “Organic.”

Organic foods are foods produced by organic farming. While the standards will different worldwide, organic farming basically features cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that support cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conservation. Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed, although certain organically approved pesticides may be used under limited conditions. In general, organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.


  • Includes not having chemicals fertilizers and pesticides dumped into our ground water and using supply.
  • Includes actually and possibly getting nutrients from our food.
  • Includes the chances that our kids will have less health issues.
  • Includes less likelihood of joining the 50% or more of Americans on one kind of drug (er…medication) or another.


I am willing to pay a few dollars or more for that kind of organic living. Aren’t you?

Do you know that only 1 percent of our population grows their own vegetables? I was raised on “Organic” home grown vegetables, potatoes, chickens, beef and all sorts of fruits and vegetables preserved by my mom. I learned and LOVE to garden from my parents and I strive to create sustainability. That only one percent of our society does vegetable gardening is a sad statement.

How many of us are “talking the talk” but not really “walking the walk”?

Now those of us who are so passionate about ALL things being “Natural”, whether the food we consume, the products we put on our bodies, or the air that we breathe, should probably think about what we mean by “natural”. This is important since the technological processes interacts with almost every avenue of nature.

Tomatoes, green beans and other vegetables at a farmer's market
Rustic backyard garden full of vegetables

As in every part of society there are deceivers and frauds, and we certainly have them in abundance in our “Organic” awakening to our own environmental destruction. If something is labeled “Organic” or “Natural” or other such words, it is not a guarantee that it is either “Organic” or “Natural.” It means the supplier wants you to believe that it really is. If it does not actually say “Certified Organic” or “USDA Organic”, which comes from the US Dept. of Agricultural, it is almost certain that it is neither organic nor natural. You will find labels that say organic or natural but if you don’t see the “Certified” label, it really is not.

Forty years ago when I was being raised, we were known as the “natural” “kooky” family even in our somewhat rural area. Lately it has gotten to be the “thing” to do, even in our “old” stomping grounds. Now so many are envious of our homemade “organic” salsa, tomatoes and pickles and even want to know how and what they can do to get their own.

What an amazing improvement we would make if we grew 50 percent of our own food in our society. It would have a huge impact on the environment and our naturally health.

Rows of lavender in a field with an iconic European stone building in the background


dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils actually exceed industry standards. Organic Certifications really also does vary from country to country. There is no government or industrial regulation mandated on essential oils and what is actually in them. A company and their bottle could say “100% Pure Essential oils” or “Certified Pure” and as long as 10% of what is claimed to be on the bottle is in that bottle, then the rest could be whatever. Most of the time the fillers are other oils, carrier oils and even synthetic products. It is not currently possible to acquire all oils under a “certified organic” status. Luckily, through the GC/MS testing analysis process that dōTERRA requires for all batches of oils, they are able to determine if there is any pesticides, extenders, chemical residue, herbicides, and if any solvents exists in their essential oils.

With this rigorous analysis process, dōTERRA is able to ensure and guarantee that all essential oils offered by the company itself with that CPTG stamp on the side of the bottle are absolutely the purest and most “Natural” and a step above other “Organic” essential oils sold on the market today.

Dr David K, Hill, chief medical officer and owner of dōTERRA said this:

CPTG essential oils mean something very different. It means we protect the chemical compound of the plant just as it was produced from the earth. We don’t need to improve upon that. If we have the care, the scientific knowledge, the commitment and the integrity, we can preserve that.