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Ocotea Essential Oil (Ocotea quixos)


Ocotea essential oil is an exquisite oil that is distilled from a tree in Ecuador is revealing remarkable and intriguing therapeutic properties. It has the highest level of alpha-humulene of any Young Living essential oils, which is a compound that helps aid the body's natural response to irritation and injury.

Both ocotea and dorodo azul are oils from the Amazon basin that share many phytochemical properties and functions that have made their relatives some of the most widely used and valued oils throughout the world. However, very little was known about how the specific qualities of these Ecuador species in comparison until Young Living’s founder, Gary Young, took an interest.

What impressed Gary the most outside of the initial phytochemical analysis of these species was when he and others started to apply the oils. The words that were heard again and again were “balanced chemistry” and “balanced physical and emotional response.” Today, knowledgeable and experienced essential oils practitioners continue to report improved therapeutic results with ocotea essential oil and dorado azul.

One of the most remarkable findings for ocotea so far has been its ability to help maintain healthy blood-sugar levels, providing support for those with diabetes. I've even heard that many using ocotea with NingXia Red (another excellent aid for those with diabetes) has been able to reduce and/or eliminate their need for insulin all together. I started adding ocotea to my water or NingXia Red shot whenever I was going to eat food with a high glycemic index level and was quite impressed how balanced my body felt. It has a distinctive flavor, but I actually like it and can apply it directly to my tongue.

Thousands of people are reporting that ocotea is invaluable as a weight management tool saying that because it its blood-sugar balancing effect it is helping to curb their appetite and prevent binging.

Therapeutic grade ocotea essential oil is from the lauraceae (laurel) family, its scientific name is Ocotea quixos and is steam distilled from the leaves. It has its plan origin in Ecuador, Central and South America.

Key Constituents

The following key constituents are present in therapeutic grade ocotea essential oil:

Alpha-Humulene (17-22%)
Beta-Caryophyllene (6-33%)
Cinnamyl Acetate (≤ 24.4%)
Methyl Cinnamate (2-26%)
Trans-Cinnamaldehyde (≤ 7.9)

Therapeutic Properties


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Body Systems

Although ocotea oil can positively affect many areas of the body, its primary affect is on the following:

  • Cardio system
  • Emotional balance
  • Skin/Hair


Ocotea essential oil can be used in many ways and to aid with many health conditions such as:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Balances the body's internal response to irritation
  • Cleaning and purifying properties
  • Cooking
  • Diabeties - lowers insulin needs, reduces blood sugar fluctuations
  • Digestive support
  • Disinfectant
  • Flavor your water
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Ringworm
  • Weight management

How to Use

It is recommended to dilute 1 part essential oil with 2 parts vegetable oil and then:

  • Apply 1-2 drops on location, abdomen or temples
  • Apply to chakras/Vita Flex points
  • Directly inhale
  • Diffuse
  • Take as a dietary supplement or as directed by health professional

Aromatherapy Benefits

The distinct and complex aroma of ocotea may actually increase feelings of fullness. Although it is related to the cinnamon species, its aroma and flavor is quite different.

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