Gary Young


Authentic Essential Oils

One thing that has changed my life for the BETTER is using authentic essential oils.

Many companies market their essential oils as pure or premium quality, but the reality is they do not have a clue what quality their oils are or the conditions the plant material was grown in and distilled under. It is rare occasion when representatives of an oil company actually travel to where the oil is actually being distilled.

Oil brokers have gone so far as to inquire about the specific levels of oil constituents Young Living standards require. They are willing to supply oils with whatever levels of the constituents Young Living wants.  Hmm. Seems like they are mixing up a batch of perfume in a lab, doesn’t it?  When Young Living purchases essential oils from outside sources, they make sure the plants were grown in optimal conditions, distilled to Young Living’s high standards, and then held in quarantine until it is thoroughly tested to ensure its auhentic quality.

From Seed to Seal, Young Living is directly involved with the whole process of creating essential oils. From choosing healthy seedlings and using organic growing practices, to harvesting at just the right time and distilling at the optimum temperatures, Young Living knows what they are doing when it comes to producing authentic essential oils.

As with any successful company, Young Living’s 20 year success story is founded on unswerving commitment to providing the highest grade essential oils on the market today.


You Get What You Pay For

Earlier this week, I went out in search of black mulch for my landscaping.  What should I get??  BAGS  or a truckload of BULK mulch?

Of course I figured everything out every which way, as I like to do.  I was leaning toward purchasing in bulk because that figured out to be a little more cost efficient, albeit MESSY.  Anyway, I went to the local mulch vendor and lo and behold…..

BLACK MULCH FOR 99 cents a bag!  That was WAY cheaper than buying it in bulk!  WooHoo! The sales lady said the mulch was wet and heavy, so they wanted to get rid of it.

“Hmm…I am no weakling!  I can lift the bag…NO PROBLEM.”  I said to myself.  So I purchased 20 bags and went home, happy as a clam. (I am not quite sure what that means…maybe clams are happy before they get steamed?)

I didn’t have time on Tuesday to do the mulch, so I got everything ready to get up bright and early Wednesday morning to spread that mulch.

Sometime in the middle of the night, in my half-asleep ruminations, it hit me:  WET and HEAVY in PLASTIC bags = MOLD!

And that’s exactly how it was. Each and every bag of my 99 cent Absolute Black Mulch was laced with white mold.  Lovely.

Since for me, half the project was getting the mulch and unloading it, I did go ahead and spread the mulch.  I wasn’t about to load up the 20 bags and take it back!

Overall, my front landscaping looks good and the white moldy mulch is overshadowed by the absolute black mulch.

It might be a good idea to pour some undiluted Thieves Household Cleaner in one of those MiracleGro spray feeders and water my landscaping. It certainly wouldn’t hurt!

OKAY, Here’s what I was thinking about when I was spreading that moldy mulch:

Sometimes my friends and potential customers will check out the prices of Young Living’s authentic essential oils and then compare them with those of other companies.  Some of those companies even compare themselves to Young Living and have names of oil blends that they have obviously copied from Young Living.  Often the price is less, so it is seemingly a good deal.

Others run to Ebay and see what kind of deals they can find there.  Usually the oils are from kits that are purchased by the seller and then broken apart so the buyer is getting a 5 ml bottle for a bit cheaper that Young Living’s 15 ml bottle.  Tricky but true.  News Flash:  The reason they are selling on Ebay is to make money!

Well, folks, cheaper prices mean cheaper products. If you don’t mind not knowing what you are getting, go for the lowest price.

Here’s what I know about Young Living:

Young Living carefully grows and cultivates their crops to ensure we have the highest quality plants to distill.  The plants are harvested at just the right time of day and distilled at exactly the right temperature, pressure and length of time to produce the optimal levels of beneficial essential oil constituents.

Did you know that an organically grown crop distilled at the wrong temperature is has NO health supportive value?  But a company can still sell it as “organic” and may even pass it off as premium quality to an unsuspecting consumer.   Each and every batch of essential oil Young Living produces is carefully tested to verify their authenticity and purity.

The same goes for the oils that Young Living purchases from contracted vendors.  Young Living representatives, sometimes Gary Young himself, goes to the location of the farm and distillery to inspect the growing conditions, practices, collect samples, etc.  The oils we receive from vendors are tested for quality and authenticity.

At Young Living, each essential oil must pass extensive testing to ensure an optimal  bioactive profile.  Young Living uses its own internal labs, as well as third-party testing, to validate the purity and potency of essential oils.

All of these things take money.  Just like it takes money to produce, bag, transport, and sell QUALITY black mulch, it takes money to ensure quality essential oils.

In the big scheme, I don’t really care if my mulch has little white specks through it, as long as I stay healthy and my plants don’t die.  Was it the quality I thought I was going to get?  Nope.  Did I get what I paid for?  Absolutely.


Distilling Quality Essential Oils

A few years ago, I had the great privilege to go to Young Living’s farm in St. Marie’s, Idaho.  Wow!  It was amazing!  The farm is in the middle of nowhere and is surrounded by an evergreen forest.  That serene energy is captured in the plants that are carefully grown and cultivated there.

Walking through rolling fields of lavender with Gary Young, he filled us in on the great amount of care and work that goes into cultivating and distilling authentic lavender oil.   From growing and nurturing tiny lavender angustifolia seedlings, planting using organic methods and picking at just the right time of day when the desired constituents are highest, every consideration revolves around cultivating plants that will produce superior quality essential oils.

One of the interesting points I learned that day was that in order to preserve the beneficial compounds found in lavender, the plants must be distilled for about one hour and 30 minutes under low heat and low pressure.   Most lavender (non Young Living) is distilled for only 15 minutes!   Three-quarters of the volume is extracted during the first quarter of the distillation process. Many producers end the process there because the increased time does not significantly increase the volume.  Of course, if maximum volume/maximum profit is the goal, distilling for 15 minutes makes sense.  Fortunately, quality essential oils have always been Young Living’s first priority.

Much time, energy and financial resources go into producing quality essential oils.  It often requires several hundred or even thousands of pounds of raw plant material to produce a single pound of essential oil.  For example, 250 pounds of lavender will produce approximately 1 pound (16 ounces) of pure oil.  It takes three tons of melissa to produce 16 ounces of essential oil.  It takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce 1 pound of rose oil.  No wonder quality oils are relatively costly!

Understanding the work and skill that goes into producing authentic essential oils helps us understand why they cost more than most essential oils commonly found in health food stores.   The good thing is, you get what you pay for!


Young Living Quality

Over the past 20 years, Young Living has established itself as a solid company with a reputation for providing exceptional quality essential oils. To ensure that Young Living is able to control every step of the Seed to Seal process, we own eight farms on four continents.

steaming distiller

Young Living also purchases from trusted co-op farms and distilleries throughout the world.  Gary Young and a team trained by him go to our vendors to make sure that every step of the process, from growing, harvesting, distilling, meets Young Living’s rigorous standards.

Companies who want to sell their oils to Young Living are often surprised when our representatives show up because other companies take the vendor’s word for it instead of personally inspecting their operation.

When oil arrives at Young Living, from either a vendor or that we have distilled, it is quarantined until it is analyzed on a piece of high tech equipment called a GC (gas chromatography) that analyzes the levels of chemical constituents in the oils to make sure that they have the proper levels of the desired compounds and to make sure the oil has not been altered in any way.

Young Living rejects around 75% of the oils offered to them by vendors. In fact, sometimes we will do without an essential oil for years if Gary and his team can not acquire the quality that his standards demand.  That’s why Young Living has not carried birch essential oil for years and helichrysum was not available for a period of time.

That integrity is one of the many things about Gary Young that impresses me.   Gary Young will not allow Young Living’s reputation to be sullied with inferior essential oils.  He realizes there is more at stake than the bottom line.   We depend on our precious oils to do what they are supposed to do. And they do their job quite well!