Young Living’s goal has always been to share the health benefits of true essential oils with the world. This goal involves knowing which essential oils are truly therapeutic-grade and which are inferior. In fact, when Young Living inspects potential oils from partner distilleries, more than 70 percent fail to meet our stringent standard for potency. In other words, without the exact blend of naturally-occuring plant chemicals – the Young Living Therapeutic Grade standard – an essential oil can lose much of its therapeutic properties and fail to produce the desired effect.
1. Every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired therapeutic effect.
2. Young Living is able to make this assertion because our strict cultivation process – illustrated by the Four Ps – guarantees the optimal potency of every Young Living essential oil.
The key to producing true Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) essential oils begins with each plant. An oil’s potency can be affected not only by selecting the proper plant to cultivate, but also where the plant is grown, the quality of soil in which the seed is planted, and even the time of day it’s harvested.
Young Living has extensive experience selecting the correct species of plant for desired oil potency, planting under optimal conditions, using ideal soil and natural methods to encourage growth, and knowing the precise time to harvest each crop. We select only those plants that produce the most active and widest array of constituents. Only plants that meet our standard are used, otherwise no amount of preparation can extract YLTG oils. Young Living will continue to perfect growing and harvesting techniques using our network of farms in Idaho, Utah, France, and Ecuador.
Once the optimal soil, plant, cultivation, and harvesting conditions have been adhered to, the plants must be distilled properly in order to meet YLTG standards. Young Living uses a gentle, proprietary technique for steam-extracting the most potent essential oils, which remains unmatched by anyone in the industry.
To meet YLTG distillation standards, proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size strictly monitored.
YLTG essential oils never have alcohol, solvents, or other chemicals added during the distillation process. And while the common technique of cutting oils may increase yield and decrease cost, it also compromises oil quality – thus cut oils no longer meet YLTG purity standards.
YLTG standards prohibit the acceptance of any diluted, cut, or adulterated oils. Every oil Young Living produces meets strict purity standards.
Every batch of essential oils is subjected to rigorous, state-of-the-art analysis at the Young Living chemistry lab. Using some of the most advanced equipment in the world, our scientists subject every batch of essential oils to gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer testing, and heavy metals analysis. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible adulteration or tampering are rejected.
In order to continuously assess our oil testing procedures, Young Living regularly sends oil samples to independent labs for analysis. The findings of these trusted laboratories, coupled with years of experience analyzing essential oils, are what enable us to properly calibrate our testing equipment and effectively analyze the results.
Potency means that the naturally occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are the highest and most consistent bioactive levels.
Ensuring that the various standards encapsulated in the Plants, Preparation, Purity, and Potency approach is the essence of the YLTG standard. Without strict adherence to the YLTG standard in the first three areas, the final product would not have the necessary potency to create the desired therapeutic effect.
In the end, what truly sets Young Living apart is our adherence to the YLTG standard. Through every step of the way, the Four Ps ensure that Young Living products are truly therapeutic-grade from start to finish.
Copaiba is a plant indigenous to South America, where it’s historically been used to provide relief from joint and stomach discomforts.
Because of the rich history surrounding copaiba (or “copal”), Young Living is working to reintroduce this plant back to the western world. Young Living gas chromatograph testing lends support to the historical claims, with copaiba showing one of the highest levels of the therapeutic agent beta chariopholene, as well as high levels of gamma elamine and alpha humaline (shown to support DNA health).
Frankincense is a popular essential oil used widely for its support of circulatory and respiratory systems. It’s also thought to assist the body in healing wounds, sores, and ulcers.
Some frankincense distillers have been known to extend their supplies of frankincense by blending it with oils and synthetic chemicals. The YLTG standard ensures that only unadultrerated frankincense ends up in Young Living Products.
Clove: A quick comparison of pure and cut clove oils will highlight the difference in diluted clove oil, and the consequences of adulteration in the diminished therapeutic compounds.
Distilling the stem and leaf will result in the same clove smell, but only by distilling the flower will the highest amount of the therapeutic compound eugenol (an antiseptic and anesthetic) be extracted.
The YLTG standard means that distillation of the flower is the only acceptable means of producing clove essential oil.
Reprinted with permission of Young Living, Lehi, UT 84043 USA