Young Living Therapeutic Grade

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-occurring 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 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. 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 Young Living’s high 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 Young Living’s distillation standards, proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size strictly monitored.
Young Living’s therapeutic-grade 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 do not meet Young Living’s purity standards.


Young Living’s therapeutic-grade 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 Young Living therapeutic-grade standard. Without strict adherence to high quality standards 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 our own therapeutic-grade standards. Through every step of the way, the Four P’s ensure that Young Living products are truly therapeutic-grade from start to finish.


About Melissa Boice

My name is Melissa Boice. My mother introduced me to therapeutic-grade essential oils 18 years ago. I am so glad she did! Joy and Forgiveness immediately helped me cope with the emotional roller coaster I was living on. After experiencing the power of the oils, I was hooked! Now, I have a successful business as I share what I have learned over the years. Young Living has truly brought Joy and Abundance to my life.
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