My goodness the internet is a playground, and like any playground there are bullies. Many times when people gain success and popularity, they become visible to those who are bent to seek to destroy.
The leader of Young Living, Gary Young has not escaped this online trend. We live also in a world of wonderful discerning people who will try to learn more about the company and the products who will Google and run into all sorts of not-so-nice stuff being said about Young Living. Since we will all run into this at some point, here are some answers to the inevitable questions:
Click here to read an 18 page official response to Quackwatch.
Most all of the unkind and untrue things you see written about Gary Young personally were sourced from Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch, so even if the article isn’t a Quackwatch article, this is likely where they are basing their information on a bunk source.
Following is the end result wherein Stephen Barrett was court ordered to remove his slanderous attack. Gary Young was not the first person in the lime light to be attack by Barrett, not the first to win in court against him-(to date, all have won against him) and the question I wonder about it how does Barrett, a retired psychiatrist, afford these ongoing court battles? He has never once commented against the inefficacy of the pharmaceuticals even once they are removed from circulation after causing harm, yet with a vengeance he goes after all sorts of complementary and alternative practitioners.
As posted by James Neiderland on FB April 25, 2014:
This in from Terry Tillaart ~ What a victory for essential oils!!!
“Quackwatch, is a pharma funded slander site run by Stephen Barrett. This is public knowledge and he lost yet another case! All slander about Gary Young which has been proven false must now be removed due to a victory in court.
For those unaware here are a few facts about Quackwatch‘s Barrett:
It is common knowledge that Stephen Barrett has been Officially Declared by the US Court System, in a PUBLISHED Appeals Court Decision (NCAHF v King Bio), to be “Biased, and unworthy of credibility.”
Barrett, we know, along with his website, was named, among other things, in a racketeering (RICO) case in Federal Court in Colorado.
He’s also being sued for his nefarious activities in Ontario, Canada.
Barrett, in the Canadian case, has formally admitted, according to Canadian law, to a number of situations put to him by the Plaintiff, including:
“The sole purpose of the activities of Barrett & Baratz are to discredit and cause damage and harm to health care practitioners, businesses that make alternative health therapies or products available, and advocates of non-allopathic therapies and health freedom.”
His track record in court slandering credible health professionals was 0/40 and that number has risen and continues to rise.
To all those who leaned on this site as credibility for their case that natural medicine is bogus here’s a toast to a big slice of humble pie.
We know that Pharma never runs out of propaganda to hide the truth and confuse the public but they lost 1 major strategy here as this entire scam is just about up! I am excited to see the slander removed on all of the health professionals out there doing good work.
More from James in a post Sept 12, 2014:
But . . . we also must be careful about spreading rumors . . . when I hear something from a sister of a close friend about a letter received 20 years ago . . . well, that is quite a few steps removed from the source . . .
Gary Young transformed and is transforming the comfortable, complacent, aromatherapy and natural medicine industry in the United States and worldwide. When one does that, one is bound to upset folks and, in so doing, make enemies along the way. I know from personal experience that the more visible one becomes, the more in the way of personal attacks one attracts. A great teacher of mine told us that, and would always remind us to go by our own experience . . . so, ask yourself, what is my experience of Young Living’s oils and products? What is my experience of Gary Young? What is my experience of the company, Young Living Essential Oils?
Always go back to . . . what is my experience? What is my inner voice telling me? If I listened to all the nay sayers, including my family, when I began with Young Living, we would likely be in poor health and would likely have had to move (I wouldn’t have been able to afford living in the house I live in on the Social Worker’s salary I was making at the time). I’m resoundingly glad I listened and acted on what my inner voice was telling me, just as I am resoundingly glad that Gary Young listens and acts on his inner vision . . .
False Claims about YL Oils… a scientific explanation
April 29, 2016
Dear Young Living Members:
I want to take a moment to update you on our latest findings regarding Young Living’s Cinnamon Bark Oil.
On April 7, 2016, we issued a synopsis of our Cinnamon Bark Oil analytical testing. In that synopsis, I pointed out the fact that our highly trained team of analytical chemists found no evidence of synthetic adulteration in our product. These findings were corroborated by two highly respected independent laboratories. We stand by those findings.
Since I issued that report, our team has continued to look into this matter. In addition to continuing to analyze our oils, we have held meetings with some of the world’s leading experts on Carbon-14 analysis. These are the same experts who used this technology to identify the “shoe bomber” and identify the suspect behind the 2001 Anthrax scare. We’ve also secured samples of the raw cinnamon bark, distilled it in our own lab, and analyzed the oil so that we could compare the results to those of the cinnamon bark oil that is available to our members. We now have even more data to support our conclusions.
We promised to review an item from the ChemTech-Ford report, which identified a chromatographic peak as 1,2,4,5-tetramethylbenzene (commonly called Durene). We have now been able to confirm that this peak is actually a cymene isomer, which is a common component of cinnamon bark, as well as other essential oils. Compounds such as this can be misidentified depending upon the library used.
Laboratories have “libraries” of data stored within their chromatographic computer systems. These libraries are often purchased from the instrument manufacturers and are then supplemented with data generated over years of testing in the particular lab. When a lab is relatively new, the library tends to contain only those compounds loaded by the manufacturer. Also, different libraries can be purchased or built up based upon the type of analyses the lab typically performs; so if a lab performs petrochemical analyses, the library will be loaded with lots of petrochemicals, and if a lab does environmental analyses, the library will be loaded with lots of chemicals that are significant for environmental testing.
When a GCMS test is run, the computer will analyze the output and attempt to match it with whatever is contained in the library. Thus, it is very important to use the appropriate libraries when interpreting data. It is even more important to have scientists with the training and experience to correctly interpret the data.
Because Young Living is one of the oldest and most experienced essential oil companies, we have the most extensive essential oil library, and this is of tremendous advantage in accurately identifying components of essential oils.
I would also like to address a report that was posted on Facebook regarding a Carbon-14 analysis of Young Living’s Cinnamon Bark Oil.
Carbon-14 testing, or radiocarbon testing, relies upon the fact that plants take in Carbon-14 from the atmosphere. As soon as a plant dies, it no longer takes in Carbon-14, so its Carbon-14 levels are “locked” at the time the tissue dies. The age of the tissue, or more appropriately it’s time of death, can be measured from Carbon-14 testing.
Modern atmospheric levels of Carbon-14 increased from 1955 to 1963 due to nuclear bomb testing. Since that time, the levels have been steadily decreasing. Modern methods of Carbon- 14 testing utilize something called the Fraction Modern Carbon reporting method. This method reports the Carbon-14 level in a sample relative to the background level pre-1960, which is set at 1.
According to recognized experts in the field, the Carbon-14 report copied on Facebook is an unconventional reporting method and is more typically used for ancient samples, such as the Shroud of Turin, not something that was harvested recently. We are working to better understand this unconventional methodology. Carbon-14 readings from old bark (or dead bark) will differ from young bark readings.
We obtained samples of the actual cinnamon bark from which oil is distilled by our partner farms. We also obtained samples from around the world for comparative purposes. We distilled these oils in our lab and performed complete analyses on each. These analyses confirmed that our Young Living specifications for Cinnamomum verum are correct.
Thus, we are confident in our ability to test these oils and in our ability to uphold the Seed to Seal promise.
Dr. Mike Buch
VP of R&D & Product Management
Here is a written update on our scientific activities surrounding Spearmint oil. The same three labs that raised the issue of adulteration on Cinnamon Bark oil have now raised accusations about Young Living’s Spearmint oil. None of these labs produced consistent results. In fact, since each report misidentified the markers for the production of carvone from limonene, their conclusions are incorrect and invalid.
Each of the reports posted on Facebook claim that “markers” were detected for the production of synthetic carvone from limonene.
Our results clearly demonstrate that there are no markers for synthetically produced carvone from limonene in the lots of Spearmint oil we tested. Additionally, Chemtech-Ford, an independent and accredited lab with over 50 years of experience in testing natural substances, analyzed the suspect lots and also found no evidence of markers associated with the synthetic process.
Let me address each lab’s data individually.
Essential Oil University
Essential Oil University states that the oil contains a “trace” amount of cyano p-menthadiene and that this compound is an indicator of synthetically produced carvone, the major constituent of Spearmint oil.
Furthermore, the report claims that cyanno p-menthadiene is an impurity from the synthetic production of carvone from natural limonene. This “conclusion” is verbatim on each of the four reports from Essential Oil University.
The synthetic route to produce carvone from limonene is known as the Reitsema Procedure and is shown here:
Figure 1: Rietsema process for producing carvone from limonene.
This procedure does not produce any compounds containing cyano groups. Furthermore, cyano p-menthadiene was not found in a thorough search of chemical libraries and the scientific literature, including the Merck Index (the definitive chemists’ encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals for more than 100 years), suggesting that this compound does not exist and has been misidentified. Also, the other two labs referenced by the Essential Oils Consumer Reports group on Facebook did not identify cyano p-menthadiene in their reports.
The reports from Laboratoire Phytochemia jump to a conclusion of adulteration based on a mass spectrum of a compound identified as a “Carvoxime analogue?” The question mark in its conclusion shows that its own analysts were unsure of the identity of the compound. This conclusion appears to have been influenced by a prior knowledge of the Reitsema Procedure because carvoxime is an intermediate compound in this process.
The conclusion showing the mass spectrum of a component claimed to be a “carvoxime analogue” from the Phytochemia report is shown below:
It would appear that Phytochemia’s library lacks a mass spectrum for carvoxime, and therefore the identification was incorrect.
Young Living’s extensive library contains the exact mass spectrum for carvoxime (and its analogues, which by definition have the same mass), as shown below:
Figure 3: Mass spectrum of carvoxime
A comparison of these two mass spectra clearly shows that the Phytochemia data do not match those of carvoxime or any analogues of carvoxime. Thus the data do not support Phytochemia’s conclusion.
Omar Odeh Test
This report is not consistent with any of the other reports, stating an elevated level of limonene that was claimed to be uncharacteristic of Spearmint. It is noteworthy that this is the only test that did not detect eucalyptol (1, 8-cineole) or β-phellandrene, both of which can co-elute (not separate in the chromatographic column) with limonene. Because these compounds were not detected separately, it is likely that these compounds co-eluted with limonene, making the limonene peak appear larger than it is.
This test also reports the presence of a compound called 5-isopropenyl-2-methyl-1-cyclopentenyl-carbonitrile and claims that this compound is a marker for synthetic carvone. This molecule is not present in the Reitsema Procedure (the synthetic process mentioned earlier), nor was it detected by any of the other labs. In fact, we have been unable to find any references in the scientific literature about this compound, and it is doubtful that this compound even exists.
This report also states that “it is rare to see nitrogen functional groups in nature.” Nitrogen fixation, or the “nitrogen cycle,” is a well-known and essential chemical process in all living organisms. Because all amino acids and all proteins contain nitrogen, this element is ubiquitous in all life forms.
This report concludes by stating that the levels of some of the components suggest that the sample is diluted. However, this is the same report that also states that the level of limonene is too high, which contradicts a dilution conclusion.
FTIR results from Young Living
I have stated repeatedly that strong scientific conclusions should be based on multiple, independent test methods. So rather than relying on just GCMS, we have also employed Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy to analyze the same Spearmint oil lots as those called out on Facebook.
FTIR is a technique that ensures specific bonds between atoms. Each bond absorbs specific wavelengths of infrared energy that results in a very precise absorbance spectrum indicative of the bonds present in a sample. Specifically, we used this method to look for the carbon-nitrogen bond found in the cyano (carbo-nitrile) bond. The cyano group was specifically mentioned in two of the three reports on Facebook as a marker for synthetic carvone. This bond was not detected using FTIR.
Figure 4: FTIR spectrum of 3 lots of Spearmint oil with a circle highlighting the region where cyano bond absorbance would be present.
In conclusion, none of the reports posted on Facebook are consistent. Each report claims that “markers” have been detected for the production of carvone from limonene. Each of these markers has been misidentified, thus rendering the conclusions drawn both incorrect and invalid.
Our results clearly demonstrate that there are no markers for synthetically produced carvone from limonene, and Chemtech-Ford also found no evidence of the markers associated with the synthetic process. Its report can be found here.
Dr. Mike Buch
VP of R&D & Product Management
Lacey Act Violation
BREAKING NEWS . . . IMPORTANT . . . so y’all are not blind sided, please read the following and watch the video . . . https://youtu.be/57DztTOeILI . . . be ahead of the curve and prepared if asked . . . a major component of success involves being proactive rather than reactive:
From the Diamond Support team:
As some of you may have heard, Young Living appeared in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City today (Sept 19, 2017) to enter our plea in a case that regarded a Lacey Act violation and a CITES violation. This closes a chapter in Young Living’s history – a chapter that has made us a better company.
Back in 2014 when our new management team became aware of a situation, we immediately conducted our own investigation with assistance from outside counsel, and voluntarily disclosed to the government in 2015 once this investigation was completed.
We determined these irregularities were a violation of the Lacey Act, which is a U.S. law that regulates the trade of certain plants and plant products. These irregularities also violated CITES, an international treaty that lists certain plants and plant products as protected.
I want to emphasize that this situation was a sourcing issue and has nothing to do with the quality of the oils. Young Living has worked with the government to help ensure that our plant products are correctly and legally sourced.
Many of you may have concerns, but I want to assure you that today was essentially the closing of a two-and-a-half-year chapter in Young Living’s history. I want you to remember:
• We found the problem.
• We fixed the problem.
• We’re better today.
We want to focus on the next chapter in our company’s history with the new Sourcing, Science and Standards pillars of the Seed to Seal program.
Our Seed to Seal program is setting the gold standard for essential oils purity and authenticity by carefully monitoring the sourcing and production of our oils. To learn more about the pillars, please go to https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/seed-to-seal.
I also want to share the company’s statement on today’s hearing, which can be found on our home page. (You can share this statement with your downlines and direct them to the Seed to Seal page on YoungLiving.com.):
“Young Living has rigorous sourcing standards to uphold as responsible stewards of the earth. However, the company didn’t live up to our standards in this instance. For that, we apologize and promise to do better. We are always in a state of continuous improvement, constantly examining and improving our processes as the company grows so we avoid future mistakes and adhere to the high standards we’ve set across the entire organization.
In late 2014, our new management team became aware of a situation that was identified by our compliance program in place at the time. We immediately conducted our own investigation with assistance from outside counsel, and voluntarily disclosed to the government in 2015 once this investigation was completed.
“As part of Young Living’s commitment to comply with applicable laws and regulations wherever it does business, the company has developed a new comprehensive Lacey Act Compliance Program to help ensure that plant products come from legal and sustainable sources. Young Living is the first and only essential oils company to have a comprehensive Lacey Act-specific compliance program that has been reviewed and accepted by the government.
Young Living understands that it has a greater responsibility to help ensure quality and continuous improvement in leading the essential oils movement. As part of this responsibility, new programs have been developed that form the foundation of our new Seed to Seal pillars – Sourcing, Science and Standards.
For more information on the new Seed to Seal pillars and our Lacey Act Compliance Program, go to https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/seed-to-seal.”
We will have more information for you on this matter, including our member communications strategy, during tomorrow’s 9:30 a.m. MDT Diamonds call.
We appreciate your support. We’ll overcome this challenge together.
New Yorker Article
Here is a link to the NYer article.
Here is Jared Turner’s response;
“As the essential oils movement grows rapidly and Young Living continues to be the world leader of this movement, media interest increases – both positively and negatively, and Young Living will from time to time be the target of that media.
The New Yorker published an article about the essential oils industry and the people who lead and participate in this movement. As the article describes, the essential oils movement has grown because it speaks to so many people’s interest in natural wellness. The attraction and uses for plant-derived essential oils is an extension of people’s interest in connecting with nature.
Young Living’s executive team worked in good faith with this reporter, but there are some key things to understand about topics raised in this story.
Purity is our top priority and Young Living won’t compromise on quality. While we have exhaustively addressed erroneous claims by known detractors about our oils, we stand behind the purity of our oils. We have a rigorous testing program with a team of more than 50 highly trained, highly skilled scientists working in two separate internal Young Living laboratories, led by Dr. Michael Buch. We vigorously test our oils from Young Living corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers. Young Living also contracts with a dozen of the world’s leading, independent and accredited labs that carefully calibrate their instruments and follow strict protocols. Each of these labs have highly skilled and trained chemical analysts who test Young Living oils.
As the leader in the growing essential oils movement, Young Living takes responsibility for leading the industry to improve sourcing, quality, testing and science. Young Living is a better company today than ever before because we took aggressive actions to help ensure product consistency and responsibility.
Being purpose-driven is part of our culture, and we are driven by a desire to inspire our employees and members around the world. No other company:
• Has a sourcing standard
• Has a comprehensive Lacey Act Compliance Program related to sourcing that’s been reviewed and accepted by the government; it will take substantial effort and resources for our competitors to develop one as strong and comprehensive as we have
• Has state of the art labs with highly trained and highly skilled scientists
• Has farms for you to visit
• Let’s you distill the oils
• Let’s you visit their labs
• Let’s you visit their distribution center
Let us also be clear that we do not make claims that are not backed up with science. We have an entire department whose job is to make sure that no one selling Young Living products makes claims that are not true. It is critical we represent our products with transparency.
Stories about Gary Young, our founder, also appear in this article. Put simply, Gary’s past is well documented. Like many visionary founders who employ non-traditional methods to found movements and companies, Gary has a never-give-up attitude that has helped build Young Living into the company it is today by:
• Following his passion to get his members the oils they need and desire
• Building an executive management team that has helped grow the company by 800 percent over the last five years, set out to lead the industry in ensuring science, quality and sourcing are world class, and runs the day-to-day operations of the company.
• Committing to philanthropy and community service, giving Young Living a higher calling
Many of these stories in the article occurred decades ago either before Young Living was founded or at a time when Young Living was a small start-up. The company has grown, thrived, and evolved since that time. Many great entrepreneurs and their ideas start out as big, bold and trail-blazing. The entrepreneurs that become successful leaders are those that recognize the importance of being standard-bearers, set a commitment to quality as they grow, and are able to evolve as their companies grow.
We also want to clear up any confusion the article may cause about our membership structure. The most common method for customers to purchase Young Living products is through a membership as a consumer, since members can purchase at wholesale-product pricing. A large percentage of Young Living’s members only buy product from Young Living as consumers and do not sell them or refer others to Young Living (i.e., “business-build”). Thus, they do not receive commissions from Young Living.
Young Living is confident in our future as the leader of the essential oils industry.”
As the leaders of the company, I’d like to challenge you to consider sharing YOUR Young Living story on social media, and encourage your teams to do the same. For example, you can share in the following ways, and encourage your downlines to do the same:
• Post a video or pictures which tell why you love being a part of Young Living.
• Share the new video, available at the top the Seed to Seal page (under the “Essential Oils” tab), which tells the evolution of Young Living and the essential oils movement from its beginnings to today.
• Post on your social media channels your experiences working with the D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation.
Thank you for your support, leadership, and belief in Young Living. Onward and upward!
Sodium Benzoate in NingXia
Dear Young Living Family:
Recently there have been a number of questions regarding the use of Sodium Benzoate as a preservative in the new NingXia Red. Many of these questions stem from past news reports regarding benzene levels in certain carbonated soft drinks. The reports say that it’s possible that when ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and sodium benzoate are in the same liquid formula that under certain circumstances benzene may form in these soft drinks. Because NingXia Red contains sodium benzoate a few people have called with questions and we at Young Living feel like this is a great opportunity to illustrate once again how healthy, clean and natural NingXia Red is. We remain supremely confident that everyone can, and should, benefit by drinking NingXia Red every day of their life.
It is important to note that benzene is derived from petroleum and cannot be obtained solely from sodium benzoate. Sodium benzoate, on the other hand, is created through the natural reaction of benzoic acid and a base material. Benzoic acid, in turn, is originally derived from the resin of the Styrax benzoin plant (also called Onycha in Young Living’s 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture Collection).
While it is true that, according to reports, under certain conditions added ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can possibly react with sodium benzoate to create benzene, it is important to note that NingXia Red does not contain additional added ascorbic acid. Thereby eliminating the concern for benzene in NingXia Red.
It is also important to note that sodium benzoate is a necessary preservation agent to ensure the safety and freshness of NingXia Red. Since NingXia Red is consumed around the world, it is vital that the product utilize a safe preservative that will ensure the highest quality product possible when it reaches its many destinations. Many countries around the world have tested and consider the preservative safe at levels up to 0.1% in juice products. However, to doubly ensure the safety and efficacy of NingXia Red, Gary Young and Young Living scientists have added significantly lower quantities of sodium benzoate to ensure the safety of the product (about half the amount deemed safe for use by most countries). This amount ensures the quality and safety of the product regardless of where it is sold throughout the world.
According to the World Health Organization’s Concise International Chemical Assessment Document (CICAD), “After oral uptake, benzoic acid and sodium benzoate are rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and metabolized in the liver by conjugation with glycine, resulting in the formation of hippuric acid, which is rapidly excreted via the urine.” Thus, sodium benzoate does not linger in the body, but is removed in the urine very quickly.
Here are the key points as they relate to NingXia Red:
- EPA sets a stringent 5ppb and the WHO (World Health Organization) sets a 10ppb limit for drinking water suppliers. These limits are set because of the large amount of water people normally consume and because the benzene does not naturally appear in drinking water high benzene levels can warn of bigger problems, like petrochemical leaks in the groundwater.
- On the other hand, world regulatory agencies can’t set benzene limits for foods and beverages, because benzene occurs at naturally natural levels in our food supply, i.e. eggs, (1000-1900 ppb) haddock fish, (200 ppb) beef (10ppb) and at even lower levels in organic fruits and vegetables.
- Even though NingXia Red is a whole fruit infusion product and is not required to meet drinking water guidelines it tests at 4 ppb. This is not only below the EPA’s and WHO’s stringent drinking water guidelines, it is at the expected natural level considering the concentration of its whole fruit ingredients.
Finally, NingXia Red combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with other high-antioxidant fruits and 100% pure essential oils in a powerful, whole-body nutrient infusion. Young Living’s Quality Labs ensures the safety and efficacy of NingXia Red so you can rest assured that you are getting the highest quality product each and every time you purchase NingXia Red.
We trust that this statement addresses any concerns you may have about the use of sodium benzoate to preserve the taste and freshness of NingXia Red. Please feel free to pass along this information to members in your organization who may have the same concern.
There are a few articles going around about the Young Living oils, and the author sites 2 oils in particular in an attempt to discredit Young Living’s purity. The oils he mentions are Birch, and Jasmine.
Birch was removed after Gary found that the source/supplier he had been using was in fact using synthetic materials, and having found no suitable unadulterated Birch oil has since removed the oils from the catalogue. This was in 2000, over a decade ago, yet the article written in 2014 leads one to believe this is current credible information.
Young Living now has an in house lab and a third party laboratory to ensure we are receiving only the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils.
The second oil that is mentioned, Jasmine is what is called an absolute. Jasmine and Neroli are 2 oils which cannot be steam distilled, for extraction of absolutes, solvents are necessary. You simply cannot have these oils without synthetic extraction. Industry knows this but the person reporting on it as if it were a nefarious activity clearly is not aware of this fact. SO the article is moot.
While we are at it, lets talk about dōTERRA
Here is an update from the Young Living Legal Dept.
Young Living just celebrated its 21st year anniversary, dōTERRA is 7 yrs old.
A group of Young Living executives and high level sales people left Young Living and founded dōTERRA. dōTERRA launched a much smaller product line, with products that looked quite similar on the surface. If one compares Young Living’s Thieves to dōTERRA’s On Guard, one sees similar ingredients listed with perhaps one ingredient changed.
About the ‘CPTG’ – the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade that dōTERRA uses in their marketing: This is a trademark, not a certification of any type by any outside authority. The word certified implies that there is credibility, and as they do admit, albeit in small print, on their own page that it is an internal certification. Reprinted from their own website for your convenience below, or check the link and scroll down here:
*CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® is a registered trademark of dōTERRA Holdings, LLC, and represent internal standards of quality assessment and material control. The CPTG testing protocols require the use of independent laboratories for CPTG standardization and quality testing. The CPTG protocol is not administered by government or industry regulatory agencies and does not imply regulatory approval of dōTERRA products.
No other oil company could say that they are ‘CPTG or Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade’ because it is a trademark-and says nothing about the comparative quality of dōTERRA to another oil company.
Also this chart is helpful in that it highlights that Young Living farms and distills, lab tests and labels their oils to ensure the quality we all know and love, as opposed to the other oils represented. Note also that all Young Living oils are steam distilled, instead of with solvents as all other companies represented here regretfully are.
dōTERRA re-bottles oils they buy from many different sources. Not one farm, not one distillery owned by dōTERRA.
Of course for more information on the integrity of Young Living please visit Young Living Seed to Seal.