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Article: The Difference is Quality

Why would you waste your money on a lesser “organic” certification?

In the United States, there is no regulation around this area. Organic ONLY covers how the plant is grown NOT how it is distilled OR bottled; therefore, an essential oil that is adulterated can still be labeled as organic. For a farm to be considered organic in the United States, it has to be free from the use of any and all synthetic chemicals for 7 years.

That sounds nice, until you realize that internationally, in order for a farm to meet standards of being organic, they must be free from the use of any and all synthetic chemicals (INCLUDING run off from other farms) for a minimum of 50 years!!!

Young Living meets and/or exceeds international standards for organic; Gary Young is passionate about only bottling THE BEST!

To learn more, please read the article, The Young Living Difference is Quality, by Young Living Diamond, Marcella Vonn Harting.

Printed Version: The Young Living Difference is Quality

Q. Does Young Living Take Essential Oil Quality Seriously?

A. One of Young Living’s defining attributes is taking quality so seriously that it has developed its own Seed to Seal®process. It owns the farms, plants the seeds, and then cultivates, harvests, and distills the aromatic plant materials with its proprietary distillation technology to ensure the highest quality profiled essential oils in the industry.

Young Living has farming and distillation operations throughout the world, including North America, South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia, all of which produce the finest essential oils anywhere in the world. Whether an oil is produced on a Young Living farm or from a qualified, trusted distillator/partner, every batch of oil is tested for compliance with Young Living’s therapeutic-grade standard and rejected if it does not comply. Again, no other company is more dedicated to consistently delivering such high quality products.

Young Living currently rejects approximately 30 percent of all essential oils received for analysis. These oils are found to be extended, adulterated, or subtherapeutic. It is a sad fact that these rejected oils will probably be marketed and sold by other less discerning companies, often at a lower price.

Young Living’s founder, D. Gary Young, has spent 30 years acquiring knowledge on herb cultivation and proper essential oil distillation and has worked with the foremost world experts on essential oils, including the following:

  •  Marcel Espieu (20-year president of the Lavender Growers Association in France)
  • Henry Viaud (most renown essential oil distillator in the world)
  • Herve Casabianca, PhD (foremost analytical chemist of essential oils in the world today and who helped write the European AFNOR standard for essential oils)
  • Jean-Claude Lapraz, MD (early pioneer in essential oil research)
  • Radwan Farag, PhD (analytical chemist and dean of the Biochemical Department at Cairo University, who has written many published papers on essential oil research)
  • Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD (chemist and owner of Swiss Aromatics)
  • Countless other experts

Moreover, employees in Young Living’s Chemistry Lab, Research and Development department, and Quality Assurance department have spent almost two decades working with Gary Young and other researchers to refine and develop the unique Young Living 100% pure, genuine, therapeutic-grade essential oil standard. Every year, Gary and Young Living staff members travel across the world to personally inspect essential oil distilleries and herb cultivation farms to ensure the highest therapeutic quality.

Q. Why do some Young Living Oil blends contain carrier oils?

A. Eleven of Young Living’s oil blends include a specially selected carrier oil to optimize the therapeutic effect for targeting specific needs.

Q. Does Young Living test every lot of essential oil?

A. Young Living tests every lot of essential oil, whether from its own farms or from its trusted growers/partners and suppliers. Each essential oil is subjected to state-of-the-art analysis at the Young Living Chemistry Lab. Its team of scientists subjects every essential oil to as many as seven tests, including gas chromatography (GC), mass spectrometry (MS), refractive index, FTIR, optical rotation, organoleptic analysis, specific gravity analysis, and others when needed.

Additionally, Young Living protects against adulteration by inspecting/auditing its farms and steam extraction facilities around the world to examine the herbs that are cultivated, check the essential oils being distilled, and take reference samples directly from the separator to store as a reference in the Young Living Quality Control Labs.

Q. Does Young Living use outside, independent labs?

A. Young Living uses world-class independent labs to confirm in-house analysis. Young Living also sends essential oils out for advanced tests such as carbon isotope analysis. Most of Young Living’s day-to-day essential oil chemical assays are conducted at the Young Living Chemistry Lab in Spanish Fork, Utah, which houses the most advanced analytical instruments available for analyzing the composition of an essential oil.

Q. Why does Young Living say its oil standards are “beyond organic?”

A. The Young Living therapeutic-grade standard goes beyond organic in purity, scope, and potency. Many of Young Living’s essential oils come from wild-crafted material growing on a mountainside, from virgin forests, or native plants that have been growing in a particular region for centuries. Such harvests are technically not “organic.”For example, Frankincense grows wild through the hills and mountains of Oman in areas untouched by urban pollution and factory runoffs. Are these Frankincense trees organic? Will the resin they produce ever be certified organic? There are no plans for certification at this time. But it is from these wild, native trees that Young Living contracts with local Bedouins to gather the Frankincense resin to be distilled at its facility in Salalah, Oman. This is just one example of how Young Living exceeds existing world standards.

Q. Where does Young Living acquire Frankincense?

A. There are many species of Frankincense that come from different countries in the world. Young Living has a distillery and farm in Salalah, Oman, where it distills the resin of the Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) tree, which grows in Oman. The oil produced is the most prized Frankincense in the world and the one believed by archaeologists to be the Frankincense taken to the Christ Child. Young Living is the only company with a license issued from the Omani government to legally distill and export it. Anyone else making that claim is not telling the truth. Young Living also distills Boswellia carterii, which comes from Somalia and is distilled in Kenya.

Boswellia frereana comes from Western Somalia. This oil is used more in the perfume industry, as it has little therapeutic value, except in oral hygiene. Comparing Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carterii to Boswellia frereana is like comparing a diamond to cubic zirconium. It might smell nice, but you need to carefully consider the source and species of your Frankincense if you are using it for therapeutic application.

Young Living also distills sweet Myrrh (Commiphora erythraea) at its facility in Oman. This sweet Myrrh, as it is referred to in the Bible, is gathered from a mountainous region of Yemen and shipped to Oman. It is being distilled for the first time in hundreds of years.

Q. What is Young Living’s therapeutic-grade standard, and how does it compare to standards such as AFNOR and ISO?

 A. When Gary Young started researching essential oil quality in the early 1980’s, a patchwork of different independent standards existed, including Grade A, AFNOR, ISO, and others. Many of these standards did not necessarily correlate with the health benefits of the essential oils.

More than 30 years ago, Gary Young first coined the phrase “therapeutic-grade” while conducting clinical trials with essential oils in his clinic in Mexico before Young Living was established. He created a new essential oil category for quality in which essential oil compounds were linked to various therapeutic effects. This began what would become the therapeutic-grade standard of essential oils.

Gradually, other companies began using this term to describe their oils. It is important not to confuse these imitators with the Young Living therapeutic-grade standard. Some oil sellers would have you believe that there are other laboratories, organizations, or associations qualified to certify an essential oil as therapeutic-grade. This is not true.

Using the Seed to Seal process and the experience of the science and application for over 20 years, only Young Living is qualified to certify essential oils as therapeutic-grade. Gary Young has spent three decades developing the therapeutic-grade standard on which Young Living is based today:

  • Clinical research of essential oils conducted by medical professionals
  • Investigation of historical and traditional uses
  • The many farms that are the beginning of the Seed to Seal process
  • Analyses of thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies of essential oils that use gas chromatography (GC), mass spectrometry (MS), and various other instruments to test thousands of batches of oil.

To date, Young Living’s library of peer-reviewed research papers on essential oils encompasses thousands of articles and is one of the largest in the world.

The Four P’s

For simplicity Young Living’s therapeutic-grade standard can be summarized with the Four P’s philosophy: Plants, Preparation, Purity, and Potency.

Young Living also has a new website which explains the dedication to purity at Young Living: Seed to Seal.