Seed to Seal Quality

What sets Young Living apart from other essential oils? I get this question a lot. Are they really better than all the other options out there? Over the past couple of years there have been numerous essential oil companies popping up, claiming to sell 100% pure essential oils. It can be difficult to distinguish which oils are the real deal, since this is an unregulated industry.

Companies can put “100% pure” on their labels, without it really being true. An essential oil company can label a bottle as pure oil if it has just one drop of pure essential oil in the bottle.

Sometimes oil distillers stretch their product with similar smelling but cheaper oils.  For example, peppermint oil is frequently adulterated with corn mint and cinnamon oil is often mostly cassia leaf oil. Much of the lavender oil exported from France is from the hybrid called lavandin and is grown in China, Russia, France & Tasmania.  It is brought into France and cut with synthetic linalyl acetate to improve the fragrance.  Then they add propylene glycol or solvents that have no smell to increase the volume.  It is exported as lavender oil. Young Living is the only company in the US with real lavender (lavendula augustifolia offcianalus) grown from original seed stock.

The vast majority of essential oils from other companies are extracted using high heat, high pressure, and chemical solvents.  Although the final product may still contain the aroma of the plant, these harsh processing methods destroy the therapeutic qualities of the oils. Using lesser-quality oils for therapeutic purposes is never recommended and can be extremely toxic. Since essential oils are the concentrated essence of the plant, any contaminants in the soil or on the plant will become present in the oil. This is another reason why quality matters!


Prior to Young Living there were NO standards by which to measure therapeutic quality of essential oils as the AFNOR standards that exist were developed for the perfume industry. Gary Young actually coined the term “therapeutic-grade” in regards to essential oils to distinguish between the two. The key to producing a therapeutic grade essential oil is to preserve as many of the delicate aromatic compounds within the essential oil as possible. Most of these elements are very fragile and are destroyed by high temperature and high pressure.

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Young Living distills oils at minimum pressures and temperatures to gently coax the oil and all of its compounds into the finished product, even though significant money, time, and labor can be saved by distilling at high pressures and high temperatures, like many companies do. High pressure/high temperature distillation may produce an oil with the fragrance compounds of an oil, but not with the beneficial compounds. Young Living never uses solvents to finish off the distilling process as many companies do.

12 Questions to ask when you’re choosing an essential oil company:

1. Does their company own any farms on which to raise herbs for oils? And if they do, are they new farms on land formerly polluted with herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals that contain residuals from the past, or are they farming land that is clean, which has never been cultivated or has been untilled for at least the last 50 years?

2. Does their company have their own fully equipped testing laboratory to verify an oil’s composition?

3. Do they have anyone on staff with a trained nose who can analyze oils by their smell? (There are less than 200 people in the world with noses sufficiently trained to discern the chemistry of a fragrance.)

4. If their company purchases oils from outside suppliers, do they visit the distilleries and farms of those suppliers periodically to observe if the herbs are grown organically, i.e. without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers?

5. Do they know if the grower has a testing laboratory on the farm to determine when the crop is at its peak for oil harvesting?

6. Do they know if the crops were actually harvested at their peak time and, if so, was there an inordinate delay in taking them to the still and into the cookers?

7. Do they know if their distillery personnel understand the art and science of distilling, exactly how to pack the cookers, how to administer the steam, how to maintain minimum temperatures and pressures throughout the cooker, and how to continuously monitor the process throughout distillation to make sure the oil produced contains all of its components in the proper proportions?

8. If their supplier makes a mistake in the distillation or harvesting processes that results in an inferior grade of oil, does that supplier sell the oil anyway or do they discard it?

9. Do they know if the the cookers in the distilleries of their suppliers have domed lids or cone shaped lids? Most stills use dome-shaped lids. Cone topped cookers deliver a better grade of oil than dome tops.

10. Do they know if their suppliers supplement the distillation process with solvents to extract additional oil from the plant matter?

11. Do they know if their suppliers bottle their oils directly from the distillery without modifying the composition of the natural oil by adding anything or taking anything away?

12. Do they know if their company has tested their company’s oils side by side with Young Living oils in the same lab to make a fair comparison? And if so, where is the data?

*Dr. David Stewart is an Executive Officer and Co-founder of the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE International), and the author of Healing Oils of the Bible

With Young Living, you know that the answer to all of these questions is always “Yes.”

15310241989_40618017a6_oYoung Living owns and operates four large farms in Utah, Idaho, France, and Ecuador, all of which were clean and free of chemicals for at least 50 years before Young Living agreed to buy the land. In fact, the land in Idaho had never been farmed before Young Living.

Young Living also has an expertly staffed, fully equipped laboratory for testing oils including a gas chromatograph, a mass spectrometer, and other equipment whose value adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Young Living also has small labs on their farms to test the plants right from the field as they mature to determine the exact season and time of day to harvest the crop for the best oil. This is necessary because plants change their chemistry throughout the season and throughout the day, varying from week to week and hour to hour.


Did You Know?

  • Strict guidelines are followed for cultivating, harvesting and distilling each plant in order to optimize the available chemical constituents in the resulting essential oil. Plant material is harvested at the optimum time, distilled without solvents or chemicals for a precise amount of time, at a precise amount of pressure (low temps and low pressure) which are set SPECIFICALLY for each and every plant.
  • Most essential oil companies distill their plants for the same amount of time, using high temps and high pressure, and will use chemicals during distillation to increase the yield in low yield plants. For instance, most commercially produced Cypress oil is distilled for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Young Living found that in order to get ALL of the chemical constituents out of it you must distill Cypress for 24 hours- as 18 of the constituents are only released during the last 20 minutes of that time period.
  • Plants are distilled in small batches, for extended lengths of time.
  • Young Living essential oils only touch stainless steel or glass during the distillation process.
  • Young Living uses specially designed and built cone-shaped, vertical distillers. The only ones in North America.
  • Young Living farms on land that has not been polluted with herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals for at least 50 years. USDA Certified Organic standards only require 3 years.
  • When looking for and choosing sites for our farms Gary Young has made a point of finding virgin land, untouched by man’s chemicals, far from highways, factories and such, using mountain/local sources of streams as opposed to city water & are even fed/mulched with leftover plant material from the distillation process.
  • Every Young Living farm has an organic composting yard. Plant matter from the distillation go in, no waste! 5 million tons of compost used annually on YL fields!
  • Gary Young injects microbes & enzymes into soil, also liquid from worm castings for fertilizer.
  • No chemical weed killers are ever used.
  • Seed Sourcing- not from hybrids, no GMO seeds, and are hand picked from the healthiest looking plants each year.
  • Young Living fields are not touched with anything chemical. Much more expensive but the only real way to have organic essential oils! “All fields are sprayed with natural herbicides. I want to keep our oils ORGANIC!” -Gary Young
  • Oils that don’t meet our quality standards are rejected and returned to the supplier.

A comparison of Young Living to 7 other popular essential oil companies:


When it comes down to it, you can tell that these Young Living oils are the real deal because they WORK. They really have changed my life and I don’t know how I ever lived without these beautiful plant essences before they came into my life! I think that essential oils can get a bad rap because people purchase the cheap, diluted, and synthetic ones from the store, and expect them to work. If you want to see real results, you have to use real essential oils.

Are you ready to transform your health and wellness? Please contact me or visit my get started page to purchase only the most pure, therapeutic grade essential oils at 24% off retail prices!

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