Most essential oils on the market today are only suitable for cosmetics and perfumes. These companies are simply brokers- they buy their oils from various sources around the world and bottle it themselves. They don’t have a clue the history of the plants, soil or seeds used to create that oil. I want my oils to do all the things… smelling good is a happy side effect. I want oils that WORK.
The reason Young Living’s oils are so different is their commitment to producing a pure, unadulterated oil. Young Living’s devotion to creating a highly therapeutic product means they’ve invested in their own farms, care for and nurture their own plants, trees, and shrubs, and finally distill, test, and bottle the oils that arrive on your doorstep.
This is called Young Living’s Seed to Seal process. Every step from planting to bottling is detailed and controlled. I’ve seen seen this first hand at their farms in Utah, Idaho, Ecuador, France, Spain and Hawaii. I’ve talked to the farmers and the workers on our farms. I know that they use our own oils as pest control. I know that they practice sustainable and fair farming methods. I know they treat their employees like family. I know they practice transparency. I know they have a mission to provide for those who need it. I’ve seen it over and over again.
You CAN NOT do this if you don’t have access to the plants on your own farms. No other company owns farms or distilleries. NONE. If you cannot walk onto your oil company’s farms and watch them distill their oils at their very own distilleries, then don’t use it. There’s a reason Young Living has been the world leader in essential oils for 25 years!
By employing our Seed to Seal standards on our corporate owned farms, partner farms, and seed to seal suppliers, we ensure that NO ONE has more potent or more pure oils.
By managing our own crops is that it enables us to carefully measure plant metabolism as we approach harvest time on our farms.
We do this by regularly sampling and measuring the BRIX values of the plants. BRIX is a measure of the sugar level in the plants, which is indicative of plant metabolism (when plants photosynthesize, they store the energy from the sun as sugar). We then harvest our plants at the peak of their metabolic processes, which ensures that they are producing the most and best oil of their lifecycle.
Let me give you an example of how important it is for a company to know the right time of day to harvest the plant and exactly how long to distill the plant to produce the chemical compounds the plant contains that is therapeutic to our bodies.
HERE’S AN EXAMPLE!
CYPRESS ESSENTIAL OIL: which has 280 known chemical constituents.
• If it is distilled for 20 hours you only get 20 properties.
• If distilled for 26 hours you get NONE of the properties.
• Most market cypress is distilled for 3.5 hours.
• The correct length of time for distilling cypress is 24 hours to get the full 280 properties.
If you want Cypress to do the job it is intended to do, you MUST get ALL 280 constituents, no more, no less. Most people do not realize essential oils have chemical properties in them and in order to get the full benefit out of that particular oil it has to be grown, harvested, and distilled the correct way or the oil contains no benefit to us.
In addition to the above, some of the testing YL does for every Oil:
-Viscometry Measurement Testing
-Light Based Measurement Testing including refractometry & polarimetry.
-Inductively Coupled Plasma Instrumentation.
-High Performance Liquid Chromatography
-Automated Micro-numeration Systems
Young Living also owns two Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometers. In order to operate this instrument, it is required their scientists go thru two years of intensive training. This machine measures the ratios of isotopes. Young Living is the ONLY Essential Oil Company in the world to have this instrument!
At an absolute minimum, YL runs 15 to 20 different tests in triplicate during the initial testing phase to make sure testing is consistent and viable. So that’s 45 to 60 total tests.
All these tests are done in the quality control lab. If any of the tests fail, the oils are shipped to the research and development lab with different scientists and different instruments. If R&D fails it -product is disposed.
If the oil passes thru Quality Control it gets bottled and guess what…tested.
If that is not enough… Young Living also utilizes a half dozen external expert labs to corroborate the quality.
If at any point in the production process something doesn’t meet their standards, they get rid of it and start again. Because of this, our favorite oils sometimes go out of stock… and we are happy about it because we love getting our oils from a company that doesn’t crank them out quickly in a lab to make a buck, but waits on the plants to grow (no synthetics) and until the batch is perfect. They accept nothing less.
But Young Living is more expensive, right?
You’re right, often times it is and “you get what you pay for” has never been more true. Did you know that when you buy ANY other brand of essential oils that they are buying their oils from any farmer that is the lowest bidder? That NO ONE besides Young Living has control of the plant from the time it’s a seed to the time it’s bottled? An ever-growing number of marketers have jumped on the essential oils bandwagon looking for an easy way to make a lot of money. Most of these oils are cheap imitations, purchased wholesale in large quantities, diluted with synthetic additives, and rebottled before being sold to you. Some of the other companies may claim that their oils are organic. Unfortunately, the term “organic” is not regulated by the FDA in regards to essential oils. They do not certify or grade essential oils so any oil you see making those claims is simply using the word. They did not have to do anything to earn it.
That’s not okay for us. We want the best for our families and we don’t want to “save money” short-term only to spend more long-term because we used something that didn’t do what it was supposed to or even harmed us. So next time you see a grocery store product Essential oil, or any other knock off brand company… please understand, you get what you pay for.