“Young Living essential oils are to expensive. I’ll just pick some up at the health food store. It’s the same thing. It is 100% pure essential oils too. It says so right on the bottle.”
I’m sure we have all heard this before. But when we are talking about essential oils, there are generally 2 different categories; therapeutic-grade oils and those that are not! It is that simple.
The internet is filled with so many articles and information, it’s easy to become a sceptic. If you Google essential oils, a lot of different things will come up, both good and bad. The hard part is people do not always mentioning what brand or kind of oils they used to base their article on. So if you read someone sharing about the risks of certain oils, or warning about an oil even being toxic, make sure you know what kind of oils they are talking about. If they were actually referring to non-therapeutic grade oils, they are right to warning you. However, if an oil is a true therapeutic-grade oil, that “same oil” that could be dangerous to you could be both safe and effective. When non-therapeutic brands of oils are mistaken for therapeutic ones and are applied with an intent to support your health, not only is that unlikely, but it can actually result in harming you. This is why I do not recommend you getting oils at the grocery store or even the health food store. Most likely, these will not do much good for you other than smell nice, if that.
So how can you know if a essential oil is therapeutic?
One of the things that determines the purity and therapeutic value of an oil is its chemical constituents.
A chemists can actually create some of the individual constituents in an oil! Scary right!?! It could even smell the same and look pretty similar, but chemists are not able to successfully recreate complete essential oils in the laboratory. Remember, anything less than the pure essential oil may not produce the desired results and can, in some cases, be extremely toxic!
The constituents in essential oils are very sensitive and can be affected my many different things.
Everything from the parts of the plant where the oil was made, the condition of the soil, the kind of fertilizers (whether chemicals or not), geographic region, climate, altitude, harvest season, methods, and the distillation process.
The majority of all the essential oils made in the world today are actually used by the perfume industry! Because all they want the oils for is their smell, the oils are made as quick and cheap as possible, using high pressure, high temperatures, and as well as adding different chemicals. These oils may smell just as good and cost much less, but they will lack most, it not all, of the chemical constituents necessary to produce therapeutic results.
I recently attended a class lead by Dr Cole Woolley . He explained how a therapeutic grade essential oil should be produced:
A therapeutic grade essential oil is defined as one that is specially distilled from plants that are cultivated organically or grown wild in a clean environment. Plants should be from the proper botanical genus, species, and cultivar. No chemical fertilizers are added to the soil, and crop cultivation is free of herbicides and pesticides. Essential oils should be extracted by steam distillation at minimum temperatures and pressures, as was done in ancient times. No chemicals solvents are to be used in the extraction process. And during the whole process, vessels of the right material should be used.
Essential oils exposed to light will polymerize and lose both their fragrances and their beneficial properties. This is why genuine essential oils must be stored in light-proof containers or dark glass – like amber or blue.“
Just because an essential oils is stored in dark glass bottles, that this doesn’t necessarily prove that they are therapeutic!
He just described Young Livings SEED TO SEAL process. How cool is that!!!
Another great tip for helping know if an essential oil is a true therapeutic oil comes from Dr. Sharnael Wolverton . “If the label on the bottle of an oil says “Topical or External use only, Do not take internally, or Do not Ingest” then there’s your red flag that itʼs been adulterated with and/or is full of chemicals and is not safe”.
She also said that shockingly, “Most lavender oils that have been tested were actually found to contain the solvent Propylene Glycol, which is anti-freeze. This is NOT good for the body even TOPICALLY, let alone internally! If you go out to a garden and pick a peppermint leaf off the plant, it is safe to eat. If the oil was 100% pure like it says it is, then you should be able to ingest it.” Scary Right!!
Okay, now let’s look at the world standards for essential oils.
AFNOR is a French agency that regulates the quality of thousands of French products, including essential oils. This is considered the international standard for oils. However, as AFNOR authorities have pointed out, their standard focuses only on a few ingredients (usually less than 6), while complete, natural oils are mixtures of hundreds of compounds!
In fact, no essential oil has ever been completely analyzed to reveal every constituent. Essential oils are so complex, it may never be possible to discover everything that is in even one of them!
An example: For an oil to be called “Peppermint oil” (Mentha piperita) by AFNOR standards, it must contain 35-45% menthol, 10-20% menthone, 4-9% methyl acetate, and 3-7% 1,8 cineole. But these are only four compounds of hundreds present in a complete, natural oil. An unethical company could synthesize these four compounds, mix them in these proportions with a suitable filler oil and it would pass the AFNOR test. Such an oil would have the fragrance and taste like peppermint, but not its beneficial properties! Although this is the only standard we currently have, fulfilling the AFNOR standard is not enough to prove if an oil is of therapeutic value. Again, the amazing properties of an oil also have to do with the way it was grown, harvested, distilled, and packaged.
Some perfume and food grade oils are entirely artificial, formulated in a laboratory by synthesizing and mixing the one, two, three main compounds that dominate its natural smell or taste.
In England for example, natural wintergreen oil is virtually non-existent. Instead, laboratory-produced methyl salicylate (the main ingredient in wintergreen) is bottled and labeled “oil of wintergreen” when, in fact, it was not derived from a wintergreen plant at all! See all the VERY IMPORTANT constituent missing from the lab made one.
It’s scary that food and flavor industries are most concerned with economics, which is the reason they focus more on quantity than quality. They put profit over the consumers health. Their interest is in producing oils as inexpensive as possible to maximize profits. This highly affects the process of making the oils.
There are (at least not yet) no standards for therapeutic-grade essential oils set by any government agency in North America. This makes labeling fraud a very common thing, leaving the consumer finding it hard to be sure they are getting therapeutic grade oils. If only you could know your grower, your distiller, your packager, and your distributor, because anywhere along this chain of delivery, oils can be compromised. Don’t stop reading now, there is hope 😉
Unfortunately, there is nothing dishonest about producing food or perfume grade oils. The problem comes when those kind of oils are bottled, labeled, and presented as if they were therapeutic, when they are not. Maybe someday there will be some kind of labeling regulations for essential oils but for now it’s up to companies to be honest and we’ve seen how well that goes.
Actually, a common thing to do, is to take a decent grade of essential oil and dilute it 90% to 95% with an odorless, colorless solvent. Now what once was a pound of good oil has becomes 10 or 20 pounds of diluted oil to be sold as if it were the original substance. This of course really multiplies their profit! Oils like that often have labels saying “genuine” or “100% pure”, which is allowed according to the regulations. Frustrating!!!!!!
Why is this allowed?
Because the little percentage of essential oils that is actually in the bottle might be “genuine” and “100% pure”. But let’s be real, an oil that diluted will not only have way less beneficial properties and could actually be harmful depending on what they diluted it with.
Let’s use Frankincense as an example. When you see a bottle labeled as “frankincense” for $10-20 for a full ounce, you can be sure it has been diluted. It’s just not possible to gather the resins (what frankincense oil is made from) from the Arabian and Somalian deserts, transport them to France or England to be distilled, and then import them to North America (or any other country) for that price AND maintain quality and purity. Remember these companies are all about profit as we’ve already learned.
What’s crazy is, for every pound of frankincense distilled in the world, more than a dozen pounds are eventually sold! How is that possible???? Pure, unaltered frankincense should cost around $140 per ounce. In Biblical times, a pound of frankincense oil was more precious than a pound of gold. That is why the wise men brought it to Jesus. In fact, in ancient times it was called “liquid gold”.When only the common name frankincense is used and the Latin name is missing from the label, that is a clear warning that the content are probably not genuine. It certainly is not therapeutic and most likely highly diluted. How eles can one pound of distilled frankincense turn into a dozen?!?
Another example is jasmine essential oil:
It takes more than 3 million jasmine blossoms, plucked in the dark hours of early morning before sunrise to produce 1 pound of oil. A pound of true pure jasmine absolute can cost $1200 or more! A pound of synthetic jasmine can be produced for less than $5. Quite the difference!!
Producing the purest of oils can also be very costly because it may require several hundred pounds, or even several thousand pounds, of plant material to extract 1 pound of pure essential oil.
One pound of pure melissa essential oil sells for $9,000-$15,000. Although this sounds extremely expensive, let me just inform you that it takes no less than 3 tons of plant material to produce that single pound of oil! Can someone make a profit off pure mellisaa essential oil that they are selling for $20 for 15ml bottle?? It just doesn’t add up.
Essential Oils are like Wines
Dr. David Stewart compares essential oils to wines. This is really a great comparison. In general, drug companies donʼt like natural products because they cannot be patented, neither can they be mass produces like they want them to. When you grow something, it takes time and you have to conform to natureʼs schedule to produce it. Drug companies like synthetics where they can control everything, including their production schedule and price… But this is were we have a problem, our bodies don’t do good with all these synthetic molecules that do not exist in nature.
An essential oil of a single plant species typically contains 100 to 400 different chemical compounds. Essential oils in general, have thousands of different chemical compounds to be found among them. Because many of these constituents are in small amounts, there has never been even one essential oil completely analyzed. This makes the idea to synthetically manufacturing a complete essential oil is out of the question. Chemists have yet to account for all of the ingredients in just ONE bottle coming from one particularly species.
Another great example is orange oil.
Orange oil has more than 150 known constituents. Researchers suspect there may be as many as 200 additional compounds in orange oil in traces as yet to be identified. The chemistry of an essential oil begins with its genetic recipe stored in the DNA of the plant, but the final product is a result of the place and manner of growth and harvest, as well as details of distillation. The composition of essential oils vary naturally, just as the taste and aroma of wines vary year to year from the same vineyard. No two batches of essential oils are ever identical in the proportions of compounds present. This is one of the reasons essential oils work so well. They are always changing a little bit with each harvest.
The fact that commercially produced products are always the same exact formulas, bacteria eventually develop resistance and then they donʼt work any more. Drug companies have tried to deal with this problem by creating stronger and stronger antibiotics and antiseptics. The problem is that such pharmaceuticals eventually become too toxic to be applied to people.
The Difference in Essential Oil Companies
We’ve seen how there is a big difference in how essential oils are made.
So why did I choose to use the Young Living oils?
Just to make it clear, this article is not intended to try to pressure you into buying anything. I did a lot of research about essential oils before I choose to go with Young Living. Now I love to share the information I learned with others that are curious and interested in essential oils.
Young Living has been around for over 20 years old. Gary Young has been working with and researching essential oils for over 30 years and farming his whole life. They have farms, distillers and offices all around the world. In fact they are the only company in the world that owns their own farms and have the same standards on all the farms!
Young Living is very open about their process of producing the oils and always encourage their members to come see the farms and the way they do things. I have been to the farm on Mona Utah and saw firsthand the process. It is incredible!!!
Young Living carefully picks the seeds from the best plants by hand.
They also make sure to provide rich soil for the plants to grow strong. They even have high standards on who is working in their fields – it must be people that love their job, and think and speak positivity.
When they are distilling the oils, they use a very gentle technique with low temperatures and low pressure to make sure the oils don’t loose their quality and amazing benefits.
Young Living also tests EVERY BATCH OF OIL that is made, yet only 28% of all oils are accepted, and sold. The rest are used on Young Living farms as a natural herbicide.
There are actually no pesticides or chemicals used on their farms. They use their own essential oils to keep the bugs and pests away. You may ask, ʻThen how do they stop weeds from growing?ʼ Well, along with their natural herbicides like neem oil, they have a crew that pulls all the weeds out by hand.
Young Living is also the only company that tests the oils on-site as well as sending them off to be tested. This enables them to identify the right time for the harvest as well as the right time to distill the oils. You can only do that by constantly pulling out samples (every 15 min). Through their constant testing they figure out the best time of the year, the best time of the harvest, and even the best time of the day to collect the plants. In addition they also have a third-party test their oils. This ensures the best quality and that each bottle can be traced back to its source.
The Young Living oils are never adultered with chemically, nor is anything added to them to extend the amount of oil. They are pure and the real deal. Because of the high quality, Young Living Oils do not have an expiration date like other companies. The exception to that is in Canada, where it is required by law to have an expiration date on them, even though they will not expire. In fact the oils will not go bad even if a thousand years went by. This is how, when they opened some of the old tombs in the Pyramids of Egypt, the essential oils they had placed there still had the same fragrance and qualities! Mind blowing right!
There you have it, the reason why Young Living is so expensive. Which now knowing all they do to ensure we are getting quality therapeutic grade essential oils, I think they are priced very good. There is a difference, just like with a $3 bottle of wine and a $300 bottle of wine.
In my opinion, Young Living sells the best Essential Oils on the planet, and that is why I choose them for my family.
If you want to try them out, I’d love to help you out. Joining Young Living is by far the best investment for my families health, that I have ever made.
– Dr. Wooley
Young Living independent distributor 1944663