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Young Living Is So Expensive!!

“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.” 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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Young Living carefully picks the seeds from the best plants by hand.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SOURCES:
– Dr. Wooley

Young Living independent distributor 1944663

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Why Choose Young Living Essential Oils? Seed to Seal!!!!

20161125_143453What is Seed to Seal?

Seed to Seal is Young Livings way of verify the quality of the oil in every bottle.

Seed

The first step of this process—Seed—means we research plant species that offer the optimal therapeutic benefits, identify species with experts and document their source, and monitor the ongoing cultivation process to ensure the chosen plant species is used. Lavender is an excellent example of Seed authentication. Young Living has identified more than thirty-five different varieties of lavender, and so far, only one, Lavandula angustifolia, has shown the best therapeutic outcomes. Lavandula angustifolia is grown on Young Living’s farms in Utah, Idaho, and France. After the harvest on each farm, the lavender seed stock is collected and stored until the following year. Gary Young always uses the seed stock from the previous harvest instead of cloned or hybrid seed. Cloned and hybrid seeding techniques are used by lavender growers who aren’t focused on therapeutic outcomes. Although these other seeding techniques may grow taller, faster plants and produce larger yields, Young Living’s industry-leading experience and research has shown that only a balanced seed stock can deliver the expected therapeutic results. Lavender is only one example of Young Living’s expertise in seed authentication. Think about the dozens of Young Living essential oils, the variety of species, and all the places around the world where these species are grown— copaiba in the Amazon rainforest, helichrysum in the Mediterranean, vetiver in Madagascar. There are more than seventy single oil species Young Living offers as products! Gary and other Young Living experts have visited each partner grower to verify in person the species being used. Even after our experts leave a partner grower, incoming batches are tested to validate the chosen species. When Young Living researchers discover a largely unknown plant species, we look to the knowledge and expertise of botany experts. Young Living collaborates with academic and professional botanists around the globe to document the species at the plant source. Recently, Gary Young teamed with professionals in the Middle East to document the origin and benefits of multiple frankincense species. Only by going to the source can Young Living confidently share the therapeutic benefits of the plant compounds with all our members.

Cultivate

Through expert cultivation on farms around the world, Young Living has mastered growing high-quality aromatic plants. Cultivation includes planting, growing, and harvesting the delicate herbs in preparation for distillation. Young Living currently operates four farms, each dedicated to the cultivation of the world’s most potent and pure plant sources. These farms, and our years of experience perfecting the cultivation process, help ensure members get the results they expect from every bottle of essential oil. St. Maries, Idaho: In 1992, Gary Young purchased 160 acres of pristine farmland near the small logging town of St. Maries, Idaho. This property had never before been plowed or subjected to harsh chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers— making it an ideal location to begin producing therapeuticgrade essential oils. Mona, Utah: In 1995, Gary obtained an additional 138 acres of farmland in Mona, Utah. Today, this farm boasts approximately 1,600 acres and showcases vibrant lavender fields during the months of June and July. German chamomile, hyssop, goldenrod, and clary sage are also distilled on the farm, which houses the largest essential oil distillery in North America. Simiane-la-Rotonde, France: Well-known for its rolling hills, fresh-grown crops, and fragrant fields of lavender, the Provence area of France is home to Young Living’s third farm, the only American-owned lavender farm in the country. The scent of lavender yields its calming, uplifting effects on the village and people of the area. Guayaquil, Ecuador: Since 2005, Gary and his family have lived in Ecuador. Here Gary oversees the cultivation of rare oils at Young Living’s newest farm, Finca Botánica Aromática. Gary spends much of his time searching for new natural plant remedies, partnering with indigenous tribes and local governments to foster a global community of healing and discovery and bring new essential oils to the world. Young Living applies what it learns through cultivating plants on its own farms with its network of worldwide growing partners. Every farm that supplies Young Living with herbs ready for distilling must be visited and certified by a Young Living sourcing expert. These sourcing specialists continually travel the globe to ensure that only the finest essential oils bear the Young Living name. Whether growing aromatic plants on its own farms or sourcing oils in the jungles of Ecuador and the deserts of Oman, the Cultivate portion of the Seed to Seal™ process is evidence of the lengths Young Living goes to produce the world’s highest-quality essential oils.

Distill

After the correct species of plant has been properly identified (Seed) and expertly sown, grown, and harvested (Cultivate), if it is not correctly distilled, the resulting essential oil will not produce the desired therapeutic results. This makes Distill—the third phase in Young Living’s Seed to Seal™ process—one of the most important steps in ensuring oil quality. As the world leader in essential oils, Young Living is recognized as a distillation innovator and uses a gentle, proprietary technique for extracting the most potent essential oils. Founder and President, Gary Young, and other Young Living experts have decades of experience distilling essential oils. Today, Young Living operates distillation facilities in Utah, Idaho, Ecuador, France, and Oman. STEAM DISTILLATION Essential oils can be distilled in a variety of ways, but the most common method is steam distillation—a process that has been used for thousands of years. Following this proven technique, Young Living utilizes vaporized water that travels through the plant material to gently extract the natural oil. Once the steam passes through the plant materal, the oil is carried with the steam through a series of stainless-steel pipes where it condenses and separates from the water. The water is then drained off and the remaining essential oil is taken to the Young Living laboratory for quality testing. With each batch of essential oil, Young Living takes into consideration the part of the plant used (leaf, stem, bark, resin, etc.), when the plant was harvested, and the temperature at the time of distillation. Even minor deviations in distilling the plant material can cause an imbalance in the optimal natural constituents. DISTILLERIES AND CERTIFIED PARTNERS When he distills, Gary Young treats each aromatic plant differently. He understands that frankincense resin must not travel long distances before it is distilled. This is one reason why Young Living built its own distillery in Oman. Gary also distills his own lavender in Utah, Idaho, and France, where he can personally monitor the plant’s chemical profile. Such is the case with hyssop, golden rod, ocotea, Palo Santo, and many other essential oils. Young Living also uses its distillation expertise to certify partner distillers around the world. Gary Young and other sourcing specialists personally visit these global partners to certify their machinery and distilling methods. This summer, Gary and Young Living’s Director of Purchasing, Mary Lou Jacobson, traveled to Canada to inspect a long-time distillation partner who provides ledum and spruce—two important oils in the line-up of Young Living singles and blends; earlier this year the pair also traveled to Madagascar to help partner distillers complete the ylang ylang harvest and distillation; and Marc Schreuder, Director of Product Formulations, traveled to Australia to supervise the distillation of blue cypress. Whether expertly distilling essential oils or certifying partner distilleries, the Distill portion of the Seed to Seal process is further evidence of the lengths Young Living goes to produce the highest quality essential oils available on the market. This means you can trust Young Living to produce quality, therapeutic products that work.

Test

The Importance of Testing Young Living Essential Oils Creating authentic essential oils means ensuring that every step of the process is followed with precision and integrity. This is especially important when scientifically testing the oil’s purity and potency after distillation. Testing essential oils is important because it ensures every bottle captures the true energy of the plant. When a new essential oil comes to the Young Living testing facility, it undergoes a rigorous set of tests. The tests can quickly determine if the oils have been subjected to dilution, cutting, or adulterated processes. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible adulteration or tampering are rejected. Additionally, tests confirm that the optimal level of beneficial constituents is present in each batch. Any oils that do not meet established therapeutic levels are discarded—Young Living only seals and ships oils that meet both purity and potency standards. Testing Standards Young Living doesn’t only meet, but far surpasses quality standards generally accepted by our competitors. Frequently, organizations like The Association French Normalization Organization Regulation (AFNOR) and International Standards Organization (ISO) are cited by companies to assert oil quality. However, AFNOR and ISO only differentiate between lower-grade fragrance oils and therapeutic-grade essential oils—they do not measure actual oil purity or potency. Young Living essential oils fit in a higher category. The level of quality found in Young Living oils supersedes any known industry certification. Young Living uses its own internal labs, in addition to third-party audits, to verify that Young Living purity and potency standards are met. Each batch of essential oil is sent through six rigorous tests and compared to established quality benchmarks: • Gas Chromatograph—Measures the percentage of constituents (plant chemicals) in the oil. • Mass Spectrometer—Identifies the names of each constituent in the oil. • Refractive Index—Measures the density of the oil using a concentrated beam of light. • Specific Gravity—Measures how heavy the oil is as compared to water. • Flash Point—Ignites the oil and tests it against standard flash temperatures. • Optical Rotation—Measures the molecular structure of the oil. Once the tests are complete, the results are compared to the vast library of information Young Living has amassed over 20 years. This library of oil data is unmatched in the industry. With the recorded data, new oils can be compared to past samples, allowing for a consistent product. If the incoming oils do not meet the established profile, they are rejected and not allowed to be bottled as a Young Living product.

Seal

This step is also done in Young Livings own facility in Utah.  Here they are  carefully put into amber glass bottles and sealed, ready to be shipped all around the world.

Only one company can make the Seed to Seal promise. Only Young Living. How cool is that?

I hope after reading this and seeing their website you too can see why Young Living oils are so amazing.

All above information is from Seed to Seal issue Vol 1-5