What is an essential oil?
Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants (including their respective parts such as seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruit, etc.).
How long have essential oils been around?
From Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, we know that priests and physicians have been using essential oils for thousands of years. There are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible.
Why aren’t all essential oils the same?
Producing the purest of oils can 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.
ALL of the information above is from the The Primary Usage Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley.
We’ve taken on a new motto, if we can’t pronounce it, we’re not putting it in/on our body. Have you ever looked at a label and thought to yourself, What?!?? Butylated Hydroxytoluene and Phenylpropanolamine, okay, they are just making this stuff up right? Yikes!
We exclusively use Young Living essential oils. When deciding on an essential oil company, make sure to do thorough research before ordering. A lot of essential oils, like the ones at health food stores, are not safe to come in contact with your skin or for ingestion. Remember that what you put on your body goes in your body! Also, any claims of ‘natural’ ‘organic’ and ‘therapeutic grade’ may not necessarily be true; essential oils are not regulated by the FDA and these claims can be false. A lot of essential oil companies will put additional chemicals and fillers in their oils to make them cheaper and smell better(ew!) Cheaper is not always better, especially when it comes to essential oils! YL’s research and commitment to quality are the reasons we chose their products over others for our families. Make sure to do your own research so you can be confident on which products you use for yours.
Young Living creates their products from seed to seal (they do everything from planting the seeds to distilling & putting it in bottles to be delivered at your front door!), one of the only essential oil companies to do this! Young Living is also one of the only essential oil companies to have their own farms. Their farms are in Utah, Idaho, Ecuador, France and Oman. All of their products go through rigorous in-house and 3rd-party tests to ensure that each bottle is packed full of pure & potent goodness!
The process Young Living uses when planting, cultivating, harvesting, and distilling a batch of oil is crucial to retaining its vital compounds. Without the exact blend of naturally-occurring plant chemicals, an essential oil can lose its beneficial properties and fail to produce the desired effect.
Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) means that every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect. Young Living is able to make this assertion because of our strict cultivation process—illustrated by the Four Ps—that guarantees the optimal potency of every Young Living essential oil.
An oil’s potency can be affected not only by selecting the proper plant to cultivate, but also by where the plant is grown, the quality of soil in which the seed is planted, and even the time of day it’s harvested.
Young Living has extensive experience selecting the correct species of plant for desired oil potency, planting under optimal conditions, using ideal soil and natural methods to encourage growth, and knowing the precise time to harvest each crop. Only those plants that produce the most active and widest array of therapeutic compounds are selected.
Once the optimal soil, plant, cultivation, and harvesting conditions have been adhered to, the plants must be distilled properly in order to meet Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards. Young Living uses a gentle, proprietary technique for steam-extracting the most potent essential oils, which remains unmatched throughout the essential oils industry.
To meet Young Living Therapeutic Grade distillation standards proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size are strictly monitored.
Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards prohibit the acceptance of any diluted, cut or adulterated oils. Every product Young Living produces—essential oils, oil blends, nutritional supplements, or personal care—meets strict purity standards.
Every batch of essential oils is subjected to rigorous, state-of-the-art analysis at the Young Living chemistry lab. Using some of the most advanced equipment in the world, our scientists subject every batch of essential oils to Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer testing, and heavy metals analysis. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible adulteration or tampering are rejected.
The culmination of the preceding three stages, Potency means that the naturally occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are of the highest and most consistent bioactive levels. Without strict adherence to the Young Living Therapeutic Grade standard in the Plant, Preparation, and Purity phases, the final product would not have the necessary potency to create the desired effect.
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