'You Get What You Pay For'
Did you know that the vast majority of essential oils on the market today are only suitable for cosmetics and perfumes? The reason Young Living’s oils are so different is the company’s commitment to producing a pure, unadulterated oil. Young Living’s devotion to creating a highly therapeutic product means that the company has invested in their own farms, cares for and nurtures its own plants, trees, and shrubs, before distilling, testing and bottling the oils that arrive on your doorstep. No other essential oil producer owns farms or distilleries.
If at any point in the production process something doesn’t meet its standards, they discard it and start again.  Because of this, our favourite oils sometimes run out.   

Here is an example of how important it is to know the right time of day to harvest the plant, and how long to distil the oil in order to produce the exact chemical compounds that are therapeutic to our bodies.

CYPRESS ESSENTIAL OIL has 280 known chemical constituents.
  • If it is distilled for 20 hours you only get 20 of the 280 properties. 
  • If distilled for 26 hours you get none of the properties. 
  • Most cypress on the market is distilled for 3.5 hours.
  • The correct length of time for distilling cypress is 24 hours to get the full 280 properties.
If the oil is to be of any benefit it must have all 280 constituents, no more and no less.
This process is called Young Living’s Seed to Seal® and it is unmatched.  Every step from planting to bottling is detailed and controlled.  No additives or synthetics are added. 
Young Living (YL) products are more expensive, but ‘you get what you pay for’ has never been truer.  Many of the oils found in supermarkets, or on the internet, are cheap imitations, purchased wholesale in large quantities, diluted with synthetic additives, and rebottled before being sold on.

Some 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 claiming to be organic cannot be so.   

By applying our Seed to Seal® standards on its corporate owned farms, partner farms and suppliers, Y L ensures that no one has more potent or purer oils.  Managing its own crops enables YL to carefully measure plant metabolism as harvest time approaches.  YL does this by regularly sampling and measuring the BRIX (sugar levels) values of the plant.  Plants are then harvested at the peak of their metabolic processes, thus ensuring that they are producing the most, and best oil, of their life cycle.

This cannot be done without access to the plants and ownership of the farms they are grown on.
This is some of the testing Y L does for every oil:
-Viscometry Measurement Testing
-Light Based Measurement Testing, including refractometry & polarimetry.
-Inductively Coupled Plasma Instrumentation.
-Gas Chromatography
-High Performance Liquid Chromatography
-Automated Micro-numeration Systems
-Microbiology testing
-Disintegration Testing
-PH Analysis
-Flashpoint testing
-Microscopy Testing
Y L runs a minimum of 15 to 20 different tests during the initial testing phase and repeats them three times to make sure results are consistent.
All these tests are done in the Quality Control laboratory. If any of the tests fails, the oils are shipped to the Research and Development lab to be tested by different scientists on different instruments. If R&D fails it, the product is disposed of.
Y L also uses half a dozen external expert labs to corroborate the quality of the oil.  So next time you see a grocery store product essential oil, please remember…… you get what you pay for!


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