by MARC SCHREUDER, Young Living
Marc is a master researcher. He has been working with Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils for many years.
The Young Living therapeutic-grade standard goes beyond organic in purity, scope, and potency. Young Living applauds the ever-growing demand for goods prepared using organic, sustainable, and “green” growing practices. We have long championed cutting-edge natural, organic and low-impact farming and manufacturing methods (i.e. returning distilled compost and bioactivity to our fields). These methods are essential in our efforts to produce pure essential oils free from contaminants often introduced by chemical pesticides, fertilizers, etc.
On the other hand, we have found that “certified organic” does not guarantee that a plant and the oil it produces will be totally free from problems nor that it will meet our standards. It’s the sad state of the world that even the best organic farms can be contaminated by toxins, like heavy metals, already in the soil and those still being introduced by polluted air and water.
In our experience what ensures 100 percent purity is our own comprehensive, rigorous, and expert analysis of the finished oil. We would prefer to skip these costly measures and trust a governmental agency to guarantee purity, but it wouldn’t be prudent to leave something so important in less experienced hands.Furthermore, for Young Living’s therapeutic-grade standard freedom from toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals is just the beginning.
Equally important is an oil’s optimal therapeutic profile of beneficial phytochemicals, antioxidants, and other constituents. Our focus on activity and results is what guarantees our customers the bioactivity, potency, and living energy whereon we have built our unrivaled reputation.
Sometimes we utilize herbs that are “certified organic,” but as often as not we must include herbs that do not and can not fit in the current scope of this standard. Sometimes the best herbs are cultivated in climates and countries where organic certification is still decades away, such as frankincense. Sometimes the best herbs aren’t farmed but achieve their optimal potency growing in the wild for example Palo Santo. The Young Living therapeutic-grade standard embraces all of these opportunities which is why we remain convinced that we go beyond all existing world standards– including organic.
COMMENT FROM NANCY SANDERSON: (Gary Young’s sister)Young Living does go beyond organic in purity.One of Young Living’s defining attributes is that they take quality so seriously that they actually own and operate their own farms and steam extraction equipment. They have operations on three continents, including Europe, South America, and North America that produce the finest essential oils on earth. Again, no other vendor is more fanatical on quality.
Young Living’s founder, Gary Young, has spent twenty-three years acquiring knowledge on herb cultivation and proper essential oil distillation and has worked with the foremost world experts on essential oil including Daniel Penoel, MD, Jean-Claude Lapraz, MD, Radwan Farag, PhD, and countless others. Moreover, Sue Chao, MS, the director of quality control and director of Young Living’s chemistry lab, has spent over a decade working with Gary Young and other researchers to refine and develop the unique Young Living therapeutic-grade standard. Every year, Gary and YL staff travel across the world to personally inspect essential oil distilleries and herb cultivation to ensure the highest medicinal quality.A little known fact is that Young Living rejects 72 percent of all essential oils eceived for analysis. Theseoils are found to be extended, adulterated, or sub-therapeutic. It is a sad fact that all of these rejected oils will eventually be sold and marketed by other less discerning buyers at a lower price.
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Steve Pohlit, Business Development Consultant who Got Oiled 10 years ago and has been Oiled ever since.