Young Living owns and operates large farms all over the world all of which were clean and free of chemicals for at least 50 years before Young Living agreed to buy the land. In fact, the land in Idaho had never been farmed before Young Living, and the Ecuador farm is being cleared from primitive jungle, free from human contamination for thousands of years.
Young Living also has an expertly staffed, fully equipped laboratory for testing oils with equipment whose value adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Young Living also has small labs on their farms to test the plants right from the field as they mature to determine the exact season and time of day to harvest the crop for the best oil. This is necessary because plants change their chemistry throughout the season and throughout the day, varying from week to week and hour to hour.
Young Living markets more than 100 species of oils and cannot possibly raise them all on their own farms. When they purchase from other growers and suppliers, they not only make initial site visits to verify that the oils are being produced and packaged properly, but they have a program of making repeated visits from time to time to make sure the standards are being upheld.
Young Living distills oils at minimum pressures and temperatures to gently coax the oil and all of its compounds into the finished product, even though significant money, time, and labor can be saved by distilling at high pressures and high temperatures, like many companies do. High pressure/high temperature distillation may produce an oil with the fragrance compounds of an oil, but not with the therapeutic compounds. Young Living never uses solvents to finish off the distilling process as many companies do.
Many of the techniques and skills applied in growing and distilling Young Living oils are trade secrets, known only to Gary Young and his trusted employees.
Young Living oils are bottled as they emerge from the still in their complete natural state without adulteration (adding compounds) or refinement (removing compounds).
Young Living was founded in 1991. Gary bought his first farm in 1992 near St. Maries, Idaho, and his second farm in 1995 near Mona, Utah. Gary Young and the company are committed to ensuring a current and future supply of top grade essential oils indefinitely into the future.
If you ever get the opportunity, visit a Young Living farm and distillery and you will begin to see for yourself the care and dedication it takes to produce the finest essential oils in the world. You won't find another company that maintains such meticulous standards from "seed to seal" as does Young Living. Gary Young and Young Living stand alone in the world of essential oils in measuring up to such standards.
Young Living oils are different than any other brand and have superior attributes that no other brand can rightfully claim. Most companies claim that their oils are "100% pure, Therapeutic Grade, Organically grown, etc." But most of the time their claims and labels are misleading and do not fulfill the standards they claim.
Gary Young has discovered over 32 essential oils that had never been known to exist. No one in the world has ever done that. Gary names the new essential oils after research establishes their use.
In the U.S. only 5% real oil needs to be present to be labeled "100% Pure". Just another reason why you want to be using Young Living essential oils and only Young Living. You won't get the same results with any other brand of essential oils. Many people who have tried other brands and did not see results thought that essential oils were a waste of money until they tried Young Living essential oils.
Every essential oil is made up of compounds that are unique to that oil which make the oil therapeutic grade. For example, cypress oil has 280 known compounds. If the oil is distilled for 20 hours, only 20 of the properties are present in the oil. If the oil is distilled for 26 hours, zero properties appear. Correctly distilling cypress for 24 hours allows all of the 280 compounds to be present. You don't want to trust your health to anyone but Young Living, the world leader. Young Living is the largest essential oil grower and distiller in the world.
TWENTY TESTS YOUNG LIVING PERFORMS
Young Living tests every batch of essential oils in triplicate two times during the production process. Here are a list of the tests done.
3. Specific Gravity
4. Refractometry (Refractive Index)
6. Optical Rotation
7. Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP-MS)
8. Inductively Coupled Plasma- Atomic Optical Emission (ICP-OES)
9. High Performance Liquid Chromatograpny (HPLC)
10. Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR)
11. Automated Micro-Enumeration
12. Disintegration Testing
13. pH Testing
17. Chiral Chromatograpny
18. Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IR-MS)
19. Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
20. Organoleptic Testing
All tests are done three times on each batch. After passing the tests it goes to bottling and is tested again, all tests in triplicate. It takes 20 people just over a week to test each batch.
No one goes to the lengths that we do. Just another reason why we are the world leader.
Not only is our Lacey Act Compliance Program comprehensive, it is also the first in the essential oils industry that has been reviewed and accepted by the government. It is the gold standard for compliance programs, and we are proud to have gone above and beyond any of our competitors to establish it. We are engaging top legal experts around the world to keep us advised of the most current laws, as well as to inform us how to appropriately apply them to our most important business needs.
Our team has been working collaboratively with our corporate-owned farms, partner farms, Seed to Seal-certified suppliers, and the government since 2016 to develop this program.
We also continually work with environmental experts around the world to keep us advised on the protection of delicate landscapes, and plants..
The Lacey Act Compliance Program consists of five general steps that when followed will help ensure that our essential oil products and partners comply with all laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we do business.
These five steps are:
• Supplier Education
Provide all suppliers with the basic requirements of the Lacey Act.
• Supplier Evaluation
Determine which products to source and which suppliers to partner with by evaluating “product risk” and “supplier risk” factors.
• Supplier Certification
After providing training on the Lacey Act and our Compliance Program, suppliers will be required to execute the Young Living Lacey Act Compliance Certification.
• Risk Assessment
As part of the certification, each supplier and plant product will be assigned a risk category that will determine the level of approvals needed to partner with, or source plant products for, Young Living. Both suppliers and plant products are independently assessed.
Based on the risk factors, Young Living has developed an ongoing auditing and monitoring program. The Lacey Act Compliance Program is designed to cover all individuals and organizations in the supply chain.
This gold standard program sets the precedent for the industry and demonstrates Young Living’s commitment to lead the essential oils movement by protecting delicate landscapes and plants.