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.
No other company has our foundation or deep roots - Gary Young.
D. Gary Young, Father of the Modern-day Essential Oil Movement - a genius of our time. He was told so often that he was crazy, that no way could he do what he wanted to do, and yet he did it anyway.
D. Gary Young, the undisputed leader of the essential oil movement and the founder of Young Living Essential Oils, passed away on May 12, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah, due to complications following a series of strokes. Young spent 35 years studying the benefits and perfecting the extraction of essential oils, while building a billion-dollar global business designed to share what he deemed “the gift” of essential oils with millions of people.
Described as a “modern pioneer,” Young was part inventor and part historian. His pursuit of new wellness discoveries was rooted in ancient practices as he attempted to unlock and share the benefits bestowed by herbs, plants, and trees. His research would take him to the remote corners of the earth, and often back in time, to better understand nature’s powers that modern society may overlook.
Young was born July 11, 1949, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and spent his childhood with his parents and five siblings in a 20 x 30-foot cabin without running water or electricity. Upon graduating from Challis High School, he struck out to follow his lifelong dream of building a ranch on the Canadian frontier. In 1967 he loaded his belongings into a truck and moved to British Columbia, and in 1968 he was granted 320 acres in the Caribou District, part of the last homestead act, where he began logging.
After five years of logging and ranching, Young suffered debilitating injuries in a serious logging accident when a tree fell on him. He had 19 broken bones, 3 open skull fractures, and his spine was herniated in three places. At the hospital they left him outside the emergency ward in the hallway because they knew he was going to die. But he didn't die. He was confined to a wheelchair for 27 months with no expectation of walking again, which caused him to endure years of pain and depression. Channeling the cowboy spirit of “not backing down,” he began to explore different avenues to better health and well-being, which included the benefits of herbs and good nutrition. He was able to get out of that wheelchair and walk again.
It was on this path where Young’s personal journey began, as he wanted to learn everything he could about natural healing and where he was introduced to essential oils. His determination to achieve physical and emotional well-being, combined with his lifelong love of nature, drove him to learn everything about essential oils—from how they were produced to their wellness benefits.
Young’s first true introduction to essential oils came when he attended a medical conference in Geneva, Switzerland, where medical doctors were presenting their research on essential oils. He was enthralled with what he learned and returned to the U.S. with 13 different essential oils to begin his own research. He found the benefits to be astounding and came to the conclusion that this was a path he wanted to pursue.
Having grown up farming, it was natural for him to want to learn about growing the plants and producing the oils, which took him to France to study and learn the art of distillation under Mr. Henri Viaud, the French “father of distillation” in Provence, France, the lavender capital of the world, and Marcel Espieu, the president of the Lavender Growers Association in France for over 20 years.
In 1988 Young sold his research center in Baja California and moved to Reno, Nevada, where he began his essential oil business. A year later he moved his business to Spokane, Washington, and began building a marketing company to expand his teachings about essential oils and their benefits to as many people as possible. That was the origin of the present-day Young Living Essential Oils company.
A rancher at heart, he purchased his first farm of 160 acres in May 1992 in the mountains of St. Maries, Idaho. On this farm the first lavender, clary sage, thyme, and peppermint were planted and became a testing ground for new distillation practices.
In 1993, Young’s company in Riverton, Utah, became Young Living Essential Oils; and in 1994 it was incorporated. He then bought another 160 acres in Mona, Utah, in 1995 and started farming in Utah.
Young began looking internationally to discover new plants that could be distilled and shared around the world. His path took a unique turn when he was invited to develop a natural medicine program and farming project for Asuay University in Cuenca, Ecuador. The climate in Cuenca has only a three-month growing season, making it not too conducive for farming; so Gary went exploring in Guayaquil, a very busy city on the coast. He found the climate and unidentified plants and trees an irresistible opportunity. Young Living became global when it expanded to Ecuador in 2006 with a 2,300-acre farm.
At the same time, he saw an opportunity to help the local children in the rural community of Chongon on the edge of the jungle and founded the Young Living Academy. The doors opened in March 2008; and to date, 340 students have attended, with 100 percent of the students from the first graduating class celebrating their commencement in March 2016.
In 2009 Young went to Yemen. After great persistence, he received a permit to go into the “Forbidden Zone” to visit Shabwa, the ancient throne of Queen Sheba; to see the remains of this ancient civilization; and to see and document the different frankincense and myrrh species still growing in the region. He summarized his experiences in a best-selling historical novel, The One Gift, which depicts life on the camel caravans. It was just one of a dozen books Young authored and published.
While visiting Oman and walking through a market with thousands of giant bags of frankincense resin piled in the streets, Young decided to build a distillery in Salalah, the center of frankincense history; and in January 2010, Young Living opened the first large commercial distillery for the extraction of Sacred Frankincense essential oil in modern times.
While fascinated with the teachings of ancient cultures, Young was also a modern thinker. In 2014 the Young Living Highland Flats distillery became the first automated, large-capacity, computerized steam distilling facility ever built in the world for essential oils.
Young Living’s operations currently have a daily capacity of producing more than 500,000 bottles of oil.
The company has international offices in Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Mexico, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the United States. Young Living has more than 16 corporate and partner farms, over 3,000 employees, and well over 4 million members. Young Living Essential Oils will continue to grow and share Young’s vision around the world.
Young’s research led him to the far corners of the earth and unprecedented findings that improve health and wellness.