Essential Oils seem to be popping up everywhere. They decorate the shelves of Whole Foods in their pretty glass bottles, and they line the insides of cabinets in small health food stores. There’s an abundance of them online too, ranging from Amazon to eBay. Some people even try and sell Young Living there. Please don’t ever buy those oils. Please be careful. Those are not Young Living’s. Distributors have even bought those oils just to see their quality and they are not filled with what they’re being sold as.
And then there are other companies as well…so why didn’t I go with any of those brands?
When I first became interested in essential oils, I read. And read. And then I read some more. I wanted to make an informed, wise decision. After reading, researching and praying..I chose Young Living! Wooooo! :)
So, why did I choose Young Living?
Monique McLean explains it best, so I’m going to give the floor to her…but for me, it always comes back to quality.
“Why is one essential oil better than the other? Well, you are about to find out. The very first night I started talking about the fact that I wanted to start using essential oils, my brother had to share what HE really thought about them. (We are an opinionated family). At the time he frequented Whole Foods and other natural stores MUCH more than I did. He informed me that night, that stores of this nature have oils for MUCH cheaper than what I was looking at spending. Since there is a small part of me that will be open minded, I decided to go check it out. Sure enough, he was right, HOWEVER, when I picked up the bottle, on the back it said, DO NOT INGEST. Hmmmm. Interesting. So, I decided to do a little research and figure out why I can ingest one and not the other, and why one oil was more expensive than the other.
Here is what I found out.
First, true therapeutic grade oils MUST be derived from organically grown or wildcrafted plants. These oils MUST be steam distilled at certain pressures or pressed and stored in the correct manner. Things can not be added or taken away for you to receive the true therapeutic qualities. If plants are grown commercially with pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals to cut down on the agricultural cost, or distilled at too high a pressure…to cut processing time, or if they are extracted with chemical solvents to squeeze out more product..you are getting a compromised life force or perhaps, NO life at all. Ain’t nobody got time for a compromised oil. Let’s get real. The majority of retail stores want something for bottom dollar. They will find ways to cut costs, speed up production time, and when they do, that keeps the price lower. Basically, you get what you pay for folks.
The reason why you CANNOT ingest many essential oils put out by other companies is that they have “ADDED” synthetic compounds to enhance the aroma of the oils.
“…why was the aroma LOST?”
Good question, because when they used a HIGH pressure distillation, they lost some of the aroma, and with that loss, they lost some, if not all, of the therapeutic qualities. So basically, if the oil is lavender, they add a compound to make it “smell” more like lavender, but now it’s not safe to ingest, shoot, I’m not sure if I would even be comfortable applying these oils topically, much less inhaling. Look, if I’m trying to go TOWARDS being more natural, I’m going to do this thing right. No sense in doing something half way. Dead oils can not heal. So why waste your money for a chemically derived smell?
Finally, don’t let a label fool you.
You can find oils that labels will say 100% pure, organic, and natural, and wait for it…some may even say therapeutic grade…OH, but they are far from it. Tricky little things. Most of the time them putting all that on a label would just be a straight lie, however, no government agency has defined the term “therapeutic”, and no agency regulates the content of labels on essential oils in a way that would remedy these deceptions.
Listen, I could write about twenty more paragraphs of research I’ve personally done on this fact, but let’s get to the point. Therapeutic oils are almost NEVER sold in retails stores. Don’t expect healing properties from them. Over 90% of the oils that are sold as “essential” in America are food or fragrance grades and are NOT suitable for healing applications. It’s just not going to come from them. You just need to educate yourself on what oils are therapeutic. I hope all this helps you understand the importance of high quality oils. Again, PLEASE, never ingest or use other oils the way we suggest the use of Young Living oils.
For me, when I was researching, I felt VERY confident that Young Living had the bases covered. I’m not saying there are no other companies out there…but I had a HUGE peace that this was the company I wanted my family using. They pride themselves in producing the highest grade of essential oils you can find. They follow strict guidelines and they call it their “seed to seal” program, meaning, their guidelines start from the stages of the seeds they use, all they way until the final oil is sealed in the bottle.
After I read all of the research and time that goes into a bottle of Young Living oil, I am TOTALLY okay with spending a few more dollars to know that I’m getting something that is legit. I also have used the oils and seen CRAZY amazing results. I’m just 100% confident they are of the highest quality. If I ever doubt it for one second, you will be the first to know. I would never stand behind a product I didn’t believe in, OR allow my family to use a product I didn’t believe in.”
Here are the five steps they follow in this process.
Seed – Potent essential oils come from plant species that have been authenticated by Young Living and other industry experts.
Cultivate – Soil preparation, balance of sun and water, and responsible weed and pest control ensure stringent standards are met.
Distill – Young Living’s proprietary low-temperature, low-pressure steam distillation process assures that the beneficial plant compounds in every batch are not compromised during the extraction process.
Test – Each essential oil must pass Young Living’s stringent testing to ensure the optimal bio-active natural compounds are present.
Seal – Young Living completes the Seed to Seal process by carefully sealing each bottle of essential oils and shipping to members worldwide.