So what does it mean to have pure therapeutic grade essential oils? It means the oil delivers as many of the fragile and original aromatic compounds as possible. As part of Young Living’s internal standards of quality, there are four areas in which special attention is always given:
As you will see, each of these provides a significant impact on the way Young Living’s products are developed from seed to seal.
It all begins with identifying exactly the right genus and species of plants and giving them exactly what they need to thrive. Young Living essential oils are produced from an array of high-quality herbs and flowers including lavender, sage, German chamomile, thyme, tarragon, and bergamot, all of which are grown according to specific internal and industry standards. Young Living carefully selects and cultivates only the species of herbs and plants that will produce the most active and widest array of constituents. (Also read: Simple Flower, Complex Chemistry)
Plants are grown on uncontaminated land, and the soil is enhanced with a mix of organic mulch, manure, enzymes, and trace minerals. Young Living farms, established throughout the United States and around the world, ensure that only the best plant life is grown for Young Living products.
Gary developed his proprietary distillation methods by combining knowledge of history’s finest distillers, modern technology, and decades of trial and error. Before harvesting takes place, there must be an understanding of the plant and the factors critical to producing therapeutic grade essential oils.
From species to species, there are intricacies that must be understood to maximize quality and yield. Some are best harvested at day and some at night; some plants are best distilled immediately after cutting while some need to sit for a day or two. By having distillers on-site at each farm, harvested herbs can be monitored, measured, and then distilled at exactly the right time. Part of this intricate system includes analyzing Brix levels with a refractometer. Readings provide a measurement of the sugar content, which is indicative of the amount of oil present.
Using only pure water free of heavy metals and contaminants, Young Living has a proprietary, stainless steel distillation process that uses low temperature and low pressure to foster the preservation of plant properties, capture the pure essence of the plant, and maintain the quality of the oils. Variations in the distillation process can result in a reduction or destruction of product quality.
It is not unusual for commercial oil processors to increase pressure, heat, and reduce distillation times in order to cut costs. This practice, however, results in the elimination of key components necessary to make an essential oil fragrant, distinctive in texture, and potent. Although the product may be considered pure, it lacks the elaborate chemistry required to be touted as therapeutic-grade. At Young Living, extreme measures are taken to ensure our high standards are never sacrificed.
Core to our philosophy is guaranteeing the 100% purity of our essential oils. This means two things: first, the product contains nothing but essential oil and has not been cut or diluted, and second, there are no dangerous substances like heavy metals, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers. This purity must be achieved naturally through the use of quality plants and meticulous preparation, and not through ultra-refinement.
Additionally, we seek to create an educational forum regarding the differences between pure therapeutic-grade essential oils and synthetic, perfume-grade oils, which are often promoted as being pure. The process of recognizing such “knock-offs” is important for your pocketbook and even more important for your health as adulterated oils do not offer the same benefits.
To guarantee Young Living’s products exceed current international ISO and AFNOR standards, and meet our own high internal standards for potency, Young Living rigorously analyzes the finished oil’s phytochemical profile with the most sophisticated methods available to ensure it delivers optimal amounts of every key plant compound. The result is a therapeutic-grade product that matches our extensive historical database of product quality.