About

My journey with Young Living started because I was suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome for 5 years before a friend recommended me to Young Living. Since then, I've recovered and seen how my family's and friends' health have improved by using Young Living's therapeutic grade essential oils for various ailments. I now swear by it! To be able to share more of Young Living's Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, which is really God's gift to mankind, I've decided to set up this website to create more awareness about aromatherapy in its purest form.

Differentiating different grades of Essential Oils
Before we attempt to understand the power of essential oils in the realm of personal, holistic health care, it is of utmost importance that we appreciate the necessity for obtaining the purest essential oils possible.

Alongside chemists who synthetically "copy" the constituents of a pure essential oil, many essential oil companies today label their oils "therapeutic", even though they have no experience in meeting any standard at all and buy from anonymous brokers. Young Living is the first to establish guidelines that define what a therapeutic essential oil is and to create oils that met or exceeded any known medicinal standard.



Grades of Essential Oils

Therapeutic-grade essential oils

Pure, medicinal, steam-distilled essential oils containing all desired therapeutic compounds

Natural oils (organic) and certified oils

Pass oil-standard tests but may not contain any or just a few therapeutic compounds

Extended or altered oils

Fragrance grade

Synthetic or nature-identical oils

Created in a laboratory


Synthetic oils are very common nowadays as they can be created cheaply and sold for a very low price in places like health food and drug stores or tourist shops. Besides not having any therapeutic efficacy, they may even be harmful. Take fragrance-grade lavender for instance, instead of a healing effect on newly burned skin, it may even have a harmful effect.

Extended or altered oils may have an essential oil base but are "enhanced" with certain lab-created constituents to increase volume or fragrance. Due to chemical impurities or an antagonistic balance among oil constituents, these oils may be either ineffective or even cause negative effects.


Seed to Seal
Seed to Seal is Young Living's way of authenticating our essential oils and protecting nature's living energy in every bottle. The first step of this process-Seed-means we research plant species that offer the optimal therapeutic benefits, identify species with experts and document their source, and monitor the ongoing cultivation process to ensure the chosen plant species is used.


Lavender is an excellent example of Seed authentication. Young Living has identified more than thirty-five different varieties of lavender, and so far, only one, Lavandula angustifolia, has shown the best therapeutic outcomes. Lavandula angustifolia is grown on Young Living's farms in Utah, Idaho, and France.


After the harvest on each farm, the lavender seed stock is collected and stored until the following year. Gary Young always uses the seed stock from the previous harvest instead of cloned or hybrid seed. loned and hybrid seeding techniques are used by lavender growers who aren't focused on therapeutic outcomes. Although these other seeding techniques may grow taller, faster plants and produce larger yields, Young Living's industry-leading experience and research has shown that only a balanced seed stock can deliver the expected therapeutic results.


Lavender is only one example of Young Living's expertise in seed authentication. Think about the dozens of Young Living essential oils, the variety of species, and all the places around the world where these species are grown-copaiba in the Amazon rainforest, helichrysum in the Mediterranean, vetiver in Madagascar. There are more than seventy single oil species Young Living offers as products! Gary and other Young Living experts have visited each partner grower to verify in person the species being used. Even after our experts leave a partner grower, incoming batches are tested to validate the chosen species.


When Young Living researchers discover a largely unknown plant species, we look to the knowledge and expertise of botany experts. Young Living collaborates with academic and professional botanists around the globe to document the species at the plant source. Recently, Gary Young teamed with professionals in the Middle East to document the origin and benefits of multiple frankincense species. Only by going to the source can Young Living confidently share the therapeutic benefits of the plant compounds with all our members.



ORAC - Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity

Free radicals, and the damage they can do at the cellular level, have received a lot of attention in the last few years.  The oxidative stress caused by free radicals - which are produced during normal metabolism and cell function, as well as from stress and pollutants in our air, water and food - is implicated in everything from aging and wrinkling of skin to DNA damage, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

This is clearly an issue for anyone concerned about their health, or just looking and feeling younger, and is especially important for those engaged in strenuous physical training.


Antioxidants to the rescue

The good news is that you're not left to the ravages of these free radicals.  Antioxidants offer powerful, effective protection for your body and cells against their oxidative stress, by blunting the damaging effects of free radicals.

But, how are you to tell which foods or other natural substances offer you the best protection from the damaging effects of free radicals?


The ORAC Scale on antioxidant capacity

USDA researchers at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, have developed a laboratory test to measure the oxygen radical absorption capacity of different foods and natural substances.  Known as the ORAC scale, it is one of the most sensitive and reliable methods for measuring antioxidant capacity.

The first test of its kind, the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale measures both the time and degree of free-radical inhibition.

All antioxidant capacity measures are estimated by Ferric Reducing Power, and are expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent(TE) per 100 grams (µTE/100 g).  The ORAC test is accurate to +/- 5%.

 

 

Comparison of different foods and natural substances on the ORAC scale

Essential Oil Antioxidant Capacity

Foods Antioxidant Capacity

Clove

1,078,700

Vitamin E oil

3,309

Myrrh

379,800

Pomegranates

3,037

Citronella

312,000

Blueberries

2,400

Coriander

298,300

Kale

1,770

Fennel

238,400

XanGo juice

1,644

Clary sage

221,000

Strawberries

1,540

German chamomile

218,600

Tahitian Noni

1,506

Cedarwood

169,000

Spinach

1,260

Rose

160,400

Raspberries

1,220

Nutmeg

158,100

Brussels sprouts

980

Melissa

134,300

Plums

949

Marjoram

130,900

Broccoli florets

890

Ylang ylang

130,000

Beets

840

Palmarosa

127,800

Oranges

750

Rosewood

113,200

Red grapes

739

Manuka

106,200

Red bell peppers

710

Wintergreen

101,800

Cherries

670

Geranium

101,000

Yellow corn

400

Ginger

99,300

Eggplant

390

Bay laurel

98,900

Limu juice

305

Eucalyptus citriodora

83,000

Carrots

210

Cumin

82,400


Black pepper

79,700

Essential Oils Antioxidant Capacity

Vetiver

74,300

Grapefruit

22,600

Petitgrain

73,600

Hyssop

20,900

Blue cypress

73,100

Balsam fir

20,500

Citrus hystrix (limette)

69,200

Niaouli

18,600

Douglas fir

69,000

Thyme

15,960

Blue tansy

68,800

Oregano

15,300

Goldenrod

61,900

Cassia

14,800

Melaleuca Ericifolia

61,100

Sage

11,300

Blue yarrow

55,900

Mountain savory

10,340

Spikenard

54,800

Cinnamon bark

7,100

Basil

54,000

Tsuga

6,200

Patchouli

49,400

Valerian

3,860

White fir

47,900

Cistus

3,860

Tarragon

37,900

Eucalyptus globulus

2,410

Cajeput

37,600

Orange

1,890

Peppermint

37,300

Lemongrass

1,780

Cardamom

36,500

Helichrysum

1,740

Dill

35,600

Ravensara

890

Celery seed

30,300

Lemon

660

Canadian Fleabane

26,700

Frankincense

630

Mandarin

26,500

Spearmint

540

Lime

26,200

Lavender

360

Galbanum

26,200

Rosemary

330

Myrtle

25,400

Juniper

250

Cypress

24,300

Roman chamomile

240