The key to producing true Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils begins with each plant. An oil’s potency can be affected not only by selecting the proper plant to cultivate, but also where the plant is grown, the quality of soil in which the seed is planted, and even the time of day it’s harvested. Young Living has extensive experience selecting the correct species of plant for desired oil potency, planting under optimal conditions, using ideal soil and natural methods to encourage growth, and knowing the precise time to harvest each crop. We select only those plants that produce the most active and widest array of constituents. Only plants that meet our standard are used, otherwise no amount of preparation can extract truly therapeutic-grade essential oils. Young Living will continue to perfect growing and harvesting techniques using our network of farms in Idaho, Utah, France, and Ecuador.
Once the optimal soil, plant, cultivation, and harvesting conditions have been adhered to, the plants must be distilled properly in order to meet Young Living’s therapeutic-grade standards. Young Living uses a gentle, proprietary technique for steam-extracting the most potent essential oils, which remains unmatched by anyone in the industry. To meet our therapeutic-grade distillation standards, proper temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size strictly monitored. Young Living essential oils never have alcohol, solvents, or other chemicals added during the distillation process. And while the common technique of cutting oils may increase yield and decrease cost, it also compromises oil quality – thus cut oils do not meet our purity standards.
Young Living’s therapeutic-grade standards prohibit the acceptance of any diluted, cut, or adulterated oils. Every oil Young Living produces meets strict purity standards. Every batch of essential oils is subjected to rigorous, state-of-the-art analysis at the Young Living chemistry lab. Using some of the most advanced equipment in the world, our scientists subject every batch of essential oils to gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer testing, and heavy metals analysis. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible adulteration or tampering are rejected. In order to continuously assess our oil testing procedures, Young Living regularly sends oil samples to independent labs for analysis. The findings of these trusted laboratories, coupled with years of experience analyzing essential oils, are what enable us to properly calibrate our testing equipment and effectively analyze the results.
Potency means that the naturally occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are the highest and most consistent bioactive levels. Ensuring that the various standards encapsulated in the Plants, Preparation, Purity, and Potency approach is the essence of the Young Living therapeutic-grade standard. Without strict adherence to this standard in the first three areas, the final product would not have the necessary potency to create the desired therapeutic effect.
In the end, what truly sets Young Living apart is our adherence to the very high standards we have set for our products. Through every step of the way, the Four Ps ensure that Young Living products are truly therapeutic-grade from start to finish.