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The Key Secrets to Exceptional Essential Oil Quality

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If you are someone like me, one who is mindful of not just ingredient lists when it comes to what you eat and what you put on your body, but also an interest in understanding the key processes involved in how something is created, then this article will provide valuable insights when it comes to choosing the right essential oils for your family’s personal care routine and lifestyle in general.

Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular among consumers as a natural solution for various health and wellness needs. However, not all essential oils are created equal. The quality of essential oils can vary greatly depending on many factors such as the soil quality, specialized farming practices, distillation techniques, and stringent quality control measures. No essential oil company oversees the complete process from start to finish, except Young Living. When a company is not committed to owning and operating their own farms and distilleries around the world, and they don’t hold your partner farms and certified suppliers to the same stringent specifications, testing and audits, it is practically impossible to maintain quality control over the entire process of essential oil production, from the use of non-GMO, non-hybrid seeds to the final distribution of the oils.

In this article, we will explore 3 key processes that lead to exceptional, unmatched essential oil quality.

 

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Key#1 Soil Quality & Biodynamic, Sustainable Farming Practices

“If you don’t know your soil, you don’t know your oil” – Gary Young, Founder – Young Living.

He was right. And he definitely knew his soil. Soil is the foundation of plant growth, and the quality of the soil and farming practices used to cultivate the plants can significantly impact the quality and potency of essential oils.

Young Living’s farms follow organic/biodynamic farming practices, a holistic approach that views the farm as a self-contained ecosystem, where everything is interconnected and works together in harmony. This approach includes using natural methods for pest control, soil health, and crop rotation.

On their farm in Ecuador, the goats are smoked with Palo Santo to keep pests at bay (instead of pesticides), their manure is then transferred to worm bins to break it down into humus, where it is mixed with sand in differing ratios per crop. The goats eat the vegetation from the farm, completing the cycle.

On some farms, wasp eggs are implanted into the crops. When the wasps hatch, they serve as natural pest control agents for those particular crops.

Many farms also utilize Monarch butterfly waystations and bee-hives as these insects are great pollinators.

Crop rotation allows for nutrients in the soil to be replenished and interrupts pest life cycles. Nutrients are also added to the soil through composting and the use of natural fertilizer. Uniquely, it treats the compost heap with medicinal plant-based preparations to encourage the microbial life needed for soil fertility. Chemical fertilizers commonly used by many other farms suppresses microbial life.

Additionally, Young Living’s farms are also carefully monitored and managed to ensure that the plants are harvested at the peak of their potency. For the Young Living Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil and the Palo Santo oil, this takes decades. These oils are the result of their reforestation efforts, being produced only when the trees die naturally.
This approach to farming is unmatched, and creates a solid foundation for producing oils with a higher concentration of beneficial chemical constituents, resulting in a more potent and effective oil.

Neglecting to consider soil quality and biodynamic practices in essential oil production will only result in inferior oils that lack the desired therapeutic benefits.

 

Key#2 Specialized Distillation Technique & Equipment for Each Plant

The distillation process is another crucial factor in determining the quality of essential oils.
The company’s unique distillation equipment and techniques are designed to preserve the natural chemical constituents of the oils and ensure that they are of the highest quality. Each botanical requires a unique approach when it comes to extracting their oils effectively.

Here are just some key features that have really catapulted the company into an entirely different stratosphere!

Low-pressure steam distillation: Young Living uses a low-pressure steam distillation process that preserves all the delicate therapeutic constituents that are found in the plant. Furthermore, every plant requires different temperatures to optimize oil extraction. This could only be discovered through years of painstaking research by the company. It should be noted that many essential oils are unique to Young Living, because they are constantly on the search for new plant species and their potential to provide us with therapeutic essential oil molecules.

Customized distillation units: Young Living uses customized distillation units that are specifically designed for each plant species.

One of the more unique pieces of equipment that Young Living uses is the vertical steam distiller. This type of distiller uses a vertical column with perforated plates to allow steam to pass through very delicate plant material like the ylang-ylang flower. It allows for a controlled slow and gentle distillation process that minimizes heat exposure to the plant material, resulting in oils that are more potent and aromatic. Additionally, Young Living’s distillation equipment is made of high-quality materials, such as stainless steel, which ensures that the oils are not contaminated by other cheaper materials during the distillation process.

Even more bewildering is the fact that unique distillation times for each botanical are also necessary in order to preserve all of its known chemical constituents. Young Living discovered that cypress needs to be distilled for 24 hours to preserve all of its 280 constituents. Anything outside of this time renders little to none of the therapeutic constituents. The market standard for distilling cypress is 3.5 hours!

Another fascinating fact is that the Young Living blue cypress oil holds the world record for the most hours distilled. A full 36 hours.

 

Key#3 Commitment to Quality Control, Transparency and Innovation

Finally, commitment to quality control, transparency, and innovation is essential for ensuring exceptional essential oil quality. This has secured Young Living as a leader in the essential oil industry as they are the first on the scene, creating industry standards for all other companies to measure themselves against.

We’ve talked about quality control measures at the farms and distilleries. This extends to rigorous testing after distillation as well. Even though partners are trusted, standards are always validated and upheld. This ensures only the most pure and potent products make it to the consumer’s door.

At an absolute minimum, Young Living runs 20 different tests in triplicate during the initial testing phase to make sure testing is consistent and viable. More than 50 highly trained, highly skilled scientists who use advanced testing methods to help ensure that products meet our lofty standards. With purity and efficacy being paramount to Young Living, the Research Institute team routinely develops new testing methods to help ensure the quality of our products.

If an oil from a supplier doesn’t pass, it is rejected and returned. Another company may purchase that rejected oil. If it is from a corporate farm, it goes back to the earth in compost or used around the farm.

When the oil passes quality control, it gets bottled and tested yet again! And if that wasn’t enough, Young Living also works with more than a dozen of the world’s leading, independent, and accredited labs with highly skilled and trained scientists who specialize in advanced product testing.

Transparency in sourcing and production practices also builds trust with consumers, allowing them to make well informed decisions. Unique to Young Living is the fact that consumers can choose to visit their farms and distilleries around the world to experience the journey from seed to bottle for themselves. You can talk to the farmers, the workers, the scientists. You can ask them about the sustainable and fair farming methods. You can ask how they are treated. You can get involved and get your hands dirty.

Over 2 decades of Innovative techniques and processes have helped to set industry standards for quality and purity as well as to help protect the planet. In fact Young Living owns 17 patents as a company and continually develops new techniques and processes as they learn and grow. The closest competitor has zero patents.

To learn more about the company’s rigorous set of standards and processes used to get a pristine final product, visit Young Living’s Seed to Seal website. http://www.seedtoseal.com/en

Young Living’s approach to essential oil production is unparalleled in the industry, with an unwavering commitment on sustainability, quality, purity and innovation at every step of the way. As with everything in life, the small decisions at every fork in the road can lead to significant changes. By choosing to prioritize proactive self-care with the highest quality essential oils, individuals can take charge of their health and well-being, rather than relying on reactive healthcare solutions.

There you have it – these 3 key secrets to exceptional essential oil quality. Believe it or not, they only scratch the surface of the entire story! Stay tuned for more fascinating tales along the way.

 

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Audrey Li

Aromatherapist

Audrey is an experienced mother, aromatherapist, and coach with a deep connection to nature. She is passionate about advancing the understanding of aromatherapy and unlocking the full potential of essential oils

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Tumai Meroiti

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Tumai is an experienced Breathwork Facilitator and Business Coach. His goals include speaking on 100 stages around the world, creating an essential oils encyclopaedia, and developing a leadership program for therapists new to the business

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