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Essential Oils: Finding Answers (Part 2)

beth October 24, 2012

In Part 1 we covered what questions to ask and why when your getting ready to buy essential oils for a company. In Part 2 I will be sharing the answers that were given to these questions by two companies – Young Living and Wyndmere.

Answers:

Are the plants you use in making your oils certified organic/grown
without pesticides?

Young Living:

We know that providing organic products to our members is as important
to them as it is to us. That is why Gary”s farms strive to use organic
matter in everything they grow, process, and sell. Thus chemical
fertilizers or pesticides are not used on our YL affiliated farms and
the third party growers we enlist promise the same. Unfortunately, we
cannot place the word “organic” on the labels as they are not certified
organic.

The reason why our oils are not 100% certified organic is due to the
fact that we occasionally import some oils from different countries.  As
most of these countries do not have organic standards set or organic
standards that match the US standards, we are unable to certify them
organic.  With this said, please rest assured, that Young Living® will
not accept oils or plants that do not meet our strict standards.

Wyndmere:

Yes. All are grown free of pesticides/insecticides. Some are certified organic.

What tests are done in order to insure the quality of your oils?

Young Living:

Our staff subject every incoming lot of essential oils to a battery of
tests including gas chromatography, GC/MS, heavy metals analysis,
Microbial, Flash Point, Optical Rotation, Refractive Index, and Specific
Gravity. Oils that exhibit even the slightest hint of possible tampering
or adulteration-even if provided from a trusted supplier-are sent to
outside laboratories for even more in-depth dissection using techniques
such as carbon isotope analysis.

Wyndmere:

We randomly test for the following: Specific gravity, optical rotation and refractive index; GC-MS which includes a certificate of analysis. By the way, testing in no way assures the quality of an essential oil.

((I disagree with this statement. Testing does help to assure quality. That is the whole point in doing it.))

How are your oils extracted?

Young Living:

Young Living® feels that steam distillation is more effective in
distilling oils and produces a better, more pure oil. Young Living”s
proprietary low-temperature, low-pressure steam distillation process
ensures that the beneficial plant compounds in every batch of essential
oil remain un-compromised during the extraction process. For our citrus
oils, cold pressed extraction is used. The choice of
distillation/extraction method depends solely on the individual
essential oil.

Wyndmere:

The majority are steam-distilled; the citruses are cold-pressed; and the jasmine is solvent extracted.

What sets your oils apart from the rest?

Young Living:

The process Young Living uses when planting, cultivating, harvesting,
and distilling a batch of oil is crucial to retaining its vital
compounds. Without the exact blend of naturally-occurring plant
chemicals, an essential oil can lose its beneficial properties and fail
to produce the desired effect.

Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) means that every essential oil
Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring
blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect. Young Living is
able to make this assertion because of our strict cultivation
process—illustrated by the Four Ps—that guarantees the optimal
potency of every Young Living essential oil.

Plants

An oil”s potency can be affected not only by selecting the proper plant
to cultivate, but also by 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. Only those plants that produce the
most active and widest array of therapeutic compounds are selected.

Preparation

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 Therapeutic Grade standards. Young Living uses a
gentle, proprietary technique for steam-extracting the most potent
essential oils, which remains unmatched throughout the essential oils
industry.

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temperature must be maintained throughout the distillation process, and
pressure, length of time, equipment, and batch size are strictly
monitored.

Purity

Young Living Therapeutic Grade standards prohibit the acceptance of any
diluted, cut or adulterated oils. Every product Young Living
produces—essential oils, oil blends, nutritional supplements, or
personal care—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.

Potency

The culmination of the preceding three stages, Potency means that the
naturally occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product
are of the highest and most consistent bioactive levels. Without strict
adherence to the Young Living Therapeutic Grade standard in the Plant,
Preparation, and Purity phases, the final product would not have the
necessary potency to create the desired effect.

Wyndmere:

Wyndmere welcomes the variation seen in products that are wholly natural and is opposed to the standardization of essential oils. We do not adulterate with synthetics or dilute with cheaper oils prior to bottling nor do we purchase from anyone who does. We have consistently purchased from the same suppliers since the companies conception 17 years ago.
Are your oils safe for internal use? Are some safe for children?

Young Living:

Many of the essential oils can be ingested. All of our oils that can be
ingested feature a white supplement facts box on the product label. The
oils featuring a supplement facts box have been deemed GRAS (Generally
regarded as safe) by the FDA for ingestion.

Several of the essential oils are considered safe for children.  We
would recommend following the label directions for each product. We do
suggest caution when using oils with children in any manner, as
children”s senses are very sensitive. We would also recommend doing a
skin test on a small area before applying the oil to a larger area to
make sure it is diluted appropriately. As every person is different and
reacts differently to different oils we do recommend consulting with a
health care provider before using any of our products to determine if it
is right for the child.

Wydmere:

Yes.

Is there anything else you would like possible customers to know?

Young Living:

Please refer to the Company section of www.youngliving.com for more
information. You may also find this information through the following
link: http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/company/.

Are your oils meant for healing or just aromatherapy?

Wydmere:

Our EO”s are used in many hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, hospices, spas, and by aromatherapist for bother their therapeutic and aroma properties.

Now, I could give my opinons on all of these…but I really want to start a discussion.

So, with that you learned from part 1 – what do these answers tell you?

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20 Comments

  1. I love that you included Young Living in this article. I’m obviously biased as they are the only oils I will use and recommend, and as you can see it’s for good reason. They have very strict standards and because of that I know I’m getting the very best oils on the market!

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  2. What about DoTerra? I hear a lot about them. I know you said yesterday that there would be info about them on another site?

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  3. […] In Part 1 we discussed what questions should be asked before you purchase essential oils. Then, in Part 2 you heard from some other companies and got their responses. Today you will hear from Modern Wellness on doTERRA products: […]

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  4. Thanks for taking the time to contact these companies. Will you be doing the same for Aura Cacia and Butterfly Express? Those are big ones I hear about all the time. Well, besides doTerra.

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    • Deann, I have considered contacting more companies for this series in the future. I will keep those companies in mind!

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      • Awesome, thanks for the reply!

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      • Beth, Those were two that I researched when I did my intense EO researching…it is definitely worth it, very eye opening. One in particular truly had me jaw dropped when I asked them questions. The other made me very aware that their oils were aromatherapy quality.

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  5. I can’t tell you how disappointing this post is. I was looking forward to an unbiased assessment of essential oils in general, and maybe a compare/contrast of several companies, not a commercial for Young Living. I’m still waiting for someone to do a post on EO’s that doesn’t have an agenda (everyone is always selling YL or DT oils). Have been doing my own research through library books. Guess I’ll stick with that.

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    • Brooke, have you read the whole series? I actually cover THREE companies and have stated I would do more in the future. YL was one of these because of how many readers use them. The point in this series was to encourage readers to do research on their oils – to ask questions and guide them on what questions to ask and why.

      We have NO affiliation with YL, btw. So we would have no reason to promote them for our “agenda”.

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  6. Thank you Beth for this research. I have and will continue to use Young Living ONLY! I believe that the integrity of a company is important as well. Through much hard work Dr. Gary and Young Living are welcome in many countries around the world. This speaks volumes to me of his character and respect of others. Thanks Again!

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  7. […] There are a few oils that have so many uses you almost can’t afford not to have them – tea tree is one of those! From healing your body, to protecting your body, to cleaning your surroundings this oil is diverse enough to do it all. As with all oils, make sure you buy a high quality oil.  […]

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  8. Hi!
    I’m enjoying reading your articles about EO’s and the research you have done. I’m new to these and am digging and digging to get the best info. Has anyone else been a bit deterred by the history of YL’s ceo? He isn’t a doctor, and has been arrested a few times for false medical claims, many that have ended in death. Even if the oils are great, this freaks me out a bit. Any thoughts?

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    • Hi Becca!
      From what I have read he does have a doctorate in naturopathy. There is controversy around him though, however, I can’t seem to find many legit sources for information on most of it. This is why I encourage people to do their own research though and do what works best for their family. 🙂

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  9. […] pesticides on their own farms or affiliated farms or third party farms with which they contract. (http://www.benjamintietje.com/www/2012/10/24/essential-oils-finding-answers-part-2/#.Uboobb4o67…)  They even take great care to harvest the plant at the right stage of the plant life (Seed to […]

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  10. […]  So, why specifically Young Living? What a great question and I’m glad you asked (well, were thinking it at least). Young Living is the only company that has a “Seed to Seal” promise. They are in control of everything that happens from the cultivating of the ground, to the planting of the seeds, to harvesting and distilling the products. The company does not use chemicals pesticides on the plants and any soil the seeds go into has not had chemicals used on it previously. It’s an all natural process. Young Living also tests every batch for quality and never dilutes or cuts the oils with other substances (http://www.benjamintietje.com/www/2012/10/24/essential-oils-finding-answers-part-2/#.Ufk6TtK1GJ…). […]

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  11. This article is ridiculous and biased. Just because YL adds more fluff to their answer, doesnt make them better. Just ask the researchers for Whole Foods Corp. They use Aura Cacia and Wyndmere!

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