Q: Does Young Living adulterate, dilute, or cut its oils in any way?
A: We do not dilute, cut, or allow any adulteration to our single oils or the single oils used to make our oil blends, supplements, or other products, nor do we fractionate (isolate or distill out specific components) our essential oils. We harvest, distill, and sell only 100% natural, pure essential oils that meet the Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ standard.
One of Young Living’s defining attributes is taking quality so seriously that we actually own and operate our own farms and steam extraction equipment. We have operations on three continents, including Europe, South America, and North America that produce the finest essential oils on earth. Whether an oil is produced on a Young Living farm or secured from a qualified, trusted supplier, every oil is tested for compliance with Young Living's Therapeutic Grade™ Standard and rejected if it does not comply. Again, no other vendor is more fanatical on quality, nor is there any other company which consistently delivers such a quality product.
Young Living's founder, Gary Young, has spent twenty-three years acquiring knowledge on herb cultivation and proper essential oil distillation and has worked with the foremost world experts on essential oils, including Daniel Penoel, MD, Jean-Claude Lapraz, MD, Radwan Farag, PhD, and many others.
Moreover, Young Living’s Chemistry Lab, Research and Development department, and Quality Assurance department have spent more than a decade working with Gary Young and other researchers to refine and develop the unique Young Living therapeutic-grade standard. Every year, Gary and Young Living staff travel across the world to personally inspect essential oil distilleries and herb cultivation to ensure the highest therapeutic quality.
Young Living annually rejects about 72 percent of all essential oils received for analysis. These oils are found to be extended, adulterated, or sub-therapeutic. It is a sad fact that all of these rejected oils will eventually be sold and marketed by other less discerning companies, sometimes at a lower price, sometimes not.
Q: What is Young Living’s therapeutic-grade standard, and how does it compare to standards such as AFNOR and ISO?
A: When Gary Young started researching essential oil quality in the early 1990s, a patchwork of different independent standards existed including "Grade A," "AFNOR," "ISO," German Commission E, and others. Many of these standards were designed for the perfume industry and did not necessarily correlate with the health benefits of the essential oils. About nine years ago, Young Living created a special category of essential oil quality known as "Therapeutic Grade™" that incorporated elements of these standards into a new benchmark and linked essential oil composition with its therapeutic effects. Since then, other companies have begun using this term to describe their oils. It is important that consumers not confuse these oils with the Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ standard. Some oil sellers would have you believe that there are other laboratories, organizations, or associations qualified to certify an essential oil as therapeutic-grade. This is not true. There is no one other than Young Living qualified to certify an essential oils as Therapeutic Grade™. Gary Young and Young Living have spent nearly two decades defining the Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ standard based on:
- Clinical research on essential oils involving medical professionals
- Reviews of thousands of single patient anecdotal reports
- Personal experience of hundreds of thousands of users
- Investigation of historical and traditional uses
- Analysis of thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies of essential oils
- Gas chromatograph analysis of the thousands of batches of oil provided to Young Living