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The next time you drive by a field of fresh peppermint or hike through a pine forest, breathe deeply—you’re experiencing the soul-soothing power of essential oils. But essential oils are more than nice scents; these powerful plant extracts are your path to the lifelong wellness we are committed to helping you discover.

These concentrated, natural aromatic liquids are extracted from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. Pure, unadulterated essential oils have many potential health and wellness benefits. Essential oils, or aromatic oils as they were once called, have been used by many cultures around the world for centuries. Their uses varied between cultures from religious purposes to healing the sick. Evidence has shown that the Egyptians used aromatic oils as early as 4500 BC, and they became renowned for their knowledge of cosmetology, ointments and aromatic oils. The use of oils quickly spread throughout the ancient world, and many essential oils are mentioned in the bible as well as other ancient texts.

 

Essential Oils Today: A look at current uses of Essential Oils
Today, essential oils are experiencing another renaissance as people search for alternatives to pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Many of us are finding that pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils are more effective for addressing health and wellness issues than pharmaceuticals. Plus, there are almost no side effects with essential oils and they do not have negative interactions when used together.

Why should I use Essential Oils? What are some of the benefits?
- To have a natural alternative to maintain immune system function
- To get to the root of health issues and not just treat symptoms
- For emotional well being and mood balancing
- To replace toxic cleaning products and other chemicals

Choosing an Essential Oil Company - Why Young Living
Every essential oil contains vital plant compounds, they offer their greatest potential benefit in their natural, unadulterated state. Oils that are cut, diluted, blended synthetically, or otherwise altered lack the constituents that give them their health-supporting capabilities. Because they are so powerful, and because using synthetic or diluted EO’s can actually be very harmful, we only recommend oils from Young Living.

For more than 20 years Young Living has set the standard for determining purity and potency. They set the standard for essential oil purity and authenticity by carefully monitoring the production of oils through their unique Seed to Seal® process. From the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle, they apply the most rigorous quality controls possible to ensure that you are receiving essential oils exactly the way nature intended.

The exclusive Seed to Seal process includes these five painstaking steps:  
Young Living is proud to set the standard for essential oil purity and authenticity by carefully monitoring the production of our oils through our unique Seed to Seal® process. From the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle, we apply the most rigorous quality controls possible to ensure that you are receiving essential oils exactly the way nature intended.  Our exclusive Seed to Seal process includes five painstaking steps:  
Seed:
Plants chosen by experts and authenticated through scientific research and field study. These are seeds that produce the highest therapeutic value.
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Cultivate:
9 global farms that ensure strict quality standards are met (where they are grown, responsible weed/pest control, proper soil prep/irrigation, and sustainable wild-craft harvesting techniques.
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Distill:
Proprietary low-temp, low-pressure steam distillation allows all the plants compounds to remain intact and uncompromised throughout the process.
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Test:
EVERY essential oil is thoroughly tested (both internally and in third-party labs)
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Seal:
The process is made complete when they carefully inspect and seal each bottle of oil and every label is encoded with info that allows YL to trace it back to the source.
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Here are some important questions to ask when you’re considering purchasing essential oils:
(condensed from a report from The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education):

  1. Can this company guarantee that the land used to grow their plants & herbs is free of residual herbicides, pesticides, & chemicals?

  2. Does this company own their own lab to test an oil’s composition?

  3. Does this company ever purchase oils from outside suppliers? If so, does the company visit the farms and oil distilleries to observe the process and make sure that there are no added chemicals to the distillation of the oils and that the herbs and plants are grown completely free from contamination with herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers?

  4. Does this company only use crops that were harvested at their peak time? And if so, does the grower test to make sure that the crop is at its peak time for harvesting?

  5. Does this company continuously monitor the process of distillation to make sure that the oils produced from the distillation contain all of the correct therapeutic components?

  6. Can this company guarantee that oils are discarded and not sold if mistakes were made during the distillation process that affect the quality of the oils?

  7. Do they know if their suppliers supplement the distillation process with solvents to extract additional oil from the plant matter?

  8. Can this company guarantee that nothing is added to the oils during bottling?

This is not a comprehensive list of questions you could ask, but if their answer to any or most of the above is "no," or "I don't know," then how do they know their oils are "pure therapeutic grade" and that they are "as good or better than those of Young Living?" Without such knowledge, how can they make any verifiable claims that compare Young Living Oils with their brand?

With Young Living, you know that the answer to all of these questions is "Yes."

 
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