Can You Trust Young Living?
With rumors about snake oils racing around the online world like mad jet skis on a busy summer lake, the question of, “Can I trust Young Living?” is an important one.
The good news? I have the answer.
Anyone can claim anything on a website, and have it regarded as truth — at least until someone takes them to court to prove otherwise. So why should you trust me? Because I’m going to deliver facts that support my opinion.
Now back to the question: Can you trust Young Living? The answer is yes. You can without a doubt trust Young Living products. Now, let’s prove it!
Fact 1: The Right Foundation
Young Living was founded in 1993 by D. Gary Young. Prior to starting the company, Gary studied nutrition, biochemistry and essential oils in various places around the world. Now he continues to lead the company, with his wife and a team of experts. Here are a few, as of May 2016:
R. Michael Buch – PhD
Dr. Lindsey Elmore – PharmD, BCPS
Christi Bonds-Garrett – MA, MD
Clell M. Fowles – RPh, BA, BS
Peter Minke – PhD
Carlos Orozco – BS (Experimental Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics), MS (Immunology), MD (Rep Med, Gynecological Oncology), PhD (Biochemistry), ND (Nutritional Medicine)
Tom Reed – DPM, DABPS, DABPM, FACFAS
Olivier C. Wenker – MD, MBA, ABAARM, DEAA
Read more including details on schools and credentials here: Young Living Scientific Advisory Council. But as you can see, Young Living is backed with serious credentials.
Young Living wasn’t founded by a businessman. It was founded by someone dedicated to discovering as much as possible about health and the natural world. D. Gary Young continues to spend his time locating land for new farms, planting, distilling and formulating the products so many of us love.
Fact 2: Commitment to Quality
Young Living doesn’t waiver in quality. I witnessed this in 2014 when one of Young Living’s most popular products, the Valor essential oil blend, went out of stock due to a shortage of blue spruce. This cost the company millions of dollars. My wife and I were at the St. Maries farm in Idaho, and Gary flew in for a few hours. He addressed the shortage and said that even though people urged him to change the blend to meet demand, he wouldn’t do it. He’d rather the company lose money than compromise a blend that he had formulated for a specific purpose.
Wow — That’s a memory I’ll never forget. Show me someone who will sacrifice millions for quality, and I’ll show you someone who will experience ongoing success with an ocean of loyal customers.
Young Living does not sacrifice quality to meet demand. If you decide to purchase products from them, be prepared for out of stock times as new harvests are waited on. This isn’t the typical grocery store where chemical filled, synthetic products are always available. It goes against America’s “give it to me now” entitlement, but it’s completely worth the wait.
Fact 3: Seed to Seal / Farms
If I knew nothing else about Young Living, the fact that they own and operate their own farms would go a long way in convincing me to trust them. And it goes beyond privately held farms — the Seed to Seal™ guarantee is the only one in the essential oil industry.
In a nutshell, Seed to Seal means everything is done right from seed selection to sealing the jar of oil. If you’re new to the oil industry, there a many, many steps that if not performed correctly, can radically reduce the therapeutic quality of an oil. And how does one know if an oil has been damaged? With GCMS testing in a lab – but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Fact 4: Superior Laboratory Testing
Seed to Seal™ isn’t possible without laboratory testing. Whether the oils are from a Young Living farm, co-op or partner farm, proper testing is a must to ensure the oils are therapeutic grade.
Laboratories have libraries of compounds stored within their chromatographic computer systems. These libraries are often purchased from the instrument manufacturers, and are then supplemented over time by the lab itself – but it can take years to build up a quality library. A relatively new lab will often only contain the compounds loaded by the manufacturer. Or they will purchase a library tailored to their industry, such as pharmaceuticals or petrochemicals.
Fact 5: A Global Mission
The Young Living Foundation builds homes, orphanages and schools around the world for people in need. Young Living Corporate pays the salaries of everyone working at the foundation, so 100% of donations go to meeting real needs, not paying for salaries, office space and the plethora of other expenses consuming the donations at other charities.