What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are aromatic liquids extracted from plants through steam distillation, cold pressing, and resin tapping. They are, in simple language, concentrated plant liquid. You are likely familiar with fresh or dried herbs; essential oils are basically concentrated and powerful, potent herbs.
Essential oils contain carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, and the different arrangements of these molecules create chemical constituents that have medicinal effects on the body. They are nothing new! People have been using essential oils for centuries to treat and heal the body.
Not all essential oils are created equally.
That is not a sales gimmick. It is simply fact.
Essential oils should come from a plant. That seems like a simple thing to state, but the truth of the matter is that many essential oils are not actually created from plants. They are mixtures of synthetic chemicals produced in a lab. True lavender essential oil, for example, comes from the lavendula angustifolia plant. It contains a constituent called linalool that naturally occurs in many plants. However, this same chemical can be synthesized in a lab by very smart chemists. Also, it can be isolated from a plant source, along with another constituent called linalyl acetate, and these two constituents could be added to orange essential oil to forge a bergamot essential oil. But this bergamot essential oil hasn't actually come from the bergamot orange fruit itself. Using these kind of chemically altered products for therapeutic and remedy use becomes very dangerous.
So Where Should I Get My Oils From? And Why Young Living?
Essential oils should come from farmers who produce crops, not from chemical companies.
Essential oils should come from a plant.
They should not have chemical constituents added to them to make them smell more like a certain essential oil, or create a whole new product.
They should be pesticide-free, harvested at the right time of year to have the best amount of constituents and therapeutic benefits.
Essential oil companies should own their own farms so that quality can be controlled. They should work with thoroughly-vetted suppliers who take caution about the entire process of growing plants, right from where the seed comes from, the soil it is sown in, how it is grown and cultivated, how and when it is harvested.
They should operate in sustainability and protect the earth.
This is why I choose Young Living, and have since 2004.
Protection of the earth and our citizens is our highest purpose. Our mission is to change the lives of others by getting, the highest quality essential oils in the homes of every home around the world. We want to change the lives by providing health, wellness, purpose, and abundance through the life of plants. We hold the highest standards for our essential oil production process, bringing the world the finest products available. From the seed of the plant to the seal on the bottle, our high standards are the core of who we are.