What are essential oils?
Essential oils come from plant materials. The essential oil of the plant is what gives "life" and healing to the plant. In a sense, it is the "essence" of the plant - from where the plant gets it's scent and medicinal benefits.
If you take a peppermint leaf and tear it down the middle, you'll feel liquid coming out and the strong scent of peppermint. That is the diluted essential oil. Because they are so powerful, the plant only needs a small amount of it to stay alive and healthy.
When you buy essential oils, it is important to understand the different grades of oils. Since the FDA has no labeling laws when it comes to aromatherapy, a company can put whatever they want on their oil labels, and it doesn't have to be true.
So, how do you know if you're getting a pure oil? Let me help you understand. :)
From Seed to Seal
The first place to start, in order to understand how important quality matter when it comes to essential oils, is to look at the SEED and SOIL where the plants will grow. If the land has been treated with toxic fertilizers, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals, you will receive those chemicals in your oils. Further, if the soil has not been naturally "treated" and fed with important nutrients, you won't receive the full benefits in your oil. If the seed itself has come from a genetically modified, or pesticide treated plant, that oil will be toxic to your health. Young Living ONLY purchases property if it's completely virgin land and they're farming is completely sustainable, they only raise their plants with seeds that have never been synthetically treated.
Think of it like food, "you are what you eat". You can apply that same law to oils: the plant contains what the soil has been fed. It is so crucial to know where you get your seed from, but also what the soil is treated with. Young Living throws back all their waste materials that they don't use in distillation back into the land and to use as natural weed prevention and to nourish the plants. They are completely sustainable and eco-friendly.
The second area that is absolutely important to the quality of your essential oil is the SCIENCE. Does the company who provides your oils have labs all over the world, including third party scientists to research and test each batch of oil harvested and know exactly how each plant must be grown according to it's specific needs? Young Living has onsite labs as well as a third party scientists to ensure the purity of Young Living oils.
Essential oils contain molecules and constituents - like our blood. In fact, essential oils have the same profile as human blood. Isn't that fascinating? This is why they are so beneficial to us, because our body recognizes it!
Essential oils are so complex, they must be carefully researched to know how to cultivate and properly harvest the plant materials for distilling. FUN FACT: the Jasmine blossom contains the highest amount of essential oil during the middle of the night, so it must be hand-harvested within that time frame.
When it comes to steam distilling, scientists also must know, 1) what temperature is required for the distillery process 2) the duration of time it will take for that oil to be at it's highest frequency. There is truly a science to this process!
After the rigorous process of distilling the plant materials, now the most make-or-break step is TESTING!
You've gone through this long process of cultivating the plants, harvesting the material, and distilling - now you must have the proper equipment to test each batch before it's bottled. Young Living essential oils go through 21 different tests, 3 different times! They are serious about "quality matters" and they've invested millions of dollars of equipment to make that possible. One of them, is even used by the FBI. This testing is so extensive that it can detect the most minute infraction. To understand the extent of its ability imagine your house filled with grains of rice from top to bottom. This test would be able to detect just one bad grain of rice! It's like finding a needle in a haystack. Young Living uses this to find even the tiniest amount of anything that doesn't belong in the oil.
In 2017, two weeks before the Grand Convention, Young Living discarded a large amount of peppermint oil because it contained a very minute amount of a certain heavy metal. Isn't that crazy?
Unfortunately, when that happens, other companies will buy that batch of oil and sell it as "therapeutic grade" and even stick their own certification that it's pure. However, I haven't found another company that invests all that Young Living does to ensure you and your family are receiving the absolute best essential oils.
You have made it this far
Wow, you've read all the way to here, way to go! You know more than most consumers of essential oils. Do you still have questions? Are you interested in attending a FREE class on how you can practically use oils and what they can be used for?
I'm so glad! I offer classes both online and locally - so if you are interested, I would love to "friend" you on Facebook or you can contact me and we can chat!