Hello friends! Charlotte Sal the Science Gal is back! Jk, jk. Please, nobody, call me Sal in the comments. It might not get published… :]
We started the discussion of Essential Oil Chemistry 2 weeks ago with the basic makeup of essential oils, and how they work with your body on a cellular level. Then, we covered the sometimes edgy topic of essential oil purity (whew, that was a good one!). Now, we’re going finish out this series with the mind-blowing, radical importance of testing standards.
Here are some highlights of what we’re about to discuss:
- Most labs use equipment best suited for synthetic chemicals–not for natural essential oil analysis and thus aren’t equipped to analyze the constituents of therapeutic-grade oils.
- Young Living is the only company in the world to have the proper instruments calibrated to the proper standard to produce truly therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a scientist. I am getting all my info from the incredible resource, Essential Oils Desk Reference from Life Science Publishing. Get your hands on that book if you want more of where this post came from.
Peace of Mind Restored
First off, let’s take a deep breath. Essential oils can become a scary topic if you don’t know where to turn. Ready to find simplicity & peace of mind again? Three words: Young Living Standards.
You could write volumes about Young Living’s sourcing & testing standards and procedures. They are immense, rigorous, and unmatched in the world. But don’t take my word for it! Here are some factoids for your research arsenal:
Higher Farming Standards
Young Living requires all distillers who want to sell to them to submit samples to be analyzed. This is so that they can ensure that all the constituents (remember that word?) are present at the right percentage to be therapeutic.
In addition, Young Living requires that the farms and the essential oil distillation facilities be subject to site inspection. Of oil samples submitted between May 2007 and October 2011 by distillers wanting to partner with Young Living, 34% did not meet Young Living’s standards and were rejected.
The reason for this is because you can have pure oils, but if the plants are distilled at the wrong time of day or with incorrect distillation procedures, the constituents that make the oils therapeutic will not be there, and (no duh) you will not have a therapeutic grade essential oils.
This is so important to take a moment to recognize. Even if your oil source is pure, that doesn’t mean it’s effective.
The Human Factor
Because Young Living interacts with the people who purchase & use their essential oils, the company is able to monitor the human response. This helps them determine the actual therapeutic benefits of various oils.
I love this about Young Living. Yes, there is science; yes there are incredibly high standards, but to what end? To better human life. Amen to that.
Over the years, Young Living has compiled a science-oriented essential oil reference library that contains over 400,000 components. Young Living has used this library to develop its own standards to guarantee the highest possible therapeutic potency for its essential oils.
Can I just say? That takes dedication, y’all. In an industry where 98% of it is messed up, this is a worthy undertaking.
In addition, Young Living is the only essential oil company in the world to have testing instruments* that are matched & calibrated for therapeutic essential oil analysis to the instruments used at the National Center for Scientific Research in France by research engineer Dr. Hervé Casabianca.
As a general rule, if one or more marker components in an essential oil fall outside the prescribed percentages, the oil does not meet Young Living’s therapeutic-grade essential oil standards. No constituents, no oil. See, I told you constituents were important! 😉
Here’s the bad news: in the US, few companies use the proper analytical instruments and methods to analyze essential oils. This means that even if your essential oil source is getting their oils “tested” by 3rd-party labs, you still don’t know if those labs are equipped to analyze therapeutic-grade oils.
In fact, most labs use equipment best suited for synthetic chemicals–not for natural essential oil analysis. Crazy, right?
The solution is obvious: choose the company that has the standards, integrity, and know-how to make the best oils on earth. Pure & simple.
Well Done You!
Whewww!! I want to give you a big hug for getting through that whole series! It’s been quite the wild ride, hasn’t it? I wanted to give you all the best resources I could for understanding the incredible (and sometimes dangerous) world that is Essential Oils.
If any of this intrigued you or got your wheels turning, I would encourage you to check out Essential Oil Desk Reference by Life Science Publishing. If you want 1-on-1 support in learning about & using oils, you can join our team here!
*Technically, Young Living has 4 Gas Chromatograph instruments, two of which have a Mass Spectrometer. If you’re science-y, look these up. I got lost in the names alone, and didn’t have the patience to go further, lol! 😂
By the Way...
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