LETTER FROM COURTNEY VOGEL
Why Did I Choose Young Living?
By Courtney Vogel on Sunday, February 28, 2016
I'm asked all of the time why I chose Young Living and not “XYZ Brand” oils. A lot of “other” brands would accuse YL's founders of charging more for their oils not because of their undeniable dedication to the highest quality, but in order to support the MLM structure that YL chose. Let's start there. Why did YL choose a network-marketing model instead of a retail sales environment? If you walked into WholeFoods today, and saw 5 shelves FULL of the hundreds of oils and supplements that YL manufactures, who would help you to know the difference between them all? Who would tell you of their experience in using RC as support for a healthy respiratory system? Do you think that the person working that area in Whole Foods is likely to have personal experience with each of those oils, or has a personal friend that they could hook you up with (free of charge, of course), who could? Do they have a vested interest in making sure that you attain satisfactory results from the oils that you're choosing to use for a particular purpose? Of course not! When oils are sitting on a shelf somewhere, there is no education! You don't get the personalized, individual access to the free, ongoing education that I HOPE you've come to appreciate from our secret, members-only group. Education and experience: these are the primary reasons why YL chose a network marketed model in which to sell their oils and supplements. But is this the reason why their oils are more expensive than the oils currently sitting (gathering dust?) on the shelves at Whole Foods? Not even close.
As we begin to discuss the price difference between YL and lesser oils, let's start with YL's “seed to seal” guarantee. Visit www.seedtoseal.com if you are unfamiliar with what this is. Basically, this means that YL owns their entire process. From the seeds that are hand-selected by YL, to the fields and farms in which those seeds are grown, to their own patented distillation process, to the bottling of the oils. Every step of the way YL tests for quality and employs third party testing to ensure the same. How does this differ from other brands? Ninety-five to ninety-eight percent of essential oil companies buy their oil already distilled. They simply rebottle and relabel the oil! They don't own their own farms. They don't KNOW the plants from the time they're seeds. They don't participate in the process of growing and distilling these plants whatsoever. So how can they be assured of their quality? Many don't even know where their plants, and therefore their oils, come from! Is there testing involved with the other brands? Absolutely. It is common practice to test for the presence of 5 of the 400 active constituents found in lavender essential oil. What about the other 395? Our Creator designed these oils to work based off of ALL of these constituents working synergistically together, to have an effect on the human body.
Next, let's talk about the industry standard dilution and adulteration that occurs. It is incredibly expensive to distill essential oils. It takes 5,000 rose petals to yield 1lb (2 cups) of rose essential oil. More oil can be extracted by using solvent-extraction processes than by using steam-distillation. Therefore, many, many brands use solvents to get more oils out of their plant material. (Full disclosure: all of YL's oils are steam-distilled or cold-pressed, as in the case of the citrus fruit oils, with the exception of the “absolutes,” in which case they use a food-grade solvent for the absolutes of neroli and jasmine. Absolutes are NOT essential oils and are for fragrance-making only, never internal use.) One hundred times more lavender essential oil is exported from France than is actually distilled there. How can you export MORE than you produce? By diluting with cheap carrier oils and other substances. But more than the concern of dilution is the concern of adulteration. Most EO's are adulterated with chemicals. Have you ever noticed on the bottles of most brands of essential oils that the label states, “do not ingest”? Are you aware that your skin is your largest organ? If what we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood stream via this largest organ, why in the world would be want to put ANYTHING on our skin that cannot be ingested?! Some brands' bottles even state, “not for topical application.” For goodness sake.... what's the use of THAT oil?
The second most commonly asked question I receive is regarding organic standards. Are YL oils organic? The truth is that they're better than organic. See, organic standards aren't as great as you might think they are. The EPA dictates that in order for a crop to be certified organic, the soil must not have been sprayed with pesticides for a mere 3years before plant harvest (http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/torg.html). Young Living goes far beyond these standards. Our farms are on virgin land or land that has not been farmed in at least 50 years. This is in addition to the battery of testing the land undergoes to ensure it is absolutely free of any pesticides. We even treat our land with DiGize to cleanse it! These are reasons why our farms are scattered far and wide; it's THAT difficult to find unadulterated land! It is also important to note that certain areas of the world, such as the areas where frankincense is grown, do not even HAVE organic standards. These areas are likely decades away from organic CERTIFICATION. Does this mean that they use pesticides or are any less pure than brands bearing an organic certification? Absolutely not. Have you ever visited your local farmer's market and noticed that some of the farms state that they grow “according to organic standards,” yet their booth does not bear the organic label? That is because many farms cannot afford the certification. Depending on the size of the farm, and the amount of crop produced, it can cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars just for organic certification! This is why it is vital to know your farmer! Know where your crops are coming from. I routinely buy from farms who practice sustainable agriculture, and grow according to organic standards, yet don't bear the certification. Young Living doesn't just KNOW the farmers. They ARE the farmers. They know the land. In most cases they OWN the land.
Still not on board with MY reasoning supporting my choice to use Young Living oils with my family? I encourage you to call some other brands of oils and ask the following questions:
- Do you own your own farms?
- Do you own fully equipped labs?
- Do you have someone on staff with a “trained nose?”
- Are your members allowed to visit supplier distilleries?
- Do you test for peak harvest time before harvesting the plant material?
- Do you then harvest the plants at the peak time?
- Do you have trained staff on-site at the farms from which you obtain your plant material?
- Do you discard “mistakes” and oils that do not meet criteria?
- Do you use coned lids in your distillation process?
- Do you distill your essential oils (not absolutes) without the use of solvents?
- Do you bottle your own oils?
- Do you test your oils side-by-side with Young Living?
I can assure you that the answer to all of these questions by Young Living is a resounding“YES!”