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Young Living

D. Gary Young: Maverick, Shokunin, Pioneer

Posted on November 20th, 2014 | 25 comments

Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young has dedicated his life and countless personal sacrifices to creating essential oils that surpass every quality standard. His motivation? The belief that pure essential oils have the power to touch and change lives. Young Living Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jared Turner shares his thoughts below on what sets Gary and his approach apart:



Gary Young is currently building a new Young Living farm up in cold British Columbia, Canada. As I think about this great personal sacrifice, I’ve been considering all the things people say about him, both good and bad. Some call him “crazy.” Others call him the “maverick” or “guru” of the modern essential oil movement. As with most leaders of movements that change the world, Gary Young seems to elicit a variety of opinions.


One title I love that describes the spirit of what D. Gary Young represents is that of “shokunin.” A traditional Japanese title, “shokunin” (or “craftsman”) could well encapsulate all the best of Gary. Shokunin are individuals who care deeply about their craft; however, even this literal description doesn’t fully express the full meaning of the word. Shokunin care passionately, even spiritually, about their work—to the point of utmost personal sacrifice. They don’t care for money; they care only to improve the world through the perfection of their craft. In this way, the world is better because of them. They see what they do as an art form that must be perfected every day, faithfully. They never rest and are rarely tired because they are doing what they were meant to do: living their purpose through their work.


Japanese artist Tasio Odate elaborates further:

“The shokunin has a social obligation to work his best for the general welfare of the people. This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.”


Gary Young is the true craftsman of the art of the cultivation, distillation, and quality testing of essential oils. He is comparable to none. He excels at his craft not only because he’s done if for decades but also because it is as natural to him as flying is to an eagle or swimming is to a fish. It is what he is meant to do.


Recent demonstrations of his shokunin spirit include the personal physical sacrifices he is experiencing in Canada. Gary recently told us that he is never warm. The only time he’s able to “thaw out” is a couple of hours after he tucks in his bed late at night after a long, arduous day at the farm. And it’s not just the brutal cold: he has cuts and bruises all over his body as a result of his drive to beat the deep winter clock and get people the oils they love.


I tell you this only to show you what we have in D. Gary Young; his dedication to his craft is immeasurably valuable to all of us. Remember: he loves what he’s doing and is meant to do it.


As recipients of this shokunin gift, it’s incumbent upon us to tell the story, to connect others to the Young Living “why” and continue the revolution in wellness that Gary Young started decades ago. We strive to help you tell this story through our emphasis on Young Living’s Seed to Seal® promise, as evidenced in our farm-centric events, the ongoing rebrand, and our marketing materials (check out SeedtoSeal.com).


Our detractors, including competitors, are attacking on all sides. They know that they are shadows of what we are and what we stand for—and they don’t like it. They know that they can’t compete with our original, authentic and rich narrative, so they attack the source of that narrative: Gary Young. We continue to tell our story despite this, and will defend our virtue as the originator and leader of the essential oil movement. Gary Young created a culture and ethos of wellness and empowerment that has lasted for decades—and it will last for decades more.


The bottom line is that whatever our competitors want to call Gary, they can’t call him a copycat. They can’t call him an imitator. At a minimum they can hopefully acknowledge that he’s the real deal and has taught them everything they know about essential oils. Maybe instead of attacking, it’s time that they give credit where credit is due. But guess what? Gary won’t be listening to any apologies; he’s too busy working in Canada to make the world a better place, one drop at a time.


And in case you still want to call Gary Young “crazy,” well, that may not be so bad either. Just ask Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple:

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes…the ones who see things differently—they’re not fond of rules…You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things…they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.”


We are grateful for the pioneering vision and tireless dedication of our founder. How has Gary’s work touched your life? Let us know in the comments!

Join Us in Celebrating 20 Years of Essential Oil Authority!

Posted on August 7th, 2014 | no comments

Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young has always had a passion for discovery, and for the past 20 years, he has used that passion to make Young Living the world’s leading authority on essential oils. This month we celebrate being the last word on essential oils, from our proprietary Seed to Seal process, creating a body of groundbreaking research and scholarship, and hand-selecting respected professionals for the Scientific Advisory Council. Keep reading to learn more!


Seed to Seal Process

No other company works as hard as we do to produce the purest, most authentic essential oils in the world. Each step of our proprietary Seed to Seal production process draws on our years of expertise and is designed to ensure superior, authentic essential oils that you and your family can count on. To learn more about this process, visit SeedtoSeal.com.


Research and Discovery

Over the years Gary’s essential oil discovery journeys have yielded exotic, limited-edition essential oils and Young Living exclusives. In his travels to Ecuador alone, Gary has discovered and distilled dozens of rare Amazonian plants!


Besides ongoing discovery efforts, we continuously research the wellness potential of essential oils. We offer many resources for learning about this research, including our annual conventions, Young Living Introductory Meetings, and other Young Living events where we invite you to get all the most current essential oil information!


Scientific Advisory Council

The Young Living Scientific Advisory Council offers valuable insight into the development of our products. This professional organization comprises prominent scientific professionals from around the globe, uniting years of experience in natural products. The council’s leadership, authority, and passion for essential oil innovation is redefining the way the world thinks about wellness.


We are pleased to offer the results of decades of expertise and essential oil authority in each product we offer. How has Young Living’s expertise made a difference for you and your family? Share your thoughts in the comments and learn more at Young Living.com!

Join Us in Celebrating 20 Years of Philanthropy

Posted on May 3rd, 2014 | one comment

For the last 20 years and counting, improving our global community has been a guiding principle for Young Living, and philanthropic work has always been close to the hearts of founders D. Gary and Mary Young. This month we celebrate two decades of giving back!

Whether we are helping fund education at the Young Living Academy in Chongon, Ecuador, through the D. Gary Young Foundation or helping fund relief work in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, Young Living’s leadership and members make positive change a priority. With the help of generous members, the D. Gary Young Foundation is funding the expansion of the existing Young Living Academy to accommodate the high school grades! To help fund these efforts, this year’s International Grand Convention will feature a Walk a Mile for a Child fundraiser on Thursday, June 26, from 6–8 a.m. Stay tuned and check back at YoungLiving.com/Convention to register and for more details!

Be sure to visit YoungLiving.com/20Years to learn more about Young Living’s charity work and to watch a video about the D. Gary Young Foundation’s remarkable work in 2013. We encourage you to join us in celebrating our 20 years of service and philanthropy by donating your time or funds to worthy causes. We also invite you to donate to the D. Gary Young Foundation and help provide a child in need with precious educational resources. Thank you for being a part of our 20-year story and helping to change the world for the better.

Help Us Celebrate Young Living’s Biggest Anniversary

Posted on February 13th, 2014 | 3 comments

This year is Young Living’s 20-year anniversary, and we plan to spend all year celebrating! From the biggest convention we have ever held to a full year of giveaways and promotions, plus a new company highlight every month, 2014 is going to be a Young Living celebration like you’ve never experienced!

Thanks to both our members’ dedication and Founder and CEO D. Gary Young’s tireless passion for creating pure essential oils, we have been able to share our priceless message with the world for 20 years and counting. We invite you celebrate our history with us and become a part of our future. Be sure to visit YoungLiving.com/20Years to learn more—and leave your thoughts in the comments!

To kick off this exciting anniversary year, here are some fun facts about Young Living that you may not have known:

  • Our new essential oil distillery at the Highland Flats Tree Farm is the world’s first fully automated distillery, as well as one of its largest. This cutting-edge facility will help make the process of producing essential oils such as Idaho Blue Spruce significantly faster and more efficient.
  • 2013 was Young Living’s biggest year in two decades of business. We saw the launch of three international markets and shattered even our most optimistic sales and membership projections for the year!
  • In 1997 Gary developed Thieves®, an essential oil blend that has been studied for its potential activity against airborne microbes.

Enter the Young Living Oola Giveaway!

Posted on November 12th, 2013 | 2 comments

Staying healthy requires attention to many different areas. The Young Living lifestyle is predicated upon achieving physical, mental, and emotional balance and well-being. Our friends at Oola believe in the same ideas of balance and well-being and have devised a way to achieve what they call the OolaLife.

To kick off Young Living’s partnership with Oola, we are having a special social media giveaway today, Tuesday, November 12! This exciting contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will give 50 lucky winners an exclusive kit containing Oola’s book, Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World, as well as two oil blends specially formulated for Oola by D. Gary Young: Oola Balance and Oola Grow.

Enter by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Here are the instructions on how to enter each contest:


  1. Like the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page
  2. Like the Oola Facebook page
  3. Like the giveaway post on the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page
  4. Leave a comment on the giveaway post answering the question: Which Young Living essential oils do you use to help improve your life?

There will be 25 winners for the Facebook contest.


  1. Follow the @YoungLivingEO and @OolaLife Twitter accounts
  2. Send a tweet with the hashtag #YLOola and @YoungLivingEO

There will be 15 winners for the Twitter contest.


  1. Follow the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account and the @OolaLife Instagram account
  2. Repost the picture of the Young Living Oola kit prize shown on the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account with the hashtags #YLOola and #YoungLiving

There will be 10 winners for the Instagram contest.

For complete details and rules on these contests, click here.

The contests end on Tuesday, November 12 at 11:59 p.m., MT. All 50 winners (25 for Facebook, 15 for Twitter, 10 for Instagram) will be announced on each social media account on Wednesday, November 13.

We are also having a very special book promotion to celebrate our partnership with Oola! On November 12 only, purchase Oola’s life-changing book for only $9.99! You can purchase the book here.

Believe In Yourself; Believe In Young Living

Posted on July 8th, 2013 | 124 comments

If you missed this year’s International Grand Convention, you missed out on the unveiling of some exciting products! Among these products was the convention oil blend that has been reformulated for a more optimized effect: Believe™.

The new Believe blend has been updated to add a special touch of Young Living exclusivity and efficacy by adding oils that are grown, harvested, and distilled on Young Living farms. Because of the cultivation, experience, and care of our Seed to Seal® process practiced on these farms, the purity of these oils remains unaltered.

Also with the new formula, Gary Young wanted to include the benefits of Idaho blue spruce and Ecuadorian ylang ylang (one of the convention Exotic Oils, but we’ll touch on that in another blog). With the addition of these two oils and with the current Idaho balsam fir found in the blend, the reformulated Believe now has three oils that are harvested on the Young Living farms in Idaho and Ecuador.

Created to help you overcome occasional feelings of despair and move to a higher level of awareness, Believe also contains frankincense essential oil to encourage feelings of strength and faith. With the other complementary oils that round out this blend—bergamot, coriander, and geranium—this combination of oils may help assist you as you look to unlock your true, unlimited potential.*

You may use Believe in many ways. Whether you diffuse a little before a big date or rub some behind your ears to get you through a job interview, Believe will get you in the right frame of mind to believe in yourself.

Take this time to share what you are looking forward to most when using the newly reformulated Believe. Three lucky commenters will be randomly selected to receive a bottle of this inspiring blend!

—Marco Colindres III, Product Marketing Manager

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Beauty School Highlights

Posted on March 14th, 2013 | 4 comments

With hundreds of distributors in attendance, we held our first-ever Young Living Beauty School March 1–2. With two days of in-depth instruction and well-deserved pampering, we not only learned more about our skin-care products, but we also learned more about one another. Making new friendships and connecting with like-minded people was one of the many worthwhile and unforgettable experiences. With so many memorable highlights to choose from, let’s recap a few of the very best moments.

Gary Young’s surprise visit and inspirational words was definitely a highpoint, which was evident by the overwhelming feedback from our distributors. Along with appreciation for his attendance, many remarks included the following sentiment that is captured by this distributor’s comment: “I was humbled that you [Gary] took the time to honor the women and let us know that as a group, we are important.”

Mary Young’s words of encouragement were another highlight. Her grace and intelligence was appreciated by all, and one distributor stated, “Mary, thank you so much for wrapping your arms around all of us and making this happen. I am so proud to be associated with Young Living.”

When returning from a break, each distributor discovered a beauty kit that was filled with samples and swag, a lovely beauty booklet brimming with product information, and a bottle of essential oil created exclusively for our Beauty School that is befittingly named Jeuenesse, which is French for “youth.” As the distributors discovered all their gifts, the “oohs” and “ahhs” made the elated energy in the room nearly palpable.

Before closing the event, the distributors participated in an auction to benefit the upcoming World Peace Caravan. The support and generosity of the distributors was astounding. Watching them bid to help a worthy cause was impressive. Young Living not only has the best products and essential oils available today, but we also have the most remarkable distributors with big hearts and a desire to share, serve, and make life better. One distributor sweetly wrote, “Dear, precious Young Living: When I count my blessings, I count you twice!” I’d like to add, “Dear, amazing Distributors: The feeling is mutual!”

I would love to hear from you!

Gloria Russo—YL Product Marketing Manager


Winter Harvest – Part 1

Posted on October 8th, 2012 | 465 comments

Participating in last winter’s Balsam Fir Harvest was an amazing experience that gave me a new appreciation for the dedication of Young Living’s distributors and the lengths the company will go to produce the highest quality oils. Before attending the event, colleagues warned me that the harvest was no easy task, so I was prepared for hard work and helping out where needed. Almost immediately I suspected their warnings may have been understated.

On my first day at the farm, Gary asked me if I could handle a chainsaw.  Being a big, brawny former football player, I thought I could manage. He quickly assigned me to cut limbs from trees that fell into a gulley not far from camp. With snow up to my thighs, I cut away at the limbs all day long while trying to keep my balance on the rough slope. Fighting fatigue and the elements, I hoisted the heavy chainsaw over tree trunks and limbs, making sure I got to every branch. After we cut the limbs, they were loaded onto a wagon for the draft horses to pull out of the gulley. Watching those powerful, majestic animals pull the heavy wagon up the gulley hillside was an experience I’ll never forget. By the end of the day, I was exhausted, but the connection I felt with the land and the satisfaction of taking on and accomplishing new challenges were worth far more than all the effort.

By the end of the day, everyone was exhausted and ready for a warm supper back at camp. Evenings brought an opportunity to relax, forge new friendships, and listen to Gary share his knowledge and expertise about the oils.

Comment below by the end of the day on Friday for a chance to receive a bottle of balsam fir. Be sure to read next week’s blog for more of Brian’s experiences harvesting and more on the new Idaho blue spruce essential oil that was launched at convention.

Brian White—YL Senior Product Manager

Summer Cleansing

Posted on June 18th, 2012 | 5 comments

In my last blog post, I promised additional tips for beginning and sustaining a healthy cleanse. But before I discuss those details, I’d like to identify the reasons cleansing can be so beneficial, especially during this time of year.

According to natural-health pioneers such John Tilden, Dr. Randolph Stone, Dr. Bernard Jensen, Dr. John Ray Christopher, Dr. Richard Shultze, and Gary Young, most disease is the result of a poor diet that is high in animal products, overly processed foods, and foods that are high in fat and low in fiber. When we combined this poor diet with environmental toxin exposure and lack of exercise, we develop all sorts of problems such as inflammation, headaches, skin issues, and a sluggish immune system.

A dirty, compacted colon may be the culprit of these health issues. A clean, properly functioning colon, however, is the gateway to vibrant health. The natural-health advocates I mentioned above have taught and proven to their patients that miraculous healing occurs with thorough colon cleansing.

So without further ado, here are a few tips to help you with your summer cleanse—along with some proven Young Living products that will help you transform your health this season.

Tip 1: Enjoy plenty of raw fruits and veggies, fresh juice, sprouted legumes and beans, lots of garlic, olive oil, and add more cayenne to your diet. The more alive a food is, the more prana (life force) it has and the more vibrant and alive you will feel when you consume it. Refrain from eating all animal products, processed and refined foods, sugar, salt, alcohol, coffee, over-the-counter drugs, recreational drugs, and fried foods. Canned and processed food is dead!

Tip 2: Drink more water. I know I stated this in my previous blog, but the more water your colon has, the easier it is to eliminate toxins. Can you drink at least 64 ounces of water a day?

Tip 3: Get your body moving. Do more squatting, such as malasana, and walk more. Physical movement activates peristalsis, the wave-like contractions that move food through the intestines.

Tip 4: Use a colon cleansing product daily during your cleanse. Some of my personal favorites are Young Living’s ComforTone®, ICP™, and Digest & Cleanse™.

If you are cleansing, keep at it and feel free to share your stories and favorite cleansing methods with me.


Tracy Griffiths

Essential Oils Help You and Your Pets Relax

Posted on March 23rd, 2012 | 23 comments

Did you know that your pets are extremely sensitive and aware of your mood and emotions? I know many pet owners who have experienced times of sadness or anxiousness, and then suddenly their beloved cat or dog comes to them as if to help ease their woes. So what do you do when your furry friends are upset, anxious, or jittery? Consider using Young Living essential oils to help.

As suggested in the Essential Oils Desk Reference, “If you have a high-spirited, jittery animal, apply Peace & Calming® and/or Valor® on yourself first. As you approach the animal, it will react as it perceives the aroma. Kneel down or squat beside the animal and remain still for several minutes so that it can become accustomed to the smell. As the animal breathes in the fragrances, it will become calmer and easier to manage.”

For this post I wanted to share a portion of a protocol Gary Young demonstrated on a young horse at the Young Living farm in St. Maries, Idaho.

Gary showed us how essential oils assisted in calming a young stallion as it prepared for a training session. First, Gary applied a few drops of Valor on his hands; he then put one hand on the base of the horse’s tail and the other on its withers.

Gary explained that relaxation is the first step to healing. He suggested applying Trauma Life™, Surrender™, or Peace & Calming™ on your hands and then briefly holding your hands up to the animal’s muzzle or nostrils. As the animal relaxes, Gary explained, work your hand around the side of its jaw and up along the neckline to its ears, and then rub its ears and top of its head.

As the horse relaxed even more deeply, Gary added more oils to the palm of his hand, and the horse inhaled the oils very willingly. Gary continued rubbing the horse’s ears, head, and neck.

I have been working with essential oils and humans for more than 12 years now, but I was truly blown away when I saw how this horse completely transformed from being jumpy and edgy into becoming soft and relaxed!

If you have an anxious pet—or if you are feeling anxious yourself—I suggest using Valor, Peace & Calming, RutaVaLa™, or lavender on yourself. Then gently pet your dog or cat, and see if you both start feeling more relaxed and happy.


Tracy Griffiths