The heart of what has set Young Living apart for the past 20 years is our beautiful farms and our unique Seed to Seal® process that involves members from across the globe. Our annual Winter Harvest at our Highland Flats, Idaho, tree farm is a special opportunity for Young Living members to experience firsthand our unique Seed to Seal process by harvesting balsam fir, blue spruce, and other trees.
We invite all Young Living members to join us for the 2014 Winter Harvest and experience the joyful hard work and commitment that goes into making every bottle of these essential oils. Register for the event here.
At the harvest, you can look forward to:
- Playing a vital role in the production of signature essential oils
- Learning time-tested harvesting methods and reconnecting with a simpler, more natural way of life
- Discovering a new appreciation for Young Living’s commitment to quality and authenticity
- Making new friends and lasting memories
Many Young Living members have shared with us their experiences at the Winter Harvest. Young Living Crown Diamond Scott Schuler comes to the Winter Harvest every year. Watch the video below to see why he says it is a great experience.
Young Living Diamond Teri Secrest says that the horses of Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young play an important role at the Winter Harvest. Watch the video below to learn more.
Young Living Diamond Jeffrey Lewis says he has a new level of appreciation for the amount of work that goes into creating Young Living essential oils. Watch the video below to learn why he encourages everyone to participate in the Winter Harvest.
Watch the video below for more highlights from the 2013 Winter Harvest.
The 2014 Winter Harvest takes place over the course of eight six-day periods, starting January 6 and ending March 1. For more information and to register for the event, click here. Registration ends on January 5, so register today to make sure you can attend!
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.
Ever wonder what it takes to create the world’s best frankincense essential oil? Check out the below YouTube spots to see the process. The first video shows the varieties of frankincense trees and why Young Living uses Boswellia sacra and carteri. The second video shows the delicate process of harvesting the resin from the tree. More to come!
Check out the Young Living’s Seed to Seal video on Youtube. It quickly shows the five-step Seed to Seal process. These five steps demonstrate why Young Living essential oils are unique. I challenge every Young Living member to memorize the five steps–it will help you when explaining why Young Living essential oils are the preferred choice.
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A lot of people ask me why Young Living is so special, and this is what I share with them:
Let’s say that the scent oil industry is represented by a triangle. In the bottom rung are the synthetic oils. These oils represent all of the artificial aromas that go into shampoos, cleaning products, perfumes, etc. These oils are of the lowest quality and some are even not safe. The middle area represents all the oils that are produced with “natural” in mind, but come from companies that are more interested in high product yield and fragrance. The top portion is reserved for therapeutic essential oils. For each level of oils, I’ve seen therapeutic-grade claims—but this is a term that companies often use without verification.
Young Living essential oils lie atop this quality triangle. Young Living’s products are special because we produce essential oils from beginning to end, or from Seed to Seal™. This is how we maintain the integrity of nature’s living energy. The process of Seed to Seal is:
- Seed: Verifying the most beneficial seed species.
- Cultivate: Farming the land ourselves to truly understand the art of agriculture.
- Distill: Extracting oils with our own distillers.
- Test: Verifying the quality of each essential oil with state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch experts.
- Seal: Bottling the final product and carefully shipping worldwide.
Understanding the most beneficial variety of every plant species we bottle, their optimal harvesting conditions, plus how to expertly distill, verify, seal, and ship them worldwide, allows Young Living to ensure each essential oil will deliver the therapeutic results expected and is what makes us the world leader in essential oils.
Product Manager, Essential Oils
If you ever get a chance to come and visit the Young Living warehouse in Spanish Fork, Utah, be sure to take the time and tour the laboratory up on the second floor. I recently spent some time with the staff learning about the different tests conducted on every batch of incoming essential oils, whether from Young Living farms or from partner distilleries.
One of the tests is called Gas Chromatography (sometimes referred to as a GC test). I’ve written about this test in a previous post. Another vital test is the Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (the acronym for this is GC MS). These two tests work together to ensure the optimal levels of plant compounds are present in every bottle of essential oil.
Both the GC and GC MS are about double the size of a typical microwave. Next to the machines are large gas tanks filled with a mixture of helium, hydrogen, and nitrogen. These gases help split up the essential oil into individual plant compounds. To use the machine, the laboratory places an oil sample inside and the oil shoots through a long section of copper tubing. Because different compounds have different weights, each stops at a different point within the tubing—the lighter compounds stop at the beginning and the heavier compounds stop near the end. Once they stop, a computer can then measure various aspects of the plant compound.
The two tests are useful in different ways. The GC MS identifies and measures individual plant compounds over time. This is important for when Young Living receives a new essential oil and wants to study the key constituents. Once enough data is collected, Young Living creates an internal specification, which documents the highs and lows of the plant compounds. Once documented, Gary Young and his team of researchers determine what levels of that oil to either accept or reject.
Once an essential oil becomes part of the Young Living family of oils, the laboratory performs the GC test on every batch that enters the warehouse. The GC tests the levels of plant compounds against the Young Living standard. If the GC shows the batch doesn’t have the optimal levels of plant compounds, the oil is rejected.
Young Living is the world leader in essential oils because of its unmatched commitment to providing the highest quality products that really work. The GC and GC MS are only two of the tests used, but play an important role in guaranteeing the highest therapeutic quality. “Test” is a vital part of Young Living’s Seed to Seal™ process and one of the many ways we ensure you’re getting the most authentic essential oils possible.
Product Manager, Essential Oils
In response to my recent post, Frankincense Making Headlines, one reader posed the following question:
“We have always been told that Boswellia carteri was the only true therapeutic variety of frankincense oil. This article references another species as being of the highest quality and implies that it is the one with therapeutic value. Can you elaborate on that for us?”
Thanks for your question, Evangeline! Frankincense is one of my favorite oils; I am fascinated by the attention Western science is giving this precious gift, and I think it would be valuable to share this discussion with everyone.
Much has been taught and discussed by Gary about frankincense over the years. He is continually learning new things, both about the history and the chemistry of frankincense. Gary and the Young Living scientists are continually running new tests on various frankincense species. He is learning there are various benefits depending on the type of species used and will share much of his findings at 2010 International Grand Convention.
Scientific analysis on frankincense is only part of the work Gary is doing. He is personally traveling countries like Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and elsewhere to discover the heritage of this ancient oil. (Even I as write, Gary is in the Middle East.) In fact, Gary recently built a Young Living distillery in one of these countries. Having a Young Living distillery in the Middle East guarantees no shortcuts are being taken on the quality of the frankincense resin received through the distilling process. In fact, Gary even hand picked the specific frankincense trees to source from!
No other company in the world can claim to be so intimately involved in their frankincense product. It’s true, using the right frankincense species for your needs is important. What’s more important is the confidence and the credibility you have when using and sharing Young Living frankincense. From “Seed to Seal,” you know that Young Living’s expertise begins at the source and extends to the final product.
Join us at International Grand Convention in June to learn more about Gary’s incredible frankincense research and discoveries!
Product Manager, Essential Oils