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Frankincense Making Headlines

Posted on February 23rd, 2010 | 2 comments

I recently came across a great article about frankincense in Oman. The first half of the article describes frankincense tree harvesting in Oman—something you will be hearing a lot about in the coming months. I found the second half of the article particularly interesting; it addresses the latest clinical research using frankincense essential oil.

You can find the article here.*

—Toby Palmer

Product Manager, Essential Oils

*By making this link available to users, Young Living is not endorsing the content of the link. Young Living provides this link for informational purposes only. Always follow the usage directions given on Young Living product labels.

A Look at Young Living Therapeutic Grade, Part I

Posted on February 10th, 2010 | 6 comments

lavenderYoung Living members already know that Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) essential oils are the highest quality and most therapeutic. But achieving this high standard requires years of experience from experts like Gary Young, and results in part by farming and distilling many of our own essential oils. Even our four farms aren’t big enough to produce all the oils demanded by our customers, not to mention that some products only grow in unique, remote climate regions (i.e. frankincense only grows within specific areas of the Middle East). So to maintain YLTG standards—no matter where an essential oil is grown or distilled—our experts apply the lessons learned on Young Living farms to make personal, on-site visits across the globe, ensuring that partner growers and distillers meet our world-class standard.

Once the oils are sent to our research center in Spanish Fork, Utah, we determine which oils qualify for the YLTG requirements through a multi-step process that consistently delivers superior products. Part of this process involves scientific purity tests. The research center experts run every batch of essential oils through seven technical tests that determine if an oil qualifies to be a YLTG product.

The first test is called Gas Chromatography (often referred to as GC). The GC test measures the individual chemical components of an essential oil by sending samples through a metal tube. As the oil spirals around the tube, it begins to “flash off” or evaporate. The evaporation points of each chemical are measured and compared to the YLTG specification standard for that oil. If components of that oil don’t measure up, the entire batch is rejected. That’s good news for Young Living essential oil consumers, but bad news for unsuspecting buyers elsewhere. That’s because partner distillers who don’t meet the YLTG qualifications take their rejected oil and sell it to other essential oil companies with lower standards.

In future blog posts I’ll review the other six tests Young Living uses to qualify its YLTG essential oils. Knowing and understanding these purity tests will give you added confidence that Young Living truly is the world leader in essential oils.

—Toby Palmer

Product Manager, Essential Oils

2010 Product Guide is Here!

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 | 5 comments

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Our new product catalog is now available, and is full of the latest products, pricing, and educational features. Look for your copy in the mail soon and be sure to check out our virtual version available now.

For a Balanced New Year

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 | one comment

So far 2010 has been one of my best starts ever! I have great friends and I know which changes I want to make throughout this new year. Each year we all have things we would like to improve, and for many of us, that project/target/mark (I hate the word goals) is achieving a healthy weight. Luckily, Young Living is here to help with great nutritional products, and
Balance Complete™ is a perfect way to overcome our battle with excess eating and to reach that mark we have set.

balance completeBalance Complete is a daily meal replacement that has 11 grams of fiber per serving. Most adult women should consume at least 20 grams of fiber a day; men should shoot for at least 30 grams. Fiber is an important part of any weight management plan because it expands when combined with water, which makes you feel fuller. For me that is important because I love to munch on all sorts of foods. Even though I’ve been good at trying to satisfy my cravings with healthy foods, I realize that I get the munchies too often! The good news, though? Now that I’m using Balance Complete, I feel full longer and have been able to reduce my overall calorie intake.

While working at Young Living I have found a few things that might help out while taking Balance Complete. For you first timers, I would suggest that you mix a scoop of Balance Complete with a scoop of Power Meal™ or Pure Protein Complete™ until your body can adjust to all the fiber that you will be taking in.

Another tip is from www.livestrong.com. I have never been much into calorie counting, but decided to see how much I really eat during the day (I now know why my pants were becoming a little snugger!). I have started tracking my “daily plate” and found that it keeps me inline with the target I have set for myself. Conveniently, Balance Complete is listed on their daily plate. All you have to do it type in Balance Complete and it tracks all the calories, fiber, protein, and carbs for you. Try it out—I think you will be amazed at what you actually eat!

It’s good to seek new ways to reach your New Year’s resolutions. Try replacing one or two meals each day with Balance Complete and I know you’ll see a difference!

—Liz Debry

Associate Product Manager