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Seed to Seal: Testing with the GC MS

Posted on April 30th, 2010 | 2 comments

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.

—Toby Palmer,

Product Manager, Essential Oils

Dr. Purser To Address Women’s Health

Posted on April 27th, 2010 | 7 comments

2010 International Grand Convention promises to be packed with educational opportunities that will cover everything from product education, sharing opportunities, and growing your Young Living business. A favorite presenter from last convention, Dr. Dan Purser is returning as a keynote speaker and will present about the important role hormones play in women’s health and help launch an innovative new product.

Recently featured in Essential Lifestyle magazine, Dr. Purser has an extensive resume that includes practices in family medicine with an emphasis on women’s health and preventative care of the body. As you get ready to learn more from Dr. Purser in Salt Lake City this June, take a look at what he had to say about two top women’s health concerns: menopause and osteoporosis.

Menopause

As women mature, the most pressing health concern is menopause. Menopause is inevitable, it is unavoidable, and it can be extremely difficult. There are 35 known health effects associated with menopause including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Increased wrinkles
  • Weight gain and muscle loss (sarcopenia)
  • Memory issues

Luckily, progesterone—a naturally-occurring human hormone—can combat or decrease many of these negative effects. Progesterone is known to decrease foam cell formation[1], endothelial inflammation, and plaque formation—thus promoting a healthy cardiovascular system. Unfortunately, as the body ages levels of progesterone decrease. In order to stay healthy, it is recommended that most women supplement their progesterone levels.

Solution

Dr. Purser’s go-to supplement for relieving the discomfort associated with menopause is Progessence™. “In my own office practice,” Dr. Purser attests, “Liberal use of Progessence dramatically decreased hot flashes and day and night sweats.”

Progessence™ is comprised of a variety of ingredients specially combined for women’s health. Progesterone, as mentioned above, is known to mitigate many of the health effects associated with menopause; pure geranium, fennel, and sage essential oils improve estrogen receptor function; and black and blue cohosh and wild yam help support proper levels of progesterone for women.

Osteoporosis

Menopause also increases the likelihood of developing osteoporosis—a disease that decreases bone density thereby increasing the chance of fracture. To combat osteoporosis, it’s a good idea to take a supplement that contains both calcium and magnesium[2] and selenium—an antioxidant associated with reduced risk of osteoporotic hip fracture in elderly subjects.[3]

Solution

Super CalSuper Cal™, a supplement that combines calcium and magnesium with selenium, is Dr. Purser’s first choice to help maintain proper bone health. Super Cal takes the expertly formulated amounts of calcium, magnesium, and selenium and infuses it with pure marjoram, wintergreen, lemongrass, and myrtle essential oils to enhance the synergistic effects of this specially blended supplement.


[1] WEN-SEN LEE, CHAO-WEI LIU, SHU-HUI JUAN, YU-CHIH LIANG, PEI-YIN HO, AND YI-HSUAN LEE. Molecular Mechanism of Progesterone-Induced Antiproliferation in Rat Aortic Smooth Muscle Cells. Endocrinology 144(7):2785–2790. Copyright © 2003 by The Endocrine Society doi: 10.1210/en.2003-0045.

[2] Kitchin B, Morgan SL. Not just calcium and vitamin D: other nutritional considerations in osteoporosis. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2007 Apr; 9(1):85­–92.

[3] Zhang J, Munger RG, West NA, Cutler DR, Wenegreen HJ, Corcoran CD. Antioxidant intake and risk of osteoporotic hip fracture in Utah: an effect modified by smoking status. Am J Epidemiol. 2006 Jan 1; 163(1):9–17.

Essential Oils May Be Key Anti-Microbials

Posted on April 23rd, 2010 | 5 comments

I wanted to share an interesting article that was passed on to me from a Young Living member.

According to the article, researchers in Greece are discovering the anti-microbial powers of essential oils—especially thyme and cinnamon. Those of us with Young Living don’t have to wait for empirical evidence to tell us that blends like Thieves® (cinnamon) and Ortho Sport® (thyme) have the optimal levels of Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ oils that work, but it is fun to see the rest of the world discover what we already know.

Click here to view the entire article.*

—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.

Go Green with Your Beauty Routine, Part II

Posted on April 16th, 2010 | 7 comments

As you take steps to eliminate synthetic products from your daily routine, here are a few more tips that will help you go green with your beauty routine.

  • Blow off your shampoo

Rosewood shampooGoing a few days between washes not only allows a sexy texture that is better for styling, but is also good for the environment. Using a natural, emollient-rich shampoo and conditioner such as Young Living’s Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner once or twice a week will eliminate the need for frequent washes.

  • Make it last

Squeeze the most out of that tube of lipgloss or lotion just as you might your tube of toothpaste. A wringer, like those made for caulking guns or paint tubes, can work wonders. Turn your last bits of eye shadow into eyeliner by applying with a thin brush dipped in Vaseline. If your mascara gets dry, run hot water on the outside of the container to re-liquefy.

  • Going green with color

Going green doesn’t mean having to skip treating your fingers and toes for spring. Look for lines of nail color that are formaldehyde- and toluene-free. They come in vibrant shades and last up to a week, which is comparable to the not-so-green variety. If you like to change more often, look for non-toxic and water-based brands that you can just peel off when you get bored.

  • Go skin deep

Check your labels. Terms like “green,” “natural,” and “organic” can be used quite freely in the cosmetics industry. The Skin Deep database is a personal care product safety database put together by the Environmental Working Group and provides in-depth information on more than 14,181 products. Ingredients are ranked on safety, and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has tons of information on efforts to make cosmetics and beauty products cleaner and greener. Keep in mind that just because an ingredient has a long scientific-sounding name doesn’t mean it’s not natural; and a simple name doesn’t necessarily mean it is natural.

Young Living believes that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. Watch for new developments in Young Living’s personal care line to be unveiled at Grand Convention 2010 in Salt Lake City!

Are you going green with your beauty routine? Share your tips and tricks for greening it up!

—Rebecca Jarvis

Product Manager, Essential Living

Following the Frankincense Trail

Posted on April 9th, 2010 | 3 comments

Camel Caravan

Young Living Founder and President, Gary Young, recently returned from an incredible adventure retracing the legendary Frankincense Trail. Gary and his team traversed the historical route from Oman to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israel—a journey that was captured for his upcoming frankincense documentary. Participants even joined Gary in a recreation of an ancient camel caravan on the Frankincense Trail!

Gary-in-Oman-2009-burnerThis colorful incense burner was purchased during Gary’s travels at a market in Salalah, Oman. In Southern Arabia, local people burn frankincense resin in their homes as a sign of hospitality and to freshen the air.

So how can you utilize Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ frankincense essential oil? Here are a few tips:

  • Diffuse: Frankincense can be used for congestion and voice loss, as well as to calm the mind, reduce mental strain, cultivate internal peace, and place past obsessive states into perspective.
  • Massage: Frankincense can be blended with massage oil or diluted in the bath for circulatory support, respiratory support, exhaustion, and nightmares. It also has a good astringent effect on the skin; perks up older, more mature skin; and may assist the body in healing itself of wounds, sores, and ulcers.
  • Creams and Lotions: Frankincense can be added to a base cream or lotion to help with general skin tone and condition while reducing oily skin, rejuvenating more mature skin, and at the same time helping wounds, ulcers, and sores heal.
  • Wash or Compress: To assist the body in healing and to lessen the appearance of scars from wounds, add a few drops of frankincense to the water when washing a wound. For other applications, apply diluted oil directly onto the affected area or use as a compress.

Gary Young has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East researching the historical uses and significance of frankincense essential oil. This hands-on approach to researching and sourcing oils ensures Young Living’s status as the world leader in essential oils. Make sure to join Young Living in June for International Grand Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. You’ll get a gripping account of this journey from Gary himself, learn more about the incredible Frankincense Trail, and be there in person when Gary reveals the “One Gift.”

Go Green with Your Beauty Routine, Part I

Posted on April 6th, 2010 | 3 comments

Going green is everywhere, but it’s not always the first thing we think of when it comes to our beauty routines. Here a few simple tips you can incorporate to take your pampering process to a greener level.

ART skincare system

  • Find the multitaskers

Beauty products that serve multiple purposes mean less cost (score for the wallet!) and less waste (score for the environment!). Look for all-in-one beauty sticks that are good for eyes, lips, and cheeks.

  • Bring on the oils

Trading traditional moisturizers for those using essential oils or just using pure essential oils is a great boost to your skin and the environment. Essential oils penetrate each layer of skin, leaving it smooth and soft instead of heavy and greasy. Young Living’s skincare products—including the ART system—use the benefits of frankincense and sandalwood, which have excellent skin-healing and moisturizing properties.

  • Straws aren’t just for sippy cups

Using a straw is not only lady like, but is also a trick recommended by makeup artists the world over. Sipping through a straw preserves your pout (suction is actually good for your lip muscles) and it doesn’t smear your lipgloss or lipstick, which means you’ll use less. You can fully green it up by using a reusable glass straw.

  • Brush up your act

Opt for makeup brushes made from sustainable materials like bamboo and ones that feature synthetic bristles. They have been proven to blend just as well, if not better, than those using animal hair. There are many well-made, yet cost effective, eco-friendly lines of beauty tools to choose from, allowing you to style up while still being green.

Young Living believes that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. Watch for new developments in Young Living’s personal care line to be unveiled at Grand Convention 2010 in Salt Lake City!

Are you going green with your beauty routine? Share your tips and tricks for greening it up!

—Rebecca Jarvis

Product Manager, Essential Living