I get this question all the time, and I completely understand why. In our house, we strive to only eat organic foods and are very conscious of the chemical-content of all of our other purchases. So naturally those who strive to live a similar lifestyle would be concerned about their essential oils; this was a HUGE factor for me in choosing which brand of essential oils to use. Although Young Living’s oils are not certified organic, I feel confident in their quality and am pleased with their lack of chemicals used on the plants and in the soil they grow in.
Here’s Young Living’s Response to this question:
Our oils are not 100% certified organic; however, we know that providing organic products to our members is as important to them as it is to us. That is why we strive to use organic matter in everything we grow, process, and sell. Thus we do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides on our farms.
The reason why our oils are not 100% certified organic issues to the fact that we occasionally import some oils from different countries (as many of the plants that produce our oils are only grown in one region in the entire world; Frankincense would be one example). As most of these countries do not have organic standards set or organic standards that match the US standards, we are unable to certify them organic. With this being said, please rest assured, that Young Living® will not accept oils or plants that do not meet our strict standards.
The Young Living therapeutic-grade standard goes beyond organic in purity, scope, and potency. Young Living applauds the ever-growing demand for goods prepared using organic, sustainable, and “green” growing practices. We have long championed cutting-edge natural, organic and low-impact farming and manufacturing methods (i.e. returning distilled compost and bioactivity to our fields). We find these methods essential in our efforts to produce pure essential oils free from contaminants often introduced by chemical pesticides, fertilizers, etc. On the other hand, we have found that “certified organic” does not guarantee that a plant and the oil it produces will be totally free from problems. It’s the sad state of the world that even the best organic farms can be contaminated by toxins, like heavy metals, already in the soil and those still being introduced by polluted air and water.
In our experience what ensures 100 percent purity is our own comprehensive, rigorous, and expert analysis of the finished oil. We would prefer to skip these costly measures and trust a governmental agency to guarantee purity, but it wouldn’t be prudent to leave something so important in less experienced hands.
Furthermore, for Young Living’s therapeutic-grade standard, freedom from toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals is just the beginning. Equally important is an oil’s optimal therapeutic profile of phytochemicals, antioxidants, etc. Our focus on activity and results is what guarantees our customers the bioactivity, potency, and living energy whereon we have built our unrivaled reputation. Sometimes we utilize herbs that are “certified organic,” but as often as not we must include herbs that do not and can not fit in the current scope of this standard. Sometimes the best herbs are cultivated in climates and countries where organic certification is still decades away (i.e. frankincense, etc.). Sometimes the best herbs aren’t farmed but achieve their optimal potency growing in the wild (i.e. Palo Santo, etc.). The Young Living therapeutic-grade standard embraces all of these opportunities which is why we remain convinced that we go beyond all existing world standards, including organic.