I love summer time! The change from the cooler weather into the warmer energizes me. Unfortunately, with that change comes BUGS. Lots and lots of bugs. Thankfully there’s a natural way to protect my family from these pesky creatures.
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.
Pure, from the ground, plants distilled into oil DO NOT expire and can last for centuries. Essential oil is not a perishable item. If oils come from plants (as long as they are contained) they maintain bio-activity, safety, and efficacy. They don’t grow mold, yeast, or mildew because they don’t contain water and have antimicrobial, anti-viral properties.
Young Living has a date stamp on every label; yr/m/d. They stamp when the product is bottled and can trace back to a particular batch of essential oil (through the seed to seal process) with that stamp. (Read about the seed to seal process here.)
Not even heat can affect the molecular properties of the oils. Heat will only affect the rapidity of the evaporation process. Evaporation does not affect its molecular properties, it will only affect the volume. In a pure oil, the monoterpenes are going to evaporate first (because they are lighter molecules), and the sesquiterpenes will remain. When a person leaves a bottle open and oil has evaporated slightly, it was the monoterpenes evaporating. They’ll even evaporate slowly through the plastic caps and leave the sesquiterpenes behind. But that’s ok, the sesquiterpenes are the powerhouse of the oil. They’re the bioactive power of the oil.
Essential oils have been unearthed in jars in Egypt and were still usable and sesquiterpene rich. Dr. Woolley found frankincense resin in the sands of Oman and there was still oil in the resin even after 65+ years of being buried. Resin itself can stay in the Omani market for 5-10 years and still maintain its properties.
So think again if your oils have an expiration date on them. Question the quality of your product! Remember that pure, from the ground, plants distilled into oil DO NOT expire!Source
What about YOU? Do the oils in your cabinet have an expiration date?
This is great information if you’re using your essential oils as part of your skin care routine. As someone that uses essential oils with carrier oils every morning and night, this is really helpful for people like me. Carrier oils are important…who knew there were so many kinds!
Young Living’s Peace and Calming is a favorite oil in our household. We use it on little man every evening after his bath to get him ready for a good night’s sleep; he hasn’t fought sleep since – which is a pretty big deal for him! We often diffuse it if we’re needing to bring our minds to a place of mental clarity.
So you just got your brand new diffuser and you throw some Peace and Calming Essential Oil in expecting to LOVE the aroma. And you HATE it! Well, this just happened to my mom. I absolutely love Peace and Calming, but my mom, not so much. I’m sure she’ll be loving the earthy smells of the oils soon enough, they definitely tend to grow on you. But for now, here is a little guide with some helpful blends you’ll be sure to fall in love with.
You’re welcome, Mom!
Just as with ANY product out there on the market, if you have a serious medical allergy to nuts or any ingredient in Young Living Products, you should ALWAYS consult Young Living DIRECTLY to determine SPECIFIC and up-to-date ingredients and also consult your medical doctor before using the products. I am not qualified to offer advice on the safety of using these products if you have a known medical sensitivity.
Due to the distillation process, proteins (what usually causes an allergic reaction) are generally absent from the essential oil minimizing the chance of allergic reactions. It is important to remember however that individual sensitivities do vary and even with the proteins absent people could still experience a sensitivity to the essential oil.
The following essential oils contain coconut oil,
Breathe Again™ roll-on
Deep Relief™ roll-on
Stress Away™ roll-on
YL Oola Grow™
The two nut oils that Young Living® uses, would be almond and kiwi.
The following products contain Almond Oil:
3 Wise Men™
Cel-Lite Massage Oil™
Cinnamint Lip Balm™
Dragon Time™ Massage Oil
Genesis™ Hand and Body Lotion
Grapefruit Lip Balm
Into the Future™
KidScents® Tender Tush
Lavender Lip Balm