~Essential Oils~ Yesterday’s Wisdom, Tomorrow’s Destiny
Plants not only play a vital role in the ecological balance of our planet, but they have also been intimately linked to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of mankind since the beginning of time.
An essential oil is that aromatic, volatile liquid that is within many shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds and that is usually extracted through steam distillation, hydrodistillation, or cold-pressed extraction. Essential oils are highly concentrated and far more potent than dried herbs because of the distillation process that makes them so concentrated. Essential oils are substances that definitely deserve the respect of proper education. Users should have a basic knowledge about the safety of the oils, and having a basic understanding of the chemistry of essential oils is very helpful. Of greatest concern is the fact that some oils are adulterated, engineered, or “extended” with the use of synthetic-made compounds that are added to the oil. For example, pure Frankincense is often extended with colorless, odorless solvents such as diethylphthalate or dipropylene glycol. The only way to distinguish the “authentic” from the “adulterated” is through analytical testing using gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and an optical refractometer. Unfortunately, a large percentage of essential oils marketed in the United States fall in this adulterated category. When you understand the world of synthetic oils as well as low-grade oils cut with synthetic chemicals, you realize why the vast majority of consumers never know the difference. However, if you do know the smell of the pure oil or the technique for recognizing adulteration through scent, it may be possible to perceive a difference. Adulteration of essential oils will become more and more common as the supply of top-quality essential oils dwindles and demand continues to increase. Adulteration may occur by diluting the essential oil with fatty lipid oils. This is a common practice by other essential oil companies to increase supply and reduce cost. These adulterated essential oils will jeopardize the integrity of aromatherapy and essential oil use. Adulterated and mislabeled essential oils may present dangers for consumers. One woman who had heard of the ability of lavender oil to heal burns used “lavender oil” purchased from a local health food store when she spilled boiling water on her arm. But the pain intensified and the burn worsened, so she later complained that lavender oil was worthless for healing burns. When her “lavender” oil was analyzed, it was found to be lavandin, a hybrid of lavender that is biologically different from pur Lavandula angustifolia. Lavandin contains higher levels of camphor (7-18%) that may burn the skin. In contrast, true lavender contains almost no camphor and has burn-healing agents not found in lavandin.
~Young Living Standards~
Over the years, Young Living has bought and compiled an essential oil retention index and mass spectral reference library that contains over 400,000 components. Using this research reference library, Young Living developed its own standards to guarantee the highest possible therapeutic potency for its essential oils.
Young Living’s research and quality control laboratories in Utah have four gas chromatograph instruments, two of which also have a mass spectrometer. As a general rule, if one or more marker components in an essential oil fall outside the prescribed percentages, the oil does not meet Young Living pure, therapeutic grade essential oil standards. Quality and efficacy are moving, evolving targets. No one understands this more than Young Living.
Young Living Essential Oils is the only company dedicated to the medicinal use and application of essential oils that is able to guarantee essential oil quality from seed to seal. Literally, from the plant seed that is dropped into the soil to the essential oil sealed in the amber bottle in Young Living’s state of the art bottling facility, the Seed to Seal process is carefully supervised from beginning to end to ensure quality and purity of Young Living pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Young Living’s Seed to Seal process guarantees a genuine, pure essential oil that has the highest therapeutic efficacy.
***Taken from the Essential Oil Desk Reference