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The Missing Piece

For you gardeners, do you notice that plants seem to look forward to seeing you early in the morning? In most cases, the essential oil content in plants is highest at this time. Plants play a significant role not only for us individually and for our families but also for the planet as a whole. From the beginning of time, trees and other plants have been connected to people spiritually, physically, and emotionally.


The Power of Essential Oils

One of the oldest forms of medicine is essential oils derived from seeds, resins, plants, shrubs, trees, and roots. Essential oils are a result of a very careful distillation process and are far more potent than dry herbs. Essential oils are called essential because a plant cannot live without them. To maintain the integrity of vegetables and fruits, it is important to be mindful of the cooking temperature to capture the essential oils and enhance our health. Essential oils are not the same as pressed vegetable or seed oils.


Complexity and Medicinal Value

Essential oils are very complex and, depending on their cultivar, may contain hundreds to thousands of different chemicals. Young Living chose plants for their medicinal value, not specifically for their fragrance. Certainly, many of the plants have a wonderful fragrance, but the goal is to distill the species that have the highest value for emotional, spiritual, and physical healing and enjoyment for both people and animals.


The Distillation Process

Gary Young put great emphasis on the methods used for the distillation of plants. He studied ancient methods of distilling and used the principles he learned to design and improve the art of distillation. This has resulted in the world's largest and only library of its kind, with recorded temperatures, chemical constituents, testing information, and results from farms around the world. This library ensures the Seed to Seal standard required for the hundreds of products that Young Living carries.


Methods of Using Essential Oils

Essential oils enter the body through application, inhalation through diffusion, bath water, shampoo, skin cream, the Thieves Household Cleaner, toothpaste, and more. This extensive testing for purity, metals, toxic materials, and more ensures that every pregnant mother, child, family member, and animal can feel confident they are not taking impure substances into their bodies. Young Living oils are powerful antioxidants and penetrate deep into cells, carrying nutrients, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties according to the virtues of the plant.


Single Oils

Young Living distills conifer oils, holy oils from the trees of the Far East, and various other trees, shrubs, resins, roots, and flowers, as well as citrus. From the Young Living farms and from vendors partnered with Young Living that maintain the Seed to Seal Standard, the distilled oils are bottled in tinted glass bottles of 5 and 15 ml sizes.


Oil Blends

Gary Young studied essential oil chemistry in Syria, Turkey, and France. From there, he acquired scientific equipment to take his studies further. In the earliest days of his work, he formulated some of the most potent blends. To maximize the synergistic effects of single oils and bring them into a collection, he carefully crafted them to bring about noticeable results that have been an aid to individuals and professionals around the world.


Example of a Blend: R.C.

R.C. is formulated for congestion, lung issues, and other related symptoms of coughs and colds. It includes Myrrh, Eucalyptus Globulus, Marjoram, Pine, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Lavender, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Spruce, and Peppermint. The combined components and vitality of the oils make it a powerful antimicrobial and germ killer, scientifically formulated to fight infections. Some of the oils gravitate towards the lungs and respiratory function, while others work on congestion and inflammation, in addition to cell penetration. Together, their numerous qualities amplify their effectiveness.


Single Oil: Myrrh

Myrrh, which is included in the R.C. blend, is a tree that grows in severe conditions, thus its strength. Procuring the gum resin from the tree is a difficult process. The essential oil of Myrrh is a heavy oil and tends to stay on the skin much longer. Its key constituents include Sabinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Alpha + Beta Phellandrene, and Germacrene D. Myrrh blends with other oils in the blend to amplify its efficacy.


Medical Properties of Essential Oils

The medical properties of essential oils include powerful antioxidants, anti-tumoral, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antifungal effects. Blended with similar and other enhancing components, a new and expanded alchemy takes place, enhancing the healing of numerous health conditions.


Gary Young's Contributions

Gary Young's intuitive talents broadened the understanding of essential oils and demonstrated their importance in creating multiple dimensions through application, ingestion, and diffusion. Essential oils are the missing link to modern medicine.

Further study is available in the Essential Oils Desk Reference and Essential Oils Integrative Guide by Gary D. Young. The material in this newsletter applies to Young Living Essential Oils and their products only. Great caution must be used when choosing essential oils, as most offer lower prices due to the use of petrochemicals, which have side effects.

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