Hereís a visual way to understand one significant difference
between a true essential oil and most of the other stuff on
the market today.
Letís first look at water--H2O--one atom of oxygen and two
hydrogen. This in itself is small enough to be permeable to
the skin. But we seldom see water in that form. Usually dozens
and hundreds of water molecules are strung together. Itís still
water, but the longer the chain, the less effectively it absorbs
through the skin (or intestinal wall) into the body. Itís sort
of like trying to sweep pine needles through the cracks of
a wooden deck. It can be done, but it is much easier if the
pine needles are broken into small pieces. There are health
products that claim to break down long-chain water into short-chain
water so it is absorbed into the body more efficiently. In
a way, it is ďmore nutritiousĒ water. (I prefer to use a few
drops of Young Living oil in my water, such as lemon, orange, tangerine,
grapefruit, Citrus Fresh, peppermint, cinnamon, cassia, Thieves,
etc. Iím not certain that it has the same effect, but I suspect
it does. And I know Iím getting the therapeutic effects of
the oils. I also know that essential oils ďdigestĒ petrochemicals,
hence the residues of plastic water bottles are gobbled up.
The chlorine of tap water is neutralized in much the same way.)
Now think of essential oil molecules as the individual water
molecule. By nature, it does not chain together like water.
The easy way to know this is because of the aroma. Open a bottle
of peppermint and the molecules donít just sit there...they
jump out of the bottle and begin filling the room.
How small are they? In his book, Healing Oils of the Bible,
David Stewart explains that there are enough molecules in one
drop of essential oil to divide 40,000 of them among each and
every cell of your body. Considering their volatility and frequency
(highest of any natural substance), you can easily see why
an essential oil applied anywhere on the body will be in every
cell within minutes.
Letís consider oils sold by companies other than Young Living.
Aromatherapists trained under the British model learn that
applying essential oils neet (undiluted) is very dangerous.
This fear is appropriate considering that they use adulterated,
perfume grade oils. Before Young Living made therapeutic-grade
oils available to the masses, this was the only thing there
was to work with. Adulterated means that synthetic (dangerous)
ingredients are added to give an oil a consistent smell--something
very important to the perfume industry. Besides consistency,
adulteration is also convenient when an oil comes from a crop
that is harvested too early or late in the day or during the
wrong season when the therapeutic constituent of the plant
is low. Or when the plants are distilled at too high of pressure
and heat because volume takes precedence over therapeutic value.
So, with adulteration, you end-up with a dangerous, synthetic
substance attached to a highly effective delivery agent--an
essential oil. Yes, if this type of essential oil is used,
it is very important to dilute it with a fatty vegetable oil.
So letís look at fatty oils. Their chains of molecules are
huge. Although a minute potion may be absorbed into the body
when placed on the skin, it mostly just sits there and, unless
you wash it off, you smell rancid the next day. Imagine a few
tiny molecules of essential oil stuck within the folds of these
gigantic, fat molecules of olive oil. There is a much better
chance that they will escape into the air than there is that
they will be absorbed by the body. Hence, it becomes relatively
safe to use the dangerous essential synthetic oils that non-Young Living
Folks, if you ever go to one of these people, just get a plain
old massage. That might have some real benefit. But donít kid
yourself that the oil rubdown is doing anything worthwhile.
When you see the $5 bottle of so-called essential oil in the
health food store that is twice the size of Young Living bottles and
a quarter the price, you can have a good chuckle. The value
of whatís in the Young Living bottle is not comparable to whatís in that
other bottle...literally. Itís not hundreds of times better.
Not thousands. How can you compare the value of something that
is good for you versus that of something that is bad for you
but has a similar smell?
But feel free to get that $5 bottle of oil. Letís says itís
lavender. You can do some interesting comparisons with Young Living lavender.
Smell each of them, one at a time. You virtually have to shove
the $5 bottle up your nose in order to smell it. Yet, if you
breath in Young Living lavender with your nose too close to the bottle,
the aroma is so strong and full that youíre likely to burn
your sinuses--the molecules are bursting out of the bottle.
On another day, enlist an assistant (this will be a great
learning experience for kids) and use two different rooms of
similar size. The assistant will take the $5 oil into room
#1 and close the door behind himself/herself and open the bottle.
You wait 60seconds, then barge in and note the smell--if anything.
Leave quickly so that your sense of smell wonít adapt. After
a few minutes when your sense of smell has neutralized, do
the same in a second room with the Young Living oil.
A third experiment is to get an empty bottle that is the same
size as the $5 bottle of oil. Put 10 drops of Young Living
lavender into it and then fill the rest of the bottle with
a vegetable oil.
This may be all it takes to make an oil with the aromatic strength
of the $5 bottle. If the Young Living combo is weaker, add
a few more drops until the two smells are close in strength.
smells will never be identical--one is true, the other is synthetic.)
Considering that there are roughly 285 drops a lavender essential
oil in Young Living's 15ml bottle, you are now able to make
dozens and dozens of your own $5 bottles of oils if you so
We begin to realize just how diluted (and useless) the original
$5 oil is. No matter that it says Grade A, 100% Pure, or even
therapeutic-grade. It is perfectly legal for companies to market
as such because these terms have very little meaning by FDA
standards. The only way to know that you are getting something
of therapeutic quality is to look for AFNOR on the bottle.
While there are a few Young Living singles that wonít have this, most
will. If a single does not have this designation, it is because
the French governing body has not yet developed a standard
for it...itís probably a rare oil or it was not readily available
in France when these standards were being set. Young Living blends are
proprietary--Young Living sets the standard for these...an industry-wide
standard is useless because no one else in the industry has
these blends. In these last two cases, itís a matter of trust.
I personally trust Gary Young to sell only therapeutic-grade
oils--I know that this is a spiritual quest for him as much
as anything else.
But thereís more to it than trust. I know there are thousands
of envious companies that would love the tiniest excuse to
knock down Young Living. Not to mention the FDA.
Oh! By the way, when finished experimenting with that original
$5 bottle of oil, it makes great ant poison. :)
Have a great week!
Young Living Independent Distributor #110712
I AM NOT A DOCTOR and therefore have no interest in the maintenance
of sickness. I DO have a passion for learning about health
and wellness and, understanding that teaching a subject is
the best way to learn it, am thankful that youíve joined with
me on this adventure.
The information shared herein is given by faith in a higher
power over that of man.