Part 5: Finding Pure Essential Oils

Gary Young & Dr. Baser at UNIDO
Gary & Dr. Baser (far right) at UNIDO

About this same time, from 1992 until 1994, yet another door opened to me when I met Dr. Hervé Casabianca, the most reputable essential oil and plant molecular analytical chemist in the world. Dr. Casabianca started teaching me gas chromatography analysis. He also taught me what goes on in the world of oil adulteration and how to recognize it.

As I continued my search for knowledge, I was able to study at the Albert Vieille Laboratory in Vallauris, France, to further my chemistry education in gas chromatography. In 1995, while presenting at a UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) conference at the Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey, I was invited by Professor Husnu Baser to attend classes in gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. I accepted the offer, and in 1997 I was enrolled in 120 class hours of practical training in essential oils, plant compounds, and analysis.

In 1989 I began my first farming project near Spokane, Washington, on a quarter acre of ground behind my office. In this little piece of ground, I planted various herbs and plants to see how they would grow. In May of 1992, I bought 160 acres in St. Maries, Idaho, and moved all of the plants and herbs there, where I had the acreage to grow them and really start farming. This became my first Young Living Essential Oils farm.

Also in 1992 I leased my second farm in the central region of Provence, France. Here I was able to learn much more, as I was able to work with other lavender growers and visit their farms and distilleries, which helped me determine what I liked and felt was the best way to extract the oil and maintain the highest quality. It was here that many ideas came to me about how I wanted to grow and develop my own techniques for better distilling.

To be continued . . .

5 thoughts on “Part 5: Finding Pure Essential Oils

  1. A friend is being threatened with amputation Is there something that could be done with oils on his hands to help the following message from him.
    I saw the letter you wrote and thought I might explain my situation better. Dupuytren is the condition that caused the tissue under my hand skin called fascia to wrap itself around my finger’s tendon causing it to bend. Shortly after the operation I suffered a condition which causes my hand’s nerve endings to experience much pain and my hand to swell, that is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Oh I forgot to mention, I also have osteoarthritis in my fingers joints, to add to this Bouchard Nodes on my joints which are secretion of fluids between the joints that worked their way out because of the swelling.

  2. Mr. Young, I am fascinated by your engagement and your depth of thinking. I live in Central Europe (the Tyrol), but I have traveled many times in the wonderful Provence of which I am sometimes really homesick. I will engage myself and I hope my friends to promote your super products.
    Dr. Ivo Steinacker

  3. Good to know that you pursued your interest area. It is interesting to know such experiences because these bring out the best ideas. You have mentioned that you developed your own techniques for distilling, I am just curious whether you do it on a large scale? I use essential oils at my home to have a fresh fragrance throughout the day. Mixing various oils is what I love doing. Do you have any such ideas, if yes please let me know. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  4. I love the natural fragrance of essential oils and use them at my home. It gives me a feeling of being close to nature. I was looking for ideas to mix various oils and get a unique fragrance, and I happened to visit your blog. I must say that yours is a very interesting job. I would love to do it, but I guess a lot of technicality goes into it. Anyway, do you supply essential oils to small consumers as well? I got through another supplier, I have contacted them as well. Please let me know. Thanks

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