Part 9: Finding Pure Essential Oils

Young Living's GC-MS in Spanish Fork, UT lab
Young Living’s GC-MS in Spanish Fork, UT lab

Our research and quality control laboratories in Utah have three gas chromatograph (GC) instruments.  Two of these GC instruments possess dual-FID detectors, auto-injectors, and auto-samplers. The FID (flame ionization detector) counts carbons in the aromatic molecule so that its structure can be compared to a reference sample. Auto-injectors automatically inject the essential oil, and the auto-sampler allows you to program a series of injections for precise quantity and timing if you run multiple samples in sequence.

We use these instruments daily to routinely evaluate every new batch of essential oil that enters Young Living to verify that it meets strict Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ standards, a term that I coined in 1991. The third GC instrument has an FID and mass spectrometer (MS). This third GC-MS is reserved for research to identify individual components of new essential oils before they are introduced to distributors.

In May 2010 I built a new laboratory and installed our first GC in Ecuador, and on September 8, 2010, our new mass spectroscopy detector (MSD) arrived. It ionizes molecules and then scans them, providing a “molecular fingerprint.”

We are also adding a polarimeter, which measures optical rotation. Optical rotation allows us another means to check for purity and possible adulteration.

Our essential oil chemical reference library has over 280,000 compound references that have taken us 12 years to compile. Today, with the instruments Young Living owns in our two laboratories, we posses the most advanced and complete laboratories in North and South America for the analysis of plant compounds and their identity.

Our instruments are the only ones in the world that are matched and calibrated to the instruments used in the Central Service Laboratory in France by Dr. Hervé Casabianca, who was on the directing committee that wrote the AFNOR Standards, which are accepted worldwide as the average essential oil standards. With Dr. Casabianca’s help, Young Living is raising the bar for the standards of essential oils.

To be continued . . .

2 thoughts on “Part 9: Finding Pure Essential Oils

  1. Hello Gary,

    I thank you very much for providing us with this amazing information and for sharing the wonderful thing that happened for YL in year 2010 with us. Is is very important for everyone to understand the
    quality of oils that YLEO provides and the information provided in this blog confirms and assures us customers and distributors that these YLEO are NOT JUST OILS BUT therapeutic grade essential oils.
    I am praying that one day soon there will be YL farm and distilled plant in in the country that I was born -POLAND where 2 unique herbs are growing and essential oils could be distilled.
    Josephine Koutsostamatis. Certified Raindrop Practitioner, YL Essential Oils Distributor. Graduated from Forestry Academy in 1984 in Krakow Poland Masters in Protection of Environment, Engineering and Environmental Protection.

  2. Dear Gary, Mary and Josephine,

    Yes, and I, a fellow Polish heritaged artist living in New York City, and having worked with Gary and Mary in St. Maries, Lavender Harvest ’04, may attest strongly to the exacting standards of Young Living in sourcing, nourishing and completing all the myriad steps necessary in bringing these precious commodities to humanity throughout the world. In this day and age of such high degradation of products – in foods, so called natural products and even in art forms ~ Young Living is truly “Something to Believe In.” God Bless Gary, Mary, the wonderful scientists, customer care specialists, and caring distributors of Young Living Essential Oils for all their endeavors. Happy Holidays, and let’s ride the crest of the wave together into a healthy and spiritually advanced future for mankind. Amen.

    Kara Harman
    Young Living Executive ~ #762343
    715 Park Avenue
    New York, NY

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