Rosarito Beach Years

D. Gary Young taken at his clinic in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, in the early 1980s.
D. Gary Young taken at his clinic in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, in the early 1980s.

In 1982 I opened my clinic in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, and Chula Vista, California. I had a tremendous experience for the next eight years. In 1985, while I was in Mexico doing studies in hematology and nutrition and really working with my clients, a lady came and brought her sister from Switzerland. As we sat down and talked, she said, “Dr. Young, what do you know about essential oils?”

I said, “Aromatherapy? Oh, been there, done it, no thank you, not interested.” I could see by her body gestures and energy that I had insulted her somehow. So I said, “Well, at least in my experience, I’ve seen no value in them.”

She replied, “Dr. Young, do you believe that the herbs that you have down in your apothecary and the herbs that you buy in the health food store are the same quality?”

I said, “Of course not; that’s why we gather the herbs, why I’ve created my own apothecary, and why we make our own formulas here.”

She said, “Well, essential oils are no different.” And the light bulb went on. She continued, “I’ve been coming to the United States to visit my family for the last 20 years, and there are no pure essential oils in the United States. There are perfume oils that they call aromatherapy oils; and, of course, they’re not going to work.”

Then she handed me a 32-page paper out of her briefcase and said, “I translated this for you in case you’re interested. It’s about research on essential oils.” I took it home and read it. She had translated it from French into English and had written the phone number where she was staying with her family in Alhambra, California, on the bottom with a note that said, “If you have an interest, call me.”