Category Archives: Essential Oils

Focus on the Dream

Do not be afraid to dream big, and do not let the rocks in the road distract you! Also cherish your family.

Do not be afraid to dream big, and do not let the rocks in the road distract you! Also cherish your family.

I sold my clinic in 1989 and started an essential oils business that would eventually become what we now know as Young Living. I brought seeds from France and planted them in a quarter acre behind the office in Spokane and started experimenting.

I’m just going to back up a little bit. When I went to Mexico and opened a practice there, I was told by my friends and family members that I was crazy: Going to Mexico? You don’t even speak Mexican. We lived so far north that we didn’t know that the language was called Spanish.

But when I dream of something, I don’t look at all the little idiosyncrasies that might get in the way because if you do, that’s the end of your dream. Anybody with any common sense would look at all the problems that would come along and say, “Are you nuts? You want to take that on?”
So when you’re dreaming, quit looking at the rocks in the road and the meteorites that are just about to hit you and just hang onto your dream, okay?

Kathy Farmer, would you stand up. Kathy was in the first Raindrop class I taught in Denver, Colorado, in 1990. Diane Mora, there you are, yes. Vonn Harting was in the next class. These folks were the beginning. They were my—shhh, don’t tell them—my guinea pigs. Okay, actually Mary was my guinea pig. But would you say that all my research on Mary has paid off? Oh, is she magnificent.

Back to what I was talking about. Yes, I am very, very proud. Have you heard our two sons sing? Joseph sings all day and if he’s not singing, he’s dancing or both. I was sitting at the table on a phone call a few months ago and heard the piano in the family room. Because we have one of those player pianos that you can put a disk in and it plays, I thought, oh, that’s nice that Mary went in and put some music on to listen to. But as I was listening to it, I heard one little note off. I thought, well that’s not a recording. So I got up and walked in, and it was Jacob playing a Mozart number. I could do nothing more than stand and have this leaky eye syndrome. Anyway, I love my family.

The Genesis of ComforTone™

At the very beginning of Young Living Essential Oils, the labels were handwritten and put on with tape and glue sticks! This second version of labels had a little more style.

At the very beginning of Young Living Essential Oils, the labels were handwritten and put on with tape and glue sticks! This second version of labels had a little more style.

Many of you have seen some of my clients that I have helped over the years. This was my apothecary in the clinic. We would take the clients on field trips on weekends and go into the fields and the desert and gather herbs and bring them back. Here we made VitaGreen (now called MultiGreens™), ComforTone®, ICP™, and Thyromin™. This is where your products all began.

Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of the original labels. This was the second rendition of labels. The first ones were handwritten and put on with Scotch™ tape and glue sticks. Now the reason I went to Scotch tape is because when we would ship products to Nancy and Eldon Knittle in Dallas, Texas, the heat would melt the glue; and they’d take the bottle out of the box, and it wouldn’t have a label on it. So we had to start putting Scotch tape around the label to make it hold the glue. Now that’s where it began.

Many miracles took place from 1982 to 1989 in the Rosarito Beach clinic, and it was a tremendous foundation and a beginning that was the creation for the foundation of what Young Living is today. This is where so much research went in to developing the products and the oil blends. In 1986 I made R.C. Then I started experimenting using oils with the Vita Flex technique. How many of you use the oils with Vita Flex today? Whoo, yes; and it’s just the beginning.

YL Grand Convention!

Gary sends his very best wishes from Dallas, Texas, and hopes you will join him at next year’s convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gary sends his very best wishes from Dallas, Texas, and hopes you will join him at next year’s convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Greetings from Texas! We are here at our sold-out, double Grand Convention ready to Light the Fire again! Our first session just concluded and the second session begins tomorrow. Repeating for this second round, I will be speaking and joining me are two outstanding keynote speakers.

Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and athlete. Refusing to give in to his physical limitations, he became the first man to crawl unassisted to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.

We will also be hearing from Jon Acuff, the New York Times best-selling author of five books and leading proponent of social media. Jon is a believer in giving back and recently inspired his followers to assist in building two kindergartens in Vietnam.

Young Living members at the Grand Convention will join me in a run/walk through a neon-lit wonderland as we raise funds for the D. Gary Young Foundation, offering educational opportunities and health assistance in needy communities throughout the world.

Social Media Alert!

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The official Convention hashtags are: #YLConvention and #LiveInfused (for the Live Infused Campaign).

Mary and I wish you could be here with us! Keep the home fires burning and I will back with my 20th Anniversary blog next week.

From Mexico to Switzerland to France!

Gary’s phone call from the Swiss lady started an important journey. From Mexico he attended the conference in Switzerland, where he was invited by two of the presenters to go to Paris, France, where he obtained 13 therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Gary’s phone call from the Swiss lady started an important journey. From Mexico he attended the conference in Switzerland, where he was invited by two of the presenters to go to Paris, France, where he obtained 13 therapeutic-grade essential oils.

That 32-page paper was research by Dr. Jean-Claude Lapraz and Dr. Paul Duraffourd, working in a hospital in Paris, France. I was on fire when I read it. I couldn’t even sleep.

I called the lady who gave me the information at 6 o’clock the next morning; and before the phone finished ringing the first time, she picked it up and told me she was expecting my call and asked if I wanted to know more.

I said, “Yes, where can I learn?”

“There’s a seminar at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in one week.”

“Is it possible I can attend this?”

“Well, it will be in French.”

“Well, I don’t speak French.”

“If you want to go, I will pick you up at the airport, we’ll go on the train, and I will translate for you during this 40-hour seminar.” She did, and that was the beginning.

After the class I was invited by Dr. Lapraz and Dr. Duraffourd to go to Paris to make rounds with them in the hospital where they were conducting research on essential oils. I spent a week with them there and brought home 13 oils. And that’s where it started.

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.”