Category Archives: Essential Oils

Explorations from Egypt to the Amazon

This is Dr. Radwin Farag who I studied biochemistry with at Cairo University from 1991 to 1996. It was a phenomenal time, and of course during this time is when I learned so much about the ancient history of essential oils, and this is what gave me the foundation for rebirthing what was called the cleansing of the flesh and blood with essential oils in ancient Egypt.

I made 3 expeditions into the jungle in Peru looking for plants. During the last one I made, the third one, which was three years ago, I got a bite in the jungle, which resulted in a hospital stay for a period of time. I was diagnosed over a period of four months with six different diseases. They finally determined that they didn’t know what it was; I just had some unknown virus. But it was similar to a flesh-eating disease, and it ate a hole in my side, it leaked, it was painful, and I ran a fever of 104, 105. I have a great souvenir on my side from that today.

Next is a picture of one of my eight expeditions into the Ecuador jungle looking for new plants to test.One of Gary's eight trips into the  Amazonian jungle searching for new plants.

Gary’s Big Surprise at 2014 Convention!

[Editor’s Note: Gary was presenting his 20th Anniversary PowerPoint before this big surprise!]

Gary wrote The One Gift and Shutran’s Ancient Apothecary about the ancient Frankincense Trail. The Essential Oil Desk Reference also has great information about frankincense.

Gary wrote The One Gift and Shutran’s Ancient Apothecary about the ancient Frankincense Trail. The Essential Oil Desk Reference also has great information about frankincense.

Of course, many of you probably have The One Gift, and Shutran’s Ancient Apothecary, and the EODR, all of which give you a lot of information. The One Gift is a novel that includes a 1,000-year history of the frankincense trails and the caravaners. It’s historically correct; and the locations, timelines, many of the people, and a lot of the actual things that happened were real experiences. So if haven’t read it yet, you will probably enjoy it.

FEMALE VOICE:  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Managing Partner of Life Science Publishing, Troie Battles.

TROIE: Gary, I don’t know if you like surprises, but we have a surprise for you. I think

Thanks to the support of Young Living Members and Life Science Publishing, Gary is a best-selling author!

Thanks to the support of Young Living Members and Life Science Publishing, Gary is a best-selling author!

everyone in the audience here today would agree that for the last 20 years Gary has given us gift after gift with the oils and his life-changing products.

GARY:  Oh my goodness.

TROIE:  So, he doesn’t know what we’ve done for him. We decided we wanted to give you a 20th anniversary gift that was pretty epic, so Life Science Publishing and your Young Living family put together a campaign last week online; and, Gary, if you look at the screen, you are an Amazon No. 1 best-selling author for The One Gift.

GARY:  Oh my goodness! Oh!

TROIE:  I know. We sold thousands of books, thousands of books for Gary Young. Like he said, we’re living a dream, and this is just the beginning. The next stop will be New York Times best seller list for D. Gary Young. So let’s hear it for him. Thank you, Gary.

GARY:  Thank you, Troie. Oh my goodness. Whoa. Oh, that leaky eye syndrome gets in the way sometimes. Well, that was a surprise. When that slide came up I thought—what’s this? I didn’t put this in my presentation. Now I know why they kept coming and taking my computer. Oh, wow. Yes, that is a dream. And all of the net proceeds from that book go to the D. Gary Young Foundation to support the schools. Thank you!

Working to Fulfill a Dream in Oman

In 2010 Gary secured Young Living’s first distiller in Salalah, Oman.

In 2010 Gary secured Young Living’s first distiller in Salalah, Oman.

I took a film crew to Oman when we were preparing to shoot The One Gift. They filmed me cutting resin so I could show the whole process of frankincense.

They also filmed me up on the mountain buying resin from the Bedouins that were collecting it.

Here is our first distillery in 2010 in Salalah, Oman. There’s my partner and manager in the background, Dr. Mahmoud Suhail.  Dr. Cole Woolley and John Whetten went with me to help get this set up. We had to remodel this building which we leased from the gentleman beside me.

And below is our operation with 3 distilling chambers in Salalah, Oman; and we’re doing

Not just one but three distillers in the new Young Living Distillery.

Not just one but three distillers in the new Young Living Distillery.

all of the sacra—we call it Sacred Frankincense—and myrrh here, both the sweet myrrh and Commiphora myrrha.

State Your Dreams: Make Them Happen!

After Gary cut a frankincense tree and obtained a little resin, he stated his dream to Mary that one day he would have a distillery in Oman. Dreams need to be spoken!

After Gary cut a frankincense tree and obtained a little resin, he stated his dream to Mary that one day he would have a distillery in Oman. Dreams need to be spoken!

I took Mary to the Middle East in 1995. We stopped in Oman and were driving through the countryside looking at places. We went out to Ubar. We stopped and we walked and we looked at the trees, and I cut some and got a little resin. And when we got on the plane to leave there to go to Hunzaland in Pakistan a couple of days later, I said, “Honey, one day I’m going to have a distillery here in Oman.”

And she said, “Well, that’s nice.” And I believe Kathy Farmer can remember me making that statement in a class, is that right, Kathy? Yes. Thank you.

This is another part of living your dream. If you don’t state it, it won’t happen. So when you’re around people who don’t believe you or make fun of you, then they’re not your friends. When you share a dream, people may not see it the way you do; but if they’re truly your friends, they’ll say, “Wow, that’s cool; go for it.” That’s a friend. Eldon Knittle traveled with me many times around the world; and when I’d share my dreams with him, he’d say, “Gary, I know you can do it.” You don’t want to be around dream stealers, you want to be around dream builders.

And this was a dream. I knew one day I would have a little farm and distillery here.

 

Traveling the Frankincense Trail

Gary at the camp in the Empty Quarter which stretches over 250,000 miles covering parts of Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Gary at the camp in the Empty Quarter which stretches over 250,000 miles covering parts of Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

My travels around the world have been numerous over the last 30 years, looking for plants, looking for growers, and developing farms in order to get what we want for Young Living.

Why did the three magi take frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child?

There was an obvious reason why it was Boswellia sacra frankincense that traveled all the way from what is present-day Oman, then through the Hadhramaut, all the way through the Empty Quarter to Bethlehem—it grows in Southern Arabia. Boswellia carterii grows primarily in Somalia, where I was in November 2013.

Here I’m standing at the Empty Quarter camp when I was studying the Frankincense Trail and just doing general research on the history of frankincense and trees.

Choosing frankincense samples from a Salalah, Oman, shop to take back to the laboratory for testing.

Choosing frankincense samples from a Salalah, Oman, shop to take back to the laboratory for testing.

This photo was in the marketplace in Salalah, Oman. I go there every time I go to see what they’re selling, what they’re trading. I got some of my first samples here that I brought back for testing and analyzing.