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Gary’s Unwanted “Invader”


Gary takes a rare moment to rest in Oman
Gary takes a rare moment to rest in Oman

By Guest Blogger Mary Young


On Saturday, January 15, as I watched Gary coughing so horribly, struggling to breathe with a high fever and intense pain, I started thinking about all the stress and difficulties we put on ourselves for the sake of a cause and a desire to give the world something better. At that moment it didn’t seem like a very good trade.

Ever since we moved to Ecuador five years ago, Gary has been fascinated with the jungle. He loved the discovery of the unknown and was excited about finding new aromatic plants. I knew he was careful about what he ate and drank, but I was always concerned because I knew the jungle was full of attacking critters and infectious dangers.

But Gary was fearless as his unconquerable spirit led him deep into the Amazon without worry for what could be in his path. He always came home with different kinds of bites that usually itched like crazy, but never more than that. I have experienced this with him time and time again!

In Gary’s words: “On Saturday, January 15, I flew home from Idaho, where we had begun our harvest of the balsam fir. I had developed a horrible, gut-wrenching cough; high fever; and extreme fatigue. During the night I had extreme difficulty breathing, and when I was in bed, I felt like I was drowning and had to resort to trying to sleep in the recliner.

“I could tell it was getting worse, so I decided to have Mary take me to the Emergency Room at the American Fork Hospital with the intent of getting oxygen and finding out what was happening to me.”

He received a lot of help, and they were able to open up his lungs a bit so that he could get more oxygen and relieve his pain.

However, they could not find out what was wrong. The tests contradicted each other, came up negative, and left them baffled. The doctor, who we feel was very competent, determined that he had viral bronchitis and double pneumonia. But because Gary had been in the Amazon and in so many other places in the world, they were convinced that some exotic jungle disease was the cause of it all; so the doctor decided to send him to the Infectious Disease Department of the University of Utah Hospital.

Click here to read Mary’s, Gary’s, and Doug Nelson’s (Young Living’s CEO) stories about this experience.

Thank You from Everyone at Young Living

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who came to 2010 International Grand Convention and everyone who supported us from afar. Convention was a huge success. I have heard so many wonderful and complimentary comments from distributors. Please know how much I appreciate all of you. Whether you were with Mary and I at convention, or at home, we wouldn’t have had a convention without each and everyone of our valued distributors and customers. Thank you for being part of the Young Living family.

Warm Regards,
Gary Young

Dangers of the Frankincense Trail

Gary Young on the Frankincense Trail
Gary Young, president of Young Living Essential Oils, on the Frankincense trail

For thousands of years, frankincense was transported across the most desolate wilderness on earth: the Empty Quarter. This vast desert covers some 250,000 square miles and spans part of Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

I grew up in an Idaho wilderness area, packing horses and mules and traveling across treacherous terrain. So it wasn’t so difficult for me to understand life on a camel caravan, as rugged men left their homes and loved ones to take their precious cargo of frankincense and myrrh north to market.

To travel with a caravan was a dangerous and sometimes deadly occupation. The desert itself could be a vicious opponent with violent sandstorms that could change the landscape, covering precious waterholes, creating huge new dunes and possibly burying a caravan. There were poisonous snakes and scorpions as well. But the most dangerous adversary of all came on two legs: robbers, thieves, and marauders determined to steal the resins worth more than gold.

I have walked and driven over the majority of the frankincense trails that brought the prized resins from southern Arabia to the ports of Gaza, Alexandria, and Damascus. I have such an appreciation for the rugged men who risked their lives to bring such a treasure to the world. That same spirit of adventure has inspired me to bring the very best frankincense and myrrh to today’s seeker of physical and emotional wellness.

I can’t wait to join you all next week at International Grand Convention where audiences will get to see the marvels of the Frankincense Trail on the big screen with the premiere of my frankincense documentary, The One Gift.

—Essentially Yours,

D. Gary Young

Harvesting Frankincense

As we get ready for 2010 International Grand Convention and the premiere of my Frankincense Trail documentary, The One Gift, I want to share some of my experiences harvesting frankincense resin in the Middle East.

Gary Young in Oman
Gary Young, president of Young Living Essential Oils, in Oman

The process of collecting frankincense happens two times a year—once in the spring (March to May) and then in the fall (September to October). To harvest the resin, you have to take a little axe and chop the hardened resin crystals off the branches—but there’s a process that comes in the week before that. To begin the process, you cut the bark of the frankincense tree and then it allows the liquid resin to ooze out onto the external part. Then, when it hits the oxygen, it starts to crystallize and harden. Naturally, the longer it is left on the tree, the longer it is present in the oxygen and the harder it gets. It takes about a week before you can actually come back and cut it off as a hardened resin crystal. So this is a week to two-week process from when you go in and you cut the tree to when you come back and collect the crystal resin. Then the crystal resin goes into the distillery where it is crushed into powder, put into an oil bath, and steam distilled to extract the oil from the crystal resin.

This process produces different types of frankincense resins. The one that is very white is called Hojari. Now, when I was collecting frankincense years ago and they said “Hojari,” I thought they were being very friendly and saying, “How, Gary?” And I said, “With an axe.” But this was Hojari. There are actually five grades of frankincense resin. The first grade is brownish resin. It has a lot of bark particles in it, and that’s very commonly used because there’s more of it available. But the Hojari is what was selected just for the kings and queens because it was the purest of the frankincense.

I can’t wait to join you all June 16–19 in Salt Lake City where I can share more of my experiences from the Frankincense Trail. This is one Young Living convention you don’t want to miss!

Essentially Yours,

D. Gary Young

The One Gift Documentary Fast Approaching

Gary Young in OmanIn a previous post, I mentioned the documentary I’ve been working on for the past 15 years. And as Young Living’s International Grand Convention approaches, so does the premiere release of the documentary, a culmination of two years of filming and more than a decade of research.

This documentary is the definitive history of the Frankincense Trail where caravans carried resin across the deserts. It also outlines the story of the twisted, deformed frankincense tree that lives 10 months of the year without water, but yields a life-giving resin more valued than gold.

Please join me for the premiere showing of The One Gift, a documentary that answers why frankincense was more precious than gold in the ancient world, what modern scientists are discovering about its vast wellness potential, if it can really calm you and lift your mood, and more.

I look forward to sharing this remarkable resin and its story with you.

Free show times open to the public:

Thursday, June 17, 2010
4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 18, 2010
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 19, 2010
11:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m.

All showings will be held at the
Salt Palace Convention Center
100 S. West Temple
SLC, UT 84101

Young Living distributors attending the Young Living convention will also be treated to exclusive distributor-only showing.

Essentially yours,

D. Gary Young