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Part 8: Finding Pure Essential Oils

Mr. Abdullah Hamden, Gary Young, Mahmoud Suhail, M.D. and Cole Woolley at the Young Living distillery
Mr. Abdullah Hamden; Gary Young; Mahmoud Suhail, M.D.; and Cole Woolley at the YL distillery

In November of 2006, I found myself in Ecuador expanding Young Living’s farmland.  I purchased 1,125 acres of raw, virgin land and filed a lease/claim on an additional 1,200 acres in 2007.

In March of 2010, our farm operations expanded into Salalah, Oman, the heart of the frankincense land in Arabia.  Currently, we are leasing a 3,400-square-meter farm, which produces bananas, pomegranates, lemons, coconuts, and papayas.

Young Living has agreements with local harvesters to secure our supply of Omani resin, which is distilled in our newest Young Living distillery located on our farm in Salalah. The distillery has two distillers and a two-room building with an office. From there the Boswellia sacra (Sacred Frankincense) oil is shipped to the Young Living warehouse in Utah from where it is distributed worldwide.

Here is a summary of our Young Living farms and what we grow at each:

Farm 1: St. Maries, Idaho (lavender, melissa, Idaho tansy, and various conifers)

Farm 2: Provence, France (lavender; leased farm in central France, which I no longer lease)

Farm 3: Mona, Utah (lavender, clary sage, hyssop, goldenrod, Roman chamomile, and other small crops)

Farm 4: Simiane, France (lavender; located in the southern region of France)

Farm 5: Naples, Idaho, just south of the Canadian border (balsam fir trees)

Farm 6: Guayaquil, Ecuador (ruta, palo santo, dorado azul, eucalyptus blue, zaragosa, rosa  morta, oregano, ylang ylang, ishpingo, ocotea, and other exotic oils; located in the rural area of Chongon on the outskirts of Guayaquil)

Farm 7: Salalah, Oman (bananas, pomegrantes, lemons, coconuts,  and papayas)

To be continued . . .

Part 6: Finding Pure Essential Oils


Visitors tour new greenhouses

In 1995 I expanded my farming adventures into a third farm in Mona, Utah, where I bought 120 acres and built my first greenhouses to propagate plants to expand my growing potential. One year later I leased 1,600 acres of totally raw, organic land that had been used only for raising cattle. It was exciting to be at the beginning of what has now become a very big operation.

This farm has become our showcase, where thousands of people have come to see the harvesting and actual distilling of our plants. As the steam travels up through the cooker, it saturates the plant material, causing the oil to be released in the form of a gas molecule, which is enclosed within a thin membrane. These essential oil molecules travel with the steam up into the condenser, where the membrane breaks and the gas returns to a liquid and is then recovered in the separator. A great, natural beauty appears before your eyes when the essential oil droplets bubble up through the water inside the separator.

Gary and Mary Young at their distillery
Gary & Mary explain distilling

After this fascinating experience, our visitors are able to go through the laboratory next to the distillery to see the oils filtered and prepared to go to our bottling facility. Thousands of people have enjoyed seeing the actual production at our farm and have come through our visitors center, asking questions and wanting to know more about essential oils.

To be continued . . .