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Part 3: Finding Pure Essential Oils

Herbal pharmacy at clinic

At home that night, I began reading and did not stop until 3 a.m. I could not sleep from the excitement I felt about this new discovery! The study was made by several researchers who found certain essential oils to have anti-infectious properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and immune-supporting actions. In fact, the study described how the essential oils could increase the uptake of oxygen and the delivery of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) to the cells.

I reread and highlighted the research until 6 a.m. As soon as I felt it wasn’t too early, I picked up the phone and dialed the number Annemarie had left on the back page. She answered the phone on the first ring and said, “Dr. Young, I was expecting you to call. What did you think?”

I told her that I found the information fascinating and that it made a lot of sense. I then asked the million dollar question, “Where can I learn more?”

Just seven days later, I was sitting in a classroom in the medical department at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, attending a 40-hour seminar on the chemistry of essential oils and their function and action against infection and immune support. The course was taught by Jean Claude Lapraz, M.D., and Paul Duraffourd, M.D.

Following the conference, I traveled to Paris to spend a week with Dr. Lapraz to learn even more about essential oils. Before returning to the U.S., I purchased 1 liter each of 13 different essential oils: frankincense, myrrh, lavender, thyme, oregano, peppermint, lemon, rosemary, marjoram, basil, mountain savory, ravensara, and hyssop. And so began my journey into a new frontier: the study of real plant medicine.

To be continued . . .

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Part 1: Finding Pure Essential Oils

Gary Young at his clinic in Mexico

Every company and individual selling essential oils in the marketplace today claim to have the very best and most pure oils available. How does someone without any background or knowledge of essential oils know which oils are the best?

When I entered the essential oil business in 1980, the only essential oils I could find were a few in New Age stores that were selling scented candles, incense sticks, and scented oils for massage. It was not until 1981 that I started to see lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, pine, rosemary, and oregano oils; however, these oils were sold in carrier oils. The lavender wasn’t even real lavender; it was lavandin, although I didn’t discover this until 1985, which is when my education began.

During the four years leading up to this time, I tried all of the so-called “aromatherapy oils” on many clients who had conditions such as headaches; neck, back, and shoulder pain; gastro internal stress; nausea; vomiting; and fever. After four years of trial and error, I determined that certainly these oils were nothing more than a New Age fad and had little to no value, so I gave away all of my “aromatherapy oils.”

On a quiet October day in 1985, a little lady from Zurich, Switzerland, who was living in Southern California, walked into my clinic in Mexico, bringing information with her that would start me on a new path and change my life forever.

To be continued . . .

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