What is Seed to Seal?
Young Living is truly unlike any other essential oil company. Our essential oils are the highest quality on the market. Young Living guarantees these high standards of quality, purity, and potency with their Seed to Seal promise. This promise focuses on three pillars- sourcing, science, and standards.
How does this process set Young Living apart from other essential oil companies? Let’s take a look:
The Three Pillars
Young Living’s Seed to Seal promise of quality rests on three very important principles. These three aspects are sourcing, science, and standards.
The sourcing pillar ensures the highest quality oils from the beginning. Seeds are tested to make sure they are free from toxic and GMO contaminants, and to be sure that they contain the right compounds to produce the best plants, and therefore the best essential oils. These best plants from each field are chosen and their seeds are used to start new plants for the next year’s crop.
Young Living doesn’t use chemical fertilizers or pesticides on their farms- they use plants! Plant material leftover after distillation is composted and used to nourish the fields. The fields are weeded by hand. The care and dedication Young Living puts into the plants and farms is unmatched! This care includes a commitment to responsible and sustainable farming practices, including being free from chemicals. Young Living experts travel the world to ensure our partner farms continue to follow the high standards of quality at each farm.
The distillation process is perhaps the most crucial element of the essential oils process. The conditions (temperature, pressure, plants, etc.) have to be just right in order to achieve the appropriate amounts of chemical constituents. [Tip- think of constituents as the “active ingredients” in your essential oils!] Gary Young spent years and years learning all he could about the French art of essential oil distillation. The process used by Young Living is the best of both worlds- ancient technique plus modern innovation and technology. This is also great for new product development!
For a more in-depth look at the distillation process, check out this post.
Because Young Living never accepts adulterated, diluted, or “cut” essential oils, testing is an important step. The oils are tested in Young Living’s own labs, but also by third-party labs to make sure the oils being bottled have the right biochemical compounds. Don’t forget- Young Living’s products are made with a purpose, after all!
The essential oils are all bottled and labeled at Young Living’s Spanish Fork, Utah facility. Each batch of oils is tested again at this step to ensure the essential oils you receive are the same high quality essential oils that were produced, tested, and bottled. The whole supply chain goes through both internal and external audits to confirm the oils are pure, potent, and unadulterated. Your oils are then hand packed in this same facility before they take their journey to you!
From the Farm to Your Hands
Young Living owns the farms listed below, and as you can see there are farms all over the world! (There are additional farm partnerships Young Living has around the world besides these below.)
- British Columbia, Canada – Black Spruce, Ledum, Yarrow
- St. Maries, Idaho, USA – Lavender, Melissa, Tansy
- Simiane-La-Rotonde, France – Lavender, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Lavandin
- Guayaquil, Ecuador – Ocotea, Dorado Azul, Eucalyptus Blue
- Highland Flats, Idaho, USA – Pine, Idaho Blue Spruce, Balsam Fir, Western Red Cedar
- Mona, Utah, USA – Peppermint, Goldenrod, Clary Sage, Hyssop, Lavender
- Salalah, Oman – Sacred Frankincense
As Young Living members, we have the amazing opportunity to visit the Young Living farms. Yes, we can actually go tour the fields and witness the distillation process on the farm! Can you do that with the companies selling oils on Amazon? Hint: You can’t.
A New Appreciation
Next time you open a new bottle of oil, take a moment as you inhale to reflect on and appreciate the process and care taken to bring that high-quality bottle to your door. Know that you are part of something amazing- take pride in it! Tell your friends when they ask about your oils. Tell your sister who thinks her eBay oils are okay to use. Seed to Seal is for all of us, and now that you’re familiar with it, embrace it.
Find out more about Young Living’s unique Seed to Seal process here.