SEED TO SEAL
Young Living has been around for over 20 years and has the Seed to Seal Guarantee. They are the only company in the world that owns their own farms and distills their own oils. They are involved with every step: planting, harvesting, distilling, and bottling. Their partner farms are exclusive and grown under the same conditions. The farms are open to the public and you can see how they operate and even participate in harvest or distillation. They even go a step farther and use essential oils instead of pesticides!
The transparency is a large reason I trust these oils. Other companies buy their products from third party growers, usually in foreign countries, where they give 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th distillations. Young Living only uses 1st distillations, so their oils are much more potent and provide more therapeutic benefits. Find more information at SEED TO SEAL.
Oils from the health food store are aroma-grade only; they may smell good, but do not offer the same therapeutic benefits since they often contain less than 5% pure essential oil. Young Living oils are 100% pure, with nothing added or taken away.
Many essential oils have expiration dates, Young Living oils do not. When stored properly, 100% pure essential oils (excluding citrus) will never go bad. If an essential oil has an expiration date, it is not pure or has been cut with a carrier oil, which will eventually go rancid.
Only 2% of essential oils sold in North America are suitable for medicinal/therapeutic purposes. Young living makes 98% of them!
Young Living oils meet all industry AFNOR and ISO standards and are subjected to isotopic ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) analysis, which determines whether a particular oil is naturally sourced or created in a lab (synthetic).
Here is the big reason why I trust Young Living: they do not compromise on quality. If a batch is not up to their standard they will dump it (and have oils out of stock for MONTHS), instead of focusing on profit.
Last, but not least, we have THE WELLNESS ACADEMY, a private Facebook group for people who use, or want to learn more about using Young Living oils. It is an incredible resource that has recipes, tips, etc. Come and join in the fun!