A Calling – Stewardship & Leadership


I’ll be honest with you – when I read the below excerpt from the Live Well eCourse I thought “That appears to be really impressive. I don’t really know what it all indicates, but it looks good to me!” Here’s the thing…. I DO know that no other essential oil company can come close to this standard of testing. So if I have any chemists / scienc-ey type people reading this blog, please feel free to weigh in on what this means to you by commenting below this blog entry.

I’ll be 100% truthful with you… I didn’t do a lot of research before buying my Young Living Starter Kit. I had actually been rolling my eyes at the “alleged effectiveness” of essential oils for years. So, there’s that. ::: aheh :::

But when I learned that Young Living only brings to market a product that is of the highest quality, even if it means they will be “out of stock” on an item (and ultimately tick off a ton of customers AND give up a LOT of money in sales) because they considered their finished product sub-par, I knew they were the company for me.  I’m a girl who is long-term minded… I’m committed to REALLY GOOD things for the long haul… if it means sacrificing something in the short-term.

So I’ll share with you something I just read that indicates the level of stewardship and leadership that Young Living has committed to for the long-haul.  And after you’ve read this please go watch this video where Young Living’s chief science dude Dr. Michael Buch shares a bit more from their testing process:  https://goo.gl/EAeAXD.



Young Living tests every batch of essential oils in triplicate two times during the production process. Here is a list of all the tests they perform. It ends up being around 15-20 tests depending on the oil tested as some oils do not need certain tests.

  1. Viscometry
  2. Densitometry
  3. Specific Gravity
  4. Refractometry (Refractive Index)
  5. Polarimetry
  6. Optical Rotation
  7. Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP-MS)
  8. Inductively Coupled Plasma- Atomic Optical Emission (ICP-OES)
  9. High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  10. Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR)
  11. Automated Micro-Enumeration
  12. Disintegration Testing
  13. pH Testing
  14. Flashpoint
  15. Microscopy
  16. Combustibility
  17. Chiral Chromatography
  18. Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IR-MS)
  19. Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
  20. Organoleptic Testing

All of these tests are done three times on each batch. If the batch makes it through all the tests, once it goes to bottling, it is tested again, all tests in triplicate. It takes 20 people just over a week to test each batch. Yes, I would say that is thorough!

[©2017 from the Live Well eCourse]


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