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Gary Young’s Passion Is Essential Oils

D. Gary Young’s commitment to understanding the remarkable therapeutic power of plants has resulted in the world’s largest line of essential oils and blends. Gary has traveled the globe discovering how to best support both physical health and emotional wellness. His discoveries have helped hundreds of thousands of people experience the benefits of natural healing and have led to the creation of the world’s largest and foremost authority on essential oils sciences: Young Living Essential Oils. 

Gary Young Establishes Therapeutic-Grade Standard

Gary-Young-FounderGary Young established the term “therapeutic-grade,” now known as Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG), as a guarantee that Young Living will only sell 100% pure, natural, uncut oils that maintain the vital therapeutic potency.
As Gary traveled the world studying the distillation of pure essential oils, he saw wide discrepancies in quality and learned that in order to ensure purity and potency, expert, rigorous analysis of finished oils was critical. 

Today, using gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectrometry (MS) analysis, the phytochemical profile of every batch of Young Living essential oils is measured to evaluate each specific plant compound. Certain plant compounds must meet or exceed specific levels to ensure the oil is natural, pure, and therapeutic-grade. Only then does Young Living guarantee the oil will provide the desired results and label it Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG).

Discovering the Benefits of Essential Oils

Gary Young’s mission began in 1973. Seriously injured in a logging accident, he determined to get his health back. Gary began studying alternative medicine and was introduced to essential oils. The oils proved a critical piece in Gary’s personal recovery and inspired a multiyear, worldwide search across three continents and a dozen countries to study the historical impact and forgotten knowledge of essential oils.

  • 1973 Gary suffers a crippling injury in a logging accident.
  • 1985 Gary is introduced to essential oils.
  • 1992 Gary purchases 160 acres in St. Maries, Idaho, for growing plants and distilling essential oils.
  • 1993 Young Living Essential Oils is established.
  • 1995 Gary purchases 138 acres of farmland in Mona, Utah.
  • 1999 Young Living expands its operations into Australia and Japan.
  • 2005 Gary establishes a 2,000 acre farm in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  UK Market opens
  • 2007 Young Living expands shipping facility encompassing 107,000 square feet.


Gary believed he could produce pure, authentic, superior-quality essential oils, and started cultivating lavender and other herbs in 1989, on a one-quarter-acre plot in Spokane, Washington, US. He built his first distiller by welding two pressure cookers with copper pipe and began experimenting. The result: 100% pure essential oil and the beginning of Young Living Essential Oils. 

Gary and his wife, Mary, eventually launched their own company to grow, prepare, and bottle therapeutic essential oils. The first Young Living office was in Riverton, Utah, where a small group of employees worked to fulfill the growing demand for essential oil products. Soon, the company’s first stationary distiller was built on land purchased in St. Maries, Idaho, US. The Youngs later purchased more than 2,000 acres in Utah and Simiane-la-Rotande, France. 

Still, the growing demand for mass quantities and different varieties of oils eventually required Gary to build partnerships with other suppliers. These efforts created the unmatched global network of essential oil expertise that is the modern Young Living. Today, Young Living ships essential oils products to hundreds of thousands of members around the world. 


A History of Stewardship

  • The Essential Oils Desk Reference is based largely on Gary Young’s past and present research.
  • In 1991, Gary performed some of the first clinical research on oils with helichrysum.
  • In 2004, Gary partnered with Brigham Young University researchers Rex Cates and Nicole Stevens, to study the anticancer effects of therapeutic-grade essential oils, including Young Living’s sandalwood and frankincense.
  • Palo Santo essential oil was the subject of a paper by Gary Young—the first on the subject—published in the Journal of Aromatherapy.
  • Young Living is the first and only company to bring Palo Santo and ruta essential oils to market; Gary first distilled these plants while living and researching in Ecuador.
  • Gary Young’s essential oil blend Thieves® has been the subject of clinical studies on its ability to kill airborne bacteria and black mold.
  • Gary’s research has allowed Young Living to offer more than 75 single oils and 75 oil blends—the largest essential oils line available.

Stacey Betty

Young Living Independent Distributor
Member #: 1257195
Phone #: 519-635-6942
Email: info@lifewithoils.com




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