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What Are Essential Oils?


Plant matter being placed into the distillers at the beginning of the process.

Essential Oils are often called the “life blood” of the plant. The oils are concentrated, aromatic liquids steam-distilled from plants. They may be distilled from the seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, or fruit.

Essential oils support a plant’s internal structures. When properly cultivated and distilled, essential oils can support a healthy lifestyle.

Young Living Oils are the choice of our family based on the purity of their oils. No other company provides such a high-quality oil… and the ability to visit the farms and distilleries means we’ve actually seen the process with our own eyes! That is not only unique, but also has been crucial for us as this has become our family’s business and purpose.

Several variables can affect the makeup of an essential oil, such as:


Oil as it is being distilled, floating above the water.

  • How the plant material was stored prior to extraction
  • Time elapsed between when it was harvested and when it was distilled
  • The parts of the plant used – leaves, flowers, roots, etc.
  • Soil condition
  • Fertilizer, pesticides, or other chemicals used to treat the plants
  • Geographical region, Climate, Altitude
  • Harvest season
  • Distillation process and type of distillation equipment used (copper? steel?)
  • Storage conditions of the oil after distillation, as well as how long it sat before the consumer 
purchased it

Knowing the conditions of these variables helps determine the quality of the Essential Oils, but unfortunately many companies either do not disclose any information on their farms or are purchasing oils without verifying these details.

Once the distillation process is complete, often the oils are tampered with or adulterated before being bottled for consumers. Some examples:


The final product, being filtered to remove plant material and residue, and entering the testing phase.

  • Blending a low quality (cheaper) oil species with a higher quality (more expensive) one in the same genus. A common example is combining Melaleuca quinquinervia into Melaleuca alternifolia and selling it as Tea Tree Oil.
  • Blending an essential oil with another oil, such as vegetable oil.
  • Adding natural, or synthetic, constituents to a lower-quality oil to  make it appear to mimic the more expensive version. An example of this would be adding linalyl acetate to a low-quality Lavender essential oil.

Unfortunately, any essential oil subject to the above tampering can still be sold as a pure essential oil and no markings on the bottle are required to document these adulterations.

Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure, contain no added synthetic ingredients, and never expire. In addition, Young Living owns and partners with numerous farms across the globe, cultivating a personal and close relationship with the farmers to ensure the highest quality oils available.

Ready to start using Young Living Essential Oils? By joining our team of oil users, you not only get access to the best oils in nature, but you also get to be a part of our helpful community! Learn more: Get Started.