When it comes to choosing an essential oils company, it's essential to do your due diligence.

How do you know where to start when you're new to essential oils but hearing intriguing reports about their benefits?  

Do you start by looking for a specific oil that you've heard will help support you on your path to wellness?  

No!  Grabbing just any essential oil off a store shelf is not a good idea.  (Red flags should go off in your brain!) 🚩

Why?  Because essential oils and essential oil companies are vastly different, the first step is deciding which company to trust with your health and wellness. It can be overwhelming, especially when you know it's an unregulated market, and greenwashing marketing tactics are very clever.  

Why does it matter?

If a company doesn't have the three factors we share below, you're probably talking about fragrance and synthetics.  Not only would they not have the essential oil constituents necessary for you to enjoy the full benefits of a quality oil, but the chemicals included in that bottle could be harmful to you and others in your household, including your pets.  The long-term side effects are uncalculated.

That's why we identified factors that will make your decisions easy and get you in safe hands to enjoy pure essential oils' benefits.

Make sure to read to the end. After sharing these 3 key standards, we have a few BONUS tips to help you make your decisions confidently. So, grab your journal for notes as you read the criteria we use to make our essential oil decisions confidently.

Let's explore three key standards to help you make an informed decision.

1. First and foremost, it is crucial to consider whether the company has its own farms.

Having their own farms means the company controls every aspect of the essential oil production process, from Seed to Seal®. This allows for greater quality control and ensures that the oils are produced using sustainable and ethical practices.  

Partner farms are another way for a company to expand their farm options while respecting and partnering with an existing farm that meets their rigid standards.  Those standards include the history of the soil and that farm's ability to maintain the seed to seal commitment for planting, cultivating, maintaining, and harvesting.  

So, step one in choosing your essential oil company is to contact the company and ask, "Do you have your own farms?"  The answer to this question will quickly eliminate most of the groups putting out products that use what they call 'essential oils.'  

2. The second standard to consider is whether you can visit the company's farms. 

Visiting the farms provides transparency and lets you witness the production process firsthand. 

Knowing that the plants are grown in optimal environments and that the essential oils are being responsibly extracted gives you peace of mind. If the company offers farm tours to the public, you can get an up-close and personal experience of their overall farming practices.  A quality company may even let you participate in certain stages of the farming operation.  

While you're visiting a reputable company farm, you might see a few sheep or signs that they're welcoming pollinators.  These are signs that they're using alternative weeding methods (sheep) with specific crops and are aware of the importance of protecting, monitoring, and encouraging pollinators like bees.   

While visiting, if they offer you the opportunity to participate in the process,  that's an extra check ✔ in their favor!

3. Speaking of the Seed to Seal®️ promise, this is another crucial aspect to consider.

Young Living®️ takes great pride in its Seed to Seal® commitment, ensuring that every step of the production process is carefully monitored to guarantee the highest quality and purity. 

This promise includes a meticulous process that ensures the highest quality of essential oils. It involves sourcing seeds from verified suppliers, cultivating the plants in optimal conditions, distilling the oils using state-of-the-art equipment, rigorous testing at every step of the production process, and sealing the oils in premium packaging. This commitment to quality and transparency sets Young Living apart from many other essential oil companies.

As consumers, we want essential oils that are pure, potent, and high-quality, free from contaminants or adulterations.  

Other Important Points to Consider:

The Importance of Rigorous Testing

The testing process should involve multiple checkpoints to guarantee the purity and potency of its oils. They should use advanced techniques such as gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to analyze each oil's chemical composition. These tests ensure that the oils contain the correct therapeutic compounds and are free from any harmful substances. By choosing a company that prioritizes strict testing, you can have confidence in the quality and safety of your essential oils.

In addition, third-party testing should be done at independent laboratories to ensure the authenticity and purity of the essential oils.

Support and Education:

Look for essential oils companies that prioritize education and support for their customers. Seek out brands that offer comprehensive educational resources, such as blog posts, articles, webinars, or workshops, to help you learn about essential oils, their benefits, and how to use them safely and effectively. 

Another clue to a quality company is seeing if they have a foundation that gives back to society.  Check whether the dollars you donate go to good works or administration costs.  With an exemplary company, their efforts to support wellness around the world will be evident in their boots  (sweat and labor) on the ground directly impacting communities.  

Beware of Synthetics

While it's essential to look for companies that meet these factors, it's equally important to know why you should avoid essential oils with synthetic additives. Synthetic additives are chemicals often added to essential oils to enhance their fragrance or extend their shelf life. 

However, these synthetics can negatively impact our health and well-being. Young Living, on the other hand, prides itself on providing pure and unadulterated essential oils. It has a stringent testing process in place to ensure that its oils are free from any synthetic additives or contaminants.

 Additionally, avoiding essential oils with synthetic additives is important due to their potential negative impacts on health. 

Look for companies like Young Living that prioritize quality and transparency in the production process. With their commitment to purity and rigorous testing, you can trust that you are getting the highest quality essential oils for your health and wellness journey.  

With the peace of mind that comes from finding and trusting an essential oil company, you can confidently enjoy learning about all their essential oils, knowing you're in good hands.  

If you'd like to look closer at a quality company that fits our 3 strict standards, this link will take you to the source that we trust.  On the site, you'll be able to search through all of their products and learn more about each essential oil, oil products, their farms, and the company.


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