Why do other companies sell Essential Oils More Cheaply?
To save money of course! If you spray your crop with pesticides, you have more crop to distill. If you use a chemical solvent to extract the oil, you pull more out, If you dilute it with a cheaper oil or a carrier oil, you stretch the oil you have distilled. Most essential oils are sold more cheaply because companies cut corners.
Did you know?
Vertical Steam Distillation makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE!
“Let’s go back to the early days of steam distillation, which is one of the most common ways of extracting oils from plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs. This is done by sending steam into a chamber that holds the raw product. As the steam rises, it stimulates the oil membranes in the plant, causing them to open, thereby releasing the oil molecule that has a micro-fine membrane around it, which is there to protect the oil. If the membrane is fractured while the oil is being released, the oil is damaged, and the molecular structure of the oil is altered. In nature, as the evening cools, the oil comes closer to the surface. As the day begins, the sun’s warmth causes this membrane to relax, open and release the oil into the atmosphere.
Vertical steam distillation gives us the greatest potential for protecting the oil and maintaining its integrity in order to protect its therapeutic benefits for fragrance and balancing the body. All of this must work on the areas in the brain that are connected to the limbic system, which affects emotional trauma release, appeases anxiety and helps overcome depression. In ancient distillation, low pressure (5 pounds and under) and low temperature were extremely important in order to have the therapeutic benefits of this gentle process.
Marcel Espieu, who has been the President of the Lavender Growers Association for 21 years in southern France, told me, when I was studying with him, that the best quality of oil would be produced when the pressure was zero pounds during distillation.
Temperature also has a very distinct effect on the oils. At certain temperatures, the oil fragrance, as well as the chemical constituents, can be changed. High pressures and high temperatures seem to cause a harshness in the oil where even the oil pH and the electropositive and electronegative balance are greatly affected.
For example, Cypress requires 24 hours at a maximum of 245 degrees at 5 pounds of pressure in order for all of the active constituents and properties to be released. But if it is distilled less than 22 hours, 18-20 of the primary constituents will be missing, which are absolutely essential to the therapeutic application of the oil and the expected response. However, most of the distilling operations throughout the world distill cypress for only one hour and 15 minutes.
Lavender is distilled in France with a steam temperature of up to 350 degrees and up to 155 pounds of pressure for 15 minutes. Although the oil is easily sold and marketed, it is of very poor quality. The problem we have in America is that people are more concerned about price than quality. Naturally, you can sell lavender oil inexpensively if you can produce a pound of oil in 15 minutes versus a pound of oil in an hour and a half. To maintain the highest grade of oil and to be able to get all the properties in the oil that create the therapeutic effect in the healing of burns, reducing of headaches and fevers and overcoming insomnia and PMS, that oil must be of the highest grade and quality.
In the larger fields of the world during the distillation time, one can see chemical trucks hooked into the distillers pumping solvents into the water already in the boiler. This increases the oil production by as much as 18 percent. However, when you put a chemical in the water and force this with steam into the plant, it causes a fracturing of the molecular stricture of the oil, altering its fragrance and constituents because you cannot separate the chemicals from the oil after it comes through the condenser.
Most of the lavender oil sold in America today is lavendin, which is a hybrid and is grown and distilled in either China or Russia. The oil production in both locations tests high in radioactive isotopes. They bring it into France, cut it with synthetic linolol acetate to improve the fragrance, add propylene glycol or SD 40, which is a solvent that has no smell ‘and increases the volume, and then sell it in the United States as lavender oil. We in America don’t know the difference and are happy to buy and sell it for $5-7 per half ounce in health food stores, beauty salons, grocery and department stores and through mail order.
Frankincense is another example of an adulterated oil. The frankincense resin, or gum, that is sold in Somalia costs between $30,000 and $35,000 per ton and when steam distilled is very expensive. However, frankincense that is sold for as low as $25 per ounce is distilled with alcohol. When these cut, synthetic and adulterated oils cause rashes, burns or other irritations, we wonder why we don’t get the benefit we were expecting and come to the conclusion that essential oils don’t have that much value.
There are first, second, third and fourth stages of distillation, with each one becoming weaker and weaker to which synthetic fragrance constituents are added and then sold to the unsuspecting public. Many people have jumped on the bandwagon because of the money-making potential that they see with essential oils. They buy cheap oils, rebottle them, label them as 100 percent pure essential oils and market them without ever knowing their origin or who was responsible for the distillation.
After seeing the number of farms going out of business in France and Germany, I was concerned that the day would come when we would have a difficult time obtaining oils. I felt I needed to find farm land where we could begin growing our own crops in order to secure our supply and quality. After many months of looking, I was led to the Benawah Valley near St. Maries, Idaho, where we now have 50 acres in production.
We were very specific in choosing land that had never had chemicals on it because all our growing and production operations are strictly organic. Our farms in Utah, Idaho, and France are all organic. Young Living is now supervising the distillation of some of the oils that it sells as well as buying directly from the distilleries in order to avoid adulteration and inferior quality of oils that are produced around the world. We begin with the pure seeds and take them all the way through the growing, harvesting, distilling, formulating, packaging and marketing. This way we know what we have and can stand behind the production and the quality.
At the Young Living Research Farm in Idaho, I built four different distillers and, as I mentioned, the largest and only stainless steel vertical steam distiller in North America, so we could control our operation in order to produce the highest quality of oil possible. After building the first two, I invented a steam decompression chamber and manifold that delivers the steam at zero pounds of pressure to the chambers.
In 1994, we produced an extremely high quality of peppermint and clary sage oils as well as the first distilled wild tansy oil in the world. When we attended the essential oil medical convention in September of 1994, everyone who sampled the oils was excited and wanted to know where they could purchase some. They were fascinated with the wild tansy as that was a new and almost exotic smell for them. We have acquired more farm land in Utah and will be building an entire distillery there so that the new crops can be distilled on site. Our projection for the spring of 1996 is to plant 1,500 acres in crop between Utah and Idaho.”
Copyright 1996-99 D. Gary Young
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