First, it is an exact and complete definition of a term of standards.
Every single bottle of essential oil from Young Living contains the words:
- “100% Pure, Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oil” or
- “100% Pure, Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oil Blend”
So Exactly What Does ‘Therapeutic-Grade’ Mean?
You see, anyone can claim their oils to be "therapeutic grade", but only Young Living can claim Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ - because it is defined.
Reprinted from The Raindrop Messenger, a free eLine newsletter, with permission from Dr. David Stewart
“The term, "Therapeutic Grade," applied to essential oils was originally coined and defined by Gary Young and Young Living.
Years ago some aromatherapists and competing companies criticized Young Living for using this term saying, "There is no such term." They were right in that no government or regulatory agency had defined the term, but Gary and Young Living did define it. You can use any word or term you like so long as you define what you mean by it.
You will find "Therapeutic Grade" defined, not only in Young Living literature but also in CARE Publications.
Since Young Living adopted the term and defined it, many companies are now using it for their own oils without defining what they mean by the word, thus implying that their oils are "just as good as Young Living's oils."
That is why Young Living has modified and Trade Marked the statement that Young Living oils are "Young Living Therapeutic-Grade Oils™"
Only Young Living can use that phrase to describe their essential oils.
Whereas meeting standards like those of the French AFNOR* (Association Francaise de Normalization) or the ISO** (International Standards Organization), ISO and AFNOR only consider whether the oil has sufficient percents of the main compounds to legally claim it to be the species on the label.
For example, if an oil contains enough menthol, you can legally sell it as "peppermint" when, in fact, there may be no actual peppermint plant oil present whatsoever. Hence, an aromatic oil can be 80-100% synthetic and meet AFNOR/ISO standards.
AFNOR/ISO only takes into account the end product by testing for the percents of a few compounds that account for flavor and/or aroma. These standards do not take into account the manner by which the oil was obtained nor whether any of the healing compounds are present. In fact, the compounds responsible for (maintaining health) can all be absent and an oil can still meet AFNOR/ISO standards, which may be adequate for perfumes and flavors, but totally ineffective for (maintaining healthy function).
By contrast, Young Living's "Therapeutic Grade" standard takes into account everything from planting the seed to marketing the oil.
With Young Living, "Therapeutic Grade" means there has been verification of the correct species when the seed was planted, the purity and manner of cultivation (no chemicals or nearby pollution, etc.), the proper time of harvest to optimize the (healthy) properties in the oil, the proper manner of distillation to capture all of the therapeutic compounds, the right chemical composition as determined by sophisticated laboratory tests, and the purity of the packaging--i.e. nothing added, nothing taken away, stored in light-protected containers (amber or blue bottles) of glass, ceramic, Teflon, or stainless steel, and kept in a suitable environment of appropriate temperatures.
All of this is taken into account with Young Living's definition of "Therapeutic Grade." No other company maintains or can claim such a standard, even though they may use the word.”
Reprinted from The Raindrop Messenger, a free eLine newsletter, with permission from Dr. David Stewart.
So This is Where the Buyer Needs to Beware
You could be buying essential oils that are not truly pure. "For example, if an oil contains enough menthol, you can legally sell it as "peppermint" when, in fact, there may be no actual peppermint plant oil present whatsoever. Hence, an aromatic oil can be 80-100% synthetic and still be labeled as “pure”..."
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* The AFNOR Group develops its international standardization activities, information provision, certification and training through a network of key partners in France who are members of the association.
**The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded on 23 February 1947, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards.