Are Young Living Essential Oils a Scam?

Earlier this week, the to Young Living and its spin-off/competitor doTerra over misrepresentation by its distributors on the healing and preventative properties of their essential oil products. In the case of Young Living, the FDA listed three of its distributor sites that claimed Young Living essential oils could prevent or cure the deadly Ebola virus.

Thieves [a proprietary Young Living blend] oil can be . . applied topically on the skin to help the body fight off infection . . If Ebola was going around in my area . . I would apply it to my feet and armpits 2x/day or more and take it in capsules at least 2x/day for preventive purposes,” and “If I were exposed to Ebola or had reason to believe I could be sick with it, I would use some of these oils every 10 minutes for a few hours, then cut back to every hour for the rest of the first day. Then I would use them every 2 waking hours of the day for at least a week, or longer if it was known I was sick.”

A doTerra distributor wrote “Many Essential Oils are highly Anti-viral. I list here a few of them those (sic) oils that could help prevent your contracting the Ebola virus . . ” on a Twitter account credited to “MrsSkinnyMedic.”

Both doTerra and Young Living were cited for recommending essential oils “for conditions that cause them to be drugs under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The therapeutic claims establish that these products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.”

Essential oils are special; they are pure plant and flower essences with a long history of curative properties. And what’s more delightful than the pure aromatic essence of a rose flower to make you feel calm, or the exhilarating fresh scent of eucalyptus leaves when you’ve got a stuffy nose? These are two common essential oils, potent tools of the plant kingdom, relied on and revered for ages by many cultures around the world. But they are not drugs. And while we may experience strong benefits of these oils, the FDA says it is irresponsible and dangerous to suggest that they can be used to defeat a deadly virus like Ebola.

But it’s not just Ebola. Distributors for Young Living and doTerra have claimed their oils can cure or prevent “Parkinson’s disease, autism, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, insomnia, heart disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dementia, and multiple sclerosis,” according to the FDA letter, without providing any scientific evidence to back up these claims.

It’s not just the Ebola virus that Young Living distributors routinely rely on to gain customers. Scare tactics sell product, and the company’s legion of sales representatives and their sales pitches have been compared to how Natural News promotes disinformation about health issues and government activity.

According to the Young Living website, “Gary established the standard now known as Young Living Therapeutic Grade™, a philosophy and a guarantee that Young Living will only sell 100% pure, natural, uncut oils that maintain their vital therapeutic potency.” And on this premise, he built the business that brings in more than $100 million in annual revenues. Much of that comes from the membership program and people signing up to become a “distributor” of the product.

But Young Living essential oils aren’t a magic cure-all. They’re not even certified organic. Neither are doTerra’s, yet both companies charge more for their products than organic brands do for offerings of a higher quality (the lack of pesticides and herbicides). On the Young Living website, it states that Gary “developed his first organic herb farming and distillation operation,” which would lead consumers to believe the oils are organic. But, the company also states that “Young Living cannot place the word ‘organic’ on our labels because we occasionally import some oils from different countries and most of these countries do not have organic standards that match the US standards.”

There are a number of respected, quality brands of essential oils; many are available at health food stores, Whole Foods Market, or online. At their simplest, essential oils are synthetic chemical-free alternatives to perfumes or deodorants. And there is some research to back up health claims on specific essential oils. In most cases, what you’re able to find at health food stores are therapeutic grade products, like those made by Simplers Botanicals, Aura Cacia, Now, or Mountain Rose Herbs.

Essential oils can be part of a healthy lifestyle. But even the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) acknowledges the unethical and potentially dangerous behavior of brands like Young Living and doTerra. According to NAHA, “NAHA is aware of several Multi-level marketing companies who disseminate irresponsible and misinformation into the aromatherapy market place.”

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A Critical Look at Gary Young, Young Living Essentia Oils, and Raindro Therapy

In the spring of 2002, an acquaintance of mine excitedly told me of a healer who could use essential oils and natural therapies to treat a family members precancerous growth. The relative would then be spared surgery recommended by specialists at a university affiliated medical center.

It sounded too good to be true. I decided to investigate. This article describes what I uncovered about the healer, self-styled naturopath Donald Gary Young, his multi-level marketing company Young Living Essential Oils, his Young Life Research Clinic Institute of Natural Medicine, and his special technique called Raindrop Therapy.

He is a man with no training, with inflated credentials, and a history of arrests for health fraud. Now lets examine his company.

Young Living Essential Oils

Young and his third wife Mary Billeter Young started Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) in Utah in 1992. A biographical sketch describes her as previously quite successful at a multilevel marketing company, which I believe was Sunrider International. Building on her experience, the Youngs established YLEO as a typical MLM company in which independent distributorsare said to earn money by selling products and by earning a percentage of the sales of the distributors they recruit.

In a 1995 training video, Young states that he persuaded a reluctant user to try his oils by appealing to his ego,assuring him that he would make history”.

Raindrop Therapy

Young claimed that Raindrop Therapy could effectively treat scoliosis by affecting toxins and viruses, which he said cause scoliosis. There is no scientific basis to this claim because there is no evidence that either viruses or toxins cause scoliosis. However, the undiluted oils can cause a burning sensation and skin redness, which the raindrop therapist alleges are evidence that viruses and toxins are leaving the body. In actuality, it is only a local skin reaction to irritation.

Raindrop Therapy uses seven single essential oils plus two blends formulated by YLEO. The concentrations of several oils exceed recommended safe doses and can cause skin irritation, sensitization, phototoxicity, and essential oil toxicity. A thorough analysis of the potential problems associated with each of the oils is detailed in the National Association of Holistic AromatherapistsWhite Paper on Young Living Oil’s Raindrop Therapy.

Gary Young is an uneducated huckster with a track record of arrests for health fraud. He has repeatedly inflated and falsified his education and credentials. His inability to recognize the limits of his knowledge and training contributed to the death of his own child.

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Follow up on the interview with Gary Young

Sultan Yusuf Ahmed Salah of Somalia recently posted a YouTube video in which he claims that Young Essential Oils Founder Gary Young visited Somalia to test resins from their rare frankincense trees and write about his journey. According to Salah, Young promised to provide donations to establish health clinics and money to train teachers.

Young Living Farms legal department then contacted YouTube to request the video be removed because it contained copyrighted materials and false information to defame Young’s character. YouTube then removed the video. After the video was removed Utah Stories was contacted by two independent essential oils specialists telling us that Young Living Farms is trying to silence the truth of what Gary Young did when he visited Somalia.

Was Sultan Yusuf Ahmed Salah indeed mislead and lied to by Gary Young? Or is Salah himself an extortionist, as Young Living Farms claims?

Con Artist of Healer? D Gary Young – Founder of Young Essential Oils

Salah says that Young claimed to be a medical doctor and philanthropist, and that he wanted to donate money to help them build clinics and train teachers. According to Salah, the money was never sent, but instead Salah’s photos were used in highly fictionalized account of the events which occurred in Young Living Farms newsletter called Essential Edge to promote Young’s successful very dangerous frankincense collection trip to Somalia.

The photos, used in a four-part series on Young’s Somalia trip, depict Salah as a friend and protector of Young. Young writes in his newsletter that Sultan Yusuf Ahmed Salah showed up to the airport to ensure his safety. According to Salah, Young came to his village without proper notice began asking for photos and misleading him and his people with promises. Salah said he was most offended by how Gary Young used his men to pose for photos demonstrating the “danger” of his journey by posing with their guns.

Certainly this story has a great deal more detail than what we are able to present. Later in the day,Young Essential Oils Marketing and Legal Team spoke to Utah Stories off the record.

Utah Stories was scheduled to meet with Young Living PR and legal team at their Lehi headquarters yesterday morning, but they cancelled the meeting because we were unable to provide all questions beforehand. Utah Stories requested prior to the meeting electronic copies of the newsletters which have Young’s account of the story, before we attempted to provide detailed questions. They have not provided the materials.

We are simply seeking Young’s side of the story. Young has a history of a the very least stretching the truth. Young has consistently made claims that his oils can cure illnesses and diseases they are unproven to cure including infertility. Young has been convicted of practicing medicine without a license.

Still Utah Stories supports the essential oils Young Living promotes for helping with stress relief , anxiety and muscle pain. The Utah-based Young Living Farms is a world-wide businesses with seven farms. They employ 1,000 people. But the facts of Young Living Farms success do not forgive lies or misleading practices.

Utah Stories was able to find Young Livings Essential Edge stories online and have provided Young Living Farms our questions. But they have not responded to our e-mails except to make the following statement:

“Young Living maintains an ongoing commitment to inspire and support communities in need worldwide. Our customers, members, and employees, all share in this passionate dedication led by our Founder and CEO D. Gary Young. His experiences in becoming the world’s leading authority on the therapeutic value of essential oils were shaped through selfless service to others. Young Living continues to create opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people globally.”

Young Living says they will answer our questions via e-mail. We will present their answers in a follow-up story. We are requesting to speak with Gary Young and provide his side of the story, offering an unedited 10-minute video Q and A.

I don’t get it…. You are exposing this quack for what he really is…and then you say that you “support the essential oils Young Living provides” for such and such…. Either you support them or you don’t… There is no such a thing as being “a little pregnant”.

How can you support someone who practices medicine without a license…doesn’t that scare you? What if it was your wife or sister, or mother or father or someone you love that had been hurt by all his claims and shady practices?

That is a serious problem…you need to stand up for what is right and not a little bit here and a little be there. Otherwise it seems that you are saying it’s OK to be a criminal…. sometimes, and not some other times. I am quite disappointed to tell you the truth.

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Young Living Products – something negative

Dangers in Samaritan Ministries, Part 2

Some time ago, I wrote the article “Dangers in Samaritan Ministries.” Since that time, there have been some things that have improved, and some that have not. Let me mention both of them below. (Part three was also written after this part two.)

I’m thankful that there are warnings about New Age practices that now occasionally appear in the Samaritan newsletter. Furthermore, it appears that explicit promotion or recommendation of apostates has decreased. These are wonderful changes for the better. For example, the August newsletter mentioned Chi in a less than positive manner. This is very good.

Furthermore, in the October 2013 newsletter, after spending several previous newsletters promoting the idea that essential oils can cure all kinds of disease, in this newsletter about one column of one page quotes proponents of medical science  (also here) who mention that there is no evidence that the oils can cure or change the course of any disease. It is good the newsletter at least knows that science-based medicine exists.

Unfortunately, the rest of the article slams science-based medicine. A lady who makes money selling Young Living Essential Oils is quoted to try to undermine the science-based medicine. The following information about Young Living Essential Oils is not mentioned:

Gary Young is an uneducated huckster with a track record of arrests for health fraud. He has repeatedly inflated and falsified his education, credentials, and experiences. His inability to recognize the limits of his knowledge and training contributed to the death of his own child. Sherman Johnson, M.D., a medical director of the now-defunct Young Life Research Clinic, deliberately administered a lethal dose of narcotics to a long-time friend, and then attempted to cover his actions by falsifying the death certificate. There is no reason to believe that either Young or Johnson has sufficient judgment, skill, or ethics to appropriately care for seriously ill patients.

Patients visiting the Young Life Research clinic were likely to waste large sums of money on worthless treatments and be guided away from effective legitimate medical treatments. At best, their life would be needlessly complicated by the prescription of elaborate irrational regimens requiring overpriced products sold only by Young Living. At worst, patients could suffer direct harm from the misuse of essential oils and other dubious treatments.
Treatment at the Young Life Research Clinic was unwise and expensive. Proper medical care can be obtained elsewhere from legitimately educated, licensed, and experienced health care providers.

Young Living’s essential oils cannot treat or cure any medical illness.

Raindrop Therapy is potentially unsafe. Essential oils for aromatherapy use are available from many suppliers do not make ridiculous claims and whose prices are not inflated by dubious multilevel marketing practices. (Quoted from here.)

Furthermore, on the next page, people who say that “Essential oils treat antibiotic resistant infections” get a whole page. A man who says “We wiped out TB, killed it, in 40 minutes. No antibiotic does that,” is in big print in the middle of the page. If somebody has tuberculosis, and he just puts oil on his body that smells nice instead of getting the tuberculosis treated, he is going to die, in all likelihood. This is foolishness.

The October Newsletter also has a large book review, which is very positive, of a work called Tarnished Gold: The Sickness Of Evidence-based Medicine. A review of this book, that shows the tremendous problems with it, is here.  None of the problems with the book are mentioned by Samaritan. On the contrary,  Samaritan’s review agrees with and promotes the book. Samaritan decries the “use of evidence-based medicine (EBM) with its reliance on statistics, large clinical trials, and meta-analyses.” It states that “EBM is junk science.”  Samaritan’s newsletter has never called any quack therapy “junk science,” as far as I can recall – but evidence-based medicine, it seems, is “junk science.”  It states that evidence-based medicine “harms patients and suppresses medical progress.” Employing evidence to determine what is good medicine should be eliminated: “Eliminating the scourge of EBM from our profession [of medicine] will save money and lives, and improve our health.”

Samaritan Ministries’s decision to attack evidence-based medicine is very dangerous and totally unscriptural. The biblical commands in Genesis to subdue the earth and have dominion over it are only possible if God has designed the world in such a way that we can employ evidence to determine how to use the world he has made. Rejection of evidence-based medicine is a rejection of the biblical worldview concerning science. It would dishonor God, return us to the dark ages, and  bring back an average lifespan of 30 years or less. Instead of using evidence-based medicine,  it appears that physicians are supposed to use the “anecdotes and testimonies” that are commended by Samaritan in the article on essential oils. It is very regrettable that Samaritan has consciously decided to attack evidence-based medicine. Most advocates of quackery are simply ignorant, but here it appears that a deliberate, conscious decision has been made to reject evidence, and thus the biblical worldview of science, in favor of the testimonies and anecdotes that can “prove” any quack therapy from homeopathy to yoga. I call upon Samaritan to repent of its rejection of evidence-based medicine and its embrace of quackery, and to return to the biblical method of subduing the earth and having dominion over it by employing the evidence God has left us in the world He rules by regular laws.

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The day Young Living broke my heart…

As I explain my story below, I urge you to keep an open mind and look at all the facts and ask questions. If someone tells you to pay no attention to this and just move on…ask yourself why they are doing this and what they have to gain from keeping you in the dark.

Thursday February 25th 2016 was the day this all started. As an Aromatherapy student, I spend a lot of time in various aromatherapy/essential oil Facebook groups. It was late afternoon this particular Thursday that I came across a post in one of the groups that contained GC/MS test results of a Cinnamon Bark essential oil sample [what is a GC/MS test? Click here]. The sample was found be adulterated with synthetics. This bit of info did not surprise me, as Essential Oil adulteration runs rampant in the fragrance industry. What did surprise me, was the very strong insinuation that this particular sample was of Young Living’s cinnamon bark, followed later by pictures of the actual bottle clearly showing the Young Living label. Immediately I sent a copy of the test report, screenshot of the post and pictures of the unopened bottle to Young Living’s product support [copy of that e-mail can be found by clicking the thumbnail below, or by clicking HERE] as I simply refused to believe any possibility that this could be true.

Email to Product Support

The following day (Friday February 26th 2016) I received what appeared to be a fairly standard/generic form response from YL Product Support more or less telling me not to worry and called the whole ordeal a smear campaign by a competitor [copy of their reply can be found by clicking the thumbnail below, or by clicking HERE].

Reply from Product Support

Speculation and accusations began running rampant in the Facebook groups and Young Living’s name continued to be dragged through the “mud” so to speak. Wanting to provide some kind of proof to my family, clients, and friends that Young Living products were pure, I decided to have an oil tested, at my expense. Why you ask? Well back in 2015 I had e-mailed YL Product Support asking why they do not release or provide GC/MS testing reports. In their reply [copy of that e-mail can be found by clicking the thumbnail below, or by clicking HERE] they advised me that if I wanted documentation on the purity of the oils, I was welcome to submit them for testing through an independent lab of my choice.

Email to Product Support Re Test Results

I contacted a testing laboratory located in Quebec, Canada that specialized in essential oils and natural health products called Phytochemia to obtain pricing and shipping information. To avoid any claims of tampering or sabotage, I logged into my Young Living Virtual Office and placed an order for a bottle of Cinnamon Bark. I had the shipping information changed to the laboratory in Quebec so that Young Living would ship the oil directly to them from the warehouse and there could be no claims of tampering with bottle caps, etc. [You can see a copy of the order verification by clicking the thumbnail image below or click HERE]

On March 3rd 2016 I received notice from the Lab that they received my sample of Cinnamon Bark that I had Young Living send to them [receipt acknowledgement is available below] and was advised that I would have the results within 2 weeks time.

March 18th I received an email from the lab again containing the GC/MS report from my sample I had tested. Nervously, I opened the attachment and scrolled to the bottom “conclusion” section….”The sample has been adulterated with synthetic cinnamaldehyde, indicated by the presence of phenylpentadienal isomers. Synthetic linalool may also have been added.” [copy of entire GC/MS report available below. You will require a PDF reader or app in order to view the PDF files]

Tears filled my eyes as the reality of the situation began to sink in. My close family used Cinnamon Bark internally, not to mention the sheer volume of Thieves products that contained Cinnamon. I attempted some conversations with my “uplines” about the issue but merely got “don’t worry” and “I’ve used the products for years and I’m fine!”. Quickly realizing that I would not get the answers I wanted from them and not knowing where else to turn, I sent an e-mail to Young Living’s Chief Operating Officer, Jared Turner and included a copy of the test report. Hope and faith briefly returned when I received a reply from Jared, thanking me for bringing the issue to his attention and promising me a reply. He even Cc’d the entire analytical team and asked them to answer my questions I had. [copy of that e-mail can be found by clicking the thumbnail below, or clicking HERE].

Reply From Jared Turner

As of the date I write this (April 28th 2016), I still have received no reply or answers to my questions from Jared, the analytical team, or anyone at corporate.

In the midst of ordering my sample to be sent to the lab for testing, I was contacted by a group of three other Young Living distributors unrelated to my sponsorship line. They were greatly concerned with the possible adulteration and lack of answers/information they were receiving from their uplines as well. One of them had an unopened bottle of Cinnamon Bark with the same lot # originally tested and posted about back on February 25th. They knew I was having a sample tested and wanted to know how they could go about getting their bottle tested, as well as another bottle of a different lot #, and a bottle of Thieves blend. They sent their samples off to the lab and roughly 2 weeks later received their results. All three bottles were adulterated. [copies of their reports can be found below for download. You will require a PDF program or app to view them on a computer and mobile device].

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Are Young Living Essential Oils a Scam?

Young Living Essential Oils, developed by D. Gary Young, are the focus of a multi-level marketing program that have brought essential oil products to the mainstream. The company’s latest claim, that its oils can kill the Ebola virus, has had distributor websites shut down by the FDA.

Earlier this week, the FDA sent letters to Young Living and its spin-off/competitor doTerra over misrepresentation by its distributors on the healing and preventative properties of their essential oil products. In the case of Young Living, the FDA listed three of its distributor sites that claimed Young Living essential oils could prevent or cure the deadly Ebola virus.

The website http://www.theoilessentials.com reportedly wrote “[T]he Ebola virus cannot survive in the presence of a therapeutic grade Cinnamon Bark and Oregano essential oil.” 

The website http://www.essentialsurvival.org wrote “Thieves [a proprietary Young Living blend] oil can be . . . applied topically on the skin to help the body fight off infection . . . If Ebola was going around in my area . . . I would apply it to my feet and armpits 2x/day or more and take it in capsules at least 2x/day for preventive purposes,” and “If I were exposed to Ebola or had reason to believe I could be sick with it, I would use some of these oils every 10 minutes for a few hours, then cut back to every hour for the rest of the first day. Then I would use them every 2 waking hours of the day for at least a week, or longer if it was known I was sick.”

A doTerra distributor wrote “Many Essential Oils are highly Anti-viral. I list here a few of them those (sic) oils that could help prevent your contracting the Ebola virus . . ..” on a Twitter account credited to “MrsSkinnyMedic.”

Both doTerra and Young Living were cited for recommending essential oils “for conditions that cause them to be drugs under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)(B)]. The therapeutic claims establish that these products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.”

Essential oils are special; they are pure plant and flower essences with a long history of curative properties. And what’s more delightful than the pure aromatic essence of a rose flower to make you feel calm, or the exhilarating fresh scent of eucalyptus leaves when you’ve got a stuffy nose? These are two common essential oils, potent tools of the plant kingdom, relied on and revered for ages by many cultures around the world. But they are not drugs. And while we may experience strong benefits of these oils, the FDA says it is irresponsible and dangerous to suggest that they can be used to defeat a deadly virus like Ebola.

Young Living distributor poster
Young Living distributor poster

But it’s not just Ebola. Distributors for Young Living and doTerra have claimed their oils can cure or prevent “Parkinson’s disease, autism, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, insomnia, heart disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dementia, and multiple sclerosis,” according to the FDA letter, without providing any scientific evidence to back up these claims.

It’s not just the Ebola virus that Young Living distributors routinely rely on to gain customers. Scare tactics sell product, and the company’s legion of sales representatives and their sales pitches have been compared to how Natural News promotes disinformation about health issues and government activity.

According to the Young Living website, “Gary established the standard now known as Young Living Therapeutic Grade™, a philosophy and a guarantee that Young Living will only sell 100% pure, natural, uncut oils that maintain their vital therapeutic potency.” And on this premise, he built the business that brings in more than $100 million in annual revenues. Much of that comes from the membership program and people signing up to become a “distributor” of the product.

But Young Living essential oils aren’t a magic cure-all. They’re not even certified organic. Neither are doTerra’s, yet both companies charge more for their products than organic brands do for offerings of a higher quality (the lack of pesticides and herbicides). On the Young Living website, it states that Gary “developed his first organic herb farming and distillation operation,” which would lead consumers to believe the oils are organic. But, the company also states that “Young Living cannot place the word ‘organic’ on our labels because we occasionally import some oils from different countries and most of these countries do not have organic standards that match the US standards.”

There are a number of respected, quality brands of essential oils; many are available at health food stores, Whole Foods Market, or online. At their simplest, essential oils are synthetic chemical-free alternatives to perfumes or deodorants. And there is some research to back up health claims on specific essential oils. In most cases, what you’re able to find at health food stores are therapeutic grade products, like those made by Simplers Botanicals, Aura Cacia, Now, or Mountain Rose Herbs.

Essential oils can be part of a healthy lifestyle. But even the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) acknowledges the unethical and potentially dangerous behavior of brands like Young Living and doTerra. According to NAHA, “NAHA is aware of several Multi-level marketing companies who disseminate irresponsible and misinformation into the aromatherapy market place.”

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The Real Story on Young Living and Gary Young

For the truth about Young Living essential oils and what their sales reps are saying in an effort to sell essential oils, I went to their own websites and literature. Sadly, too much of what they say is either ridiculous, has no scientific basis, is absolutely dangerous or an outright fabrication.

I don’t blame the sales reps totally because for the most part they are just repeating what they’ve been taught by their upline and the company’s literature. I do hold them responsible for not doing independent research into essential oils and aromatherapy.

The Truth About Young Living: Gary Young

Gary Young is the founder and revered head of Young Living who has an army of high-priced lawyers ready to take on any besmirching of the king’s reputation. However, with some persistent digging I’ve been able to find a few stories that deserve a look:

  • The Real Story of Gary Young and Young Living Essential Oils: “insisted on delivering his first wife’s baby underwater…left the healthy baby under water for an hour…the healthy infant drowned… arrested in California in 1988 for a variety of charges related to the sale of ineffective and worthless medical treatments…

Despite the massive public relations and reputation cleanup that’s been done on D Gary Young, or Gary D Young, or Gary Young, with a lot of digging and persistence one can find the truth about Young Living and its founder. He’s a con artist with no scientific or medical training who inflates his credentials with bogus diplomas and outright lies, with a history of health fraud and more than one death laid at his door.

The Truth About Young Living: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

What dangerous advice is being disseminated by those followers of Gary Young and Young Living Essential Oils? Rather than have those rabid devotees to YL deny and lie, I’ve decided to go right to the source(s), complete with links.

Of course, there’s always the chance that once exposed those pages will be deleted, but I’ll take that risk. I figure it’s more important to expose the lies than to be concerned about a broken link down the road.

The Truth About Young Living: Safe to Ingest

All over the place, people are being told by Young Living representatives that it is safe to ingest essential oils…well, their essential oils. This is a very dangerous practice and I sure hope Young Living’s liability insurance is up to date, because sooner or later they’re going to need it.

From the website of Young Living independent distributor #73621

    • Using the oils internally offers a way to increase the potency of the oils.”
  • “There are many ways to use essential oils internally.

Suggested internal consumption methods:

    • Put 1-5 drops of oil into an empty capsule with a little olive oil, recap and swallow with water.
    • Add 1-2 drops to an 8 oz. glass of water or rice milk.
    • Put 1-2 drops onto a piece of bread or add to your meals when cooking, or make a dipping oil – 1 drop per 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    • Add 1-2 drops onto a teaspoon of Young Living Blue Agave and swallow.
    • Drop directly onto the tongue and swallow. Exercise extreme caution when using this method. Many essential oils are very strong and should be tested by pouring a single drop onto a spoon and tasting a small portion to determine the amount of essential oil to be used. “
    • “…add a drop of oil to a glass of water or a teaspoon of honey.”
    • “…capsules full of oil, 2-3 times a day – to eliminate bacteria and infection.”
  • “…put a drop directly under your tongue…Peppermint with freshen your breath”

Other reckless methods of use:

    • “Vaginal Retention Implant… Place 10-20 drops of essential oil into a tablespoon of carrier oil… use a small syringe to implant the mixture into the vagina…”
  • “Enemas and rectal implants are the most efficient ways to deliver essential oils to the urinary tract and reproductive organs… Mix 20-35 drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil.”

 “Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe by the FDA) essential oils internally, always dilute with an oil soluble liquid like honey, olive oil or goat/cow milk.”

NOTE:

“GRAS” is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe. Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, that is subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use, or unless the use of the substance is otherwise excluded from the definition of a food additive. Food and Drug Administration Official Website

GRAS does NOT apply to essential oils

Straight from the Young Living website

    • For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk.
    • Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
    • Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue…
  • Lavender: When using as a supplement, put one drop in a capsule or in 4 fl. oz. of rice or goat’s milk.

That’s only three website, one the official Young Living website, found on the very first page of search results when I typed in “young living ingest essential oils”.

You want more proof? Search yourself.

The Truth About Young Living: Safe to Apply Neat to the Skin

Again, Young Living goes against the standard practices of certified aromatherapists, the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, and renowned expert like Robert Tisserand to promote a potentially harmful practice. They recite the mantra that because their oils are so pure they are completely safe to apply topically to the skin without being diluted.

Once again, if you want the truth about Young Living, here are some links you can follow to read for yourself:

  • Peppermint Essential oil – “Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen…” and “Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses…and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.”

For the most part I found that on the official YoungLiving.com website the only oils I found that they say don’t needs to be diluted prior to applying to the skin is Lavender and Peppermint.

But what about their sales reps?

“…tip the oil bottle and place 2–3 drops in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired application area.”

 “Dilution is not required. Suitable for use on all but the most sensitive skin…” then lists 30 essential oils that can be applied neat; interesting that many of those that they recommend be used straight are also some of the priciest, like rose, sandalwood, jasmine, ylang ylang, etc.

    • “…rub another drop of oil (peppermint) under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.”
  • Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.”

 “On the inside of your upper arm, place one drop of oil to see if any redness develops. If so, apply a vegetable oil base to dilute the oil before reapplying.”

Simply take a drop or two of oil and put it directly on your skin. Normally, you want to use the oils directly where the issue is.”

The Truth About Young Living: Safe for Pets

As one whose children have always had fur, this is the most egregious of all the bad information being spread by Young Living. Not only do they recommend using the essential oils undiluted on animals, but they recommend using them on cats!

Cats lack the enzymes necessary to process essential oils. It can even be deadly to diffuse essential oils in an unventilated room or from which a feline cannot escape.

This blatant disregard for the safe use of essential oils is really the one that pisses me off the most! When we have pets we are responsible to never do anything that would harm them.

Truth about Gary Young

Is Gary Young an MD?

Gary Young Fraud

Gary Young – Young Living Essential oils

If that isn’t juicy and irresponsible enough, I don’t know what is. And the word “juicy” in this context is just so low-class, crass, vulgar and tacky to me…it offends my French ears! To use it in the context of people getting hurt and dealing with all the lies, the false claims, the arrests, etc, is possibly a strong indication that the YL cult members who print the same lies as Gary Young are so indoctrinated, so brainwashed, so irresponsible, so numb to the truth, or simply uncaring individuals, not questioning or double checking any sound medical evidence of those “miracle cures” with essential oils that they cannot, nor are able, nor are intelligent enough to do their own search for the truth.

I even read somewhere written in a discussion some kind of argument where it was said that the infant was not completely “healthy” alleging that there was something wrong with him…. say what? I want to vomit.

I want to make it clear that I am not targeting those Young Living people who are practicing the use of aromatherapy in a responsible and safe way. For information, I know may people in this industry, many with their own expertise, and health trends, and philosophies, all good, all making sense, all safe, and essential oils companies that are responsible, and sell great quality essential oils at a much more reasonable price than Young Living, including distillers, producers, educators, schools, scientists, chemists, University researchers that have been published, perfumers, etc… And at the very least those people are ethical, reliable and professional.

The same person also told me that I “was being hostile”… Me, hostile? HELL YES I’M HOSTILE! and as long as this quack is allowed to practice “medicine without a license” and write Dr. on his business cards, as seen during his travels to other countries, the fact that he has ignored all the laws he has been breaking and continues to break, I will remain HOSTILE. In any case, I have no power in making you feel any other way than what you chose to feel. Your feelings are your responsibility.

I have other information regarding Gary Young disrespect for other cultures, blunders and mishaps during his quest for Frankincense.. more current and guaranteed to make your hair stand up ! Stay put. I am sorting out all my information from the Middle East and Africa, and putting them in some kind of order and will report very soon.

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Gary Young Arrest