Raindrop Messenger Archive
Official Newsletter of C.A.R.E.
The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education
Volume 4, Number 2
Mar - Apr 2006
IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Our Oils are Just as Good as YLEO, only Cheaper, David Stewart
2. How to be an RA, CA, and YLEO Distributor at the Same Time, David
3. Subscription/ Unsubscription/ Essential Oils/ CARE Info
The information in this newsletter is not meant do diagnose,
prescribe, or substitute for professional medical assistance. It is
provided as information Only for your better understanding of
holistic health. In case of medical need, please consult an
appropriate licensed professional.
1. Our Oils are Just as Good as YLEO, Only
a Lot Cheaper
by David Stewart, Ph.D., RA, DNM
From time to time I am approached by representatives of other
companies who sell essential oils alleging that their oils are just
as high in quality as those of Young Living, but a lot less
expensive. If they are also a multilevel marketing company, they
usually portray themselves as having a more generous compensation
plan than that of Young Living, promising that you can make more
money with them than you can with Young Living.
Gary Young, A Man With a Mission
First of all, you can judge a company by its origins, its
motivations, and its mission.
The roots of Young Living begin with a tragic accident on February
8, 1973, when Gary Young was nearly killed in a logging accident,
crushed by a falling tree. Hospitalized and in a coma for three
weeks, his family was told that if he survived, he would be crippled,
paralyzed, and confined to a wheelchair for life.
Following two years of disability and intense pain, he determined to
change his life. After years of fasting, herbology, acupuncture,
naturopathy, and intense prayer for healing and divine guidance he
eventually overcame his paralysis, but his pain persisted.
Traveling the world in search for healing, it was not until thirteen
years after his accident that he was able to find a solution to his
pain. The answer was essential oils, which he discovered to be not
only pain-relieving, but healing of many maladies. In 1986 he ran a
half-marathon and finished in 60th place out of 970 runners.
During his quest for answers, Gary earned a master's degree in
nutrition and a doctorate in naturopathy. Desiring to share his
discoveries with the world at large, he opened a clinic in Chula
Vista, California, where he not only brought healing to many, but
continuously engaged in cutting-edge research to find better and
better modalities. In the process, he found that many of the
essential oils easily available in the marketplace were inferior and
ineffective, their potential power for healing had been diluted and compromised.
To harness the full potential he knew to be inherent in the oils, in
1993 he was led to grow his own herbs and distill his own oils to be
assured of their therapeutic quality for himself, his patients, and
those who sought to purchase his oils. Since then he has refined and
developed, some of the most advanced agricultural and distillation
technologies in the world, producing high-grade healing oils.
The origins of Young Living start with Gary Young's mission to be a
healer for himself and then for others and to bring the best of God's
therapies and medicines to the world. It was a spiritual calling, a
healing mission. Being a natural educator as well as a healer,
scientist, engineer, and researcher, Gary has shared his acquired
knowledge and has enabled and empowered thousands to also be teachers
and healers as well.
In the very beginning of his oil business, Gary simply made the oils
available and sold them, but eventually he saw that network marketing
was a better way to market his products. In retail stores, the clerks
on hand normally can not and do not have the knowledge nor time to
teach customers how to use oils. But essential oils are a product
that requires education.
Multilevel marketing is the ideal vehicle for such a product because
along with the oils, you get teachers (your upline) who will train you
how to use them or guide you to programs and resources that will.
Furthermore, Gary and the company continuously offer educational
opportunities through numerous seminars and informative literature to
keep everyone up-to-date and on the cutting edge of knowledge and
technology with respect to using the oils.
In organizing Young Living as a network marketing company, Gary not
only created an effective vehicle for distributing therapeutic grade
oils of top quality and the educational resources to use them, but
has also created a vehicle by which thousands can also financially
benefit, building profitable businesses of their own while
contributing to a healing mission, global in scope.
Thus evolved Gary's Mission which is stated in current YLEO
literature as follows:
"Young Living Essential Oils is dedicated to uniting ancient
traditions and modern science to produce the highest-quality
essential oils and oil-enhanced products in the world. We empower
individuals and families to achieve their highest potential and enjoy
increased physical, mental, emotional, and financial health."
This mission is not a marketing statement. It is a sincere
expression of Gary's authentic motivations from the beginning, to
empower as many people as possible to take control of their own
health and well-being by offering top grade essential oils and the
resources and necessary training required to use them.
What Are the Missions of Other Companies?
Contrast, with that of YLEO, the origins, motivations, and missions
of some of later companies. Some of them seem to be trying to copy
Young Living, but with promises of "as good or better, and cheaper."
In their literature and on their websites they do not mention Young
Living by name, but in a thinly veiled manner refer to "another
company," which by their description can only be Young Living. In
doing, they are acknowledging that Young Living is the standard to
which they and others must measure up to.
There are only three things a business can sell: (1) Quality, (2)
Service, and/ or (3) Price. Young Living sells quality and service at
fair prices, but price is not their focus while price seems to be a
major focus of some newer competing companies. When you focus on the
lowest prices, you cannot maintain the same level of product quality
and offer the same abundance of services provided by a company whose
focus is on quality and service. It is not financially possible to do
In evaluating such companies, ask them: "Do they engage in the
level of pioneering research and quality assurance that Gary Young
and YLEO does and has always done." Gary Young and YLEO have invested
millions in research to find new oils, better ways to distill and
extract oils, better ways to grow and harvest plants that make oils,
as well as more effective ways to apply oils to more human diseases
and conditions. Gary has been tireless and unceasing in his search
for knowledge and understanding to find and use God's natural
products to the fullest potential to which God has imbued them. In my
opinion, Gary Young has no equal in this regard.
If YLEO oils are more expensive than some other brands, part of the
reason is that YLEO puts millions back into research and development.
They constantly spend money for testing in their own lab, as well as
in independent labs outside to guarantee and maintain purity and
therapeutic grade quality. What other company invests so much and
goes to such pains to "produce the highest-quality essential oils?"
We Get Our Oils from the Same Suppliers as YLEO
A statement competing companies often make is "We purchase our oils
from the same sources as Young Living." That may be so, but you need
to understand that wholesale and bulk-oil sellers sell many grades of
oil. The same company may sell several levels of quality, from the
cheapest perfume grades to high-quality therapeutic grades.
Do these new companies know the difference? Do they go to the
expense to test and make sure of what they are getting with every
batch they receive? Perhaps they have cheaper prices because they are
selling lesser grades of oils, which they may have purchased from some
of the same suppliers as Young Living, but they are not the same
quality as those demanded and verified by Gary and YLEO.
Without investing in the testing technology necessary to guarantee
quality, how can such companies even know what they are purchasing
and selling? Such testing costs money, which is one reason YLEO oils
may cost more. Quality assurance is expensive. You cannot offer the
lowest prices and the highest quality at the same time.
Examples from Two Competing Companies
Without naming them, I have been approached by more than one
individual representing two relatively new networking oil companies
who offer what they claim to be oils of the same quality as "the
other company" at lower prices and who also claim to have a better
compensation plan for their distributors. In most cases, their prices
are, in fact, less than YLEO prices, but not always. They also both
offer many blends which seem to be copied from those sold by YLEO,
only with somewhat different names. Here are some examples, including
their prices. The examples below are from both of the companies I
looked into, but I have not identified which blends are from which.
All of these prices are for 15 ml (1/2 oz.) quantities:
OTHER BRAND BLENDS . . . . . . . YOUNG LIVING BLENDS
Ancient Robbers $18.00 . . . . . .Thieves $29.50
Bravely $28.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Valor $19.75
Catch the Dream $27.00 . . . . . Dreamcatcher $54.75
Citrus Delight $12.00. . . . . . . . Citrus Fresh $11.00
Goodbye Egyptus $28.00 . . . . .Exodus II $45.00
Grateful $23.00. . . . . . . . . . . . .Gratitude $59.25
Happiness $21.00 . . . . . . . . . . Joy $29.50
Harmonize $23.00 . . . . . . . . . . Harmony $57.50
Humble $40.00. . . . . . . . . . . . . Humility $43.50
Inspiring $19.00 . . . . . . . . . . . .Inspiration $42.50
Lady Be Good $20.00. . . . . . . . Dragon Time $28.00
Letting Go $45.00. . . . . . . . . . .Forgiveness $32.75
Long Life $15.00 . . . . . . . . . . . Longevity $23.25
Manly $24.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mister $25.00
Mountain Retreat $18.00. . . . . Sacred Mountain $19.75
Painless $35.00. . . . . . . . . . . . PanAway $54.75
Prosperity $22.00. . . . . . . . . . .Abundance $28.25
Purify $15.00. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Purification $14.25
Seiz the Aroma $24.00. . . . . . .Aroma Seiz $26.50
Serenity $18.00. . . . . . . . . . . . Peace & Calming $24.75
Sweet Angelica $30.00. . . . . . .White Angelica $52.75
3 Nephites $18.00. . . . . . . . . . 3 Wise Men $52.50
It is not hard to see that these companies are trying to imitate
YLEO except for pricing. As you can see, almost all of their prices
are less than YLEO, although in some cases, not much less. In the
cases of Valor, Citrus Fresh, and Purification, the YLEO prices are
They All Say Their Oils are 100% Pure
Almost every essential oil company says their oils are "pure
therapeutic grade," or "100% Pure," or "Grade A,"
but how many
actually test them to know for sure? No company I know of goes to the
expense and trouble that YLEO does in testing and verifying the
quality of their oils. If YLEO oils cost more, there is a good reason
and I am willing to pay for it.
For example, in the gym where my wife and I workout regularly, they
sell various products. One of them has a label on the front of the
bottle saying "100% Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)."
if you read the fine print on the back of the label, the first
ingredient is isopropyl myristate, an inexpensive oily ester used in
many cosmetics and lotions where good absorption through the skin is
desired. It is colorless, odorless, and has a greasy texture due to
its relatively large molecular size and weight (270 amu). This is
about the same as the weight of a diterpene, which is larger than
most essential oil molecules.
Tea tree extract was the second ingredient listed on the label. Yet,
the company that sells it claims it to be "100% pure Tea Tree Oil."
was cheap. Only $8 for a 15 ml bottle compared to $18.75 for the same
quantity of Young Living tea tree oil. However, the Young Living
Melaleuca is truly 100% pure, a difference one can detect immediately
by smelling and feeling the two oils.
I did an oil blot test on this brand of tea tree oil. I put a drop
on an absorbent piece of paper. After 24 hours, it left an oily
stain, thus proving that it contained fatty oils, even though there
were no carriers listed on the label. The way isopropyl myristate is
commercially produced, it is not pure and normally contains a certain
amount of fatty acids which would explain the oily stain. Pure
essential oils will completely evaporate, leaving no visible trace in
an oil blot test.
Simple Tests on Two Brands of Birch
In the cases of the two un-named companies some of whose blends I
have listed above, one party who approached me sent me a bottle of
birch oil. Young Living has not sold birch for several years because
Gary has not been able to find a reliable source of therapeutic grade
birch. Yet, somehow, this company claims to have found such a source.
It so happens that I still have a small bottle of YLEO birch oil,
saved from years ago. We did a couple of simple tests.
First of all, the two brands of birch oil do not smell quite the
same. The YLEO brand was definitely stronger. Then we put a drop of
each on the backs of our hands. The YLEO oil immediately began to
penetrate and disappear into the skin. The other brand looked greasy
on the skin and when you rubbed it, it was very oily whereas the YLEO
birch did not feel oily at all.
Feeling a slick, oily texture is usually a sign that the oil
contains a carrier oil of some kind. An oily texture can also
indicate the presence of larger essential oil molecules than are
common, such as diterpenes or triterpenes. The presence of these
latter two types of compounds can be a sign that solvents were used
in the extraction process. Some companies distill their oils followed
by the use solvents to net the maximum yield from the plant matter.
Traces of these solvents thus remain in the oil which reduce its
therapeutic value and, in some cases, can be harmful when applied for
We then put a drop of each brand of birch oil on an absorbent sheet
of paper. The non-YLEO brand of birch spread slowly out to a small
circle about half-an-inch in diameter and stayed that diameter, never
getting any larger and maintaining a slick, greasy appearance for
several hours. However, the next day it had all evaporated without a
visible trace. Hence, it did not prove to contain any fatty oils, but
did indicate the presence of larger molecules than one would expect in
an oil obtained by distillation only.
When we placed a drop of YLEO birch on absorbent paper it
immediately soaked in migrated outwardly until, after a few minutes,
it had created a circle that was almost 2 inches in diameter with a
dull appearance, as if the oil was rapidly evaporating or
disappearing into the fibers of the paper. It never felt or looked
greasy as did the other brand. The next day, it, too, had disappeared
without a visible trace. It's rapid expansion when dropped on the
paper indicated its composition to be of smaller molecules than the
other brand, including the tiny molecules of the many trace compounds
that should be present in a genuine therapeutic grade of birch oil.
As an additional test, two and three hours after putting drops of
the two brands of birch on the paper, we sniffed the two spots. The
YLEO spot was still strongly fragrant of birch while the brand-x spot
was odorless. Except for a slight oil mark remaining on the paper, it
was as if there had never been a drop of aromatic oil there at all.
This difference indicated, again, that there was a greater
concentration of small molecules in the YLEO birch while the other
brand contained fewer aromatic molecules and more large ones that
would be present from an oil extracted using solvents.
Conclusion: The YLEO birch manifested the qualities of a therapeutic
grade of essential oil while the other brand was of questionable
quality and composition. One thing was certain. The two brands of
birch were not the same.
Our Compensation Plan is Better than YLEO
Another claim made by companies competing with YLEO is that they
have a better compensation plan. One company claims, "Our pay system
is the most generous and simplest ever in network marketing." and
"You can make as much as 71% on the first three levels. . .with no
group volume requirements." They go on to say, "No other Networking
Company has paid out so much."
One company also presents themselves as "non profit," explaining
that this is why they can charge less for their products and pay more
to their distributors. They make a direct comparison to YLEO in their
literature implying that YLEO's compensation plan that does not pay
as well as theirs. But how can a company charge the lowest prices and
simultaneously pay out the highest commissions and stay in business?
You don't have to have a degree in mathematics or economics to
realize that if a company is, in fact, not making a profit and is
paying out 71% as they say, they will not last. A few people will
make some money for a while, but this company is doomed to crash
financially if they continue on their present course. In one thing
they are right, however. In saying that no other company has paid out
so much, they have to be right. Any company that paid out like that
would eventually either have to reduce their payout percents or go
Furthermore, if a company makes no profits and does not operate with
a comfortable margin, then it has no money for research and
development, nor for educating their distributors. By cutting such
corners, such companies have no future.
YLEO is constantly offering educational opportunities for its
distributors taught by high quality experts. I am happy that YLEO
makes profits. This supports their continued functioning into the
future on a solid, secure fiscal basis.
One of the two companies I checked out tabulates a number of safety
concerns on their website with respect to their oils. Here are some
of their precautions:
1. Do not apply neat oils to the skin.
2. Ingesting any oil should only be undertaken under the supervision
of a professional health advisor.
3. Essential oils should always be used diluted over a large body
4. When working daily with essential oils, avoid contact with neat
oils by wearing gloves.
5. When working with essential oils, ensure adequate ventilation.
Many of us who use Young Living oils, regularly apply them neat,
take them orally, never wear gloves, and do so without any harmful
consequences. What do these cautionary statements say about the
quality of this other brand of oils?
So What Do You Say?
First of all, I cannot say that Young Living has the only good oils
on the market. I am sure there are other companies with high grade
oils with effective healing properties. The question is, how can you
verify the quality of each and every oil other companies sell? It is
not feasible, financially or logistically, for individuals to make
such determinations for themselves when it comes to dozens of single
oils and dozens of blends. In the end, it is a matter of trust and
personal experience, not science and laboratory testing. Young Living
has earned my trust.
As for answering someone who may approach you to join another
company, the discussion above is too much to give as a response. So
here are my bottom lines when people from such companies approach me.
First of all, I have been using YLEO oils for years with great
results and I know I can always count on the consistency of quality I
get from YLEO. I don't need to send samples to a lab for testing.
Young Living does that for me. I am more than satisfied with Young
Living oils and see no need to look elsewhere when Young Living
products consistently work well for me.
Secondly, I like the mission of Gary Young and that of his company
because their mission is my mission, which is to provide genuinely
healing oils and products and to empower as many people as possible
to take charge of their own healing and wellness. Young Living's
mission is one I choose to support.
Thirdly, I am happy with YLEO pricing. Whatever additional money I
may pay to use YLEO oils is worth it. I am happy and willing to do so
because I am getting value for my money well beyond what is contained
in an amber bottle. When you purchase from YLEO, you get a lot more
than a simple vial of essential oil. You are supporting research and
the development of new oils and new uses for oils and opportunities
for continuing education like no other company provides. Other
companies may sell for less because they offer less in overall value.
Furthermore, I am pleased with the YLEO Compensation plan. It is
fair and generous and set at pay-out levels calculated to keep the
company profitable and fiscally solvent throughout my lifetime and
for generations to come.
So there is my answer to anyone who wants me to try another brand.
Gary Young started YLEO as a man on a mission. He and the company
have remained true to that mission and have remained loyal to us, as
YLEO distributors who are counting on the continuance and stability
of the company. For that I thank Gary Young and his company. I choose
to use YLEO oils exclusively and intend to continue doing so.
2. How to Be a Registered Aromatherapist (RA), a
Certified Aromatherapist (CA), and a Young Living Distributor at the Same
by David Stewart, Ph.D., RA, DNM
Ever since January 2004, the eligibility rules for taking the
Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) exam toward becoming a
Registered Aromatherapist (RA) have required that you take an
extensive and expensive course in aromatherapy approved by NAHA, the
National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists. Until recently, the
only courses they approved were of the British school of aromatherapy
which does not believe in using oils neat or taken orally.
For example, NAHA and the administrators of the ARC exam consider
raindrop technique to be dangerous and unprofessional. In fact, most
of the oils used in raindrop are outright forbidden by NAHA and most
British schools of practice. Hence, if you wanted to become an RA as
a Young Living distributor and student of the teachings of Gary Young
and the French School of Aromatherapy, you would be forced to spend
money taking a course of aromatherapy study with which you could not
agree and which you would know was patently in error in many of its
Thanks to a recent new program, this dilemma is no longer a problem.
Young Living distributors who are interested in becoming a RA are no
longer forced to take an aromatherapy course that is contradictory to
what we know to be true from Gary Young,YLEO, and their own
There is a new program compatible with Young Living philosophy and
the French School of aromatherapy that is now also approved by NAHA
(National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists). It is specifically
to prepare you to be eligible and ready to take the ARC exam. It is the
first such school approved by NAHA and, at this time, the only such school.
The program was developed by Linda Smith, RN. Here is the address
and contact information:
Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry (HTSM)
PO Box 741239
Arvada, CO 80006
(303) 467-7829 phone
(303) 467-2328 Fax
Ask for a copy of their brochure on becoming a Certified
Aromatherapist through HTSM and how that qualifies you to also take
and pass the ARC exam. It is the only YLEO-Compatible aromatherapy
program available that has also been approved by NAHA. When you take
the ARC exam, be prepared to give the politically correct answers in
some cases when, in fact, such answers may be factually wrong and
contradictory to what you know, from experience, to be true. The HTSM
course will prepare you for giving all the right answers from the
When Jacqui Close, RA, and I took and passed the RA exam in 2002,
the British School eligibility requirement was not there and we were
allowed to take the test without having taken a NAHA approved course.
Following our successful passing of the exam, I encouraged hundreds of
Young Living distributors to apply for and take the exam. NAHA and ARC
were not pleased. That was why, in 2003, they decided to change the
rules in such a way as to prohibit Young Living distributors and others
the French School from taking the exam unless they paid homage to their
British way of thinking and took one of their courses.
Their prohibitive rule took effect January 2004. The window of
opportunity they closed for Young Living Distributors at that time is
now reopened through Linda Smith's new HTSM program. I encourage you
to take the HTSM course in aromatherapy and pass the ARC exam ASAP.
Being an RA is a nice thing. In addition to becoming an RA, you will
also be a "Certified Aromatherapist" (CA) by authority of HTSM.
can be both an RA and a CA. How about that!
I say go for it while you can.
3. Subscription/ Unsubscription/ Essential
Oils/ The CARE Program
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Where and How to Obtain Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
If you are a Young Living Distributor or a Young Living Customer,
you have chosen to avail yourself of the world's finest oils of
Biblical grade quality. If You are not a YL Member and have a friend
who is, you should approach them and ask how you can become
affiliated with Young Living and purchase these oils. If you do not
know of anyone in your community or family that sells these oils, you
may enroll with Dr. David and Lee Stewart as your sponsor at
http://bibleoils.YoungLivingWorld.com or by contacting Young
Living at (800) 371-3515 and enroll over the phone asking that David
and Lee Stewart, YLEO Member #261333, be your sponsors. You may also
call David or Lee directly at (573) 238-4273.
You cannot practice therapeutic aromatherapy with healing results
unless you use properly produced and packaged oils. Most oils easily
available from retail outlets are food or perfume grade oils and do
not have the healing properties that Young Living oils possess.
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