Frequently Asked Questions


Why are Young Living oils and products so expensive?

Producing pure essential oils is very costly. Consider that it often requires several hundred or even thousands of pounds of raw plant material to produce a single pound of essential oil.

For example, it takes three tons of melissa to produce one pound of essential oil. Its extremely low yield explains why melissa essential oil sells for $9,000 to $15,000 a kilo.

In the case of rose essential oil, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce one pound of rose oil. These plants must be cultivated and tended for long periods of time before they be harvested. They they must be carefully harvested, and expertly distilled and bottled. When you understand how much plant material it takes to produce an essential oil and how much time and labor goes into producting the oil, it is easy to understand why these oils are so costly.

Bear in mind that the vast majority of the essential oils on the market are produced for the perfume industry. This industry is only interested in the oil's aromatic qualities, not it's therapeutic qualities. Using quick methods of high pressure with high temperatures and adding chemical solvents in the distillation process to produce greater quantities of oil at a faster rate is the common practice of the perfume industry.

Many people can't tell the difference in the scent of an essential oil produced this way, but these oils lack true therapeutic properties and will not produce results. Many of the important chemical constituents necesssary to produce therapeutic results are either flashed off with the high heat or do not have enough time to be released from the plant material. Added artificial fragrances boost what was lost or didn't have time to develop in the harsh distillation process.

These practices are not acceptable for Young Living's essential oils. Gary Young not only pioneered a specialized process that uses extremely low pressure and low temperature to yield the most potent essential oils on the market today, but harvests at the precisely correct time.

Once plants have been harvested and distilled, Young Living puts the resulting essential oils through strict quality assurance tests. Samples are sent to independent and in-house labs where they endure a battery of tests, ensuring that when you crack open the seal of a Young Living essential oil, you are recieving the highest standard in purity, potency and preparation.

Read more about what determines essential oil quality and purity by clicking here



How do I order?

See the order information page here: Order Information



How long will it take to receive my order?

Orders generally arrive 7-10 days after ordering, depending on where you live. The closer you live to the warehouse in Utah, the faster the order arrives.

2nd day air and overnight shipping is available for an extra cost. Please understand that any orders placed after 2pm Mountain Time are shipped the next day.



Do you ship Internationally?

Yes, we do. However, please check first with your countries office to see if you can get the product you want in your continent. Currently, there are offices in Australia, Asia, Europe, Canada and South America. Young Living has offices and warehouses in Great Britain, Germany, Austria and several other European countries to supply the needs of our European community. They also have offices in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malasia, Canada, Mexico and Ecuador. You can find a list of offices here.

People who live in Europe, Asia, and Australia need to order from their respective countries to avoid paying extra VAT taxes and customs charges, and to comply with the European Union or their country's requirements. Use referral number: #87339.

People living in all other countries can order through the U.S.



How much does International Shipping Cost?

Young Living orders recieve special discount rates with FedEx to lower International shipping rates.

Although rates vary from country to country, here is a rate chart of the approximate basic International Discount Rates. Due to constantly changing shipping rates imposed by carriers, shipping rates are always subject to change. Young Living reserves the right to change rates at any time without notice:

1 lb = $11
3 lbs = $13
4 lbs = $14
5 lbs = $14
6 lbs = $18
7 lbs = $19
8 lbs = $23
9 lbs = $25
10 lbs = $27
11 lbs = $28
12 lbs = $30
13 lbs = $31
14 lbs = $32
15 lbs - $33
16 lbs = $36
17 lbs = $37

Up to 19 lbs - FedEx Int discount rate: $39.00

*These rates are an estimate only. Costs vary from country to country.

You will need a referral number to order. Please use this number: #87339

Here are links to International websites:

    Australia
    England - Europe
    Germany - Europe
    Japan
    Mexico
    United States
    United States-Spanish
Find all other websites here: Young Living global websites list

Once again, the referral number to use when you order is: #87339



What are "singles" vs "blends?"

"Singles" means there is only one essential oil in the bottle from one plant or flower.

"Blends" means there is more than one essential oil in the bottle from two or more plants or flowers.

Each blend is formulated to maximize the synergistic effect between various oil chemistries and harmonic frequencies. When chemistry and frequency coincide harmonically, noticeable and measurable physical, spiritual and emotional benefits can be attained.




What Does "Therapeutic-Grade" Mean? Is there is a significant difference between essential oils that simply smell good and those that are therapeutic-grade?

Most definitely!

The highest standard for essential oils is known as “therapeutic-grade.”

In order to achieve therapeutic-grade classification, each essential oil must achieve the designation naturally, without excess manipulation and refinement, and meet specific criteria in four key areas: Plants, Preparation, Purity, and Potency.

  1. Plants - Young Living products are produced from the right plants, grown in exceptional soil, and harvested at exactly the right time.

  2. Preparation - Honoring a strict commitment to respect and protect the time-honored methods of distillation, Young Living makes every effort to preserve "nature's living energy" in a manner as close to its natural state as possible. Using pure mountain water free of additives, Young Living has a proprietary, stainless steel distillation process that uses low temperature and low pressure to better preserve plant properties, capture the pure essence of the plant, and preserve the quality of the oils.

  3. Purity - Achieved through the use of quality plants and meticulous preparation, and not through ultra-refinement, our finished product is 100% pure. Young Living essential oils are unadulterated, uncut, and free of chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals.

  4. Potency - To guarantee our products exceed existing world standards and meet our own higher internal standards for potency, we analyze the finished oil's phytochemical profile to ensure it delivers optimal amounts of every key plant compound.
Independent laboratory testing proves that Young Living essential oils meet and often exceed industry requirements. As stewards of nature's plant remedies, Young Living maintains higher internal standards, built upon the magnitude of our own rigorous Quality Assurance requirements.

Read more about therapeutic-grade essential oils here...



What is the ORAC score?

ORAC stands for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC). This score is a test-tube analysis that measures the antioxidant levels of food and other chemical substances. If a food has a high ORAC score, then it means the food is high in antioxidants. With the ORAC score, a higher score means the food is better at countering the negative effects associated with free radicals.