Thursday, May 24, 2012

Young Living Essential Oils: Warning to the Christian

“Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.” -Charles Spurgeon


Marie Gunther, Guest and Program director for the radio broadcast, The Power Hour, is a Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor. Marie signs up Power Hour website visitors and others to sell under her in Gary's Young's multi-level marketing company that uses occult healing jargon to describe their products and teaches witchcraft doctrine in conjunction with the use of their products.



Gary Young's Young Living Essential Oils company attributes spiritual properties to many of their products. Below are a few examples of spiritual claims they make for their products. The descriptions seem to indicate that their essential oils have power to do things of a spiritual nature:
  • Aroma Life ". . .  Pulsing with life, this vibrant blend energizes your life force. It is best applied over heart energy - front and/or back."(1) (Note: "heart energy" is a witchcraft term.)
  • Dream Catcher "may be useful during meditation" and "enhance dreams and visualization;"(2)  
  • Humility offers "forgiveness and obtaining a deeper spiritual awareness" and "brings balance to your heart and mind. (3) (Note the way the words "balance" and "balancing" are used. This is how the term is used in witchcraft.)
  • Jasmine "has been used throughout history for romance and attraction and for balancing the feminine energy of the body." (4)
  • Juniper "has a cleansing effect on the mind, spirit, and body." (5)
  • Highest Potential "is an exotic blend designed to increase your capacity to achieve your highest potential." (6)
  • Valor ". . . It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body." (7)
  • White Angelica ". . . combines oils used during ancient times to enhance the body's aura, which brings about a sense of strength and endurance . . . Many people use it as protection against negative energy." (8) (Note: An aura is a subtle energy field.)
  • Awaken ". . . helps bring about inner awareness and awakening. . . This blend may help you progress toward your highest potential. (9) (Note: "highest potential" is a New Age catchphrase that means to reach your highest level of consciousness or awareness. In plain English it means being "enlightened" by Lucifer.)



    READ MORE HERE





    From the Christian Research Institute:

    Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and thank you for contacting the Christian Research Institute!

    Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) is a company founded by Dr. Gary Young in 1993. Young purports in 1973 suffering a “crippling injury,” which led him to study of alternative medicine, particularly essential oils. He considers the essential oils were a “critical piece” in recovering from his injuries, which ultimately inspired him to research and acquire a significant knowledge base on how they have been used worldwide. Young produces his own essential oils and distributes them via his company.[1]
    The use of essential oils is essentially a modality of alternative medicine. For instance, not only can Young’s essential oils can be useful in aromatherapy, but YLEO purports “Only by diffusing pure Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) essential oils can you create a proper mood, state of mind, or improve your physical well-being.”[2] YLEO also purports its oils “can create an environment that supports deeper yoga practice,”[3] albeit yoga at its core is a spiritual technique developed by ancient Gurus for indoctrination into Hinduism. Young’s “Raindrop Technique” incorporates among other things “reflexology,”[4] which is a modality of alternative medicine based on the idea of balancing of energy forces common in Eastern religions.
    There is nothing wrong with using oils for fragrance, enhancing food, or medicinally per se; however, YLEO goes beyond the production, sales, and distribution of essential oils, but also serves also as an entryway for indoctrination into a New Age worldview.
    For further related study, please access the following equip.org resources:



     There is no such thing as "Therapeutic Grade" Essential Oil!
    "Many professional aromatherapists have become unwitting victims of a marketing ploy by essential oil suppliers, whereby ‘approved therapeutic grades’ of essential oils are advertised for sale. Let us be quite clear about this - there is no such thing as a ‘therapeutic grade essential oil’, and no quality standards for the authentication or performance of essential oils specifically exist within aromatherapy per se. This latter situation results from the failure of professional aromatherapy organisations and
    aromatherapy essential oil trading associations to issue a comprehensive set of aromatherapy oil standards, in spite of individual schemes being put forward (e.g. the initiative of Jones, 1998).

    Cropwatch reviewed the disinformation on ‘therapeutic grade essential oils’ in 2006 and 2007 (see references), based on the marketing hype put out by the Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) pyramidal sales organisation. To do this we checked out the claims made by YLEO with the certifying bodies AFNOR & ISO themselves which confirmed our initial view that their (YLEO) statements were inaccurate / misleading. It is not without some irony that the March 2006 edition of Aromatherapy Today carrying the very article disproving the existence of therapeutic grade oils, also carried a full back-cover advertisement for – you guessed it – therapeutic grade oils, courtesy of an Australian supplier (Essential Therapeutics)."

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    WATCH HERE a demonstration and description of the ritualistic and paganistic (witchcraft) Raindrop Technique advised and promoted by Young Living, it's associates, and it's MLM salespeople.

    The Raindrop Technique is highly promoted and worshiped in many Wiccan and Pagan circles.

    The origin of this technique is even pagan in nature, and from a technique based in witchcraft and pantheistic worship:

    "Raindrop was developed by D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils, based on techniques taught to him by a Lakota medicine man named Wallace Black Elk. In Lakota Native American healing practices, healers sweep a feather upwards along the spine in imitation of the Northern Lights, which are revered for their healing energy." ~ Reference




    "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
    Proverbs 1:7





29 comments:

  1. Wow! Kudos to you for posting this. What a BRAVE soul! So many Christian women are into this BIG TIME. I would suspect this is not going to be a popular blog post. God bless.

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  2. Thank you for posting. More Christians need to be aware of this.

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  3. Is there a Christian based company selling scented and therapeutic oils?

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    1. I am not aware of one in particular, but there is no such thing as a "therapeutic grade" essential oil (see link above). I get my EOs from www.camdengrey.com for a good price, and they are excellent quality. www.wellingtonfragrance.com is another good site. Also, I do not know much about the company, but Rocky Mountain Oils (http://www.rockymountainoils.com/Young_Living_Compare.htm) sells EOs and EO blends comparable to Young Living oils.

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    2. I love using oils from Heritage Essential oils...google her website. Wonderful Christian woman...using the oils as God intended!

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  4. Hi, I recently began using Young Living Essential Oils but had some reservations as a Christian because of the new age jargon in the product guide and throughout its literature. I've been praying for God to guide and I still never felt 100% okay with using the oils but still continued because my upline were all Christian women. Anyways, I recently had a dream symbolizing the spiritual agenda behind Young Living, a spiritual agenda which is not from Holy Spirit, Jesus, or God. So with that I have to go with my conscious I have stopped selling my Young Living oils and not sure what to do with the oils I have, I understand others internal conflicts about the oils because they DO work most of the time but it doesn't reconcile with me and the God I serve, Jesus Christ. Thank you for this Blog!

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    1. Would you feel comfortable sharing more about the dream? Do you often have dreams like this? I've never had symbolic dreams that I feel are a warning from God, so I'm just curious, because I have wondered if the doTERRA company I'm involved in has a spiritual agenda as well seeing as ALL of the founders are Mormon, and that faith was founded on an occult visit from an "angel of light." Did you ask for the dream or did God just give it to you? How do you know if its just a dream or God speaking to you while you are sleeping?

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  5. Greeting Brandy, What did Young Living do to you? I noticed that you still use EO, but you don't use from Young Living. So the EOs are not the problem. You mentioned something about new age. What is your denomination background? I guess more to the point are you charismatic or evangelical? What if the terminology was change to a more christian friendly lingo would it make a difference. I'm not trying to be ugly. I just want to understand. Have you did research on witchcraft? I have. I am not into witchcraft, however, I need to understand what it is in order to be objective. A lot of what is going on in the church is witchcraft. They just use different words. I'm just saying. To the point, your argument is not very good. You should back it up with Scriptures and not in isolation, but situational. Grace & Blessing ~ T.Den.

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    1. I have answered your questions. I will not respond to ad hominem arguments. If you would like to prove my links, Scripture, and resources within this blog post wrong using the Bible, you have the freedom to do so. However, you have not as of yet.

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    2. I have done my research on witchcraft in and out of the church and I CAN tell you that using EO for spiritual reasons IS witchcraft. Using oils to replace the job of the Holy Spirit is idolatry. No oil can "balance," give "insight," or help with any other spiritual issue. I think what's specifically wrong with YL is that they target Christians by using the Bible. I have seen many women get into aspects of these oils and perform witchcraft (unbeknown to them) by performing "raindrops." I do not think ignorance is an excuse for very long. We need to remember we have any enemy out to devour us. There are winds of doctrines that come to us everyday that we need to discern. Make Proverbs 2 your prayer dear sister and let the Holy Spirit ALONE guide you when you use any product especially a product that claims to give you answers to spiritual issues.

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  6. Hello T.Den. I am an Independent Baptist by Denomination, although I am unsure as to what that has to do with anything. I presented the proof, and all of the links to back them up. The research is up to the readers alone, and there are many many different forms of witchcraft in this world.

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    1. And you are right, essential oils are not the problem. Read the blog post, along with the links that go with them, and you will discover the problem. Thanks for reading. :-)

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  7. I looked at Rocky Mountain Oils and they seem to say a lot of new age type things in their descriptions also. Not as bad as Young Living's, but still a bit of a red flag to me. also Heritage Oils things that were said bothered me. I am truly interested in essential oils but am wondering which ones would not have a spiritual connotation to them. I appreciated this post as it got me thinking more about what already was bothering me to begin with. I just wish I could buy and use them in good consciousness. From what I saw on Camden Grey, I did not see any spiritual connotations, but did not look at all of them. Would love some guidance on this issue if possible.

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    1. Camden Grey sells EOs directly on a business level, nothing spiritual at all. Wellington Fragrance also has EOs and they sell for Aromatherapy, but have no spiritual connections to my knowledge. Many local health food stores should also carry some of the more common EOs. If you find any other sources, please let me know. :-)

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  8. It's very interesting to me that you keep reiterating that there is no such thing as therapeutic essential oils. I'm assuming you really haven't done your research. There most certainly are essential oils that are made for only "perfume" and then there are essential oils that can only be used externally because they are not pure enough to use internally. Therapeutic essential oils are oils that are pure enough to use for physical ailments, sickness, disease and they respond in the body like medicinal therapy. YL oils are in fact the only ones I'm aware of that can be used in this way. As a women with chronic illness I can tell you that these oils in fact do work. Many other oils that I have purchased do not allow internal use, they also spell as though they have chemical additives which can be detrimental to the immune system. As a conservative Christian women I am not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater. It's like the gun controversy. Guns in and of themselves are not bad, it's how a person uses them. Yes, Christians should separate themselves from Pagan practices but even pagans use herbs and supplements that God created but that does not mean we cannot just because they use them incorrectly.

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    1. Hi Anonymous. :-) It appears to me that you haven't read the resources I have provided on the subject, and I have done my research. There are two types of essential oils: Pure and diluted. There is no such thing as medical grade OR therapeutic grade EOs, it is a marketing ploy (ie: a lie to make money). BUT, my resources provide more detailed information for your independent research on the matter. Also, I was not saying that Christians should not use essential oils, as you can also see by my follow-up comments on this post, I was warning Christians that they should stay away from the practices of witchcraft found in the Young Living circle, among many others. Perhaps it would do you well to go back and read over it again, this time reading the resources provided at each link. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. And unless you are confusing Fragrance Oils (synthetic) with Essential Oils (natural and plant based) then no, I am afraid you are wrong in that there are some essential oils that are only made for perfume.

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  9. Can someone tell me what the religious background of Gary Young?
    Thanks Joy IN Jesus

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    1. I myself am unsure of his personal religious background, but as noted above, Dr. Young created the Raindrop Technique and many of his beliefs based on techniques taught to him by a Lakota medicine man named Wallace Black Elk. The following link contains information about the religious beliefs and practices of the Lakota tribes. http://my.raex.com/~obsidian/LakoPan.html

      Also, Nourishing Treasures is a great resource, they have a group on Facebook as well. They have paid to have chemistry tests done on many major EO brands recently: http://www.nourishingtreasures.com/

      Mountain Rose Herbs is also a great resource.


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  10. Hello, so I don't think it was a coincidence that my very long comment suddenly went blank the first time (McDonald's wifi turned off), so I'm going to write it again. This will be long...:) The reason I came across your site is because I have been searching for information that could give me guidance on the use of EOs that would not indirectly lead me to something related to the occult. For the past two years I have been involved with a company called doTERRA. This company branched out of Young Living after the founders felt that Young Living was not keeping the integrity of the oils at the forefront of their mission. I use the oils inconsistently, but I have seen them work miracles and I love sharing about them with people. I loved the idea of the oils for a couple reasons. First of all, I'm drawn to the healing arts although I'm beginning to see that many of them or maybe things to stay away from, and I also love that God's creation has amazing healing properties. I have had every intention of eventually doing the business until as of late. The first reason was I began to feel that my spirit did not jive with the whole residual income aspect of it even though I want to continue teaching classes on the oils. The second is that some research that I've been doing lately has brought up some occult connections in our culture that I never noticed before, so I began to analyze the EOs after my stepdad told me that he heard a witch on talk radio talk about using EOs. As my study began, I noticed that the emotional book that is used in doTERRA to teach about that aspect of the oils never really explains how they work. I also noticed that a lot of the attributed healing properties given to the oils in this book were things for which someone should pray. For example, a blend called Terreshield is used as an insect repellant on the material side of the spectrum, not to mention it makes an amazing and natural perfume. :) However, on the other side it wards off negative energy. I was taught in a training session that it is useful during the classes we teach for those that may have negative energy. But I began to wonder, "Shouldn't I just pray for that?" The book claims the oils can help with everything from breaking generational ties to improving your connection with the divine. After re-reading the explanatory portion of the book, I saw that the foreword claims that much of the information was gathered "intuitively." Then I went to the website (http://www.enlightenhealing.com/about-enlighten/) and saw that they reference the "Divine." I figured I better know her definition of the Divine if I'm learning from the information it is giving her. I received a very vague politician answer that answered and did not answer my question at the same time. I also found it interesting they are based in Utah, as is doTERRA, and all of the founders are Mormon, so I shouldn't trust what they advocate to to be spiritually sound. Since then I have stopped using them emotionally until I research it further. I would like some to hear some opinions about whether you believe the oils can be used emotionally/supernaturally for God's use. Emotionally I think they can for mood etc. I gave an oil blend for pms to my friend that was having a PTSD shaking spell and it quieted her body immediately! After all, I believe it is permissible that sometimes our brains need assistance when neurotransmitters run a muck. We use antidepressants etc, so the oils most certainly could help balance the body to help with anxiety disorders etc. I've used them myself for anxiety and they do calm my brain.

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  11. Hello, so I don't think it was a coincidence that my very long comment suddenly went blank the first time (McDonald's wifi turned off), so I'm going to write it again. This will be long...:) The reason I came across your site is because I have been searching for information that could give me guidance on the use of EOs that would not indirectly lead me to something related to the occult. For the past two years I have been involved with a company called doTERRA. This company branched out of Young Living after the founders felt that Young Living was not keeping the integrity of the oils at the forefront of their mission. I use the oils inconsistently, but I have seen them work miracles and I love sharing about them with people. I loved the idea of the oils for a couple reasons. First of all, I'm drawn to the healing arts although I'm beginning to see that many of them or maybe things to stay away from, and I also love that God's creation has amazing healing properties. I have had every intention of eventually doing the business until as of late. The first reason was I began to feel that my spirit did not jive with the whole residual income aspect of it even though I want to continue teaching classes on the oils. The second is that some research that I've been doing lately has brought up some occult connections in our culture that I never noticed before, so I began to analyze the EOs after my stepdad told me that he heard a witch on talk radio talk about using EOs. As my study began, I noticed that the emotional book that is used in doTERRA to teach about that aspect of the oils never really explains how they work. I also noticed that a lot of the attributed healing properties given to the oils in this book were things for which someone should pray. For example, a blend called Terreshield is used as an insect repellant on the material side of the spectrum, not to mention it makes an amazing and natural perfume. :) However, on the other side it wards off negative energy. I was taught in a training session that it is useful during the classes we teach for those that may have negative energy. But I began to wonder, "Shouldn't I just pray for that?" The book claims the oils can help with everything from breaking generational ties to improving your connection with the divine. After re-reading the explanatory portion of the book, I saw that the foreword claims that much of the information was gathered "intuitively." Then I went to the website (http://www.enlightenhealing.com/about-enlighten/) and saw that they reference the "Divine." I figured I better know her definition of the Divine if I'm learning from the information it is giving her. I received a very vague politician answer that answered and did not answer my question at the same time. I also found it interesting they are based in Utah, as is doTERRA, and all of the founders are Mormon, so I shouldn't trust what they advocate to to be spiritually sound. Since then I have stopped using them emotionally until I research it further. I would like some to hear some opinions about whether you believe the oils can be used emotionally/supernaturally for God's use. Emotionally I think they can for mood etc. I gave an oil blend for pms to my friend that was having a PTSD shaking spell and it quieted her body immediately! After all, I believe it is permissible that sometimes our brains need assistance when neurotransmitters run a muck. We use antidepressants etc, so the oils most certainly could help balance the body to help with anxiety disorders etc. I've used them myself for anxiety and they do calm my brain.

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  12. I also wanted to ask for advise about the aromatouch therapy one can become certified in (aromatouchtechnique.com). I was looking for certification dates and I noticed that meridian teaching is used in it. Is it possible to become certified seeing as it also uses a clinical and systematic way of using the oils for different systems of the body that helps bring the body back into balance without using the meridian side of it when I actually give the treatment? The oils do bring balance to the system. doTERRAs blend, balance, was used to prove that. doTERRa took a blood sample before using the blend and after and you can see in the following video that the blood cells normalize http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72gyabv1WmM so using the oils clinically seems to have scientific backing. What are your thoughts?


    Also have any of you used a zytoscanner? It is a machine that tells you how many body markers are out of place and it suggests oils for you. Every time I've looked up my suggestions in the emotional book it matches what I need exactly. http://www.zyto.com/zytoscan.html I left the links because I gathered from the comments and information that you ladies like to research just as much as I do :) I am a little discouraged though. I feel that the more I learn about holistic health etc the more I see that a lot have occult ties. It is a bummer because I've always been interested in this kind of stuff. One last question...I promise. Why is the occult so tempting? It is always so attractive, and I've always been drawn to it even though I'm a follower of Christ. My cousin told me once that every person craves the supernatural, we just have to ask God to fulfill that desire but that the desire for the supernatural isn't bad in and of itself. I've been praying for God to satisfy that desire so I'm not easily drawn to mystical healing treatments that just look so like so much fun. Any thoughts? Sorry for my longwindedness (yes I know that is not a word lol).

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    1. These ladies paid a chemist to do a study on one EO from four different name brand companies. The results were pretty interesting. :-)http://www.nourishingtreasures.com/

      Clinically, oils DO help many things. Herbology is very legitimate and very real healing. Oils for physical ailments are very legitimate. (And many "mood" problems are hormonal, thus physical.) However, the spiritual aspects are dangerous and illegitimate, as even Hebrews 10 states that the physical cannot heal the spiritual. I do believe it is so tempting, though, because being able to control what is beyond our control is a temptation point for anyone. To be able to have part in things that God can only do. To be in control, and to feel as if we are "one" with our Creator, rather than weak, fallible, and subject unto His mighty power.

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    2. lotusblomma - The YouTube video you referenced was posted by Justin Harrison, Master Founding Distributor of dōTERRA. He has a strong agenda and the video is self-certified and not credible.

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    3. Hello lotusblomma, Not sure if you were aware that the YouTube video to which you provided a link to was posted by Justin Harrison, Master Founding Distributor at doTERRA. I'm always concerned when a person or company attempts to self-certify and use other misleading tactics to get people to buy products. Justin Harrison is trying to make money and doTERRA is his employer. Just thought I'd point that out.

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  13. Thank you for sharing this. Tonight, I was at a meeting with some Christian women that I know called "Healing Oils of the Bible." I expected to learn about how to use EOs for health & cleaning purposes, but with a specific focus on those oils mentioned in scripture. And that's what we did...and as all of it was explained, I kept hearing so many New Age phrases and red flags were constantly going off in my head as I listened. There was quite a bit of talk about energy, about frequency, and how these EOs have such a high frequency that they can bring us healing. Everything was just a slight twist on the truth, but I felt like I was the only one in the room able to discern that these things were clearly against scripture. I'm glad I came across your blog because it makes so many things clear to me that I heard about tonight.

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  14. I'm a devoted follower of Christ, a nurse, getting my degree in Natural Health, with the spiritual gift of discernment, who uses YL oils. As you can probably deduce, your article is offensive to me. I mean no disrespect, but I would like to know your educational background that gives you the confidence to write this article, which in my opinion is empty of any real sound information. To say there are no such thing as Therapeutic Grade oils is completely false. Not only can you merely Google this, but it's found in the Bible! http://www.godsforgottengift.com/oils.shtmlgrade oils.
    I think the most saddening issue here is the pharisee-like attitude displayed.
    YL oils are the best and most natural oils. God has used them to bring miraculous healing to my family in many ways. For you to label them as witchcraft is ignorant and reminds me of the Pharisees accusing Jesus of this very thing. The Bible tells us leaders are held to a higher standard, while the company may have made you FEEL uneasy, didn't mean you need to write an article of this nature. Some call it courageous, I call it judgemental and uneducated.
    There is power in the tongue. I pray that you will use your platform here with more integrity. A platform called At His Feet. The same feet Mary doused with ESSENTIAL OIL.

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    1. You must have mistaken the statement of there being no such thing as therapeutic grade essential oils to mean that there is no such thing as essential oils. Essential oils are good, when used correctly. It is the label of therapeutic that is the marketing ploy. All of my fact references that you ask for are available via the links in my post, I would ask that you take time to read them before you start calling me a Pharisee. As far as YL oils being superior, you would be surprised at the test results (http://www.nourishingtreasures.com/index.php/2013/04/17/essential-oils-testing-and-the-results-are-in/). YL oils are as high of quality as many cheaper brands out there, and without the spiritual/mystic baggage attached. I will not argue the point anymore. Thanks for your input.

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