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The Charlatan of Credentia. Recently, I discovered that one of my favorite essential oil brands has, well, a less than a reputable past.

The Charlatan of Credentia

Gulp. In fact, police reports on Young Living’s founder and CEO Gary Young reveal that he is guilty of promoting fake medical licenses, sham certifications, and even phony diplomas. Shady Sourcing: Why I Can’t Trust Young Living’s Essential Oils. Last week, was a total treat—I was invited to tour the farm that supplies the organic milk and free-range eggs that I buy at my local health store.

Shady Sourcing: Why I Can’t Trust Young Living’s Essential Oils

Let’s just say that getting some face-to-face time with the farm’s five new calves, was the highlight of my summer. Anyways, the drive home was filled with an epiphany moment: that brand’s ethics matter—really, really matter. It might sound overly sentimental, but knowing where/how a product is sourced can make a profound difference. Shady Sourcing: Why I Can’t Trust Young Living’s Essential Oils. Last week, was a total treat — I was invited to tour the farm that supplies the organic milk and free-range eggs that I buy at my local health store.

Shady Sourcing: Why I Can’t Trust Young Living’s Essential Oils

Let’s just say that getting some face-to-face time with the farm’s five new calves, was the highlight of my summer. Anyways, the drive home was filled with an epiphany moment: that brand’s ethics matter — really, really matter. It might sound overly sentimental, but knowing where/how a product is sourced can make a profound difference. Being “source aware” is good for the soul, it’s good for the body, and it’s good for this friendly place we called Earth. Shady Sourcing: Why I Can’t Trust Young Living’s Essential Oils. The day Young Living broke my heart. Last week, was a total treat—I was invited to tour the farm that supplies the organic milk and free-range eggs that I buy at my local health store.

The day Young Living broke my heart

Let's just say that getting some face-to-face time with the farm’s five new calves, was the highlight of my summer. Anyways, the drive home was filled with an epiphany moment: that brand's ethics matter—really, really matter. It might sound overly sentimental, but knowing where/how a product is sourced can make a profound difference. Being “source aware” is good for the soul, it’s good for the body, and it’s good for this friendly place we called Earth. I started thinking about the origins of other products that I use on the daily. Marketing Anti-Medicine: Young Living’s M.O. First let me preface: I love my essential oils.

Marketing Anti-Medicine: Young Living’s M.O.

Open my purse, my gym bag, my diaper bag — even my ooh-la-la special occasion clutch — and you’re bound to find frankincense, eucalyptus, and lavender oils at the ready (and probably a half dozen more). I firmly believe that essential oils can empower us moms to help soothe and comfort our littles. Indeed, if you take a look at the 10,000+ peer-reviewed/evidence-based studies about essential oils (published in scientific journals), it is clear that essential oils — in tandem with modern medicine — can have remarkable results. That’s the key phrase, ladies: “in tandem with modern medicine.” I have become increasingly alarmed by the anti-medicine culture embraced by many of Young Living’s distributors / users. Marketing Anti-Medicine: Young Living’s M.O. First let me preface: I love my essential oils.

Marketing Anti-Medicine: Young Living’s M.O.

Open my purse, my gym bag, my diaper bag—even my ooh-la-la special occasion clutch—and you’re bound to find frankincense, eucalyptus, and lavender oils at the ready (and probably a half dozen more). I firmly believe that essential oils can empower us moms to help soothe and comfort our littles. Indeed, if you take a look at the 10,000+ peer-reviewed/evidence-based studies about essential oils (published in scientific journals), it is clear that essential oils—in tandem with modern medicine—can have remarkable results. That’s the key phrase, ladies: “in tandem with modern medicine.”

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.

The day Young Living broke my heart

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. The day Young Living broke my heart… The Truth about Gary Young, Founder/CEO of Young Living. WHY I PASSED ON YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS.

This may come as a jolt to my doTERRA friends — prepare yourselves — but I used to love Young Living oils (blush).

WHY I PASSED ON YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

I was even an avid Gary Young fan (oh remorse). Fortunately, just as I was gearing up to attend the 2013 Young Living convention, I had a candid conversation with my sister (the skeptic in the family) that started me down a path of research and realization. (I hate it when my sister’s right). Here’s what I discovered so you can avoid making my embarrassing mistake. The Founder is a Criminal. The day Young Living broke my heart. This may come as a jolt to my doTERRA friends — prepare yourselves — but I used to love Young Living oils (blush).

The day Young Living broke my heart

I was even an avid Gary Young fan (oh remorse). Fortunately, just as I was gearing up to attend the 2013 Young Living convention, I had a candid conversation with my sister (the skeptic in the family) that started me down a path of research and realization. The day Young Living broke my heart. A Colorful, Criminal Past: Gary Young. Over the past month I have come to reluctantly accept that Gary Young—the founder and CEO of Young Living—is not the man he claims to be.

A Colorful, Criminal Past: Gary Young

The process of admitting that someone you admire is actually, well, a con artist, is painful. So, I understand the impulse to rationalize in his defense. (“He’s a great healer!” “You are just a hater!” A Colorful, Criminal Past: Gary Young. 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. The day Young Living broke my heart…