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Raindrop Technique Aromatherapy Massage
with Young Living Essential Oils

We are pleased to offer Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and Supplements and Raindrop Technique here at

The Inn on Thistle Hill Bed and Breakfast!

Come and spend a couple of days in a wonderful, relaxing getaway and indulge yourself with Raindrop Technique, Aqua-Chi and Energy Balancing

What Makes Essential Oils Therapeutic Grade

Lavender oil is great to heal burns and wounds, and to relax

The three most important areas that make an Essential Oil therapeutic grade are:

  1. Organic Farming
  2. Methods of Steam Distillation
  3. Quality Control

Organic Farming...

Young Living cultivates thousands of acres of farm land in Idaho, Utah, and Ecuador and makes herculean efforts to control every phase of organic herb production.

Species Selection - Only the species of herbs for cultivation that will produce the most active and widest array of constituents are selected. The lavender grown is an authentic Lavendula officinalis, which yields an oil low in camphor and rich in lavendulol acetate (believed to play an improtant part of its therapeutic action).

Site Selection - Herbs are grown on land uncontaminated by chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. The land is irrigated with pur mountain water and an advanced mix of enzymes, trace minerals, and organic biosolids are used to build and maintain the soil. Plants lacking certain minerals and nutrients yield oils low in therapeutic value.

Harvesting - Because distillation is part of the farm where the herbs are grown, they are distilled fresh. Monitoring of the percentage of the plants in bloom, the time of day for cutting, and many other factors critical to top-grade, therapeutic oil production is done consistently. German chamomile, for example, must be harvested in the late afternoon to maximize levels of azulene and bisobolol in the oil.

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Advanced Steam Distillation...

Steam Distiller at Young Living Farms Young Living takes extraordinary measures to preserve all of the fragile chemical constituents in the essential oils.

Plants are steam distilled in small batches for extended periods usig a special low-pressure, low-heat vertical steam technology developed by D. Gary Young.

No solvents or synthetic chemicals of any kind are used or added.

The cookers are constructed from costly food-grade stainless steel alloys to minimize the possibility of the essential oil being chemically altered by more reactive metals, such as aluminum, steel, or copper.

The results are Grade A masterpieces with unsurpassed therapeutic properties.

Essential oils are rich tapestries of numerous chemical components, some of which - even in small quantities - contribute important therapeutic benefits.

Cypress, for example, requires 24 hours of distillation at 245°F and 5 pounds of pressure to extract all of its active ingredients. If distillation is shortened by only two hours, 18 to 20 of its chemical constituents will be missing. To cut costs, some processors increase pressure and heat and cut distillation times dramatically. Even though the oil is considered pure, it may only contain a fraction of its possible complex chemistry - and therapeutic value.

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Uncompromising Quality Control...

Testing Essential Oils at Young Living Farms Every batch of essential oils received at Young Living's laboratories - whether grown at the Young Living farms or in a foreign country - is quarantined, inspected, and tested for purity and quality with both organoleptic and chemical analysis. Samples are sent to independent laboratories for analysis by state-of-the-art, high-resolution gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and infrared spectra analysis.

These tests unmask the chemical anatomy of each oil, helping to expose oils that may be impure, adulterated, or even improperly distilled. Some oils are subjected to further levels of testing at labs in England, France and at Weber State Universitiy. Altogether, oils can go through five separate levels of quality analysis before they are released for our use.

Relying on certificates of analysis by independent labs is important in determining whether the oils you buy are therapeutic grade, since the results of in-house, supplier-based labs can easily be distorted for self-serving ends. Simply showing higher peaks as evidence that an oils is superior does not mean the oil is either pur or superior. Higher peaks could, in fact, indicate that an oil is spiked with synthetics or inexpensive essential oil fractions. A rich and aried chemical profile is a far more important measure of quality and purity.

Factoid: According to the Lavender Growers Association, 100 times more "lavender oil" was exported from France than is actually grown in France. Where is the extra oil coming from?

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