The Real Story on Young Living and Gary Young

For the truth about Young Living essential oils and what their sales reps are saying in an effort to sell essential oils, I went to their own websites and literature. Sadly, too much of what they say is either ridiculous, has no scientific basis, is absolutely dangerous or an outright fabrication.

I don’t blame the sales reps totally because for the most part they are just repeating what they’ve been taught by their upline and the company’s literature. I do hold them responsible for not doing independent research into essential oils and aromatherapy.

The Truth About Young Living: Gary Young

Gary Young is the founder and revered head of Young Living who has an army of high-priced lawyers ready to take on any besmirching of the king’s reputation. However, with some persistent digging I’ve been able to find a few stories that deserve a look:

  • The Real Story of Gary Young and Young Living Essential Oils: “insisted on delivering his first wife’s baby underwater…left the healthy baby under water for an hour…the healthy infant drowned… arrested in California in 1988 for a variety of charges related to the sale of ineffective and worthless medical treatments…

Despite the massive public relations and reputation cleanup that’s been done on D Gary Young, or Gary D Young, or Gary Young, with a lot of digging and persistence one can find the truth about Young Living and its founder. He’s a con artist with no scientific or medical training who inflates his credentials with bogus diplomas and outright lies, with a history of health fraud and more than one death laid at his door.

The Truth About Young Living: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

What dangerous advice is being disseminated by those followers of Gary Young and Young Living Essential Oils? Rather than have those rabid devotees to YL deny and lie, I’ve decided to go right to the source(s), complete with links.

Of course, there’s always the chance that once exposed those pages will be deleted, but I’ll take that risk. I figure it’s more important to expose the lies than to be concerned about a broken link down the road.

The Truth About Young Living: Safe to Ingest

All over the place, people are being told by Young Living representatives that it is safe to ingest essential oils…well, their essential oils. This is a very dangerous practice and I sure hope Young Living’s liability insurance is up to date, because sooner or later they’re going to need it.


From the website of Young Living independent distributor #73621

  • Using the oils internally offers a way to increase the potency of the oils.”

  • “There are many ways to use essential oils internally.

Suggested internal consumption methods:

  • Put 1-5 drops of oil into an empty capsule with a little olive oil, recap and swallow with water.
  • Add 1-2 drops to an 8 oz. glass of water or rice milk.

  • Put 1-2 drops onto a piece of bread or add to your meals when cooking, or make a dipping oil – 1 drop per 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  • Add 1-2 drops onto a teaspoon of Young Living Blue Agave and swallow.

  • Drop directly onto the tongue and swallow. Exercise extreme caution when using this method. Many essential oils are very strong and should be tested by pouring a single drop onto a spoon and tasting a small portion to determine the amount of essential oil to be used. “

  • “…add a drop of oil to a glass of water or a teaspoon of honey.”

  • “…capsules full of oil, 2-3 times a day - to eliminate bacteria and infection.”

  • “…put a drop directly under your tongue…Peppermint with freshen your breath”

Other reckless methods of use:

  • “Vaginal Retention Implant… Place 10-20 drops of essential oil into a tablespoon of carrier oil… use a small syringe to implant the mixture into the vagina…”

  • “Enemas and rectal implants are the most efficient ways to deliver essential oils to the urinary tract and reproductive organs… Mix 20-35 drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil.”

 “Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe by the FDA) essential oils internally, always dilute with an oil soluble liquid like honey, olive oil or goat/cow milk.”


"GRAS" is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe. Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, that is subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use, or unless the use of the substance is otherwise excluded from the definition of a food additive. -Food and Drug Administration Official Website

GRAS does NOT apply to essential oils

Straight from the Young Living website

  • For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat's or rice milk.

  • Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.

  • Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue…

  • Lavender: When using as a supplement, put one drop in a capsule or in 4 fl. oz. of rice or goat's milk.

That’s only three website, one the official Young Living website, found on the very first page of search results when I typed in “young living ingest essential oils”.

You want more proof? Search yourself.

The Truth About Young Living: Safe to Apply Neat to the Skin

Again, Young Living goes against the standard practices of certified aromatherapists, the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, and renowned expert like Robert Tisserand to promote a potentially harmful practice. They recite the mantra that because their oils are so pure they are completely safe to apply topically to the skin without being diluted.

Once again, if you want the truth about Young Living, here are some links you can follow to read for yourself:

  • Lavender Essential oil – “Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin”

  • Peppermint Essential oil – “Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen…” and “Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses…and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.”

For the most part I found that on the official website the only oils I found that they say don't needs to be diluted prior to applying to the skin is Lavender and Peppermint.

But what about their sales reps?

“…tip the oil bottle and place 2–3 drops in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired application area.”

 “Dilution is not required. Suitable for use on all but the most sensitive skin…” then lists 30 essential oils that can be applied neat; interesting that many of those that they recommend be used straight are also some of the priciest, like rose, sandalwood, jasmine, ylang ylang, etc.

  • “…rub another drop of oil (peppermint) under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.”

  • Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.”

 “On the inside of your upper arm, place one drop of oil to see if any redness develops. If so, apply a vegetable oil base to dilute the oil before reapplying.”

Simply take a drop or two of oil and put it directly on your skin. Normally, you want to use the oils directly where the issue is.”

The Truth About Young Living: Safe for Pets

As one whose children have always had fur, this is the most egregious of all the bad information being spread by Young Living. Not only do they recommend using the essential oils undiluted on animals, but they recommend using them on cats!

Cats lack the enzymes necessary to process essential oils. It can even be deadly to diffuse essential oils in an unventilated room or from which a feline cannot escape.

This blatant disregard for the safe use of essential oils is really the one that pisses me off the most! When we have pets we are responsible to never do anything that would harm them.

Shame on those Young Living sales reps that are spreading this dangerous practice of using essential oils on cats!

  • “For non-ungulate animals (not having hooves) such as dogs or cats, oils (neat or diluted) can be applied to paws for faster absorption.”

  • Young Living essential oils have been used very successfully on many different kinds of animals from kittens…”
  •  “Cats have thinner skin that allows essential oils to be easily and quickly absorbed in their bloodstream”

They quote Gary Young’s “…books and his experiences using essential oils on animals.”

  • The amount for small animals, like cats and dogs is like the application for a child: 3-4 drops each time applied.”

  • Apply on their paws where absorption is very fast.”
  • Place a drop of the diluted oil on the inside of the paw or location of say cut or injury. Place some in your hands and pet your cat gently ears to tail.”

  • “Essential oils for cats is a highly controversial topic but it really is an argument that boils down to the quality of the oil once again. I can assure you that 90% of the oils I recommend and sell on this site have been used for cats on a daily basis.

 Why would they recommend putting the oil on a cat’s paw. They are continually licking their paws which mean they are ingesting the essential oils. If you want your cat to die or suffer irreparable liver damage, then go ahead and recklessly use essential oils on your kitten or cat.

When it comes to digging up the truth about Young Living essential oils what I’ve shared here is just the tip of the iceberg. I didn’t even get a chance to get into the dangerous and fraudulent information being shared on Young Living Facebook groups or on YouTube.

Do your own research into the truth about Young Living essential oils. Don’t just take my word for it.

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Here's an excellent article about Gary Young and the quality of Young Living essential oils; a must read: Young Living Essential Oils Answering the Questions

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