Oil distillation is a precise art that has all but been forgotten. D. Gary Young has spent over twenty years studying essential oils in Switzerland, France, Israel, Egypt and Turkey to learn as much as he could about the oils, and how to produce them. In the process, he has established himself as one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject.
Returning to the U.S., he built a research farm in Idaho where he built the largest and only stainless steel vertical steam distiller in North America. Today he is distilling some of the finest oils in the world, and lecturing all over America and abroad about the therapeutic value of essential oils. He has built 11 distilleries thus far.
Producing the finest oils requires several hundred pounds of plant material, or more, to extract one pound of oil. For instance, it requires from 175 to 250 pounds of lavender to produce one pound of lavender oil, and 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce one pound of rose oil. Low pressure and low temperature are the keys to maintaining the ultimate fragrance and therapeutic value.
Incorrect processing or contact with any chemical or impurity will destroy the effectiveness of the oils. With this in mind, D. Gary Young is committed to producing and offering the finest quality oils in the world. Even the earth on which D. Gary Young has farms is free of herbicides and pesticides, to prevent the plants from picking up man-made chemicals. Weeding is meticulously done by hand. In fact, should you visit D. Gary Young’s Herb Farms, you might be invited to take your turn at “pulling weeds.”
When D. Gary Young had his oil production tested in France, the world’s center for lavender production, he went to the government laboratory of Phytosun’Arom. His oils tested there showed some of the highest levels of chemical constituents that had ever been recorded.
The Essential Oils Consultant / Trainer, and Research Farm, located in Idaho, is the finest of its kind in North America. D. Gary Young’s company grows the plants, distills them to produce the oils, packages and distributes them and educates the consumer in the usage and benefits of essential oils. What started as a small research farm has grown to sustain over several hundred employees.