Once again our Founder and President, Gary Young, was on the front lines to ensure Young Living essential oils are the purest and most potent available—he recently wrapped up a successful balsam fir harvest in northern Idaho!
There he employed the help of many Young Living employees and distributors, and his commitment to the Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ standard was evident as he oversaw every step of the harvest. We've created a short video
for you to enjoy that highlights some of the action:
Those who participated in this rare opportunity commented on the importance of Gary's hands-on involvement in the oil-sourcing process. General Manager of the Americas, Mike McLean, was thrilled to be a part of the hard work and dedication that Gary demands for his oils:
"Gary made sure that everyone got to be personally involved in each step of the harvesting process," says Mike. "From cutting trees to loading trucks, we all got to experience everything that goes into a batch of balsam fir oil."
Most important to Mike was the positive teamwork that surrounded the event: "It was amazing to feel the spirit of teamwork as distributors, corporate employees, and farm employees worked long hours in cold, tough conditions, never once complaining or losing steam."
The harvest took place on Young Living's Balsam Farm in northern Idaho, just a few miles south of the Canadian border. Sustainable growing practices are of utmost importance to Gary, and he resolves that nature be left in better shape than when the harvest began. That's why he insists on replanting the harvested area with optimal spacing between trees to protect against forest fires and ground erosion.
Balsam Harvest Group
The fir tree—commonly known as the Christmas tree—is renowned for its benefits to the respiratory system, as well as its ability to soothe over-worked muscles and joints. The balsam fir essential oil recently harvested is exclusive to Young Living and contains optimal levels of four important constituents: alpha pineane, beta pineane, camphene, and limonene, which give it many of its soothing characteristics.
Balsam fir lends its soothing qualities to a variety of Young Living products, such as:
- Balsam Fir Essential Oil Item No. 3314 5 ml
- Balsam Fir Essential Oil Item No. 3316 15 ml
- Believe™ Essential Oil Blend Item No. 3310 10 ml
- BLM™ Item No. 3234
- En-R-Gee™ Essential Oil Blend Item No. 3336 15 ml
- Gratitude™ Essential Oil Blend Item No. 3346 5 ml
- Legacy™ Essential Oil Blend Item No. 3577 15 ml
- Deep Relief™ Roll-On Item No. 3534
- Sacred Mountain™ Bar Soap Item No. 3671
The balsam fir essential oil harvested at this event has already been tested, bottled, and we are happy to announce that products containing balsam fir are back online and in stock!
Gary's hands-on approach during this and other harvests in Ecuador, France, and Utah is what sets Young Living apart from everyone else. Not only do we ensure that the purest, most potent essential oils are harvested and distilled on our own farms, but our sourcing specialists also routinely visit our suppliers to share their expert knowledge. This continued commitment to quality ensures Young Living's status as the world leader in essential oils