About the Founder, D. Gary Young

On February 8, 1973, Gary Young suffered a crippling injury from a logging accident that changed his life forever. This accident — which nearly cost him his life — transformed him both physically and emotionally and would eventually impact the lives of countless people in ways he could have never imagined.

Gary was raised in the central mountains of Idaho on a ranch with no indoor plumbing or electricity. Learning at an early age to survive off the land, he left home at age 17 to seek his fortune in the wilderness of Canada. He homesteaded 320 acres and began building a sizable ranching and logging operation. It was here that he suffered a near-fatal logging accident.

After three weeks in a coma and four months in intensive care, Gary found himself paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for life, according to the doctors’ prognoses. Following two years of intense pain and depression and three suicide attempts, he resolved to regain control of his life. He fasted on juice and water for almost a year and finally regained sensation in his toes, marking the beginning of his long and painful road toward recovery. Later he embarked on a worldwide investigation of natural medicine, from herbology and acupuncture to nutrition and naturopathy. This relentless research coupled with an iron determination enabled him to eventually regain his mobility and ability to walk, although not without pain.

Dramatic Improvement

It was this pain that eventually led him to discover the potential of a powerful but little-known form of natural medicine — essential oils. Within a very short time, Gary cast off the persistent pain that he had borne for almost 13 years as he began tapping the power of essential oils. By 1986 he was able to run a half-marathon, finishing 60th out of 970 participants.

New Avenues Open Up

This motivated Gary to develop his own organic herb farming and distillation operation in 1993 under the name Young Living Essential Oils. Purchasing land in Utah and Idaho, he began cultivating lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), peppermint, melissa (lemon balm), clary sage, and many other herbs. He designed and built the largest, most technologically advanced distillery for the production of essential oils in North America, developing a proprietary distillation process that preserves the integrity of essential oils.

In 1995, Gary was invited to Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey, by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization to present his research on plant germination and organic farming, as well as his research to Weber State University on the properties of essential oils.

Gary has continued to probe the fundamental basis of human health on his recent journey to Hunzaland in the Himalayan mountains of northern Pakistan — home to some of the longest-living people known in the world. By investigating the Hunza people’s dietary and lifestyle practices, Gary obtained important new insights on not only extending life but also avoiding disease.

Over the years, Gary’s knowledge of natural medicine and essential oils has become enormously valuable to countless people throughout the world. The company that Gary founded almost a decade ago to disseminate both traditional and modern knowledge of different healing modalities has grown to encompass more than 250,000 distributors in 20 foreign countries. “Essential oils have already transformed the way we deal with illness and aging, and they are continuing to revolutionize natural medicine,” states Gary Young.

Message From Gary

Welcome To Young Living Essential Oils.

We are excited that you have decided to investigate one of the most unique and exciting nutritional companies in the world today. The science of aromatherapy and essential oils is as old as the beginning of time, although it was lost through the ages and has only begun to make its reentry into the modern world during the last 50 years.

Our mission is to bring back the ancient knowledge of the elements that were given to us at the time of the Creation for the healing, sustaining and protection of mankind. Ancient records indicate that natural elements were mankind’s first medicine. Essential oils were used by Christ and biblical prophets such as Abraham and Moses as well as kings, priests, emperors and pharaohs from different cultures and times, to promote youthfulness, beauty and protection from disease and plagues. Science continues to validate the many powerful uses of essential oils, including their immune-supporting properties.

I began my quest for knowledge of self-healing after surviving a near fatal accident that left me paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Unwilling to accept my fate, I began searching for natural ways to heal my body. This led me to the discovery of essential oils. I became very excited when I learned of their high oxygenating molecules and ability to deliver nutrients to the cell nucleus for maximum assimilation. This inspired me to formulate my herbal food supplements and other products with essential oils, and it set me on the path I follow today.

To ensure the finest quality and availability of oils for our products, Young Living is cultivating hundreds of acres of crops for the distillation of essential oils. Young Living is the only company in the world that is growing from seed, harvesting, distilling, formulating, packaging and marketing products with essential oils, as well as educating people about their use and application.

Our ongoing university research is validating the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy. Young Living’s mission is to share this life-changing information with those who are looking for the truth and knowledge that may bring healing in many different ways as well as freedom from the captivity of poor health and emotional servitude. We invite you to join the tens of thousands of distributors who are discovering for themselves the true meaning of health, happiness and prosperity.

Yours in health and prosperity,

D. Gary Young
Founder and President of Young Living Essential Oils