So… here it is, Young Living farms stand apart in the essential oil industry and set the standard for distilling essential oils. That’s why their essential oil farms play such an integral role in their Seed to Seal® promise, which commits them to providing pure, potent essential oils to homes across the world. They’ve invested unprecedented time and resources to ensure that these standards are prioritized at each of their global farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers, so our homes and families get the very best.
Young Living’s farms use a process known as steam distillation to separate aromatic constituents (essential oils) from plant materials. This advanced method is used to protect the complex aromatic compounds found in essential oils.
1. HEAT SOURCE: A hot plate heats the water and converts it into steam. The correct steam temperature is crucial to distilling the highest quality essential oils possible. Gas heaters warm the water that is stored in massive holding tanks, called boilers.
2. THERMOMETER: A thermometer is placed inside the heated ﬂask to ensure consistent steam temperature. The stills at Young Living farms use a valve to control steam, regulate temperature, and apply pressure for extracting essential oils. The ideal degree of heat applied diﬀers depending on the plant being distilled.
3. WATER FLASK: Water is boiled to produce steam, and the steam is routed to the still situated below the plant material. Each water tank holds gallons of water. As the water is turned to steam, it is piped to the bottom of a stainless steel chamber.
4. DISTILLATION CHAMBER: The distillation chamber, also called a separator, is ﬁlled with plant material. Depending on the plant, its leaves, roots, stems, wood, seeds, ﬂowers, and/or bark are distilled. As the steam rises through the plant material, the aromatic essential oils are released, and they vaporize with the steam. Young Living farms have large, stainless steel chambers to distill essential oils. When distilling lavender, it can take as much as 12,500 liters of lavender ﬂowers and stems to produce 4–5 gallons of essential oil. 5. CONDENSER: Steam and essential oil vapor rise to the top of the chamber where they are channeled into a cooling area called the condenser. This is where essential oils are separated from the water. Cold water surrounds the condenser tube, causing the steam and the volatile plant essences to return to a liquid state. 6. COLLECTING FLASK: The newly condensed essential oil and ﬂoral water drip into a collecting ﬂask. Since oil is lighter than water, the oils will ﬂoat to the top of the ﬂask, where they are collected. The collecting ﬂasks at Young Living farms are located one ﬂoor below the stills. There, the essential oils are protected from sunlight exposure and kept cool. This protects the unique qualities of the essential oils until they are collected and stored in dark glass or stainless steel containers.