Young Living chooses seeds that will produce more therapeutic properties in the plants, not just simply more volume of essential oil, and that the seeds are selected from organic sources. One example I learned of this is that other companies use only clonal lavender - meaning that they take cuttings from other plants and plant them into the ground. This method is great for getting more volume of essential oil, because you can choose the most robust, full lavender plants. But the problem is that you get very little variety in the chemical constituents. Sometimes the plant that is struggling a little more to grow or to flower makes unique chemicals that have some amazing benefits for us too. You get more complexity from seed grown lavender and more volume from clonal lavender. So Young Living uses a mix between both in their growing practices so that we get a really unique essential oil, and plenty of it to share.
Young Living maintains strict, sustainable farming practices to ensure chemical-free, non-GMO standards, including pesticide residue, pollution, radiation, etc. YL has routine soil, water, and plant analysis and only uses organic fertilizers, compost, mulch, worm castings, etc.
They do not use any toxic chemicals for weeding or pest control.
Depending on the farm, weeds are either pulled by hand, chipped, hoed, or pulled mechanically. The even have sheep that eat the weeds around the lavender plants. (They are some happy sheep!)
Pest control is done with biological methods by introducing beneficial insects and birds to the farms that help control harmful pests which would otherwise damage crops. YL also deters pests on the farms by spraying Basil, Cinnamon, Digize, Palo Santo, Idaho Tansy, Pine, Oregano, Neem oil, and Castile soap.
Good vibes only: They ask that farm workers and visitors never use foul language or curse words around the plants. If you’ve ever seen the images or videos of how plants respond to words or music, you’ll understand why.