Young Living Essential Oils is the world leader in the production of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. I had been using Young Living’s products for several months before I realized that not only is Young Living’s South American office HERE in Ecuador but Ecuador is also home to one of its 12 organic farms and on-site distilleries! And they’re located in Guayaquil, only a few hours from where I live!
Founded by Gary and Mary Young in the US more than 20 years ago, Young Living now boasts international offices, farms, and distilleries around the globe. Last week I finally had the opportunity to check out Young Living Ecuador’s office, farm, distillery, and spa in person.
I attended a workshop that covered the nuts and bolts of setting up a Young Living business followed by a tour of the farm. The workshop was well attended by over 200 folks from the major Ecuadorian cities of Guayaquil, Quito, and Cuenca. I was the only “gringa” in attendance and the only rep from the coastal Province of Manabí.
After a number presentations we hopped onto buses and headed to the Finca Botanica Aromatica, one of Young Living’s twelves organic farms around the world.
The Young Living farm is SO much more than an organic farm! It offers a wellness clinic and spa, a restaurant, and of course, an on-site distillery for producing a number of Young Living essential oils for distribution around the globe.
The organic finca (Spanish for farm) covers nearly 2,000 acres of fertile land with a year-round growing season. It is planted with a wide variety of herbaceous vegetation, shrubs, and trees. Some of these are still in experimental stages while others yield popular Young Living oils including eucalyptus blue, oregano, palo santo, ylang ylang, lemongrass, dorado azul, rue (used in the RutaVaLa oil blend), helichrysum, and ocotea.
Our farm tour started with a visit to one of the plant nurseries and the soil production area. There we learned how a combination of composting and vermiculture is used to produce exceptional quality soils that are rich in nutrients and organic matter. The best part? No chemical fertilizers or chemical pesticides are used, ever. Bug control consists largely of using a mixture of garlic, spicy chili peppers, and detergent. Weeds are managed by hoeing and hand pulling. Worm casing-derived liquids collected during the vermiculture process is used for fertilizer.
We also visited the herd of goats whose wastes are collected and added to the compost and whose milk is used for creating nutrient-rich creams.
Next, we visited Young Living’s on-site spa that is focused on promoting health and wellness.
Next, came a delicious lunch which included a refreshing juice made with lemon and peppermint essential oils.
Our tour ended with a visit to the distillery, the largest and most advanced of its kind in South America.
When we arrived, the distillation of two vats of ylang and ylang and a giant tank of palo santo were well underway.
Other highlights of the day included the Young Living tree house available for nightly stays
And a brief pause outside of the Young Living Academy, located on the way to the farm. The school currently has 280 students from kindergarten to high school.
What a fabulous day and a beautiful confirmation that the quality and care promised by Young Living’s “Seed to Seal” slogan is indeed the real thing!
Be sure to watch the inspiring 5 minute video below for a great recap of the farm and what it offers to the world.
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