Field Report: A Day at Young Living Ecuador

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Sep 30th
Oregano

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!

The lobby of Young Living Ecuador in Guayaquil

The lobby of Young Living Ecuador Essential Oils  in Guayaquil

 

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.

courtyard

The courtyard of Young Living’s international office in Guayaquil. Workshops are held here regularly to train distributors in the use of essential oils for relaxation, beauty, and health rejuvenation

 

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.

Young Living international offices, farms and distilleries around the globe

Young Living’s international offices, farms and distilleries around the globe

 

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 Finca Botanica Aromatica just minutes outside of Guayaquil

Arriving to the Finca Botanica Aromatica. located in Chongón, outside of Guayaquil

 

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.

Oregano

Broad and spongy leaf variety of oregano

 

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.

Oregano starts are prepared in the nursery

Oregano starts are prepared in the nursery

 

Here I am, happy to be surrounded by eucalyptus blue plants, an indispensible oil in my household

Here I am, super happy to be surrounded by all the eucalyptus blue plants, a truly indispensable oil for respiratory support in my household!

 

Composting plant waste from the

Plant material left over from the oil distillation process serves as the foundation for new, healthy soils. Healthy soils=>healthy plants=>healthy oils=>happy peeps!

 

The amazingly aromatic ylang ylang flowers

These amazingly fragrant ylang ylang flowers seriously make you just want to stop everything and roll around in them. Not kidding

 

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.

goats

Goats or chivas in Spanish

 

Next, we visited Young Living’s on-site spa that is focused on promoting health and wellness.

NovaVita is an

Young Living Ecuador’s wellness spa

 

Next, came a delicious lunch which included a refreshing juice made with lemon and peppermint essential oils.

View from the spa towards the restaurant

View from the spa towards the restaurant

 

restuarnt

Young Living restaurant overlooking the lagoon

 

Our tour ended with a visit to the distillery, the largest and most advanced of its kind in South America.

distillery

The distillery was amazing and you wouldn’t believe the aromas passing through there!

 

When we arrived, the distillation of two vats of ylang and ylang and a giant tank of palo santo were well underway.

ylang

Distillation process of ylang ylang and a demonstration of the separation of the floral water from the essential oil

 

distillation of experiemental oils

The sign above reads, ” New aromatic extracts discovered in Ecuador”

 

Other highlights of the day included the Young Living tree house available for nightly stays

Tree House

Tree House

 

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.

Young Living Academy

The Young Living Academy was created in 2009 to support rural students living in the area near the Young Living farm.  It is supported by donations to the D. Gary Young Foundation

 

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.

Click HERE to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and how YOU can get started using them, no matter where you are in the world! 

 

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