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YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS: ARE THEY GLUTEN-FREE?

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When I first learned about essential oils, I quickly became excited to see what this ‘oil thing’ was all about and if it would be beneficial to my family’s gluten-free lifestyle. However, “is it gluten-free?” is always one of my first questions when I learn about a new company.

And unfortunately, it’s difficult to determine what from Young Living is truly gluten-free.

This post breaks down many of Young Livings most popular products, and their oils, to try to answer the question: “Is Young Living Gluten Free?”

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Are Young Living’s Oils and Oil Blends Gluten-Free?

My first question about Young Living was:  Are they a gluten-free company? 

After a couple conversations with United States customer service, I learned the following:  All essential oils singles, essential oil blends, and essential oil roll-ons in the US are gluten-free.  Whoo hoo! 

Next I was curious how to use them in a way that would be beneficial to my health.  These are a few great resources.

The first was the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.  This reference book contains everything from information about each oil and oil blends, as well as how to use them.  Plus, you can search the book by issue to see what oil is recommended for use. 

Check out the Essential Oil Pocket Reference here for more information.

The second resource I used is the book Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children. This book contains a bunch of information specifically on how to use Essential Oils safely during pregnancy and on children. It’s really great if you want natural remedies for your home.

Check out Gentle Babies here for more information.

I  asked a couple more questions about oils and learned a some things about Young Living’s quality and production that made me order Young Living’s oils right away.

Keep reading to learn more about Young Living’s commitment to quality.

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Quality

Unlike the aroma-grade or fragrance-grade oils you can buy at the store, Young Living’s pure essential oils only contain the essential oils.  While grocery store oils are cheaper, they usually contain artificial fillers or synthetics. 

This is not the case with Young Living’s oils (this is also why Young Living’s oils do not have expiration dates—pure essential oils do not expire)!

This makes Young Living’s oils safer than many other oils whether you are applying oils topically, diffusing them in the air, or ingesting them (keep reading to learn about Young Living’s Vitality line).  You can also apply essential oils to specifically created jewelry to incorporate the oils into your daily routine!

One other bonus of choosing Young Living is that their Vitality line of essential oils are FDA approved for ingestion.  I haven’t seen any other pure essential oils that are cleared by the FDA.

Lastly, Young Living has a greater selection of pure essential oils than any other oil company!  They currently have around 200 essential oil singles, blends, and roll-ons—all gluten-free!

Keep reading to learn about Young Living's Seed to Seal commitment.

Seed to Seal

Young Living is the only essential oils company which controls the production process from the time the plant is a seed, to when the bottle is sealed and sold (get it?  seed to seal!).  This means that the company controls every. single. part. of. production.

Young Living’s oils are sourced from their own farms, partner farms, or farms that meet Young Living’s strict standards by becoming Seed to Seal Certified. 

This means that the suppliers adhere to Young Living’s principles and guidelines. 

They even undergo audits to ensure it!  Young Living also works with third-party experts who evaluate their process to ensure that all products used meet standards for ethical sourcing.

In addition, Young Living is so transparent about their process that anyone can actually go visit Young Living’s farms and help harvest or distill oils.

What about their Other Products?

Young Living provides other products including skin care, cosmetics, vitamins, and cleaning supplies.  While I believe the products are excellent quality (and personally use a lot of them), these are not all gluten-free. 

Young living has created an allergen list, however, it only declares wheat if it is an ingredient. This is important to note as items may be cross-contacted with wheat during proesseing or manufacturing (which is not declared on this list).

Furthermore, barley, rye, and oats are not declared on this list.

See Young Living's allergen list by clicking here.

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If there is a Young Living Product outside of their oils that you want to try, take a look at the ingredients list!  Many of their products clearly state WHEAT or BARLEY on their label. 

So, obviously, for those of us that are gluten-free, that’s a no-go!

(I also feel it's important to note here that Einkhorn is wheat. Therefore, it contains gluten. It doesn't matter what quality the wheat is, gluten is an essential element of the wheat. avoid einkhorn.)

When it comes to nutrition products, the ones that contain gluten or ingredients derived from wheat, barley, etc. do state “contains gluten.” 

Some other food and nutrition products actually state “gluten-free” (such as the gluten-free pancake mix!), so these products do meet FDA gluten-free standards for labeling.

If I’m thinking about trying a new product, and the product does not obviously contain gluten, I always contact customer service to double check. 

Young Living’s Customer Service is AWESOME!  Contact them by phone at 1-800-371-3515, email at [email protected], or even the Live Chat feature on their website.  Yes, this is an extra step, but I’ve always found them to be so helpful!

One of the product lines that I used to regularly order from Young Living is their Savvy Minerals line (I do not use this anymore). 

As of the time of this post update, the whole Savvy Minerals line is formulated without gluten--however, they do not guarantee that it has not shared lines with gluten-containing products or been in cross contact to gluten.

If you are looking for makeup that's verified gluten-free, check out the options in this post.

How do you Buy Young Living?

Currently, the only place to buy Young Living is through an independent distributor on the Young Living Website. 

Yes, if you google it you'll find Young Living products for sale on Amazon.  But Young Living does not supply them there!  (Translation: there is no way to authenticate that what’s in the bottle is Young Living’s product—be warned!)

If you're looking for another option for oils, try out Jubilee of Wellness. All their oils, and their protein powder, is batch tested and verified gluten-free.

Hopefully this information is helpful!  If you have any lingering questions about Young Living, feel free to contact me directly at thehelpfulgf {at} gmail {dot} com.


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Concerned Mom

Sunday 6th of December 2020

How about Soy free. Some of the thieves products mentioned soy, others don’t and customer service doesn’t give a direct answer.

thehelpfulgf

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, I've never researched soy in products. As a general rule, if a company's customer service is noncommital about a product meeting my standards--I don't commit to the product. Health is too important.

Rhiannon

Sunday 17th of May 2020

Do you happen to know whether the V6 Complex they sell is gluten free? I know it has wheat germ oil in it. I have been told that that is generally gluten free, but I have celiac so just hoping to confirm. Thanks!

thehelpfulgf

Monday 18th of May 2020

The time's I've checked, Young Living has not confirmed whether it is gluten-free. Due to their suppliers often changing and it containing wheat germ, we avoid it. I personally don't think it's worth the risk. It's always worth an ask of customer service though, because maybe it's changed since I've last inquired! :)

Sara

Monday 25th of February 2019

Pre-diagnosis of celiac, I was given a tube of Thieves toothpaste and loved it. Do you know if it is celiac safe?

thehelpfulgf

Thursday 28th of February 2019

The last time I contacted Young Living it was safe. However, Young Living will not commit to always sourcing ingredients from the same source/always using the same manufacturing for products other than their essential oils. Therefore, you might want to email customer service asking directly about Theives toothpaste. They usually respond quickly!

Rhonda

Sunday 17th of February 2019

I just found out the phyto plus is NOT gluten free. I have not researched others. But this info is incorrect!

thehelpfulgf

Thursday 28th of February 2019

Hi Rhonda, I contacting Young Living again about their manufacturing of their essential oils and was again reassured that all oils & blends do not come from gluten-derived ingredients. I replied and asked specifically in regard to the Progessence Phyto Plus you mentioned in this comment and received the following response: Progessence Plus Serum does not contain gluten derived ingredients. However, as a reminder, the massage oils (such as V6) do contain "wheat germ."

Jenna

Thursday 8th of November 2018

Young Living is the best! Great read!!!

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