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Young Living Essential Oils and Compliance Issues:  Using the Wrong Words

Young Living Essential Oils and Compliance Issues: Using the Wrong Words

FDA Warning Letter to Young Living

On May 13, 2015, Gary Young wrote a letter to the Young Living family to clear up some issues concerning compliance issue and the FDA regulations involved.  In that letter, he highlighted two major problem areas:

  • Distributors creating their own products using YL blends and singles, then presenting them as if they were manufactured by YL
  • Distributors making what are termed “disease claims,” where essential oils are presented as treating or curing diseases or abnormal functions of the human body (or animals)

Both of these issues had resulted in a warning letter to Young Living from the FDA in 2014.  The warning letter focused primarily on the second issue, as did Gary’s letter.

Statements that Attracted FDA Attention The majority of the trouble was caused by 8 independent distributors, and below are some extracts from the FDA letter describing some of the statements that caused concern:

 “Viruses (including Ebola) are not match for Young Living Essential Oils”

“Thieves is highly anti-microbial … it could help against Ebola

Ebola virus cannot live in the presence of cinnamon bark (this is in Thieves) nor oregano”

Cancer protection…According to a study . . . Myrtle inhibited prostate and breast cancer cells along with Sandalwood at very low concentrations. Sandalwood essential oil ranked number one for inhibiting growth of breast cancer at 98.1% and Myrtle was at 95.2%.”

Oils for the Autism Spectrum! . . . Many have found a protocol of essential oils and supplements have helped ease the symptoms of autism-related issues . . .”

“One of the many #YoungLiving New Products the Freedom Sleep & Freedom Release kits. Help 4 Vets that suffer PTSD

“Thieves oil is a blend of cinnamon, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, and lemon oils that has been shown in university studies to obliterate bacteria and viruses, as well as mold …

“Peppermint oil has so many more uses … asthma, autism, brain injury … Crohn’s disease … multiple sclerosis, paralysis …”

Young Living Policies and Procedures

These statements not only distressed the FDA but violated Young Living’s Policies and Procedures — specifically Section 5.3.1, product claims.  This section of the P&P is shown to the right, and you might note that violation can result in having your sales organization terminated.  Don’t think that Young Living doesn’t take these rules seriously!

Young Living’s 25 Hot Words

To help its distributor’s avoid violating policy, Young Living has developed a list of 25 Hot Words, shown below, which are to be avoided on all blog posts, social media posts, etc.

Young Living Policies and Procedures for Product Claims
Young Living's 25 Hot Words

Additional Young Living Compliance Resources

You can also find a Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you go through all your social media, blogs, and advertising to make sure that you are in compliance with the Young Living Policies and Procedures.  In addition, there is a Young Living Conduct and Education Department page on Facebook that discusses these types of issues and provides you with an opportunity to ask questions from both fellow distributors and Young Living experts.

Kilgore Geek Street Venue was a Success

Kilgore Geek Street Venue was a Success

As you may know from our blog, last week Regina and I went to the Kilgore Geek Street mini comic con to see how that type of even would work as a venue, and we were very pleased.  We learned quite a few lessons from this adventure, and would like to share them with you.

First, keep in mind that if you want to participate in a venue you will need to apply for a vendor space, and probably explain how your product fits in with the theme of their event.  In this case, we pointed out the health benefits of essential oils and were accepted as vendors.  We requested a standard 10’ x 10’ space with electricity.

When our application was accepted, we found out we would need to provide our own tent, chairs, table, and extension cord.   Why the tent?  This was an outdoor venue!  We purchased a tent for about $100, which might initially seem steep until you realize that to rent the equivalent tent for a single day was $40.  Purchase is the cheaper route if we continue to do participate in outdoor venues.  We also made sure we had some folding chairs and a couple of tables, one of which was just a standard card table.  To keep things looking nice, we used a couple of inexpensive table cloths that matched out tent.

As the day of the event grew closer, we saw a need for brochures and samples.  We purchased four different types of brochures and several small boxes of samples from the Young Living website.  We stapled our business cards to the backs of the brochures, and used paperclips to attach samples.

On the day of the event, we learned that you need to arrive early to have plenty of time setup, and expect to need some help at least the first time you setup a tent.  We displayed Regina’s collection of oils on an inexpensive but classy looking nail polish display shelf, spread out our brochures, had a Windows Surface tablet running with a slideshow on essential oils, a diffuser running with Thieves, and various example products out, including Ningxia Red and Essential Oils of the Bible.

One of our goals was to gain contact information from people that were interested in the oils.  We decided to give away one Everyday Oils Kit – interested parties would fill out the drawing information sheet with their name, email, and phone number.  We felt like this worked quite well, and did have a winner!  Regina also prepared free samples of Ningxia Red for interested parties to try.

Here’s a summary of the most important lessons we learned:

  • Arrive early – you want plenty of time to setup
  • Keep copies of all your receipts – these will come in handy during income tax time
  • Be aware of what’s going on your booth – you don’t want other distributors handing out their cards
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen — just because you have a tent doesn’t mean you don’t need sunscreen
  • People will buy oils if you have them on hand to sell — considering stocking up on oils like peppermint, lavender, tea tree, etc.

We enjoyed our first foray into an outdoor convention venue like this, and look forward to doing it again.  Not only did we feel it was successful, but we had a fun time and met quite a few interesting people.


Have you had any experience with Young Living Essential Oils in a venue like this?  If you do, why don’t you tell us about it in the comments below?

Hints and Tips: Enrollment Training Video

To many people, the process of signing up to be a Young Living distributor can look rather complicated.  We can’t enroll people under us if they decide that signing up is too much trouble or too complicated, so the good folks at Young Living have provided both a video and a PDF document that outlines the steps and makes it easier to navigate.  You can find the embed code, as well as the PDF document, in your Young Living virtual office under Member Resources … Virtual Office Training.  It will be at the bottom under the heading Resource Categories.

If you aren’t tech savvy enough to want to mess with embed codes, you can copy and paste this link into your social media:

The link takes you to the video on Vimeo.  Facebook will embed the video in a post for your so your visitors can have easy access to play the video.  Twitter will leave it as a link that visitors can click on, taking you directly to the video.


Saturday, May 7 at the Kilgore Geek Street – Geektastic Outdoor Con

Saturday, May 7 at the Kilgore Geek Street – Geektastic Outdoor Con

Regina and I will be at the Kilgore Geek Street mini comic con in Kilgore, Texas on May 7 between 10:30 am and 5 pm.  Regina will be happy to talk with you about essential oils (she’s our resident expert!) and how to get your own Young Living business started, while Sara will be glad to share her own personal experience with essential oils (from the viewpoint of an engineer) and some of what she has learned while researching essential oils for ghostwriting projects.

You’ll find our booth in the World’s Richest Acre Park on 100 N Commerce St. in Kilgore, Texas.   We’ve included a map below, and while you’re there you can check out the other booths, cosplayers, musicians, and artists — including an awesome face painter.  We’re also going to have a special giveaway at our booth, so don’t forget to drop by and sign up.

Kilgore Geek Street