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A few notes from the 2019 Young Living Global Leadership Cruise talk by the farm manager in Equador 

Farm Manager: Nicolas Chong

  • YL has 1000 acres in Ecuador.
  • Young Living employs 250 people from the community at the farm, the school, and the medical clinic. They have 150 farm workers there.
  • Different oils have different densities - most oils float on top of the water. Some don't float, like Wintergreen & Clove, put a drop in water and watch it sink.
  • Equador grows Lemongrass, Eucalyptus Blue, Oregano, Dorado Azul, Manstrante, Palo Sato, Ocotea, Ruta, Chocolate, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang.
  • Different crops give vastly different yields. 5 tons of oregano, dorado azul, manstrante, and ruta will give 3-4 liters. Melissa yields less than that, which is one reason why it is pricey. Palo Santo by contrast yields 300-400 liters from 5 tons! Palo Santo is only harvested once it is dead, and the longer it is dead, the higher yield it gives. Ylang Ylang yields 50 liters. If you touch the Ylang Ylang flower, it will have no smell!! Ocotea will yield 50 liters from 8 tons of raw material.
  • Leftover material after distillation is either put around the plants as mulch or put in warm houses to compost the biomass with manure to make worm castings that are put back in the fileds as food for the plants.
  • They have 160 goats there for weeding and a full time goatkeeper! Behind each drop of essential oil is a lot of work ~ visitors are exhausted and sweaty after 30 minutes of harvesting, but the workers there harvest 8-10 hours a day.
  • Every vat of oil is tested ~ Substandard oil is not used and is not sold, but they rarely have to discard a batch because they know what they are doing! They have never had to discard a batch in Equador.
  • New oils are tested 2-3 years before they hit the market!
  • They do lots of comparison testing of oil from the fruit, from the flower, from the leaves, etc. to measure the best compounds. They have 2 types of crops, long term like Ylang Ylang and short term like Dorado Azul & Oregano. They rotate the short term crops and rest the soil.
  • Plants high in oils are not very susceptible to insects, and they will plant garlic among the plants as well because insects don't like big smells. Some crops planted together repel insects, such as Ylang and Ylang with Manstrante together.

Here are some distillation times:

  • Ylang Ylang 6 hours
  • Spearmint 2 hours
  • Myrrh 16 hours
  • Frankincense 16 hours

There is a spearmint farm in Washington.

At the Mona and Northern Lights farms they make the wood chips into pellets for fuel!

They have a medical clinic in Equador that does IVs of Essential Oils like Frankincense and Sandalwood and Thieves. I hear there will be a webpage for this at convention.

The best time to visit Equador is April through December.

To date, Young Living has 9 corporate farms and 15 partner farms, and will be adding a minimum of 5 farms per year!


Young Living employs 1000 people in Oman to collect Frankincense resin