Starting small in 1993, D. Gary Young and Mary Young developed their first organic herb farming and distillation operation. At the time, Gary Young had already discovered the incredible power of essential oils, but because the quality of available oils varied so greatly, he’d been unable to fully harness their potential. Mary’s previous experience in the direct-selling industry enabled the Youngs to fulfill their vision and establish a business that would empower its members to share truly pure essential oils with the world.
After establishing Young Living in 1994, the Youngs developed more farmland in Utah and Idaho and began cultivating lavender, peppermint, melissa, clary sage, and many other herbs. Fueled by a growing demand for top-quality essential oils, Young Living designed and built the largest, most technologically advanced essential oil distillery in North America. In harmony with these efforts, Young Living developed its groundbreaking Seed to Seal® process, which preserves the integrity and potency of essential oils through every step of the production process.
Through their combined leadership, Young Living has grown to become the world leader in essential oils and wellness solutions. With a steadfast commitment to essential oil purity, Young Living has inspired millions of people everywhere to experience nature’s gifts of wellness, create abundance as its’ members, and to discover new opportunities for lifelong transformations.
I remember the moment when I witnessed him distilling Eucalyptus Blue and as he watched the oil filtering out, I heard him muttering softly to himself with tears welling up in his eyes, “Look at the amount of people being able to breathe again”. When Gary sees the oils, he does not see just volatile liquids, he sees lives being restored.
It is easy to experience the heart of who he is. A man of compassion for people, hope for better living and humility in carrying God’s name. Being a man of God with great faith, Gary doesn’t care about what people think of him in his crazy quests to bring life to every corner of the earth. He only cares about people being able to experience God’s love through the essential oils that God has given to heal. Gary dares to stand out not because he is confident in himself, but because he knows that God’s wisdom is inherently in the plants He created.
Mary Young now runs Young Living as the CEO while Gary stepped down from this role to now whole-heartedly delve in his first passion – plant research and production. Mary was honoured in 2015 at Utah Business Magazine’s 30 Women to Watch awards luncheon in Salt Lake City, Utah. The award recognizes women who are strong leaders, advocates within their communities, and set a strong personal and professional example for their peers.
Looking at Mary, it does not escape you that she is feisty, quick, sharp in the business and very wise. But what really has shone through in our interactions with her and Gary is her unwavering love and commitment towards Gary and their two boys. Their love story has also laid foundation to tireless work ethic, uniquely complementary chemistry, and shared passion for their life’s work of sharing pure essential oils with the world.