Young Living Winter Harvest 2013
WOW! What an experience I had and as always I am so excited to share everything with all of you! If you have never heard of Young Living Essential Oils, they are the World Leader in Medicinal Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. They are the only company that owns the farms, harvest, distills, tests and bottles their own essential oils. If you are not familiar with Young Living Oils please read more here and catch up then come back to finish reading this article.
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Yes, that’s me in the photo above standing in front of a truck load full of Balsam Fir Chips! During the week of January 6-12, I had the amazing opportunity to live on the Young Living Farm located in St. Maries Idaho to help harvest and distill Balsam Fir and Idaho Blue Spruce Oil. This was the experience of a lifetime. I wish anyone involved with Young Living Essential Oils has the chance to experience this at least once.
First, let me explain what Winter Harvest is. It all starts 3 hours away from St. Maries Idaho on another Young Living Farm called Highland Flats Tree Farm. Loggers chop down the trees that are ready. Then a team of amazing horses that Gary Young owns drags the trees to the chipper. Young Living Distributors help out at this farm and are in charge of driving the horses, putting trees in the chipper and filling the truck with the chips. They work outside during the day; At night they eat together and learn from each other. Gary Young (the owner of Young Living) or Dave (who is the Boss at the St. Maries Farm) drive the truck filled with chips to St. Maries farm.
When that truck arrived at the St. Maries farm, I went to work along side a team of Young Living Employees and 20 other Young Living Distributors. We first unloaded the truck. Then we filled a pot about 7 feet wide and 10 feet deep with the chips for distillation using pitch forks and shovels. There were four pots at the distillery. When a pot is full you then get in and stomp the chips down. Next you use a crane to move the cover onto the pot and secure it. Then you go down below to the lower level and watch the oil being distilled! Idaho Blue Spruce is distilled and the goal is to get 7 quarts of oil from each pot.
During this process the distillery smells amazing! There is one employee that monitors the temperature and handles all the levers. As you watch the process you will see the water from the steam come up and the oil rise to the top! It is a fascinating process to watch. Then, when it is done, they take a sample from each pot and test it on-site in their new GS machine! Then they open a valve and the oil is drained into a big container that is then sent off to be bottled and stored at the Young Living Warehouse. If there is any downtime the distributors get to relax in the hot tub!
Let me tell you about the hot tub! At the farm, they save all the left over water from the distillation process and store it in giant containers in the basement! They fill the hot tub up with this water. Let me tell you it is amazing! Everyday we were given Sulferzyme supplements to and soaked in the hot tub! I got to experience Idaho Blue Spruce water this time. I learned so much about Idaho Blue Spruce and is a very uplifting oil!
After the oil is distilled, you go back upstairs to “pull the pot.” After unlocking the cover, you use a big crane to lift it off. Then you attach the crane to the chains inside the pot to lift the plant materials into the dump truck and then you drive the old chips to the compost pile on the farm. If you do this at night it is super cool to watch!
At St. Maries you can choose to work the day shift or the night shift. The work starts when the trucks arrive! You eat together in the lodge and of course Gary Young makes sure the food is all organic with Gluten Free as well as Vegetarian options. The food is so yummy and only the recipes that are approved by Gary Young are allowed to be served. There is no coffee, sugar or white bread. You have access to Ningxia Red, Lemon Water and Hot Organic Tea 24/7. If you work the night shift dinner is in the crock pot in the lodge! I must say it felt like a fat farm. Ha Ha It was amazing how healthy I ate and how many calories I burned! Marcie is in charge of the kitchen and the distributors at St. Maries. So, if you go to St. Maries, be nice to her and help clean up. She Rocks!
I should also mention how amazing all the distributors were that I met on this trip. Young Living seems to attract the coolest people in the world who are on a mission to help others. In fact we gave each other Raindrop Foot Treatments in the lodge one night! I do miss my new friends and hope to see them at convention. With the power of the Internet and Facebook we have stayed in touch. God Bless Technology!
In conclusion, I must say that the one thing I took home with me from this experience was the love and passion of all the Young Living Farm Employees for the oils and Gary Young. They work so hard and they seem to not work for the pay check, but rather the love of the land and the oils. St. Maries is truly a magical place. You are surrounded by majestic mountains, soaring trees, the loving employees, the passionate distributors and of course the aroma of pure Essential Oils.
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