Gary believed he could produce pure, authentic, superior-quality essential oils, and started cultivating lavender and other herbs in 1989, on a one-quarter-acre plot in Spokane, Washington, US. He built his first distiller by welding two pressure cookers with copper pipe and began experimenting. The result: 100% pure essential oil and the beginning of Young Living Essential Oils.
Gary and his wife, Mary, eventually launched their own company to grow, prepare, and bottle quality essential oils. The first Young Living office was in Riverton, Utah, where a small group of employees worked to fulfil the growing demand for essential oil products. Soon, the company’s first stationary distiller was built on land purchased in St. Maries, Idaho, US. The Youngs later purchased more than 2,000 acres in Utah and Simiane-la-Rotande, France.
Still, the growing demand for mass quantities and different varieties of oils eventually required Gary to build partnerships with other suppliers. These efforts created the unmatched global network of essential oil expertise that is the modern Young Living. Today, Young Living ships essential oil products to hundreds of thousands of members around the world.