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Gary Young's Biography

Gary Young grew up in Idaho, and at the age of 17, moved to Canada to pursue a career in logging and ranching. His great dream was to carve a life of logging and ranching out of the great Canadian wilderness. His love for the outdoors and living close to nature in the rugged, untamed, mountainous environment was an empowering element of Gary’s life.  

After a crippling injury in his early adult years that nearly cost him his life, he dedicated his life to researching essential oils and natural ways to combat disease, preserve health, and promote natural and healthy lifestyles. Gary has since earned a degree in nutrition, a doctorate in naturopathy, and has gone on to become one of the foremost authorities on essential oils and their life-enhancing value in the world.  

Today, as founder of Young Living Essential Oils and The D. Gary Young Foundation, Gary Young travels throughout the world furthering his research, sharing his passion with others, and bringing unique essential oils and humanitarian aid to those in need.

  • 1949 – Gary is born in Salmon, Idaho
  • 1973 – Gary suffers a crippling injury in a logging accident
  • 1982–1988 – Gary studies biochemistry, hematology, anatomy, and chemistry in Mexico.
  • 1985 – He receives his master's degree in nutrition. Gary then starts to earn his doctorate in Naturopathy from Bernadean University. In the same year, he is introduced to essential oils.
  • 1989 – Gary plants a one-quarter acre farm in Spokane, Washington, and builds his first distiller.
  • 1990-1994 – In France, Gary studies the process of distilling essential oils.
  • 1993 – Young Living is established in Riverton, Utah.
  • 2000 – Gary travels to China to study the Ningxia Wolfberry and its health benefits.
  • 2005 – Gary and his family move to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where Gary purchased a 2,000-plus acres property, the Finca Botanica Aromatica. Gary, his family and more than 50 Ecuadorians manage the growth of Palo Santo, lemongrass, Ruta graveolens and many more plants.
  • 2009 – Gary and his family return from Ecuador to live in the USA.

Throughout his travels, Gary has seen first–hand the harsh realities of poverty and illness affecting much of the world. His experiences inspired him to start The D. Gary Young Foundation “to educate, awaken, and inspire individuals to love, honour, and live a healthy lifestyle.”, which has offered aid to numerous projects and causes, including:
  • Building a new elementary school in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Tsunami relief
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • The Cinterandes Foundation mobile surgery unit
Through The D. Gary Young Foundation, Gary and his wife Mary will also supply the school with enough books for every child, new desks, chalkboards, and a clean environment to foster education and learning. Gary Young himself is a life–long student who understands and appreciates the importance of education and continual–learning.

D .Gary Young has led a full, if sometimes difficult life, but sees the value in all of his life experiences: "I am grateful to my creator for giving me a second chance at life and for the blessing of being able to walk again. I want to share with others all over the world what I have discovered through my own healing."
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