In the Spotlight with Carol and Ben Howden

3 June 30, 2017 - Member Spotlight

When you first crack the seal of that bottle of Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil, you’re instantly transported to the crisp evergreen forests of Canada’s wilderness. What you hold in your hands is not only a bottle of oil from Young Living Canada’s own farm, but also a piece of love from Canada’s newest Royal Crown Diamonds (RCD), Carol and Ben Howden.

picture1Just in time for the country to celebrate Canada’s 150th, the YL family could not be more proud to celebrate the timely achievement of the Howdens! Becoming the second only RCD in Canada, this incredible achievement has been a long time coming for the Howdens who joined Young Living back in 2000. Since then, they’ve grown teams in both Canada and the United States, with significant influence across North America. Their drive to keep sharing their story and the opportunity of a better quality of life complements their ever-shining happiness and it’s no wonder how they’ve come to be where they are today.


“I’ve never met a more deserving, hardworking and compassionate couple. They truly embody Young Living’s values and purpose and I’m so honoured to work alongside them!” – Lori Burgher, General Manager, Young Living Canada

picture2Carol and Ben have been married for 42 years, and together along with their son Cory, are proud stewards of Young Living’s Northern Lights Farm in Fort Nelson, B.C. Since the farm’s launch in September 2015, the Howdens’ relentless dedication to the construction of a world-class distillery in the remote Canadian wilderness, and their responsibilities of managing the day-to-day farm operations with their family, has made it possible to distill upwards of 6,000 L of black spruce oil annually; ensuring that members all around the world get to enjoy the purity and authenticity of the powerful black spruce oil.



In February 2017, members got to experience the Howdens’ commitment to Seed to Seal firsthand at the first member-involved winter harvest of Northern Lights Black Spruce. Despite the chilly temperatures, the event was overflowing with the Howdens’ warmth and passion for the Northern Lights Farm and the special oil that is produced there.


“I am so excited to see Carol and Ben reach the rank of Royal Crown Diamond in Young Living. Through their hard work and dedication they are so deserving of this amazing achievement and I am honoured to be a part of their journey.” – Chance Lundgren, Director of Operations, Young Living Canada


Carol and Ben’s heart for serving others is a rare gift. The way they care about people and the positive impact that they leave on others is unshakable. As close friends of Gary and Mary Young, the Howdens’ understand the Seed to Seal promise and how integral Young Living’s farms are to continuing that legacy of purity and authenticity in every drop. They also understand what it means to invest in people. Their devotion to pursuing wellness and helping others is far-reaching and has inspired and touched countless lives.

“Carol and Ben are the most generous and well respected people I know. They helped me achieve the rank of Platinum by simply challenging me to connect with my team, incentivize them and encourage them to reach their goals. They love to help people believe in themselves and that it takes consistency, duplication, simplicity, a passionate belief in Young Living and an absolute love for people. “ – Lisa Grieve, Platinum Leader, Young Living Canada

Carol and Ben are no stranger to hard work, steadfast perseverance and lifting people up to make a difference in the world. Their tenacity and leadership gives others hope and they truly embody what Young Living is all about.

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  • Joanne & Larry Haley July 1, 2017 - 2:01 pm Reply

    The Howden’s are one of the first couples we met on our journey in Young Living. Showing us how that walking the walk with steadfastness and integrity to talking the talk in love and truly giving of yourself. Carol & Ben wanted to make a change in their lives and have helped thousands along the way. With them ranking to Royal Crown Diamond it was only a matter of time. Truly honored to be an associate and friend in this family we call Young Living. Congratulations to our dear friends from out West from here in the Maritimes – Joanne & Larry Haley, Gold Team Leaders, Young Living Canada

    • Cheryl Wallace March 2, 2018 - 8:58 pm Reply

      I have been looking for a way to personally thank Carol and Ben for sending a Congrats postcard to me when I promoted to Senior Star. Such a small, insignificant achievement, but now that I’ve heard you speak via Vimeo etc, I feel a need to reach out and send a Virtual hug. You are people after my own heart. My sis lives in Vancouver so maybe one of these days I’ll find a way to meet you both.
      Congratulations on your achievements. It is humbling to realize my tiny YL Family is part of yours.
      Praying blessings over you and yours from Phoenix, AZ

  • Karen July 1, 2017 - 11:15 pm Reply

    Congratulations Carol & Ben!! That is such wonderful news. We were happy to meet you @ the Grand Opening of the Northern Lights Black Spruce farm last fall. Maybe we will catch up to you on Vancouver Island this summer?
    Happy 🇨🇦 Canada Day
    Karen & Ken from Medicine Hat, AB

  • Dolly Hodgins July 2, 2017 - 12:25 pm Reply

    Congrats you two…for your Love Life and sharing of Goodness!!!

  • Susan Chapman July 27, 2017 - 3:11 pm Reply

    I was so excited to get to meet you at Convention and have my picture taken you, Carol. You are my hero 🙂

  • Heather ives August 1, 2017 - 11:25 am Reply

    Congratulations, Ben and Carol, what an achievement!
    Love Heather

  • Elaine Pallister August 1, 2017 - 1:54 pm Reply


  • Sarah C December 4, 2017 - 12:55 pm Reply

    Congratulations Ben and Carol…what a fabulous accomplishment and an inspiring story.

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