When Young Living founder and CEO D. Gary Young sets his mind on something, he works diligently to follow through. At the 2013 International Grand Convention, he set out to deliver new, exciting essential oils from around the world, including places such as Ecuador, Taiwan, Japan, and Arabia. These oils were packaged as part of the Exotic Oils Collection that was originally only available at the convention.
You will notice in the upcoming 2013 Holiday Catalog that we have made the Exotic Oils Collection available for purchase (while supplies last). If you are not able to purchase an Exotic Oils Collection, we are happy to announce that the oils from Taiwan—Hong Kuai and Xiang Mao—will now be available on a permanent basis starting October 7!
Learn more about each of the essential oils in the Exotic Oils Collection below.
Hong Kuai (Chamaecyparis formosensis)
Hong Kuai is a treasured tree found only in the steep mountain rain forests of Taiwan. The naturally fallen logs possess a sesquiterpene-rich, woody aroma. Hong Kuai’s lasting woody aroma makes it a prized lumber for building temples and shrines; its name in Chinese characters means “the respected trees for the temple-building society.”
Xiang Mao (Cymbopogon citratus)
Young Living’s Xiang Mao essential oil, commonly known as red lemongrass, is an organic essential oil that is distilled from the xiang mao grass that is grown on the mountain slopes by the Paiwan aboriginal tribe in southeastern Taiwan. Xiang Mao was traditionally used to freshen household air, promote a sense of well-being, and moisten the skin.
Amazonian Ylang Ylang™ (Cananga odorata equitoriana)
The aroma of Amazonian Ylang Ylang is floral, sweet, and potent. Traditionally, the flowers have been used for various events such as weddings, parties, and ceremonies.
Plectranthus Oregano™ (Plectranthus amboinicus)
Plectranthus Oregano is a hardy, aromatic perennial originating from South Africa. Gary Young chose to grow it as an oregano alternative at the 2,500-acre Young Living Ecuador farm. He dubbed it “Plectranthus Oregano” because of its oregano-like aroma and flavor.
Yuzu (Citrus junos)
Yuzu is a refreshing, small citrus fruit that grows on the cooler mountain slopes of Shikoku Island, Japan. In Japan, yuzu rinds are traditionally placed in warm bathwater as part of a relaxing bath. This is a beautifully hydrodistilled citrus essential oil—completely clear, yet invitingly aromatic. A key ingredient in NingXia Red®, Yuzu contains limonoids.
Biblical Sweet Myrrh™ (Commiphora erythraea)
Biblical Sweet Myrrh is a highly prized tree resin that grows on the mystical island of Socotra, south of the Arabian Peninsula. You can learn about the properties of sweet myrrh in The One Gift, Gary Young’s historical and adventurous novel about life on the caravan trail in ancient Arabia.
Please leave a comment and share your excitement and thoughts on the Exotic Oils Collection and the newly available Hong Kuai and Xiang Mao essential oils.
The Exotic Oils collection and other Holiday Catalog items will be available to order October 7, 2013, so be sure to have your holiday shopping list ready!
—Marco Colindres III, YL Associate Product Manager