Winter Harvest – Part 1

0 October 8, 2012 - Archive

Participating in last winter’s Balsam Fir Harvest was an amazing experience that gave me a new appreciation for the dedication of Young Living’s distributors and the lengths the company will go to produce the highest quality oils. Before attending the event, colleagues warned me that the harvest was no easy task, so I was prepared for hard work and helping out where needed. Almost immediately I suspected their warnings may have been understated.

On my first day at the farm, Gary asked me if I could handle a chainsaw.  Being a big, brawny former football player, I thought I could manage. He quickly assigned me to cut limbs from trees that fell into a gulley not far from camp. With snow up to my thighs, I cut away at the limbs all day long while trying to keep my balance on the rough slope. Fighting fatigue and the elements, I hoisted the heavy chainsaw over tree trunks and limbs, making sure I got to every branch. After we cut the limbs, they were loaded onto a wagon for the draft horses to pull out of the gulley. Watching those powerful, majestic animals pull the heavy wagon up the gulley hillside was an experience I’ll never forget. By the end of the day, I was exhausted, but the connection I felt with the land and the satisfaction of taking on and accomplishing new challenges were worth far more than all the effort.

By the end of the day, everyone was exhausted and ready for a warm supper back at camp. Evenings brought an opportunity to relax, forge new friendships, and listen to Gary share his knowledge and expertise about the oils.

Comment below by the end of the day on Friday for a chance to receive a bottle of balsam fir. Be sure to read next week’s blog for more of Brian’s experiences harvesting and more on the new Idaho blue spruce essential oil that was launched at convention.

Brian White—YL Senior Product Manager



  • Meredith Curry November 13, 2012 - 12:13 pm Reply

    Very glad to find YL oils.

  • Meredith Curry November 13, 2012 - 12:12 pm Reply

    New to YL and excited about learning all the benefits.

  • Angela Lambert October 25, 2012 - 4:11 pm Reply

    I’ve only been a distributor for a few months. Loving Young Living products and I can’t wait until I can travel and experience the harvests that take place.

  • Christianna Schreifels October 25, 2012 - 5:46 am Reply

    Sounds amazing! I am a new distributor and am so encouraged by what you described. Hoping to join the harvest this coming season. Anticipating meeting wonderful people.

  • Babette Johnson October 20, 2012 - 4:29 am Reply

    I would like to participate with the winter harvest, what a great experience.

  • Joanne Kan October 17, 2012 - 7:16 am Reply

    I am so joining this year’s Winter Harvest. I wanted to go last year already but my Diamond Leader was coming to Hong Kong to support me with workshops, so I couldn’t come! But I’m coming Jan 2013!!

  • Kristi October 16, 2012 - 9:21 pm Reply

    I just started using essential oils, and I would love to try any and all I can! This one looks great!

  • Alejandro Robayo October 16, 2012 - 3:57 pm Reply

    Excelente experiencia con ese producto para poder aplicarlo en nuestras tareas en casos extremos de trabajo.

  • Aurora Presley October 15, 2012 - 8:30 pm Reply

    I’d love to try this oil after hearing about it.

  • Renee Chwaszczewski October 13, 2012 - 3:49 pm Reply

    I haven’t experienced Idaho Balsam Fir yet. It’s on the list for the future. I do love all the Young Living Oils!

  • Gail Curran October 13, 2012 - 2:32 am Reply

    After reading all these wonderful tips/experiences using Idaho Balsam Fir. .would sure love to smell and try this oil! Thank you!

  • Stefanie Fox October 13, 2012 - 12:12 am Reply

    I am still new so I haven’t had an opportunity to try Balsam Fir as a single oil yet…..but I love the story above, and can imagine how wonderful it was to be a part of this incredible process…I look forward to trying it! I do, however, have a bottle of Sacred Mountain, and LOVE the fragrance it carries…it is my favorite, and was my first introduction to Young Living Essential oils by my friend Madelyn.

  • Kari October 12, 2012 - 7:42 pm Reply

    Would love to try some of this oil.

  • Casey October 12, 2012 - 6:48 pm Reply

    Love it!!!!

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