Winter Harvest – Part 2

0 Posted by - October 16, 2012 - Archive

I know you are all excited to read the continuation of Brian White’s experience, but first we wanted to let you know that the winners from the NingXia Red® and balsam fir giveaway have been notified. We will announce their names later this week once we have confirmed shipping addresses. Now on to the main topic of this blog, part two of Brian White’s harvesting experience:

It is now day two and our focus has shifted to harvesting Idaho blue spruce. Each morning started early; we ate breakfast as a group and then met with Gary as he handed out the work assignments. Assignments were given with special consideration to each person’s skills and abilities. After receiving our assignments, some would remain in camp to help with meals, while the others would head out to the tree farm. At the farm, there was always a beehive of activity with individuals assigned to cutting trees, transporting them, removing limbs, and feeding them into the chipper. Gary led the way, directing everyone’s efforts.

I recall that the blue spruce trees were particularly difficult to chip. Normally, as trees are fed through the chipper, it grabs and pulls the trunk, limbs, and needles through the cutting chamber while blowing the chippings into the semitruck trailer. However, the blue spruce limbs were so thick and broad that they jammed the chipper, preventing the tree from passing through. Countless hours were spent cutting the limbs from the trees and feeding them through the chipper one by one.

Each evening a semitruck pulling the two trailers left Highland Flats for the distillery in St. Maries, where the material would soon be distilled into the beautiful, pink-colored Idaho blue spruce oil. Watching the oil gradually rise to the surface, breaking free from the water in the separator, brought us all a deep feeling of accomplishment.

At the recent Young Living Grand Convention, I saw many of the friends I made at the Winter Harvest. Reminiscing about our experiences and understanding the exhausting effort that goes into bringing Young Living’s pure essential oils to market brought excitement with the official launch of Idaho blue spruce.

I hope that everyone who uses Idaho blue spruce will not only benefit from its amazing health-supporting properties* but will feel a small amount of the reverence we shared for the oil as we labored in Idaho.

I encourage everyone to participate in the harvest if you have the opportunity. Your life will be enriched as you reconnect with nature, make new friends, and work with Gary to learn firsthand the incredible production processes and health benefits of Young Living’s essential oils.

Share your comments below for a chance to receive a bottle of newly launched Idaho blue spruce.

Brian White—YL Senior Product Manager

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  • Jennifer Loew November 2, 2012 - 2:34 pm Reply

    I get my starter kit today, so excited to learn about the oils! Blue spruce would be fantastic to win!!

  • Hazel Martin October 31, 2012 - 6:44 pm Reply

    I’m just starting out a dist. and am having wonderful reception to the products by my clients. Thank you for sharing your experiences at harvest. looking forward to one day be a part of it. Would also love to receive the new oil. Sounds heavenly.

  • Clara Risenmay October 29, 2012 - 4:02 pm Reply

    My husband & I attended the Young Living meeting in Coeur d’Alene where Gary Young had jars filled with a beautiful pink liquid sitting on the podium. He was so excited to introduce to us the newly distilled Idaho Blue Spruce essential oil! What an amazing new find. We love this beautiful oil. Thank you for sharing experiences of the Winter Harvest. And thank you, Gary, for your love and service to us all! People’s lives continue to be changed every day because of you and your commitment to bring the best to the world.

    • Jennifer Loew November 2, 2012 - 2:36 pm Reply

      Clara, I am so new, I was wondering how do you find out when or where meetings are? I would love to attend if it were close to where I live and CDA is only 2 hrs away. Thanks for any information. Jennifer

  • David M October 26, 2012 - 3:58 pm Reply

    I’ve only been a distributor for 3 months. Don’t have much time to search website except to place my orders. I had a couple of minutes this morning and found this Product Blog. Started reading the Winter Harvest story and found it interesting, and then read some of the comments. Got to smell/touch the Idaho Blue Spruce at a meeting in Oklahoma City a couple of weeks ago. Plan on retiring next year and will be able to travel – perhaps to a harvest or other events. Hey, Gary – how about putting some farms in the South for us warm weather friends. I’d love to win a bottle of this stuff.

  • Edith Thurmond October 25, 2012 - 9:06 pm Reply

    Idaho Blue Spruce is an amazing oil. After knowing what it takes to produce, I think the price is very, very good! Harvesting in icy cold weather is certainly no picnic in the park. :)

  • Cheryl Meier October 25, 2012 - 2:11 am Reply

    This is exciting, can’t wait to try it!

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