Gary Young learned GC-MS (gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy) analysis techniques from Dr. Herve Casabianca, who works for CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – National Center for Scientific Research) in France.
Dr. Casabianca is well-known in the field of essential oil GC-MS analysis in Europe. Along with Dr. Casabianca, Young Living has two GC-MS instruments, one at the Young Living Ecuador Farm and the other at the Young Living Global Headquarters in the Research & Development labs.
Dr. Richard Carlson and I operate the GC-MS instrument in Young Living’s Research & Development labs in Lehi, Utah. Dr. Carlson and I have PhDs in analytical chemistry in addition to more than 50 years of collective research experience in GC-MS and other analytical instrumentation.
Testing essential oil samples by GC-MS can be performed by inexperienced technicians and scientists. However, interpretation of GC-MS data is typically reserved for the experienced PhD scientist who is familiar with essential oil molecular components who can interpret the results from the GC-MS instrument. and interpreting GC-MS spectra.
Source: Dr Cole Woolley PhD, August 12, 2015
Essential oils are readily analyzed by gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy (GCMS). The GC portion of the instrument separates the 100-300 unique molecules by heat using only a single drop of essential oil.The MS portion of the instrument identifies each molecule by name (e.g., limonene).
The GCMS instrument is used in Young Living Research to verify that our essential oils are genuine single-species, pure, and unadulterated – because of this system no fake, perfume oils laced with synthetic, aroma-enhancing chemicals make it to any Young Living essential oils.
Source: Dr Cole Woolley PhD, August 14, 2015