Essential oils are increasingly…well, essential. They offer so many benefits whether used topically or diffused into the air. But how do you know which brand is better?
Both Edens Garden and Young Living globally source harvested plants. They’re both involved in farm selection, plant growth process, distillation, and then bottling. Two differences are price and parts of the plant the oils come from. Determining which is better depends on your needs.
Read on to learn more about how you can decide which company is best for you.
Edens Garden vs Young Living Essential Oil Blend
When companies offer essential oil blends it provides you, the customer, with a couple of benefits. Firstly, you won’t have to go out and buy all five single essential oils in order to make your own blend.
Secondly, you won’t have to experiment when determining what percentage of each oil to add. Blending oils is an art and science that takes time to develop.
Let’s compare one of the most popular essential oil blends out there.
Edens Garden Essential Oil Blend Comparison
Edens Garden is a California, USA- based non-MLM wellness lifestyle brand. It’s been owned by the same family since 2009 and is women-operated.
This company is known for offering affordable, high quality wellness products for the entire family. Currently, they offer over 250 single and blended essential oils.
Edens Garden Fighting Five Essential Oil Blend
Most wellness companies offer a version of this bacteria-fighting essential oil blend. Edens Garden blended lemon, cinnamon, rosemary, clove, and two types of eucalyptus essential oils.
This bottle is 1 fl oz (30 mL), but this blend is available in smaller bottles (0.17 oz/5 mL and 0.33 oz/10 mL), as well as a 4 oz (118 mL) container.
The bottle I’m reviewing is twice the size of Young Living’s Thieves Blend, but costs 29% less.
There are five primary benefits of using this essential oil blend:
- Eases nasal congestion
- Strengthens the immune system
- Guards against bacteria and germs when diffused
- Mellows out your mood
- Cleanses the air
Another thing that makes this Edens Garden blend different from Young Living’s is that Edens Garden uses two species of eucalyptus oil: globulus and radiata.
You are probably most familiar with the sweet coolness of eucalyptus radiata. It’s commonly used in chest rubs and vapor medications. It’s sourced from South Africa and blends best with citrus notes.
Eucalyptus globulus is extracted from leaves of the Australian “Blue Gum” trees. It’s still camphorus but is more pungent and minty fresh. This one blends well with spicy notes. I think this combination of eucalyptus species creates a more balanced fragrance blend.
- Reasonable cost for high quality oil
- Oil blend promotes overall well-being
- Includes two types of eucalyptus
- Well rounded fragrance blend
- Not suggested for internal use
Young Living Essential Oil Blend Comparison
The Young Living lifestyle brand is part of the Direct Selling Association. Based in Lehi, Utah, USA, their LEED-certified global headquarters includes an on-site research lab and research greenhouse.
They also have international offices in Australia, Canada, Ecuador, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan.
This oil is Kosher certified, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free.
Young Living Thieves Essential Oil Blend
The strongest scent in this blend is clove, so it’s more spicy than citrusy. Young Living uses the slightly mellow eucalyptus radiata.
Here’s a list of all the oils used:
- Clove bud oil
- Lemon peel oil
- Cinnamon bark oil
- Eucalyptus leaf oil
- Rosemary leaf oil
As far as I know, this blend in its undiluted form is only offered in a 0.5 fl oz (15 mL) bottle.
Since Young Living oils can be ingested, they suggest additional benefits to using the Thieves blend.
- Digestive system cleanse
- Offers antioxidant properties
- Supports general wellness
But keep in mind that as a company, they cannot claim to diagnose a medical condition. Nor can they suggest any essential oil as a form of medical treatment. Disease prevention is possible, but can’t be assured, either.
- Can be used internally
- Warmer, spicy fragrance
- More expensive than similar quality oils
- Will need to repurchase frequently due to small bottle size
Regardless of which blend you choose, Fighting Five and Thieves are essential oil combinations that you would likely use often due to their protective and preventive properties.
Edens Garden vs Young Living Essential Oil Blend Comparison
|Fighting Five Blend||Thieves Blend|
|Lemon species||Citrus limon||Citrus limon|
|Cinnamon species||Cinnamomum zeylanicum||Cinnamomum verum|
|Rosemary species||Rosmarinus officinalis||Rosmarinus officinalis|
|Clove species||Eugenia caryophyllata||Syzygium aromaticum|
|Eucalyptus species||Eucalyptus globulus|
Essential Oil Blend Ingredients: Brand to Brand Comparison
Different plant species were used for two ingredients, and a variation of one ingredient was added to the Edens Garden Fighting Five Blend. We’ve already gone over their addition of eucalyptus globulus. So the two remaining ingredients are broadly, cinnamon and clove.
More specifically, as shown in the chart, Edens Garden uses cinnamomum zeylanicum and eugenia caryophyllata for cinnamon and clove bud oils respectively. Young Living uses cinnamomum verum and syzygium aromaticum oils. You may be wondering if there are any differences.
Cinnamon Essential Oil Comparison
Cinnamon has been used medicinally for centuries. Cinnamon extract is known for its antimicrobial properties, as explained in this research article.
This is useful information because antimicrobial plants can prevent growth of microorganisms that are inside or outside of the body. Antibacterial plant matter prevents bacterial growth internally. Cinnamon shows promise for guarding you in both ways.
Cinnamon is also uplifting and anti-inflammatory, which also supports its use in a diffuser.
Cinnamomum zeylanicum is considered “true cinnamon” and is also known as Ceylon cinnamon. This is the version that Edens Garden uses.
Oil is extracted from the leaf, not the bark, in this particular blend. It is safe for pregnant and nursing women to use essential oil derived from cinnamon leaf, which makes this blend even more attractive.
Cinnamon leaf is not as potent as cinnamon bark essential oil, which is what Young Living uses.
Cinnamomum verum is steam distilled from the inner bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree. So it offers the same health benefits as the cinnamon leaf essential oil, but it’s not preferred to be used around pregnant or nursing women.
This essential oil has a warmer and more intense aroma than cinnamomum zeylanicum, which explains why the Thieves blend is slightly more potent than the Fighting Five blend.
Takeaway: The cinnamon leaf oil used in the Fighting Five blend can be used around women who are pregnant or nursing. It’s also got a softer scent. Thieves blend uses cinnamon bark essential oil and can’t be used by women who are nursing or pregnant. It’s also more pungent.
Clove Essential Oil Comparison
Clove is also antimicrobial and can help alleviate agitation from respiratory conditions. It’s also been used medicinally for ages to treat things like a toothache, but it’s also been used as an insect repellant.
Present day, it should only be used for medical conditions while under the care of a physician. This essential oil, more specifically, syzygium aromaticum, used in Young Living’s Thieves blend has antimicrobial, antioxidant, and insecticidal biological benefits. Their clove oil was steam distilled from the flower, bud and stem.
Another research article suggests that eugenia caryophyllata offers external antimicrobial protection. It’s also been found to have anti-inflammatory biological activity. Clove has a spicy scent that can invigorate and stimulate the mind.
Only the bud is steam distilled used to make this essential oil. This oil generates warmth and can make your home feel more cozy. You might also smell woody and sweet scent notes.
These scientific names make reference to the same tree. Both versions of this essential oil are made from plant matter that comes from the Myrtle family (myrtaceae) – evergreen trees that hail from Indonesia’s Molucca Islands. The difference, though, is the amount of eugenol that’s found in different plant parts.
Eugenol is the active compound responsible for clove’s aroma. And it’s been used in dentistry as an antiseptic and analgesic. Even today, it’s often used to alleviate dental pain when added to coconut oil for oil pulling.
Young living uses all parts of the clove – flower, bud, and stem. Edens Garden only distills the bud. Even though eugenol is the main component in clove essential oils, the same amount isn’t found in all parts of the plant.
The approximate percentage of eugenol in various plant parts is:
- Bud oil – 60-90%
- Leaf oil – 82-88%
- Stem oil – 90-95%
Since Young Living uses all of these parts and Edens Garden only uses the bud, it’s possible that there’s a higher percentage of eugenol in the Thieves blend. So if you have an illness or are experiencing dental pain, you might lean towards buying the Thieves blend.
Takeaway: The clove oil used by both companies is the same but has a different percentage of beneficial properties due to the part of the plant that was distilled. It’s possible that the Thieves blend has a higher percentage of eugenol in its clove oil, potentially making it have more potent healing properties.
This blend of oils is one that you will want to have on hand for frequent use. At the very least, it helps lift your mood, protect you from germs, and clear up nasal congestion.
While the Young Living’s Thieves blend is of great quality, I don’t think it’s higher quality than Edens Garden. You’ll be in good hands choosing the Fighting Five blend. I also like the fact that its fragrance is slightly less pungent than Thieves.
Choose Edens Garden Fighting Five Blend if:
- You are more cost-conscious.
- You want a lighter fragrance.
- You plan to use the oil topically or in a diffuser.
- You’re looking for germ fighting oil to use while pregnant or nursing.
Choose Young Living Thieves Blend if:
- You don’t mind a higher price point.
- You don’t mind contributing to MLM rewards with each purchase.
- You prefer a spicier fragrance.
- You’re treating dental pain.
- You want the option of diluting the oil for ingestion.