Essential oils are potent gifts from nature that can often be more powerful than expected. In order to prevent misuse of these precious oils and to ensure that you enjoy their maximum benefit, we’ve created this helpful safety guide.
First, let me tell you what I’ve personally learned about using essential oils and what I recommend you pay serious attention to. The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. So please don’t misconstrue them as medical advice
My personal guidelines.
- Anyone with a medical condition, taking medication, or pregnant or nursing, please consult with a health care advisor who has experience with essential oils. And seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between any medication and essential oils.
- I don’t have opened bottles of essential oils in any quantity too close to me, even if the lid is on them. My body is sensitive, so I keep all my oils in cases and then in cupboards or cabinets.
- I always use a carrier oil together with an essential oil when trying one for the first time. See list of carrier oils in FAQ’s below. And I will always err on the side of caution and dilute 1 drop of oil to about 3 drops of carrier oil. I use a glass dropper which you can get from Young Living, Amazon or a variety of pharmacies. But tend to follow label recommendations too.
- If I’m using essential oils on a particular spot on my body as I did recently when I hurt my knee taking the dog for a walk. I don’t continue to apply that oil once that body part feels better. You wouldn’t continue taking antibiotics once your health had been healed, right?
- I only ingest essential oils in very small quantities. Maybe 1 drop of oil that is regarded as safe to ingest in a tall glass of water. And I do not use more than 2 or 3 drops in a day. Young Living have a Vitality range of essential oils which are well documented as being safe to ingest or to cook with and they are labeled as such. Once again…less is more. And I recommend alternating them. So grapefruit one day, lemon another, etc, etc.
- I stick with Young Living essential oils because I know they have not been adulterated in any way with chemicals…and I’m not sure about other companies. Plus they use a low-pressure and low-temperature steam distillation process because it’s the only way to preserve the beneficial properties of the oils and diminish the risk of photosensitivty.
- Read the labels on the bottles of oils. And be aware that some oils do carry the risk of photosensitivity, but once again Young Living label their oils to show which ones are best not applied when going out into the sunlight. To best care for yourself and your family, always read and heed label instructions.
- I’d stop using essential oils a couple of weeks before I was expecting to undergo surgery. And mostly for the same period afterwards. Though we personally used essential oils when my husband had a kidney removed to aid in his discomfort. And he was thrilled with the result.
This is not an extensive list by any means, and should you wish, you can learn much more by following respected educators in the essential oil industry or consult with a health care advisor who has experience with essential oils.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’m new to essential oils. How do I use them?
Young Living labels each bottle of Young Living essential oil with directions for how to use it; these directions vary based on your region. Please consult the product label for appropriate usage directions.
I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places.
What is a carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it?
A carrier oil is a vegetable oil—such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil or grapeseed oil—that can be used to dilute essential oils. Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications.
Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable to the skin. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. In fact, it prevents waste due to excessive application. Look for dilution ratios on Young Living essential oil bottles.
Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (such as mineral oil, baby oil, and petroleum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils.
I’ve heard the term ‘hot oil’. What does it mean?
“Hot oils” are oils that can cause a hot or warming sensation when applied to the skin. Examples of hot oils and blends include Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme, Exodus II™, and Thieves®. For some people, Peppermint’s cooling sensation can be too intense.
Young Living recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1–2 drops of essential oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1–2 hours for any noticeable reaction; however, reactions occur usually within 5–10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or develop a rash, add V-6 or another carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed.
What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation?
If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the essential oil and apply V-6 or another carrier oil to the affected area.
Drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of toxins in your body.
Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the oil with water, but water actually drives oil into the skin and eyes. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off of the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If essential oil gets in your eye, flush with V-6 or another carrier oil as quickly as possible to alleviate any discomfort. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, seek medical attention.
What areas should I avoid when applying essential oils?
Avoid contacting sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals, and mucous membranes with essential oils.
How often can essential oils be applied? How much do I use?
Follow the proper usage instructions printed on each essential oil label. Essential oils are very powerful, so start low and go slow. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk for adverse reactions. In most cases, 1–2 drops are adequate, and using more may just be wasteful…
Can essential oils be used on children?
Many essential oils are appropriate for use on children but should be diluted with a carrier oil prior to use. Some Young Living products come pre-diluted with carrier oil, as indicated on product labels, and are intended for direct application on children. You can dilute 1–2 drops of essential oil such as SleepyIze™, RutaVaLa™, Gentle Baby™, and Peace & Calming® with a carrier oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet.
Always follow the label directions and then dilute according to age.
How does exposure to sun affect essential oil use?
Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. Young Living labels the essential oils and oil blends that contain these compounds with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12–48 hours after applying.
Always use caution when starting to use a new oil. To reduce the risk of sensitivity, use patch testing (see above under “What is a “hot oil?”), dilute, and apply the oil to skin that will not be exposed to sun/UV light.
Young Living formulates its beauty and cosmetic products to remove sun-sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.
And lastly, despite needing to take essential oils seriously, don’t forget that using them can be a lot of fun and become part of maintaining a wonderful, happy, healthy lifestyle for you and your family.
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No statements on this website have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Nor have any products mentioned on this site and no statement is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.
All information is meant for educational and informational purposes only and to motivate and encourage you to support your health, happiness and overall well-being through the pure power of nature.
However, it is not to be relied on to determine dietary changes, medical diagnoses or decisions on treatments. Please base all your decisions, as our family has done, upon your own research in partnership with your health-care provider.