Have you noticed Essential Oils are all the rage lately? Well, there are good reasons for such enthusiasm! Hey, I LOVE Essential Oils and I use them on a daily basis. However, because they are, theoretically, a potent gift from mother nature, they have incredible powers and … well you know the saying … with great power comes great responsibility 💪
There are so many Essential Oils resources available these days on the internet. You go to the health store and there are many magazines featuring the benefits of Essential Oils. You search Google and there many Essential Oils companies out there advertising their products. In fact, I typed “essential oil” and it returned about 39,800,000 results! Can you believe this? That means, a lot of people out there who are distributors for a specific brand.
One rule to ALWAYS follow is to read the label instructions of each oil you buy. You wouldn’t want to ingest a fragrance oil would you? Not all oils are created equal! See How Pure is Your Essential Oil? for more information on how to tell if your oil is pure.
SAFETY should ALWAYS be your #1 priority when using Essential Oils! I cannot reiterate this enough!
Young Living Essential Oils can be used aromatically to uplift the spirit. As a matter of fact, I diffuse Essential Oil every day at my house!
- Rub 2-3 drops of your favorite Essential Oil between your palms and inhale.
- Add a few drops of Essential Oils to a bowl of hot water. Cover your head and bowl with a towel. Breath deeply and slowly.
- Use your favorite Essential Oils in your home diffusers.
- Place 2-3 drops of your favorite Essential Oil directly on the desired area and massage in. Repeat as desired. Always follow the label’s dilution instructions.
***Many Essential Oils are safe and beneficial to use directly on the skin. However, I caution you Essential Oils are potent and may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, apply Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or any pure vegetable oil to the area to dilute. Citrus-based oils and blends may cause temporary photosensitivity.***
When ingesting Essential Oils, try these tips:
- Place several drops of oil into a clear vegetable capsule and swallow wth water.
- Add 1-2 drops of Essential Oil to a glass of water, NingXia Red, juice, yogurt, your favorite sweetener of choice, or plant-based milk and swallow.
- Add 1-2 drops of oil (to taste) to meals when cooking.
Note: Always consult individual product labels for usage directions. I recommend only ingesting Vitality Young Living Essential Oils.
In order to prevent misuse of these precious oils and to ensure that you enjoy their maximum benefit, Young Living Founder D. Gary Young, working with Director of Global Education and Health Sciences Dr. Lindsey Elmore and other product experts on her team, has created this helpful safety guide. Refer to it to learn the basics of essential oil use, how to handle skin sensitivity, and other valuable information.
What’s the difference between Young Living’s traditional essential oils and Vitality™ essential oils?
Young Living’s large product line includes items that you can use in nearly any aspect of your life. These products are generally labeled for topical/aromatic, dietary, or cleaning usage. While all our oils meet our Seed to Seal® promise and exacting testing for purity and safety, our traditional essential oils are intended for topical/aromatic use, and our Vitality oils are intended for internal consumption. This distinction allows Young Living and our members to freely share the dietary and culinary benefits of our oils, thanks to Vitality’s clearly labeled dietary instructions.
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, olive 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.
“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.
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.
If you have a disease or medical condition or are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that prior to using an essential oil, you consult with a health care advisor who has experience with essential oils. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between any medication and essential oils.