Product Safety Tips are helpful when using essential oils safely. Click here for additional frequently asked questions on the safe use of essential oils.
Young Living’s essential oils from nature may be more potent than you may expect. Here are some basics to help you safely enjoy the wonderful benefits of these powerful oils.
- Each essential oil has a label with directions on how to use. Directions may be different depending on where you live. Always consult the label for directions.
- Young Living has a large line of essential oils that when used, can impact most every aspect of your life. The oils are labeled for aromatic, topical, dietary, or cleaning use. All oils come with our Seed to Seal guarantee, and you can be assured each is tested for purity and safety. Our Vitality line of essential oils are labeled for internal ingestion, while our traditional essential oils are more for aromatic and topical use.
- Carrier oils, such as any vegetable, grapeseed, jojoba, or coconut oils may be used to dilute the essential oils. Young Living sells an excellent carrier oil – V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex. Diluting oils does not impact the effect of the essential oil, but will make your oils last longer. Each bottle contains dilution ratios. If an essential oil feels warm after applying, apply a drop of carrier oil to reduce any discomfort. You should never use margarine, butter, vegetable shortening, or products made from petroleum derivatives such as baby oil, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly.
- There are a few hot oils that may cause a sensation of warmth when applied topically. These include Oregano, Clove, Thyme, Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Thieves, and Exodus II. Peppermint may also cause warmth if it’s cooling sensation becomes too intense. A patch test can be performed prior to using the first time to see if a noticeable reaction occurs. Apply 1-2 drops of oil to an area of skin such as a forearm; generally a reaction will occur within 5-10 minutes. Use a carrier oil to the area if a burning or hot sensation occurs or a rash develops.
- The essential oil should be stopped if irritation or discomfort occurs. You can apply V-6 or any carrier oil to the area. Rashes could indicate detoxification is occurring. It is important to increase consumption of water to encourage toxins to be released and removed from the body. Detergents, perfumes, skin care products, and some soaps may release some detoxification reactions. If a reaction occurs, you may want to discontinue these products and opt for some chemical free products. Perform a patch test before using the oil again and dilute with a carrier oil if needed. Never use water to cool the skin or flush the oil off. This may increase discomfort as water will drive the oil in faster and increase discomfort. If essential oils get in the eye, use a carrier oil as quickly as possible such as V-6 to flush the eye. Seek medical attention if the discomfort in the eye does not subside in 5 minutes.
- Avoid use in sensitive areas such as ears, eyes, mucous membranes, and genitals with essential oil. If you do use an oil in a sensitive area, dilute one drop of oil with five to 10 drops of carrier oil.
- The rule of thumb when you start essential oils is to “start low and go slow,” and follow the usage instructions on the label. Adverse reactions may increase with excessive use. Generally only 1-2 drops of essential oil to meet the needs. If you use more, you may be wasting the product. Once you start using, depending on the oil, you can generally increase using it up to 3-4 times a day if desired.
- If you are pregnant , it is strongly recommended you seek advice and recommendation from a health care advisor that has experience with essential oil usage and pregnancy. Some moms-to-be will overusing Sage, Hyssop, Clary Sage, Wintergreen, Fennel, and Idaho Tansy and any oil blends or supplements containing these oils.
- When using essential oils on children, dilute with carrier oil before using. Young Living has a Kidscents product line of essential oils that are prediluted with a carrier oil as indicated on the label. These are intended for topical application on children. Dilute one to two drops of an essential oil such as Gentle Baby, Sleepyize, Peace & Calming, and RutaVala with a carrier oil and apply to the soles of the feet.
- Citrus and other essential oils may cause some sensitivity when applied to skin exposed to the direct sun. Oils that can cause skin sensitivity have a label informing users to avoid sun and UV light for the next 12-48 hours after it is applied. Sun sensitizing agents have been removed from all Young Living cosmetic and beauty products to decrease sun sensitivity risks.
- When using prescriptions for medical conditions, it is recommended you consult with a health care provider experienced with essential oils for advice about potential interactions.