Discover the Uses and Benefits of Young Living Essential Oils Safely!
The fact that Young Living does not accept cut, diluted, or adulterated essential oils not only speaks to their Seed to Seal® promise and quality assurance, it also means that their products can be very powerful. To ensure that you receive maximum benefits and avoid misuse, Young Living has created a safety guide developed by founder Gary Young along with product experts and other global education and health sciences professionals.
How to Use Essential Oils
For your safety and convenience, each bottle of Young Living essential oils is labeled with easy-to-follow usage instructions. These vary based on region, so reading and understanding these directions is important.
The Difference Between Traditional Essential Oils and Vitality™ Essential Oils
Our wide range of essential oils have use in your everyday life from topical/aromatic to cleaning to consumption, and knowing the difference between these two types of oils can help keep everyone safe.
- Traditional essential oils include those used for topical and aromatic purposes
- Vitality™ oils are specially labeled to distinguish that they are safe and meant for internal consumption.
Carrier Oils and Why You Should Use Them
When you see the term “carrier oil” on products from EssentialOils.love, this refers to a vegetable oil, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil, that ensure that the oils applied to the skin are experienced comfortably. Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex is also an excellent carrier for all oil applications.
Using a carrier oil is also important because it does not dilute the benefits of the oils; actually, it helps prevent waste from excess application. It’s important to note that petroleum jelly and other petroleum derivatives, shortening, butter, or margarine should never be used as carrier oils. Each bottle of Young Living includes instructions on the most effective ratio for optimal application.
How to Test “Hot Oils”
“Hot oils” refer to cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, oregano, Thyme, Exodus II™, Thieves®, and other oils that can cause a warming or hot sensation when applied to the skin. In some instances, even our powerful peppermint oil can cause a strong sensation depending on individual tolerance.
The best way to find out if a hot oil will cause a reaction for you is by a simple patch test:
- Apply 1-2 drops of the oil onto a patch of skin such as the forearm
- Observe the area over the course of 1-2 hours, although reactions typically occur within 5-10 minutes
- If a hot or burning sensation is experienced, apply a carrier oil as necessary to soothe the area
What to do When Skin Irritation or Discomfort Occurs
In the event that you experience skin irritation or discomfort following the use of an oil, stop use immediately and apply an appropriate carrier oil to the affected area. Signs of a rash may be due to the detoxification of the body. Drink adequate water to release toxins that may be present in the skin from petrochemical-based soaps, detergents, and other products, and consider stopping use of these agents in your home.
Prior to using the oil again, perform a patch test as described in the “hot oils” section above and soothe with a carrier oil as needed.
Note that during a reaction on the skin or if an essential oil gets into your eye, diluting the area with water can further drive the oil into your skin and can actually intensify the discomfort. For the most effective relief, use a carrier oil. Seek medical attention if the eye discomfort does not subside after five minutes.
Essential Oils and Sensitive Areas
Contact with sensitive areas such as eyes, mucous membranes, genitals, and ears should be avoided. If you do use essential oils in one of these areas, dilute one drop of the oil with 5-6 drops of an appropriate carrier oil.
Using Essential Oils: How Often and How Much
The journey toward improved well-being with essential oils is an exciting one, but caution should be exercised as excessive use can increase the risk of reactions. A good rule of thumb is to start low and go slow: 1-2 drops is usually sufficient for maximum results, more than that can lead to wasted product. Gradually, you can often increase your usage to 3-4 times a day, depending on the oil and the individual.
Essential Oils During Pregnancy and Nursing
To maintain the health of you and your baby, we suggest, as with all medical conditions, that you seek the advice and guidance of a trained medical professional who is experienced with essential oils before continuing or beginning their use while pregnant or nursing. Many women tend to avoid overuse or excessive use of these oils and the blends that contain these oils:
- Clary Sage
- Idaho Tansy
Essential Oils and Children
Prior to introducing essential oils to children, oils should be diluted with an appropriate carrier oil, although some products specifically designed for children already come prediluted for direct application.
Products such as SleepyIze™, RutaVaLa™, Gentle Baby™, and Peace & Calming® can be easily and safely diluted with carrier oils and applied to the bottoms of the feet.
Essential Oils and Sun Sensitivity
Citrus oils and other products do contain some natural molecules that can cause sun sensitivity. These products are specifically labeled and encourage users to avoid UV contact 12-48 hours after applying. To reduce the risk of a sensitivity reaction, perform a patch test as described in the “hot oils” section, dilute, and apply the oil to an area of the skin that will not be exposed to the sun.
Medical Conditions, Prescriptions, and Essential Oils
With all prescription medications and medical conditions, it is advised by Young Living to seek the advice and guidance of a health care professional who has experience with essential oils prior to use to determine if any possible interactions between medications and essential oils could occur.
Guide to Proper Usage of Essential Oils
Almost everyone has taken a hike through the woods or walked in a field of fresh herbs and breathed in the natural aromas of essential oils, but it’s important to know that essential oils are about more than just aromatherapy. Young Living’s essential oil recipes support lifelong wellness, and at EssentialOils.love, we are here to help you discover your own path to essential oils through our guide to safe and proper usage of these beneficial products.
About Essential Oils
Through a proprietary Seed to Seal® process, steam distillation, cold pressing, and resin tapping, Young Living ensures that their essential oils are the best and purest quality on the market. There are multiple ways to harness the positive energy and supportive benefits of essential oils depending on how you choose to incorporate them into your daily life, including:
- In the home
- Personal wellness
- Topical beauty
Using Essential Oils in the Home
Whether you are looking to cut harsh ingredients from your oral care, add a little bit of kick to your cooking, clean with a more natural solution, remove stale odors from your home or all of the above, Young Living essentials oils at EssentialOils.love can help you revitalize your living space with recipes straight from nature.
The best rule of thumb when introducing new essential oils into your home is to remember that not all oils have the same versatility of use. While our Vitality™ oils can be consumed internally, the traditional oils should not be. Similarly, it’s important to note which oils should be used aromatically with a diffuser and which can help you remove stubborn stains or shine your countertops. If you have questions about what oil to use and when, EssentialOils.love can help! Check out our page on Detoxing Your Home.
Using Essential Oils for Wellness
Don’t you just love the days when your body is energized and ready to take on anything that the day brings? Essential oils for wellness can support your body’s natural energy and give you the natural boost you need to make it through the week. Through multivitamins, antioxidant support, joint mobility and more, Young Living’s recipes can help support your individual wellness needs.
As with any essential oil, read the individual label on each bottle or consult with a licensed medical professional who has experience with essential oils to make sure you are using the right blend of wellness oils for your body. Not sure where to begin? Ask EssentialOils.love today!
Using Essential Oils for Beauty
At EssentialOils.love, we understand that you want to not only feel better but look better as well, and our line of exclusive beauty oils and products can help support and pamper your skin without introducing the harsh toxins and chemicals found in over-the-counter cosmetics. With essential oil recipes for anti-aging, facial care, and bath and body, you can feel the Young Living difference in every step of your daily beauty regimen!
In order to avoid excessive use or wasted product, Young Living meticulously labels their essential oil products, so it’s best to consult the bottles before use. If you have questions about how to use one of the beauty essential oils or how often you should use them, ask EssentialOils.love! Check out our page on Detoxing Your Life.
Using Essential Oils for Balance
EssentialOils.love believes that establishing a natural balance between the mind, body, and spirit is crucial to improving your overall well-being, and Young Living’s pure essential oils are carefully formulated to help support the balance and peace that you are seeking in your life.
The benefits of essential oils for balance can be enjoyed aromatically through a diffuser, through topical massage on the skin, and also through direct inhalation. These uses depend on the oil, and each bottle is individually labeled for the safest and most effective uses. Many topical oils should also be used with “carrier oils,” such as olive or grapeseed oil, to ensure user comfort.
Contact EssentialOils.love today to learn more about essential oil safety and usage!