Typing “essential oils” into any search engine or social media platform this week may not be for the faint of heart, as one of the most trending topics right now involves chemical burns on the skin from photosensitive essential oils.
The post, which has been shared over 139,000 times on Facebook and has now made the rounds on Buzzfeed and other online news outlets, was meant as a PSA from Elise Nguyen, a woman in Wisconsin who used essential oils to help calm her before yoga class and did not consider the consequences of using a tanning bed right afterward, resulting in horrific burns on her neck and wrists.
Although Elise took responsibility for what happened and the essential oils were not produced by Young Living, there are two very important lessons to take away from her story: 1. If used as directed, essential oils are not harmful, and 2. It is important to use high quality oils, such as those produced with Young Living’s proprietary Seed to Seal® process, to get the best results from your experience with essential oils.
Proper Use of Photosensitive Essentials Oils
In the article, the essential oil that created the reaction was wild orange, which, among other citrus-based oils, can cause photosensitivity to the skin. It is typically recommended to avoid UV contact 12-48 hours after applying the oil to help protect your skin and make sure that your personal experience with essential oils continues to be relaxing and tranquil. When it doubt, remember that each bottle of Young Living essential oils is precisely labeled with these warnings for the continued safety of our community.
Know How Your Skin Reacts to Essential Oils with a “Patch” Test
Know thyself, especially when it comes to putting oils on your skin! Performing a patch test on your skin is a good idea for any oil you are using for the first time. The more you know how your skin reacts to certain oils, the less likely you will be to develop a severe reaction such as the chemical burns experienced by Elise. Don’t let nervousness keep you from incorporating the benefits of essential oils into your life; if you have delicate skin conditions or medications that you are unsure about, consult a physician who is familiar with essential oils before use.
Don’t forget that there are multiple ways to enjoy essential oils besides direct application to the skin. Most oils can also be diffused or applied to a cloth for relaxing inhalation.
Finding the Best Quality Oils with Young Living’s Seed to Seal® Process
If you’re new to essential oils or curious about their benefits, emphasis must also be put on finding high-quality, uncut essential oils for the best results. Young Living oils are created using a proprietary Seed to Seal® process, which is a guarantee that from the hand-selected seeds until the oil reaches the bottle, the blend of Young Living’s modern technology and back-to-basics principles bring the very best to you, every time.