Young Living offers pure, unadulterated essential oils, essential oil blends, and oil enhancing products. Testing shows that our oils meet the high industry standard that qualify them as "therapeutic grade".
How To Use Essential Oils
2. Topical Application
3. Internal Use
Recommended vegetable oils include: V-6 Complex (2-year shelf life!!), Fractionated Coconut Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, and Tamanu Oil.
Oils highly recommended for dilution: Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Cumin, Hyssop, Lemongrass, Mountain Savory, Oregano, Peppermint, Thyme, and Tsuga. And these blends are: Exodus II, ImmuPower, Legacy, Longevity and Thieves.
Many other oils could result in skin irritation, so you may want to dilute them prior to use. If you have sensitive skin, it is recommended. Please see the usage chart to know which ones.
Essential oils are oil-soluble. Do NOT use water!! If you use an oil and your skin gets irritated, add vegetable oil to it. Water will make it worse. Think: safety with essential oils. And remember - it is better to dilute an essential oil with regular old Canola oil from the kitchen than do nothing when it's needed.
Many essential oils may be taken internally. Before consuming, dilute the essential oil with vegetable oil or one teaspoon of blue agave or rice milk. Consult a physician if you want to consume more than a few drops of diluted essential oil per day. Remember: Safety with Essential Oils - Do it right the first time.
People with skin allergies should do a test before extensive topical use of an oil. A good way is to put a small diluted amount on the inner side of the upper arm. The safest place to put essential oils is always the bottom of the feet.
Some essential oils are flammable. Keep all essential oils away from fires, open flames, sparks, and electricity. Always remember to think of safety with essential oils.
All essential oils to be used in bath water should be mixed with a bath gel base or Epsom salts. Do not add them directly to the water. They will float on top of the water and this may cause skin irritation. Always Keep safety in mind.
All essential oils need to be kept away from the eyes. Do not even touch contact lenses. Be careful to not rub or touch your eyes when you have oils on your fingers. Essential oils will not do permanent damage to your eyes but will cause irritation - some may cause SEVERE irritation. Please be careful when using EO's.
Do not drip essential oils into ears. Be very cautious when applying oils on the ear that they do not drip or run into the ear. Essential oils may safely be used on the exterior of the ear using the Auricular Probe Technique.
After using an essential oil, it will take approximately 20 minutes before all of the oil is absorbed into your skin. Please be careful with what you touch. You won't want to touch children, your face or other sensitive area, or go to the bathroom (especially MEN) within that time frame. Also be careful when touching objects - paint can be removed with essential oils and some plastics can begin to decompose. Just think about safety with essential oils first.
Some essential oils should never be used on children 18 months and younger. And some shouldn't be used on children under 5 years! Remember, the safest place to put any essential oil is the bottom of the feet. Think - Safety with Essential Oils!
◦ Do NOT use on children under 18 months of age: Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Citrus Hystrix (Combava or Limette), Lemongrass, Mountain Savory, Mugwort, Thyme.
◦ Do NOT use on children under 5 years of age: Bergamot, Birch, Calamus, Idaho Tansy, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Tarragon, Wintergreen.
• ANTI-COAGULANTS. If you are taking anti-coagulant drugs these are the essential oils you should avoid: Birch, Clove, Ginger, Wintergreen.
• EPILEPTICS. If you have epilepsy there are essential oils that you should avoid entirely and some you should use with caution.
◦ Avoid: Basil, Birch, Hyssop, Idaho Tansy, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Wintergreen, Harmony.
◦ Use with Caution*: Dill, Fennel, Nutmeg, Di-Gize, EndoFlex, En-R-Gee, Envision, GLF, ImmuPower, Magnify Your Purpose, Mister, Relieve It
• HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. If you have high blood pressure you should avoid some essential oils and use others with caution.
◦ Avoid: Hyssop.
◦ Use with Caution*: Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Envision, GLF, Harmony, Relieve It.
• PREGNANCY. If you are pregnant there are oils that you should avoid and some you should use with caution.
◦ Avoid: Basil, Birch, Calamus, Hyssop, Idaho Tansy, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Wintergreen, Exodus II, Mister.
◦ Use with Caution*: Angelica, Cassia, Celery Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus Dives, Fennel, Marjoram, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Clarity, Di-Gize, Dragontime, Envision, GLF, Harmony, ImmuPower, Magnify Your Purpose, Relieve It, Thieves.
*To me, 'Use with Caution' basically means I can use it, but I should pay attention to how my body responds. If I don't notice any negatives then I keep using it.
Well, now you know enough to start using essential oils. Remember to always practice safety with essential oils.