Essential Oil Safety

Young Living offers pure, unadulterated essential oilsessential 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

1. Aromatherapy

  • Direct Inhalation
  • Diffusion
  • Humidifier
  • Steam
2. Topical Application
  • Direct
  • Massage
  • Perfume
3. Internal Use
  • Swallow directly, add to water/milk, add several drops to capsule
  • Drop a few drops on a piece of bread and eat
  • Use as oils and or herbs in your everyday cooking
  • Drop into a teaspoon of honey or blue agave 
  • Drop directly onto the tongue and swallow


Essential oils may sting if applied in or around the eyes. Some oils may be painful on mucous membranes unless diluted properly. Immediate dilution is strongly recommended if skin becomes painfully irritated or if oil accidentally gets into eyes.

Flushing the area with a vegetable oil should minimize discomfort almost immediately.

DO NOT flush with water! Essential oils are oil soluble, not water-soluble.

Water will only spread the oils over a larger surface, possibly exacerbating the problem.

Keep all essential oils out of reach of children and only apply to children under skilled supervision.

If a child or infant swallows an essential oil - administer a quality vegetable oil, such as: V-6, olive oil, or a mixture of milk, cream, yogurt, or another safe, oil-soluble liquid. Call a Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical attention if necessary.

Guidelines for Safe Use

  1. Always keep a bottle of Young Living's V-6 Massage Oil (or a pure vegetable oil) handy as a carrier oil whenever using essential oils. Vegetable oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation.
  2.  Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light. If stored properly, Young Living essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.
  3.  Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Treat them as you would any product for therapeutic use.
  4.  Essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) should not be used on the throat or neck area of children under 30 months of age.
  5. Angelica, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine, and other citrus oils are photosensitive and may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays within 3 to 4 days after application. Note; ingesting citrus oils does NOT cause photosensitivity.
  6. Keep essential oils away from the eye area and never put them directly into ears or directly into the nasal cavity. Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes with essential oils on your fingers. Oils with high phenol content—oregano, cinnamon, thyme, clove, lemongrass, and bergamot—may damage contacts and will irritate eyes.
  7. Pregnant women should consult a health care professional when starting any type of health program.
  8. Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should consult their health care professional before using essential oils. Use caution with hyssop, fennel, basil, wintergreen, nutmeg, rosemary, peppermint, sage, tarragon, and Idaho tansy oils.
  9. People with high blood pressure should avoid using sage and rosemary.
  10. People with allergies should test a small amount of oil on an area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the upper arm, before applying the oil on other areas. The bottom of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils.  
  11. Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) essential oils internally, dilute one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of an oil-soluble liquid like Blue Agave nectar, honey, olive oil, V-6, or milk. Never consume more than a few drops of diluted essential oil per day without the advice of a physician.
  12. Do not add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Using Young Living's Bath Gel Base or a Sea Salt for all oils applied to your bath is an excellent way to disperse the oils into the bath water.  When essential oils are put directly into bath water without a dispersing agent, they can cause serious discomfort on sensitive skin because the essential oils float, undiluted, on top of the water.
  13. Keep essential oils away from open flames, sparks, or electricity. Some essential oils, including orange, fir, pine, and peppermint are potentially flammable.
  14. Do not use peppermint essential on open wounds.
  15. No list of do’s and don’ts can ever replace common sense.
  16. Start gradually, and find what works best for you and your family. It is foolish to dive headlong into a pond when you don’t know the depth of the water. The same is true when using essential oils.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information found here is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or substitute for professional medical assistance. It is provided as information only for your better understanding of holistic health. Always apply common sense and careful handling practices when using essential oils. In case of medical need, please consult an appropriate licensed professional.

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.