Essential Oil Usage and Safety

The information on this page ONLY applies to Young Living essential oils, which are medicinal, or therapeutic, grade oils.  This list is not all-inclusive, please see a reference guide for more information!

Ways to Use Essential Oils

Topically – Young Living essential oils can be applied topically to the skin.  Some oils require dilution with a carrier oil before rubbing them on the skin, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or Young Living’s V-6 blend.  You can apply some oils neat, which means without diluting.

Aromatically – Young Living essential oils can be inhaled from the bottle or diffused in the air with a diffuser.  They can also be dropped on a cotton ball or wet cloth and inhaled.

Internally – Because Young Living essential oils are medicinal grade, many of them can be used internally or taken orally as a dietary supplement.  ALWAYS read the bottle to see if a specific oil is safe for internal use.  NEVER use a lesser-quality brand of oil internally (the bottle of another brand usually says “Not for internal use!”)

Oil Safety

  • Essential oils are NOT water-soluble, they are oil-soluble.  If an oil gets in your eyes or begins to burn your skin a little, DO NOT try to remove the oil with water – it will only drive it in deeper.  Use a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or Young Living’s V-6, to dilute an oil if you have used too much.
  • Some oils are photosensitive, meaning they should not be used on your skin before exposure to direct sunlight or UV rays.  Using a photosensitive oil prior to sunlight or UV exposure could lead to pigmentation changes or rashes or cause your skin to burn.  Photosensitive oils include lemon, orange, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, angelica, etc.  A reference book (see the “Books and Reference Guides” tab) can provide guidance on which oils are photosensitive.
  • Caution should be used in pregnancy when using oils containing constituents with hormone-like activity such as clary sage, sage, and fennel.  Although no adverse reactions have been recorded in humans when using these oils during pregnancy, caution should be used.  Check the “Books and Reference Guides” tab for a great reference book on using oils during pregnancy.  The regular reference books all include info on oil safety during pregnancy as well.
  • Dilute oils for infants and small children 1-2 drops of pure essential oil to 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of pure vegetable oil (coconut, V-6, etc.).  Check the “Books and Reference Guides” tab for a great reference book on using oils for infants and children.
  • Do not drop oils directly in the ear canal, though they can be used diluted on the outer back area of the ear, under the ear lobe, and down the throat (for an earache, for instance).  Oils can also be placed on a cotton ball, which can then be placed in the ear.
  • Do not drop oils directly in the eye since it will most likely sting and cause the eye to water.  If oils get in the eye, a drop of V-6 carrier oil in the eye will provide immediate relief.
  • Particular care should be taken when using cinnamon bark, lemongrass, oregano, and thyme – they are some of the strongest and most caustic oils.  It is best to dilute these with a carrier (coconut, V-6, etc.).
  • Use extreme caution when diffusing cinnamon bark because it can burn your nostrils of you inhale it directly from the diffuser.
  • Keep oils away from light and heat (over 90 degrees).  They can maintain their maximum potency for many years if stored properly.
  • Dilute or stop applying an oil if it causes discomfort.  If an oil causes discomfort, it is because it is pulling toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, poisons, parasites, and mucus from the system.  Either stop applying the oils to make sure the body isn’t detoxifying too quickly, or dilute the oils until the body catches up with the releasing of toxins.
  • Oils can dissolve plastics, petrochemicals, and paint.  If adding oils to a drink, use a glass cup instead of plastic.  Use caution when setting a bottle of oil on a painted surface – if oil gets on the paint, the paint may dissolve right off!

Other Oil Information

  • A 15ml bottle of oil contains about 250 drops; a 5ml bottle contains about 80 drops.
  • The body absorbs oils the fastest through inhalation (breathing) and the second fastest through application to the feet or to the ears (outside of the ear – NEVER put oils into the ear).  Testing on the heart, thyroid, and pancreas showed that the oils reached these organs in three seconds.
  • Each oil has a frequency, and each of our organs and body parts has a frequency.  The frequency of an oil is attracted by a like frequency within the body.  Low-frequency oils can make physical changes in the body.  Middle-frequency oils can make emotional changes in the body.  High-frequency oils can make spiritual changes in the body.
  • One drop of essential oil can cover every cell in our body with 40,000 molecules.  Start slow, sometimes less is more when it comes to using oils!
  • Putting oils on the feet is a quick way to get them into the body, and this method rarely required dilution, even on children.  Consult a reference book for more information (see the “Books and Reference Guides” tab).
  • You can use a warm wet cloth as a compress to drive oils deeper.  Remove when the cloth is cool.

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