Using essential oils safely is very important. Our team is dedicated to making sure you use them safety. If you have safety questions that are not answered please contact us and we will help you find the answer.
ESSENTIAL OILS SAFETY QUESTIONS FOR USAGE FAQ’s
1. I’m new to essential oils. How are they used? Each bottle of Young Living oil is labeled with directions for how that oil can be used and these directions vary based on location. Please consult with the product label for appropriate use directions
2. What does it mean to dilute an essential oil? Diluting essential oils when applying topically is very important. Applying an essential oil straight out of the bottle onto your skin is called applying it “neat”. When you are starting out with Essential oils I recommend diluting all oils before applying unless it says on back of bottle that it can be applied directly to the desired area. When diluting therapeutic essential oils less is more and the best part is that it saves you money! Diluting also works like a time release capsule, it does not mean it is less effective, it is just going into your skin and body at a slower rate.
3. I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places. What is carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it? A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut, olive, or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute EO’s. Young Living V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications. Carrier oils ensure that EO’s applied topically are comfortable. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil, and prevents waste due to excessive application. Look on the back of each bottle label and it will tell you how much an oil needs to be diluted. For example Thieves essential oil says that when applying topically to dilute 1 drop of Thieves to 4 drops of a carrier oil. Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or petroleum jelly should never be used as carrier oils. Some consumers choose to avoid olive oil as a carrier because if it’s strong aroma and thick viscosity.
4. What is a “hot” oil? “Hot oils” are oils that when applied to the skin can cause a hot or burning sensation. Young living recommends using a patch test prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of an essential oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1-2 hours for any noticeable reaction; usually reactions occur within 5-10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add V-6 carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed. Never use water because oil and water do not mix so it will not help. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves.
5. What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation? If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the essential oil, and apply V-6 or other carrier oil to the affected area. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If a rash occurs this may be a sign of detoxification, drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of body toxins. Toxins present in petrochemical based soaps and skin care products, detergents and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxification reactions. Consider discontinuation of these agents if reaction occurs. Before using the essential oil again, perform a patch test (see above) and dilute with a carrier oil as needed. Water drives the oil into the skin and the eyes. If essential oils get in your eyes, flush with V-6 carrier oil to alleviate discomfort. Discomfort should be alleviated within minutes. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, please seek medical attention. Be aware that some documents suggest diluting with water. Young Living suggests that you dilute with carrier oil to ensure that discomfort is alleviated as quickly as possible.
6. Can essential oils be applied to sensitive areas? Young Living recommends that you avoid contact with essential oils and sensitive areas, such as eyes, ears, genitals, and mucus membranes. If you choose to use the oil in any sensitive area, dilute 1 drop of the essential oil to 5-10 drops of V-6 or carrier oil.
7. How often can essential oils be applied? How much do I use? Proper usage is indicated in each essential oil label. Please follow label instructions. The idea of “if a little is good, a lot is better” is not always correct. Essential oils are very potent and powerful-start low and go slow. In most cases 1-2 drops are adequate and using more is a waste of product. Depending on the essential oil you can gradually build up to 3-4 uses per day if desired. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk of adverse reactions.
8. Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing? As with any medical condition it is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in essential oil usage. It is generally recommended to avoid overuse and excessive use of clary sage, sage, tansy, hyssop, fennel, and wintergreen.
9. Can essential oils be used on children? Many essential oils are appropriate for use with children, and they should be diluted prior to use. when in doubt use 1 drop of essential oil to 30 drops of a carrier oil. Some Young Living products are pre-diluted with carrier oil as indicated on product labe and are intended for direct application on children. Children generally respond well to essential oils. It is also recommended to first apply oils to kids feet. Oils that are most commonly used with children are the Kidscents collection, Gentle Baby, Peace & Calming, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Thieves, Lemon, Melrose, RC, DiGize, and Purification.
10. How does exposure to sun affect essential oil use? Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, contrail natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. All Young Living essential oil blends that contain these compounds are labeled with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12-48 hours after applying. Caution should always be used when starting to use a new oil: use patch testing (see above), dilute, and apply the oil to the skin that is protected from sun/UV exposure to reduce the risk of sensitivity. Young Living beauty and cosmetic products are formulated to remove sun sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.
11. What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition? Can essential oils interact with prescription medications? If you have a disease or medical condition, or if you are just using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health advisor who has experience with essential oils prior to using an essential oil. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between the medication(s) and the essential oil(s).
(taken from Young Living website on essential oil and safety)
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent diseases.