USING ESSENTIAL OILS

- AROMATICALLY -

Diffusing essential oils is the #1 way most people associate oil use! This is because it’s the perfect way to improve your home, work, or living environment. Diffusing can purify the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke or other odors as well as protect you and your family from harmful things we breathe in the air; diffusing can also help with mood regulation.

To inhale essential oils, try the following:
 

  • Place 2 drops into the palm of your hands; rub clockwise with the other hand. Cup hands together over the nose and mouth and inhale deeply.
     

  • Add several drops of essential oils to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. Inhale the vapors that rise from the bowl. A towel can be placed over the head and bowl to increase the intensity of the vapors.
     

  • Apply a few drops of essential oil to a cotton ball, tissue, natural-fiber cloth, clay necklace and inhale periodically.
     

  • And the obvious… put a few drops in your Young Living diffuser and enjoy!

-TOPICALLY-

Direct application is the second most common way to use essential oils. This is because it is highly effective as it can easily pass through the lipid membranes of cell walls; that allows them to penetrate cells and disperse throughout the body within minutes! The bottom of the feet are a good place to apply oils because there are many nerve endings found there and the pores of the skin are the largest on the body.

Before you start, remember to always test small area of the skin first and apply one oil or blend at a time.

When layering oils that are new to you, allow 15-30 minutes between each oil to give the body a chance to respond before applying a second oil.

The longer essential oils stay in contact with the skin, the more likely they are to be absorbed. To reduce the chance of evaporation and enhance penetration, putting socks on after applying can help.

“Carrier oils” extend essential oils when they are applied to a large area, and can decrease skin irritation as well. When applying essential oils to children, always use a carrier oil.

 

Examples of common carrier oils include coconut oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin e oil, sweet almond oil and olive oil. The key when looking for a carrier oil is to find a pure, unrefined plant based oil.

-INTERNALLY-

Young Living’s Seed to Seal guarantee gives us the confidence that we know everything in our oil bottles, and that is nothing except essential oils. This means that if you choose to, many of the oils can be ingested! Follow the directions on your bottle as an indication of what is safe (they will say “dietary supplement” if so). Young Living offers an entire line specifically designed for internal use! The Vitality Line is a line of dietary oils, all of which are safe and intended for internal use. They are easily identified by their white label.

To ingest essential oils, try the following:

  • Make a capsule using an empty vegetable capsule. Top it off with a carrier oil and swallow.
     

  • Try a drop or two (start slow) in your water, NingXia Red, smoothies, cocktails and other drinks.
     

  • Use in your cooking in place of traditional herbs, spices or citrus zest

What’s the difference between Young Living and Young Living Vitality? In short, nothing! Both bottles are labeled as essential oil and those vitality oil contain 100% pure essential oil. The only difference is the label. In an effort to be compliant with FDA labeling regulations, bottles with a regular essential oil label have instructions for topical and/or aromatic use; those with the vitality label contain only directions for dietary supplement or culinary usage. That’s it. You can rest assured that both bottles contain nothing but pure essential oil obtained under the strictest quality control. Same oil, different label.

-SAFETY-

Safety is imperative when using essential oils! It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information out there, but using common sense and starting gradually will help ease any sort of intimidation.

Here are some basic tips for safety:

  • When storing essential oils, it’s important to keep them in a cool place that does not have direct sun exposure. Always make sure the lid is tightly closed and oils are ALWAYS  out of the reach of children. 
     

  • You’ll want to make sure you have a carrier oil on hand for easy dilution. Always use and store essential oils in glass containers, especially when drinking them in water, since most plastic products contain chemicals that can be easily broken down by essential oils.
     

  • Most essential oils are generally safe for use during pregnancy, but need to be used with some common sense. As with any health program, you may want to consult a healthcare professional beforehand. A great resource is the Gentle Babies book.
     

  • Citrus oils may cause photo-sensitivity when applied to the skin. So please use caution when applying before spending time in the sun.
     

  • Keep essential oils away from the eyes and never put them directly in the ears.
     

  • Should irritation of accidental contact with eyes occur, never use water to wash the area (essential oils are not water-soluble). Instead, use a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or sweet almond oil, to cleanse the area and reduce discomfort.
     

  • Epileptics and people with high blood pressure should use extra caution when using essential oils high in ketone like basil, rosemary, sage or tansy.
     

  • For those with allergies or sensitive skin, it’s best to test a small area on the inside of the upper arm or bottom of the feet, and wait 30 minutes before applying to other areas. In general, the bottoms of the feet are safe for topical application.
     

  • Direct inhalation (not the same as diffusing) can be a deep and intense application method, particularly for respiratory congestion and illness. This method should not be used more than 10-15 times throughout the day.
     

  • When adding essential oils to bath water, start with 1-3 drops mixed with Epsom salt to help disperse the oils in the water. It is not advised to use more than 10 drops in one bath. Please remember, oils and water don’t mix, so use a dispersing agent to prevent the essential oils from floating on top of the water.
     

  • Young Living states right on the bottle if an oil can be consumed as a food additive or dietary supplement. DO NOT use any essential oils internally that is not specifically indicated for that purpose. Young Living’s vitality line is a great resource in knowing if an essential oil is safe for ingestion.
     

  • Topical application of essential oils on children is not recommended until at least 6 months of age, and they must be heavily diluted. Start with the bottoms of the feet before applying to other areas of the body. Diffusing around babies and children is the safest route, especially when starting out.

DISCLAIMER: We do not claim to be medical practitioners. We do not diagnose, treat or prescribe any medical treatment or advice.