Oil Useage and Safety

Young Living Essential Oil Information: Use & Safety

The information on this page applies ONLY to Young Living brand of essential oils, which are medicinal or therapeutic grade oils.

Check out an essential oil reference guide for more information.  Also see  Young Living’s official Oil Safety Guide

Purchase a resource guide for using essential oils.  Every oil user should have a reference guide!!

Ways to Use Essential Oils

Topically – 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 – 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.  There is a great diffuser in the Premium Starter Kit.  Click here to get started.

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

1.   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.

2.   Carrier Oils  My carrier oils of choice are Young Livings V 6,  Organic Coconut Oil, or Olive Oil

3.   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, rashes or cause your skin to burn.  Use caution with citrus oils such as lemon, lime, grapefruit, bergamot, angelica, etc. Check with your reference guide for which oils can cause photosensitivity.

4.   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 Resources page for a great reference book on using oils during pregnancy.  The regular reference books all include info on oil safety during pregnancy as well.  And ALWAYS discuss with your health care provider your use of EO’s during pregnancy or breast feeding.

5.   Dilute oils for infants and small children  For children diluting oils is always a great idea, especially with a first use. Remember pure essential oils (such as Young Living oils) are extremely potent. 1-2 drops can be diluted in 1/2-1 teaspoon of a carrier oil such as organic coconut oil or V-6. Check your reference book on using oils for infants and children.

6.   Do NOT drop oils directly in the ear canal  The oil can be diluted and applied around the ear.   Oils can also be placed on a cotton ball, which can then be placed just inside your ear. Do NOT place the cotton ball into the ear canal.

7.   Do NOT place oils directly in the eye.  Applying diluted oils using a carrier oil is safe to use around the eye.

8.   Hot Oils  – Caution should be used again with some of our “hot” oils: Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Oregano (read your label for recommendations).  They are some of the strongest oils.  It is best to dilute these with a carrier oil (coconut, V-6, etc.)

9.   Storage of Oils-  Keep oils away from light and heat. Temperature should be less than 90 degrees.   If properly stored, they can maintain their maximum potency for many years

10.  Dilute or stop applying an oil if it causes discomfort.  If you have discomfort or are more sensitive dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil.  Slow down your oil use and/or stop applying if a reaction occurs.  Consult your reference guide &/or health care provider if a reaction occurs.

11.  Do NOT use plastic.   If adding oils to a drink, use a glass cup instead of plastic. The oils will dissolve the 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!


This is my obligatory disclaimer  this blog is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure. I am a mom and I love my essential oils. I have to let you know that these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Do your own research and learn about essential oils and how to use them safely!

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