#05 LET’S START: Essential Oils Safety Tips You Need To Know


Essential oils are a wonder of nature, but as with all good things, we must handle them with respect and care. So, if you’re new to the world of essential oils or want to brush up on your knowledge, here are some tips that will help you harness the full benefits of Young Living’s essential oils safely.

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Always Follow Label Instructions
Young Living Essential Oils come with clear and concise label instructions, so it’s important to read and follow them carefully. This means starting low and gradually increasing the dosage, remembering that a little goes a long way.


Do a Patch Test
If you’re new to essential oils, have sensitive skin, or are using oils you haven’t used on your skin before, we recommend doing a patch test prior to use. This simple test involves applying one or two drops of essential oil to your forearm and waiting up to an hour for any redness to occur. If redness occurs, increase dilution with a cold-pressed, organic carrier oil to the affected area, such as Young Living’s V6 massage oil, almond oil, or coconut oil. Do not use water. Increase dilution with subsequent patch tests. You be the judge as to whether or not to continue using that particular oil.


Dilute Your Oils
Dilution is the key to using essential oils safely, especially if you’re using a “HOT OIL”. Diluting oils also prevent them from evaporating too quickly and allows for slow release into the body. The dilution ratio varies depending on the oil and its intended use, but you can find the recommendations on the back of each essential oil bottle.

Dilution is the key to using essential oils safely, especially if you’re using a “HOT OIL”. Diluting oils also prevent them from evaporating too quickly and allows for slow release into the body. The dilution ratio varies depending on the oil and its intended use, but you can find the recommendations on the back of each essential oil bottle.

Hot oils tend to burn the skin, cause irritation, and even blister when applied neat (without dilution). Some hot oils include cinnamon bark, cassia, oregano, thyme, clove, black pepper and ginger. DO NOT INGEST these oils directly. They are very powerful. If you ingest them, dilute first with a carrier oil (20 parts Carrier oil: 1 part essential oil) and place it within a vegetable capsule. DIffusing these hot oils can also cause skin and eye irritation. No more than 1 drop is needed in a diffuser.

Never use the following as carrier oils: vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (such as mineral oil, baby oil, and petroleum jelly).



Use with Caution on Children
Many essential oils are safe to use on children but should always be diluted with a carrier oil prior to use. Young Living offers some products that are already pre diluted with carrier oil, such as SleepyIze™, RutaVaLa™, Gentle Baby™, and Peace & Calming®. The best way to apply essential oils is to massage their feet, or to use a diffuser. As they grow beyond their toddler years they can use them on other areas of the body, the spine being another great starting point. As you both become familiar with the oils, you will both learn to use the oils more confidently.


Avoid Sensitive Areas
Sensitive areas like the eyes, ears, and other soft-tissue regions should be avoided when applying essential oils. Essential oils can be placed on the OUTER ears (on top, on bottom and behind the ears). Certain mild oils like Frankincense can be used over the eyes with the cupping method to support eye health. DO NOT drop oils into the eyes.


Be Cautious with Photosensitive Oils
Exercise caution when using oils from the Citrus and Parsley Family on skin. They are phototoxic in nature because they contain varying levels of Coumarins and Furano-Coumarin compounds which intensify the UV light and can lead to accelerated tanning, burning or discoloration of skin. Do not go out in the sun to tan after topical use. Likewise, do not use these oils before using a tanning bed.

Some of the oils to use with care when going out in the sun – lime, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, mandarin, orange, Stress-Away, Joy, Peace & Calming, and Gentle Baby. Furano-Coumarin free Bergamot is safe to use and this will be indicated on the labels.

When in doubt, it’s best to apply them on areas that won’t be exposed to sunlight, or wait 24-48 hours before exposing those areas to sunlight. Refer to the link below for more details on Phototoxicity.



Pregnant or Nursing
If you’re pregnant or nursing, it’s best to reach out to us for further consultation before using certain essential oils. Some expectant mothers prefer to avoid excessive use of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Idaho Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), as well as any blends and supplements containing these oils.


Medical Condition
If you have a medical condition, are using prescription medication, or are unsure about any aspect of essential oil use, please do speak to us or another qualified expert who has advanced experience with essential oils. Always seek advice from your prescribing physician and pharmacist about potential interactions between any medication and essential oils.

We have a large community of seasoned users around the world and although their experience is anecdotal and should not be relied upon solely, it can be very helpful as it provides real-life experiences and testimonials. These personal accounts can give insight into how the oils may work for different people and in different situations. Balance anecdotal evidence with scientific research to build your confidence.


If you’re someone who has concerns about using essential oils, it’s important to know that there are ways to address these concerns and use essential oils with confidence. By educating yourself on safe usage guidelines and choosing only high-quality oils from reputable sources, you can enjoy the many benefits of aromatherapy without any worries. It’s also important to remember that everyone’s body is unique, so what works for one person may not work for another. Start by experimenting with different oils and dilution ratios, and always listen to your body’s reactions. With a little bit of knowledge and experimentation, you can confidently incorporate essential oils into your self-care routine and enjoy optimal health benefits.

When you’re ready to take your essential oil knowledge to the next level, check out the classes in our App or join one of our online or in-person workshops, where you can deepen your knowledge and confidence.



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