I am going to start sharing a bit more about Young Living essential oils. I have been using them for my family for a little while now, and I thought it was about time to start posting about them! I am going to start with this post sharing some tips and info for starting out with essential oils. The proper way to use them, and some safety tips.
The essential oils described in this post refer only to therapeutic grade essential oils. I only recommend Young Living essential oils, as I am certain of their high quality. This is for informational purposes only. Different people will respond differently to the use of essential oils.
Some important tips to know as you begin using essential oils:
- Mixing essential oils with sea salt or Epsom Salt prior to adding them to your bath water helps the essential oil to stay evenly dispersed in the water (instead of floating on top).
- There are approximately 250 drops in a 15 ml bottle of essential oil.
- Good “carrier oils” are: sweet almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil.
- Essential oils considered “spicy,” and should (almost) always be diluted with a carrier oil for topical use: Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Wintergreen, Oregano, Thyme, Black Pepper, Patchouli, Mountain Savory, Nutmeg, Marjoram, Balsam Fir, Coriander, Cypress, Galbanum, Pine, Ravensara, Ocotea.
- Essential oils that ‘may’ require a carrier oil for topical use: PanAway, Peppermint, Basil, any of the Eucalyptus, any of the citrus (Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Bergamot*), Myrrh, Myrtle, and Melissa
- Diffuse essential oils with a cold-air diffuser, so that you don’t destroy the precious healing constituents with heat.
- “Neat” means undiluted.
- If you ever need to dilute an essential oil because of sensitive skin, and you don’t have a carrier oil available, do not use water; use anything that contains ‘fat’… such as full fat yogurt, butter, vegetable oil, full fat milk or cream. It’s the ‘fat’ that dilutes your essential oils.
- If you ever get essential oils in your eyes, do not rinse with water. Use milk or cream, which works immediately! You may also use a plain vegetable oil, but it is messier.
- Young Living oils labeled as “supplements” are able to be used internally. Be sure to check which ones those are.
- Peace and Calming blend is the very best oil blend for little ones (and big ones) who need a good night sleep!
- Peppermint oil is one of my favorites! Be sure to have plenty on hand as you will use it more than you think!
Important Essential Oil Safety Rule:
Always have carrier oil or pure vegetable oil close by to wipe off essential oils if needed. Apply the pure vegetable or carrier oil to a cotton ball, tissue or handkerchief to dilute and remove the oil. Keep essential oils away from the eyes and the eye area. DO NOT rub your eyes or handle contact lenses with essential oils on your fingers.
The most common Essential Oil Safety Mistake:
If you get oil in your eye, immediately remove the oil by gently dabbing your eye with a cotton ball or tissue that has vegetable or carrier oil on it. This will help dilute the oil. Do not flush the eyes with water! Water spreads the oil and could make it worse. Oils are not water soluble.
One of the most important rules for essential oil safety is to always test an essential oil on the skin before use. Each person has their own unique body chemistry and just as foods affect people differently, so do oils. Testing the oil on the soles of the feet is the safest place. Always test here for babies and children and for those with allergies. Another location is on the inside of the arm just above the elbow. 10-15 minutes is usually sufficient. If the person you are testing is prone to allergies or unusually sensitive allow for 30 minutes. Testing allows you to see how their body will respond. Always ask about allergies.
The following are essential oil safety guidelines that are important for you to know:
Always have vegetable oil or carrier oil close by when applying essential oils. This is to dilute and remove the oil if necessary. Do not try and dilute the essential oils with water, it will spread the oil and could make it worse.
Certain oils should always be diluted. They can burn and injure the skin. Oils high in phenols, citrals and cinnamic aldehyde, such as Thyme, Oregano, Clove and Savory (phenols), Lemongrass (citrols), Cinnamon Bark (cinnamic aldehyde).
Always use a dispersing agent, such as bath gel base, when adding essential oils to bath water. Never add undiluted essential oils to bath water as they can injure or burn the skin.
Do not apply undiluted or neat essential oils to parts of the body that are hot, dry, or tender. Instead, use a compress that has been soaked in cold water filled with dispersed essential oils.
Use only therapeutic grade essential oils and oil blends. This is extremely important regarding essential oil safety. Before ingesting essential oil, or applying it to your skin, know and trust your source. Most oils contain chemicals that may be dangerous and toxic. I only recommend Young Living Essential Oils because of their purity and quality.
See that little link to the right, near the top of my blog? That will take you to Young Living’s site where you can sign up to purchase through me as a customer, or become a distributor. Contact me if you would like more info!
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical issues you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.