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Young Living’s Safe Usage FAQ Sheet
to provide answers to the 10 most commonly
asked questions for the safe usage of
Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils.
For additional information, please read on.
Safe Storage Guidelines
- Correct storage is the key to getting the most out of essential oils. Keep essential oil bottles tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light. When stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.
- You should never leave essential oils in direct sunlight.
- Essential oils are flammable therefore they should never be stored near sources of ignition like fires, candles or any kind of flame.
- Keep a bottle of pure vegetable oil nearby (such as olive, almond or coconut oil) to dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation.
- Keep the essential oils out of reach of children. Treat the oils as you would any product for therapeutic use.
Safe Usage Guidelines
- The drop reducer orifice helps prevent small children from accidentally swallowing large amounts of essential oil. However, if you suspect that a child has consumed a large quantity of oil, administer milk and seek advice of a health professional.
- Essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) should not be used on the throat or neck area of children under 18 months of age.
- For younger children, seek the advice of a health professional before the topical application of any red drop oils (see application charts).
- When applying a new oil, test one drop on a small patch of skin first (e.g. on the underside of the forearm). Skin sensitivity is highly individual. If the skin feels hot or turns red, apply a vegetable oil (e.g., olive, almond or coconut) to the area, which will dilute the essential oil.
- Use only one new oil or oil blend at a time to determine how your body responds. Wait 30 minutes before applying another new oil.
- Be aware that reactions to essential oils can be delayed as long as 2-3 days, so please use a gradual approach.
- Keep essential oils away from eye area. Essential oil residue on the fingers may damage contact lenses in addition to causing eye discomfort. If accidental stinging does occur, put 1-2 drops of pure vegetable oil (V6, olive, almond, coconut) into the eye. Do not wash with water because essential oils are oil-soluble.
- Avoid putting essential oils directly into the ears.
- Pure citrus oils – for example, lemon, orange, tangerine – are photosensitive and may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to UV rays. Limit prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for up to 12 hours (up to 24 hours for angelica and lime; up to 48 hours for bergamot) after applying these undiluted essential oils to the skin (see application chart).
- Cosmetics, personal care products, or cleansers with synthetic ingredients penetrate the dermal layers of the skin. Avoid applying essential oils to these areas, as it may take these chemicals deeper into the skin, fatty tissue, or the bloodstream.
- Avoid using essential oils on skin that has been damaged or affected by chemical burns.
- When adding essential oils to a bath, mix them with Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base or Epsom salt. Mix 5-10 drops of essential oil to ¼ cup of bath gel and add to running water. It is important to use a dispersing agent so that the oils don’t float undiluted on top of the water. Generally, don’t use more than 10 drops of oil in one bath.
- Limit the diffusion of unfamiliar essential oils to 10 minutes each day, increasing the time diffused after their effects are determined. The time of diffusion is dependent on room size and potency of the oils. For example, limit strong oils in a small room to less time than mild oils in a large room (see application charts).
- Direct inhalation of essential oils can be a deep and intensive application method, particularly for respiratory congestion and illness. However, this method should not be used more than 10-15 times throughout the day without consulting a health professional.
- See individual bottle label directions or check with a health professional before using essential oils if you have a serious medical condition or if you are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant. DO NOT use tansy, clary sage, sage, fennel, wintergreen, or hyssop during pregnancy.
- Consult your health care professional about any serious disease or injury. DO NOT attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances for health conditions that require professional attention.
Sources: Young Living Essential Oils User Guide and
Life Science Publishing (2011) Essential Oils Desk Reference, 5th Edition