Essential Oils Guide
The next time that you drive past a field of fresh peppermint or hike through a pine forest, breathe deeply – you’re experiencing the soul-soothing power of essential oils. But essential oils are more than nice scents; these powerful plant extracts are your path to the natural radience that we are committed to helping you discover.
At the intersection of cutting-edge research and traditional wisdom, Young Living’s natural solutions empower you to dodge harmful chemicals, enrich your life and reclaim your natural radiance.
About Essential Oils
Have you experienced essential oils in spa treatments or bath and body care products? These uses are only part of the remarkable essential oils story. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their wonderful cosmetic properties. Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern users, introducing millions to something that they may never have dreamed was possible.
Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful and effective than dry herbs, delivering quick and effective results. Every time that you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding the pure essence of botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically and incorporated into massage:
- Support your lifestyle – Modern lifestyles don’t always create optimal conditions for the body. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and an overabundance of environmental toxins can leave the body unbalanced and diminish energy levels.
- Purify your home – Harsh chemical formulas aren’t your only home cleansing option. Enjoy peace of mind without compromise when you polish countertops, clean sticky messes, and cleanse dirty surfaces with the gentle but effective power of our Thieves™ line of products.
Essential oils are potent gifts from nature that can often be more powerful than expected. In order to prevent misuse of these precious oils and to ensure that you enjoy their maximum benefit, Young Living Founder D. Gary Young, working with Young Living’s Director of Global Education and Health Sciences and other product experts, has created this helpful safety guide. Refer to it to learn the basics of essential oil use, how to handle skin sensitivity, and other valuable information.
Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable to the skin. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. In fact, it prevents waste due to excessive application. Look for dilution ratios on Young Living essential oil bottles.
Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (such as mineral oil, baby oil, and petroleum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils.
Young Living recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1–2 drops of essential oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1–2 hours for any noticeable reaction; however, reactions occur usually within 5–10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or develop a rash, add V-6 or another carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed.
Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the oil with water, but water actually drives oil into the skin and eyes. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off of the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If essential oil gets in your eye, flush with V-6 or another carrier oil as quickly as possible to alleviate any discomfort. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, seek medical attention.