How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used in a wide range for
emotional and physical wellness purposes. Our
essential oils can be used as a single oil or as a
complex blend.

How to Use Essential Oils

Here is How:

Young Living’s Seed to Seal process guarantees essential oils that are pure, unadulterated, and undiluted, their essential oils and essential oil-infused products are safe for use aromatically, topically, and even internally. Because essential oils are extremely potent and concentrated, follow all directions on individual product labels. Even Young Living’s essential oils and essential oil-infused products that are safe and pure can be harmful if used inappropriately or in excess. Your most important tool in the safe use of essential oils is common sense!

Oils can be used aromatically in a variety of ways from diffusing & direct inhalation to indirect or subtle inhalation.

  • Diffuse undiluted essential oils in a cold-air diffuser. Cold-air diffusers are not designed to handle vegetable oils because they are thicker and may clog the diffuser mechanism.
  • Rub 2-3 drops of essential oils, or essential oil blends, on the palm of one hand, rub hands together, cup hands over your mouth and nose, and inhale.
  • Run hot, steaming water into a sink or large bowl. Water should be at least 2 inches deep to retain heat for a few minutes. Add 3-6 drops of essential oil to the hot water; then drape a towel over your head, covering the hot water so that you enclose your face over the steam. Inhale vapors deeply through the nose as they rise with the steam. Add more hot water to continue vaporizing, if desired.
  • Put a few drops of essential oils, or essential oil blends on cedar chips, cotton balls, or tissues and place in your home in or on air vents, in your work place, or in your car.
  • You may even want to put a dab of oil under your nose. If you touch the skin near your eyes, they may water or sting, but it will dissipate in a few minutes. Do not let essential oils come in contact with the eyes or inner ear.
  • 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. Also, inhalation of essential oils is NOT recommended for those with asthmatic conditions.

Young Living’s essential oils are very concentrated, natural substances – 100 times or more concentrated than the natural herbs and plants from which they are distilled. For this reason it is important to dilute certain essential oils before using them therapeutically. Other essential oils are so mild that dilution is simply not necessary, even for use on infants.

Essential oil singles and blends listed for specific conditions may be used either separately or together. Combining two single oils, or one single oil with a blend, may often produce a stronger effect than when using them individually. Usually 1-3 drops of either a single oil or blend is sufficient, mixing up to 3 or 4 oils in any given combination at a time.

Most single oils and blends should be diluted 50/50 when putting them on the skin. Oils that definitely should be diluted are: Cistus, Clove, Cypress, Lemongrass, Mountain Savory, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, etc. For some people, an oil like Basil might be too “hot” if put neat on the skin; for others, Basil will not be “hot” at all. This is why you should always do a skin test before applying any oil. When in doubt, dilute with Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil

Complex, or any other vegetable, coconut, or olive oil types. Skin test: put 1 drop of the desired essential oil on the inside of the upper arm; if any redness or irritation results, thoroughly clean the area and test again; if redness or irritation persists, dilute or try another essential oil or oil blend.

Carrier oils such as Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, or any other vegetable, coconut, or olive oil dilutes & extends oils and provides more efficient use.

  • Many of Young Living’s essential oils can be safely & beneficially used on the skin. Do not let essential oils come in contact with the eyes or inner ear.
  • Place 2-3 drops of essential oils, or essential oil blends on the desired area and gently rub in, you can repeat as needed. Use no more than 10 to 20 drops during one topical application.
  • Some essential oils and essential oil blends are very strong and may cause irritation to the skin. Citrus based oils have been known to cause sun sensitivity. Always consult individual product labels for specific usage instructions.
  • Be aware that reactions to essential oils, both topically and orally, can be delayed as long as 2-3 days.

The FDA has certified 93 Young Living essential oils and blends as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) or as food additives. Before taking GRAS essential oils internally, test your reactions by diluting 1 drop of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of an oil-soluble liquid like Young Living’s Blue Agave or Yacon Syrup, or olive oil, coconut oil, or rice milk. If you intend to consume more than a few drops of diluted essential oil per day, we recommend first consulting a health professional. Many essential oils are taken internally as a dietary supplement, or used internally by flavoring foods while cooking. Some people put 1-3 drops in water to drink, but others use cold NingXia Red or another juice of their choice.

If you prefer to swallow a capsule, you can fill a “00” capsule with oil using an eyedropper. Fill with the number of drops desired and the rest of the capsule with Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or any other organic vegetable oil. If you are uncertain, consult with someone who is experienced in taking oils internally.

Always drink more water when using essential oils because they can accelerate the detoxification process in the body. If you are not taking in adequate fluids, the toxins could re-circulate, causing nausea, headaches, etc.

  • Always consult individual product labels for specific usage instructions.
  • Be aware that reactions to essential oils, both topically and orally, can be delayed as long as 2-3 days.