General Essential Oil Safety-
- First, avoid contact of essential oil with sensitive areas such as eyes and the inside of your ears. NEVER drop oils directly inside the ear canal. If you choose to use essential oils in sensitive skin areas like genitals or mucous membranes, dilute 1 drop of the essential oil to 5—10 drops of carrier oil. To be honest, I recommend diluting all oils with a carrier for topical use anywhere on your body.
- If you do get an oil in your eyes, use a carrier oil to dilute and remove it; instead of rinsing with water. Water and oil don’t mix. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, please seek medical attention.
- Essential oils are very potent and powerful. Start low and go slow. In most cases 1—2 drops are adequate and using more may waste product. Depending on the essential oil, you can gradually build up to 3—4 uses per day if desired. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk for adverse reactions.
- Proper usage is indicated on each Young Living essential oil label. Follow label instructions. It is best to smart small with oils.
What is a carrier oil-
- A carrier oil is a vegetable oil that can be used to dilute Essential Oils. Olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and sunflower oil are some of the many excellent carrier oils available.
- Carrier oil ensures that essential oils can be comfortably applied topically. The need for a carrier oil varies by individual. Diluting can also improve the absorption by preventing evaporation of your essential oil. Using carrier oil does not dilute the essential oils’s effectiveness.
- Young Living offers a specific line of oils called the Vitality Line that are designed for safe ingestion. The FDA also maintains a list of essential oils that are recognized as safe in Title 21 Part 182. However, note: many essential oils are not produced the right way, and are not safe to ingest.
- Oral use is a topic of controversy among many experienced oilers. The decision to ingest or not to ingest is up to you, the consumer.
- My recommendation is to be certain that you have fully investigated the purity of the oil prior to consuming it. I also recommend that you understand that Pinterest is not created to be a guide to follow for your safety. My main point – know your source and do your homework!!
- I chose to be a distributor of Young Living because of it’s strict Seed to Seal standards of purity. For more about the Seed to Seal process click here.
- If you are pregnant please use caution with essential oil use. While some may be considered safe to use while pregnant you should use extreme caution with others. Always consult your physician.
- Some oils are considered ‘hot’ oils. These may need to be diluted with a carrier oil to prevent discomfort.
- Peppermint and Wintergreen oils have a cooling sensation that can be irritating to some when placed on the skin undiluted. So, always try these oils out on a small patch of skin first.
- Remember if your skin is warm, like after hopping out of a hot shower, your pores are going to be more open. This can cause increased skin sensitivity to “hot” oils as well.
Skin Irritation/Detox –
- If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the essential oil add a carrier oil to the affected area. If a rash occurs, this may be a sign of detoxification. Some oils can cause detox symptoms including skin sensitivity and headache when taken in excess.
- If you experience these symptoms, drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of body toxins. Toxins present in petrochemical-based soaps and skin care products, detergents, and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxification reactions.
- If using essential oils for topical applications and if ingesting it is best to start with one drop a day and work up from there. Safe with diffusing. If you are new to essential oils, diffuse for 10 minutes a couple times a day at the most. After a few days or a week, you can add more time or frequency.
- Don’t forget: add a carrier oil to dilute and decrease risks of skin irritation and be sure to drink plenty of water!
- Many citrus oils are photosensitive (see the desk reference guide for a complete list). You may need to stay out of the sun for 12 or more hours after using the oil on your skin to prevent sunburn. Due to the potency of essential oils we suggest you do NOT use Citrus oils in any type of plastic container as they can leach toxins out of the plastic and into your water.
- Many oils can be used on children but you should err on the side of non-use if you are unsure. With children dilution is key. Some oils should not be used or only used with extreme caution in young children. Please do research prior to using a new oil on your child. For more details about oils with children and infants…. Click Here to read my post about oils in the nursery.