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7 Essential Oil Safety Tips!

7 Essential oil safety tips

The essential oil world can be confusing. There are brands popping up non-stop with no information on how to use them. We have proudly used Young Living essential oils since 2014. They are the world leader in essential oils and the main reason that so many companies jumped on the oil bandwagon. Do yourself a favor, use essential oils from the company that started it all!
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Here are 7 safety tips for using essential oils-

Dilute with a carrier oil

Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. In fact, it prevents excessive application. Look for dilution ratios on Young Living essential oil bottles.

Avoid using “hot oils” directly on the skin or without dilution.

“Hot oils” are oils that can cause a hot or warming sensation when applied to the skin. A few examples of hot oils and blends include Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme, Thieves, and for some Peppermint may even feel too intense. I recommend testing new oils on your skin first. 

What about using essential oils with children?

Many are appropriate and in fact, encouraged for use on children! Before using an essential oil or blend on a child, they should be specially diluted with a carrier oil. Some Young Living products come prediluted and are intended for direct application on children. Young Living has 2 lines created for your little ones. The first is for babies and is called the Seedlings line. The second is the Young Living KidScents line. Take the guess work out of essential oils and your children. Use one of these special lines and your littles will love you for it!

And our four-legged friends?

As a rule of thumb, don't use essential oils around kittens or puppies 8 weeks and under.  Animals are pretty sensitive to essential oils, so dilute heavily and use sparingly. If diffusing, always allow cats access to areas where they can avoid the diffused oil. With all animals, avoid using high-phenol oils—such as Oregano, Wintergreen, Clove, Mountain Savory, and Thyme, to name a few. This is especially important for cats. Learn more about the Young Living Animal Scents line that has been specifically created for your pets!

Sun exposure after using oils on the skin

Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. Young Living labels the essential oils and oil blends that contain these compounds with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12–48 hours after applying. Very important!

How should essential oils be stored?

Always avoid heat and direct sunlight when storing oils. All Young Living oils come in dark amber bottles for this exact reason! It's best to keep them in a cool, dark place – such as a closet or drawer – and always avoid leaving them in your car. Essential oils are incredibly potent, which means that many oils will dissolve plastic. Wow! For this reason, keep your oils in glass bottles, especially for DIYs or drinks.

Can oils or blends stain my clothes?

Other than the exceptions listed below, pure essential oils do not stain.  Oils that stain due to a natural dark color include Blue Tansy, Jasmine, and German Chamomile. Oils that may stain due to a natural yellow color include Patchouli, Vetiver, Myrhh, and Tangerine.

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Enjoy your oily day!
Lisa and Rich Jelinek, Young Living ID 1795137


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