Essential Oil Usage Safety Guide FAQ’s

Questions for Essential Oil Usage FAQ’s

1. I’m new to essential oils. How are they used? – Each bottle of Young Living essential

oil is labeled with directions for how that oil can be used, and these directions vary

based on location. Please consult with the product label for appropriate use


2. I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places. What is a carrier oil, what does it 

do, and why should I use it? – A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or

grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute EO. YL V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex is an

excellent carrier oil for all applications. Carrier oils ensure that EOs applied topically

are comfortable. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the EO, and

prevents waste due to excessive application. Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine

or petroleum derivatives (petrolatum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils. Some

consumers choose to avoid olive oil as a carrier oil because of its strong aroma and

thick viscosity.

3. What is a hot oil? – “Hot oils” are oils that, when applied to the skin, can cause a hot

or burning sensation. YL recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use.

To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of EO 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;

usually reactions occur within 5-10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning

sensation or if you develop a rash, add V-6 carrier oil to the affected area as often as

needed. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint,

oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves.

4. What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation? – If discomfort or irritation occurs,

stop using the EO, and apply V-6 or other carrier oil to the affected area. Never use

water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If a

rash occurs this may be a sign of detoxification; 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. Consider discontinuation of these agents if a reaction

occurs. Before using the EO again, perform a patch test (see above) and dilute with

carrier oil as needed. Water drives oil into the skin and the eyes. If EO gets in your

eye, flush with V-6 carrier oil to alleviate any discomfort. Discomfort should be

alleviated within minutes. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes,

please seek medical attention. Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the

oil with water. YL suggests that you dilute with carrier oil to ensure that discomfort is

alleviated as quickly as possible.

5. Can essential oils be applied to sensitive areas? – YL recommends that you avoid

contact with EOs and sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals and mucous

membranes. If you choose to use the oil in any sensitive area, dilute 1 drop of the

essential oil to 5-10 drops of V-6 carrier oil.

6. How often can essential oils be applied? How much do I use? – Proper usage is

indicated on each EO label. Please follow label instructions. The idea of “if a little is

good, a lot is better” is not always correct. 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 EO 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.

7. Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing? – As with any medical

condition it is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you seek the

advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is

experienced in EO usage. It is generally recommended to avoid overuse and

excessive use of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Tansy (Tanacetum

vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and Wintergreen

(Gaultheria procumbens) as well as the blends and supplements that contain these


8. Can essential oils be used on children? – Many EOs are appropriate for use with

children, and they should be diluted prior to use. Some YL products are pre-diluted

with carrier oil as indicated on product label and are intended for direct application

on children. Children generally respond well to EO, and use of a carrier oil is

recommended. One-2 drops of EO such as SleepyIze, RutaVala, Gentle Baby and

Peace & Calming may be diluted in carrier oil and applied to the bottom of the feet.

9. How does exposure to sun affect essential oil use? – Some EOs, especially citrus oils,

contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity

reaction. All YL EOs and oil blends that contain these compounds are labeled with a

warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12 to 48 hours after applying. Caution should

always be used when starting to use a new oil: use patch testing (see above), dilute

and apply the oil to skin that is protected from sun/UV exposure to reduce the risk of

sensitivity. YL beauty and cosmetic products are formulated to remove sun-sensitizing

agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.

10. What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition? Can essential oils

interact with prescription medications? – If you have a disease or medical condition,

or if you are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with

a health advisor who has experience with EOs prior to using an EO. Seek the advice of

the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between the

medication(s) and the essential oil(s).