How To Use Essential Oils
- Direct inhalation—simply smell them directly from the bottle, apply to pulse points as you would a perfume, or put a few drops in an aromatherapy necklace.
- Diffuse essential oils using a Young Living diffuser which disperses the oil in a micro-fine vapor into the air. The Young Living diffuser will not heat the oils, thus ensuring full benefits, as extreme heat can damage important constituents in the essential oil.
- Fill a humidifier with water. Put a tissue or small cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the escaping steam. (Do not put the essential oil in your humidifier. It will float on top of the water instead of rising with the water vapor and may cause damage to your humidifier.)
- Carefully pour hot water into a bowl and add 1-2 drops of your chosen Young Living essential oil. Cover your head and bowl in a tent-like fashion with a towel, close your eyes. Breathe deeply and slowly for a few minutes.
A few Young Living essential oils can be applied ‘neat’, with no carrier oil needed for dilution if they are not being used on a sensitive area of the skin. Those that are usually gentle enough are: lavender, and many of the blends.
Other essential oils should always be diluted — cinnamon, clove, thyme, oregano, lemongrass, eucalyptus — to name a few.
Caution: No essential oil should be applied to a baby’s skin and care should be taken when using essential oils during pregnancy and with infants. A highly recommended book to learn more about that is Gentle Babies.
Apply your chosen Young Living essential oil directly onto the skin of adults where indicated.
Dilute the Young Living essential oil with a fine quality carrier oil such as Young Living’s V-6™ Massage oil or a pure vegetable oil (e.g., coconut, olive or almond) before applying if dilution is indicated in the Application Chart shown below.
4 Key Points Regarding Dilution for Adults
- Dilution and test spots are recommended for newbies to determine your sensitivity level — each body is different and you might require a heavier dilution than someone else.
- Dilution with a carrier oil is recommended as it may protect against possible skin sensitivities.
- Do not dilute essential oils with water as it is an ineffective means of dilution.
- Dilution is always recommended for sensitive skin areas.
Key Points of Topical Application for Adults
- Crown of the head
- Temples or Forehead (avoid eye area of course)
- Behind the ears (never drip into ears though)
- Upper and lower back
- Over vital organs
- Soles of the feet
To apply topically on those areas, follow these simple steps:
- Carefully tip the oil bottle and drop 2–3 drops in the palm of the hand or directly on the desired application area — some essential oils will come out of the bottle faster than others depending upon their viscosity.
- When dropping essential oils in your hand, rub palms together in a circular motion and then massage oil onto the desired point of application.
- When applying directly to the desired area, use your hand to massage the oil in a circular motion into the skin. Repeat if desired.
Caution: These essential oils are very potent, and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply V-6 or pure vegetable oil to the area to dilute and soothe the skin. Please read label directions for each individual essential oil before using.
You can also create your own massage oil blends by mixing a few drops of your favorite Young Living essential oils with V-6 or by using one of Young Living’s premixed massage oil blends: Relaxation™, Sensation™, Dragon Time™, Ortho Ease™ — to relax, uplift, soothe, and relieve.
As a Dietary Supplement or Food Flavoring
Not all essential oils can be ingested, knowing which ones can be is very important.
Utilize the chart below and always read the label!
Caution: Never give a child an essential oil to ingest as a supplement. No matter what you have heard contrary to this statement — essential oils ARE too potent as dietary supplements for kids!
Yes, plants that are edible are used to flavor foods and beverages all of the time. However, great care must be used when adding the essential oil to your drinks or recipes.
- When you are making a batch of Brownies you can add 1 drop of Young Living Peppermint essential oil — yup, only ONE drop, more than that will be too potent and render your Brownies inedible.
- When you make a hot cup of Lemon tea for a scratchy throat; add one drop of Young Living Lemon essential oil and a little honey (to keep the lemon oil evenly suspended in the water).
- Use the “Toothpick Method” when you are making a small beverage (like a glass or coffee cup size); take a toothpick and gently push it into the center of the dripper cap of your Young Living Peppermint essential oil, remove the toothpick and then swirl the toothpick in your cup of hot chocolate, chocolate milk, tea, juice or almond milk.
- As a supplement for adults; it will state on the label that a drop can be added to almond or soy milk as a supplement. Sometimes we do put a couple of drops of our essential oils in a capsule but that is not recommended for newbies as it does require some knowledge and/or the assistance of an aromatherapist.
There are many delicious recipes that include essential oils and Young Living has a cookbook of our favorite recipes. When you place your order look for it, it is item #4369 and is titled, Healthy Cooking: for the body, mind & soul.
An Introduction to Young Living Essential Oils
Click to read below to scroll through the introduction booklet to get a better idea of how essential oils are used. This booklet covers all of the essential oils in the Everyday Oils collection, this collection of oils is also included in the $150 Everyday Oils Starter kit (more on member options).
Application Chart for Using Single Essential Oils
This chart represents single Young Living essential oils and the ways they can be used. If you are using a Young Living essential oil blend please refer to the bottle label before using as each blend also has best and safe ways for usage.