Ten Golden Rules for Oil Use
1) Start slow. Less really is more.
While it may be very tempting to get your kit and start using all the oils, it's important to remember that as a new oiler, you want to start slow. We want you to be successful with your oils! Start slowly and start with single oils. Once you have established that you have done well with a few single oils, you can add in a blend, one at a time. Allow your body time to get used to the oils. Your body may have mild detox effects. This isn’t common, but can happen. These precious oils are powerful, so a little goes a long way. Don't over do it.
2) Dilution is never wrong.
Dilution is the process of adding an essential oil to a fatty oil (AKA carrier oil), such as extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Dilution is always a good idea. Dilution does not reduce the effectiveness of the oil, it only slows down the absorption of the EO, so go ahead and dilute! Another reason that you would want to dilute would be to cover a larger surface area, like the stomach. Remember a little drop of oil goes a long way. Using a carrier oil helps to spread that little drop of goodness over a larger area. Dilution is also recommended when using a hot oil (feels warm to the skin when undiluted) like Peppermint Essential Oil.
3) Some like it hot...or not.
Ah, hot oils...you know the ones. They bring that warm (or cool) feeling to your skin. You might like it and you may not. Safe oil usage means using a carrier oil when dealing with hot oils. Some oils that fall into this category include: peppermint, clove, cinnamon, oregano, lemongrass, wintergreen, and so many others. Remember rule #2? Dilution is never wrong, and that's especially true when it comes to hot oils.
4) Save the eyeballs...and the eardrums!
You probably like to see and your hearing is probably valuable to you as well. Do yourself (and your eyeballs and eardrums) a favor and keep oils AWAY from these two sensitive areas. Essential oils are intelligent and they are very tiny molecules. That means they will travel to where they need to be in your body. Keep them out of your eyes and ears. If you need to apply near these areas, use wide sweeps AROUND the eye bone or fleshy part of the ear, and use a carrier. If you do get some essential oil in your eye, flush with a fatty liquid like carrier oil or milk.
5) Be container savvy.
We always recommend glass, ceramic, or stainless steel containers when adding oils to your drink or when making a DIY product with oils. If plastic is used, the oils can pullsome of the toxins out of the container, which is not the goal!
6) Put it where the sun don't shine.
Many citrus oils have a fun little constituent in them called furanocoumarins. When these little guys are exposed to UVA light, they can cause unpleasant results on some users. This only happens when the citrus oils are used topically. When using these oils on your skin, stay out of the direct sunlight for 24-48 hours. Or, just put them where the sun don't shine.
7) Read the label.
This might seem obvious, but it's important enough to include here. Every bottle of Young Living Essential Oil has a label that will tell you how to use the essential oils. It will list which of the three methods of oil use (aromatic, topical, or internal) to employ. If dilution is required, it will give you a ratio. The label is your friend. Don't ignore it.
8) Versatility is your friend, too.
Sometimes the oil you decided to use doesn't seem to give you the desired results. Not to worry! Young Living has over 150 oils from which to choose and if one doesn't work with your body chemistry, there's another one to try. Or maybe you simply need to switch up how you're using an oil. If you're using it aromatically, maybe it's time to try it topically. The fact is, every body is different and many factors will play into how the oils work in YOUR body. Don't be afraid to explore the many options available to you.
9) You have a doctor, and your YLEO enroller (probably) isn't it.
Maybe you started on this oily journey to take charge of your health. Maybe you had a desire to raise your overall wellness level. Maybe you just wanted to detoxify your home with natural alternatives. Remember that your health is YOUR responsibility. The person who introduced you to Young Living is (probably) not your doctor, and therefore, should not be looked to for medical advice. We're here to help you on your journey, but we're not medical professionals.
10) Bellies and babies need special attention, sweet ladies!
The key to using essential oils with children and babies is to dilute, dilute, dilute! Remember Golden Rule #2? It applies even more so with bellies and babies. For infants, we recommend 1-2 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. For children 1-5 years old, we recommend 2-3 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. There are certain oils that are not recommended with little ones. We always recommend doing your own research and making health care decisions for your own family as to what you feel is best. Here are some general recommendations that we choose for our own families:
Oils that are best to avoid during the early years of a child’s life (under age 5) are peppermint, basil, eucalyptus, coriander, clary sage, ledum, lemongrass, rosemary, rosewood, wintergreen, nutmeg and cedarwood.
Additionally, there are certain oils that need to be avoided and/or used with caution during pregnancy. Oils that are best avoided during pregnancy are basil, cassia, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, cypress, fennel, jasmine, ledum, marjoram, melissa, myrrh, nutmeg, oregano, ravensara, rose, rosemary, rosewood, thyme, and vetiver.
A few oils that are best to avoid while nursing your infant are peppermint and clary sage.
*Note-There is much controversy regarding the use of some of these oils with babies, small children, and during pregnancy/nursing. We chose to list every oil that you may want to avoid. The beauty of essential oils is that you can easily find many other oils that will help you addressyour area of need!