When you are using Young Living Essential Oils, it is not about whether they are safe in themselves, it is more about how to use them safely, because of their potency (extremely concentrated combination of multiple chemistry of constituents), and wisely, because of their vast spectrum of uses.
I have come from a place of feeling the oils were in control of me, fearful that I might do something wrong or cause harm. To now knowing, that I am now using the oils with wisdom and authority. Today, I take up an oil with confidence, expectation and sheer joy as I watch and experience the results.
So let's build your confidence by working through the points below.
1. Purchase a reference guide. A necessity!! - if you are serious about Essential Oils
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There are number of excellent reference guides available to buy hard copy or download. If you really want to know and come to understand the benefits of essential oils, a reference guide is a must.
I have the:
Essential Oils Desk Reference (fifth Edition) compiled by Life Science Publishing.
The extensive 6th edition of the Essential Oils Desk Reference is your comprehensive guide to vast properties and capabilities of pure Essential Oils. Published in 2014, this 810 page desk reference guide includes 150 pages of additional comprehensive research and educational information not found in previous editions. (available from Life Science Publishers) Also the Essential Oils Pocket Reference. Both these book are full of detail and science.(though very readable and full of pictures) They go over each individual oil and blend with more complete information and detail. There are recipes for a number of ailments as well.
'Reference Guide for Essential Oils' by Connie & Alan Higley
A new full-color edition is completely updated and expanded with the latest products and product ingredients. New features include an innovative color code system for choosing the right oil, research findings, and much more.
Also available is the - Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils: Is designed as a pocket guide for convenience, this book contains the Personal Guide section of the large "Reference Guide for Essential Oils" plus the Vita Flex Feet Chart, the Auricular Emotional Therapy Chart, and other summary information. 2014 Edition. These last two books are available at - Abundant Health for You.
Reference Guide for Essential Oils App. (Google Apps / IStore Apps), which is just great when you are not carrying your guide and someone just happens to ask a question. Other 'Essential Oils' apps. are available - just look up 'Essential Oils apps' on the web.
2. Check how to use your chosen oil.
Once you have selected the oil you are going to use for physical, emotional or spiritual needs - check how to use it (aromatically, topically, and/or as, a dietary supplement). This can be done by checking your reference guide, searching on Young Living site and reading the label on the bottle of your chosen oil for specific aromatic, topical, and/or internal usage instruction.
3. Learn how to dilute your essential oils - guideline!
Dilution with Carrier Oils
1 Teaspoon of Carrier Oil: (5 ml = 80 - 100 drops approx.)
- 1% = 1 drop of essential oil
- 2% = 2 drops of essential oil
- 5% = 5 drops of essential oi
1 Tablespoon of Carrier Oil: (15 ml = 280 - 300 drops approx)
- 1% = 3 drops of essential oil
- 2% = 6 drops of essential oil
- 5% = 15 drops of essential oil
1 Fluid Ounce (30 mls) of Carrier Oil ( = 560 - 600 drops approx)
- 1% = 6 drops of essential oil
- 2% = 12 drops of essential oil
- 5% = 30 drops of essential oil
Who Uses What - with a carrier oil?- Guideline
0.5% INFANT, BABIES OR 'HOT' OILS
1% CHILDREN, ELDERLY, SENSITIVE SKIN
2-3% DAILY SKIN CARE
10-25% SHORT TERM USE - Refer Reference Guide
100% Reference Guide ='s NEAT
Typically it is not recommended that babies and young children ingest essential oils. If an essential oil is ingested by mistake, give the child an oil soluble liquid such as milk, cream, or half and half. for your protection you may want to consider calling poison control
If you are intending to get pregnant or are pregnant the are a number of oils that are thought to be both safe and helpful. Use your reference guide and consult your health professional.
A great and safe way to introduce you child to essential oils is to use Young Living's - 'KidScents' - especially blended for their needs
A little info about Carrier Oils:
Carrier oils are so named because they ‘carry’ an essential oil to the skin. They are the base oils that are used to dilute essential oils before applying them directly to your skin.
Why do we use them?
- Some essential oils are extremely potent, what we call ‘hot’ oils. They can tingle or even burn depending on your skin type if not diluted.
- If you’re applying essential oils to an infant, toddler, or pet, you should definitely use a carrier oil.
- Carrier oils also allow a few drops of essential oil to spread to large areas of the body.
- Vegetable oils are found in the supermarket. I would not use these to dilute my essential oils.
Different types of carrier oils:
- Olive Oil – Heavy and oily, with a strong odour, is high in vitamin and minerals, good for hair.
- Coconut Oil – A light oil, doesn’t leave a residue or go rancid, coconut is good for all skin types.
- Almond Oil – Slightly oily, soothes dry or irritated skin, good for beauty and health recipes.
- Grape seed Oil – Relatively odourless, grape seed is good for delicate skin.
- Jojoba oil – Odourless and non-greasy, slightly waxy, closely resembles natural skin oils.
- V6 - an excellent carrier oil provided by Young Living - see No. 5
4. More Oil is not Necessarily Better
"One drop of therapeutic essential oil contains approximately 30 million-trillion molecules. Numerically that is 2 with 10 zeros after it. 40,000,000,000,000,000,000. We have 100 million cells in our bodies and that's a lot. But one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules.to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules.
Now you can see why a little essential oil can often get the job done and address every cell in your body. Considering that it only takes one molecule of the right kind to open a receptor site and communicate with DNA to alter cellular function, you can see why even one drop or inhaling a small amount of oil vapour can have profound effects on the body, brain and emotions. Sometimes too many oil molecules overload the receptor sites and they freeze up without responding at all, when a smaller amount would have been just right. This is why we say that when using oils, 'sometimes less is better.' Sometime more is better, too. Knowing the difference is the art of aromatherapy". Healing Oils of the Bible, pg 26 - David Stewart
5. Keep a bottle of Carrier Oil Handy (V6)
Vegetable Oil will dilute an essential oil and slow down its rate of absorption and takes care of any discomfort or skin irritation. Further dilute the oil if irritation continues and discontinue the use of that oil if necessary.
Essential oils are not water-soluble, they are oil soluble. If you get any essential oil in your eye do not rinse with water, dab with vegetable/carrier oil or V6 till the discomfort subsides.
On the other hand if you to want drive the oils deeper into the tissue for faster relief (as in a Raindrop Technique) place a dry towel over the area, then use a hot (water from the hot tap is usually sufficient), moist compress on top of the towel, which now also wraps over the compress. Leave till the compress starts to cool.
6. Some essential oils are Photosensitive
For topical application, most oils can be applied to the area where you want support. If you are concerned about photo-sensitivity apply the oils to the bottom of your feet, which replicates our organs.(see above).
Never use oils around your eyes - see above.
All this being said some oils are photosensitive and these oils should be avoided, before or during exposure to direct sunlight (or UV rays) as they may cause a rash, irritation, pigmentation or an increased likelihood to sunburn. Your reference guide or the labels on the Young Living bottles tells you if an oil is photosensitive.
7. Ingesting Essential Oils
Young Living is a leader in the world of aromatherapy and with this comes all the research, knowledge and 'know how'. With these oils it is not a matter of whether the oils are safe within themselves - they are pure and unadulterated. It is a matter of knowing which oils are safe to ingest. Some oils are known as 'hot' oils which can be uncomfortable to take undiluted internally. Oils that are safe for dietary purposes are noted on the label of the bottle and your reference book will tell you if they are suitable for ingesting along with ways to take them. If at this time you feel ingesting is not for you, that's ok. When you inhale an oilbit affects the limbic system which is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance so inhaling essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects.
Ingesting Essential Oils - Monika Haas
The discussion about the perils of ingesting essential oils dates back to the beginning of Modern Aromatherapy in the early 1970s. How do we know what is right for us? Before we can decide, we need to take a look at the various schools of thought in aromatherapy: the British, the French and the Californian/American.
British aromatherapy started in 1979 with Robert Tisserand's book 'The Art of Aromatherapy'. Tisserand, a massage therapist at that time, recommended to apply essential oils topically and diluted in a base only. Ingesting oils or application of neat oils was considered perilous.
The French model, developed by Jean Valnet, Paul Belaiche, Daniel Penoel, Pierre Franchomme and others, advocates various forms of application depending on the condition being treated. This includes inhalation, topical use, diluted or undiluted, ingestion and suppositories.
Californian Aromatherapy was born in the early 80s, largely influenced by German chemist Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, and is the implementation of French medical aromatherapy and scientific research into almost 30 years of practical use. Thanks to a large and very active aromatherapy community, California has been able to gather an impressive work of empirical data.
While aromatherapy is relatively new to Great Britain with almost no essential oils produced locally, France can be considered the cradle of Aromatherapy in the sense that the discipline as we know it today comes from Southern France, namely Provence. There, health issues have always been treated with the herbs people were walking on, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, etc. Ingesting them has long been part of the many possible ways of using plants.
Quality is the most important aspect in this discussion. In true aromatherapy, the essential oil must be 100% genuine and authentic!
The term ''Genuine and Authentic' was created by Henry Viaud, the first distiller of essential oils exclusively for therapeutic purposes. Until the early 80s, essential oils were produced for the fragrance industry of Grasse. They were rectified with natural or synthetic molecules to ensure the consistency in fragrance and the profitable nature of the product. Until today, most essential oils on the market fall into this category.
Furthermore, most research that led to warnings about ingesting essential oils was performed with such chemicals well meriting the label ‘toxic.’ The danger of applying such an adulterated oil topically, even in dilution, can be as hazardous as ingesting it. Due to their small molecular structure, essential oils penetrate the skin and get into the bloodstream within seconds. The potential damage can be the same as with ingestion.
In many cases applying essential oils topically or through inhalation is the appropriate measure. When treating a respiratory infection for example, we want to inhale the oil or apply it to the thorax to get it to the focus of the disease without detour. However if we want to address an intestinal bacterial infection or want to stimulate liver regeneration, we look back at 30 years of experience in ingesting oils. 1 - 3 drops of Lemon oil in a glass of water helps to cleanse the liver from toxic waste products. Greenland Moss, Everlasting and Carrot seed have been used internally successfully for astounding renewal of the liver cells, especially observed in cancer treatment patients when allopathic methods such as chemo- or radiation therapy take their toll on the liver and thus the entire organism.
Very important though is that one always needs to be 100 % comfortable with the oil and the form of application. If an individual feels queasy about ingesting essential oils, they should never be talked into it. Suppositories, topical use, or inhalation will do the individual a much better service if they feel safe with these methods.
The beauty of aromatherapy is that there can be many solutions for one problem. We don't treat a condition in aromatherapy, we treat a person. Everybody is different, so even if two individuals have the same virus infection, they might require completely different oils, applied in a different manner. Also we have a respiratory infection for example, and we know that Ravintsara has always helped in in the past, but unfortunately our bottle is empty, and all we have is Niaouli and Myrtle. Even though these oils have a different chemical composition, they can address the problem with the same success as Ravintsara.
Aromatherapy is a healing tool with endless possibilities, so whether oils should be ingested or not is merely a question of quality and the comfort level of the individual.
Of course a solid knowledge is required when we decide to take essential oils internally. Many oils should never be taken orally. Essential oils for example, which contain Ketone molecules (Hyssop officinalis, Mugwort, Sage and Thuja, just to mention a few) are neuro- and hepatotoxic when ingested. Other oils, like Savory, Cinnamon or Clove can be much too strong for certain individuals. Even ingesting more gentle oils can lead to strong detoxification symptoms, such as fever and nausea, in sensitive individuals. It is advisable to start with one drop of oil per day if one is new to this form of application. In most cases the dosage can be increased to 3 drops per day, but we need to insure the oil is well tolerated.
Like any other healing modality, aromatherapy has to be used with respect. Once we have acquired a sound knowledge we will find ourselves in a powerful and fun world of healing with plants