Product Usage

It is extremely important that each essential oil user knows how to properly use the oils. 

The sole purpose of using essential oils for health benefits is to avoid the use of unnecessary medication, such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Tums. It can also be used as a natural remedy to treat scratches, burns, cuts, bruises, and even colds and flu. Another natural form Young Living essential oils can be used for is sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and insect repellent, which can replace the "deet" filled insect repellents often used today. 

"Young Living essential oils are not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is the responsibility of the user to educate themselves and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional medical help when needed."

It is essential that each and every essential oil user knows how to properly use the oil in hand. Not every oil needs diluted every time, but that is not to say it is safe for each and every person. Personal health and usage plays a role in the proper dilution needed. 

“Diluting essential oils is done by adding a drop (or more) of the essential oil into a carrier oil (such as V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex). This not only provides a good medium for the oil to absorb into the skin but spreads the oil over a larger surface of your skin for more effect.” 

Many oils work great when diluted, although do not require dilution. They also last a little longer when using the dilution method. If you are using for a specific medical condition, it is a good idea to check with your physician before taking internally. It is especially important for pregnant or nursing women to consult their physician to ensure the uses are proper and safe for themselves and their unborn children.

“Concentrated substances are rarely intended for use “as is”- and essential oils are no different. There is almost never a time when you would not want to dilute the potency of an essential oil, unless instructed.” 

How much to dilute really depends on the issue you are wanting to address. View the conversions below as a general reference:

.25% dilution (ages 6 months-6 years)- .25%= 1 drop per 4 tsp of carrier oil or 1 drop per 2 tsp of carrier oil for .50% (if needed)
-If using when your child is sick rather than prevention and for regular health benefits, you may increase up to .50%, if needed.

1% dilution (Ages 6+, pregnant women, elderly adults, those with sensitive skin, compromised immune systems, or other serious health issues)- 1%= 1 drop per  tsp of carrier oil
-This is also the dilution you want when you are massaging over a large area of the body.

2% dilution (Adults)- 2%= 2 drop per 1 tsp of carrier oil; 10-12 drops per ounce)
-Ideal for most adults and in most situations. This is also good dilution for daily skin care.

3% dilution (Adults)- 3%= 3 drop per 1 tsp of carrier oil; 15-18 drops per ounce)
-Best used short-term for temporary health issues, such as a muscle injury or respiratory congestion. Up to 10% dilution is fine, depending on the health concern, the age of the person, and the oils being used.

25% dilution (Adults)- 25%= 25 drop per 1 tsp of carrier oil; 125-150 drops per ounce
-Occasionally a dilution of this strength is warranted. This might be for a muscle cramp, bad bruising, or severe pain.

“Neat” or No dilution (Adults)- 0%= 1 drop per 0 tsp of carrier oil
-Lavender is one essential oil that can be used neat, on occasion, and only for short term. A bug bite, burn, or sting, might be a good reason to use Lavender neat. Just use caution when using undiluted, as some individuals can experience irritation or sensitivity.

The best rule of thumb I like to teach is 1 drop of YL essential oil per 1 teaspoon of V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex (carrier oil), which is a 1% dilution. Properly diluting essential oils provides a measure of safety against skin irritation and sensitivity.

Once you become more comfortable with the YL essential oils you are using, you will know how to properly dilute the oils for you and your family. Each person is a little different and it will take time for you to find what dilution is right for you. It's always better to start on the safe side! 

“Essential oils are completely soluble in all proportions in vegetable oils, and so it must follow that the rate of absorption of an essential oil is governed to some extent by the characteristics of the vegetable oil employed as the carrier.” Makes sense right? 

Young Living offers 7 different carrier oils including:

-Dragon Time Massage Oil
-Ortho Ease Massage Oil
-Ortho Sport Massage Oil
-Raindrop Massage Oil
-Sensation Massage Oil
-V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex
-Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil. 

The most commonly used carrier is V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex. V-6 can be used in custom massage oils alongside potentially skin-irritating essential oils.

Don't be afraid to talk to your Young Living Independent Distributor about the safest ways to use a particular oil. Each oil reacts slightly different for each user. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns you have.

Challenges Facing Essential Oil Therapy: Proof of Safety Robert Tisserand Paper presented to the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) Conference in Denver, Colorado, October 18-21 2007.

Learning About EOs – Using Essential Oils Safely, WordPress Weaver II by WP Weaver: Lea Harris, 2015

Young Living Essential Oils- (member account-products-uses), Nicole Vollmer, 2015

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