Essential Oils

essential oil safety



Therapeutic grade essential oils are potent, effective and safe when used as directed. Below are some precautionary tips to help you have an enjoyable experience using Young Living Essential Oils.

  • Vitality Vs. Non Vitality Labels: There is no difference in the content of the oils labeled a vitality oil. The only difference is the label. The white label oils are the only oils that should be ingested.The FDA requires this distinguishable difference for your safety. However, no other oil company abides by this. Just another perk how Young Living is watching after you and your family.

  • Keep carrier oil on hand when using essential oils so you can dilute them if an oil feels too warm or itchy on your skin. Examples of carrier oils are: coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil (great for your face) and olive oil. You're bound to have one of these in your kitchen already."NEAT" application means you are using the oils straight from the bottle with no dilution. “Diluted" means you are combining the essential oil with a carrier oil such as one of those listed above. 


  • Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location and out of reach from being played with by little ones as bottles can be dropped and broken.


  • Baby Tip: Try Myrtle essential oil as a great oil for easy breathing and respiratory support for little ones as it has no menthol component. Get more baby tips on our Baby + Oils Blog.  


  • Citrus oils like Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Lime and Tangerine as well as oil blends with heavy citrus concentration such as White Angelica and Purification are photosensitizing and can make the skin more susceptible to a sunburn. There’s always the option of using a non-toxic sunscreen on that area if you’ll be in the sun for an extended amount of time.


  • Keep essential oils away from eyes and out of ear canals. Applying to the outer ear is fine. Do not handle contact lenses or rub your eyes with essential oils on your fingers.


  • If the oils should get into your eyes, soothe with a few drops of carrier or vegetable oil. DO NOT USE WATER—Why? Because oil and water do not mix. Essential oils are fat soluble so grab a fat (carrier oil) and put it on the eye. It should not damage the eye, it just stings. Carrier oils take the sting out FAST. 


  • Oils with a high phenol content (hot oils) – Oregano, Helichrysum, Cinnamon, Thyme, Clove, Lemongrass, Bergamot, Thieves, and ImmuPower – may damage contact lenses and sting eyes so make sure they’re not on your fingers when handling your contact lenses. Hot oils can be sensitizing to the skin and cause warmth, redness or discomfort. 


  • Examples of "hot" oils are: Clove, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Thieves, Raven, Wintergreen (and sometimes Lemon and other citrus oils can be warm). These oils should be used diluted instead of using them neat. They shouldn’t damage the skin, they’ll just feel “warming” or sometimes itchy like you need a little back scratch and should be diluted with a carrier oil if too warm. 


  • Pure essential oils are very powerful. They need to be stored in airtight containers made of glass. Due to the strength of the oils, plastic containers can break down over time, causing damaging leaks and the loss of your oils. When using oils to add to your drink, use a metal, ceramic, or glass container, never plastic.


  • The exception is that we don’t normally need to dilute oils on the bottoms of our feet as they don’t feel a hot sensation there.


  • Here is a blog on Oils + Pet Safety. Do your research on using with pets as some species and weights require different dilutions. Also, if an oil is hot to you it’s also going to be hot for your pet too.


  • Do NOT believe everything you read or see on Pinterest. Chat with your oily coach before trying anything new.


  • Never put oils in your ears or eyes. Always dilute for first application on skin.


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Statements regarding Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products in this event are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your health care provider before using these products.