Welcome – Safety First
Something we cannot impress enough upon everyone who is new to oils, is safety in using them. This is going to be LONG – but please, please, please take the time to read through this.
You can never replace knowledge and common sense when it comes to health and application of any medicine, essential oils, or any other healing procedures you decide to try out. As you browse through the Droplets or Sweet Relief group you will find terms like “neat” vs dilution, “hot oils”, “photosensitizing”, etc. All of these are important to know before you start researching and using oils on yourself. We are only covering the very basics of essential oils here, and there is much more out there that we all need to continue to study and share. And that is the beauty of our Droplets gourd and sister groups. We have that in place to share success as well as concerns, talk about issues that come up, discuss different applications that work for some people and not others, to search for oils that will help heal the “source” of your conditions rather than merely easing the “symptoms”.
Of course if the condition/ailment that you are researching is severe or if you have any doubts, it’s important to consult with your doctor on the use of oils. Granted – you will also find that a lot of doctors are not familiar with high quality essential oils so may veer towards extreme caution with them yet prescribe an Rx with risky side effects too. (~98% of most retail oils have additives added, and doctors who know Young Living will know that they are of a high standard) This is where YOU armed with the proper knowledge can make decisions that you feel are right for your family. I felt like I was on the right path to natural health when I saw how many chiropractors, hospitals, pediatricians, and general doctors supported the use of Young Living Essential Oils.
GRAS – “GRAS means Generally Regarded As Safe, by the FDA” The EOPR has a list of Young Living Oils certified as GRAS or food additive/flavoring by the FDA. Oils that can be ingested have a Nutritional Supplement data on the back of the label (you might need to peel the outer label back to see it) with recommendations on dosage.
NEAT vs DILUTION – When you apply an essential oil “neat”, you are applying it directly to the site on your body or into a capsule without adding any neutral oils to help dilute the concentration. When it comes to figuring out how much you should use of a particular oil, the labels will tell you if you need to dilute the oil for use. For kiddos, even more dilution is recommended. Start slow and increase as needed. Use your judgement based on what you know about that person on whether to dilute more or not. Test the oil in a small spot first. Go slow and don’t use more than a few single oils or one blend when you first start out. Exercise common sense. Click on this link for more information on carrier oils: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/getting-to-know-your-carrier-oils/
HOT OIL – Plants come in many different forms and have many different properties as you all know. Consider eating a siracha chili versus a bell pepper. One is hot and burns your mouth, the other does not. Why is this? The oils are different. This is how I define the “hot” oil in my mind. If the oil is considered a hot oil, the dilution will be listed on the label so you can take precaution before application. If you are sensitive to oils and find they work quickly on you, you might want to take more caution with the hotter oils. If you are not so sensitive, then you might even be able to apply some of the hotter ones neat. It all depends on the individual – but I cannot repeat this enough, use common sense and start slow.
PHOTOSENSITIVITY – Photosensitizing essential oils are those that might react with skin when exposed to the sun causing a dark rash or dark pigmentation. Oils like lemon, lime, grapefruit are all photosensitizing. Typically they are citrus based as well as Angelica, Bergamot, German Chamomile, and some blends that contain photosensitive oils as well. These oils need to be kept in dark, glass containers as they react to exposure to direct sunlight or UV rays and the citrus based oils have been known to react with plastic as well.
ORIFICES – Other safety factors to be aware of are keeping the oils away from your eyes, and out of ear canals, nasal passages etc.
PREGNANCY – Most Young Living Essential Oils are safe to use on pregnant women, and many women in our private Facebook learning group have found success using the oils during and after pregnancy. However, exercise caution always and consult your health care professional when starting any health program. Read the labels, dilute often and use common sense. Click on this link for more info about using essential oils while pregnant: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/pregnancy-and-essential-oils-a-guest-post-by-dr-lindsey-elmore/
ALLERGIES – Spot test a tiny amount on the inside of your upper arm if you decide to use an oil from a plant that you are allergic to. Again use common sense – if you have fatal allergies, research the oils in depth. Some people are quite allergic to many trees, pollens & molds but have not had any issues using the oils though. There are oils which contain an almond oil as a carrier. Almond oil is not an essential oil, so you may want to stay away from that just in case. On the ingredients label, it will read as “Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil.”
EMERGENCY REMOVAL – In the case of an accident or emergency where you do need to remove an oil from a location quickly (like if you started to feel a burning sensation with a hot oil), do NOT use water. Water will likely spread the oil out more – oil will not dissolve in water. Instead, apply a neutral carrier oil like a V-6 Carrier oil, or olive oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil to dilute the oil then wipe the oils away with a washcloth or tissue. Call emergency contacts if needed. Continue carrier oil application as needed. Organic and cold pressed carrier oils would be best since you want to keep with the clean ingredients and not reintroduce toxins and pesticides from a carrier back into your body.
CHILDREN: Many essential oils are appropriate for use on children but should be diluted with a carrier oil prior to use. Some Young Living products come prediluted with carrier oil, as indicated on product labels, and are intended for direct application on children.
Dilution is the key to using essential oils with children. Oils to avoid for children under 30 months of age are oils that are hot oils and some eucalyptus oils. Again, this is all a matter of the amount used. We suggest waiting until your child is at least 6 months old before using topically. Diffusing should be done 30 minutes at a time and in an open area when babies under 6 months old are present. As we’ve always said before, LESS is BEST. Gentle oils such as lavender should still be used minimally.
Peppermint and eucalyptus oils are always overly-talked about because of it’s 1,8 cineole content. Some say these oils should never be used for kids under 10 years old. This is said to be stated by Robert Tesserand (author or Essential Oil Safety). This is misquoted. We have this book and he clearly states that these oils should not be applied on or around the face if children under 10 years old.
Safety can be a little scary to read about and start to cause concern, but as with anything it is very important to know how to handle the oils and get the best usage out of them so you can keep your family healthy. It’s very easy to get caught up in the amazing results you will see from oils, so it’s good to keep that common sense and caution in the back of your mind so you know what to do when different situations arise.
Click on this link for more safety guidelines from Young Living: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/essential-oil-safety
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